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"And I'm freeeeeeeeee......Free fallin'!"
That's been my theme song around here after (finally) doing the Alletess IgG food sensitivity test on my son and learning that he has issues with several things.
I admit I walked around in a daze for about a week, and, yes, I did cry throughout an entire afternoon.
It seems silly now, a few weeks into it, but at first I just couldn't wrap my head around it. I had been doing so well with gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, and I felt like I had my sh*t together. Heck, I even had a blog! hahaha :)
But then this news came and....how would I do it? I looked at all of the great products I had found (scrolling at the top of this blog in the Amazon widget) and found that practically EVERYTHING was no longer allowed! What?!?! You mean we can't have "crackle crackle" anymore? (that's what my kids call Erewhon Crispy Rice cereal). You mean we can't have the awesome Orgran Animal Crackers (that I had just received a new bulk order of). Rice milk? Pancake mix? Veggie chips? Chocolate cake mix?
I couldn't even bring myself to blog about it because I felt so ... overwhelmed and un-qualified to even discuss it.
But here I am now. Ready to blog about our new "free" list and start sharing with you some of our new recipes...
Allergies (meaning totally out of the diet)
High Sensitivities (2 and 3 on Alletess test; meaning totally out of the diet)
Low Sensitivities (1 on Alletess list; meaning rotating every 4 days)
Granted, some of these are for my son and some are for my daughter; many of them overlap. I'm using my son's results as our family's results, since his were the most extreme. This means that when I prepare breakfast for the kids, I use my son's results. When I prepare dinner for the entire family, I use my son's results. For lunchboxes, I will sometimes throw in some cookies or something into my daughter's lunchbox that my son can't have. And if my daughter needs oranges rotated, it means my son only gets orange juice every 4 days too.
I think I would go nuts (no pun intended) if I made separate meals for the two kids, so they get the same thing, and I use the lunchbox as the place where things can diverge a bit (but not much).
So welcome to the new blog. I won't change the name to GFCFSFEFPFTFSFRFCF etc because, well, nobody would find it in a Google search. :)
Note: You will find many recipes on this blog that contain one of "no no's" in the list above. This just means that I posted it before we developed the new list.