Starbucks: the only thing I have found that I can order at Starbucks is a Matcha Water. Its their Matcha tea powder and water instead of milk and no simple syrup. (They normally use this powder for their Matcha green tea lattes which comes made with milk and simple syrup) Now you can not have the milk or the simple syrup and that means that they can not charge you for a latte. Starbucks policy is no milk=no latte pricing. Means your 16 oz (grande) Matcha Water will cost you less than a buck and they ALL carry it in store. Even the tiny ones in the mall. The trick is to order with cold water steamed. Now they may look at you funny first
Jack in the box: regular fries and grilled chicken
Here is a running list of things I have discovered to be fermented and therfore a big no-no: I’ve provided alternatives I like if one was found
Vinegar – and yes this means anything containing vinegar! Mayo, mustard, ketchup, salad dressings, soy sauces, basically all your condiments are out. Sorry, no alternatives I like yet except fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt pepper and maybe garlic salt or garlic powder
Coffee- alternatives: roasted chicory, love this stuff but it has no caffeine otherwise super close to coffee. I take a caffeine pill equivalent to a cup of coffee with it to get that missing boost. Note that it’s 10 x stronger because it’s more water soluble than coffee. I use 1 tablespoon in a 12 cup coffee brewer and that works for me but I like strong c so it might even be too much. also you use less AND it’s way cheaper than coffee, BONUS
Black Tea- alternatives: green tea, herbal teas, and white teas should be ok unless your going with the whole “nothing dried” idea. Matcha is really good for you and supports your metabolism like no other green tea. It’s not fermented and freeze dried to form a powder so it’s thicker/creamier than tea. See my “going out” section for info on ordering at Starbucks (hint: get used to “special requests” because you can almost never order a la cart again… Even at Starbucks)
Wine- alternatives: vodka
Truvia (artificial sweetner that is a mix of Steevia and FERMENTED FRUIT)- alternatives: Splenda or equal
The first information I was given about what food to avoid was by my doctor and included the following:
Anything Fermented (this includes many more foods than one might think such as: coffee, black tea, vinegar, and wine)
Cured meats (Salami, ham, pepperoni, etc.)
Dried foods (some claim this includes dried herbs and spices but I have not researched yet)
Most canned foods (this is because the preservative used in most canned foods is yeast or yeast derived. Look for yeast, yeast extract or “citric acid” as this used to be citrus derived but for some reason is now actually a yeast derived product)
Citric Acid- this is a biggie. As stated above its found in most canned foods, but also in most carbonated beverages. NOTE: Fresh Express salads recently change from a chlorine wash to a citric acid wash!! I wrote to the company and confirmed this information. DO NOT EAT!
Milk (enriched milk, which you will find all store bought milk is, has yeast) Some soy and rice milks are also beginning to enrich their products so check the labels carefully!
Enriched Items, the reason enrich items like milk or enriched flour have yeast is because the vitamins they use, specifically the B vitamins, are processed with yeast. Check your vitamins!! If your vitamins do not say “YEAST FREE” then get rid of them, they have yeast.
I started this blog because I was diagnosed with a food allergy to yeast and quickly became confused. At first I thought “no problem, bread and beer, I can do without those” but little did I know what this diagnosis really meant. If you are unfortunate enough to have a yeast allergy than you know what I mean. Yeast is in just about everything and worse is all the confusion, misinformation, and down right arguing about what does and does not have yeast. When searching you will find lots of information about Candida and the Candida Diet. It’s NOT the same thing. Yeast allergy is a histamine response to the protein in yeast. Your immune system is actually reacting to the yeast protein and can cause an array of awful symptoms. Candida is an overgrowth of active yeast in your system but not with the histamine or immune response. The main difference in the types of food available is that you are not allergic to sugar but the Candida Diet eliminates all sugars. Also, I have noticed some foods on the Candida Diet that do in fact contain yeast. So this blog is going to be loaded with all the information I find out about yeast allergy and my research as I try to clear up all these misconceptions as best I can.