Why We’re Gluten Free – Food Intolerances in Infancy and Beyond

*This post is completely unrelated to DIY, homesteading, aquaponics, or pretty much everything else I cover on my blog. Today is a little more personal, and hopefully resounds with other parents or food intolerance sufferers who are a bit fed up with the blas

15 thoughts on “Why We’re Gluten Free – Food Intolerances in Infancy and Beyond

  1. Hello Brooke,
    I am reading your story and it feels like I was reading mine. My boy is now 2 years and 9 months and is clear of eczema. The reason why, is because I also didn’t believed in steroids and I believed that something was causing it . I realised that it was dairy. I eliminated it and the eczema cleared up. Then I went to do the allergy test and it came clear on dairy so I was told that he can have it back on the menu. But what I didn’t know is that allergies are not the same as food intolerance. Unfortunately, the doctor I went to did not know that either, therefore my boy flared up badly. At this point his system was so weak that he was flaring up to most of the things we were giving him. He was admitted to hospital as he was so bad. He wasn’t even 2 then. With no recognition from doctors, I eliminated all the foods that I thought he was sensitive to. Dairy, gluten, tomatoes, strawberries, kiwi, oranges,soya etc. He has been free of eczema since July last year. His dermatologist could not believe that he is not suffering from eczema any more !!! We couldn’t believed how soft and moist his skin is. In order to strengthen his digestive system, he was off sugar as well Now he is back on gluten ( we did a celiac test) , and we slowly re-introduced dairy, he is eating spaghetti and drinking orange juice with his breakfast. I buy organic meat, have my own little veggie garden, make my own bread. I believe that all it is caused by the rubbish food we are subjected to. I just wish doctors were more educated on food intolerance. I wish you and your little girl all the best. Anna

    1. Thank you for sharing Anna! I’m so glad your son is feeling better, it’s horrible to watch them suffer so. Those sneaky allergy tests! I hope intolerances start to gain the respect they deserve, instead of all the scoffing and judgment from people who seem to take modified diets as some sort of personal slight. I’m right there with you on the whole “convenience food is making us sick” deal. These food “products” are what’s causing all the problems!

  2. Good on you for trusting your mummy instincts!! I’m so pleased that you finally have some answers and can work on implementing the changes for you and your family!

  3. It’s so amazing what an impact a diet change could have!! I think we live such busy lives that we forget how each thing we put on our skin or into our bellies can affect us. My boss had IBS symptoms for years and years before she finally determined (at age 32) that she’s allergic to gluten. Good for you for catching this yourself so quickly, it just highlights how there are some major blind spots in the usual approach of American healthcare.

  4. Gluten intolerance manifests itself in many ways, so I’m glad you decided to eliminate this from your family’s diet. It may be affecting others in your family in very subtle ways. Congratulations for standing up to your doctors and researching what will be in your family’s best interest. Best wishes and good luck.

  5. Just wanted to throw this out there…for what it is worth. I realize that what may work for one person/family might not work for another, so I hope this is not considered bad form. I used to have issues with dairy, eggs, poultry and a host of animal allergies. I did NAET and resolved most of them, although I still can’t pet a cat and then itch my eye. However, I can be in the same room with a cat, eat a bowl of ice cream and have scrambled eggs! My family has had marvelous luck resolving food/enviromental intolerances through NAET. Perhaps there is a certified practitioner in your area. Best of luck in your food journey!
    p.s. love the aquaponic system evolve. I was thrilled to see you start this. I could not quite get my mind wrapped around how I would go about starting a system. Now I can learn from observation!!

    1. Thank you Hannah! I will definitely look into it. I read that many intolerances can be “healed” through different diets. So far I’m just trying to get a handle on minimizing exposure. Lots of “nomato” sauce recipes!

  6. Those pictures are incredible. I can’t believe the difference. I don’t have children but I am going to have to remember this for the future!

  7. The differences in pictures is so crazy, but not as crazy as how many pediatricians just write off symptoms and tell parents to just deal with it. I wonder how many people have problems later in life because they never had food intolerances addressed when they were younger. I for sure always had some trouble with my stomach here or there, which is odd considering I grew up in a middle class household with clean food all the time. Just weird!

  8. It amazes me how doctors ignore a mother’s instinct these days. I’ve found that there is no bedside manner or respect for a “layperson’s” opinion anymore. My daughter is a young mother and more times than I can count, grandma has come in and wrangled with the pediatrician about treatment and go-forward decisions for the grandson who has chronic asthma. It is so frustrating. We are expected to sit back and accept the diagnosis and prescribed treatment as gospel without question. I’m proud of you for your diligence in seeking out the real issue. A mother knows when something is “off” with her child. I just wish the medical community would return to appreciating our input. When my children were young (20+ years ago) my pediatrician really listened to me, and we made team decisions. Good luck!

    1. “We are expected to sit back and accept the diagnosis and prescribed treatment as gospel without question.” YES! Exactly this. Obviously I value their education and experience or else I wouldn’t go to them for help on health matters. But does that mean I’m somehow so inept when it comes to my own body, or my family’s? I just don’t get it! I’ve seen so much of the “You don’t like my opinion? FINE! Get out of my office and never come back.” attitude when it comes to medical treatment. My first ob was like that, and it’s no surprise her practice closed later. Now it seems the pediatricians I’m finding are similar. Why can’t we work together on health, seeing as one of us is inhabiting the body, and the other is simply observing?

  9. So I Saved this post to come back at a later point and review. Well last night it was. After having my son off dairy for about 4 months I overlooked a meal and boy did he pay for it. Miserable night of him screaming and arching just like when he was a baby. Broke my heart! I did the elimination diet with him when we were nursing too. Against my doctors wishes of course but it made him so much happier. The allergy test we took also came back negative for any allergies. He’s never had any skin issues from food but such a sensitive tummy and digestion. I hate to see him screaming in pain.
    So sorry to be blunt but a quick google search of the Pinner Test and all I’ve seen are at home kits for $500. Is this what you paid? I will keep looking try and find someone who does this in Alaska. I have an appt with our Pediatrician this afternoon. I’m not holding my breathe he has any clue about this. Ugh why does it have to be so hard to fight for our families health?!

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