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Posted on: Thu, 07/13/2006 - 9:46am
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Jennifer,
Have you tried IM Healthy Soy Nut Butter. Personally, I thought it tasted more like peanut butter.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 4:25pm
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have you tried the creamy sunbutter? i like the natural sunbutter but the creamy is divine. i eat it, the creamy version, (when i have it...the s/h is pretty high) and i swear i don't miss pb at all. it's as good or better to me. it might not be exactly the same straight from the jar (like on a spoon) but with good bread and a little jelly, i cannot tell the difference. it's also good on fruit, crackers, etc. i actually can eat it straight from the jar...i love it.
worrying about my kids has been the big downer about PA but living with out peanuts has not been hard for me. i do feel for those here who have multiple fa's to deal with. milk and eggs, for example, now that would be HARD. (not so much hard to live without...but really, really hard to avoid).

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2006 - 1:47am
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We do not purchase any food that says may contain.
I want my child to feel that he is safe in our home and out of pure respect for his situation and feelings, I do not eat things that he cannot have.
i do not make a big deal if others are eating may contains around him.

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2006 - 5:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by SallyL:
[b]On the odd occasion that we do buy a may contain, I'm not concered about it. She's 2 so of course she isn't allowed to freely roam the cupboards looking for food! [/b]
heh, you might end up being surprised.
From a very early age (about 3 until I was 8 or 9), I found out that my dad would bring home food for himself and put it in the back of the tallest cabinet (the shelf was about 6" from the ceiling). My parents didn't find out until I was, oh, 7ish, that I'd wake up early in the morning, pull a chair up to the counter, climb up on the chair, climb onto the counter, STAND on the counter, and reach up and over to get at the food he would bring home. I'd eat some of it (usually it was rye bread or something), wrap it back up, get BACK UP on the counter, and put it back exactly where I found it.
It was usually something harmless because 1) he never brought in unsafe foods (at least, I never reacted to anything I snuck), and 2) he put food there so I wouldn't eat it all (working night shift, he'd bring home stuff for lunch the next day, and I'd get up in the morning and eat it before he even had a chance to get to it).
Just an FYI for all the parents of PA kids who don't read ingredient labels yet (or don't look if it's something at home). Remember, if it is a may contain, make sure you point it out to them as soon as it comes in the door so they don't eat it on the sly.

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2006 - 8:23am
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We don't keep peanuts or tree nuts in the house and as a rule we do not buy any may contains or made in a facility products. Recently however I purchased some weight watcher meals that say may contain on them. i didnt even read it to be honest it was something I bought previuosly and they changed the label. WW is for me though not son, lol. So I eat these when he is in school.
Anyway when we are at parties I will let the other two kids eat the desserts as long as not a nut product. My son is ok with this.

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2006 - 12:51pm
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There are some advantages to being PA.
I have tons of willpower in the grocery store and can resist buying cookies, ice cream, etc. but once it's in my house, I have no willpower at all.
If I'm having overnight guests and feel like I should have something decadent in the house - cookies, or whatever, to offer them, I buy 'may contains'. This is the only way I can ensure the cookies will still be there when the guests arrive!

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2006 - 1:34pm
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true..there are advantages to being PA...my 10 yr old PA daughter routinely tells friends (the ones who remind her how delicious pb is and how they couldn't live without it) that pb goes "straight to your thighs." not sure if it's true or not; but she enjoys saying it and seeing the looks on their faces. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
also; we don't eat a lot of sweets around here (bakery type stuff, candy, cakes, doughnuts, etc..) due to PA and cross cont. risks and i feel it's a plus for the family in general. not that we eat healthy, but i am trying.
just this week as we returned home from a week in chicago, i tossed almost everything in the pantry and refrigerator (pure junk though not sweets) and went to the store for healthy replacement food. my kids aren't too happy at the moment but i'm determined to feed them better before i've permanently ruined their eating habits.
PA does help in some ways in the attempt to eat healthy (though i'd certainly be willing to give it up at any time).

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:36am
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we don't generally purchase anything that says "may contain..." or "processed in a facility that....." so my kids rarely are around them in the home. by rarely, i mean that i do not purchase or bring in may contains. occasionally (once in a blue moon, usually around the holidays) my older non-fa daughter will bring something in that is may contain but it always goes right to her bedroom (which is on another floor of the house).
however, i do not request that others do not eat them around my two PA girls. this includes friends, outings, school (including the classroom), etc. we also do not suggest washing up afterwards etc. i guess i figure the risk is pretty low that the food item contained peanuts in the first place and even lower that what little was there will get onto/into my girls as a result of someone else eating the may contain.
so far, it's worked for us. for me, there is so much involved in getting others to be considerate and educated about having peanuts/peanut products near my girls. i feel that if i can just get them to eliminate the "major" risks around my kids, i've accomplished a lot.
just my opinion...and it may be incorrect. i have just found that people are so much more compliant with me (us) regarding items containing peanut as an actual ingredient if i handle it this way.
an important factor for me, is that we've had no reactions from other people eating may contains around the girls. as for the girls themselves eating may contains....that's a definite no (for us).

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:48am
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Ditto.
We both bring may-contain items into the house... but we call DD's attention to them as being [i]unsafe for her to eat[/i]. We feel that this is the only way that we can train her to live in the real world without terrible risk. (In other words, we would NEVER have nuts, eggs, or pn products in the house)
I ask that others do not bring may contains into my house or my office space (since DD spends time at my desk quite frequently).
I have trouble enough getting them to respect restrictions on overt pn products. I feel that the major risks are the ones I need to focus my energies on, as DD is aerosol and contact sensitive-- these DO present real hazards even if [i]she isn't eating them[/i].
May contains? Well... as long as DD isn't eating them, they really don't carry the same kind of risk, IMO.

Posted on: Sat, 07/08/2006 - 2:49am
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Yes, I (+DH and non-PA-DD) eat "may contains" outside of our home. Everything that comes in our house is safe for our PA DD to have (no "may contains" in our home) but we eat "may contains" elsewhere.

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