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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?<br><br>
WHAT THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO FEED THIS KID?!!?
 

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Momma of a picky 6 yo here (it started at age 5) She hates textures being mixed. Only eats one food at a time, many food dislikes.<br><br>
try hash browns. it's much quicker and easier than you would think to hand grate a potato and then fry it up in butter. good with ketchup or sour cream. every once in a while you could also grate in a bit of beet or carrot or sweet potato, or add cheese and a couple egg yolks.<br><br>
Try adding sugar to savory foods Add a bit of honey, molasses or maple syrup. Now my dd will eat rice or spaghetti that way. It doesn't make it SWEET per say, but just adds a layer that entices her taste buds.<br><br>
DD also loves cold chicken salad -- just shredded chicken and mayonaise, and tuna salad which she likes to scoop up with apple slices. SHe likes steak and meatloaf. THose are the only ways to get meat in her.<br><br>
We make our own yogurt too. I feel it's worth sweetening to get her to eat it. We put either chocolate syrup, or maple syrup and a dash of vanilla extract on her yogurt.
 

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er... wow. A friend of mine just went gf/cf with her little boy, who is possibly even more picky than your ds. It's been rough. He's been living on gf bread with rice cheese grilled cheese sandwiches, and chocolate almond or rice milk.<br><br>
Have you tried different brands of rice pasta? Most rice pastas are just plain nasty. Tinkyada is pretty good, as is Mrs. Leeper's. Do you think he'd give polenta a try? You could serve that tomato sauce with all the veggies and stuff over that. Homemade polenta is worlds better than the stuff that comes in a tube, and isn't that tough to make. Or take a lemon zester and use it to make "spaghetti" from other vegetables, and see if he'll accept any of those. Zucchini is a classic one, but carrots would work, other winter squashes, maybe potatoes or sweet potatoes? Or maybe you could make baked chips, and use them for dipping the sauce?<br><br>
Do you know for certain that he's sensitive to goat's milk as well as cow's milk? Or, if you're still nursing your youngest, maybe you could pump a glass a day and get him to drink that - either plain, or you could make yogurt with it.
 

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You can make all sorts of baked goods with rice flour--I've even had good success converting regular recipes to soaked or sourdough rice flour recipes. It's also pretty easy to sprout rice if you have a grain mill to grind your own rice flour. And most baked goods contain eggs, so that'd be good for protein, and you can add extra eggs to a lot of things. You can substitute water or coconut milk for the milk in virtually any baked good recipe. You could probably also add some pureed veggies to baked goods, or pureed fruit like applesauce or mashed bananas. You can also make all sorts of baked goods with almond meal (or other nut flours) or nut butters.<br><br>
Will he eat pancakes? You can make those with nut butter if he'll eat that, or with pureed veggies, or mashed banana, or rice flour. You could also try pureed meat pancakes, maybe he'd eat those.<br><br>
Have you tried corn pasta? You can also do quite a bit with potatoes, and if he likes them, maybe he'd even eat spaghetti sauce over potatoes. Or if he likes fries, maybe he would eat sweet potato fries/chips.
 

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Could be tolerate sheep's cheese/yogurt? Sometimes that works for people who can't have other dairy. I heard Whole Foods has some. I am going to see if I can tolerate that also.<br><br>
Banana pancakes are a big hit here. I make them with a banana, 1 egg, and 1egg yolk.<br><br>
Maybe try coconut flour. I have not tried it, but some people like it.<br><br>
SCD websites may have some good recipies too. <a href="http://www.pecanbread.com" target="_blank">www.pecanbread.com</a><br><br>
Blended soups made with meat/beans/broth/tomato sauce. Maybe if he does not recognize the foods and just sees that it is red like his favorite spaghetti sauce, he will eat it.<br><br>
Hopefully this picky phase will be over soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s<br><br>
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Wow, what a challenge! Hmm, let's see...<br><br>
I usually incorporate things like nut butters, black beans, extra egg whites and avocado into baked goods to get more nutrition into ds (and me, lol.) I do whole grain muffins made with almond butter, grated apple & carrot; a little coconut shred on top is good. You can also use avocado as the fat in most quick-bread type recipes although it will turn it green so it may need to be disguised if that bugs him... molasses and cocoa both add enough color to cover the green.<br><br>
Sounds like he does have a bit of a sweet tooth? I make brownies with extra egg white, pureed black beans and almond butter for the fat... the recipe calls for very little flour and I'm sure you could sub in any kind you need to... use rapadura for the sweetner if you like... my kids will actually eat this, they think they are getting a store-bought type junk food, lol.<br><br>
Polenta is a good idea, once it's chilled in the fridge you can cut it into slabs or fun shapes and brown it in a pan & top with anything. Perhaps a pureed fruit sauce for breakfast, or ... heck, if it means he'll eat it, I'd make a batch of polenta with crumbled bacon in it, chill it in a loaf pan, and let him have slices off it for snacks. I'm pretty sure if you were sneaky you could probably slip some pureed veggie into polenta during the cooking, too.<br><br>
Pancakes and waffles can be made either sweet or savory, in big batches so you can freeze and have them as a quick snack. I'm a big bacon fan, so to me, bacon and "cheese" substitute would be a fine way to flavor a pancake! For the sweet ones, my ds likes a "dip" (call all sauces dip, they are more popular that way, lol) made of almond butter, a bit of molasses and banana puree. He'll dip toast in that too.<br><br>
Will he eat tuna if the pieces aren't showing in the food? We make a "pie" out of tuna, grated cheese (you could use a cheese sub) several egg whites, generous amounts of seasoning (I use onion powder cuz the family dislikes chunks of onion, unfortunately) - mix all those til they are mushed together, add two cups of cooked mild whole grain like quinoa and bake til deep brown on top. The slices freeze well for lunches and snacks. I'm pretty sure if you had to you could sub a meat he'll accept for the tuna. If you used ground beef you could throw in some pureed veggies or beans or whatever to add nutrition.<br><br>
Adding a bit of sweetner to an italian type tomato sauce is mandatory at our house! Some recipes ask for brown sugar. I made a cacciatore last night that called for balsamic vineger... I didn't think it would be good but it was amazing. Although, next time, I am going to puree some of the more "suspicious" veggies so the kids will be more accepting. The flavor went over super well, though.
 

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wow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s! I can tell you are so frustrated, I really hope you find some things that will help and also that he outgrows some of this. I'm not too much help, but I wanted to add that my ds won't drink smoothies anymore, but he will eat popsicles all day. I add egg yolks and avocado for protein and mango, banana, a little OJ (for sweetness and flavor) and yogurt or kefir (all the probiotics won't survive the freezing, I think, but I'm making it for me to drink, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) then pour into the moulds. Sometimes they're messy so we usually go outside or sit in the bath to enjoy (not so much my 4yo anymore since he can be neat)<br><br>
good luck!
 
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