How my family is adjusting to a gluten free Diet and much more
Gluten free diets are rising in popularity these days, and I’m learning from experience that it’s more than just a fad, it’s one of many “free” things our family needs in order to create an atmosphere of peace.
Last summer my little Lilly had an overwhelming eczema attack while my family lived in California for a couple of months.
It had gotten so bad that she would scratch herself during the night, and we’d wake up to find her sheets spotted with blood and scabs in her elbow and knee pits, and on her lower back. With us being away from our doctors here in TX, we decided to take her to a dermatologist when we returned home.
But when I called to set up an appointment it was over month long wait.
She’s battled with eczema ever since she was a tiny baby, but it seemed to be contained or die down a bit after a few weeks of lathering on lotions her pediatrician would recommend, refraining from certain soaps, or the change in weather.
But this time it wasn’t going away. And she was miserable to the point I would literally lay her down in bed, and both of us would cry because I really didn’t know what else to do. I needed immediate relief, and in desperation I did what most young moms of the twenty first century do.
I went on my personal facebook page, which I know isn’t very medical it’s more mommical or even comical, and asked some of my momma friends if they’ve ever had a problem with eczema to this extent. A friend of mine piped in and said, “take her to an allergist.”
So I did.
She had blood work done, and when the results came in I literally swallowed it in with about half a gallon of water and an Alka-Seltzer as the nurse read the list to me. Corn, eggs, peas, peanuts, soy, milk, wheat and….. dogs. Eggs, corn, peas, and dogs being the highest.
Her doctor encouraged me to not go overboard with eliminating all these products from her diet immediately, but to do it slowly.
And in the last six months, it’s been exactly that. Slow.
Not until last month when I met some fantastic ladies from BEECH Retreat did I really believe that going gluten free, among many other things in our family’s diet, is more than just possible, it is doable with a heart and tummy full of joy.
Gluten free items are becoming much more easier to find in a store, but the other things, are more of a chore. But when I read Tricia’s blog whose five children in one way or another have or had the majority of Lilly’s food allergies spread out amongst them at one time or another, I calmed down a bit. She is a plethora of relieving help on and off the screen when it comes to being more than just gluten free.
I’m excited to write about our family as we basically get ourselves into a healthier state, because I’m finding that a gluten free diet and all the other things we’re working hard to avoid is a healthier alternative.
It’s more than just wishing or praying this away, it’s about being a mom faced with the reality of now and making sure my family is having their physical needs met.
Do you or someone in your family have food allergies beyond just gluten?
What are some of your favorite people and products that help you live a gluten free diet and to avoid other foods?