PA *Can* Lead to Healthier Eating

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 2:58am
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I've noticed this a lot when it comes to things that we cannot buy because of my son's PA. He, himself, has rhymed off different things that he cannot have to eat because of his allergy. Most of the time, it's "junk food" - chocolate, candies, cookies.

Or, if it isn't one of those kinds of items, it will be something like a convenience type meal that you buy in the grocery store (I'm thinking Stouffer's for some reason).

I even read recently here about a particular brand of pasta sauce not being safe for PA individuals and I was shocked because I thought that it was "safe".

I remember talking to a girlfriend years ago re Jesse's PA and she said that perhaps because of it, I would get back to my "good old days" of baking things from scratch.

Not that that has happened and not even that we're eating particularly healthy right now, but if you look at it, for the most part, if you want to eat just regular, healthy food made from scratch, you never have to worry about PA.

Fruits, veggies, meats, etc.

Just thought I'd finally found something to put a positive spin on PA regarding.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 4:29am
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Cindy,
Glad you brought this up, as I'm surprised it seems to be rarely mentioned here, amid all the posts about safe candy, etc. (not that I'm knocking those who choose to consume)...
We've used DS's PA diagnosis as an opportunity to attempt to instill good snacking habits from the start.
My child doesn't eat candy. Doesn't miss it in the slightest, BTW. While his friends stuff themselves with all manner of junk food during snack time, my guy typically munches on an apple.
I suppose that as he gets older (he's 6 now), we'll eventually sucuumb to the relentless peer pressure, etc. and he'll eat a bit of it (all safe, of course). But given the alarming rates of childhood obesity and long-term health implications, among other things, we're probably doing him a huge favor right now. Granted, like many PA kids, he is a bit of a picky eater, but at least we don't devote time/energy around candy consumption issues.
BTW, I'm simply sharing this as an approach that we happen to take, not as an attack on anyone else's decisions.

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 4:40am
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Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
[b]BTW, I'm simply sharing this as an approach that we happen to take, not as an attack on anyone else's decisions.
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Hi Nutternomore,
Don't worry. I know you are not attacking people who eat peanut-free candy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Even though it must seem to everyone that I live on candy/chocolate, I really do eat a healthy diet. I eat french fries and potato chips only on rare occasions, and I only drink pop (known as "soda" down south) a few times a year. My major weakness is chocolate however, as I do have a chocolate bar (known as a "candy bar" down south) several times a week, plus the occasional Trebor Allan treat (ie: fuzzy peach, etc).
I do balance off my chocolate with frequent servings of Kellogg's Vector, Tropicana orange juice, etc. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I agree that PA has made me eat in a more healthy manner. For example, I rarely am able to eat cakes, pies, ice cream, baked goods, etc as they usually are not suitable for peanut allergic individuals. So as this thread suggests, in many cases a benefit of PA is you do eat less unhealthy food. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 5:49am
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Same over here. We've never been this healthy!
Since I have moved to the "cook everything from scratch" bandwagon, I have also moved to eating organic. It's no harder to do, and so much healthier, and tastefull too. (as in it tastes better).
PA is rarely even mentionned here, unless we go out to visit people we don't see much.
This week, I bought some Viva Puffs, and it almost shocked my mom! She couldn't believe I would let the kids eat them! She thought I was so *organic* that I wouldn't let them. Well, a little junk never hurt anyone. A lot of junk yes, but there's nothing wrong with a little.

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 6:04am
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It is ironic that because of Ben's allergies to egg, dairy, tomato and peanuts he very likely has a healthier diet then many. Calcium is always a concern but his foods are simple and almost always home made.

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 6:15am
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Along these lines, food allergies have also been good to our budget because we no longer eat out very often -- just too much hassle checking in w/ the kitchen, etc. Turns out to be easier (& safer & cheaper & healthier...) just to cook for ourselves!
Anne

Posted on: Fri, 04/30/2004 - 12:46pm
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Quote:Originally posted by ABreitner:
[b]Calcium is always a concern but his foods are simple and almost always home made. [/b]
Maybe Tropicana pure premium orange juice "Calcium" brand would be an option to increase calcium intake? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 05/01/2004 - 10:44am
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My PA son loves different types of fruit and veggies. He even loves salad! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] He eats very healthy. I guess both of my kids do, to a point. My non-PA daughter is allowed candy with peanuts away from home and she is excellent about washing up before coming in the door. But yes, my son is definitely a much healthier eater.
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Stay Safe!
Connie

Posted on: Sun, 05/02/2004 - 12:54am
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yep, i agree on this one too, im TN anaphylatic and im MUCH healthier than my bro ! I've NEVER had any chest,nose,throat,ear infection AT ALL whilst my bro has had things like glue ear, puemonia, chest infections/ear infections! infact the only infection i have EVER had is when i cut my finger but that cleared up before the end of the medication!

Posted on: Sun, 05/02/2004 - 7:02am
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White sugar, refined sugar lowers your immunity system...probably why I haven't had a respiratory infection since I swore off stuff like candy,cookies, pop, etc.

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/2004 - 7:58am
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