Just when you think you have this whole diet thing under control for your kids-they develop new food allergies! Monkey can no longer tolerate corn. Of course, we buy “good corn” (I’m sure my paleo readers will battle with this one)-organic and non-GMO. I will not get into detail of the hell we have been through the past two weeks, but it’s been ugly and uncomfortable and straight up AWFUL. At least, Monkey understands corn=hell for him. It’s awesome that he also can read labels. C-O-R-N…no thanks, Mom! Corn is worse than gluten, people.
Yes, it’s a commodity crop and it’s evil I get that. But I’ve been trying NOT to be as uptight about food, that was until the terrible-horrible-situation happened a few weeks back with Monkey.
See I was raised on Tang and Wonderbread, and now I’m a health nut. I have cousins who were raised as health nuts and now feed their kids drive-thru food. Go figure, right?
The CORN s in EVERYTHING, especially the GF stuff.
Now, the tomatoes. Taking wheat out of this Italian mama’s diet is one thing, but tomatoes…holy high hell. Seriously. I die. I’ve been reacting to it also. More of a histamine reaction on my end: just hives and an itchy face. But tomatoes, is Sir Moose.
I keep a food journal, and odd enough, Moose started reacting to tomato right as winter was ending last year as well. There must be a connection. I have an appointment pending with our internist this month. And come to think of it, he also did in the Spring when he was 2. Weird, right?
Poor Moose. He loves his GF pasta and meatballs (adapted from my great-grandmother’s recipe from Sicily) and his ketchup- but no longer. Within minutes of consuming an acid-high food: pineapple, orange, tomatoes…Moose’s face turned into a red blotchy mess.
Moose usually has incredible milk skin, but eczema now covers his little body. Just freakin’ awful.
My pediatrician’s response: put some pharma creme on it. My homeopath is on the case, and I’m off to get some allergy testing from our internist. My response? Look at diet first.
I’ve learned a few things over the years. Don’t put all your faith in one place.
Tomatoes have been in heavy rotation here, so as in all things food: it’s back to the drawing board for us.
Stay tuned for new recipes and such.
So, here’s to life more unprocessed than it already was.
If you need me, I’ll be in my kitchen dreaming up new ideas that are now GF, corn and tomato-free.
Damn it. Let’s hope that this is just a change of season thing, and not permanent!