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My daughter woke us up this morning, excited for “Cheese day”. Our Naturopath advised us that 2 slices of cheese with each meal 3 times a day (for 3 days) is the correct amount for testing dairy. We bought 2 kinds of organic cheese for testing: pre-sliced mild cheddar and a block of mozzarella. We melted 1 slice per meal over pasta or potato, and she wanted to just eat the other slices by themselves. She was so excited this morning, she was giddy. It has been about a year since she has had any cheese. My husband talked with her this morning about how we need to watch for energy or emotional reactions today, and so after breakfast she let me know she felt great, and right before dinner said, “I know you want to know how I feel, not how excited I am, but how my body is feeling from eating cheese, and I want you to know my body is feeling great.”

We spent most of our day out in the sunshine, and it’s been a while since we’ve done that, so I wanted to make sure she wasn’t dehydrated. I had her drink 2 glasses of water with dinner. After dinner, in the bathtub, she started crying. The initial reason was that her brother picked a “movie” from a stack of DVD’s she selected to watch tonight – he picked Charlie and Lola, which is quite tame and she said she doesn’t like it and feels very frustrated and sad that she doesn’t know why, even though she put it in the pile for him to pick from. Then she said she was crying (which she still was) because she misses her protein powder because it makes her body feel good (we aren’t taking it because her cheese consumption covers her daily requirement of protein), then said her tummy was hurting. She started coming up with non-cheese related excuses why this could be. Too much water too quickly. Too much to eat. Then I talked with my husband, and we did the same thing. Too much sun today, not enough sleep last night. Uh-oh. I know it’s possible (I mean, I think it’s possible) that her tummy could be hurting from trying to process cheese for the first time in a year. Also, from drinking too much water too quickly. But honestly, if I had to guess, I would say this is definitely a food reaction, since her temperament has been fairly even for weeks (although, come to think of it, she did have a giant tantrum last week that is completely out of the ordinary for her). But the emotional reaction of crying in addition to her upset stomach makes me wonder if tomorrow we are going to start seeing some physical reactions to cheese.

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I’m planning to wait out week 5, since my daughter had another rash breakout a few days ago. I’m not sure what was the cause, but it might have been something from a party she attended. She received and used a Tootsie Roll flavored lip balm with ingredients too small to read, and I’m wondering if that was the cause. She also had some green peas (from her restricted list) that day, and some non-organic potato chips (other than being made from non-organic potatoes, they were safe). In any case, I am most comfortable waiting out this week before testing cheese, of all foods. It’s the one food that appears to have caused most of the initial damage to my daughter in terms of physical reactions, and I really need to make sure she’s reacting to it when we test it, and not something else, like lip balm.

My daughter asked me to make more Wondie bars for this week’s breakfasts, and as much as I truly love them, I think I’m ready for a break and something new for breakfast. I looked to The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen for something new, and picked Raspberry Scones. It did require a trip to the grocery store for xanthan gum, different flours and shortening (Spectrum Organic palm oil), but I decided I should really start buying these items since it looks like we could be eating this way for quite a while, perhaps through the summer. We used coconut milk and skipped the vanilla. These turned out so delicious! I think they are the most decadent treat we’ve had so far on the ED, and I think anyone, restricted diet or not, would enjoy these. The whole house had a nice raspberry coconut smell.

raspberry scones

My daughter was excited when she learned we could eat shortening, as that means we can try making tortillas, one of her favorite foods that her grandma taught her to make. I tried one batch with brown rice flour that didn’t have very good flavor, then tried another batch with gluten free all-purpose flour, and that batch was pretty good, although I never quite struck the right balance between too dry (crack when rolled out) and too wet (stick to the counter when rolled out). I’ll post the recipe once I find the right balance.

We stacked macaroni and cheese sauce (for cheese), mashed potatoes and pinto beans on top. I think avocados and a side salad would have been a nice addition, but my daughter wasn’t too interested in either of those. All in all, a successful day!

tortillas

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