By Kristian, Contributing WriterDo you struggle with food allergies? Do you find yourself itching with hives after eating a certain food, or deal with the side effects of itching and burning mouth or throat? I do. Millions of people do. It is a struggle every single day. From reading food labels at the grocery store, to having to ask waiters and waitresses if things are made a certain way or with a certain ingredient when you eat at a restaurant.
A couple of years ago, I found out I am allergic to nuts. All nuts. As a lifelong peanut butter eater, this seemed like the worst thing that could’ve ever happened to me. I also have a slight wheat intolerance and am allergic to shellfish. Good thing I was never a seafood lover!
After the nut allergy came about, I knew it was time to change. I had to find an alternative to peanut butter, but knew I didn’t like the sunflower butter they had at schools I had substitute taught at. I went to the whole foods market and low and behold I found Wowbutter! This wonderful little creation is made from non-GMO soybeans. It looks and tastes just like peanut butter! Yay! But, while I was there, I found so many new things to try.
Before long, I jumped onto the real foods bandwagon and decided to change my family’s way of eating. I poured myself into research for the next year, inevitably finding myself reading several new blogs about food and homemaking and then, wham! A whole new way of looking at food came about.
Along this path to whole foods, I found out that my son and I more than likely have a gluten intolerance. Just going off of symptoms and side effects. Not diagnosed, but definitely able to change things to help it.
I recently came across a cookbook of gluten free baking recipes. I had tried some other recipes here and there that were gluten free, but none that we liked. This little gem made a huge difference! It is called Gluten-Free Baking with the Culinary Institute of America. Basically, they have come up with five flour blends that are all gluten free and able to make the foods rise like they should and taste just like wheat based flour baked goods. Amazing! So we are now trying to get to the gluten free phase of our new whole foods life.
Food allergies are a struggle. Every single day, I deal with the possibilities of coming across something that had been processed with nuts or has wheat in it. But instead of letting it beat me, I decided to make it work for me. It has forced me to look at food a different way. It literally spun me into a whole new way of thinking when it comes to buying and preparing my family’s food. It took us into an adventure into real foods, and for that, I am thankful.
God never gives us more than we can handle, and while food allergies can come at a huge cost and be a huge struggle, sometimes, it is a blessing in disguise. Sometimes, it can force you to look at food a totally different way, and for that, I am thankful.
Check out my blog to read more posts about our family’s adventure into real foods! www.kristianfrye.blogspot.com
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