what do you feed your family?

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 7:02am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

Just wondering what you do when you have just one child with MFA's.
Do you all eat only what your child can have?
Do you cook for the family and feed the child something that they can have.

I'm having a hard time with this. DD is MFA and my DH can't eat chicken. I have picky kids and it's hard enough to feed them as it is. I feel bad singling out DD, on the other hand I feel like I am not feeding my children well either.



Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 7:48am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

In our family I *try* to serve what we can all eat, but occasionally there is just no way around it. One example, we have beef and pork allergies, so I cook alot with turkey. Ground turkey for sloppy joes,or taco's...turkey breakfast saugage(is good with egg free pancakes) turkey sweet or hot italian sausage for spaghetti. I stopped using ham, bacon, hotdogs because my 3yr old is allergic. The turkey has been fine, no body says anything when we eat it(even the turkey hot dogs)....the turkey bacon, now that one was gross!!!
I still offer milk to my oldest 2 and the youngest get rice milk for meals. If we make mac-n-cheese, I drain the noodles and take out 2 servings(in a seperate bowl I add our milk free margarine and some olive oil)....the older 2 I go ahead and mix in the packet of cheese for them. I don't do that very often, but occasionally I do.
I'd say for the most part we all eat the same(tacos, burritos, spaghetti, sloppy joes, chicken nuggets, turkey burgers, turkey hotdogs, egg-free pancakes for dinner...we have a pretty limited rotation of meals, but I try to take everyday meals and adjust them to fit out allergies). Then if I need to(like the mac and cheese) I seperate it between the kids and their allergies that way. Good luck.
My friend just put out a cook book called sophies safe cooking, it is everyday recipies(like stews etc...) for the top 8 allergens. Just thougth I'd share. HUGS
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 7:58am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

My son is a picky eater. Sometimes he drinks chocolate milk for dinner. I have MFA and me and my son are both PA/TNA and he is allergic to seeds. He showed a light allergy to legumes so I don't give him beans or peas. I need to eat beans for protien so when I make rice and beans I cook pasta separate for him. It gets tough because you can't use same utensils. Also, when my DH cooks sometimes he makes something for me separate too. Me and my DH are also picky which doesn't make things easier. DH doesn't like cheese and I don't like fish and pork. If I make a dish that my son dosn't like I'll make him pancakes for dinner too. Sometimes a hot dog or I pick up Wendy's chicken nuggets for him. I also bake pizza because it's hard to find a safe pizzeria for him. I just started baking my own bread too for more options. I just bought a bread machine to make life easier for me.
I want to add our home is peanut/tree nut and seed free.
[This message has been edited by momll70 (edited February 22, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 10:55am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

We only serve food we can all eat. It saves me worry about cross contamination and it's just nicer to be able to share a meal. Plus, I don't have to cook a bunch of separate meals!
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 12:09pm
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

I guess I should point out that for her PA, EA, TNA, SFA and chicken we all stopped eating it. We have a house free of those allergens. My husband also has problems with chicken.
My DD has not been diagnosed with a dairy allergy but she does not drink milk and her allergist now asked us to eliminate cheese from her diet too. This is somewhat of an experiment. She also has allergies to pork and beef and turkey.
The other kids still drink milk, but what do I do about the cheese? What about the meats?
I feel bad giving my other kids things like mac and cheese and to tell my DD she can't have it, but how can I eliminate that from their diets too? Should I be??

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 5:45pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

I think its a matter of just tweaking the meals you normally eat.
Also experiment with different foods that would be ok for allergic child.
I cant see any allergies to beans/lentils etc, so try the soya meat substitutes, quorn for instance. Try making sauces out of rice milk, or soya cheese ( although the latter IMO is not that nice tasting!)
soya yogurts seemed to be enjoyed by many milk allergic children. There are soya ice creams out there, but with all things it depends on the label!
Lamb is a good protien, as are red spilt lentils, as its worth being aware of iron levels in food.
Does your family eat plenty of leafy green veg?
Fish as another protein seems to be the way forward.
Swop the mac and cheese meal for another pasta dish, the other children can add grated cheese.
One of the positives of having an allergic child in the family is that you HAVE to focus more on the food we eat, that normally means a healthier diet for all.
Ditch the rubbish food with in reason, and forward plan.
my son is allergic to peanuts, all beans, kiwi fruit, yeast extract, and has recently grown out of his egg allergy.
William also has an exclusion diet as he has migraines, and can not have regular large amounts of cheese , chocolate, sodas , oranges/citrus fruit.
our weeks menu was
mushroom and quorn tagiatelle,
fish pie and fresh veg.
beef stir fry with lemon and ginger , served with rice noodles
pork with mustard sauce and onions ( no mustard sauce for william) served with mashed potatos and brussel sprouts
veggy casserole with rice ( vegggie curry for adults)
I make at least one homemade soup at the weekend. strong flavours go down well, like carrot and corriander, leek and carrot . i add lots of sweet veg like butternut squash.
Humans eat a wide varity of foods, take this time as period of experiment and discovery.
good luck

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 9:06pm
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

I guess I didn't mention she can't have beef or pork either.
Thanks for all your ideas!

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 9:19pm
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

My non-DA kids eat mac and cheese all the time...DA DD has plain pasta with ketchup. She doesn't mind at all. We avoid beef and pork (watching out for mad cow and don't want to eat cute mammals...other DD loves pigs) but we eat many things made with chicken or turkey (hot dogs, sausage, kielbasa).

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 9:50pm
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

we keep a peanut free house. with my ds other allergies (soy in the past) and milk we have those things around. my older son drinks milk and eats cheese and yogurt. my son with food allergies drinks rice milk and soy yogurt. i just keep it strait. however, my ds is not anaphyactic to milk nor do i worry about cross contamination.. if i did that would be banned too. as far as meals i try to make them good for all but sometimes we dont and i make him something. he doesnt care cause he has never had those things.. i think it would be harder for a child used to eating the stuff to be suddenly told no and still give it to the others. ds has no interest in drinking milk or eating mac and cheese etc.. anymore than he cares to eat a peanut butter sandwich. He is kind of picky anyway so if i make something he cant eat (like lasagna for example) then i give both boys a choice of pasta as well. works for us.
James 5 yrs, NKA
Ben 4 yrs, PA and MA

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 2:40am
caryn's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

My 6 1/2 year old son has MFA -- he is allergic to soy, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, carrots, cantaloupe and coconut
he outgrew - bananas strawberry and apple
we eat only what he can - there are things he does not like at all like carrots and cantaloupe so we still have those occassionaly
plus he will not eat meat(oh yea - only greasy meat - sausage etc.) - though he is not allergic we had him tested. so if it something he does NOT like at all - we might have it -- however if it is something he likes we do not have it in the house.
ours is more of an emotional decision not a cross contamination issue - we want to include him and also it is so much easier when having a babysitter - the house is safe so less chance of a mistake.
we eat a lot of pasta, yogurt, fruit, milk, cheese, oatmeal, eggos, cereal, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes, sunbutter, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds,applesauce, crackers
us adults eat salad and turkey burgers, meatloaf, hamburgers, roasts, fajitas, etc -- mainly atkins - and our son wont eat any of this [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 2:43am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

You know Kara....my allergist has been insisting I go see his nutritionist because of all the kids restrictions...he thinks I do need help coming up with safe, healthy foods they CAN eat(I am goign to call, just havn't yet). It might be worth looking into for you as well. Your son is allergic to all meats(and so much more), really, I think maybe it would be beneficial to get some professional help with his diet. Good luck!!!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)


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