The AHA moment that helped save my sanity
I have talked before about how my world was turned upside when my baby boy was diagnosed with severe life threatening food allergies. to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, rice, corn, oats, eggs, dairy, soy, fish, chicken, potatoes, peaches, peas, mangoes and lupin!!!
Nobody else in our family had ever had food allergies, so this was new territory. Dealing with so many allergies at once was overwhelming. I found myself so alone and isolated. I didn't have much support to lean on, there weren't online support groups like there is now. I felt that I was on my own.
I remember all too well, breaking down in tears at the supermarket.... many times actually. I couldn't find a single product label that was safe for him to eat. How the heck was I going to feed this child?
I was confused and out of my depth. Then, I had a light bulb moment. I was looking at things backwards. I know this sounds simple, but for a highly stressed out mum it was the AHA moment I needed for sanity!
I took my trolley to the front of the supermarket and started my shopping journey again. This time, I looked through a different lens - I put my 'rose-coloured glasses' on.
This wasn't going to beat me. Enough feeling sorry for myself. Time to get on with things. Instead of looking at all the foods my boy COULDN'T EAT, I decided to only FOCUS on WHAT HE COULD EAT!
Wow, it was like my world opened up. He could still have most fresh fruit and veggies, he could still have some meats. I visited the health food stores and found some different flours I could experiment with including millet, besan, buckwheat, amaranth and tapioca.
My creative juices started flowing and my kitchen became my work office. Of course there were many fails to begin with. I remember his first birthday cake - ugh! It was disgusting! BUT, he had a cake... and he loved it (the only one who did HaHa) .
It wasn't long before I came up with recipes that were safe for him to eat and also delicious. Check out this picture of him with his first chocolate cake! What a breakthrough. His whole face lit up. I was ecstatic. He was in heaven...his first taste of chocolate! A cake made without wheat, dairy, eggs, rice, wheat etc and it was delicious!!!
EVERY child deserves the experience of l licking the cake out of the bowl. Don't you agree?
So, if you are challenged by eating and cooking with restricted ingredients, I hope to encourage you today. Put on those rose colours glasses. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN EAT, rather than what you can't.
The world has changed in the past decade. Allergic conditions have risen so much. The good thing is there is now so much more support. Majority of the support comes from other allergy mums, such as myself, who want to make a difference. Nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing my experience and journey is now helping other allergy mums!