I’m on day 3 of my L.E.A.P diet…

Jan 20, 2010

Some of you may have read a while back that I had food allergy/sensitivity testing done. And there are about a million things I can't eat anymore, including tomatoes, garlic, lentils and all sorts of other good stuff. So, for the last couple of months I've cut out all my "red" and "yellow" offenders. But didn't start my prescribed super strict rotational diet, or L.E.A.P (lifestyle eating and performance) diet until this past Monday.

Now, having to cut out many of the foods I love was traumatic enough. But now, due to this restrictive diet, I've also had to start eating fish in order to get enough protein. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, so this is no easy task for me. But, I can be really stubborn and shrivel away to a string bean, or I can eat some fish for 6 weeks. So, there ya go.

What I've discovered about this diet is that I'm going to have to end up getting really, really creative in the kitchen. So I figured I might as well blog about it...and maybe you folks and help me out! Who knows, maybe I'll come up with some really good recipes.

Here is what I'm allowed to eat, on a rotating system for at least 6 weeks, but should try to continue longer. I eat what's on day 1 list, then day 2, then day 3, then I can go back to day one...and repeat. There is no deviation from the list. If it's not on the list, I can't eat it. Period. No processed foods.

Day 1: Egg, Garbanzo bean, pinto bean, sole,amaranth, tapioca, oat, buckwheat, asparagus, peas, lima beans, onions, bananas, olives, papaya, raspberry, strawberry, American cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, bows milk, whey, yogurt, cashew, olive oil, sesame seed, Ginger, honey, leek, turmeric, vanilla

Day: 2 Tilapia, barley, kamut, spelt, weat, carrot, celery, mushroom, zucchini, avocado, blueberry, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pear, cocoa, goat's milk, hazelnut, pecan, walnut, cane sugar, cumin, maple, parsley

Day 3: Salmon, tuna, crab, quinoa, rice, white potato, eggplant, lettuce spinach, apricot, cranberry, grapefruit, peach, coffee, tea, almond, sunflower seed, basil lemon, mint, mustard, paprika

Day one is definitely the best! But you start to look forward to the one or two things you really like on the other days. For dinner on Monday I had a big bowl of oatmeal with some milk, honey and lots of fresh bananas and strawberries. Mmmmmm. Yesterday, I bought some goat's milk and some raw cocoa (cant' have any additional ingredients, like soy lecithin or sweeteners, etc.). Made myself a cup of hot chocolate. It was actually really good.

Last night, I made tilapia for the first time (remember folks...it's been 20 years!). Using the ingredients I'm allowed to eat, I made a blended marinade/sauce from some goat's milk, cumin, salt, a piece of cantaloupe and some parsley. Covered the fillets with the sauce and bake/steamed it with Julienned carrots, zucchini and mushrooms. Because I can have hazelnuts, I found hazelnut oil to use. Which is very tasty! Also cooked some barley pearls and served the fish and veggies over that. The husband liked it...It was ok for me. It's going to take me a while to get used to this fish thing! But the tilapia is not toO "fishy" so that's good.

Today I made light tuna with lemon juice, basil, green peppers, and a little mustard. Served with lettuce and spinach. I went looking for sunflower oil to use as a salad dressing, but haven't been able to find it yet. Anyone know of a good local source?

That's my challenge now...how to make decent salad dressings and mayo...Wish me luck!

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Terrain Horticultural Design
Jan 20, 2010
5:24 pm

Interesting reading Les! If anyone I know has the discipline to do this, it’s you, though. I’ll look forward to reading some more of the creative combinations you come up with; we may be inspired to try it, too!

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 20, 2010
6:02 pm

Thanks! Feel free to offer suggestions!

Jan 20, 2010
6:12 pm

Did you follow a particular recipe for the tilapia, or just wing it?  Because I’d like to try making that for myself.

Collin rhoades
Jan 20, 2010
6:21 pm

You can pop amaranth just like popcorn as a snack might be able to do it in the olive oil

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 20, 2010
6:22 pm

Hey Gretchen.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

I used 4 fresh tilapia fillets, washed them and patted dry with a paper towel.

Line a metal baking pan with foil, use a little oil or spray of your choice on the foil. Lay the fillets in the base of the pan on the foil. Cut a few slits in the fillets if you’re going to pour a marinade/sauce over them.

In the marinade I used about a 1/2 cup of goats milk, some salt, some parsley, 1/2 slice of cantaloupe and a couple tsps. cumin, oh, and about 1/4 cup pecans. Blended that in my little food processor. Now, I only used those ingredients because that’s all I can use! So you could use some oil, or lemon, pepper, whatever else you like to make a sauce. The cantaloupe added a nice fruity flavor. Put a bit of salt on the fish before pouring sauce over them.

Then I used my mandolin slicer to Julienne some carrots, zucchini. The carrots have to be finely sliced to cook in time. Then chopped some baby portobellos.

Poured the sauce over the fish, then placed the mushrooms on top and the other veggies around the fish. Used another piece of foil and pinched the two pieces together to make a steam bag.

Baked the fish for about 20 min. at 400 F. It might only take 15 min in your oven, you’ll just have to check the fish at 15 min and see if it’s flaky yet.

And there ya go. Pretty easy.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 20, 2010
6:22 pm

Collin, that’s awesome, THANKS!!

Jan 21, 2010
9:08 am

I found sunflower oil at Sprouts (on Forest and Marsh in Dallas, but other stores may carry it).  I originally bought it for skin care but I also use it for cooking.

Alessandra Thor
Jan 21, 2010
10:34 am

I think I am coming over to your house for dinner? what you are cooking looks yummy ...

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 21, 2010
11:23 am

Hi Chris, thanks! I found some sunflower oil at Whole Foods. For high heat cooking. It’s actually really good. I sauteed some yukon gold potatoes in it last night for dinner and it was very tasty!

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 21, 2010
11:24 am

Alessandra…not sure what’s on the menu tonight! I’ll have to look at my list!

C Rhoades
Feb 28, 2010
4:58 pm

I thought you might be able to empathize with this author. Evidently she was told she was allergic to most of the meat substitutes she had been eating as a vegetarian.

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