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Saturday, February 08, 2014

No Sugar, No Wheat, No Milk, Oh My!!

Continuing my theme of taking advantage of a weather-forced pit stop, I've been researching ways to transition my son's diet to one free of sugar, gluten and non-fermented milk products with a little G.A.P.S. thrown in for good measure.  Oh, and no preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavorings, either.

No big deal, right?

Um, yeah.

Especially since our son is about to turn thirteen and has grown over 6 inches in the last year.  Can you say 'Eating Machine?'

To complicate things even further, his insatiable appetite is going to trump any dietary restrictions we put into place.  When the rumbles come (which is, to be honest, an almost constant occurrence), he simply won't pause to consider an ingredient list.  This we know.

So, as much as possible, we're going to have to do a lot of thinking for him, have a number of fast and filling snacks available at all times, and anticipate situations outside of our home where he might be tempted to 'eat outside the lines.'

It's going to be quite a challenge.

Thankfully, we cook most of meals from scratch already, which knocks a lot of the 'no-no's' off of the list from the start.  Plus, he's got a very wide palate. . .we've exposed him to a ton of food styles and cuisines, so there's not much he doesn't like.  Add to that, he loves fruits and vegetables, which definitely broadens the options a bit.

At least that is what I keep telling myself.

I've already begun the experimenting phase of the project. . .trying to work out magic combinations of ease/expense/convenience/healthiness/taste and the ability to fill him up (at least for a moment or two!).  We already have a couple of good contenders, including a gorgeous cheesy polenta recipe that I can quickly make up and he can eat from for days and some probiotic and bean-based dips that go great with veggies.

So we're on our way.

But if you have any go-to recipes that you think might fit the bill, I'm all ears.  You can send them via email at robynne@mylittleprairiehome.com or simply post in the comments below!

I'd be soooooo grateful!

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