Monday, March 2, 2015

Dairy-Free Weekly Menu


Happy New Week!  

We are trying a new recipe with leftover steak tonight.  Steak Tortillas.  Hope it's yummy!  

You may also notice that we do a roasted chicken about every week!  It's so affordable.  We buy a whole chicken at Target for under $5, and it makes two meals.  :)  My family never tires of the yummy spices and juicy chicken on the first night.  And then shredding leftover chicken works for so many other meals the next night.

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Hamburgers
Beef Roast

What dinners do you have lined up for this week?  Anything I need to try?!


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat & Oat Dutch Oven Bread





Original Post:  1-10-14

One of our readers and local friends told me I had to try this Dutch Oven Bread recipe on Pinterest. When I finally got my 3 quart dutch oven, I was really excited to try this basic ingredient experiment. The first time I made this, I followed the ingredients and directions exactly.  When it came out beautifully, I was ready to make my alterations.

My Alterations
I wanted to get the white flour out and use more healthy grains.  So I went with wheat flour and oat flour.  I like using oats because I can get them cheap in bulk through Azure Standard.  To get oat flour, I just pulse oats in my blender.  Instead of three cups white flour as the original recipe calls for, I do two cups of whole wheat flour and one cup of oat flour.

Because of the flours I am using, I have found that I need to up the water portion.  I use two cups of water.

I did lessen the salt to 1-1/2 teaspoon, and I like to use sea salt instead of kosher salt.  I actually thought 2 teaspoons of kosher was too salty.  But I'm not a big salt fan, either.

Great for Food Allergies
This is such a basic ingredient recipe.  The other ingredients are literally just yeast and salt!  Talk about an economical recipe.  Great for those of us with dairy and egg allergies and especially for those who also have soy allergies!  My friend gave me this recipe because her family could not have the soy that is in most all sandwich breads at the grocery store.

The Right Dutch Oven
The thing you have to be careful with in this recipe is that many dutch ovens cannot be heated to high temps, and especially their handle cannot.  I did a lot of dutch oven research before I bought my Lodge. It can be heated, including the lid and knob, to 500 degrees.  So it works in this recipe.

It Takes Planning Ahead
The other thing about this recipe, while it's basic ingredient and easy, is you do have to plan ahead.  It has to sit at room temp for 12-18 hours.  I will either mix it together the night before I bake it, or I will mix it in the morning and bake it in the evening.

My friend had this mixed up on a regular basis so they never ran out.

Crunchy or Soft
This bread does come like an artisan bread from a restaurant.  It has a crunchy crust.  Graham doesn't love things that are tough to eat...he has the tiniest mouth and teeth.  So instead of storing our bread in a towel to keep the crunch, I store ours in a baggie and then the outside softens up to Graham's preference.

Since I have deemed it "Soup Week" at our house this week (remember the Polar Vortex?), I thought it only appropriate that I get this recipe posted. This bread is perfect to serve with soup!!!  My boys like it for dipping but also like it topped with honey or jam.  :)

So you can either follow the linked, original recipe for the white bread version...or if you want a little healthier version with wheat and oat flour...see my altered recipe below.  Both will delight!  Just be sure to visit Simply So Good's site for directions on how to exactly make the bread.  I'm just sharing my altered ingredient list below.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dairy Allergy FAQ ~ What Kind of Milk Should My One-Year-Old Drink?



Original Post 7-23-13

I am starting a section here on the blog for the most frequently asked questions from our Facebook page.  

The first question we will start with is...

"What kind of milk do I give my one-year-old?"

Many parents have chimed in on our Facebook page to share what has worked for them.  And now I hope many will leave comments on this blog post with their same great tips and advice so we have all their helpful answers in one place.  

As for us, I had the same pressing question when Miles turned one.  Our pediatrician told us that milk is not as important as our culture makes it out to be.  In other words, kids don't need to walk around the house all day with bottles and sippy cups of milk.  He said that dairy milk is really fattening and that we would be fine getting our calcium from leafy vegetables and our fats from oils, avocados, and beans.  

However, seven years in hindsight, I do think that Miles probably needed more calcium because he now has really weak teeth.  But the good news is that there are calcium fortified "milks" out there like soy, almond, and coconut.  If I had it to do again, I WOULD make sure that Miles got 2-3 glasses of these alternative milks each day for the calcium.  I am now trying to implement those habits...better late than never.  


Here are some options for dairy-free milk

As for the "milk" of our choice, we did rice at first.  Then we moved to soy until I started to hear about how boys shouldn't have a lot of soy.  THEN I got brave enough to go the tree nut route, and that's when we moved to almond milk (allergy testing showed no tree nut allergy).  Last year Miles reacted to cashew even though he drinks almond milk everyday.  So our allergist told us to continue with almond milk as long as he doesn't have a problem with it.  Of course we stay away from cashew.  

Another option is coconut milk although we have not been fans of the taste.  

There are also now other alternatives on the market like hemp milk and flax milk.  I haven't tried these.  


Pay attention to sugar content

No matter what "milk" you use, also do not make my mistake of getting your child used to "sweetened" milk. Again, did I mention bad teeth?  Once I got smart about it, I moved to unsweetened almond original and unsweetened almond vanilla, and I'm fortunate that my boys made the transition off of the sugary stuff ok. But I recommend leaving out the sugar from the start unless you need to mix a little of the sugary in for weening off nursing and/or formula for a season.  

Through our Facebook page, I have heard from many other milk allergy parents who have experience with transitioning from formula/breast to "milk".  If you are a parent with thoughts to share, please do so in the comments section on this post.  We all appreciate your help!  And if you are looking for tips, I hope you find the comments as helpful as I think you will!  


Consider adding Vitamin D
Our doctor told us that vitamin D was required for the absorption of calcium.  So I now use one drop of Vitamin D in a glass of milk for each of my kids daily.


Please comment below about what kind of milk you transitioned to for your one-year-old and why.  Thanks!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dairy-Free Weekly Menu



I'm quite late on the weekly menu this week.  Sorry about that!  This week I don't have a meatless meal planned like usual.  Beans, lentils.  I was all out of those so I guess it's time to stock up again.  

Jeff's special is usually some kind of venison dish.  I leave those to him.  He's really good at making stews and roasts to use up the meat from his hunting.  

RECIPE LINKS
Chipped Chicken on Toast

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Dairy-Free Chipped Chicken on Toast



This is one of our favorite "leftover chicken" recipes, and it's super easy to make.  This recipe usually comes a night or so after our roasted chicken dinner.  It's a great way to use up the dark meat that is leftover.  

Growing up, my mom made "chipped toast" with a white sauce made from milk and flour.  But I have learned to make our chicken toast more flavorful by including chicken broth.  It's so good this way!  

Plus, if you don't LOVE the taste of milk alternatives for cooking creamy stuff...the added chicken broth definitely helps deter some of that taste.  

I simply make up this chicken gravy recipe over at Tammy's Recipes, and serve it over toast.  On a good day, I will make up biscuits but toast is much easier.  

I do like to use our own chicken broth for this recipe.  If you haven't tried making your own yet, I recommend it.  It's addicting!  

How about you?  Do you still make this old fashioned dish at your house???

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

E-Cloth Clearance Mop $29.99



Just wanted to let ya'll know that we have a dozen of these non-telescoping, clearance mops left.  These are voted "Best Washable Mop" by Real Simple magazine.  I use mine daily, especially with the dust pad for kid dirt and crumbs.

The pads simply velcro on and off for easy machine washing.  

Enjoy the quick-dry of the wet pad (comes with mop) and the static cling of the dust pad (extra for $13.99).  

As always, let us know if you have any questions!

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20% Off Green Eats Today ~ Amazon



I'm excited to see that Amazon is offering 20% off Green Eats items today!  This includes these adorable trays in blue, green, orange, and yellow.  They also have divided plates, bowls, cups, and utensils. 

I love that these are BPA-free, made in the USA, and free of harmful chemicals.  

Since we are always home to eat with food allergies and home schooling, I always welcome new ways to mix up meal time.  

I often get asked about our lunch trays and where to get some.  So I hope you can take advantage of this fun deal!  :) 

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Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Orange {Wacky} Cake



On this snowy weekend, it was the perfect time to make a different variation of our popular, basic cake.  This time we made ORANGE flavor with vanilla Pillsbury icing.  


BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CAKE


This is a basic ingredient recipe that is also dairy and egg free.  It's yummy and moist and tastes like "normal" cake!   

This is also known as 4-H cake, depression cake, crazy cake, and wacky cake in other circles.

This recipe is for 12 cupcakes, a 9x9 cake, or an 8x8 cake.

Double the ingredients for 24 cupcakes, a double layer round cake, or 9x13" cake.

See other cake flavor options below. 



DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE ORANGE CAKE

Heat oven to 350.

Grease pan(s) with an allergy safe food if you are making this for someone with food allergies. We have luck with most Pam sprays and or dairy-free margarine also works. 

1 3/4 c flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1 c cold orange juice
2-3 drops orange essential oil (optional)

Combine ingredients by hand or with a mixer.  We use our KitchenAid Stand Mixer because it gets out all the flour lumps well.  Pour batter into greased pan or muffin cups. 

Bake in oven until done, when cake springs back to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean. Time varies on the pan you use, 15 to 30 minutes possibly.



DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE HOMEMADE FROSTING

1/4 cup chilled dairy-free margarine
1/4 cup chilled shortening
1-3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix chilled margarine and chilled shortening with a mixer, in a chilled bowl.  Add vanilla.  Slowly add powdered sugar.  Put in frig to chill before icing, if necessary.  

You can make this soy-free by using soy-free margarine like Earth Balance.  They make a soy margarine, too, so make sure you get the right one.


DAIRY-FREE STORE-BOUGHT FROSTING

If you want frosting from a tub, Pillsbury Creamy Supreme has been dairy-free but does contain soy.  It comes in flavors of Chocolate Fudge, Classic White, and Cream Cheese. Be sure to check labels because ingredients can change!




OTHER WACKY CAKE RECIPES

Chocolate Cake

Vanilla Cake

Confetti Vanilla Cake

Spice Cake


OUR FAVORITE CUPCAKE LINERS



If your family ends up wanting these cupcakes regularly like mine does, you may want to think about picking up some of these 100% silicone, food-grade cupcake liners...no plastic fillers like most brands. We love ours!  {aff}







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Friday, February 20, 2015

2 General Purpose e-cloths Ends Soon! While Supplies Last.



The e-cloth warehouse has found a few more of these for us to sell this weekend.  I expect they will be out of stock quickly.  Since we are looking at a snow storm this weekend, I plan to closely monitor the inventory and send orders through as I get them.  Hope you can snag these great colors before they are gone!  Click here to shop.  Thanks!


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The BEST Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer ~ Canned Coconut Milk



A FB reader recently asked what my favorite dairy-free coffee creamer is.  And that is a loaded question for me.  Because I have tried a LOT!  

When we began with food allergies, I actually believed the flavored, sugary mainstream creamers labeled "dairy-free" on the bottle.  NOT!  SOOOO not dairy-free...and full of sugar.  

So I wised up and started using dairy-free milks in my coffee.  Soy milk.  Then almond milk.  Only problem here was that the milks were so thin.  Not quite what I was used to having in my coffee.  

Then enter the experiment with bulletproof coffee.  Coconut oil.  You heard me right.  I'd put a big glob of hardened coconut oil into my coffee and then blend it up in the blender.  It was a great way to add another thing to clean in the morning...the blender.  And it tasted like...well, oil in my coffee.  I kept at it for awhile in the name of healthiness and good fats.  But I couldn't maintain that phase for very long.  

Next I went to half & half.  Yes, this is dairy in a big way.  It was a risk in our house.  But I tried it in the name of "growing up" and using what mature people use.  No sugar, just half & half.  And I really liked it.  But having milk in the house was weighing on me.  

FINALLY, I found my best dairy-free creamer option at a friend's house.  It does all the things I want coffee creamer to do:  

1.  It tastes good
2.  It makes my coffee light brown
3.  It's thick.
4.  It's dairy-free
5.  It is good healthy fat

It's CANNED COCONUT MILK.  It's absolutely perfect, and I look forward to my daily coffee now. Does it taste like coconut?  I'm sure it probably does.  I'm used to it so I can't really tell anymore. And adding sugar may make a difference.  But it's worth trying.    

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Enjoy Life Deals on Amazon


I started this post as a one touting Amazon's Subscribe & Save program.  I was all set to subscribe to 5 items to get 15% off.  But I looked into the program further before spreading the word and well...I don't reckon that I can handle keeping up with any price changes that Amazon puts on my items before shipping them the following month.  

SO, I'm just posting the good prices without Subscribe & Save discounts now.  That means they will ship in 2 days with Amazon Prime.  And these are still great deals compared to what I pay in-store.    


$18.34 for 6 boxes
$3.06 a box
(my personal favorite, great with coffee!)

$3.65 for 1 Box
(fantastic for not having to buy in bulk)



$21.32 for 6 Boxes
$3.55 a Box
(great way to sample the flavors!)




$22.25 for 24
 92 cents each
(great for on-the-go!)



$20.34 for 6 bags
Just $3.39 a bag



Hope you love these sweet, allergy-free deals!  

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Milk-Free Find ~ Applegate Breakfast Sausage



Hey Friends!  I have a favorite dairy-free food to show you.  And as you can see, I buy it in bulk.  

We gave up Banquet sausage links awhile ago for this more natural and trust-worthy dairy-free product. Breakfast sausage by Applegate is delicious.  I can barely choke down the slimy mainstream stuff anymore.  

The boys love sausage for breakfast, and it's worth having all this protein on hand.   

I have our health food store order these in bulk for me each month, and they give me a 10% discount.  Hy-Vee will also give 10% on bulk orders.  It's worth asking your local grocery store! 

While mainstream sausage is VERY risky for milk allergies, we are comfortable using Applegate with their clear labeling.  These are dairy-free and gluten-free.   No nitrates, nitrites, or antibiotics, either. 

You can read more at the Applegate website.

Ingredients:
Chicken, Water, Sugar, Maple Syrup. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Salt, Spices, Natural Maple Flavor (Caramelized Sugar, Natural Flavor, Natural Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar Molasses).
Spices: 
Sage, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices: Black Pepper, Red Pepper, White Pepper *Natural Flavors: Proprietary spice maker blend but no allergens.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Aquaphor Baby Ointment Deal $10.73


Right now on Amazon you can get Aquaphor Baby Ointment for just $10.73 after clipping the 15% off coupon.  Free shipping with a $35 order or Amazon Prime.  {aff}
Jeff swears by this stuff for eczema.  I don't think he's picky about if it's "baby" or "regular".  I just get what's on sale!  ;)  This is a large tub that lasts us all winter.  

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Dairy-Free Weekly Menu Plan



I hope our Monday Weekly Menu feature is helpful to you.  If you don't already know, you will soon learn that I am no gourmet cook!  ;)  But simple works for our family.  And nobody goes hungry.  

One of my best tricks to menu planning is to always have one day of leftovers.  I don't make a lot of extras at each meal, but somehow we always end up with enough leftovers for at least one dinner.  

Even if "leftover night" is a hodge podge of several meal leftovers, that's fine!  Everyone gets their favorite!  ;)

It's so easy to forgot you have leftover food in the frig if you don't make a plan to use it.  Then it goes bad, and you kick yourself when you have to throw it out.  Don't you agree?
Make your life a little easier by building in Leftover Nights in your menu plan.  :)

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dairy-Free Sour Cream & Onion Chips ~ Earth Balance


My milk allergic boy, age 9, has never had a sour cream and onion chip.  When I saw these Earth Balance chips on Amazon tonight, I was intrigued!  They are on a great sale, at $3.84 a bag.  Has anyone tried these?

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondue



Original Post:  12-24-14  REPOSTED FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!

Don't have time to make cookies and dip treats in chocolate before Christmas?  Still looking for something easy to do for treats?  Look no further than the dairy-free chocolate fondue spread!

I don't do this for Christmas, but I do it for Christmas weekend...our second get-together with my side of the family.  By the time Christmas Eve and Christmas are over, we are sick of sugar cookies and chocolate covered everything.  And I'm over cooking and baking!  

We have found the chocolate fondue to be the perfect answer to an easy and relaxed solution to needing to serve up something impressive after Christmas.  

We melt allergy-free Enjoy Life chips in a Crock Pot Little Dipper.  {aff}

Thursday, February 12, 2015

e-cloth Kitchen Pack {Scrubby Corner & Window Cloths} ~ Price Dropped!



The e-cloth Kitchen Pack has been price-cut to clear out inventory.  That's what happens when the company gets the wrong colors shipped in...these are the UK colors.  :)  

And speaking of the UK, can I just say how cool I feel to be cleaning like Europeans.  They are so far ahead of us on cutting chemicals.  e-cloth has been in Europe for over 20 years!  Only in the U.S. for about seven.  

Anyhoo, this pack with two of our most popular cloths has been dropped to $6.99 with FREE SHIPPING!  

The Kitchen Pack includes:
(1) Kitchen Cloth (scrubby corner) 
(1) Glass Polishing Cloth (window)

Norwex put out this scrubby corner cloth after e-cloth, and it runs $18.99 plus SH & tax.

The Norwex Window Cloth is $18.49 plus SH & tax.

Get both cloths by e-cloth, shipped right to you, direct-to-customer and save nearly $40.  :)  

Stock up quickly because once these are gone, they are gone!  



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Ibotta App Enjoy Life Bonus Offer



Calling all Ibotta app users!  I just realized there's a great Enjoy Life Bonus ending Friday, February 13th.  

When you redeem rebates on these three Enjoy Life items:

$1 on Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies
$1 on Enjoy Life Soft Cookies
$1 on Enjoy Life Soft Baked Bars 

You get an extra $1.50 cash-back bonus!  

That's a total savings of $4.50 on 3 Enjoy Life snack items.

And you can also use manufacturer coupons on top of the Ibotta app if you know of any out there.

If you haven't signed up for the app yet, you can learn more here!


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Dairy-Free Calcium Boost Orange Smoothie



As I deal with thinning bones and worry about my dairy-free boys getting enough calcium, my mind is on overload trying to come up with ways to get more calcium in our diets.  And I think I have a new secret weapon...broccoli stem smoothies.

We often eat broccoli.  But I am really bad about throwing out the stems.  Jeff tells me I need to peel them to eat them...and who wants to do that?!

As I researched calcium sources recently, I was definitely enlightened by all the broccoli talk.  Stalks and stems are certainly fair game.  And as luck would have it, I had two heads right in the refrigerator to experiment with.  

Alright, so let's use the stems somehow.  Maybe even the stalk.  But if I'm too lazy to peel them (except for the really hardy sections), why not blend them?  And blending points me to... SMOOTHIE!  Or soup.  But that's for another day.  

You would need a high powered blender to blend up broccoli well.  I don't own a Vitamix, but it blended like a charm in my Breville Blender.  {affiliate} 

What did I love about broccoli smoothies?  

1.  The smoothie didn't taste anything like broccoli.  
2.  The smoothie didn't turn green at all. My kids had no idea there was a vegetable in there.  
3.  Fiber and calcium!

Some sources say not to put broccoli into smoothies because too much can cause gas.  But we did well with two full stalks (about 2 cups) in our 3 cups of smoothie.  In the name of calcium, I'm willing to use our broccoli stems and stalks in this way on occasion.  :)  

Give this a try and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dairy Allergy and Bone Health



I just had to re-order my bone supplement so I thought I would share it with you.  The doctors actually found that I had osteopenia at at 35, the early stages of osteoperosis.  And here is why:

I have food sensitivities, myself.  Most notably, grains and straight dairy.  But I ate them all my life.  

Eating foods I didn't digest well led to acid reflux.  

So the doctors put me on Nexium in college, and I was on it for a DECADE!  (This is before I cautioned against meds and their side affects).  

When the doctors saw I had thinning bones, I figured out that was a side affect of Nexium and the doctors agreed.  I got myself off that crap in a jiffy!  

Weening off Nexium and other anti-acid meds is very, very hard!  But with diet and supplements, I did it.  

And now I have bone damage to deal with.  My chiropractor recommends New Chapter as a whole-food supplement. 

My general practice doctor is amazed that I'm on no medications at present.  But I'm on several supplements to keep it that way!  Dang side affects, URG!  

Do you have any thoughts on this topic?  Do you think as a dairy-free family that you should be taking calcium/bone supplements?  

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Emotional Encouragement for New Food Allergy Moms



Original Post:  2-26-10

I just got a comment from a new allergy mom that really touched my heart. I know that I and many of you allergy moms out there can relate to this new mom's feelings of despair and hopelessness. I think that is how we all feel when we first learn our child has food allergies. Here is what she had to say...


Looking for food allergy help

Hi Jamie, my name is Mary Beth. I came across your site when I was doing more research on allergies. My daughter Lila Bear *her real name by the way* was diagnosed 2 months ago with very severe cases of milk, egg, and dust mite allergies. We are going to Duke for a different allergist, one day before her 1st birthday, for a second opinion. We are 100% certain that she has these allergies but we are wondering if a food challenge is possible.  


I have no one to really talk to who knows what I'm going through or the anxiety I feel when I see someone across the room with cake or ice cream. I had to leave my friend's little boys party the other day because I thought someone might touch her after eating something with milk or eggs in it.  Touching is how we found out she had allergies.  I had a full blown panic attack and had to leave. I came home that night and after putting my little girl to bed, I sobbed for the rest of the night. 

I need advice....how do you cope? Milk is in everything! Sorry, I tend to get caught up in this subject!


Feelings of fear and anxiety are normal

Mary Beth, thanks for writing and for sharing your raw emotions on this topic. I remember far too well finding out that our son had severe food allergies and surfing the net desperate to find out what exactly this meant. Unfortunately, at that time, I just kept coming up with really sad stories. I also cried myself to sleep many nights and felt like the life I dreamed for my family and my baby was coming to a crashing halt.

I don't have to explain to you all the emotions that I felt...because you know. Mainly, I felt overwhelmed that it was my responsibility to keep my child safe while at the same time making his life "normal". I also feared that something horrible would happen. And I had no idea what to do next.



The anxiety subsides as you learn and fall into a life routine

Although I definitely "grieved" for several months, our lives got normal again. We now have a second child with severe allergies, but we handled that much better. It just takes some "adjustment" like it does with any other "curve ball" in life. 


I admit I go through a bit of grieving with each year's allergy test. So the sadness does come back, but it gets easier each time. Other times I just happen to read something or see something that touches me deeply and brings out my allergy grief unexpectedly. At those times I let myself cry,and I talk to my husband.  I guess I'm still sad about our situation. I know it is good for me to experience that sometimes so I'm not always keeping it bottled up inside.  But I'm able to come back to center after a good cry, and that's important. We want to function well.  Getting back to our daily routine always helps.  


It helps to look at the bright side of food allergies

  • You will find out that you are an exceptional parent! It seems to me that God chooses very special people to parent kids with food allergies. You are already taking the time and effort to get a second opinion so yep, I can tell you already fit the mold for an allergy mom!
  • You will grow as a cook and baker! And your family will eat so much healthier than average American families. You will almost start to embrace the fact that you rarely get to eat out, ha, ha. And did you know that many families avoid milk and eggs by CHOICE? There are definitely ways to eat without cows milk and real eggs.
  • There are tons of milk and egg substitutes out there! Rice, soy, almond milk. Flaxseed, applesauce, and more for eggs. You will be able to fix just about anything you want for your baby.
  • Your family will grow strong bonds as you embark on this food allergy mission together.
  • You will learn to live in the moment. Your child may completely outgrow allergies or she may not. We never know so we can't plan for the future either way. Just live in the moment and be thankful for every safe and happy day. This has been a big lesson for me, the ultimate "planner"! But a very good lesson!
  • You will most likely appreciate the new life paths that food allergies take you on.  For example, we became home schoolers because of food allergies and are now leaders in our community for that.  Now I can't imagine ever living any other way, we love it!  

I wrote an article for a local moms group that has some more thoughts you may find helpful. You can read that article here.



It also helps to find a community of support

We now have a very active Facebook page for our readers.  It's a wonderful community of support.  Please consider joining us so you know you are not alone.  You will also find some great tips and ideas there!  



Become empowered with knowledge and a plan

It sounds like you are already doing your research.  But here is our food plan strategy for new food allergy parents.  I hope it helps you, too.  


Comment to share more encouragement

Readers, please feel free to comment on this post to offer more encouragement and support.  I'm sure I'm missing many ideas and thoughts so we would love to hear yours as well.