So, how did my nearing-19-year old son of Allergies and Malnutrition, part 1, make it past the crucial years of multiple and growing allergens?
The nutritionist had offered “good luck” and we found God to be good. God and a newly discovered resource called The Internet. I wonder, if it weren’t for this tool, would my son be alive today? Or my daughter, for that matter?
It was on cyberspace that I learned a few more details about a term that had been tossed by the doctor to me like piece of lettuce to a hungry rabbit: rotation diet. But like buying a head of lettuce, there were no directions how to turn a rotation diet into a palatable meal.
The nutritionist was of little help (being gracious) and I didn’t have the five grand in cash to walk into The Medical Place of the Medical World even though they offered hope – for a price. So, back before the Old Millennium turned to the New, I had to figure it out on my own.
The key instruction I did receive from the physician:
Do not repeat the same food twice in a week, except grains.
And with those, be careful.
Since my daughter was facing her own nutritional battle with her immune system, life at the dining room table got rather (quite) complex.
Here’s how I did it:
- Made a list of everything they could eat
- Ignored everything they couldn’t eat, as if it didn’t even exist
- Made a menu chart
- Added one different vegetable to each day of the week
- Added one different fruit to each day of the week
- Added one type of protein to each day of the week (he was allergic to turkey, seafood and beans and we discovered the hard way, soy; and chicken was questionable)
- Added one grain to each day, but not the same one two days in a row
- Created breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from those basic foods
It wasn’t the easiest way to live, but it was his way to live. And he did!
A liquid diet isn’t the easiest way to live either, but if it’s the way to live for a child who is dying otherwise, then liquid is the best food there is. Samaritan’s Purse provides therapeutic feedings to little ones who will not survive without intermediate (and immediate) assistance.
Please consider helping Samaritan’s Purse
by donating or volunteering!
I like a variety of food and I like my kids more.
It’s Your Turn
Does your family have special nutritional needs?
How do you manage meals?