Real Talk: Holidays and Food Allergies

Easter came, it went, and now it’s over! To be honest, while I’m slightly exhilarated at this ending, I’m also slightly in mourning.

Why? I miss food.

You see, Easter, as well as holidays in general, used to mean feast.

These days they mean the opposite of feast to me. Holidays don’t even feel ‘special’. They feel like a whole lot of stress, and very little to show for it.

Celebrations don’t have to revolve around food, and I still stand by that, but something feels like it’s missing….

Guys, I’ve dropped the ball.

Instead of coming up with neat alternatives or using the amazing resources available to find alternatives from my incredible blogging friends that share our story, I quit. I said, “food just doesn’t matter anymore”. But…it does. It totally, absolutely does.

Food is our medium for connection.

I don’t know about you, maybe I’m just totally food obsessed, but all of my favorite moments, the ones that stand out, are around food. Making it, eating it, sharing it, even cleaning up after it.

Vegan Cadbury Egg Making

So, Sunday in a very late in the game decision, I made cadbury-esq eggs. Vegan, delicious, and amazing. And guess what? Even though they were time consuming and incredibly sticky and even a little frustrating to put together, the delight I saw in the three little ones I get to call my own made it all worth it.

Maybe writing off the holidays was a survival mechanism. Maybe it was […]

Real Talk: Food Allergy Style

Everything felt so big. So scary big. So I squished it into a box and put it away on a high shelf deep in this silly brain of mine.

Elecare Recipe Resource

Did you know that Elecare has a neat little recipe booklet with great smoothie recipes using their product? Our dietician pointed me that direction and I have to say, all the recipes look amazing. There are a couple Maya can try as is and a few I can likely tweak into what we need. We always use the Elecare Jr. Vanilla flavor.

Elecare Recipes (pdf)

Elecare is an amino acid based nutritional formula that we use to make up the majority of Maya’s diet. It constitutes so much of it in fact that solid food is kind of like a garnish, not the foundation. Maya’s food list is so very limited that we had to supplement with a formula like this even before she went elemental (only the formula).  Most frequently I stuck it in smoothies.

The vanilla flavor smells like a milkshake to us and makes her smoothies deliciously creamy.  If you’ve been given an Elecare or Elecare Jr. prescription, definitely check this out. If you’re considering or have been advised to look into Elecare, I truly hope this will help you see that it’s a wonderful product. It saved Maya’s life.

Happy smoothie making!