Right. So, out of the three major food groups I've been avoiding for over SIX years now (six!!!), soy has been the trickiest. When I was eating quite unhealthy food back in the States, you can bet that I was eating loads of soy without even realizing it. It's added to virtually all processed foods now, which is a shame - this overload of soy makes some of us allergic or intolerant over time, and now we can't enjoy the really GREAT foods that are made from soy - particularly all the delicious asian cuisines that take great care in using non-gmo soy products and tofu in vegan dishes. But I read about bragg's liquid aminos, a soy and tamari substitute, that is made from guaranteed non-gmo soybeans and is packed full of nutrients. Even though it comes directly from soybeans, the benefits seemed to great to not try it out for myself. I feel as though I've been pretty well off the soy for so long now, that it's always useful to try and incorporate small amounts of what you've been avoiding back into your diet to test your body and resilience. (If you are ALLERGIC, please do not test out a particular food until you have consulted with your regular health professional) - as always, everyone is different and may experience different reactions to foods. This is just what works for me and my individual chemistry!
And so, armed with a fridge FULL of fresh vegetables from the farmer's market, I made a classic quick and easy stir fry. I grated some carrots, chopped up some fresh onions and garlic, a bit of ginger, a very very hot red chili, a red pepper, and some giant leaves of rainbow chard. Cooked them all up in my wok, then added a splash of bragg's - probably about a tablespoon max. And ate up my delicious colorful meal. And I felt fine!
This isn't to say that I'll be hitting the tofu hard now. Baby steps!
If you are considering bringing foods back into your diet, I would recommend finding only the purest, cleanest version of the food. For dairy, always choose organic. Same for eggs. For soy, as close to the purest, organic soybean as you can find - beware of the fertilizer-treated, "Roundup Ready", cheap crop varieties that are sold all over the place. And a little at a time shouldn't hurt. Of course, I won't be soaking all my food in Bragg's from now on, but if I feel like having a dish that requires a splash of soy sauce, I'll definitely be adding it in.
But it's great news if you're feeling frustrated by a void in your diet - moderation is the key, and is crucial to enjoying a full and rich diet!