Do you remember me kind of telling you what we thought was going on with our 6 year old daughter a few months ago? After years of chronic sinus infections, ear infections, illness and pain, the unexplainable causes of the trips we took to the ER for crippling abdominal pain, the welts, hives and excsema, the dark circles and puffy eyes we never had one Dr. suggest that maybe there was a real reason why she was like this.
In fact, looking back, I feel some sense of embaressment that I did not push for better answers earlier. But it is so engrained in me to accept the conclusions of the “authority” (in this case the doctors treating her- at least 6 off the top of my head) and I think I wanted to believe that the answer was that all of these things were flukes and a “normal” part of a young kid with a developing immune system. I mean, she has a great attitude and a brilliant little mind, so the truth is, I just didn’t look further. Well, until this fall.
Her father and I flirted a little with following the “Eat right for your blood type diet” (remember that book?! Like from the 90’s?). Anyways- she is an O like her dad and it says “No gluten and limited dairy” so just by nature of me trying to cook for him, we started cutting back on that stuff. I also had started tracking everything she was eating and was beginning to see patterns in her headaches, stomach aches and welts that were alarming.
Very long story short, I finally got her into a food allergy specialist in December. She went through extensive blood testing and interviews (well as extensive as you can get with a 6 year life span!) and then we sat back and waited. Well the results came back while I was in Mexico, which was merciful, because I certainly needed a margarita after reading the results.
Are you ready for this? Cow dairy, Goat dairy, Eggs, Coffee Beans, Cane Sugar, Garlic, Oranges, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Gluten, Whole Wheat, Rye, Flax, Spelt, Soy, Barley, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, GARLIC, ginger, curry, Green String Beans, Lima Beans, Navy Beans, Psyllium, and Kamut.
I am serious. And in fact, these are only the ones that registered a 3 or higher on a scale of 0-6, so they are the most severe. As a family we are trying to stay really calm and just attack this. I love a challenge and am trying so hard to try and create recipes that make her feel as normal as humanly possible at school and in life. But I won’t lie, I have teared up a couple of times- it is just so difficult to navigate these restrictions, and still make things that resemble food she likes that tastes good. I do have to say- I cannot even imagine how parents that don’t spend all of their waking time in the kitchen can handle this. I mean, if I am overwhelmed, how are they handling it? I am figuring out how I can integrate a collection of these recipes into my website, or somewhere else for anyone who is interested in SERIOUSLY allergy-free recipes.
This is actually one of them. In this delicious uh, breakfast porridge?? Quinoa takes the place of oats and I replaced milk with coconut milk. It is sweetened with agave and vanilla and topped with crunchy almonds and crispy toasted coconut chips. I loved it best when I ate it with sweet and tart blueberries or fresh cut strawberries. It was a tasty break from oats (whether you are trying to avoid them or not) and the natural sweetness of coconut and vanilla really make it lovely.
In the meantime, if any of you out there have any favorite resources (blogs, books) for allergy cooking, I would love to know! Please Share!! I mean I am not just in gluten-free territory (not to minimize how serious that is) but full on “what the hell do I feed my daughter!?” mode.
Recipe: Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- 1 15 ounce can coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (paste or extract)
- 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons agave
- Toppings: extra agave, almonds (optional), coconut chips and fresh fruit.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut milk, vanilla and salt to a simmer. Add the quinoa to the milk and bring to a light boil.
- Put the lid on the quinoa and turn the heat to low. Simmer the quinoa on low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until it has reached a creamy porridge consistency.
- Spoon into bowls and top with desired toppings. Serve hot.
Preparation time: 2 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 2
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Hi, Heather, I can only imagine you are in shock with that extensive allergy list. I don’t have food allergies, but have many other allergies and for years got desensitization shots; but at the age of 6, that’s a hard thing to even consider. The only thought off the top of my head — which you are probably already doing — is making lists of things she CAN eat first. I do have a cousin who has a child who lacks the enzymes to digest many things, including gluten, soy, and dairy. I will write her a letter and ask if she has any suggestions. Thoughts going out to you and your daughter.
Thank you so much Terry. I have a close friend who did the same thing with those shots and she is still traumatized by the memories!
And don’t worry, I am trying to focus on the positive! I feel like we had some major wins with corn, potatoes and bananas which we initially thought were out. Plus she isn’t allergic to any meats, fish or shellfish and of course we have rice which is our lifesaver!
I’ve made coconut rice pudding, coconut oatmeal, but never coconut quinoa. This looks incredible and I bet just smells heavenly! Pinned
I just couldn’t imagine being allergic to all of that or what you must be feeling. Sorry you have to go through that, but glad you are facing the challenge head on. Looking forward to your posts, I’m sure your creativity and culinary sense will pull you through. Best of luck, but from the looks of it you won’t need it because this breakfast bowl looks legit awesome!
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Thank you so much Eric- glad that you like the breakfast bowl 🙂
Hi Heather, although I only “know” you through your wonderful recipes/blog, I’m truly sorry about your daughter’s allergies. I haven’t experienced that with anyone in my immediate family. My husband is somewhat allergic to cow dairy (sinus problems) but he sneaks it in to his diet anyways by eating large quantities of cheese & ice cream.
I am not a Pollyanna personality at all, but I was thinking it would be somewhat encouraging to you and your daughter to make a huge, colorful, fun list of every food that she can eat. That should stimulate your creative thinking process and help her see the possibilities not just the limitations.
Best wishes & prayers as you embark on this journey. You’ve been given quite the challenge, I have a feeling you will rise way & above the challenge!
P.S. My favorite cheese, Manchego, is made from sheep’s milk – win! And there’s an endless variety of lettuce wraps you can make. Also, Bento boxes for lunch. Oh yeah, lentils! And portabello mushroom mini-pizzas with sheep’s milk cheese & tomatoes & basil. I think the most challenging will be spices/seasonings, but once you’ve got that figured out, watch out! Fruition Farms has sheep’s milk products. I bet someone in your part of the country has an artisan line of sheep’s milk products as well.
Thank you Marina!! I will totally ask about she sheeps milk! I don’t know if she is not intolerant of that or if they just didn’t test for it? But happily, they said we could probably add the goats milk back in a couple of weeks. For me that is a huge blessing as goat cheese is my favorite and I know Pia will learn to love it. I love the portabello pizza idea.!!
That was so sweet Marina 🙂 I absolutely love that idea and Pia is quite the little artist, so she will love this project. I will post it so you can see it 🙂
Hi Heather, i am so sorry to hear about your little girl. That is not fair at all. I can’t imagine being 6 and not being about to eat everything and anything. I actually had something similar (Although I am 32) but after a fall of hives and puffy eyes, I learned that I became allergic to wheat, eggs and cows milk. Did you get her thyroid tested? That was also a problem for me. Wishing you and her the best of luck. Maybe some mexican inspired food since she can tolerate corn and soba noodles (all buckwheat) that seems to be what I am living off of these days. If I find any resource I will send it on.
Thank you for sharing that Amanda, I sympathize deeply. Yes! Mexican food has been a staple around here and I have a big stash of buckwheat noodles in my pantry. Rice noodles have also become a staple around here!
You will make it an adventure in food for your daughter – I just know it. Right now it’s awful and overwhelming, but if anyone can make beautiful, joyous food out of a jigsaw puzzle list with a ton of your staple ingredients missing, it is you.
Oh Beth, thank you so much 🙂
I had a lot of digestion issues over the last 10 years and after seeing countless doctors and naturopaths I finally bit the bullet and went to a food allergy specialist! Well after 12 months of tests and restricted diets they finally got to the bottom of my problems…preservatives in bread and baked goods and sodium benzoate, makes life interesting as this rules out green peas, bananas, blueberries and so much more!
A great resource that was suggested to me is a book called friendly food produced by doctors at the royal prince Alfred hospital allergy unit in Australia…could be hard to track down in the US but it many be worth the effort!!
Thank you so much Paula. Do you notice a big difference in how you feel by the way? I would be so happy to hear about someone who followed their food allergy diet and felt better!
I feel much better since I have been avoiding these foods. I won’t lie it is dam hard sometimes and I still have my bad days but normally I can look back at what I ate and I soon realize that I slipped up and ate something I shouldn’t!
I wouldn’t wish dietary issues on anyone but the saving grace is that you enjoy cooking and trying new foods…could you imagine being a nonfoodie and having to navigate food intolerance.
this is a snap shot of the book http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/resources/foodintol/friendlyfood.html
Now this is my kinda breakfast! Sorry to read about the hardships with your little gals, but sounds like you are finding brilliant dietary solutions 🙂
Thank you Marla 🙂 I totally thought of you when was making this!
I’m so sorry for you guys! I would be crying and overwhelmed too! This recipe looks delicious and I am so gonna try it. Prayin for you guys! You can do it! I have a friend who has a 14 month old with lots of allergies/eczema too and makes all kinds of “free” stuff…I’ll have to ask her where she finds her recipes….
Thank you so much Adiya!
I am so sorry to hear about your daughter… but good news that you finally know the issue, I guess?? Although you would have to remove dishes with eggs, garlic, and some of the spices, trying to look at some paleo blogs would give you some good meal ideas since that style of eating eschews legumes, grains, dairy, and sugar. I love PaleOMG, NomNom Paleo, Mark’s Daily Apple… and I feature a lot of paleo or almost paleo recipes on my blog b/c we are crazy cross fitters and eat a lot of those types of meals on a regular basis (but I am TOTALLY not a paleo blog :). I printed this off to try with my 2-year-old b/c I HATE HATE HATE oatmeal but love the idea of a warm breakfast bowl… plus a way to use my coconut chips from Trader Joe’s!! Oh, and of course, their coconut cream 🙂
Awesome Kate! Thank you so, so much! I am going to be allover those sites and you will definitely see some changes in how we are eating and cooking around here too.
Glad to hear that the Quinoa Breakfast bowl is floating your boat!
My son had a nursery school friend who had severe egg and nut allergies. It was very difficult for his mother to manage his allergies at home and school, but she did it! And your family will figure it out, too. Good news, some children outgrow many of their food allergies. My son ‘s friend is no longer allergic to egg, which is a godsend.
Never thought of quinoa for breakfast. This is just going to make you more creative!!
That is actually a God Send! Eggs is one of the most challenging. Thank you Kelley- I will remain hopefully optimistic!!
Keep in mind, everything in moderation…She may have tested highly allergic to many things, some may have more of an allergic reaction than others, yet tbd. Maybe you can eliminate, then slowly re-introduce one thing at a time and see if there is any reaction. A few years back, I went through some food allergy testing. (At the time, I was doing a candida diet.) The odd thing was, the food I was consuming at that time for the diet, is what I tested highly allergic…Hmmmm (not making any concrete conclusions or judgements about the testing). On the bright side, we sometimes can “out grow” allergies. I had terrible allergies as a kid to rabbits, cats, terrible hay fever… (allergic to asparagus, liver, & peas, ha! just kidding). Everything changed in my late teens/early twenties. My brother went for shots for his allergies, then in his late teen years, no more allergies. Our body’s cells completely “re-fresh” every 7-10 years, therefore, we sometimes get a fresh start. It’s overwhelming right now for sure! Everything will be fine, with you as her Mommy!! (You may want to consider a digestive enzyme, taken before meals, helps in the digestion of food (Whole Foods may have) just a suggestion.)
Congrats to your Seahawks!! I know how exciting this time is for your city…Our Ravens won the Super Bowl last year!!! The city was crazy, crazy!!! ENJOY!
Thank you Sherri! I have heard that I should take this stuff with a grain of salt. I am trying to think about just clearing out her system over the next 8 weeks and then seeing 1) if her symptoms have cleared 2) if she feels noticeably better 3) if we can re-introduce anything with no reactions. The good news(or bad!) is that most things that she is intolerant of give her immediate reactions, so I think it will be clear. And Ia m also keeping my fingers crossed that as she moves into later childhood that things will be different for her.
GREAT advice about Whole foods- I have had trouble finding pro-biotics for children.
Thank you on the Seahawks!! we are all so excited!!!
Hi Heather, I am SO sorry to hear of Pia’s allergies. I have a daughter in Preschool and wanted to provide some extra immune support for her. I found some great Probiotics (specifically for children age 4 and up) through my Naturopath at Bastyr. You can order them online but I just get them from the dispensary at Bastyr on Stone Way……..easy trip from QA! 🙂 You have to ask for them………they keep them in the fridge. They are made by a company in Bellevue called Pharmax and are the “HLC Child” version. My husband and I also take the adult version and I give my 1 year old the Neonate kind. I truly think they’ve helped keep us all healthy this winter.
THANK YOU Angela!!!! This is really valuable and I will head over to Bastyr this week.
The world of allergies is a mine field. Kudos to you for getting this done now while she’s six and not sixteen. You have just given her the best gift any parent could do; her health. It might feel like a lot of foods she can’t have but think of the thousands she can. With your talent the sky is the limit!
No matter how many times we ask about ingredients and are assured the offending allergen is not an included, more times than I care to remember it has been ie “Oh, I didn’t know mustard was in Dijon” at a wine tasting event. Just yesterday Starbucks reversed my extremely lactose intolerant littlest granddaughter’s soy drink with her sisters which was a real eye opener for me to taste the darn drinks next time. This site has loads of Paleo recipes. Today she sent out info using almond flour. http://savingdinner.com/natural-protein-power-with-almond-flour/
The biggest thing for your daughter to understand is that if all kids underwent testing, they would probably have loads of allergies as well, it’s just that the symptoms might not be as obvious as her’s. Many are behavioral which can interfere with learning and parents are not given a clue. Eldest granddaughter took in the requisite GF birthday cake to school today even though it’s just one child who is GF, the whole class opts for GF so she doesn’t feel weird.
Oh Vicki- I was hoping you would comment- you always have such wise things to say 🙂 I agree- I think we are all riddled with “intolerances” it is just whether or not we want to deal with it. I think as a parent, once you go down this path, you can’t ignore things that are so obviously harmful to your children even though it is SO difficult. But I know it will get easier and I am thankful that we are teaching her how to handle it now so that by the time she is more independent it will hopefully be ingrained in her.
And I know what you mean about the hidden ingredients. Sugar is in EVERYTHING.I ordered gluten free pizza from a GF restaurant, no cheese, no garlic. Forgot about the sugar in the sauce until I tasted it. I just gave her ibuprofen for the withdrawal headaches she has and immediately her throat started to itch- oh whoops! Childrens medicine is all jam packed with SUGAR! I just am trying to take it a day at a time.
Thank you for the web site refferal.
as a mother of two kids with nut allergies, i can relate to your situation, although your list is much more extensive than mine. when i found out that both my kids have nut allergies, i was really bummed out. especially the fact that they will never know how amazing nutella is. it is nice to finally have an answer, i suppose. and judging from your love of the kitchen, i am sure you will be able to tackle this no problem. hang in there!
Thanks Libby! I will try.
Funny enough (or not funny!) Nutella was Pia’s favorite thing EVER, full of hazelnuts, dairy and sugar we had to dump it 🙁
I also went thru years of allergy injections that helped me tremendously. My son had them too but he was so young and we didn’t want to put him through it. He developed “leaky gut” syndrome from all the antihistamines he was on and we saw a DO who practiced alternative, homeopathic medicine. He tested my son for allergens using the body as a guide. No injections or blood drawn. They were then able to desensitize him to the things that he showed he had food allergies to. I am probably a little off in trying to explain things to you. He was in 3rd grade at the time and is now in college! (Oh- the mind is a terrible thing to waste!!) Investigate more natural types of medicines. I would never rely on them alone, but in conjunction with MDs I think they can be a great asset. My son is 19 yo and has NO problems with foods, stomach aches, or headaches like he did in elementary school. Best of luck to you, you will beat this!
Thank you SO much Collette. I am totally on it. I have high hopes that we can heal her leaky gut (that is what she has as well!) and ultimately be able to incorporate some of those foods back in. I think the worst are probably life long no-no’s but you never know!
Also- do you remember using pro-biotics to help heal the gut? Pia was on years of antibiotics too.
They did not mention pro-biotics to use back then, but again, it was about 11-12 years ago. I used to freeze a small portion of what he ate that week and bring into the drs office and they would “test” him, if he proved sensitive to it they would desensitize him through motions of moving the arms around and rubbing different body parts. Sounds very weird I know, a little voodoo-ish….. but there was no pain for him and it did help. Cost wasn’t cheap, but when your child is facing something like this you figure it out. I am sending you a link to the clinic we went to. Its in Clearwater, FL which is obviously WAY too far away for you, but it may help you in locating a clinic in Seattle. http://lifeworkswellnesscenter.com/
Just remember to not sweat the small stuff, and in the grand scheme of life- trust me this is the small stuff.
Thank you so much Colette 🙂
Can’t wait to try this yummy looking coconut quinoa! You may want to check out http://www.momables.com/ They have a lot of dairy free, gluten free, egg free lunch and meal ideas.
Thank you Amy, I will check that out today!
Hi Heather, I do not have kids but used to baby sit for a precious 4 year old that had severe food allergies to all kinds of nuts and eggs. As a working mom, her mom constantly struggled with ways to make her daughter feel more “normal” at school and around other kids. She would occasionally bring safe treats and snacks to her daughter’s teacher, so that on special days when other moms brought cupcakes/ other treats, her daughter would have something special too 🙂 Hope this helps, and fingers crossed that she grows out of this!
Thanks Rebecca- yes, Pia’s teacher is awesome and we have dropped off a bag of mini-bags of potato chips at school. I never thought I would be buying my kids potato chips with a smile on my face- but it seems to be the ONLY pre-packaged food that I can leave there! I am still working on figuring out sweets that work for this set of allergies, but I will be bringing her her own items on birthday party days!
It will get better! I know this from experience with my son who also had a laundry list of things he could not eat. Luckily I have aways loved to cook so it was easy to create some new favorites. Think of thing you can have first. Seriously -Make a list of them and keep it on the fridge and one in your purse. Cook from the list and shop from the list. It was easier for me to have the whole family eat that way for a while as it was less overwhelming than coming up with a safe dish for one person. I also avoided boxed/premade versions of things like cookies etc because they really did not taste as good and cost so much more. I found it made our whole family healthier as we all ate more whole foods. Hopefully as your daughter gets older she will outgrow some of the food issues as my son has, although we still limit intake on the whole list, as a prevention tool. Now he can eat pizza at a a birthday party but will skip the ice cream cake just not to overdo it. Good luck.
That allergy list is literally stunning, but even though it sucks it must be a relief to actually know what she CAN eat! Wishing you all the best! xx
Thank you Katrina- yes- we are totally trying to focus on the positive!
I cannot even imagine how completely overwhelmed you are right now. I wish I had any useful advice for you. Please just know that my prayers & my sympathy are with you!
So kind- thank you erin!
Tough go, Heather. You’ve probably already done this, but I’d be inclined to spend some time on some of the better Paleo sites. I think Nom Nom Paleo would be a good start. They have a cookbook out too. Good luck.
Thank you Katie- I actually had not though to do that- but all of the recommendations have been awesome. Thanks Katie!
Wow Heather, I can’t even imagine navigating that list but if anyone can do it, it’s you! Your daughter is lucky to have you :). This breakfast bowl is just gorgeous and looks delicious!
Heather I am so sorry to hear about your daughter’s allergies. Both my mom and sister suffer from citrus allergies. For my mom they are worse than they are for my sister, but one thing you might want to check is any cleaning ingredients you have in your house. Many organic or natural ingredients contain citrus oil, and this causes a reaction in my mom, starting with a headache, but too much can cause her to break out in hives.
It must be overwhelming, but thank you for sharing, and I am sure that your family’s journey will help many others.
Also, my mom was a personal chef in the Seattle area until earlier this month when she relocated. She made meals for quite a few people on the SCD diet (specific carbohydrate diet) which sounds like something would fit your daughter, or at least food blogs for that diet might have some good starting points.
I’ve tried quiona before, but haven’t found it to be one of those things that I have to have again. I;m going to give it another try though. It’s been a ltitle while since I had it last.
Hi Heather – these two sites have creative, allergy friendly recipes that I have found helpful: againstallgrain.com and detoxinista.com. good luck with everything.
Thank you so much Sara!
Oh my gosh, Heather! I’m so sorry about all this!! That’s just crazy. Poor little girl!! You’re such an amazing mother making special meals and helping her cope through this. I can’t even imagine being so young and having such a limited diet. This coconut quinoa bowl seems so comforting and perfect!
Wow, that is a lot to take in! Food allergies are the worst, but so many people have them that I think our society is very open to embracing them and finding ways to make delicious food albeit. I can’t imagine how challenging it will be to adjust, but I think you’ll hit a routine, and knowing how creative you are in the kitchen, will come up with some amazing recipes. Much love to you and your family! xo
That list includes like half of my favoritest things in the world!! Bless her little heart! I know you’re the best person to help her Miyagi her way through these new food challenges. And a margarita would definitely be in order.
Oh Heather! What a blessing your daughter has YOU as her mother. You are one of the most creative, ingenious cooks I know (see breakfast bowl above) and this is just another way to squeeze even more inventive flavor combinations from an already very talented lady. Sending lots of love your way!
Whoa Heather. I’m just catching up on your site and am so sorry to hear of all of this. I often tailor my cooking for allergy/special diet clients so I feel your pain. One of them is also a no garlic/onion person so I REALLY feel your pain with the garlic. This quinoa looks very Cafe Gratitude (a compliment)! Muah from Los Angeles.
You could try the Babycakes NYC Vegan Bakery’s cookbooks.
We can’t do dairy at our home and stay away from processed foods in general- I have found that paleo food blogs are great- almost always dairy, soy, gluten and other grain free. good luck!
Oh lady, I’m so sorry! I have no doubt that you out of everyone can conquer this. It’s always hard in the beginning, no matter what the allergy is, but hopefully it’ll get easier. And maybe eventually, she’ll be able to slowly incorporate them back into her diet – making this only temporarily. Thinking really good thoughts and let me know if I can help in the gluten-free department!
this looks so delicious! 🙂 my mom has a TON of similar food allergies, and it is so hard to cook for it! But, I would recommend the blog http://www.deliciouslyella.com – it’s vegan, gluten-free and unprocessed, so you won’t find any soy, cane sugar, etc there. Good luck with this challenge!!
I would highly recommend checking into NAET acupuncture treatments to treat the food allergies! I had a very similar list of foods from the allergist and now can pretty much eat anything. If you are in seattle check out http://acu-associates.com/ Dr Shimizu. He is a miracle worker (and can do needless treatments for kids)
AWESOME Katy!!! thank you so so so much!!!
Hi there — I stumbled across your site today and wanted to thank you for posting allergy friendly recipes, and for Pia’s site as well! My two year old doesn’t have typical “allergies,” but enough GI issues that we did an elimination diet a year ago to see what triggered his pain. No dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, corn, oranges, peanuts, shellfish, pork, beef, and refined sugars…it was a monumental task! I found purelytwins.com and liked a lot of their recipes for baking (pancakes, donuts, cookies, even cereal!!). We are no longer on the full diet, thankfully, just gluten and dairy, but I am SO appreciative of all the kid-friendly blogs out there. I also liked nourishingmeals.com for ideas, although I had to adapt more recipes. The one *good* thing about all the food restrictions was that meals became much easier to prepare, as only a few ingredients were included. Best of luck to you and Pia, and I hope she will increase her tolerance for more and more foods as time goes on. You are doing a great job!
I stumbled upon your blog through pinterest in my hunt for recipes that I can use while I’m on a migraine trial elimination diet & food challenge. What struck me about your recipe and writing style is that you face the challenges ahead in a positive voice and you’re REAL about the difficulties they’ll bring. Your kiddo has got quite the hitlist (my dad’s term for mine in the process I’ve been on).
I have found that for me it helps to come at it both in an educational frame (why I’m eliminating food & adding them back in & that I have chronic migraines and hope to see them reduced –> good news is I have!!), as well as a fun frame of mind. I use social media and post about #MigraineTrial & what’s moved on and off the hitlist food wise. I share recipes and resources. I used Vistaprint to make food sensitivity cards listing ingredients I can’t consume on the front & on the back telling about my migraines and how I want to still be able to support local economy by eating out, etc.
For the last 4.5 months I have been eating a diet without: buttermilk, chocolate, onions, yogurt, sour cream, bananas, MSG, alcohol, herring, citrus, pork, vinegars, cheese, fresh yeasty bread, nuts, peanuts, soy, fermented/cured/brined foods, & pods of broad beans. I now know for sure that buttermilk, chocolate, yogurt, bananas, and cheese cause migraines. Whereas pods of broad beans, fresh yeasty bread, soy, fermented & cured foods, pork do not. The rest of the ingredients (onions, sour cream, MSG, alcohol, herring, citrus, vinegars, nuts, peanuts, brined foods) I still need to test over the next 4-5 months.
I bought Allergy-Free Cookbook by Alice Sherwood because of the information prior to the recipes in the book. After spending weeks gathering recipes, I wasn’t prepared for the emotional toll this change would have. Do I feel better? YES, absolutely. I’ve gone from having 3 migraines a week, to going 5.5 weeks without a migraine. That’s my longest lifetime record. It is astounding, truly.
Oh God Colleen, my heart goes out to you. I am not sure how much further you got into my blog but Coco, my 4 year old and I have them too- explanation here: http://heatherchristo.wpengine.com/cooks/2014/05/05/focused-on-family/
One of the reasons I decided to be tested was for my chronic migraines I had had since I was 11. Every month I would have cluster migraines for about 5 days. Sometimes in my life I would go through periods where they lasted much longer.
I have not had a migraine in 9 months.
I am off of dairy, eggs and gluten, as well as vanilla bean, banana, kiwi, pineapple and CANE SUGAR and black pepper.
I can not recommend to you enough (if you can afford it or if your insurance will cover it) to go and get and ICLAP test. To have a full extended panel (you need to get spices done as well when you suffer as you do) it is about a thousand dollars. It will catch any of the things that you don’t realize are out there that are having a crazy affect on you. (you just google the naturopaths in your area and see who does them)
Otherwise- you are doing the next best thing FOR SURE!! (Obviously you are allergic to milk and bananas) (Did you know that many people who are allergic to bananas are also allergic to Pineapple. and if you are, you are automatically allergic to Kiwi and probably passion fruit and sensitive to latex)
I also have to point out that I notice you are not trying eggs. You should (in all forms- like baked in too) it is the 2nd most prolific allergy that no one knows they have. Cane Sugar is the 5th most prolific. If you have a sweet tooth, I just substitute beet sugar- that may be worth trying.
I just announced yesterday that I am writing a book on this topic right now (not for release until Spring of 2016) but it is going to be free of all the major Allergens and make you guys aware of the hidden spices and fruits that are common triggers for people. If you would like to sign up to be a recipe tester, please let me know 🙂
Cheering you on!!!! This is a healing process and to be honest- a grieving process. And you can always come here for recipes (they are all at LEAST gluten, dairy and egg free) or to ask questions. Best of luck Colleen!!!
Your daughter sounds exactly like me – I have 72 food allergies in total and I was diagnosed as a child too (at 14, and I’m now 16)! It really does get much, much easier over time, and you learn so much about food and cooking that it’s totally worth it! I hope you’re starting to find things a little easier now – sending hugs!
This is a wonderful recipe… we used maple syrup and topped with coconut, chopped almonds, and raisins. We even ate the next day cold with almond mik… yum! Thank you… this is now a favorite in our household.
Hi! Ok, WAY LATE TO THE PARTY HERE, but I picked up a box of your ginger molasses cookies at the Issaquah Costco on Friday night (THEY. ARE. AMAZING. Best cookies I’ve had since going gluten free!), and I had to find you online. In this age, every good entrepreneur has a beautiful blog, right??!
And here you are. 😉
I’m sure you’ve found it by now, but my FAVORITE source for severely restricted recipes is Against All Grain. Her AIP protocol recipes sound like a good place to start!
And, thanks again for the cookies. <3
This recipe looks so delicious! Thank you also for sharing on a personal level
I have been reading some not-so-good things about using agave nectar. I used it a few days ago and got such a horrible bout of acid reflux, which started me on the research. I am just curious, why not use honey as a sweetener?
Anne- absolutely feel free to use honey- I have a lot of vegan readers who don’t, but it’s absolutely a great substitute.
Hi Heather, I wasn’t able to read all of the comments so don’t know if anyone already mentioned this, but it might be worth reading about GAPS protocol and using bone broth and supplements to heal the gut, where many of these issues start. There is a lot of information on it on the internet, and I’ve been reading about it since we’ve been trying to heal my boyfriend’s auto-immune disease. Basically they are finding that a lot of the allergies, eczema, and other auto-immune related issues begin and can be healed by re-building a healthy gut biome. I get a lot of useful information on wellness mama’s blog, as well as various gaps-related blogs, and http://www.gapsdiet.com/gaps-introduction-diet.html
Wishing you and pia well, and thanks for the great recipe that I happened upon through a google search for healthy breakfasts.
Hi Asia- thank you so much. So that post was written about 3 years ago and we have learned a ton since then, and also found out that we not only all have food allergies and auto-immune disease, but also that Pia has Celiac and is at a great risk for developing Lupus, so we are really diligent about what we eat. thank you so much for your comments and we are always looking for more information!