Monday, October 25, 2010

Finally. Binding my cookies.

About a year ago I found out that I had some problems digesting dairy and eggs.  Honestly, I ignored the eggs, but concentrated on removing dairy from my diet as that resonated with me as having caused me digestive distress.  However, as I was in experimentation mode at the time I went about trying to replace the eggs in my baking.  I tried tofu, mashed bananas and a few others (didn’t try the egg replacer stuff as it didn’t seem like a healthy thing to do).  None of them worked.  I gave up.
About 1 month ago someone said something to me that jolted me in the recognition that perhaps eggs could be causing me more subtle problems.  And shortly afterwards realized I felt horribly during a run.  What had I eaten right beforehand?  eggs.  Uh oh.
So here I am after 14 months of diet experimentation and I am starting anew with something that I should have done a while ago.  I am going to remove all eggs and dairy from my diet for two weeks.  Every ounce.  Not a speck.  Let’s see how that goes.
Wow.  Was that a tangent.  What I meant to say was, “Today I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and replaced one of the eggs with flax seeds.”  Really exciting for me cause it totally worked.  A friend mentioned chia seeds to me as a great egg replacer and upon looking chia seeds in my handy Whole Foods Encyclopedia I found that flax seeds could work as well.  (Not quite as well, so I am going to get some chia seeds soon.)  I am going to try to replace both the eggs in my cookies next time.  I am pretty excited right now because I am having no distress from eating the cookies.  The chips were non dairy so I am feeling happy having made yummy cookies.  yay!
*  On a side note, hubbend and I are starting a new thing where he asks me about a nutrition concept and I research it and explain it to him.  I’ll get back to you on that.  Yesterday was lecithin.


  1. No eggs, no dairy? That sounds reasonable, but have you also considered avoiding grains? Eggs bother me only a little, dairy is a little worse for me, but grains are a big problem for me.

  2. my cousin used flax seed meal, really group up flax seeds, and has had pretty good luck trading it for eggs.

    i am really liking your thoughts on your last few "labeling" posts. i'm also excited to hear about how your nutrition concepts come along. maybe you can share with us too. : )

  3. Yes. I ground up 1tb of flax seeds and mixed it with 3tb of water. It totally turned into a gelatinous goop.

    Apparently chia seeds are preferable as they don't need to be ground to be digested.

    @ITMB - my naturopath tested me on all the common allergens and she told me I don't have a problem with grains. All I've noticed is that I can't eat them later in the day or they greatly affect my weight. Root vegetables don't seem to affect me that much though. I don't eat a lot of grains anyway...

  4. hmm.. i have a fair amount of chia seeds on hand. i'll have to try them out. thanks