friends! I’m Shay’s friend, Meagan, and I am thrilled to be with you again today. My
family and I live a predominately gluten-free life. Southern born and raised, I
spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my grandmother, making homemade
biscuits to learning things like: “Never forget to save bacon grease because it
makes all things better.” Amen. So, with that being my background, how in the
world is my family gluten-free???…Well, my son Fount, who is now six, had major
eating issues when he was born. He had a protein allergy and had to be on a
special formula…He had reflux. Oh, did he have reflux…When we started solids,
he started breaking out in tiny red bumps on his face, tummy, backs of his
arms, and the backs of his legs. These eventually turned into whelps. They
never went away, but would flair up at certain times. I used Aveeno (Oat) Body
Wash and Aveeno (Oat) Sunscreen, so he was flaring up at most meals, when we
would go outside, and after bath. Looking back, I should have put two and two
together, but I didn’t. It just breaks
my heart. At 9 months, after repeatedly going to the doctor and being told that
it was either a heat rash or eczema, I decided to listen to my mama gut and
reach out to the facebook world and low and behold, a friend of a friend
contacted me and basically told me the answer I had been searching for: My son
had a gluten allergy. My sweet, smiling
boy who always reached for fruits and veggies over everything else, did so
because gluten was hurting him. It took one full month for Fount’s skin to
clear up. I bathed him, head to toe, in Dove’s Sensitive bar soap and read
every book I could find on gluten and becoming gluten-free. I rearranged my
pantry and fridge to prevent cross contamination. I bought labels, allergy
stickers, and made it a habit to read ingredients. Needless to say, our life
completely changed. Over the years, Fount’s allergy has gotten worse. We carry
an Epi-Pen and Benadryl everywhere we go. He’ll never be able to eat gluten-
ever, but that doesn’t mean he has to miss out. Instead of staying overwhelmed,
I decided that sticking to what I know and giving it a gluten-free twist, was
something I could totally do.
have a large family and I can’t possibly be a short order cook. The kids
usually have a choice at lunchtime, but at dinner, we serve one meal and it is
always gluten-free. At first, I thought we would have to over-haul our diet completely, but instead, I’ve learned that we can still use our favorite recipes and just tweak them to be gluten-free.
So…Meagan gave her son Fount my new cookbooks and asked him to pick a cake and an entree for them to make for you guys to show you how easy it is to turn it gluten-free.
Let’s all pause and give Fount credit for picking a very yummy supper. #smartkid
Sadie and Fount
Sadie, Holden and Fount
If you know any gluten-free families, share this with them too. And if you are a mama or know a mama whose child has similar symptoms as Fount…maybe it’s time you look into gluten as the culprit.
See the yummy recipes here.
Happy Wednesday friends!
And thank you Meagan for sharing about both fostering and gluten allergies. You are one of my very favorite mamas out there!