While Lexi Is Away At Camp…… Mom Is Allowed To Write

Hi,

I have been Gluten and Dairy Free since January- almost 7 months now.  I have found significant changes and this has kept me motivated.  It was less challenging for me than others newly diagnosed with gluten sensitivity to switch my diet because I had already learned so much about this type of diet for 2 years from Lexi.  In fact, it was easier for me than Lexi because I am not allergic to foods like her- chickpea, lentils, sesame and pea (why do they put pea protein in so many foods?).  I can eat anything gluten and dairy free.  Plus I am not an 11 year old watching my sisters eating foods that I can longer eat or sitting at a party with friends missing out on traditional cake, ice cream and pizza.

 

I love my daughter-her spirit, passion, and characteristics that make her unique.  I have seen so many changes since she became gluten and dairy free over 2 ½ years ago.  Emotional, physical and behavioral changes that are worth following this modified diet.  We have become so close as we figure this lifestyle out together.  I am so impressed with her willpower, knowledge about GF/DF, ownership of her diet and allergies, empathy towards others and her ability to educate others as needed.

 

I would be lying if I didn’t say that her food restrictions have had an impact on our lives.  It does not define her, however, it has changed how I cook at home, where we go out to eat, conversations with other parents before she attends birthday parties, sleepovers and play dates.  It has added more planning before vacations, school events and day to day life.  The benefits definitely outweigh the extra work on our end and it is worth it, but it is extra work.

 

She has been away at sleepover camp for 10 days and will be gone for about 2 more weeks.  I miss her and wait for photos on the website, letters in the mailbox that tell me she is ok.  So far in every letter she writes that camp is awesome and every photo she has the biggest smile.  I can see it in her eyes that she is having a great time.  Of course, I wonder if she is sticking to the gluten and dairy free diet and enjoying all the food that they have made to accommodate her.  I worry that she will accidentally eat a pea like last year and need Benadryl, but I know the doctors and nurses at camp will take good care of her and provide not only the medicine but also the TLC she may need.

 

After 10 days of “time off”, I have realized how much impact Lexi’s diet has had on me and our family.  Even though I am GF/DF, I don’t stress about food or restaurants because I can always eat a tossed salad if nothing else is safe.  I am okay not eating the yummy cake at a party or can easily bring my own snacks, GF beer or wine to make sure I have food and drinks.  I can go on vacation and not freak out over what my daughter will eat because I don’t want her to feel left out or go hungry. I don’t have to carry an Epi pen and Benadryl for her chickpea, pea, sesame and lentil allergies.   Our family is able to live our lives as we did prior to the GF/DF diet.  It has been a long 2 ½ years!  I am grateful to have this opportunity to reflect and realize how much work my daughter and I put in to her eating.

 

Sometimes I think it takes removing yourself from a situation to realize exactly what you are going through.  I am grateful that I have this opportunity to reflect and appreciate this break.  I know that other parents with children with allergies and food sensitivities deal with the challenges every single day as well.  It is also a nice reminder of how much I love and admire my daughter even during the rough patches.

 

So even though I miss my Lexi, I am going to enjoy this time so that when she comes home, I will have the energy to live our lives again in a GF/DF world.  I will be ready to call the parents before get togethers, talk to the school, try new recipes, find new safe restaurants. Together with my daughter, we will continue on this journey and make the right choices for her body, mind and spirit.

Thank you,

Lexi’s mom

Dairy ugh!

I feel so stupid because every time I have dairy I don’t feel good after. You know when I say I don’t learn from my mistakes, sometimes it is true. Why cheat if you don’t feel good? Just wanted to get that out there and say sorry that I haven’t been blogging a lot. This blog is short but I think that it is meaningful. 

Hope you are having a good summer,

Lexi

American Girl

Hey, I have some cool news. My younger sister had some gift cards to American Girl Doll and we were looking around to buy something, after her doll got her hair done. Guess what we found? An allergy free lunch. There was chicken and veggies on a stick, an apple and a doctor note. It was so cool because there was an EPI PEN!!!!!!! We took pictures of the lunch and Epi pen. We didn’t buy it. I also want to tell you when we went to lunch I ended up being able to have french fries. YES! I also went to a deli and they were able to put corn beef in a bowl with lettuce and pickles. It was sooo good.
That is all for now,
Lexi

P.S. I learned on this trip that you have to go in with an open mind and to never, EVER, give up on yourself.

OOPS…. DIDN’T MEAN TO SAY THAT…

           Hi, I just wanted to tell you something funny that happened at a restaurant. The waitress came to check on us and said ” I heard you’re gluten and dairy free” and so I said “yes I am. I have been for 2 years.”  Then she said ” THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” So of course I didn’t know what I should say so I said “ya, it is.” After she was done talking to us and asking us if we needed anything else she said  ” once again I hope your food is still good even though it was gluten free.” When she left our table we talked and laughed about how rude she was.

Write a comment if you thought that was rude but funny or if that has happened to you before.

Until the next funny moment,

Lexi 

Questions and answers for Gluten Free Disasters!!!!!!

 I’m back with more news and today it is about tips…

- First question… What if my food gets cross-contaminated?

             -Well first you should write the owner of that restaurant and tell them what happened and how it affected you (only if you are comfortable). Next you should try to go to the bathroom, and lastly just don’t go there again and stick to the places that are yummy and are safe.

- Second question… What do I do if people bully me about what I eat?

             -Um, that’s a tough one. So what I would do is say something positive to yourself and the kid bullying you. This situation happened to me when I first started eating gluten and dairy free food and now except it isn’t about my food. It is about my video and my blog. He is in my class and people tell me he does that because he is jealous and likes me. Though it hurts my feelings I am still proud (by the way I wouldn’t be so confident in myself if it weren’t for you guys reading my blog and my family). I also ignore him.

 I will have more questions later and by the way I will have even more if you guys leave a comment with any questions. So thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for being soooooooooooooooooo supportive.

Lexi

Dr.Tom and California

 

  Guess who I saw? DR.TOM! I went to California to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday. It also happened to be on my birthday too! I just turned 11 years old. Ok let’s get back to Dr.Tom. First we drove there and he met us outside of his house. Seconded we walked to his back yard. He was sooooo nice and got gluten free snacks (and Dairy free) and drinks. So THANK YOU DR.TOM! At his house around 6:00pm we watched the sunset on the ocean. It was BEAUTIFUL! After the sunset we went to dinner. I can’t remember the name, but all that I can remember is that amazing sushi. We talked and laughed the whole time. I had an amazing time with Dr.Tom.

I hope we can do it again sometime,

Lexi

Highland House

What’s up? I went to my older sister’s softball game and after went to dinner. We went to The Highland House. It was my first time eating there, and to tell the truth I was a little nervous. But then I found out that there was no need to be. It was amazing. Our waitress brought me a gluten free menu. There were so many choices, that even includes appetizers. I wanted an appetizer but my mom said “you can only have a main dish.” But I wasn’t sad because the main dishes sounded really good. If you are a vegetarian you can still get an amazing salad. On the gluten free menu I got ribs. They were amazing. The sauce was great and it had lots of juicy meat on it. YUM! My mouth watered when the ribs came to our table. It was messy, but it was worth it. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Enjoy,

Lexi

2 YEARS DONE A LIFE TIME TO GO!

Hey everyone, I have some great news for you. I HAVE BEEN GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE FOR 2 YEARS! I truly could not have done this without my friends, family, and you guys reading my blog.

There has definitely been a change in my life since I started my journey. Though there were a lot of struggles, I have made it this far. I am also proud to say that I haven’t thought about quiting my diet for a few months now.

Out of the 2 years I have found different and yummy recipes and restaurants. I have found my top three restaurants. My number one favorite restaurant is Five Guys. My second choice is Jimmy John’s. My third favorite is Red Robin, and many more. My mom also made great pigs in a blanket (which is a hot dog wrapped in gluten and dairy free breading, WE USED PIZZA CRUST!).

That is all for now. Once again thanks for all your support. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!

Lexi

New Years Splash

3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!

Hey guys.  Did you have a great New Years?  Well, I certainly did.  My grandma and grandpa took my mom’s whole side of the family to a waterpark.  That includes my aunt and uncle and 3 year old cousin from Chicago and my other aunt and uncle from Michigan.  We went for 2 days and 1 night.  Our room had 2 queen beds and a couch that a had a pull out bed, some tables and 2 tvs.  I slept in the pull out couch and had a little area to myself.  

On New Years Eve, we had dinner at about 7:30 pm.  We got seated and I got a shirley temple and a Coke.  Special treat!  You get your food by going to an all you can eat buffet and then go back to your table to eat.  My mom called ahead of time to talk about gluten and dairy accomodations.  I didn’t have to get up because they brought me my food.  I had 2 huge and I mean huge chickens and a big plate of french fries.  It was sooooo good.  Throughout the night, I got drinks and ate desserts that I brought from home.  

We played games as a big family with my aunts, uncles, cousin, my grandparents, my parents and my sisters.  We had so much fun that one time we laughed so hard, we cried.  We went to the arcade, played games and got prizes.  My uncle wanted a stuffed animal that was a chicken because it was the brand of his favorite chicken.  We asked our waiter if he could give my uncle a stuffed chicken. The waiter came back and my uncle made a new friend… a chicken friend.

When we finished partying at 12:45 am, we went to bed.  We were sleeping in a snap, yes that fast!

In the morning, there was another buffet.  They told me what I could eat.  I ate a grapefruit, sausage, bacon, ham, hash browns and fruit.  They could have made me eggs, but I didn’t want them.

I had the best time ever on New Years.  I recommend going to Zehnder’s Splash Village Waterpark and I promise you will have the best time ever!!

Until next time

Lexi

 

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Palace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guess  who?  ME LEXI!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Have you ever been to a Detroit Pistons game?  Well I just did and it was unbelievable. I had so much fun. My family and I walked around looking for a gf and df place to eat. When we finished walking around we found a little stand. IT WAS PERFICT! I got a italian sausage in an Udi’s hot dog bun and lays chips on the side. If you are 21 and older you can get hooked up with a gf beer.  They also had gf hot dog and chicken.  

 

The Pistons won and scored over 100 points!!!!

http://www.palacenet.com/venues-events/palace-of-auburn-hills/concessions-1

Happy Thanksgiving and if you are Jewish, Happy Hanukkah.

Gotta go, making my first GF/DF pumpkin pie.  I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks

Lexi

 

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