It might be a good idea to work together with your son to figure out what he wants in his lunch. He's old enough to be part of the solution. He needs to understand how his body works and take responsibility for making good decisions.
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Luckily, there are massive resources out there for you. Try shopping Amazon.com's gluten free section if your local stores don't carry gluten free items much. They run specials and you can buy in bulk to save money. Also, one of my favorite blogs is:http://www.adventuresofaglutenfreemom.c om/ She is a lovely lady and answers questions quickly. I follow her on Facebook too - she's a great resource. I think she does a weekly menu swap on her blog too so you can start to find other blogs. I find those are the best because you're going to get the same advice over and over and get it down pat, but it's nice to follow blogs that will give you creative ideas and money saving tricks!! GF doesn't have to be expensive, but it can be if you want to go down that road. I'm sure it can be really hard on kids, so at first you might want to get the gluten free bread and send him to school with normal looking lunches. Then again some kids like to be different and I've heard of moms sending them to school with sushi or spring rolls even (if you only use veg they travel well!) I have a blog dedicated to eating GF without all the packaged foods, if I can help out let me know too! I pack myself a lunch every day to go to work, so I've gotten a little creative. http://cocoasglutenfreeplace.blogspot.co m/ I did a food stamp budget project that might give you some ideas too. I can't take credit for the concept though! cocoasglutenfreeplace.blogspot.com/s ea rch/label/Food%20Stamp%20Budget
Good luck and let me know if I can help. I also have a friend whose little boy is gf cf and I'd be happy to ask her for some tips, if you'd like.
There are so many products out there now geared toward kids you should have no problem. Health food stores and larger grocery stores have a ton. Do some online research and I bet you will find a lot of mom's groups dealing with this.
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What a challenge. You can figure this out though. There are heaps of great cookbooks for kids. One I really like is Cooking for Isiah - some great recipes. There is also Gluten free cooking school on line and for a monthly fee you can watch classes, get recipes and get help regarding how to cook gf recipes. All of her recipes have ideas about what to put in/ leave out if you have other sensitivities. So what does he have at the moment? There may be some easy substitutions you could do. If it's sandwiches then find a gf bread he can have. I know some kids who go to school with a thermos with pasta and sauce/veggies, others have gf wraps with their choice of fillings. There is also a Celiacs disease association that has a section on having kids with special eating requirements. I think they are called ROCK. They may be worth a visit on line and maybe they have a meeting in your area where you can meet with other parents who are going through the same thing or have already been through it and will have loads of support and advice. (i am only dealing with me and it's quite different as an adult) Best of luck, come here often and ask questions and get support - there is loads of really helpful people and a wealth of experience to draw on. Rebecca
Good lordy is my head spinning. My 11 yr old son just had blood tests done and his IgG test said he is intolerant to eggs, milk, peanuts and wheat. We have been advised to do a 4 week elimination test. I have suspected peanuts for a while and I wonder if I in fact may be gluten intolerant as well. Eliminating all these things may be beneficial but the wheat thing is soooo confusing. My toughest challenge....what do I send my son to school with for lunches???? Ugghhh
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