I’m home from my trip and playing catch up today. I took one extra day off work (SO GLAD) so I could do laundry and pick up around the house, hit up the grocery store, and just generally mentally get ready to get back in the groove.
In our house, we’re getting ready to go ALLERGEN FREE for two whole weeks (after which we will be gradually adding some of these major allergens back in a week at a time to see how we both react). That means no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, no soy, no peanuts, no tree nuts, no fish, no shellfish, no corn.
DUDE, THIS IS HARD, even for me who likes to cook.
I’ve been planning menus for two weeks because I know there’s no way we’ll make it through without a detailed plan listing out everything we’re going to eat. I think the hardest part will be subbing something else in my tea and hubby’s coffee (he was NOT PLEASED to hear there is apparently casein in non dairy creamer). I’m not what you call excited about that myself, so dairy will be the first thing we add back in after the two weeks is up.
I expect the first week to be the hardest because of the knee jerk reaction to reach for…all this stuff that’s totally normal that has allergens in it. Y’all, soy and corn are in EVERYTHING (so is gluten, but we’ve already cut that out for hubby, and I’ve just been eating my one loaf of wheat bread for breakfast toast). After that…we’ll see!
I’m kind of afraid of what we might find one or the other of us is allergic. Cutting out fish or shellfish wouldn’t be that bad. And the nuts and peanuts wouldn’t be that hard to avoid. But soy, corn, dairy, and eggs? O.O That would make it virtually impossible to eat out, like, ever. We don’t live in the kind of place where they readily have alternatives (or even AWARENESS of) for allergies to this stuff. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Wish us luck!