My 1 1/2 year old son was just diagnosed as allergic to

Posted on: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 8:41am
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My 1 1/2 year old son was just diagnosed as allergic to ALL nuts, eggs, sesame, chili pepper, garlic, cumin, and peas. Really struggling with how to proceed with research, cooking ideas, and how to ever eat out again. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:57pm
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Hi there - I am so sorry your little one has so many food allergies! I know it can all seem very overwhelming but there is a way to do this without losing your mind. :) Okay, the first thing I recommend is to start off at home. One of the huge benefits to your family when going through this is - you will be able to provide homemade meals and snacks that are so much healthier than all the garbage sold in stores with additives and chemicals we can't even pronounce. When you are looking for recipes, staying away from the packets and using recipes with fresh ingredients is the key. It's also way healthier for your kiddo's developing body. Whole Foods and Central Market have a lot of healthy options that list tons of allergy-free displays on packaging.
When you are ready to trust a visit to a restaurant, it is important to:
* Speak to the MANAGER (not just the waitor/waitress)
* Explain the danger of cross-contamination to him/her (utensils and plates that may have had allergen on it and merely "wiped clean")
I hope this helps as a starting point. You really can do this! I also recommend having a babysitter come, lay out the safe foods for your child, then get to your favorite restaurant and enjoy grown-up time away from food allergy issues! :) Have a great day - pamela

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:10pm
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Thanks so much! I am trying to embrace his allergies and making a huge effort to cook/bake at home. I have started making my own bread, spaghetti sauce, soups, etc. It is a big adjustment...surprised how hard it is to get family members on board.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:39am
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I totally understand - you have a big job ahead and family support is huge. When we took all peanut out of the house, my husband and I discussed it and even though I was going to have to deal with it al lot more than he would (being with the kids all day / "Can I eat this, Mom?" :) it was so nice to have his support. That may be a good start.
We also explained (family meeting time) why we needed to do this. It is a lot more work for you, so you need the whole family to support it. Discussing it helps I know. I hope you are able to settle into it soon and start finding recipes tat are your go-to source for healthy, safe dinners at home. Easier said than done, right?!?
One day at a time - you're doing awesome!
:) pamela

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