|The first zucchini from our garden!|
|Homemade zucchini bread that my husband can eat!|
|Delicious pumpkin muffins made with many substitutions.|
My dear husband has endured food allergies his entire life. He has known that he is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and gluten, but it seems like his body has become more and more sensitive to more and more foods and he now reacts to many different foods. After seeking the aid of an allergy specialist and also a nutritionist, Jesse had several tests run and we've found out that he has over 30 food sensitivities on top of the main allergies listed above.
One hopeful solution to help his body heal and potentially start to add some more foods back into his diet is to try a 4-day rotation diet for 3-6 months. Basically, only certain foods can be eaten each day and then rotated so that he isn't eating the same food consistently, but only once every 4 days.
Since he can only eat meats, certain produce and grains, and certain oils, all on a rotating basis, my grocery budget has gone out the window... or at least has tripled since this time a year ago. But, I have come to terms with it (as hard as it is for me) and know that that's okay if it is helpful and necessary for my husband who never complains about such a lifelong "thorn in the flesh."
I also eat gluten-free as it has significantly helped my own health and digestive problems over the past year, and I try to maintain a gluten-free diet for the kids when they're at home (if they're served crackers or something at church functions or cake at a party, I let it slide). David is allergic to egg however, so we have to be careful with baked goods and other outside food for him.
I would share my 4-day menu with you, but I don't want to bore you too much with detail. But as an example, day 1 is beef, day 2 is chicken, day 3 is turkey/salmon/elk, and day 4 is pork. Also, each day has certain fruits/veggies, as well as oils that I can use. It seems that day 2 is best for baking as it is rice day (rice flour) and I can manage to bake a few recipes that are gluten-, egg-, nut-, dairy-free and meet the requirements with the oils and fruits/veggies. We put pumpkin and zucchini on day 2 also, so I have been baking pumpkin muffins and zucchini bread this week (which, excitedly, we also have had some zucchini growing in our garden).
I'm also freezing any leftovers (or at least any that I can grab before they're ate up) for that crazy time in a few months when we're due to have a newborn in our house and ready-made food is such a help!