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Tricia’s FAB Story

by Tricia on January 17, 2012

Charlie Tricias FAB StoryFour epipens go everywhere with the seven of us. We have two children allergic to nuts. One would go into anaphylactic shock if eggs touched his lips.

Yet, there is so much food my children can have. Can enjoy. Yes, this allergy-friendly living takes a bit more planning but any good thing does. Yes, foods that are safe for my children can sometimes be expensive but they don’t have to be.

We thrive in an allergy-friendly world. Not only because of pediatric allergists and parents on high alert but because of our choices and attitudes.

Image 1 1024x680 Tricias FAB StoryHere’s a quick, at-a-glance:

  • my two younger children both carry a set of epipens
  • Six-year-old allergic to walnuts, tree nuts
  • Four-year-old allergic to eggs, peanuts
  • We went through three years of gluten-free living because my middle child had an intolerance.
  • My eldest two children were allergic to (but outgrew) soy and shrimp
  • I am also aiming to eat arthritis-friendly foods. A diet I’ve followed for about a year now. More greens, whole foods, avoiding sugar.
  • My husband keeps diabetes in check with diet and exercise

Graceanne Tricias FAB StoryIn the future, I plan to share with you:

  • Recipes: Both my husband and the children and I have guest posted on the SunButter site. We go through about ten pounds of SunButter a month at our house!
  • Substitutions and allergy adaptations: I sure know how to make things with all kinds of egg substitute, plus have experience with finding nut-free products to use in our baking.
  • Strategies: Batch cooking is the frugal way to go to be stocked to feed my larger family and age range – safely! Lots of homemade goods.
  • Allergy-friendly living: We are an on-the-go homeschool family. Being safe takes a little pre-planning for allergy-friendliness.
  • Triumphs: Most of the time just a little adjustment makes for a healthy alternative. Educating yourself on what is safe. And getting your children involved! I know I always learn more when I actually am the one doing something – when I place myself in the student role.
  • Involving your children: In our home the children join in the cooking and baking. We practice together every week. What better way to teach than by helping them read labels and bake something deliciously safe to eat? I roll my children into the mix and call it cooking fun.

You can read more of our FAB story here. And I’m thrilled to have the privilege of sharing strategies, recipes and allergy adaptations with you, here, in the future. Thriving with food allergies on a budget!

How about you? How are you and your children thriving on a budget despite allergies?

We’d love for you to share your story, what you’re learned and how you deal with expensive ingredients!

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Kristy January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

I absolutely love the pictures! I just had to get that out of the way…lol.

Love this post too, we go through Sunbutter like crazy too. Due to my nephew being allergic, and myself having a tree nut allergy (I’m fine with peanuts), I’m a nervous wreck to give my son real peanut butter. Not only that it looks so similar to the real thing, I don’t want to confuse my nephew either…so I avoid it. It’s so nice to have a wonderful alternative to peanut butter.

Looking forward to seeing more ideas on being allergy friendly.

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Tricia January 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

Kristy – I absolutely love the photos too. They were taken by my talented friend, Jamie Worley: http://jamieworley.com/hodgepodge-family-photography/

We are huge SunButter fans – 10 lbs a month worth 🙂 And many of the recipes I make feature SunButter. We use it for homemade bird feeders too. Thank you Kristy – I am so looking forward to sharing more on allergy friendliness. There is so much we can enjoy, so much positive in this lifestyle and so much to be thankful for.

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Lynn January 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

Thanks for sharing. I love what you wrote here, “Yet, there is so much food my children can have. Can enjoy. ” That is so true. It is so easy to get lost in the what we can no longer have, but it is so important to remember and focus on what we can have.

And I will add that my family is learning…..to love Sunbutter. We are not to the 10lbs a month stage, but the more we use it the more we have learned to enjoy it.

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Tricia January 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Lynn, yes, we surely can get lost in what we can no longer have. But if we focus on all the ‘can haves’ – oh the doors that open and the freedom! We can thrive. Thanks for your comment and keep up the SunButter learning 🙂

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SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen January 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

While living with a food allergy can be challenging, you are so right to focus on what you CAN have! My epi pens travel with me (allergic to tree nuts & seeds), but having a food allergy has opened me up to a wonderful world of healthy cooking that I otherwise would not have found.

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Tricia January 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I agree! A whole new world, fantastic new recipes – and for us – kids in the kitchen!

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Rachel Neely February 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thank you for sharing your positive attitude! I have several allergies and my friends and family feel so sorry for me. Which I appreciate! And sometimes it sucks, but you know what? There is still so much I CAN have and it’s usually very healthy and tasty. Hey, when we go out about the only thing I can order is steak and baked potatoes. Not such a bad meal to have!

It’s wonderful that you’re sharing all that you’ve learned. I think it’s a blessing to help those in the same situation deal with it. Good on you!
G-d bless,
Rachel

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