Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Life gets in the way

Beach Day

Sorry for the lack of posts!! I've been keeping really busy with the two jobs, bowling league and lots of summer fun. I took my first vacation day from the new job on Tuesday to spend some time with my aunts that are visiting from Colorado and Missouri. Another aunt, cousin, cousin's friend and my sister went as well. We went to the beach of course! It was a perfectly beautiful day for it too. I had a wonderful time.

There's a great little food shack at this beach but of course the only option for me is basically a piece of grilled chicken sitting on a lettuce leaf, so I made sure to stock up before heading out. I put together a great salad, a banana, some Bhuja snacks, pretzels and snickerdoodles for dessert. It's at the point where I rarely feel deprived anymore as the rest of the family was eating fried seafood and french fries, I actually prefer to eat a salad. I'm feeling a whole lot healthier these days! I've lost most of the weight from the meds with little effort. I'd like to lose a little more but this is where the effort part comes in and I just don't care all that much about it. I'm just happy to be feeling great.

I don't have a whole lot of new things to write about, my routine is pretty much just that - routine. I eat the same things all the time. Mostly fresh foods that are naturally gluten free, and I always have Udi's on hand. I do have a couple of posts up my sleeves so hopefully I'll get around to them soon! I hope you're all having a great summer!!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

It's official

My niece is allergic to dairy. When she was born, she was horribly colic and had terrible baby acne and my sister just didn't know what to do. I practically begged her to take her off of dairy formula and when she finally did, Maggie immediately got better. I was so excited, my sister not so much. She doesn't want Maggie to suffer because of a food allergy, and dairy is in EVERYTHING. I understand where she's coming from but being an allergenista myself, I'm like, Hey this is no sweat! The doctors said she might grow out of it, give it some time and re-introduce the dairy. Fast forward 6 months...

Tuesday night she was at a friend's house and the friend gave her a baby cookie. Immediately Maggie started breaking out around her mouth in a rash. My sister thought it was odd but didn't really do anything about it. She's been wanting to transition Maggie off of formula and wanted to put her on regular milk. I've been telling her over and over to not be surprised if she doesn't tolerate it. Well, the other night she gave her a bottle with 2 oz of milk and 2 oz of soy formula. Lo and behold, she broke out immediately and not long after that she tossed that milk right back up... (sorry). She checked the website of the baby cookies and sure enough, there is milk in them. The pediatrician says she still may grow out of it and try again in 6 months. She asked me if I thought it was ok to try her on yogurt in like a month. I was like NO!!! How are you going to ask your dairy allergic sister if she thinks it's ok to give a dairy allergic baby some yogurt?? Silly girl. I know that she's just thinking into the future of all the foods that have milk that Maggie won't be able to have and is feeling that pain that we all feel when we find out that we can't have mac & cheese anymore. I get it. It would be great if Maggie grows out of this, but I'm guessing that she won't. She has a pretty obvious and immediate reaction to it which is just as bad now as it was when she was born. Thankfully she has me to help her find great alternatives for her! If she didn't understand what I go through before, she certainly will now. She's being really stubborn about it though which is surprising to me, I think she's still really in that old school mindset that dairy is essential for optimum health which we all here know that is not the case! She'll be just fine.