New Year, New Dietary Restrictions?

New Year, New Dietary Restrictions

The end of last year was an interesting time in my family. My daughter became sick that lasted for a couple of weeks. Anything I could do to try and help her, I was making it worst. Tried using chicken broth and water. Adding crackers and easy to digest food items. Nothing. Nothing was working. Not until I took her to the doctor and spoke about the issues my daughter was running into. We took some blood work and comes to find out, she’s allergic to wheat and gluten. Did you know they are two different things? I didn’t, and please don’t judge me. I just had no idea, that was the last thing on my mind of why she was sick and feeling this way. So I started doing research and learning what she can/cannot eat. After finding out that a majority of our food contains wheat/gluten I had to figure out a new solution. You see, she’s still a child…well a tween. Eating super healthy foods isn’t in any child’s vocabulary. Lucky for me, my daughter loves drinking water over soda (but she will have them on occasion) and will eat healthy foods without feeling like “there is nothing to eat”. She loves mac n’ cheese, chicken nuggets and so many other items too, but she simply can’t have them. Well let me be more clear, her doctor told us to cut back on wheat and gluten and we will go back for a check up we will take more blood work and see how she’s doing in a few months. But, to be completely honest, if she’s feeling so much better without those items, why would I keep giving them to her? My daughter is a great kid! She really is, but sometimes she has to have chicken nuggets!!!! So I let her make her own decisions and she knows the consequences from it. Sometimes she realizes that she made a mistake and sometimes it doesn’t affect her. Guiding her in the right direction is what I do daily, so I think she’s learning real quick that listening to me is a better option.

So here I am talking about the situation we have been in the past month. The reason why I’m telling you this is because, if you are in my chair and going through the same thing maybe we can help each other out. I’m still a mom on a tight budget, but now has to have her family eat a certain way….and on a budget! It’s not easy and it does take a lot of work. So if you have any ideas or want to grab any of my ideas, go ahead. I know this has nothing to do with crafting, but hey! It’s food and making food is a craft correct?

Stores I love:

  • Trader Joe’s
  • Sprouts
  • Amazon Fresh
  • Albertson’s
  • Von’s

When I can’t find the foods that I love, I will try going to Amazon Fresh. If I just stopped by the store and forgot an item, I can normally find it on Amazon Fresh and have it delivered the next day. There is a catch! It’s free for the first 30 days, then $14.99 a month after. You can cancel at any time. Plus you have to spend $40 to get free delivery otherwise, it’s $9.99. Why is this so great? Well, I’m a working mom and sometimes I don’t have the time to go to the store. This is a great way for me to order something I need the next day and have it at my door. Why is it bad? Well, sometimes not all items are in stock and will give you an email notice letting you know right before your food is delivered. That part stinks.

I plan on sharing more details about what we eat and pricing in upcoming blogs. So stay tuned!

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