Daily Archives: October 31, 2013

Food Intolerances

Managing food intolerances are a big part of my life.  Not only am I intolerant to milk, eggs, bell peppers and chilli peppers, I have to spend hours in the supermarkets checking each and every packet of everything that I buy to make sure I am able to eat it without being ill afterwards.  Most of my life at the moment is spent making each meal and snack from scratch.  I am unable to buy a lot of products due to them containing, mainly milk or paprika (which I recently learned is made entirely of bell peppers).  When I discovered some Chinese-style sauces I could eat, I found myself getting very excited but recently, the ‘new and improved recipe’ label on the front confirmed what I knew would probably happen one day; it now contains chilli powder for that extra flavour.  Gutted.

On a more positive note, everything I eat is made from raw ingredients and I know exactly what I am consuming.  I even know how much salt as well as sugar is in each dish.  I eat more fruit and vegetables than I have done previously, which leads me to believe that I am possibly eating much more healthily nowadays.  Plus, I am not as ill as I used to be.

My concern is that my daughter is now intolerant to milk.  I hoped that none of my children would have to suffer in the same way that I have done for the last ten years.  Parties and celebrations are difficult for us both.  All ‘party food’ seems to consist of is foods with milk and eggs in them.  Stopping a two year old from eating these is a hard task, to say the least!  When other members of the party start offering chocolates to her and I say that she can’t have them, I am often told that I am depriving her of sweets and one day she will just start eating lots or I am being mean or, “A little bit won’t hurt,” or, “Have some. Mummy’s not looking.”

I have also found that many people I have come across do not know what they are eating.  A chef in a fancy restaurant I dined in was unaware that butter contained milk.  If a chef doesn’t even know, what chance has everyone else got?  Other people just presume we’re intolerant to gluten, as I’ve been told, “That’s the popular diet at the moment.”  Aaagghhh!! Is all I can say about that!

Any advice or tips on how to cope with food intolerances would be gratefully received.  How does everyone else with these cope with celebrations?  How do you manage your child’s milk intolerances?  And how can you help people to understand and realise what is in the foods that they are eating every day?


Halloween Celebrations

For us, the Halloween celebrations started yesterday with the school disco.  Convincing my son not to wear every spooky costume he had was a challenge.  It took a considerable amount of time to persuade him that wearing a wooly pumpkin hat, a witch hat and his monster hoodie would make him rather hot once he had danced about a bit. He had a great time (in only the pumpkin hat).  He even won a prize for his dancing, although he did give it back as he didn’t think he deserved it.  My son is very honest.  An extremely admirable quality…possibly.

Our carved pumpkin, designed by my son.
Our carved pumpkin, designed by my son.

We carved out a face and a bat on our medium sized pumpkin and lit it up in preparation for tomorrow.  The children enjoyed ‘scooping out the brains’ of the pumpkin, looking at the shadows it created on the wall as well as helping to decide on our designs. As they couldn’t cut the design into the pumpkin themselves, they made their own Playdoh versions.  My daughter spent much of the evening, in addition to today, shouting, “Look pumpkin Mummy!” as she ran back and forth between the living room and the kitchen.

Playdoh pumpkins
Playdoh pumpkins

Tonight we shall be going to a Halloween party and the children will be trick or treating for the first time.  I think it will be more treats than tricks though.  The whole idea of dressing up, walking about with their friends in the dark and having lots of sweets to eat is a very exciting prospect for them.  Fingers crossed that not too many sweets will be consumed before bedtime, otherwise I’m sure tucking them in will be a chore tonight.

When I was young, Halloween wasn’t as popular as it is now.  I remember dressing up as a witch every year (my only costume that Mum bought a few sizes to big for me to ‘grow into’) but I can’t ever remember trick or treating or doing much else for the event.  Now, the shops are full of costumes, as well as many, many other items coloured orange and black for the occassion.  I’ve read articles on whether Britain is becoming to ‘Americanised’ about this and if it is a good or bad thing to be promoting ideas of the supernatural.  In my opinion, as long as the children are having fun, staying safe, not getting into trouble and enjoying socialising with their friends, surely Halloween is a good thing.  What do you think?