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
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
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
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
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.
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!