I've been dairy free now for almost two weeks and I'm not really seeing a whole lot of improvement in William. There seems to be a lot of range as to how quickly (or how NOT quickly), a child will improve once the mom has gone dairy free so I'm biting the bullet and going wheat / gluten free too.
Can I just tell you how grateful I am that I do NOT have Celiac disease? Because gluten free foods are expensive! And I can't figure out why. Rice is cheap -- so why isn't rice flour or rice milk? Oats are cheap. So why is it nearly 4 times as much to buy oats that simply haven't been processed on equipment that's handled wheat? Chex cereal is cheap but a "gluten-free" cereal? You get the picture -- it's just completely ridiculous.
Soooo, since I refuse to spend an arm and a leg on this (although I think a hand and a foot went down the drain today), and since I also refuse to make two separate dinners every night, my diet is now mostly elimination. So what do I eat?
Most of the special gluten-free foods I actually purchased today are breakfast foods. I can't eat eggs every morning. But my options will be eggs and gluten-free toast, oats (yes gluten-free expensive ones) and gluten-free pancakes. Lunch --salads, pb&j on rice cakes, chicken salad, tuna, etc. And dinners are going to be rice or potato based, meat, veggies, etc. So tonight we had rice, chicken, and corn on the cob -- a good, normal meal.
I'm hoping that William will get better soon and I'll be able to add one or the other back in -- preferably dairy. I miss cheese!! And sour cream!! And ICE CREAM!!!
So wish me luck. And willpower. And the ability to find good munchies.