More appointments, more stress, not a lot more answers…

As we continue to investigate a health issue with my son, we visited another doctor at a Children’s Hospital today. He was helpful, listened well and provided some advice, but overall, I don’t think that we’ve gained much more ground than another referral. A referral is better than being told to go away, but it involves more watching and waiting.

Part of the challenge is the food sensitivity issue. There definitely doesn’t seem to be a lot of support with this from conventional doctors and honestly, as a parent, it can be really difficult to decipher all of the information. I know I have seen improvement for myself personally, but there has not been a lot of improvement yet with my son. I can’t decide whether to give it time, or ease up a little on the restrictions.

We have also had him taking some dietary supplements, such as magnesium, probiotics, omega vitamins and B vitamins, again, there was not a lot of support for this route.

I just hate feeling powerless and at least if I am trying to help him with alternative remedies, it seems like I am doing something positive.

What’s wrong with me?! What’s wrong with you?!

I always knew on some level that something was wrong with me. Character, sure, but that’s for another post.

No, something physical. I had weight issues starting from a young age, hitting 200 lbs by the eighth grade and eventually maxing out at 230 lbs by tenth.

It didn’t seem to matter what I ate or how much. I tried Weight Watchers to reduce portion sizes and vegetarianism to reduce the shear number of foods available to me but I just kept getting heavier.

Eventually, through  exercise and portion control I was able to sustain a weight around 160 lbs. But this was still too heavy for my 5 foot frame to be healthy.

I would learn of my food sensitivities in my mid twenties after issues with stress and a bought of shingles. But I couldn’t seem to stick to the dietary changes in the long term.

Finally, I had had enough! Tired of felling lethargic, foggy and achy all of the time and sick of dealing with psoriasis and stomach troubles, I freed myself.

In my mid-thirties, I committed to being gluten and dairy free for life. My energy sky rocketed! I started working out religiously and eating for wellness.

I knew my family still loved their old foods and I didn’t want them all to suffer through my new diet, so I would cook separate meals to keep everyone happy (or at least only mildly complaining).

Then my daughter was diagnosed with food allergies (eggs, walnuts, cashews) in the summer of 2015 and my son with food sensitivities (gluten, dairy) in the winter of 2016.

Everything changed. It turned out for they were suffering from our old cooking habits. The foods that we gave the kids as treats were actually hurting them.

So, here we are on a journey to eat for health and wellness for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

The beginning…

I really never thought I would end up here. A blog about allergies?!

Fine, as a child I had some seasonal allergies and they weren’t fun, but they’ve gotten better as I got older. I remember having a friend with a peanut allergy, I felt bad for her – no peanut butter?!

Enter food sensitivities, IBS and autoimmune issues and well, my darling children with all of the above plus allergies to eggs and nuts and here I am…constantly collecting ideas, resources and recipes to fit the bill.

I figure there must be others out there struggling to get it right as I am. If you are trying to feed a family that is not only picky, but has food issues, then you are in the right place.