Christina has been a real trooper about sticking to her elimination diet (probably better than most adults) and hasn't gotten too upset about not being able to eat desserts, EXCEPT when it comes to attending birthday parties. That is another story. She has shed a few tears over the fact that it's "not fair".... and it's not. All of you moms dealing with similar situations, be it special diets or food allergies, can totally relate I'm sure. To help ease the pain a little, I came up with a cake recipe that she loves and takes with her to parties and sleepovers, so she has a "treat" to eat like the other kids. Okay, ...Read more.
One of the biggest challenges on the total elimination or FODMAP diet is finding baked goods and easy-to-grab snacks that taste good. "Always on the run" is part of the lifestyle with kids and in order to adhere successfully to these limited diets, it's important to stock items that you can have at the ready or take to activities and in the car. These muffins fit the bill -- and they are dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free and egg-free. I like to bake a big batch and freeze half, so we always have them on hand. This is one of our favorite snacks, plus they're perfect for a quick breakfast too. ...Read more.
In January, we found out that our daughter at only eight years old has ulcers due to an extreme overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in her system. Wow. We're not sure what caused the problem, as we have always eaten healthy at home with a focus on simple, whole organic foods, and kept sugar and processed foods to a minimum. She tested negative for food allergies, but it's quite possible the issue stems from a food sensitivity that over time became an issue. She had been dealing with a nagging stomachache and sore throat for a few months, and we were in and out of the pediatrician's office for strep tests ...Read more.