Managing allergies, sensitivities, and preferences
I know that other mamas have mentioned to me before that I may want to tame my love for dairy when it came to my babe's current eczema. The suggestion was reinforced by the pediatrician the other day. So, I begrudgingly committed to cutting the cheese, even though cheese and milk has become a larger and larger part of my diet as I have started to eat less and less meat.
That evening, faced with tight schedules of piano lessons, basketball practice, and bath times, my husband suggested picking up a pizza from one of our reliable chains. Great idea! I like to reserve one night a week for a quick and easy pizza.
WRONG. I took the piping hot pizza out of the oven and thought "doggonit!" Hungry, I looked sadly at our dinner. Too exhausted to really fix anything else, I think I had salad for dinner. A lot of it.
I know I have it easy. After this one month sans dairy, I will reincorporate it back into my diet (probably), slowly. My son will nurse less and less and I will have more flexibility again to eat all the dairy I want.
I know many, many other families, however, that don't have it as easy. I know many families who have nut allergies, gluten allergies, and a child who has chosen to eat vegan, even though his parents are omnivorous. Their food allergies, sensitivities, and preferences are permanent, not temporary like mine. My new experience is opening my eyes to how difficult it must be to juggle different products, to stock a variety of foods, to be vigilant when their children are at friends' houses. How do you do it? I know you get used to it. Do you modify the entire family's eating to match your most sensitive eater's needs? What sorts of food allergies, sensitivities, and preferences do you have at your house? How do you manage it?