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In our home we live with life threatening food allergy issues daily. D-Man, my 5 year old is allergic to peanuts, tree-nuts, sesame seed, sunflower seed, fish, and cucumbers. We believe he will have anaphylaxis (meaning he may loose his airway/stop breathing) if he ingests peanuts, tree-nuts and fish. We are not sure about the others, but we know he does have adverse reactions to the other items on his list. Check how we found out about his allergies.
There are many things in this food allergy experience that has saddened us and disappointed our family in some way. Such as not being able to go out dinner at a regular restaurant and enjoy ourselves as a family. Bringing his own daily snack to school instead of sharing with the classroom their snack, having to have a spare really special snack at school, just in case some one brings in a special occasion snack. Next year having to eat at a segregated table. Having to stab him in the leg because we believe he’s having an adverse reaction to something he ate. Not being able to set up easy quick play time dates with friends because we have to train them on how to use an EPIPEN and make sure the house is safe (or we trust the parents). Not having peanut butter in the house. Being unable to go to a bakery for our cakes, pastries, whatever.
Yes I could go on with this list, but there are few great things that have occurred as a result of having a child with food allergies. We save a TON of money on our food budget. We rarely go out to eat and I usually make all of our food (we order from PaPa John’s and go to Qdoba with D-Man, but that’s about it). You would not believe how much you can save by not going out to eat!!
I have become a better baker and now my family requests the cakes that I have made. I actually have begun to love baking and enjoy coming up with ideas for the requests from the boys and their cousins.
We also tend to eat healthier. I try to buy foods that are less processed or I make items from scratch. Now I am so much more aware of what is in our foods, since I read every label (once at the store, once at home, once before eating). I enjoy the freshness of the meals we make at home. I try many different combinations of food and the boys including D-Man, Big-C and Mr. P let me know what’s a keeper and what’s not. One area that I’ve explored recently is recipes we at one time ordered from Chinese Restaurants. Between the peanut, nut, sesame and fish food allergies Chinese take out is just too stressful, so we make it from scratch.
This next week I will be sharing with you my favorite, made-at-home Chinese Take Out Recipes nut and seed free. I hope you enjoy them!
Sweet and Sour Pork(Dairy free, egg free, fish free, shellfish free, tree nut free, peanut free, wheat free) , also I make mine without pineapple in case you have a sensitivity to citrus.
Pork Fried Rice (Dairy free, fish free, shellfish free, tree nut free, peanut free, wheat free)
Broccoli with Chicken Stir Fry (Dairy free, egg free, fish free, shellfish free, tree nut free, peanut free, wheat free)
Mongolian Beef (Dairy free, egg free, fish free, shellfish free, tree nut free, peanut free, wheat free)