REALLY Simple Recipes/Substitution for Casein-free Egg-free Diet Needed

Emilie - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 1/2 year old son has severe reflux and a hiatal hernia. Since we've tried a long list of meds without complete relief, we are now trying removing egg whites and casein (a protein in milk) from his diet. His allergy scores - both blood and GI lining were not very high, but since his symptoms are persistent, we're going to try it. There is a small problem - I can't cook. I'm not that interested and I don't have the time. I'm sure that there are really easy ways to do this, so does anyone have some quick tips? So far, I plan to replace cheese and yogurt with soy-based alternatives. What about bread and butter? Cookies and cakes? Canned/prepared soups? Just to add more complications, my son is on a high calorie, high fat diet for other medical reasons. Is there a high fat alternative to milk? I still give whole milk (sometimes with heavy cream added) for the fat content and full-fat yogurts and cheeses. I'm pretty sure that the soy alternatives are much lower in fat, so any thoughts on how to add it back in? I give nuts at home, but day care and school are nut-free.

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Emilie - posted on 01/18/2010

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Thanks everyone. Yes, he has been tested (repeatedly) for gluten and there is no indication that it is an issue. The plan is to throw everything at this for a couple of months and hope that works, then back off to figure it out. I just can't watch my little guy be in pain any more. I'm very excited that I've found a doctor who believes me that he is in pain (he has an ASD and does not understand the concept of pain) and is willing to aggressively work to identify and fix the problem.
I have found soy butter, soy cheese, and soy yogurt that he likes - plus a raisin bread (his favorite breakfast is raisin bread toast with butter and cheese) without milk. We made it through our first birthday party (my cupcakes were at least edible!) since starting this and all went well. I think that something is helping because he seems much better. We go back in March to think about what to do next (reintroduce a food, back down the meds, discuss more testing / surgery).

Thanks again!

Melinda - posted on 01/01/2010

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BTW...an easy and healthy way to substitute for egg is to use finely ground flax seed...take one tbsp of ground flax seed and add 3 tbsp of HOT water...let sit...and it gets all gooey like egg...and is super healthy. You can use it in any recipe...but it works best when substituting for only one or 2 eggs...more than that at a time and you'll have problems with any recipe that needs that many egg substitutions.

Brenda - posted on 01/01/2010

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The Specific Carb diet sounds good. My husband did a similar elimination diet as well. These diets are very helpful in healing the body, and when a wrong food is reintroduced, you can tell right away.

It's been a challenge to eat gluten free, and dairy free as well for my husband. However we found out that gluten is constipating to our daughter. (6 w/ DS) Our whole house is gluten free. It's actually been fun to grind my own flours from different grains and beans, and experiment. I especially like being able to go online to find recipes. We have found out that every time I introduce a grain higher in protein (like millet or buckwheat), my husband reacts. So, I use bean flour for protein in our baked goods. Protein seems to make things hold together better...a plus in baking.

Cat - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi Emilie I know what ur going through we are g/f c/f in our house and at the beginning I felt like I was never going to be able to manage it... most prepackaged stuff is very exspencive and not always exactly what u think...



a great recipe book with easy meals is Allergy Safe Family Food by Suzanna Paxton other than that i stick to simple meat and veg for our main meal..



the best high fat milk alternative that i know of is coconut milk ..



well best of luck its hard to begin with but stick with it u will get there and the reward of seein the change in ur child makes it all worth while :)

Meg - posted on 12/31/2009

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hi, I too have children w/ allergies to foods..(wheat / Nuts/ and eggs). I know it can be a challenge to make foods/ meals for the whole family or lunch for just one. My 5 year old has had food allergy problems from day one. We have found a great brand called "Enjoy Life" they make many snack foods that she loves... they have a web sight and can be found at may health food stores (whole foods) ...we also swear by Ensure pudding and Pedisure (she has a hard time keeping on weight).
Hope this helps you.. please let me know if I can help with other ideas.

Melinda - posted on 12/31/2009

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It is really hard to do...I know...My son has been on a cyclic vomiting cycle for 13 years...he would go for 3 months without vomiting when we removed a food that seemed to be causeng a problem, but then it would slowly increase until it was once a week again...8 months ago we started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet...he is doing better than he ever has before... if you google it you can read the basics on it. The book has some recipes in it and the website does too I believe...
Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!

Brenda - posted on 12/30/2009

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Did they test for a gluten intolerance as well? I would want that test done too, especially since the other two were not high.

We are gluten free and dairy free in our home. And I cook from scratch every day, because then I know what goes into our food. It's not hard to cook rice and veggies and grill some chicken. Add a salad and it's a meal for everyone. I'm not sure you can stick to a strict elimination diet and use pre-prepared foods. Check out health food stores, and places like Whole Foods. I use Olive/veg oil as a butter substitute in many recipes.

Heather - posted on 12/30/2009

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Have you made an appt w a pedi nutritionist? There's soy butter to replace regular butter, and you can use olive oil to add fat into his diet. As for cakes and brownies, either Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker is dairy free. Did your Dr talk to you about eliminating 1 at a time to see what he gets relief from? Or is the plan to do both at once, and reintroduce 1 after he's "clean" so to speak to see if he reacts again? There are dairy free breads, usually they're the white breads. Both my children were dairy free, but not egg free so I can't help you there. Oreos are dairy free too. You can also take a look at Ensure for calories, it's lactose free.

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