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Meal Planning Made Simple: Week 10

April 10, 2013




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Hey friends.  Sorry my meal planning came late again this week.  We took Wells for allergy testing last week and found that she was allergic to Dairy, Peanut, Corn, Rice and Pork.  Wow.  And I thought Tagg's allergy elimination was tough with Dairy, Egg, Peanut, and Strawberry.

Try eliminating corn from your diet.  No really.  Please tell me you have some secret snacks that don't contain a by-product of corn like corn starch or high fructose corn syrup or other chemical name for corn.  Its in everything.  EVERYTHING.  You'll be shocked when you read labels that basically we're entirely corn fed like the animals.

And of course everything is friend in either vegetable oil (corn) or peanut oil so eating out is basically eliminated.  My poor girl is old enough to know what she's missing.  Sad when you have to say no to their morning cheerios along with just about every single other snack food or treat item out there.  Anyway, I've had a bad taste in my mouth about cooking ever since. 

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24 comments:

  1. Julia praying for you and your sweet girl! Will be on the lookout for some good snacks for Wells... can she have almond butter?

    These are super yummy and she might like to help make them? http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2011/08/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe.html

    And apple nachos with almond butter? http://pinterest.com/pin/108297566011874673/

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  2. Oh no so sorry to hear about Wells too! Maybe it will be a phase and she will gown out of them. My mom has had food allergies her whole life but they keep changing every 5-7 years. I also have a friend who was allergic to everything growing up (like Wells) but can now eat all of it except for peanuts.
    This menu looks really delicious though- I'm going to need to steal some of these.

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  3. That stinks! I have eliminated wheat and sugar and thought that was hard. I have to say that I do enjoy almond butter. I buy the stuff with no sugar or salt added and like the taste better too. Since wheat is OK for you guys, you could bake some bread. I love homemade bread.

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  4. wow...i am so sorry to hear about all of those allergies. we have peanut and egg and they are so much easier to deal with. i remember having a friend growing up who had a corn allergy and it really is in everything. on teh bright side, think about how healthy your diets will be. you can basically eat fruit, veggies, and meats....and the homemade bread idea is a great one. Good Luck!

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  5. oh mamma, that sucks. I'm so sorry. I can sympathize with you - Amelia had severe dairy allergies and it was so limiting. ANd to add a handful of additional foods on top of that. Poor babies. And poor mom and dad! I'm sure there are some great cookbooks out there that will help with ideas.

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  6. I know the feeling with allergies! My twins are both allergic to eggs. Fortunately, they have some-what grown out of it (not nearly as allergic).

    Those recipes are being printed as I type! LOVE THEM!

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  7. Ooohhh that sucks Julia! So sorry! Must be very difficult to accommodate meals for them, can't imagine! :(

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  8. oh no. I'm so, so sorry. hard on both her and you I'm sure. Hopefully there are some blogs/cookbooks that can help find some good food!
    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  9. Julia,
    Have you tried Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter {available in Richmond @ Martin's in the Organic / Health food section in the larger stores}. I just read the label again to confirm ... this doesn't contain any dairy and uses organic palm fruit oil & cocoa butter so no veg oils (corn) here. Both Wells and Tagg should be able to enjoy as well as you and hubby cause it is delish! Spread on toast, or cookie / biscuits if you can find ones that pass the allergy test, or spread on apple slices. I sometimes just eat it by the spoonful. Hope this helps, Robin

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  10. Hi Julia,
    Did Wells have any reactions to those foods or did you take her in because Tagg had allergies? I'm curious because I'm wondering if I should get Livy tested since Avery has allergies. She doesn't have reactions that I notice but I know somethings can fly under the radar.

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  11. Oh girl! What a bummer. I will keep my eyes open for some delicious recipes that you ALL can enjoy and some alternative snacks.

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  12. My boyfriend is allergic to all seafood (fish, shellfish, seaweed) and tree nuts. As a kid I know he was even allergic to a ton more so hopefully she may grow out of some of them too! I'm sorry that is a challenge but hopefully you'll find some great alternatives! all those meals for the week sound delicious!

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  13. OMG. That is so unfair. For you, too. Like, I don't know what to say.

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  14. Julia this is amazing! What a fun meal plan! If only I was that organized in this regard. I am the one thinking that same day what we are having for dinner. And thank goodness there are no food allergies in this house. Sorry to hear about Wells food allergies.

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  15. Try going to Ellwoods in Carytown. They are great with food allergies. Coconut oil is great for baking and of course olive oil for cooking.

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  16. I'm so sorry that you and your sweet kids have to deal with this difficulty! A friend of mine from high school has a daughter with severe allergies and she has a blog -- www.allergenmenumom.com -- that you might want to check out. Thinking of you and hoping this gets easier with time!

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  17. Oh man, this is tough. I'm sorry, but kudos to you to dig deep and manage her care so well. She will feel better, thanks to you. Your meals look amazing. I've about stopped cooking lately- hope it's just a phase. Have a good week.
    xo Nancy
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  18. What sort of allergy test did you do... we are testing the lactose by just removing it from my oldest sons diet, but I was not aware of a allergy test that can be done. Please share so I can just get on with it and find out. Poor kids... hopefully this is an adolescent issue and they will grow out of it! I would lose my desire to cook too!!

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  19. Get in mah belly...all of these. Delish!

    Aw poor girl, food allergies are so difficult! Tough cookie. She's got a great mum to help her get thru this, that's for sure. :)

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  20. Hi! I was wondering if you might be able to add a link somewhere on your site (maybe near your photography/house tour links) where we are able to view your weekly meals? They are such an inspiration and I check in every week to see what you are making (to then see what I am then making) but I have to scroll through every page. Thanks :)

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