Sunday, February 5, 2012

"I Don't Like You" and some Allergy-free Food Successes

We are two weeks in to putting Sam on a wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free diet. We've managed a few successes, but it's still tough.

On Friday Sam looked at me just before lunch and said, "I don't like you anymore. All the food you make me eat is yucky."


Adjusting? Not so much.

Despite that, we have had a few successes, though some have been pretty hard won.

Sam rejected almond milk, rice milk and hemp milk, including the vanilla and chocolate varieties. I know part of the problem is that we are still drinking whole milk, and the substitutes drink like skim milk.

Finally, after some research I bought the So Delicious brand of coconut milk in vanilla. And Sam drank it and told me he liked it. I held my breath for a couple days though, because he drank almond milk for a couple days, too. Five days later he's still drinking it and he's quit asking for water in his thermos instead of milk. Win!

Then there are the noodles, staple of childhood diets everywhere. We tried a couple packaged brands and they brought tears around my table. Then my friend Bethany brought me a sample of her homemade wheat-free, dairy-free, soy-free noodles. The kids all liked them, so I bought the pasta attachments for my KitchenAid mixer and we made pasta.

Can you see all the flour on my shirt in this photo? The kids' clothes and mine were practically white by the time we were done.

Everyone got in on the fun.

I was thrilled when ALL of the kids ate our homemade noodles. It almost brought me to happy tears when I watched them eat two and three and four (Isaac!) helpings.

Sam and Isaac stuff their faces with their handiwork. (And we do know how to use forks!)

Then I realized just how many noodles they can eat in a week.

We made our first batch last Sunday. We ate the last of those on Tuesday. On Wednesday I made a double batch, which takes EIGHT eggs. Jeff and I spent two hours after the kids were in bed rolling and cutting them. I have enough noodles left for one more meal. Yikes!

If you see me around these parts a little less frequently then usual in the next few weeks, it's a pretty safe bet that I'm making noodles!

© Trippin' Mama 2012


Mary said...

You are amazing. Isn't it crazy the lengths we will go for our kids? It's all trial and error trust me I've been there. I've scoured more health food stores that I care to admit. Thrown away more uneaten things that were gross. I feel your pain! By the time you figur it all out and feel like you can do this....he'll outgrow the allergy :) Love the pasta maker attachment. Who even knew such a thing existed! Kids are adorable!

Scott said...

I'm with Sam! Not only has your sister fed me so much Yucky food that when I get the rare chance now to eat what was my "old" diet my body can't handle it! No wonder people live forever in your clan...
I like noodles! Next time we are in Indy I'll try a competition with the boys to see who can eat more, them or me. Keep making those and stock up!

Christy AKA Trippin' Mama said...

Thanks, Mary. I hope you are right that he'll outgrow the allergy by the time we get this all figured out. I have to say I'd love to make real pasta with that machine, instead of rice pasta.

Scott, Judy eats healthier than any of the rest of us. She will live forever.

As for the noodle challenge, you're on. Though I don't see any way I'll be able to stock up at the rate they are going through them!