For the month of April, I will be blogging every day (minus every Sunday but the 1st) about Interstitial Cystitis for The A to Z Blogging Challenge. Each day I will talk about a subject dealing with IC and my life living with it.
Today is S and I'm talking about Substitutions for foods.
When whole swaths of food and ingredients become off limits, figuring out substitutions is vital for IC. Some of the things I have to avoid are soy, anything spicy, anything citrusy, anything vinegary, MSG, caffeine, anything acidic. So lots of foods are now off limits to me. If I want something like Chinese or Mexican, I had to find a substitution. Fortunately, people with IC longer than I have figured out substitutions and shared them online. I've blogged about a few I've tried already.
Substitutions don't have to get fancy either. Sometimes it's as simple as using a different ingredient. Whenever I see a recipe that calls for buttermilk, I just use milk. Chocolate? Use carob. On occasion, I also just leave out the triggering ingredient. Like many things related to IC, it's all trial and error.
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