I need your help in a big way! After seeing an allergist last week, I am going to start on a major elimination diet to try and workout if I can reduce/cure my severe eczema, hay-fever, post nasal drip etc. I had skin pr*ck testing and came up for dustmites also.
It is the RPAH elimination diet from the "Friendly Food" book, and I'm on the strict one for 4 weeks before starting food challenges. My son is on the autism spectrum, and has ADHD, and I wanted to do the failsafe diet over a year ago, but TBH, with everything that we had/have going on in our life, I couldn't cope with such a drastic full on diet. I took him off colourings and a lot of preservatives, but the salicyates/amines part was too much, as we have a lot of fresh fruit/veggies in our diet, and I don't buy so much processed foods. Now that I have to for me, I can do it for him, and for my DD who I've noticed reacts to some foods (kiwi etc).
I just don't know how to do it, it is so full on, and when you combine it with us keeping kosher, so I can't buy a lot of the stuff that is OK, and the fact that both my kids have become annoyingly picky eaters (they had such great diets at the beginning of them eating food, but it has slowly evolved into them only liking about 7 different meals... And they are healthy meals so I should be happy, but any time I introduce new things they turn up their noses at it, and I find cooking in general really hard, and it's going to be at least 4 weeks of fights every meal!)
So I guess I need help/suggestions for meals in general, plus how did you cope with picky eaters who wanted the regular stuff.
Every 2nd day I can have something from this list:
green means (not minted)
snow pea sprouts
chicken - no skin (not really supposed to have as the kosher one isn't as goodm but a friend who did this said they did it and hjust washed it really well)
fish (fresh white only)
mince meat only if I grind my own)
No dairy, no soy, so will be living off rice or oat milk
Nuttelex margarine or Crisco sunflower oil
Limites amount of lemonade from a bottle not can.
No caffinated coffee
chives (as a garnish
occassional white marshmellow or white jelly bean
melrose chashey spread
Canadian Maple syrup
rice cakes (plain)
I'm so glad I can still have gluten. I can't have bakery bread, so we are going to buy our own breadmaker, and make some every night before bed. I have no idea what to put on the kids lunches - they can have nuts or meat at school, and normally they have cut up fruit & veggies and a Vegemite sandwich!
I'm so stressed out by this all. I know it will be worth it, but it will be weeks of hell. DH is going to help me make dinner each night for the next night, as so often I'm out all day with specialists etc.
I'm trying to find a dietician who has experience in this type of diet, and paed's in general to make sure they kids and still getting enough protein etc, and to help me do the food challenges with them, as the ones my dr will be getting me to do are a bit different. I have a few names from the dieticians association, so I will call them and explain the situation and see who can help me. I'm just so worried the kids will flat out refuse to eat and go to bed hungry most nights, especially DS as any big changes he doesn't cope well with.... and I hate stressful meal times.
It's hard work!
I found after a number of failed experiments, that the easiest way to get through is to go very simple and repetitive. Meat, 3 veg. Meat, 3 veg. Being able to have gluten should make things a bit easier - we had to cut that out as well.
Our staples include things like pikelets, scrambled eggs, crumbed chicken pieces, rissoles and rice, potatoes and "bread" rolls.
My son has become much less fussy now! He's hungry so he just eats out of desperation and has now largely gotten out of the habit of complaining about the meal and refusing to eat. I was also very worried to begin with that he'd starve.