A whole new lifestyle

We recently discovered that my son has some food allergies. After two RASTS tests (one on the back and the other a blood test), we learned that my son is allergic to wheat, eggs, cow’s milk, soybean and bananas.

He was pretty bummed about the cow’s milk and bananas. We have replaced cow’s milk with chocolate almond milk, and he seems to like it. He doesn’t care for the vanilla; says it tastes “weird.”

The other allergies mean that he now needs to follow a gluten-free diet, and I will be reading labels for dairy- and soy-free, as well.

I’m trying not to feel overwhelmed by this. Let’s face it. This means a complete lifestyle change. My husband and I decided that our whole family would make the changes.

This makes my job so much harder. Gone are the days where I can “easily” plan menus for an entire month. Now I have to learn all about the gluten-free alternatives.

I have to find room in the budget to purchase the pretty expensive gluten-free alternatives. But I know that God knew about this before I did, and He will provide.

And school is just around the corner. I will be busy finding meal ideas for my son’s lunch.

I guess now my blog turns into a chronicle of my journey into this new lifestyle. Maybe this will benefit someone else who gets the news and feels as overwhelmed.

A friend let me borrow Living Gluten-Free for Dummies. I was shocked to read about all of the problems people (with gluten-intolerance, celiac disease and wheat allergies) can experience.

I now look forward to seeing what improvements my family will notice once we are completely gluten-free.

So far, we’ve tried a few gluten-free products. Some chicken nuggets were a hit. Some pancake mix was NOT. I made the pancakes with vanilla almond milk. I think I will have to buy some goat’s milk for cooking. I used a coupon to buy an instant pancake mix (just add water), but it was gritty. My son picked out some chocolate chip cookies that were gluten-free (but not dairy), and he liked them a lot. I cannot remember the brand, because he threw the outside of the package away.

I did find a brand I think we will use very often: Enjoy Life. Their products are free from the top 8 allergens, which means they are perfect for my son. He had some of the snickerdoodle cookies and really liked them. I tried it, too, and they were good. I used some Swagbucks money to purchase some more snacks made by them. I also ordered this book: Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids: Fun Eats from Breakfast to Treats. It has good reviews, and I’m hoping we get a lot out of it.

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