Food Allergies

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Food Allergies

I posted this on the food allergy board, but it doesn't look like it has much activity, so I thought I'd check here too.

My 2-year-old was diagnosed today with milk, wheat, and peanut allergies. I originally made the appointment for suspected peanut allergy... I gave him a spoonful of peanut butter a couple weeks ago and his face got hives, turned all red around his mouth. The positive tests for milk and wheat came as more of a surprise. The child is OBSESSED with milk... He always drinks way more than he should, and he also lives on cheese and yogurt, so that could be quite an adjustment. I told the doctor how he eats/drinks dairy pretty regularly and doesn't seem to have a problem, and she said he might be okay, but that we need to avoid all three for several months and then try to slowly reintroduce them one at a time.

His reactions have been mostly hives/redness, not anaphylaxis, and she thinks he's at relatively low risk for anaphylaxis... But we did get some epipens to have on hand just in case.

So now, I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any good foods or resources to find foods that are free of wheat, milk, and peanuts...??

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We avoid gluten (wheat, barley, & rye) along with dairy for my husband. Most things that are wheat/gluten free are also free of dairy since the allergies tend to go hand in hand. A lot of times the body craves what we're allergic to and over indulging in these foods is common.

I think blogs are the best for recipes out there and check out grocery stores for either gluten free areas in the health food section or intertwined with the regular food. A lot of the breads are in the freezer section and Udi's is the best I've had so far. Ian's has gluten free/dairy free chicken nuggets and they aren't bad.

My blog has mostly dairy free recipes, feel free to check it out if you want some ideas. http://www.glutenfreemontana.blogspot.com/ It's overwhelming at first reading all of the labels but stick with your basic fruit, veggies, and meats and go from there. Daiya is a dairy free cheese that actually melts and tastes decent. You can find coconut milk ice cream and yogurt.

Good luck!
Cindy

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Cindy has good recommendations above there.

The best thing is reading labels. Wheat and dairy are in so many things. You need to learn the alternate names they go by. For dairy, ask if things like dairy derrived is ok (i.e. lactose/milk sugar). The allergy comes from the protein (in milk - whey protein), so sometimes it's ok to have the non-protein parts of the product. Sometimes it's not due to risk of cross contamination. Things like "flavouring" can often mean a wheat or soy based by-product. But due to recent legislation and whatnot, I think all companies have to put on the label "may contain dairy, soy, wheat, peanuts, etc" for whatever common allergies there is.

Also, be careful of products that don't specify they are "free" of something. If the ingredient list is safe, but they don't post a warning like "made in a peanut free facility", then legally it could have come in contact with peanuts.

I know, very annoying.

As for recipes....what types are you looking for? The wheat one is hard because of bread.... Are you interested in making your own bread? If so, you need to hit up your local health food store and buy some things like rice flour, xanthan gum,....OK, I'm running a blank right now on my low carb/wheat free breads. I'll get back to you on that one.

Also - NO BULK. Never anymore. With bulk there is no guarentee that it hasn't come into contact with something else.

There is a few good brands of peanut free/nut free chocolate out there. Whole foods has a good selection.

Pop me a message if you need ideas. My mom is allergic to fish/shellfish so I grew up reading labels (so many things have fish additives it's not even funny). I am also a pastry chef in my spare time and I've done quite a few "allergen" free items for people before.

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"lifeisgood" wrote:

We avoid gluten (wheat, barley, & rye) along with dairy for my husband. Most things that are wheat/gluten free are also free of dairy since the allergies tend to go hand in hand. A lot of times the body craves what we're allergic to and over indulging in these foods is common.

I think blogs are the best for recipes out there and check out grocery stores for either gluten free areas in the health food section or intertwined with the regular food. A lot of the breads are in the freezer section and Udi's is the best I've had so far. Ian's has gluten free/dairy free chicken nuggets and they aren't bad.

My blog has mostly dairy free recipes, feel free to check it out if you want some ideas. http://www.glutenfreemontana.blogspot.com/ It's overwhelming at first reading all of the labels but stick with your basic fruit, veggies, and meats and go from there. Daiya is a dairy free cheese that actually melts and tastes decent. You can find coconut milk ice cream and yogurt.

Good luck!
Cindy

This!