Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Since we've moved I've noticed that my sons current regime for allergy prevention and management has not been holding up. He has developed and kept a nagging little cough and mysterious rash around his lips that comes and goes. Well after developing a fever, said cough grew worse. We took a trip to the doctors office and after a round of antibiotics and steroids, I decided it was time to make another appointment with the allergist. We went last week and they have prescribed an inhaler containing a low dose of steriods he is to get every night before bed, plus a "rescue" inhaler. When I asked the doctor about the cause of his coughing and linking it with moving, I really didn't get much feedback. I'm all for making my child better, but really would like to know the underlying cause, mainly to see if there is something that can be done to avoid the allergen and keep use of medication to a minimum, you know? At our next visit we plan on doing the annual skin testing, to see where he stands with his allergies, if they are better or worse than they were a year ago. I'll let you know how that goes! In the mean time I plan on doing some more research on elimination diets, etc. I found one site that really has a lot of good tips. You can view it here.

Also, I found a great video by the Mayo clinic that shows you how to use a metered dose inhaler. Teaching a six year old how to use one has been a challenge, but we're getting it down now, thanks to this video. See it here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dairy Free yogurt, Ice cream and the Like!

I'm so excited to be talking about a new product that I found, quite by accident, at the store recently. I ran out to the store a few weeks ago, with the kiddos in tow to pick up a few things. While out, my son was begging me to buy some of his favorite ice cream sandwiches. Well, I'm not a huge soy fan, but because of his allergies I occasionally allow him this treat and without looking at the box too closely I threw them in the cart and we headed home. As I was putting our purchases away, I happened to look at the box of ice cream sandwiches and noticed it was slightly different then the ones we usually pick up and I had to investigate closer! Low and behold I had accidentally picked up Turtle Mountains,So Delicious' new line of ice cream bars made with coconut milk. Cool, huh? While not completely soy free, with the wafer part being made of soy products, the ice cream was only coconut milk! So I had to go to their website, listed on the box, and low and behold they have a whole new line of coconut milk based products! The most exciting to me being the coconut milk yogurt, which is listed as dairy, soy, and I believe gluten free and carries live, active cultures. Check it out here!

Also, while investigating the coconut milk they offer I've found that nutritionally speaking, in regards to the fat content, it is closer to cow's milk than the rice milk I have been using for my son for years! Which is important because at his young, very active, age you certainly don't want to be cutting calories anywhere! Here are links to check it out for yourself:

Coconut milk

cow's milk

rice milk

Some of the other products they have are coconut milk ice cream, creamers and kefir! Yummy, I can't wait to try them all, umm that is have my son try them all! :) If you're interested in trying them for yourself or your loved one stop by here and fill out a little information about yourself and receive free coupons from the company. I was only able to print one coupon right away, but am sure now that I'm on their mailing list more will follow! Happy eating!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

How to Save Money when shopping for your Food Allergic Child!

Having a child with multiple food allergies can be quite expensive! Recently, I was watching Joyce Meyer's show, Living Everyday Life, and she had a visitor named Sarah Roe. Ms. Roe is a mom to a food allergic child whose food allergies were costing them dearly each month at the grocery store. So much so, she and her husband really couldn't afford to eat! She desperately needed to reduce their grocery bill and coupons are the method she found to do just that. Read more of her story here!

Using just a few of her tips and tricks at my last trip to the grocery store I saved $16.00 and some change and I only spent about 15 minutes in finding and cutting out my coupons! I can't wait to see how much more I'll save by following her other tips and tricks, check them out for FREE here!

To check out more of her website go to the 918 Coupon button in the sidebar!
Happy savings!