When I first discovered Macaroni’s food allergies I felt overwhelmed. It seemed like she was allergic to everything and that she would be doomed to a life of limited food choices. I mean, a life with no garlic crab?
Surely that would be a life of suffering.
This simply wasn’t true.
In a way, Macaroni’s food allergies and autoimmune issues have been a gift. I know it’s bizarre to look at her suffering as a gift, and it’s not the suffering that is a gift because that shit sucks. But, through healing her we’re all being healed and eating the way we should.
Even though I grew up eating well, I admit that at times I’ve been lazy and have opted for ease or cost over good, wholesome food.
Not all the time, but at times.
Her illness and allergies have forced me to reevaluate how I look at food as a whole, and how I feed our family. I am learning more about nutrition, vitamins, and homeopathic care. I’ve even decided that next year I will pursue certification in Nutrition Therapy.
We are all just a little healthier not only for her but because of her.
And for that I am truly thankful.
I felt it important to dedicate a section of this blog to sharing not only Macaroni’s story, but also her meals for anyone else who may have a child with similar issues.
So, what does a person who is allergic to all nuts, seafood, shellfish, soy and dairy, gluten and who is avoiding legumes, grains (sometimes we cheat on this one), and refined sugars, and anything artificial eat?
It looks a little something like this…