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Can a vegetarian go wheat AND dairy free?

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KerryMumblesEvilCurses Sun 05-Oct-08 15:34:21

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ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Sun 05-Oct-08 15:37:54

Vegans manage without dairy so I wouldn't have thought it would be that difficult (says she, a dedicated meat and dairy fan!). Wheat you'd replace with wheat-free alternatives.

KerryMumblesEvilCurses Sun 05-Oct-08 15:39:47

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MegBusset Sun 05-Oct-08 15:44:27

I did it for a year or so due to colitis. I lived on a lot of the following:

Rice noodle stir fries
WF pasta/bread
Curry
Potatoes
Quinoa
Fruit tea

It is hard to start with but you soon get used to checking the ingredients. I lost loads of weight, and it improved my digestion a lot. Having said that, it was a relief when I managed to reintroduce wheat and dairy without any problems!

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Sun 05-Oct-08 16:46:46

Can't you all eat the same or a version of the same? The ready meal type stuff can't be helping.

Maybe try wheat-free and see if that improves things. If you do both at once, you won't know which (if either) was causing a problem.

AbricotsSecs Sun 05-Oct-08 16:58:01

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AbricotsSecs Sun 05-Oct-08 17:01:33

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KerryMumblesEvilCurses Sun 05-Oct-08 18:33:48

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Overmydeadbody Sun 05-Oct-08 18:37:58

There's no dairy in curry sauce if you make it from scratch yourself!smile

Could you not cook one evening meal for all of you that excludes everyone's allergies or would that be too limiting?

I make a lot of dairy and gluten free meals for my customers, including shepherd's pie (I'm sure you could do a veggie version), fish pie (do you eat fish or are you a proper veggie?grin)

Stir fries with rice and rice noodles

AbricotsSecs Sun 05-Oct-08 19:04:13

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AbricotsSecs Sun 05-Oct-08 19:07:51

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FrayedKnot Sun 05-Oct-08 19:28:27

What kind of things do you cook for your boys?

It's easy to base a meal around pulses. I put coconut cream in curry sauce to make it lovely and creamy.

KerryMumblesEvilCurses Sun 05-Oct-08 19:33:23

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Takver Sun 05-Oct-08 19:54:31

I have a good book called The Single Vegan (I'm not single, you can just multiply up for more - not vegan either, but DH has dairy allergy) that has lots of quick & easy recipes.
Also I like that it is set up so that often you can make one recipe, but then there is a recipe that turns the leftovers into something a bit different so you can eat it several days without going mad.
Once you have easy vegan food you just avoid anything with wheat in which is pretty simple to do, easier IMO than avoiding dairy. We had to do this for a while as the doctors took a while to sort out if DH was wheat allergic as well as dairy (luckily he isn't, only to cows milk).
I've met loads of people who don't eat wheat or dairy (perils of moving in hippy circles) and they all look perfectly well fed!

KerryMumchingOnEyeballs Tue 07-Oct-08 10:22:50

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witchandchips Tue 07-Oct-08 10:32:29

I would honestly try and ditch the ready meals and make your own food before ditching any major food groups. Ready meals are low in nutrients and high in salt, all likely to make you feel a bit bleurgh.

KerryMumchingOnEyeballs Tue 07-Oct-08 10:40:45

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witchandchips Tue 07-Oct-08 10:50:21

I would stop dairy before wheat simply because wheat (like other grains) is an important and one of the easiest way vegans and veggies get their protein.

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