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Guide to Holiday Hosting with Food Allergies

The following guide to hosting parties with food allergies was too amazing not to share. Smiling on to a safe and special holiday for everyone…

 

Grandma’s Guide to Holiday Hosting with Food Allergies

Source: http://www.mamacado.com/

Making The Holidays Happy AND Allergy-Friendly

Favorite Finds Friday: Van’s Waffles

Due to my son’s multiple food allergies, finding breakfast foods that he can and WILL eat has been difficult.   However, this week we took a huge step in the right direction.   After trying to give my son allergen-free waffles several times, last weekend he started to eat them!

WAFFLES

Therefore, this week’s favorite find is Van’s gluten-free waffles.  We are forever grateful for companies like Van’s that create delicious products for people living with food allergies.

WAFFLES 3

WAFFLES 2

With this new favorite find, we smile on and wish everyone an amazing weekend…

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Favorite Finds Friday – Chex Cereal

My favorite find for this week is TJ’s second real cereal, Rice Chex. Like I have posted many times, because of TJ’s multiple food allergies, finding breakfast foods that he can and WILL eat has been the most challenging.  While it continues to be his least favorite meal, Rice Chex has given us another option to offer.

Like usual, before introducing every new food or product, there are steps that we take to try to ensure TJ’s utmost safety. So once again we play detective …

DETECTIVE

Step 1) We did our own initial research about the ingredients. After reading the label, it appeared that it did not contain anything he was allergic to.

RICE CHEX 1

Step 2) Back in May, we checked with both our pediatrician and allergist and asked if it was a safe food for him. Both approved!

THUMBS UP

Step 3) Spoke to other parents who have kids with multiple food allergies.   Many of their children were able to eat Rice Chex and some of the other gluten-free varieties. Knowing every person is different, like usual, we introduced slowly and cautiously.

Step 4) When my son first turned 13 months, we had him try the cereal.   However, he has always been sensitive to new textures.  After giving him a couple small pieces, he gagged it up.   So we took a break from this, feeling like he wasn’t ready yet.

Over four months later…

Step 5) Since we believed that spitting the Chex up was initially due to a texture sensitivity, we decided to try it again four month later.  So, we introduced slowly, being optimistically cautious. The first day I gave TJ four of the Rice Chex.  Then, watched him.   Then, we continued this introduction for a total of five days.  It was a success!

CELEBRATE

To conclude, thank you General Mills for your creating  Gluten Free Rice Chex. Because I know God is working within TJ and guiding our steps, we are beyond thankful for this product and continue to smile on…

Worry-Free Wednesdays – Trust in God’s Timing

When I have the chance to, I like to plan a bit ahead with my posts. As of yesterday morning, I had planned to post the following…


Worry-Free Wednesday could not have fallen on a more perfect day.  Today, TJ will go to his allergist for an oral food challenge to wheat.  Because there is no way of truly predicting the outcome of how his body will react to wheat, we must put our trust in God.  With that being said, I cannot entertain fear for a second. It takes over too quickly. Instead, I trust that through our doctors and prayer, God is guiding our steps.

Say an extra prayer or two for my little guy today as we walk by faith and smile on…

“I will WALK BY FAITH even when I cannot see…” – 2 Corinthians 5:7


Walking by faith is exactly what we did. However, the last 24 hours have changed our course a bit without us steering the wheel…

Since my son woke up with a deeper cough and still battling this persistent cold for almost two weeks now, we called the doctor again yesterday.  They asked us to come in and sure enough, he has the start of an ear infection.  Poor guy!

Our allergist happened to be in the same office at the time of our appointment and informed us that due to the cold and infection, his oral food challenge would need to be postponed until the next available date. It makes total sense to be as healthy as possible when participating in a food challenge.  Sickness just complicates matters on many different levels.

When I asked the receptionist when the next available opening was, she searched her computer and informed me, “February 3 is the next available opening.”

Initially, I panicked.  It’s only the beginning of October! This was far from what we had planned.  Passing a wheat challenge would open up TJ’s diet soooooo much! Now, we would need to wait for four months.Our plan needed a lot of revising now….

Then as a tear or two started streaming down my cheek, I stopped myself and looked at my son who was drinking his water sippy cup, sick and still smiling away.  For sure, time in every sense of the word is important.  However, it’s not about my timing.

On the car ride home, I explained to TJ (more as a reminder to myself), “It is not the right time yet to try wheat.   We prayed for this protection and God answered.   He always does. Sometimes, we just need to open our hearts so that our ears actually hear it over the static of life.”

GOD'S TIMING

On this Worry-Free Wednesday you get two quotes for the “price” of reading one post! My frustration and fear have both turned into praise and a greater faith that this was all God’s work. After all, it’s all about His timing.  Therefore, we smile on without wheat but walk in faith knowing that it’ll be worth the wait.


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TIPSy TUESDAYS: Always Read Labels – PART 4 (WHEAT)

From food to non-food products, it is extremely crucial to be on the look out for hidden allergens. Reading food labels and learning about ingredients becomes second nature when living with food allergies.   However, even when you are comfortable with a product, it is important still double check the label especially since companies can change the makeup of their products. In addition, the ingredients in many everyday items will amaze you at times.   I know that I continue to be surprised by many of the components of common foods and non-food products.


Here is some of the information about WHEAT that I have learned throughout the course of this journey so far. (It does NOT include every location of these allergens as we are still learning.)

1) WHEAT ALLERGY

In the United States, wheat is one of the top 8 most common food allergies, most commonly found in children.  Many children outgrow this allergy by the age of 3 though. Like any allergy, it is important to once again read all labels, checking for any ingredients that may contain wheat.  According to the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), companies are required to label their products for the presence of wheat.  However,  there are some products that are not covered by these FDA allergen labeling laws and therefore, are exempt.

Some include:

  • Foods that are not regulated by the FDA
  • Prescription & over-the-counter drugs
  • Cosmetics, shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste, shaving cream
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
  • Pet foods and supplies
  • Toys and crafts
  • And others….

For more information about product labeling, click here.

To read the complete law, click here.


WHEAT ALLERGY AVOIDANCE LIST & RESOURCE

The following link is an amazing resource for those with a wheat allergy.   The link contains a wheat allergy avoidance list and travel-size cards.  It also includes the hidden places where wheat can be found and some hidden names for it.

Wheat-Allergy-Avoidance-List-Hidden-Names

Source: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org


Even more information:

Wheat Allergy

Source: http://www.foodallergy.org/home


This third link contains food avoidance lists for the top 8 allergens.

Tips For Avoiding Your Allergen

Source: http://www.foodallergy.org/home


Wheat in My Soy Sauce?!?!?

Here is an example of just how important it is to read every single label.

Many sauces and dressings contain wheat. An example of this is the following soy sauce…

SOY SAUCE

“Contains soy and wheat”



Wheat in Art?!?!?

At times, allergens such as wheat can be found in art supplies.  This gives us even more reason to read labels and contact companies to check or double check when needed.   Play-Doh is just one example of this…

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PLAY DOH

Allergy-free Play Dough

Source: http://www.aaaai.org/home.aspx

Allergy-friendly Art Supplies

Source: http://www.adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com/2011/08/gluten-and-allergen-free-art-supply-list/


Buckwheat

Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat.   Since my son is allergic to many grains such as rye, barley, wheat, and oat, buckwheat was the first grain our allergist recommended adding to his diet. We used the following Bio Kinetics baby buckwheat cereal for many months.

buck wheat

More buckwheat information

Since we want to educate others on the world of food allergies and believe sharing is caring, we continue to smile on wheat free…at least for now…


Disclaimer: This blog is a personal blog and used as a way of sharing and connecting with other readers. The posts, articles, and stories shared on the site are meant as a source of encouragement. In this challenging world of food allergies, I have found reaching out to other parents and people in my shoes to be extremely resourceful and inspiring. Therefore, I want to give back and do the same. The information on my blog is not intended as medical advice so as always, please consult with your doctor.


TIPSy TUESDAYS – Always Read Labels –


Allergy-friendly & Gluten-free Pasta Choices

While TJ has only tried corn pasta so far, I find comfort in knowing there are a bunch of different options for someone with his allergies. Therefore, I wanted to share the following resource as we smile on…

http://allergicliving.com/2014/10/23/allergy-friendly-and-gluten-free-pasta-choices/

(Source: Allergic LIving )