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.
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