Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Don't Be a Smug Cook--Part 2

Remember back when Evey was doing those GF Fridays? And remember my GF Friday post about how we don't "do" gluten-free here in the E's Delights kitchen? (You can check it out here if you wish to laugh at my naivete) I wish I could go back and smack the crap out of myself.
Because I am knee-deep in this shit, now, my friends. Knee. Freaking. Deep.
Princess Sassafras has had tummy issues ever since she came to live with us about 18 months ago.  We have spent considerable time and effort trying to get her gastrointestinal functions under control and it has been no picnic. Recently we got some tests back indicating that she is highly sensitive to several foods which make up the backbone of all of the food in this house. Eggs. Wheat. Whey. Casesin (milk protein). Cheese. Peanuts.
Awesome.
Look, I am not going to complain. She does not have a life-threatening peanut allergy. She does not have celiac. She eats, breathes, grows.  I am still incredibly blessed.  And now I get to use my fancy education and the power of the Internet to come up with a way to make tortillas made out of cauliflour. The point of this post is to give you a couple of tips if you are a smug person like me who now has to eat humble pie:
1. Don't panic. --Seriously, it is going to be fine. Information is always better than ignorance and now you have the power to make a positive impact in someone's life.
2. Utilize every resource you've got.--Get on Pinterest, FoodAllergies.com, go to the library, go to WebMD, talk to other parents, join pages on Facebook, but basically do whatever you need to do to get information and support.  You are confused and upset. It's okay. Let other people help you navigate this tricky world.
3. Make a list.--Post a list on the refrigerator of food ingredigents to be on the lookout for.  When your spouse is trying to feed all of your kids and it's already 30 minutes past dinner time and he or she doesn't want to call you because you are finally enjoying a night out, give them a break a post a list of stuff to watch out for. This keeps you from screaming, "NO! No soy sauce! Never soy sauce!!" over your phone at a packed bar while you try to juggle your cosmo.
4. Cry sometimes.--Yeah. It sucks. It would be nice not to have to spend $6 for a loaf of bread or spend 100 years shopping because you have read every single food label. But, if it sucks for you, imagine how it feels to be 4 years old and watch your brothers wolf down 3 slices of cheesy pizza at a party while your mommy cuts up your one millioneth grilled chicken breast because you can't have gluten OR dairy.
5. Embrace the crazy.--I have had laundry sitting various states of folded vs not folded on my sofa for two days. I have spent the time instead creating a special shelf for Princess Sassafras in the kitchen of all the foods she CAN snack on so that I am not constantly shouting, "No! You can't eat that!" I also have been burning up our Amazon Prime account ordering GF oats, GF flours, nuts, and coconut oil so that I can make the girl a muffin that won't send her into gastric distress. Everyone deserves a good muffin.
Drink wine. Remember how awesome you are.

1 comment:

  1. New follower here ;) putting you in my feedburner, too. We *think* we have mild food allergies but I have yet to do anything about it. Nothing life threatening here either, but if anyone told me I had an allergy to wine, we would have a serious problem. Looking forward to popping in here, having my wine, and getting inspired to cook. :) xxoo

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