Wheat/Lactose/Nut free living with children

Disclaimer:  I am relating our personal experience and what worked for our family and children and this is purely informative.  

This post is just a suggestion and a continuation of Meggle’s concerns about her child.  Any further suggestions are welcome!

Daniel had very, very bad eczema and continuous upper respiratory tract infections that wouldn’t clear up.  I don’t like needles so we took him for an alternative (Beta? Vega?) test that pointed out, amongst other things, that he was wheat, lactose, nut, citrus and sulphur dioxide intolerant.  And highly intolerant to all the Colourants and additives (all the E-stuff on food labels)

We live on a budget, so we couldn’t make all the changes, but did the best we could under the circumstances and the difference has been amazing.

What we offer instead of Wheat:

Austrian Rye bread from PnP

Rice cakes

Sometimes Snackbread Rye, although it isn’t 100% wheat free

We make our own oat cakes with potato/rice flour

PnP have Rice chips now that are great, but we stick with the least flavoured ones

Lays Lightly Salted chips

Popcorn

Orgran makes a whole range of wheat free pasta, some PnP’s stock this, otherwise Dischem or Wellness Warehouse is very good.

Nairns Oat biscuits and cookies (pricey, but yummy)

They also have a nice pasta at Checkers that looks mostly wheat free and is a lot cheaper (green-ish packet)

Rice crispies, Oatees etc for breakfast

Milk:

He used to drink Soy milk, but we dropped that last month and put him on Rice milk. We buy the powder and it works out fine as he only drinks milk over his porridge in the morning.  Works out a lot cheaper than a box standing in the fridge.

He only gets yogurt with live AB cultures

Nuts:

We swapped his peanut butter for Sunflower seed butter and he loves the stuff, a little more expensive at PnP, but a little goes a long way.

Dried fruit:

This can be a difficult one as ALL dried fruit that looks pretty is covered in sulphur dioxide – check, even if you buy fresh grapes from Woollies they state on the box that it contains SD.

We try to give our kids raisins as they are mostly only covered in vegetable oil.

When you buy juice/drinks at the shop, turn the bottle around and check the label.  And then scrape yourself off the floor.  I often bleat on and on about it, but only because I see the impact on our children.

The single biggest thing we learnt is to read and interpret food labels.  We still have a long, long way to go, but so far so good. 

I have probably left out so much and will remember more later during the day, but I hope this helps some Moms that are battling.  And yes, once you decide to go wheat free it is a lot to get your head around, but once you are in the habit it is well worth it!

14 thoughts on “Wheat/Lactose/Nut free living with children”

  1. Wow, this is so interesting. We were wheat free for Miles for a while too, but I think now, 10 years later, there’s a wider choice of stuff without having to take shares in a health shop.

  2. Thanks for this Tania, I too read labels religiously. I was horrified when Jess read out to me the amount of sugar in these so called good cereals like Cheerios, Milo thingies etc.
    Shopping is certainly more of an adventure now just takes a bit more time. (especially if Jess is with me, she is worse than me with the label reading. Good thing I suppose!) xxxx

  3. Hi Tania. Tx for “friending” me. Say, is his eczema better?

    I’m quite a “green” spirit myself but I got very frustrated with the “alternative” health care system when my little boy was 18 months old. I think I’ll blog it. It’s quite a story…

  4. Shoo, it must be tough with kids. I try not to eat wheat or sugar, and have really enjoyed the Nairns Oat cakes as well. Expensive though! I also use corn or chick peas as a base, and then add other stuff like baby tomatoes, tuna etc and have that instead of a sandwich for lunch. Would probably be too much for a kid though.

  5. Clever! I am introducing chick peas etc and they are getting used to them, but very slowly. Do you eat quinoa? Love the stuff!

  6. I think the trick is to find the balance between the green stuff and the mainstream stuff, but I’m useless. Let me know if you manage to get it right and I’ll watch out for that post!

  7. You are such a great mom, you have taught her to take responsibility for what she outs into her body!

  8. No man you’re never useless!! That’s not at all what I said!

    I blogged that saga – it was a micro-organism.

    Eczema can be various things but is often related to too-low cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that gets suppressed by having to be “in control”. (e.g. if a boy doesn’t cry when he wants to because he feels that’s “sissy”.) Eczema can also be triggered by allergens and significantly diet can play a huge role, so can water and air pollution though. Check out for irritants in shampoos and laundry softeners too. My nephew is allergic to all metal, he gets eczema from metal buttons on his jumpies. Trust your instincts as a mother.

    Chamomile, lavender and rose essential oils in a carrier oil base (e.g. grapeseed or aquaeous lotion) can make a huge difference.

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