Originally Posted by Lindsey H
Just wondering who else is dealing with food allergies or Celiacs, either yourself or your children. My 3 yo ds has several allergies: wheat, corn, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and possibly seafood, among others. I have found a lot of recipes on Celiac websites. My question is, what are your favorite recipes, websites and books/cookbooks? Also, any tips and wisdom would be appreciated. I have learned a lot in the almost 6 mos since he was diagnosed. I have a friend at church with Celiacs and many food allergies. Her two kids also have numerous allergies. I don't know what I would have done without her wisdom.
Yep, when my son was three we had him allergy tested, and found out that he was allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, beef, bananas, and a whole slew of other foods. He was delayed in several areas of his development, and when we removed all the food allergens, he improved so dramatically that it was simply a miracle.
He's 8 now, so it's been about five years that we've been dealing with this. As a result of my son's allergy testing, my husband also got tested, and he is allergic to wheat as well. And in addition, so is my dad, which means that my poor kids have the gluten thing on both sides of their family
. I have not been tested, but I know that I feel way better without the gluten.
I have found that the gluten free gourmet books by Bette Hagman are fabulous (I own the dessert
one). And there are a couple of books called Special Diets for Special Kids (one
) by Lisa Lewis that are also really good to have on hand.
I find that the store bought gluten free baking mixes tend to be too expensive for us, so we usually cook everything from scratch, and get the mixes as a special treat every now and then.
Some gluten free blogs I've found are: Pig in the Kitchen
, gluten a go go
, and A Year of Crockpotting
(scroll down and on the left under labels, you'll see a gluten free choice). If you're on Ravelry, there is a gluten-free group there as well.
It gets easier as you learn all the ins and outs. Also, something to possibly keep in mind, as my son's gut healed from the damage done by the gluten, he was able to tolerate more foods. He can have corn now (and I found corn to be almost impossible to get away from), and grapes, and limited dairy. So it's gotten easier for us. And it's so worth it, seeing the improvement it made in him-I'll never feed our family gluten again!
Ok, so we're always searching for a better bread recipe-but the pig in the kitchen blog has a really great looking recipe that I haven't tried yet. A quick tip-gluten free baked goods are always better when baked fresh, they tend to get hard and stale after about a day, so I've learned not to double recipes, and simply to do the baking more often.
Feel free to pm me with any questions you might have!