How to maintain a balanced diet?

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Hello, After reading so many of your post I was just curious as to how you maintain good eating habits and balance calories with food allergys...My PA/EA asthmatic(picky eater) son is two and just starting to show signs of chubbyness....The doctor wants me to reduce his calories and that is fine but..Even with so few allergies I have my hands full.. I was wondering how all of you do it with so many different allergies...I think he has some undiscovered allergy also..He has been getting a rash for no reason,big one on his left cheek. Ps...I love this site !! You are all wonderful !

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On Mar 28, 2006

We eat simply, meaning I use foods from each food group to put our meals together. By eliminating many processed foods that contain your child's allergens, you can actually serve a healthier, balanced diet. Choose a protein - meat, poultry, fish. Pick a grain - rice, pasta, whole grain bread, etc. Lots of fruit and veggies. Substitute in recipes for the foods you or your child can't eat. Yes, it takes time to learn recipes to make foods from scratch. But, maybe learn how to make one new dish per week; choose simple, quick ones, unless you are looking for a challenge. There are many posted in the recipes threads.

Good luck, Naturemom

On Mar 28, 2006

I hear you! When we found out that we would have to eliminate dairy from our son's diet, we wondered what the heck we could eat. (Still do sometimes.) You would've thought that we'd lose some extra pounds too! (HA)

Our son is stick-thin, so calorie reduction is not an issue with us. But, while we are not very picky about breakfast (ds usually has a bagel with non-dairy "butter"), lunch and dinner always includes a big serving of veggies (usually green ones), a grain/starch and meat of some type. Okay, lunch is very commonly a sunbutter and jelly sandwhich, but there is almost always a veggie!

We also limit sweets. Since he is PA & DA, his sweets are limited anyway. Candy is a once in a great while thing. As are baked good (have to be home-made). No pop (soda). 100% juice drinks only 2x a day. So far so good. I really hope that I am instilling good eating habits for years to come.

Best of luck!

------------------ [i][b]Allergy Eliminator [/b][/i]

On Mar 28, 2006

Wow you both are really doing a great job!! Thank you for the replys....Our main down fall seems to be eating out ..If we are out at lunch or dinner and I can grab a salad or my other children something healthy..It is just DS usually gets Wendys...Quick, safe and he likes it...I love the recipes on this site!! very helpful( mostly sweets?). He only drinks a small glass of 100% juice daily...His big sisters love to snack and he is right there looking for a handout..He also drinks gatorade. I give him lots of veggies daily but he turns up his nose...Carbs seem to be his food of choice.We will just keep working at it..I am getting old I guess.For five years I worked with a dietitan, her right hand helper and now that I have kids it seems I know nothing??? I am just baffled by the quick feed me or else blues..

On Mar 28, 2006

My ds does not eat anything but carrots and broccoli, and that's mostly begrudgingly. However, I cook TONS of veggies in everything, Vegetable lasagna, veggie pizza, vegetable soup (always a hit with toasted cheese or cheese crackers), mashed potatoes (mostly cauliflower) will work if your kids like gravy otherwise you won't fool them. Fruit in muffins and breads, carrots can go in almost anything. We have no soy,peanuts or tree nuts in the house, ds is also allergic to corn and peas, but we can still cook and eat those for ourselves. Homemade tortillas are the latest hit (thanks to mom forgetting to put yeast in her bread dough). Both of my kids are just perfect weightwise, so sometimes I add olive oil if the day's rations have been relatively low cal and loaded with veggies, that would be easy enough to omit if their weight became a problem. If anything sounds like something your kids would eat, let me know and I will post the recipe. Good luck.

On Mar 29, 2006

We don't eat out at all. We eat homecooked foods made from simple ingredients. I put butter and/or brown sugar on vegetables to encourage the kids to eat them. My kids like butternut squash, yam, sweet potato, baked beans, crookneck squash, peas, broccoli, carrots, fresh spinach, zucchini, corn. They drink soymilk or water. Occasional 100% juice. No gatorade (just as bad as soda IMO!)

My advice: Stop the gatorade (and maybe the juice, too) He is filling up on sugary drinks, that's why he is not hungry enough to try new foods (and acts picky). Two year olds are supposed to be somewhat chubby--he may be getting ready for a growth spurt. If you want to get him to try new foods, offer new foods along with foods he likes. If he's hounding you for food before a meal, offer a veggie while you make the other food. When he's hungry he may try it. Try fruits first, then veggies.

Good luck! This picky stuff is just a toddler stage.

Cathy

On Mar 29, 2006

I think I struck it lucky that my kids don't mind veggies too much. (Although my 2 year old is starting to get more picky.) Peas, green beans, carrots, brocolli, cauliflower, salads, and beets. Corn on the cob when in season. Sometimes zukes and yellow squash. We usually eat them plain, but a bit of butter and salt can go a long way sometimes. My ds used to like to dip his green beans in ketchup! ew.

One thing that I found with veggies is that you have to keep trying differnt brands (we buy most of ours in frozen bags). I find most frozen peas yucky except for Safeway's petite peas. I went through about 5 different brands of frozen green beans until I found one that everyone liked. Still looking for good frozen corn.

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On Mar 29, 2006

Darkmage,

Have you tried C&W Petite White Corn? It's our favorite frozen corn. Also, if you rinse the corn a couple of times before microwaving it, it doesn't taste so "freezery".

Cathy

On Mar 29, 2006

hblmom Thank you!! I would like to try the mashed potatoes..and the veggie lasagna..It all sounded good..My children love mashed potatoes and they like cauliflower as well so we might be able to make a switch..I think you have a great idea for tucking veggies in everywhere...I am going to start that too.. Momcat Thank you as well!! I was wondering how you manage on the road..I would love to not eat out ever..(guess I am just lazy).I never used too. When my first child was young I carried her food always with me, but now that I have three children I am so scattered getting everyone and everything ready I don't usually think to bring anything but drinks and snacks...seems I have picked up a lot of bad habits ...And yes your right gatorade is not a good choice..I don't know why I started that either.. Darkmage Thank you too!! I have just switched to frozen veggies...They are very good..And there is a big choice..Can't wait for summer and my veggie garden...Canned seemed so convient but tastless...frozen is yummy..kids love them too..My DD favorite is spinach..My other DD favorite is the broccoli and cauliflower..Just the picky boy??? (like father like son)

On Mar 29, 2006

Steam a head of cauliflower until very soft, mash as you would potatoes, sometimes I add some actual potato as well. Sauce for Lasagna; 1 very large can tomatoes in juice 1 bag baby spinach 1lb carrots 2-3 zucchini Puree in food processor. Layer sauce in bottom of pan, dry lasagna noodles, fat free ricotta, sauce, repeat. I only put mozzarella and parm on the top to save on calories where dh and I are concerned. Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes, uncover and bake until golden. In the recipes section is a manicotti I made as well. If you are ambitious enough to cook the noodles, drain the tomatoes before you put everything in the food processor, I do this when I need a veggie sauce for pizza.

On Mar 30, 2006

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Originally posted by Momcat: [b]Darkmage,

Have you tried C&W Petite White Corn? It's our favorite frozen corn. Also, if you rinse the corn a couple of times before microwaving it, it doesn't taste so "freezery".

Cathy[/b]

I believe we have, Momcat. I think the main problem is that since my 2nd pregnancy when it made me sick, it just hasn't tasted good again. But I'll try the rinsing idea on my next bag. ds keeps asking for corn, so we make it once in awhile regardless.

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On Mar 30, 2006

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Originally posted by HaroldsMom: [b]Momcat Thank you as well!! I was wondering how you manage on the road..I would love to not eat out ever..(guess I am just lazy).I never used too. When my first child was young I carried her food always with me, but now that I have three children I am so scattered getting everyone and everything ready I don't usually think to bring anything but drinks and snacks...seems I have picked up a lot of bad habits [/b]

HaroldsMom,

I know it must be hard with three kids! I only have two--and they're small, so they don't eat much [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] When we travel, I put a cooler in the back of our van. I try to keep snacks with me in my backpack when we're shopping. We would probably eat out, too, but DS is allergic to eggs and along with DD's peanut allergy, it's just too difficult to find a safe restaurant.

Can you find some portable, healthy things that everyone likes? We take apple slices in little bags, baby carrots, clementines, fruit cups, dry cereal, crackers, etc.

Cathy

------------------ Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Mar 30, 2006

hblmom.. Sounds yummy..I can't believe you thought to put all those veggies in there...What a great idea!!Thank you again and I will make these this weekend...I will look up the manicotti as well..Thank you Ps do you cook all the veggies before you puree them..

Momcat.. Great idea about the cooler..I feel encouraged bye you creative ideas...I am going to try to do better and guess what DS likes water!! who would have guessed..He drank it all day and no gatorade.....Talk about overlooking the obvious! Thank you again I will just have to apply more effort..If you wonderful people can do it...we can too. :0)

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On Mar 30, 2006

Hello hblmom...I can't seem to find the recipe for the manicotti...sorry...Is it under a different title

On Mar 31, 2006

raised Manicotti in recipes for you. The chili threads are cool too, you can hide tons of veggies in chili (we don't do beans here).

On Apr 1, 2006

hblmom....No one...not even the pickiest eater ever noticed all the veggies in the lasagna..An it was very good..Thank you for a great idea..Manicotti is my next project. Also when I was pureeing all the veggies everyone kept coming in to the kitchen for a nibble because everything smelled so good.

On Apr 1, 2006

sorry for the double

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On Apr 2, 2006

HaroldsMom,

I'm glad I could help--People here have helped me so many times!

Cathy

On Apr 2, 2006

My kids are kind of limited in what veggies they eat--and what one likes, the other doesn't. So I put fruit on the dinner table a few times a week. They will eat a variety of fruits, and in a variety of colors, so I know they're not missing out on any nutrients. And I make sure they see me enjoying veggies, so eventually they may follow my example.

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