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I cross posted this in N&GE and Allergies, too. I really need some help, mamas!<br><br>
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DS2 was just diagnosed with dairy and wheat allergies. I've suspected them for awhile, so we started with allergy testing, and then an elimination diet. DS1 has Celiac disease, so the wheat thing is not entirely unexpected, and I would know how to deal with that, but ...<br><br>
DS2 has serious food issues. He absolutely refuses to eat meat beyond bacon and spaghetti sauce made with ground beef. But now he can't eat wheat, he won't touch rice pasta anymore, and he is refusing spaghetti squash now, as well. He won't eat eggs in any eggy form. He pretty much refuses all vegetables -- he eats them, he just doesn't know it, because I do things like puree them and add them to spaghetti sauce. But now we're back to whether or not he'll eat anything that he <i>can</i> eat with the spaghetti sauce, and he won't eat the sauce by itself. He won't eat beans, in any way, shape, or form. He refuses to eat citrus fruits. He won't eat nuts that look like nuts -- he'll eat Lara bars, but not an almond or pecans, even if they're baked into bread or in oatmeal. Hell, lately he's been refusing oatmeal, too.<br><br>
DS2 LOVES carbs, fruit, and dairy products like yogurt and cheese. But even those things have to be the "right" kind, and he can tell the difference, regardless of what I do. Like, he won't eat my homemade yogurt anymore, and he won't eat Nancy's brand -- he can taste the difference, even when mixed with berries and stevia and a touch of honey -- he prefers Stonyefield farm, and I can't mix anything like additional probiotics into it. He'd REALLY prefer if I'd get the sweetened fruit type, but I absolutely refuse.<br><br>
What DS2 will eat one day or week, he refuses the next, and then won't eat again, no matter how many times I serve it. He used to like eggs, now won't eat them. He used to love my smoothies, and I got a lot of good nutrition into him that way, but now he won't eat those either. He used to like carrots, now he won't touch them. It's so frustrating! I am at such a loss as to what to do next, especially as I want to maintain a healthy, whole foods, traditional diet. And I don't want him to develop more allergies because he'll only eat a few things.<br><br>
No dairy yogurt (he'll sometimes, <i>sometimes</i>, eat coconut milk yogurt), no cheese (and he LOVES cheese, and it was on of his only sources of protein), no milk, no wheat bread or pasta (and he won't eat the gluten-free options) or tortillas or any other wheat product, no meat, no veggies, no eggs, no beans. He has some other minor fruit allergies, as well, so WTF?
 

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I couldn't read and not post. I have a super picky eater too although thankfully he is expanding his diet now. The only thing I can suggest is smoothies??? Also if you have the ability to go see a nutritionist I would definitely do that. You can also register on the POFAK site ( parents of food allergic kids) and I am sure they have tons of info to help you. Good luck.<br><br>
Namaste,<br><br>
Michelle
 

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Can he eat rice? Is rice pasta readily available in your area? That's always an idea. (Oh, I missed this part of your post. Sorry.)<br><br>
Have you tried cutting white-meat chicken breast into very uniform cubes and tossing it with the pasta sauce that he likes? Sometimes picky eaters like neat, packaged-looking, clean-looking food and will not eat a peice of chicken but might eat a chicken cube. ( <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Guilty--I actually learned this trick from my grandmother.) Other kinds of self-contained foods might work well. I've never known a "normal" kid to eat broccoli stems, but myself and several other picky eaters have been tempted by broccoli stems cut into "coins" and steamed--they're mild-tasting and, again, neat and uniform.<br><br>
Is there a condiment he likes? If so, let him put it on EVERYTHING, even if it makes you gag, as long as it's not too unhealthy (my daughter eats A1 sauce with cauliflour--ick, but she <i>eating cauliflour</i>, you know?)<br><br>
Asian supermarkets sell these "bean threads" that are translucent and like pasta but wheatless and higher in protein. Look at Asian markets in general, particularly Japanese, because the foods tend to have less wheat and fewer allergens and often be cut/packaged in smaller, "kid-friendly" ways.<br><br>
I hope any of this helps.
 

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I, do I feel your pain! I think our DSs are twins.<br><br>
DS is allergic to gluten, cow dairy, soy, oats, strawberries, mildly allergic to eggs, and has sensitivities to a ton of other things. He also has SID so eating anything textured is actually scary to him and can make him gag in an instant.<br><br>
He, too, LOVES bacon!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I know you said he won't eat gluten free pastas, but have you tried the Quinoa? DS loves it and it cooks up quickly.<br><br>
Here are some other things that have worked for us. Always off and on, often with LOTS of butter and salt, which we just suck up, right now.<br><br>
Gluten free breaded chicken breasts -- bell and evans<br>
Quinoa pasta<br>
Pizza made with GF crust that we either buy made at Whole Foods or a mix for at WF. Top with tomato sauce with hidden veggies like pureed sweet potato, and then goat cheese.<br>
Millet -- we call it millet pasta since he likes pasta. Slather with butter and salt. If not, it's dry and tasteless.<br>
White rice made by an Indian Food restaurant<br>
The insides of meat samosas from an Indian restaurant<br>
goat, water buffalo, and sheep yogurt -- I can usually hide probiotics in there ,but I know that's a no-go for some<br>
"flat eggs" -- one egg white, cooked flat in a pan in some melted butter. Top with salt if desired. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The texture of that works far better for DS than other ways of making eggs, mostly ways that include yolks.<br>
He eats GF bread. In particular he likes "Fiber Bread." Don't remember the brand, but I'll grab it if you want it.<br>
French cut green beans with butter and salt that we feed him.<br>
Corn with butter and salt.<br><br>
At daycare he'll eat a bit more -- the occasional meatball, steamed carrots, etc. Having other kids around eating definitely gets him on the bandwagon.<br><br>
Hopefully some of this will be of help....<br><br>
good luck!<br>
megin
 

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Just wanted to say (((HUGS))) and hope the other ladies here give you some great ideas. DS1 is very picky and will only eat certain brands of foods that are cooked just right. He is allergic to rice, milk, and seafood (and everything else they tested him for but those are his biggest ones.) He is mildly allergic to soy -- but very allergic to dairy. So I try to give him soy yogurt. He loves cheese, too, but can't have it without him getting bumpy skin, diarrhea and even vomitting (if he eats a lot of it). My son's source of protein comes from chicken nuggets (Tyson), boiled eggs and sometimes meatballs. I've recently tried almond butter sandwhiches which most of time he does enjoy.
 
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