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Thread: Meal planning for extreme failsafe / RPAH elimination diet - HELP!

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    Default Meal planning for extreme failsafe / RPAH elimination diet - HELP!

    Hey guys,

    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.

    Just FYI this is the list of what I'm allowed:

    Veggies
    bamboo shoots
    brussels sprouts
    cabbage
    celery
    chive
    cholo
    dried beans
    dried peas
    green beans
    leek
    lentils
    lettuce (iceberg)
    mungbean sprouts
    parsley
    potato (white)
    red cabbage
    shallots (not spring onions)
    swedes
    butter beans
    chick peas
    4 bean mix.

    Every 2nd day I can have something from this list:
    asparagus
    beetroot
    carrot
    Chinese vegetables
    green means (not minted)
    lettuce (other)
    marrows
    parsnip
    potato (red)
    pumpkin
    snow peas
    snow pea sprouts
    sweet potato
    turnips
    bok choy

    Fruit
    pears
    mango

    Meats
    beef
    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)
    eggs
    fish (fresh white only)
    lamb
    veal
    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

    Mineral/soda/tonic water
    Limites amount of lemonade from a bottle not can.

    No caffinated coffee

    Herbs
    chives (as a garnish
    garlic
    parsley
    poppy seeds
    saffron
    sea salt
    shallots
    vanilla
    vanilla extract
    citric acid

    Grains
    arrowroot
    barley
    buckwheat
    cornflour
    plain pasta (no colours/flavours etc)
    potato flour
    rice (white only, no jasmine, basmati or brown)
    rice flour
    rice cereals (plain)
    rolled oats
    sago
    quinoa
    rye flour
    wheat
    wheat flour
    wheat cereals (plain_)
    weetbix
    vitabrits
    rice puffs
    weeties



    Sugars
    caramels
    carbon
    golden syrup
    maple syrup
    sugar
    toffee
    occassional white marshmellow or white jelly bean
    melrose chashey spread
    Canadian Maple syrup

    Snacks
    chashews (raw)
    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.

    Any advice or commiserations most welcome!

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    I can't help darl, but a friend recommended Shepherd Works to me, they are in several locations, they may be able to help with this particular diet.
    Xxx

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    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.

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