Allergy update

allergy

Jack had his 6 month visit to the pediatrician today (a month behind schedule because the doctor was on vacation). He weighs 19 pounds now and is right around 50% for everything. I told the doctor about his getting a rash on his face after eating tomatoes, so now neither of us are supposed to eat tomato or citrus fruits until he’s a year old.

Apparently tomato allergies aren’t that uncommon, and may be due to the fact that they were not historically part of many people’s diets until somewhat later than other foods when they were brought over from the Americas to Europe in the 1500s.  I told the doctor that Jack has been waking up every 2-3 hours at night which he said can be allergy related, so he advised for me to continue avoiding dairy, but also try cutting out soy again as well as the citrus fruits and tomato. Of course that happens right after I went to the farmer’s market and bought tomatoes yesterday! It’s a shame too because Jack found tomatoes easy to eat because they are so watery.

Some new foods I have been meaning to have Jack try are:

  • Watermelon (has as much iron as spinach! but probably easier for a baby to eat)
  • Oatmeal- probably a baked oatmeal “muffin” so Jack can hold it himself
  • Maybe egg yolk which is supposed to be high in a lot of vitamins. I just have to figure out how to serve it. “Loaded spoons” with food haven’t worked well so far since Jack just grabs them and flips them upside-down or something and doesn’t end up eating it.

I’m a little sad to have to go back to basically cooking/baking everything from scratch because most processed things have soy in them. The new diet means no mayo, ketchup, any desserts from trader joe’s, or most frozen foods I eat. Some desserts I can still easily make are:

  • Pancakes with whole wheat flour (made with almond milk)
  • Brownies in a mug if I feel really lazy!
  • Easy peanut butter cookies
  • Brownies (but not with chocolate chips because they all seem to have soy)

Elimination diet

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Since Jack was a few months old I’ve been cutting things out of my diet because of possible allergies. For the last few weeks that’s included the 8 causes of 90% of infant allergies:

  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts

Also, for the last 2 weeks I’ve tried cutting out corn as well!

I’ve been eating a lot of rice and potatoes! As well as fruits and vegetables of course. It’s extra hard because I was already a vegetarian (who ate fish). To get omega-3s, I’ve been putting ground flax seeds in baked goods and eating seaweed mixed in with my leafy greens. I’ve also been eating Trader Joe’s calcium chews which are really good.

Some dishes I’ve been eating include:

  • Butternut squash soup (puree roasted squash, a few potatoes, vegetable broth, and garlic)
  • Tomato soup (Puree peeled tomatoes, coconut milk, spices, and broth)
  • Vegetables with rice
  • Vegetables with potatoes

Snacks:

  • Baked sweet potato fries
  • Frozen french fries with ketchup or mustard
  • Oatmeal
  • Oatmeal muffins
  • Oat pancakes
  • Coconut chips from Trader Joe’s
  • Potato chips (sometimes dipped in nutritional yeast)
  • Potato balls
  • Tapioca pudding
  • Coconut yogurt from whole foods
  • Olives
  • Guacamole and veggies
  • Fried rice cakes using “flax egg” to hold it together
  • Coconut milk ice cream from whole foods (really good!)
  • Dried fruit as a snack
  • Banana and frozen fruit smoothie in coconut milk
  • Chocolate/chocolate sauce

In general, here are replacements I’ve used:

  • Instead of butter for baking: coconut oil (coconut is a seed, not a tree nut)
  • Instead of flour: oats ground in the food processor
  • Baking chocolate or cacao nibs instead of chocolate
  • Sunbutter instead of peanut butter
  • Coconut milk instead of milk or cream (watch out for using too many American-grown rice products like rice milk due to arsenic)
  • A “flax egg” instead of eggs in baked goods (mix 1 tablespoon flax and 1 tablespoon water and let it sit a few min)
  • I’ve eaten the oatmeal muffins instead of granola bars or as a snack I can eat in the car