Cybele Pascal has made it her mission in life to provide nutritional information and delicious recipes. This has been her goal since she learned in 2001 that her son had food allergies.
The challenge is to maintain a balanced diet while eliminating food allergens at the same time. But Cybele has never been afraid of a good challenge. She has been meeting this one with two recipe books filled with whole food recipes that taste great.
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How can people with food allergies ensure they get enough nutrients?
That’s a really good question. People ask me that all the time, “You know, if I’m avoiding eight different food groups, how do I make sure that I’m, you know, getting a balanced diet?” So one of the things I stress to people is it’s very important when you are eliminating so many foods that everything you eat is sort of power-packed with nutrients. So I recommend eating a whole foods diet.
Now what do I mean about whole foods? Whole foods are foods in their purest form before they’ve been processed. So an apple is a whole food. Rice, brown rice is a whole food. So you really need to sort of eat, it’s very important to sort of make recipes from scratch as much as possible or with whole food’s ingredients and cooking at home really helps you do that. So you are eliminating processed foods, canned foods, which are often chockfull of allergens because they are processed so they have soy and they have wheat and they have corn, which is all been added as filler.
So if you are just cooking from scratch you go to your local farmer’s market or you just go to your local grocery store and you buy ingredients that are the whole food not broken down and create recipes yourself, you will eat a pretty balanced diet. In fact you will eat a very balanced diet.
I found that once we started eating this way all the time, my entire family was thriving, like my husband’s cholesterol levels went down; I lost weight because you’re eating high-fiber, you are eating lots of fruit and vegetables; you are eating healthfully.