Food allergies and weight gain

Posted By on November 3, 2009

We’re a gluten-free casein-free (dairy free) house and a couple years ago we added corn to the list of no-nos.

There is a very interesting article by Mark Hyman over on HuffPo about common food allergies like gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, yeast, and peanuts and sometimes soy and how there seems to be a relationship between weight gain (or difficulty losing weight) and eating foods you are somewhat allergic to.

Dans Wheat Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Dan's Wheat Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I know that I rapidly lost 65 pounds (a 25% weight reduction) when I went on a gluten-free dairy-free diet and I’ve only gained 10 pounds back in the last 12 years since.

Our son has been having serious acne lately and we’re going to experiment with eliminating peanuts for a couple weeks and see if that has any positive impact.

As the holidays are approaching I thought I’d share our favorite pie crust recipe. This is also available at my GFCF Pumpkin pie page.

Rice based piecrust

Makes two 10-inch pie shells

2/3 cup rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
3 tbsp potato starch
1 tsp xantham gum
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp Gluten-free baking powder
3 tbsp cold dairy-free margarine (omit and double the shortening below if you can’t find a suitable margarine)
3 tbsp cold vegetable shortening in small pieces
1 egg yolk
3 tsp cold water
1 tsp cider vinegar

Blend the dry ingredients.

Cut in margarine and shortening until mixture resembles a course meal. Add egg yolk, water, and vinegar.

Wrap dough in plastic and press into a ball. Chill for 1 hour.

Between two sheets of plastic wrap, roll dough out into a 12-inch circle (about 1/4-inch thick). Remove top sheet of plastic wrap and flip pastry onto a 10-inch pie plate. Keeping the plastic wrap over the top of the crust, pat it into the pan, piecing together any parts that separate when the crust lands in the pan. Remove the second sheet of plastic wrap. Crimp edges.

About The Author

Dan is the Director of Studio Operations and co-founder of Autistry Studios which means that he's the guy who keeps everything working. Mechanical, Electrical, and Computational. In his spare time he teaches many "build stuff" workshops and if any time is left over after that he builds model trains or anything else he is momentarily interested in.