12mo Old Just Diagnosed
Posted 16 June 2004 - 11:40 AM
How do I shop for her? How do I make 2 meals 1 for her and one for the rest of us? What if she goes to spend the night with someone and she eats something she isn't supposed to. any tips or encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
mommy to Annika(3) gluten free since 5/04 and Kathryn (5) gluten free since 10/05
Posted 16 June 2004 - 01:57 PM
You can cook generally gluten free for everyone -- for example, you can easily make meatballs and sauce gluten free and then just have 2 kinds of pasta (Gluten free and gluten) if you want. Or prepare rice dishes, or potato, or corn, as your dinner carb. If you do breading on chicken, etc., just use gluten-free bread crumbs for everyone.
When she's older and spending the night at someone's house, you can send along gluten-free treats and make sure the mom/dad she's staying with understands what is okay, and what is not. I would recommend you get the book by Danna Korn, Raising our Celiac Kids, and also I would recommend you join a support group, such as ROCK (Raising our Celiac Kids) so you meet other parents of celiac children and share ideas.
Does she like mac and cheese? IF so, you can use the cheese packet for Kraft Mac and Cheese with Gluten Free noodles (the packet itself is gluten-free).
Just remember, your daughter will follow your lead -- if you don't freak out (in front of her), she won't either. And remember, you can always get support on this site (and others like it). good luck. Kim.
Posted 16 June 2004 - 02:03 PM
Posted 16 June 2004 - 02:16 PM
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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Posted 16 June 2004 - 05:21 PM
I feel the same way as you. First, relief that we knew what it is and that he's going to be ok and it's "simple" in that it's a diet change and not medications, surgeries, etc...and then I freaked out about birthday parties, school, spending time with his friends. And then I realized that I was getting a little ahead of myself, and maybe I should relax and tackle this one day at a time.
The good news? I've found that most of the foods we eat are gluten-free anyway. Maybe not the exact brand but there is usually some brand that works. For instance, my son LOVES BBQ chips. He can't have Wise brand, but thankfully he can have Lay's. My best advice for you, one mom to another, is to get Danna Korn's book (I don't have it right here, but the title is something like Raising Celiac Kids) and get a mainstream product list to get you started. You can order one for $20 from The Celiac Association, or there's a link for one somewhere in the Food, shopping & something else forum I have both and am sooo thankful.
Some other good advice if you have a question about a specific food item, post it here. Someone else has probably already done the work and knows if it's ok or not!
Posted 17 June 2004 - 05:04 PM
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