Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!
Ashley and I recently moved and, as to be expected, we learned that moving can be stressful. I expected the stress of finding a new place to live, packing/unpacking, and settling into a new neighborhood, but I didn’t expect the impact that avoiding soy had during the whole moving process.
Avoiding soy felt way more limiting than usual during the move, and I think there were two contributing factors to this:
- We usually cook at home a lot, which is more challenging to do when all your kitchen stuff is in boxes. With most (and/or all) of our pots and pans packed up, our meal options were pretty limited. We were pretty busy at the time of the move (understandable), and we didn’t do a good job of planning our meals to match with the state of our kitchen. As a result, our eating degraded to meals that we didn’t need to cook. These types of food are more likely to contain soy and are more challenging to find. While we didn’t eat any soy, we did expend a lot of time and energy figuring out what to eat.
- It isn’t easy to run out and grab soy-free take-out for dinner. When all our kitchen stuff was in boxes, it was easy to want to just order food. The problem with this plan? Tons of delivery food (even pizza) contains soy! So even when we were ordering food we had to be careful about which restaurants to choose from, and sometimes had to call to ask about ingredients before getting food. Normally this extra hurdle isn’t a problem. We don’t mind being selective about foods and calling ahead before we go out to eat can be pretty easy, but doing it night after night (because we took several days to unpack the kitchen) gets very tiring.
Learn from our mistakes! When moving with a food intolerance or allergy here is what we suggest:
- Plan your meals realistically, even planning when/where you plan to eat out can be a huge help
- Plan when you will pack/unpack your kitchen (make sure your meal and kitchen plans are aligned)
- Pre-cook some food that you can warm up for a meal or two
- Stock up on soy-free snacks, and keep them accessible (Larabars saved us from several hunger-based arguments!)
- Plan when you will go to the grocery store after you move
The next time we move, we’ll do more advance planning to make it easier to eat soy-free during the process. Moving can be stressful enough; don’t add in unnecessary food restriction complexities if you don’t have to!