I am curious how your family does this.
at 10 dd became completely allergic to gluten and dairy (not anaphylactic, but severe stomach aches, gas, bloating, horrible body odor) and super sensitive to any sugar and fat - whether healthy or not, like say oranges and cookies. she still can eat a little sugar and a little fat, but things like french fries make her sick 'like my insides are bleeding', 6 medium sized tangerines will set her off too.
its just dd and me. and i decided to join dd in her diet.
because it was really really hard for her to give up some foods like bread and butter, chocolate cake (like tiramisu), some chinese food. these are specific ones from some bakeries that she likes or restaurants and changing ingredients doesnt make them taste the same.
so i have become mostly gluten, dairy, sugar and oil free too. and i find people are surprised by that. that i am doing a great thing.
which surprises me. wouldnt any other family do that? especially when there are just two of us?
how about your family? how do you manage this? esp. if you have more than one child who is allergic/sensitive to different things?
i know this can get very complicated with non allergy issues like food preferences - like vegetarian, vegan and the rest of them, esp. when you are trying to decide how to bring up the children. we have had this issue too. ex inlaws family let the children choose. some became vegans and some stayed with everything.
at 10 i also discover how emotional the whole food thing has gotten. if we go to a potluck or an event where people know us well and know dd's food issues, dd now gets reduced to tears if she finds no option to choose from. i always take a dish of course that she can eat, but she equates not having a choice for her as not caring. she doesnt mind it if no one knows us and the only food she has to eat is what we brought.
MODS : i hesitated where to put this. and i decided to put it in parenting because its not about food and nutrition - but the other side of it. and i want to know how it affects the whole family's eating habits.