Food allergies are not new to me. When my son was a baby he was diagnosed as a universal reactor. Meaning he was allergic to ALL foods. Yes, that is correct, all foods. The allergist had never seen this before and he could not tell me if my son would live. My goal was to make sure he made it to his 18th birthday. I did this by finding everything I could on food allergies and I put him on something called the rotation diet. Using the book I set up a huge chart on the kitchen wall and started cooking to keep my son alive. Fast forward 25 years and he's still here and allergy free.
My daughter also has food allergies. Unfortunately she has not outgrown hers. In fact, hers have gotten worse. She was diagnosed years ago with a lactose allergy. She is now allergic to shellfish, mushrooms and gluten. The gluten allergy means she cannot have any wheat, barley or rye. We began a gluten free diet in January. This has been quite the learning experience. Who knew that so many products contained gluten. There has been a lot of trial and error. Ryan has gotten very sick when I have erred. For her birthday she really wanted some fried chicken with coleslaw from KFC. It never occurred to me to check the KFC web site for information. But, KFC coleslaw does contain gluten and Ryan became very ill that night. (I made the fried chicken and that was gluten free-I will post the recipe the next time I make it). I felt terrible. What did I learn from this? Check EVERYTHING. Be suspicious of all foods. When in doubt make it yourself or find a substitute. I would like to share a few of the sites that I have found helpful.
BeFreeForMe is a gluten and allergy free web site. They have articles, recipes, a blog and a weekly contest!
Bob's Red Mill offers wonderful gluten free flours and recipes!
Simply Gluten Free offers recipes, recommendations, cookbooks and great giveaways!
GIG- Gluten Intolerance Group They offer support, recipes, information. Find a group near you.
Ginger Lemon Girl One of my favorite gluten free blogs.
Gluten Freely Looking for gluten free versions of mainstream products? This is the place for you.
This is just the beginning of my list. I will post more soon. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.