My name is Megan and a few years ago I set out on a gluten free journey for my son, Liam, but now I continue it for myself. My son was 16 months old and he was sick ALL the time with chronic bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections. He was on round after round of antibiotics, then acid reflux medication.We saw both our regular pediatrician and an allergy specialist who told us after a skin prick test that Liam didn’t have any allergies, yet they didn’t know what was wrong with him and why he wasn’t getting better. He had x-rays done to check for malformations in his skull that might be causing chronic inflammation. He was tested for cystic fibrosis and leukemia…all horrendous things for a parent to have to endure. After exhausting all of our resources, we took him to a naturopathic who tested him for food allergies and we got the list: wheat, gluten, barley, rye, spelt, dairy, egg, beef and lamb. Luckily he wasn’t anaphylactic for anything, and this was something we could fix. THIS was something we could control.
For a few months, I baked and cooked up a storm and most of my gluten/dairy/egg free foods were rejected. I started eating like Liam did so he wouldn’t feel like he was different. I worked closely with the cook at his childcare; she gave me menus a week in advance and I cooked all weekend to make meals for him that were like the meals that the other kids at “school”. Three years after completely avoiding his problem food list, Liam tested negative for food allergies. We still rotate his diet so he doesn’t develop the sensitivities again, but once we started eating “normally” again, I started vomiting 2-3 times a week, having diarrhea and my chronic stomach aches came back.
I have since been tested and I tested anaphylactic for beef and have sensitivities to wheat, gluten, barley, rye, spelt, egg, and cane sugar. I wasn’t devastated with this diagnosis as I know how to cook gluten free now, and I like a good challenge when it comes to converting recipes to be allergen friendly. I hope some of my recipes are helpful for you. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you and I love talking food allergies!