Cooking with food intolerances

About January 10, 2011

I have 3 children and a husband. My 10yo son has been on a restricted diet on and off since birth. My almost 6yo youngest daughter has been on a restricted diet since she was one year old. When my son and my youngest daughter had their ALCAT tests done in 2008, I decided to take myself off the top 4 food intolerances, which both of the kids shared as well. Amazingly, my perpetual back spasms which couldn’t be controlled by conventional prescription medicine went away and I weaned myself off the meds. Most of my anxiety went away as well as IBS symptoms, and I felt better than I had in years. My husband and oldest daughter both have seasonal allergies, but no food problems. In the last year, we’ve found out that those same two food-intolerant children and I have lyme disease. The doctor thinks that I may have contracted it between my first child and my second, and that’s why my oldest is healthy, and my subsequent ones are not. So we’re all in treatment for that. As we’re restricted, and I don’t want my children to feel “denied”, I continue to try new recipes and replicate recipes that I see on TV, at fairs, etc.


3 Responses to “About”

  1. emily Says:

    Hello Kathy, I am having a similar problem with my daughter in regards to reflux. She is 5 years old and if there is any way you could contact me I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Emily

  2. TeacherMommy Says:

    About four years ago my oldest son tested positive for a laundry list of food sensitivities, most of which involved pretty much all the “regular” foods available, and I went through a year “rebooting” his system with a diet free of all those items. It was exhausting, particularly as my ex-husband wasn’t much help with the cooking. That son is now free of food sensitivities, but I barely cooked for three years after that. Just as I’ve started enjoying cooking again, my youngest son has just tested positive for his own laundry list–in some ways easier than his brother’s, and in other ways more difficult. The no-gluten, no-dairy, no-rice, no-soy part of it all feels hauntingly familiar, however.

    I’ve been feeling horribly overwhelmed by the prospect of facing this all again, despite having a much more helpful and supportive second husband by my side (who can cook, too!). I had gotten rid of most of the research and recipes I had gathered for my oldest son, alas. I just wanted to tell you that discovering your blog has given me a much lighter heart! I’m actually looking forward to trying these recipes, especially as so many of them look like something my entire family may enjoy–maybe even my slightly picky stepchildren!

    So thank you, very much. I will be adding you to my blogroll and will likely link to some specific recipes as I try them out. I have a feeling my own blog, much neglected this summer, will be taking a bit of a turn with this new situation.


  3. MrsK Says:

    TeacherMommy! Thank you so much for sharing your buckwheat recipe, I am so super grateful to you! You are an amazing person and I wish you all the best, may your kindness come back to you over and over!

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