Total elimination diet resources!
If you’ve been reading here at all in the last month or so, you have no way of escaping the knowledge that I’m on a total elimination diet (TED) in order to identify what foods are bothering my 11 month old baby, Fiala, by messing up her skin and digestion. Along the way, many thanks to bloggy friends and a few searches, I have garnered some good resources.
- Jill of Bordermama, whose 16 (?) month old daughter is going through the same thing as Fiala, told me about the Quick Topic Milk Soy Protein Intolerance forum. I’m not certain that Fiala really has MSPI, though two of the things she currently can’t have are milk and soy. Many MSPI mothers choose to go the TED route, so much of what relates to MSPI is also relevant to me.
- There are a number of MSPI/TED/food-restricted-due-to-allergy blogs, but my favorite is this: Affairs of Living. Kim, who is the lovely author of this blog, has been gracious enough to have a quite thorough e-mail exchange with me about TED and living with extreme food allergies. Her blog is a mix of about half recipes and half stories/events from her life. Plus, she’s a great photographer, which adds to the beauty of any blog. Her blog is gluten free, soy free, corn free, egg free, yeast free, sugar free, peanut free, potato free, citrus free, tomato free, and MOST recipes are also dairy free, tree nut free, vegan or vegetarian, low glycemic, and Candida Albicans/yeast overgrowth-friendly. So, you’re probably thinking, “What is there left to eat???” Well, do yourself a favor and pop on over there. Her blog is CHOCK FULL of beautiful, healthy, scrumptious recipes. We’re so early in the TED diet that I cannot make/eat virtually anything on her blog yet. However, as our diet expands, I am SO looking forward to using a great many recipes from her blog. Mmmmm: Apple Cupcakes with Raisin Cashew Frosting; Sunflower Butter Cookies; Garlic Chive Parsnip Mash; Millet Tabouli with Roasted Red Peppers and Olives… Seriously, every recipe makes me think, “I would SO eat this.” Something else I really like is that Kim chronicles what DOESN’T work, as well as what was ultimately successful. It is her new goal, too, to start publishing more few-foods recipes, down to extremely basic, simple foods. I look forward to anything she has to offer!!
- As far as I know, Fiala does not have infant reflux. However, like many babies with reflux, the mothers who want to go about treating it naturally will often — so I’ve discovered — embark on a TED so as to be able to continue breastfeeding and to minimize medications. That’s right up my alley. A fabulous, information-laden message board/forum for this is the TED Basics page of Infant Reflux.org forums. I haven’t posted there yet, but I have done a lot of reading and I did register. The only bummer is that I, again, am SO EARLY in the TED that pretty much everything that everyone talks about, I cannot have yet, nor can Fiala. In addition, I guess there is a fairly standard total elimination diet, especially for reflux/colic, that was made “popular” by Dr. Sears. It contains: turkey, lamb, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, millet, green and yellow squash, and pears. Fiala tested allergic/intolerant to FIVE of those items. So, the TED that many on the Infant Reflux board is on is wildly different than the one I’m on; I won’t even try to introduce the foods that I know are (or have been) problematic until long from now. Still, seeing so many mothers on there, embarking on (or long-experienced in) the same thing that I am, makes me feel like I’m not so alone.
A quick search will lead to a number of other sites/blogs that mention the TED, but I haven’t really found any of them with more information than what I’ve found above….