Seeing Food in a New Light
Nov. 13, 2011 12:52 am
Updated: Nov. 14, 2011 10:19 am
Hi everyone! My name is Angela and I'm new to the blogging world. I don't have a Facebook account and I am not on twitter so I'm pretty much in the dark when it comes to social media . So why am I starting a blog now? I'll try to make this short but
it started a couple of months ago...
My daughter (who is now 15 months old) has had eczema ever since she was 2 months old. We figured out that she was probably allergic to milk and peanuts but even with those items out of her diet and mine, her eczema still wouldn't go away and she was always
rubbing her face on our shoulders as if she was itchy. When she turned one, her pediatrician finally said that we could take her in for an allergy test. We had a blood test done (a traumatizing experience for both daddy and daughter) and it turns out she
is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and soy.
After the doctor called with the results, I felt defeated. What will she be able to eat? She had been eating the meals from daycare every day but now that we knew about her allergies, there was very little she could eat from the daycare menu. I started preparing
breakfast and lunch for her every day but since she can only eat rice, meat, veggies and potatoes, it has been a challenge trying to bring variety into her diet.
A few good things came from all this. First, my daughter's eczema has disappeared ever since we started monitoring the food that she eats. Second, it forced me to start reading labels and ingredients on everything that I buy. I realized that processed foods
all contain one or more of the items that she is allergic to and came to the conclusion that I will have to cook "whole" food meals for my family. Third, I've been encouraged to learn more about organic, whole and unprocessed food and the benefits of eating
So, back to the reason for why I've decided to write this blog. I hope that this blog and the AR Menu Planner will keep me on track for cooking healthy meals for my family. If anyone ends up reading this, I hope you will keep me accountable and maybe share
some tips if you have family members who have dietary restrictions. I'll also use this blog to process everything as I continue to learn more about nutrition and the benefits of healthy eating (and cooking!).