Dairy-Free: Day 67

After about 2 months of staying clear of all milk proteins and even adding a slight avoidance of eggs for the past week, Josiah seems to be all cleared up and we’ve all adjusted pretty well to the change. Eila knows that her brother cannot have ice cream, cheetos, or goldfish and won’t share them with him even if he says “peas”. Josiah doesn’t seem to understand that he can’t have cheetos or ranch or cheese sticks, but loves the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and so do I. I also really like the Earth Balance vegan buttery spread. I don’t like Rice Dream – it does not taste like any kind of ice cream I’d eat!

I’ve learned a lot about the things that go into food and that eating at a restaurant or another person’s house is a real pain with a food allergy. I always feel like we’re imposing and being difficult, even when I bring own our food – of course, then I just feel like I’m being ungrateful and rude, but really I’m just trying to do what is best for Josiah.

It is hard and last week, I really wanted to quit, but he has had a couple of times where he had some of Eila’s dairy-full food and then had some sort of adverse reaction, so it seems to me that the sacrifices and inconvenience are worth the health and well-being of my little boy. It could be so much worse… he could need to stay away from dairy, eggs, gluten, and soy – and then we’d only be able to eat fruits and veggies, which might be healthy, but hard since it seems like Josiah is a strict carnivore, unless ketchup counts as a vegetable.

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  1. Krysta said,

    July 23, 2008 @ 7:20 am

    I know what you mean. I always feel like I freak people out when I say, “We’d love to come over for dinner. Did I mention I can’t have anything with wheat or gluten in it?” I always try to offer suggestions on what I can have or just offer to bring my own meal. I never mind bringing my own since that is much less of a bother than getting sick.

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