Why we are growing gluten free?
For my family it began back in 2007. My son was about 3 years old and as cute as a button. He wasn’t advancing like my oldest daughter was, he had asthma, and usually had an ear infection. He just wasn’t as healthy as he should have been.
Like any concerned mom I carried him to the doctor’s office. For some reason none of the following was not a concern to them and they acted like I was over reacting when I wanted an allergy test. You see, my oldest daughter is severely allergic to milk. Because of that I knew what food allergies could do to someone’s immune system. I have learned that you have to be your own advocate! You have to do your research and speak up. No one is going to look out for you and your family as well as you can.
When the allergy test came back, it showed that my son was allergic to mold, cats, and wheat. WHEAT! The pediatricians response. It wasn’t severe. If he could eat it and not vomit, he was good. No he was not “good”. We spent two agonizing weeks detoxing from gluten. He became agitated, sick, he even ran a fever, but if I had to do it all over again I would. The kid that was waiting on the other side was worth it!
When we emerged from the other side I saw a new child; One who rarely gets sick, one who was talking, running, and climbing jungle gyms. A child who didn’t constantly have stomach aches. A child who began to read, and comprehend concepts that were far past his level. It was simply amazing!
Now my son is 11. We have been at this for several years. It was very hard at first, but it has definitely become less of a struggle to find tasty gluten free foods. We know which ingredients to stay away from, which restaurants it is safe to eat at, and which brands just, flat out, taste bad.
We have all adopted the gluten free lifestyle as a family. There are many health reasons behind our decision, not just my son’s intolerance/allergy. We have found that by eating gluten free we consume more fruits, veggies, and meats than the typical family. I am sure our bodies are much healthier because of it.
We do love the occasional treat or baked good, and I love to bake. It has been so much fun to perfect these recipes and make them gluten free for our family to enjoy. I love sharing these recipes with you so your family can love them as much as we do as we are all learning and growing gluten free.