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Wheat, Dairy, and Egg Free Diet

My nephew, 4 years old, who has been fighting different allergies his whole life, has now been told to go wheat, dairy and egg free. Basically, these are all his favorite foods! So now my sister in law needs help changing how she prepares foods for her son. Does anyone have any good resources for this type of diet (cookbooks, websites, etc)? The only natural food store in town is very expensive, so will have to be used sparingly. This is going to be a big adjustment, but everyone hopes it helps!

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There are alternatives for cooking - we shop at Sprouts in the greater Phoenix area. Pasta - rice based, or Quinoa; dairy substitutes - Earth Balance butter - soy/lactose free, Hemp milk or Rice Dream, egg substitutes - use Flax or Bob's Red Mill egg replacer, flaxmeal & the store has other gluten-free items. L.

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Because casein and dairy are such a common ingredients in our foods, going totally dairy free is tough. You might ask "what is the offending part?" of dairy for the child. There is talk of the A1 or A2 genes in common dairy cows that might make a difference. (Australia research most recent.)(Very common Holstein cows have the more offensive gene and thus milk...whereas Jersey cows do not.) Is it the protein of the milk, or the lactose? Or something else. Some folks have done well with raw dairy over common processed dairy.
Good luck!

Hi D.!
My kids are completely grain free and beet, cane and grain sugar free too. I have helped lots of moms with recipes for their kids that can't have wheat, dairy and eggs. I'd be happy to help you in any way that I can. I am the author of "The Truly Grain-Free Cookbook: Beet and Cane Sugar Free Too!" The ISBN # is: 1-60563-263-5 My website is.... www.freewebs.com/trulygrainfree Most of my recipes that do use dairy can be substituted and work just fine without the dairy. Often times if I am out of milk, I will use apple juice in place of the milk in my recipes. Also, To replace one egg:
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
3 tablespoons water (or other liquid)

Stir together until thick and gelatinous.

If she is in Arizona, I can give her some tips to find better priced health food as well.

Also, when making recipes that call for butter, she can use "Nucoa" it is a dairy free margarine.

We are a nearly vegan household, so do most of our cooking and baking without egg and dairy. Most any vegan cookbook or website will be helpful. We like Vegan Family Favorites by Erin Pavlina, Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann, and cookbooks by Dreena Burton and Sarah Kramer. And http://kidsarevegantoo.blogspot.com/

When cooking and baking, eggs can be replaced with Ener-G, fruit purees, tofu, or ground flax seeds mixed with water. Wheat flour can be replaced with an alternate flour - rice, barley, etc. Sprouts offers a fair amount of gluten-free pre-made products (cookies, breads, cake mixes, etc).

After some time of practice and getting used to slightly new things, he will still love those favorites - my family hardly notices when I cook or bake vegan. It's delicious!

The trickiest part is eating out and at other people's homes. But they will soon learn where to go and what to ask for, as well as what to bring. :)

That is really tough on your nephew. I don't have a lot of websites to give ya, but I do know they are out there if you want to research a bit. Here is a link to my friend's blog. http://jovia-life.blogspot.com/2009/09/gluten-free-pizza.... She mades soap, but she also revamps gluten free recipes to taste better. I thought he might like pizza. But you will have to find other resources on the dairy free. Sorry.

Is he allegic to the whole egg or just part of it. I know some allegic to the yolk while I myself cannot tolerate the white. So I cook without the white, but mostly do without it.

Same with the dairy, find out which he is allegic too, because a lot of foods have the milk protein casen among others.

Hi, I ma a dietitian and have some resources to share, savorypalate.com and any books by Carol Fenster PhD. she is a wonderful resource she actually extensively tests the recipes and offers cook books for everyday foods and celebration foods. also there is a newsletter I get by a allergy association that has all kids of tips and resources its called FAAN. http://www.foodallergy.org/ A.

That is basically how I grew up. There are tons of grains other than wheat. My mom used to get me soy bread and put almond butter on it (instead of pnut butter). There are tons of alternatives to dairy... rice milk, almond milk (which you can make yourself). And eggs are no big deal. I forgot what else you can use in place of egg when making a cake or muffin. And the internet makes this much easier than when I was growing up. Is there a Sunflower mkt or Sprouts nearby? Those are cheaper and have lots of natural foods. This is a place my mom used to order things from too that is really good. They have alternate flours and goodies called Jaffe bros:

http://organicfruitsandnuts.com/

you just have to get creative which is fun and you'll actually be eating much more interesting food than anyone else.

There are alternatives for cooking - we shop at Sprouts in the greater Phoenix area. Pasta - rice based, or Quinoa; dairy substitutes - Earth Balance butter - soy/lactose free, Hemp milk or Rice Dream, egg substitutes - use Flax or Bob's Red Mill egg replacer, flaxmeal & the store has other gluten-free items. L.

Check Yahoo Groups for gfcf near you. If you have a Sprouts, Whole Foods Store or even Trader Joe's, that can help too. They should be able to help you in the store to figure out what you need.

Some grocery stores carry Rice Flour Pizza Dough, Frozen Pizzas, and noodles/spaghetti and waffles too.

Any dairy product that says casein is cow's milk. That includes soy cheese. So read all labels carefully. Ask the allergist for a list of products that can be worded differently than wheat, milk, and egg.

Egg free substitute is the Ener-g Egg Replacer.

Good luck! There's tons of websites out there to help u.

There are quite a few places to get less expensive gleuten-free products online. As far as the dairy- can he have goat milk? Often people who have an allergy to cow's milk are able to have goat milk. It's actually a lot better for you anyway. We have dwarf goats and they are not difficult to take care of...and they're cute too! :-) If you can't, or don't want to, have your own goats, you can purchase goat milk from the store. I wish your sister all the luck.

My son is on a gluten/dairy free diet and it is a lot of work - especially at first. It is also expensive. There are some things that I can do at the regular grocery store and other things that can only be found at natural food stores. Recently I found that amazon.com's grocery department has a large selection of items. The prices are lower than our local health/natural food store. You have to buy in bulk (like Costco or Sam's Club), but for things your nephew will eat often, it is worth it.

I haven't had very good luck with gluten free cookbooks yet. It seems that many of the recipes still include dairy items - like cheese. I can sub non-dairy things other than cheese - my son wants nothing to do with non-dairy cheese and I do not blame him! I recommend that your sister in law get a thorough ingredient list of things to avoid and hit the local grocery store to see what she can find that is already wheat, dairy, and egg free. I did this diet with my son for a year before I realized that some meat is not gluten free because there is wheat in the broth injected into the meat - so that is something to be on the lookout for!

If the doctor did not provide them, she can find ingredient lists by doing web searches. I thought I had some bookmarked, but apparently I don't. They didn't take that long to find. It's a tedious process - especially in the beginning - but the improvement in the child's health makes it all worth it! Good luck!

This is a challenge due to his age. Did they run a blood panel on him and was it done by a natureopath or a western medicine doctor? One test will be an IgG (natureopathic read, but the Western DR will not acknowledge that result. We did the IgG and my 6 year old was allergic to whole wheat, eggs, citrus. We tried to eliminate the easy ones and all of them for a period and then you evaluate if the symptoms are still there or you notice a difference?
WHole wheat is the hardest due to it being a filler in almost everything. You can buy many gluten free items, cereal, bread (it's horrible-don't waste your $$) grocery stores all have gluten free (with out whole wheat)trader joes and whole foods for sure. Once the weather changes and gets colder, my daughter will get a cold and then it does not completely go away and the dr says it's because of the foods she eats and they break down her immune system so the cold hangs on. We stopped the citrus and the eggs and we still give her whole wheat every now and then. If the allergy is truly whole wheat , then tell them to get a bread machine and gluten free bread mixes . They are super tasty and bread is such a staple at their young age.

Rice flour can be substituted for wheat flour, and eggless.com does egg free recipes. Yes, going to Whole Foods is pricey, but they have something similar to eggo's with none of the things it sounds like he is off of. They are very very sweet, I can't eat them. Also, look at some vegan cook books, they have great egg and dairy free recipes. The others are tougher.

If you'd like to heal his gut and end allergies, consider the GAPS diet. Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Is it easy? No, not if you're used to buying packaged foods, boxed mixes, etc. But it uses REAL food and can actually heal you. I've seen a lot of people have great success with it. It will take dedication to heal this. Also consider raw milk, either cow's or goat's. Learn more at www.realmilk.com.
Good luck!

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