I heart blueberries!
If you’ve read anything on this blog for, oh, the last six months, you are already aware of the continuing saga/melodrama/almost-tragedy of my baby Fiala’s battle with things that her body rejects, most of which are foods.
After embarking on a total elimination diet with her, I’ve been trying for the last 6+ weeks to expand her (and my) diet to find out what troubles her. So far, the only things that I’m confident do NOT cause her either skin or gastrointestinal distress are only lamb, buckwheat, and garbanzo beans. I had added in a number of other items, but after we had a major setback a couple of weeks ago, I had to scale back down to the bare bones of those three things.
The good news, I guess, is that I have successfully figured out that grapes/raisins definitely give her problems, both severe eczema and diarrhea. I have also figured out that — I think — cranberries give her eczema, but not g.i. problems. I also think that … duh-duh-duh-duh! (trumpet sounds) blueberries do not cause any problems. They definitely do not cause any g.i. symptoms, and though I’m only about 50% certain that they’re not affecting her skin, that is good enough for me to continue to feed them to her, most days, once a day.
She LOVES blueberries. “Buh! Buh! Buh!” she exclaims, loudly and excitedly. (She frequently uses the first sounds for words that are familiar to her: “Eee” for Ethan, “Tah” for our dog Tally, “Nuh!” for nursing, and so on.)
They’re no longer in season, so at first, I bought a 12 oz frozen bag from Sprouts, at a cost of $2.99. Then, at Costco, I saw a FIVE POUND bag of blueberries for $8.49. I figured out that at the cost of $3 for 12 oz, that would be like spending $20 on five pounds. So, even though it seems pricey to spend eight-plus bucks on blueberries, that was a pretty smokin’ deal.
But, since they’re frozen, they tend to be juicier and softer upon thawing, which Fiala doesn’t see as a problem at all:
The only problem, really, is that blue/purple blueberry stain gets stuck in the (lone, thank God!) bad eczema patch on the left side of her chin, and on her hands, which are quite scaly with eczema, and from sucking/chewing on her fingers.
Sweet girl. I’m sharing in the blueberry joy; I’m excited about something sweet to eat, too! And, if we’re gonna eat a fruit, it might as well be a darn tasty one!
Mmmm… blueberries. 🙂