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  1. Kids love fruit kabobs, a veggie tray, and a cheese tray. For my daughter's upcoming 3rd b-day we're taking the easy road and serving gluten-free rottissery (sp) chickens and a selection of salads. We've also grilled chicken kabobs served with hummus and veggies and greek salad. And we've done a taco bar.
  2. What would you bring to a hotel with no fridge or microwave? I only know of one gluten-free friendly restaurant in the area. I'm traveling for work so I don't have a lot of options! Thanks!
  3. I'm not sure if you'll be in Grand Rapids at all but I've had a couple great experiences at San Chez (www.sanchezbistro.com). Really good food, knowledgeable wait-staff, and even my super sensitive daughter was fine. Saugatuck is lovely. My family loves Oval beach!
  4. I was also diagnosed while breastfeeding a one year old. I continued to nurse her for another year and a few months. If anything, things got easier when I was following the diet because I didn't struggle with anemia any more. When I got glutened while nursing, dehydration was a problem. So make sure you're getting plenty of fluids. You've made it this far, while battling untreated celiac disease so I'd say it will be smooth sailing now.
  5. I was only gluten-free while nursing one of my 3 kids. I only noticed supply dips when I wasn't getting enough calories. The rule of thumb is you need about 500 extra calories a day to maintain your supply. So I had to eat almost 3000 calories a day. Also, make sure you're drinking enough water. I felt like I couldn't get enough water while nursing. There are supplements you can take to help with supply. I'd talk to your OB or pediatrician about them if you're worried. GL!
  6. I would love more options and am absolutely thrilled with the cake they have now. It is really good!
  7. Thanks for posting! That'll be a good one to try!
  8. It could be a very normal toddler phase. Or it could be a reaction to the changes in his lifestyle. I think giving him the extra attention right now like you are already doing is the way to go. He'll probably adjust soon. All 3 of my kids went through phases like that (1 has celiac, 1 doesn't, and 1 is unconfirmed). I don't think it lasted more than a couple of weeks but it is hard to remember now!
  9. I'm sorry. My daughter just brings in non food treats now and those seem to go over well.
  10. In my opinion, our kids have enough food issues to make pickiness understandable. They just want to control SOMETHING about their diet. I think it might help to have a family meeting to talk about a more pleasant and respectful way to approach the family meal. Try to avoid using confrontational language. It might be worthwhile to suggest that your family takes turns cooking. Or agrees to help with meal planning and prep. Or agrees that mom is in charge of the menu but maybe there could be a reasonable alternative for the child if she's tried the food and doesn't care for it (something simple like a canned soup). Food battles are a tough one to win and really take away from the benefits of eating as a family, in my opinion.
  11. I make pancakes from Pamela's mix on the weekends and put the leftovers in the freezer for week day breakfasts. My girls also like hardboiled eggs, Envirokids chocolate cereal bars, apple slices with peanut butter, yogurt, and Rice Chex with cinnamon and sugar.
  12. Another vote for the Living Gluten-free for Dummies book and here are my favorite books for parents: -Kids with Celiac Disease : A Family Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Children by Danna Korn -Eating Gluten-Free With Emily: A Story For Children With Celiac Disease by Bonnie J. Kruszka and Richard S. Cihlar
  13. Keep hydrated (I mix gatorade and water), eat mild foods (bananas, rice, no dairy), and keep gas meds on hand. Hope you feel better soon!
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