Saturday, March 01, 2008

Soy Free

I have a little mission for you, should you happen to know anything about soy-free cooking. My friend Jess (the one who gave birth to her son a day before I had Eli) has recently found out she is allergic to soy. She has been having health problems for quite a while, and while she is happy to have hopefully discovered the root of them, giving up soy is apparently a very big deal. I hadn't realized it until I started checking labels, but soy- or more specifically, soy lecithin- is in EVERYTHING. Jess can basically only eat rice and vegetables right now, because she is a vegetarian, and dairy sometimes causes her problems as well.
So here's what I'm wondering: any of you know any great soy-free products she could order online? We have very limited resources around here. Not even a Whole Foods, if you can believe. Or maybe you know some yummy recipes for cakes, cookies, or breads without soy? She has a sweet tooth almost as bad as mine, which means we both echo Swistle's sentiment: I almost feel like I cannot be happy if I don't have sweet things to nibble on. You can imagine how bleak this would be, to be facing a LIFE without normal candy or ice cream or birthday cake.
Recipes, please!

11 comments:

Bird said...

I will ask my mother-in-law who is the queen of all things alternative.

Anonymous said...

try this link:

http://www.vitacost.com/Healthnotes/Index/Soy-Free.aspx

Jana said...

I am also allergic to soy and it made my life difficult for a very long time. I don't have any recipes to share because all I did was basically cut out ALL processed food for a couple of years. Fortunately, bi-weekly allergy injections have made my life a lot easier by building up my immunity to soy (and the other 50 things I'm apparently allergic to even though I had no idea). Are the injections a possibility for her? They're a pain (literally), but they work.

SLynnRo said...

I was gluten free for awhile (suspected food allergy) and I had access to tons of overpriced groceries, and I still had a difficult time keeping myself fed. My sympathies.

jess said...

you're the best :)

Astarte said...

Oh, holy crap! What a thing to be allergic to!!!! Best of luck to your poor friend! Is she allergic to other nut products, too?

Kelsey said...

Oh, I wish I had some suggestions. My daughter has a severe peanut allergy so we know all about label reading, etc. It is really difficult. I am mostly commenting to offer my sympathies and maybe you can pass along to her that it *is* difficult but it will get easier.

I know a woman whose daughter is allergic to soy and I will try to get in touch with her and ask about recipes/resources.

Maggie said...

Hmmmm I will have to work on this. I like to cook, so I make most things from scratch -- how does she feel about cooking? Or is she looking for more pre-packaged types of things?

I'll have to check my recipes and get back to you...

Jess said...

Wow. This is awful. I had no idea. And have no advice. But still, thanks for sharing.

Fine For Now said...

Nothing to add about soy, except I tried soy milk for the first time yesterday and it was really gross!

Nowheymama said...

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network is the best allergy site there is. www.foodallergy.org