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I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Alcoholic foods to avoid!

For those of you that don't already know which foods tend to have alcohol in...
Unheated foods (mostly desserts) are the ones that contain alcohol in its unaltered state. Because at christmas we tend to eat stuff that we wouldn't eat the rest of the year, its easier to get caught out.

Brandy butter: Obvious I know. Besides it just sounds quite disgusting. I've never had it so I don't know. But I think it sounds VERY easy to avoid.
Mince pies: Sometimes they put brandy or liqueurs in them.
Chocolates: Watch out for the ones with liqueurs in. the barrel shaped ones are always a bad idea! ALWAYS read the accompanying pictorial guide BEFORE you eat the chocolate!
Sherry trifle: Obvious I know, but I thought I should include it.
Christmas pudding: Nearly always has some sort of alcohol in it. You can get alcohol free ones in tesco and most places.
Black forest gateau.
'Normal' cakes from places like Patisserie Valerie. They are always doused in alcohol after cooking.
Cakes and Gateaux. Often have Kirsch in.
Any kind of pudding that is on fire!
Ice creams in restaurants. Often have liqueurs added.
Not sure but I think the Hagen daaz chocolate ice cream has a liqueur in it. But even if it didn't, you shouldn't be eating it anyway! Hahaaaha..
Any cooked main meal where the alcohol has been added at the later stage.
A cooked main meal including alcohol which has been cooked minimally.

Each to their own. I have an unusual eating regime in that I don't eat a lot of cooked food at all, bar whole wheat rice,pasta and bread. Basically, I don't cook! But when I used to eat 'normal food' or when I was eating out I would pretty much choose things which had not been cooked in wine, beer etc, because I just felt more comfortable doing that.

That reminds me. I don't really eat out at all, but when I used to eat out and went to places that were not familiar or regular haunts, I was VERY disappointed by how unhelpful and disinterested the staff were in checking if certain recipes had alcohol in them or not. They very clearly could not give a toss. But what do you expect from people on a minimum wage?
What I mean is, do NOT expect staff unbeknownst to you to care, or even show the slightest interest in whether there is alcohol in your food or not. It's very 'whatever' out there.
In the end I used to just not bother with puddings as I got SO fed up with nagging staff for non alcoholic desserts, only to be given ones with alcohol in. These would not have been standard 'family style' restaurants, more 'grown up' ones. Not a harvester for instance! I don't think harvester DO alcoholic puddings!! Perhaps you have a better service culture in your area, but I dismay with the stuff I've had to deal with. Especially when the staff barely speak English. I think minimum wage culture just lends itself to total apathy and indifference to diners.

I do eat the weirdest crap, but I love it! I felt really tired this morning so adopted my 'tired' food regime. Which is a pint of freshly juiced carrot juice with ginger, and 750g of finely shredded organic carrot topped with 3 apples blended into a smoothie. Sound disgusting, but I LOVE it! And it ALWAYS raises my energy level and makes me feel bright as a button. Even when I felt BLEH beforehand. Food is really cool, if you can find ways of making it work for you. I always resort to raw fruit and veg when I need extra reserves of energy and general bounciness. I just can't imagine going back to the old way I used to eat. Processed food is all chemicals and additives. Yuk! Mind you I do have quorn and soya from time to time, which is probably got got lots of weird stuff in it. Note to self: ditch the ready-made veggie Quorn crap.

Anyway, I have study to do! Have a fabulous Wednesday!


Recovery Road London said...

I eat tiramasu.

Avoid foods which contain alcohol as an ingredient? Hmm. Don't think so. An ongoing debate in many a meeting room.

Shannon said...

I am one of those who dont eat foods prepared with alcohol, evn when people say it has been cooked out... also I dont buy mouth wash, cough syrp ect with alcohol either... for me... but other do and its between them and their God

Dharma Kelleher said...

This is obviously a choice that each person should make consciously for themselves.

Personally, I don't have a problem with eating foods made with alcohol simply because it doesn't trigger my addiction. But I know that some people are triggered by such foods. For them, abstaining is a loving choice.

Thank you for sharing on this topic. I know it helps a lot of people.


Judith said...

This reminds me of the time this summer when my father-in-law told me I could have any dessert I wanted when we went out to a fancy restaurant in NYC for dinner. I just raised an eyebrow at him and said, "Well, I guess I'll have the Grand Marnier-soaked Oranges, then."

Funnily enough, my father-in-law ended up ordering that for his dessert. I got tartufo.

Occasionally tiramisu is made without alcohol and just espresso. It's one of my favorites, so I ask first. A good tiramisu is not dependent on the booze.

I've also gotten soups that decidedly did not have all the alcohol cooked out and that I didn't even know there would be alcohol in the recipe. Doesn't hurt to sniff first when eating out.