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Passover is, by far, the busiest time of year for Orthodox Jewish families. I started out feeling worn out and tired before the holiday even began. I just haven’t been feeling my best. I suspect that the unusually cold winter we’ve just had may be one factor. Another suspected factor is a brand of rice cakes I’d been eating regularly. One of my children noticed the “may contain traces of wheat” warning on the label. I’d stopped eating them about a week before Passover, but it takes me a few weeks to fully detox from wheat, so I was still reacting when the holiday began.
My usual Passover routine is to make a lot of things from scratch. This enables me to avoid additives and “avoids” in foods as much as possible. I usually make my own mayonnaise from complaint oils and squeeze my own lemon juice. But this year, I couldn’t find any “Kosher for Passover” oils except for olive oil and cottonseed oil. I do use plenty of olive oil, but I also wanted milder flavored oil for mayonnaise and baking. It’s been several years since I’ve been able to find walnut oil, but this year I couldn’t even find any grapeseed oil! I’ve tried making mayonnaise from 100% olive oil in the past and I didn’t like the flavor.
The main reason I make my own mayo is to avoid the cottonseed oil, which is an “avoid” for all blood types. It’s also not classified as a “food crop” and may contain pesticides not permitted on other food oils. I’ve been avoiding cottonseed oil for decades, long before I knew about BTD. But, I wasn’t willing to have a mayo-free Passover, and if I was going to have to have cottonseed oil mayo anyway, I might as well save myself some work and buy it ready-made.
I also decided to purchase lemon juice this year instead of buying a huge sack of lemons. There are preservatives in there, but it was cheaper than buying lemons and WAY less work. I may do this again next year; I’ll see how my finances and energy levels look going into Passover.
This is the first year that Leah wasn’t home for Passover, so I ended up over-buying some items. Normally, I’m good about staying away from the sugary desserts and leaving them for the kids. But with one less child eating them, nobody seemed to notice or mind that I was eating some chocolate macaroons every day. I just let myself get into lazy habits.
In previous years, I’d been very good about staying away from my “avoids” except for the oat matzah and a specified small amount of each sugary treat for the first day or two. This year, I let myself get into the habit of eating sugar every single day, and continued for a day or two after the holiday ended. I even started putting brown sugar in my yerba mate!! During the year I use blackstrap molasses, but that’s not available for Passover- so I should have drunk it unsweetened.
I’ve been back to my usual diet and I’m starting to feel better. But I’m nowhere near 100%. I’m mad at myself because I know this was completely preventable
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