Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I'd been cruisin' along this allergy free cooking highway.  I'd finally hit my groove.  Things were looking up.  I found foods B likes and will eat.  Then SCREEEEEECH!  There's definitely a bump in the road.  B decides he doesn't like the food he's eating.  Spaghetti? No thanks.  Tacos?  Eh.  Buffalo hotdog?  Nope.  Muffin? Not hungry.  Pancake?  What else can I have?

Because B's foods have to be rotated, there's not a lot of wiggle room when it comes to cooking.  If I put garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and oregano in one meal, I have nothing to work with for the next 3 days.  I thought I'd switch the rotation up a little and came up with a different recipe tonight.  B took a bite. "Mmm!  This is good."  Another bite, then another, then one more.  "Mom, what's this green thing (avocado) in here?"  I did what any self respecting mother would do and LIED THROUGH MY TEETH.  "It's uh.....a green bean, that I uh put in the blender so you wouldn't have to look at it."  Then I pasted my most convincing 'you really do like it' smile on my face.  He put the burrito down.  He took no more bites. Sigh.  Then I told him the truth, sort of.  "Actually, B, it was an avocado.  I thought you were talking about the green beans (there were no green beans), but you were talking about the avocado.  Let me get you a new burrito."  I made him a new one.  He took two bites.  He was done.

I think he's realizing that I control what he eats.  He's always known it, but his little four year old self wants to make choices.  He wants to have a banana on pear day.  He wants to drink almond milk two days in a row.  He wants to choose whats for dinner.  I don't know how to give him these choices when we have so little to work with.

This is where my dilemma lies.  If you've seen B, you know he can't afford to lose any weight.  Little man has already fallen off his height curve.  So, do I risk him developing more allergies to give him more options?  Do I dare go off the rotation?  Do I just rotate grains and protein and let him chose fruits and veggies?  Do I use garlic more than twice in four days?  More allergies = more yeast.  More yeast = more permeable gut.  More permeable gut = more allergies.  So, we're potentially looking at more allergies or a child who will not eat.  This is tough.  I wish there was a support group for this sort of thing.  I wish I had a mentor I could call up and say "Hey, have you tried going off the rotation?  What happened?" or "How have you made the rotation work for you?  What do you do when your child won't eat?"

I'm stalled at a fork in the road.  Do I go left or do I go right?    I need to go somewhere because just  idling in this spot is getting us nowhere.              


  1. First of all I must say the way you are in tune to B's wants and needs truly amazes me! You are an awesome mom! The only advice I have is just to be honest with him. "I know you want to choose what you want to eat but if you do that it will make your tummy hurt and that is no fun for you. Could you try it this way?" (((HUGS)))

  2. Traci has good advice. I personally have no clue which way to tell you to go. There are so many forks in the road with parenting. I hate it when it feels like you need to be the expert, and all you feel like is the momma who cares and wants the answer! I wish you could have a support group as well. Can his doctor offer any help. Could you try "turning left" and tell the doc so he can tell you what to watch out for? Or what to do next? You've obviously made many correct "turns" thus far, and I know you know when to trust your gut! If you need to talk, jut let me know! I'm also sending some bloggie ((HUGS))!!

  3. could you get him involved with planning out the rotation menu for the week, that way he has a feeling of ownership?

  4. These are some great ideas girls! Thank you. Today was much better. He ate two bowls of gorilla munch with almond milk, 2 helpings of taco salad, and an elk burger with 1 1/2 sorghum buns. And a random banana. :) God knew I was worried!

    Traci, you're right, sometimes I need to be direct and lay it out for him.

    Julia- That's a good idea. It may help me be more organized as well. Organization is not my nature, but it needs to be!

    Lara- thanks for the bloggie hugs <3. And the advice. :)

  5. I'm curious about the rotation- the how and why of it. Do you have a post about this? If so, I would love to read it. Have you tried a meal-planning site like this one:

    That is the one I use and it has helped immensely.

    Wish I had some other advice

  6. You sound like you are doing a good job. Everyone has offered you great advice. I do wonder if there is a support group out might start checking. Ask his doctor if there is another parent you could talk to. I know for my son who has Progressive Infantile Scoliosis I could not get through it all without my support group.
    Glad to hear things got better.

  7. Manda- I think maybe I should create a detailed post about the rotation diet. I don't think I've done that yet....coming soon! Thanks for the meal planning site. I'll look into it :)

    Tasha- Thanks :) I've looked into support groups, but haven't really found any. I may have to start one!

  8. Tiff- I would totally be your assistant if you decided to start a support group. I know there was once a Celiac support group here in town, I'll look into it for you. But wouldn't a "Kids with food issues" be a great group!?!?