When I first went gluten free a little over a year and a half ago, it was just an experiment brought on by interactions with readers and some reading I’d been doing. I never imagined it would become a long term part of my life.
It was hard from the start, but like most things, over time it got easier.
Then Skye came along and in the first months of her life we accidentally learned that at a very minimum she is extremely gluten sensitive. (It will be a while before we put her through the test for celiac.)
Initially, this wasn’t such a big deal. But now that she’s eight months old and eating real food, we are having to rethink things at our house.
Is it possible to safely have children in your house who eat gluten and those who don’t?
My oldest son has a peanut allergy and the simple solution is no peanuts in the house.
But gluten…it’s everywhere!
The boys favorite pancake recipe, cinnamon bread, pizza dough….all contain gluten.
What’s a momma to do?
I’ve done a lot of reading lately and now I have serious concerns about the safety of modern wheat in general. Because of this and because we need to prepare for the possibility that Skye is celiac, we have made the decision that we will become a gluten free household.
We have some time until Skye is running around picking up food of the boys plates, and because I value my sanity, we are making this a gradual transition.
Right now, I am making all of her food and the only thing processed that she is eating is bread, which I toast and use in the place of teething biscuits. Because of this, we got a new toaster and now the only bread consumed in our house is gluten free. When I don’t have time to make it I buy Udi’s, which I get in the freezer section.
We’ve started getting the boys used to gluten free cookies, muffins and pasta. I’m not going to say I’ve been met with enthusiasm at every turn, but it has actually been much easier than I would expect.
Tips for the “Blended Family” and For Making the Transition to a Gluten Free Family:
- If you suspect that a member of the family has celiac, it is important to take precautions. Buy a new toaster and clean the kitchen completely, as the slightest crumb can cause a reaction.
- Make sure that if you are cooking both gluten and gluten free items that there is no cross contamination. For us right now this means that if we are all having pizzas, mine gets cooked first and then theirs. Obviously the stone has to be washed completely before it is used for Skye and I again.
- Get the whole family on board as to why this is important. For us, the boys would do anything to make sure Skye is healthy and safe. Not to mention, they remember the screaming that ensued after she was exposed to wheat and have no desire to repeat that experience.
- Sometimes you have to indulge kids a little more than normal to get them to see that it isn’t all that bad. We’ve been testing out lots of new recipes, many of them sweets. They also have found that they love Udi’s Gluten Free Snickerdoodle’s and Brownies and now ask for those to take to the beach with us.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. My husband understands that there is a LOT more work involved in feeding the entire family gluten free, especially since the boys are such picky eaters to begin with. He jumps in and helps make the boys favorite gluten free chicken and takes charge on taco night. It gives a tired Mommy a break.
Do you have any tips for taking children gluten free??
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