Trouble with labels!

Posted on: Wed, 03/21/2001 - 5:14am
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Joined: 03/03/2001 - 09:00

pI do not give my daughter anything without reading the label first. However, almost everything has natural flavor in /
How can you call every company? I have called several in the past few weeks, and I am still waiting for information on my questions. I have only been giving my daughter food she has had many times without problems, but I am very worried about some peanut ingredient suddenly /
Is there a place to find safe companies? If I try to call every company of every food, she will never eat again!br /
I have become a member of fan, but was not thrilled with my membership packet. It had very little information to help us. I am hoping the newsletters will be /
I hope this gets easier soon!br /
Deanna G./p

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 9:43pm
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Hi Deanna,
How old is your daughter? Was she just diagnosed?
I know exactly where you are coming from. It can be overwhelming at first but it does get easier. I'd check out the Products discussion board first and view back over the past year. I've mostly seen unsafe products on that thread but it may help you to eliminate some items from her diet.
We went through a phase where were were calling at least a company a day. We've reached a point where we've learned to trust a few companies and we repeatedly buy the same products, although we do keep checking ingredients to make sure things haven't changed.
If you are interested, we also have learned to cook more from scratch. Spagetti is a favorite in our house so we make our tomato sauce from crushed tomatoes (canned), puree and tomato paste (and some spices). One less thing we have to worry about now is sauce from a jar, although from what I understand there are some safe ones. The kids love chicken wings and nuggets. Very easy to prepare and can be done before hand. We've also weaned ourselves off cereals. Breakfasts in our house consist of things like whole wheat French toast, whole wheat/oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes , both of which freeze well and are healthier than any kid's cereals, (with homemade "syrup", takes 2 minutes!) or muffins, yogurt, fruit, Mom's special cheese toast, and oatmeal (real oatmeal, not instant). For lunches, it's mostly leftovers from previous dinners or things like Annie's All Natural Mac & Cheese, hot dogs, salads (my kids are vegetable freaks!), homemade chicken salad, vegetables and dip (salad dressing), cheese or tuna sandwiches (shaped like their favorite characters via cookies cutters).
I make it sound simple. It is now. It wasn't in the beginning. The hardest part is the planning and getting used to the planning.
Also, my kids don't really eat "junk" food, with the exception of the hot dogs, so that makes it much easier on us. Although, around the holidays, they do sort of get into sugar and it takes a bit to wean them off. Sometimes when they are really wanting a "fix" of sugar, a glass of chocolate milk will do fine but sometime we splurge and make milkshakes with chocolate syrup, banana, vanilla extract and sugar, sometimes a bit of ice cream.
I know I went on and on, probably more info that you wanted, but I was tyring to give you some ideas. I just wanted to try and relieve some of your worry and let you know it will work out. You'll find a way that works for you. Oh, also, check out the Recipe discussion board. You might find some helpful hints on there.
Good Luck and Best Wishes,

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2001 - 1:27am
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Joined: 03/03/2001 - 09:00

Thanks Andrea. My daughter is 2 yrs old. I have suspected her allergy since she was 6 months old. I discussed it with her Dr. But the only thing he mentioned was that the allergy is life long. I never knew the dangers, and all the hidden peanut products.
She started having asthma symptoms in November so we took her to an allergist/asthma specialist. When we mentioned we suspected a peanut allergy (hives from contact), he did a skin test, and it was positive. He prescribed an epipen, and gave us info on FAN. I have been trying to learn as much as I can, but it seems so difficult to keep her safe.
As a mother who lived on prepared foods, it has been a life changing experience. I have started cooking from scratch, but as a veggie, trying to cook meat for my child has been difficult. Needless to say, I will continue to learn as much as I can, and I hope my cooking skills will get better.
Thanks for all the helpful hints!

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