- wheat, barley, cheddar cheese, egg white, green peas (really?!?), lentils (come on!!), rye, spelt, sunflower, and kamut.
So, all gluten containing grains are out and two of my favourite legumes to feed him, gone.
His moderately reactive foods include:
- almond, asparagus, cow’s milk, all other cheese, cucumber, egg yolk, oat, red tomato, sesame, soy, sugar, white potato, white rice, and yogurt
Thankfully the foods on the later list don’t need to be eliminated. We can feed them to him every few days.
This then begs the question – what do you feed this kid?!?
When we’re home, it’s not that difficult. Thankfully, we eat a lot of rice anyway. He loves fruit so that makes snacks fairly easy. Cereals are pretty easy to find – corn flakes, corn puffs, oat squares, rice cereals. I can hold my own when it comes to baking, but need to learn how to alter my flours a bit (the muffins I made this weekend need some work!!).
Bread products are a whole other can of beans though. Gluten free breads are not very tasty – at least not the ones that I’ve tried from the market. They tend to be dry and crumbly. Good for toast, not so good on their own.
We found some bagels and buns for him at our last trip to Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket. They sell Aiden’s gluten-free bread products – they really are squishy! Other than being a little costly (four buns was about $7), they are fantastic. We cut them and put them in the freezer.
Waffles are something that we found long ago as an occasional treat. Van’s can be found in the freezer section of the health food section at Zhers (wow, that was a mouthful!).
Of course, rice cakes and rice crackers work fine. They do tend to be low on the fibre side of things though. There is a company called Enjoy Life that makes products free of the top ten allergens. They have some higher fibre cereals, and bars that Patrick really likes. We will definitely be trying out some more of their products.
As I find more products that are tasty, I will continue to share with you. As I master my baking, I will pass along the recipes.
The really good news is that Patrick’s legs are almost completely clear of eczema. It only took about five days of the new diet for his suffering to end. I’ve also noticed that his huge tonsils are starting to come down and not look so enlarged. Huh.
Yours in health,
Kerri Fullerton ND and now, gluten-free Mom