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Snack Dilemma -- Eating and Food Allergies

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I just found out about 2 weeks ago that my 15 month old is allergic to peanuts, wheat and eggs and shouldn’t eat any products made with those ingredients or processed in a plant that contains those ingredients.

He also has reactions to oatmeal and products made with oat. Well, hmmmmmm, what on earth is there to feed him then???? He won’t eat any food, food other than bread products yet, so he is still eating baby food for his fruits and veggies. It is a crazy messy ordeal to feed him those though so all I brought were Rice Chex and rice cakes and I bought him a yogurt at the airport. By the end of the trip he was riced out. I must find some more foods for him!

Having food allergies can be very limiting but on the positive side, it helps keep us away from the processed foods we should skip out on anyway. Really, when you are shopping, you should completely bypass the cracker/cookie aisle and the chip aisle. If you are picky and really read the labels, you can go down the cereal aisle. Be careful though, there is way more bad than good there too! Lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, saturated fats, sodium and completely worthless calories are hiding out in those aisles. Same thing with many of the sauces and dressings out there as well – packed with yucky stuff and allergens too – all the more reason to stay away from them.

I always tell my clients to not put anything in there mouth unless it benefits their health. Most processed foods do nothing good for you so they are called “empty calories”. Many people these days, both adults and children, are overfed but undernourished because of all of these processed “empty calorie” products. This is causing obesity and disease to go crazy throughout our nation.

Natural, whole foods are the best choice when you want to eat something. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, natural nut butters, bean dips, cheeses and meats are all good choices for snacks. But if you just have to have something “snacky”, think about it and if what you are about to eat will do nothing but fill you up, try skipping it and eat some nuts and raisins or soy nuts if you are allergicJ

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