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Should I Go Gluten-Free?

DS is having rash on his cute lil’ bum because I can’t get his cloth diapers clean enough.  (Seriously, the HE FL washer is my new nemesis.)  And that’s after I tried a supercharged washing routine with an assortment of Bac Out, Oxyclean, Nellie’s laundry soda, and soap nuts.  He’s back on flushies until I figure something out.  I might have to boil the inserts.

However, I also notice (and noticed for a long time) DS’s anus is always red since, well, forever.

If people on Foodlab are to be believed, DS might have food sensitivity.  The most common food sensitivity are apparently gluten, dairy, soy, and corn.

While DS doesn’t eat any of these food other than gluten directly, he might still get it from my milk.  That means I need to be gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and corn-free.  I’m already shellfish-free and nut-free.

My challenges:

  1. We Chinese use soy sauce to marinate pretty much everything.
  2. We eat out on weekends and it’s impossible to know what goes in them.
  3. It takes 6-8 weeks to eliminate all the contaminants from his system, but we are going on a 10-day trip to Greece in 3 weeks.
  4. Explaining to DH this is necessary.  He’s also the type of person who believes there are “social rules” which we all have to conform to, e.g. DS should wait for us to finish dinner and go to bed at 9pm because we adults have dinner at 8pm because *HE* has to stay late at work until then because *HE* doesn’t wake up until 10am in the morning to go to work.  (Sorry I’m ranting.)
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Today’s Baby Food Recipe: Baked Apple with Nutmeg and Chicken

I found out about wholesomebabyfood.com yesterday and I adapted one of the apple recipes (can’t find the link now) today:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut an organic royal gala apple into quarters and core.  Leave peel on.
  3. Place the apple quarters into a shallow baking dish.
  4. Fill the baking dish with enough water to cover most of the apple, but not covering the hallowed core.
  5. Sprinkle nutmeg into the core.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove apple pieces from the baking dish and let cool to touch.
  8. Peel the apple and cut into 1″ pieces.
  9. Puree the apple in food processor.

At this point, I poured the apple puree into baby cubes and freeze them, save for what I would use for the immediate meal.  I then took a baby cube of pureed chicken (steamed ground chicken) from the freezer, heated it up in the microwave, and added it to the food processor for further blending.

I was worried DS would not like this meal.  I mixed steamed sweet potatoes with chicken last time and he didn’t like it at all.  It’s also his first venture into spices.  Imagine my delight when he finished the whole meal. 🙂

Baby Food

I just realized I’m very–and I do mean very–behind on introducing new food to DS.

With his eczema flaring up again after about two weeks of clear skin, I’m at my wit’s end to what food he and/or I might have eaten which triggered it.

(It’s probably me, since it started again when I went on an all-hell-broke-loose diet around that time.  Another possible culprit is wheat/pasta.)

At 9 months, he really should be eating a lot more solid than just 1/2 to 1 jar/cube of baby food per meal, 2 or 3 times a day.  But then, at 21lbs/29″, he’s pretty big for a baby who eats so little solids.

More over, for a while, I fell back completely from making my own baby food to using jar food.  It was just easier and with more variety.  Also, even if he refuses, it wasn’t as frustrating and disappointing than when I spent 1/2 hour steaming and straining a pear only to have him not taking a bite.

As far as meat goes, he has only had chicken thus far.

I feel I’m running very behind.