I remember when I was first coming to terms with Sam’s food allergies, how easy it was to feel incredibly overwhelmed about what I was going to be able to feed him and what I was going to have to change in my cooking and preparation, in order for him to eat safely. One thought that did come to my mind early on though, after I had gotten over the shock of it all, was to look at the food allergies in a different more positive way. It is easy to get caught up in disappointment about having to change birthday cakes and make baked goods from scratch (and don’t get me wrong, I did stress about all of that!) but I also found it to be a driver of being healthier and how that might impact the rest of the family’s health too.
Thinking positively about Food Allergies:
- What CAN they eat (Rather than what CAN’T they eat) – despite Egg and Dairy being in a lot of food (and some I never thought), I was in the end pleasantly surprised with the long list of things he could eat. And, when you eventually stumble on appropriate and nifty substitutes, things do tend to look a lot brighter!
- Home made cooking is best – you know what is going into their food because you made it. There are no additives, no nasties, flavour enhancers or colourings.
- Limited processed food – surely this is good for most of us!
- It’s cheaper – having to pack and take food with you is cheaper than convenience food (and better for us!)
- Good habits are formed – healthy, home-made, wholesome food to set them up for the long term.