Oh sweetie, I completely understand. My daughter (4 yrs) and I are both gluten-intolerant, allergic to dairy (casein) and allergic to soy. In addition, I'm following Weight Watchers and my daughter isn't just a picky eater, she doesn't like to eat much of anything!
The best advice I can give is to:
1. Have some simple healthy snacks you don't have to "make" or "cook" in order to satisfy immediate hunger like peanuts, apples w/ peanut butter (Smart Balance is soy, dairy and gluten free), celery, raisins, pickles, sliced turkey and ham (wrapped around a pickle is great!), etc.
2. Be flexible about options for dinner and not so hard on yourself. For instance, last week TWICE I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner and just stopped by the grocery store and bought something on the fly. One day I bought scallops (I had never COOKED scallops ever before) and the second time I just happened to run across a sale on King Crab legs. (I bought 6 lbs and had never cooked crab!) A quick search on the internet revealed how easy scallops were to bake and the pre-cooked King Crab legs went from frozen to wonderful (even without dipping butter) within just a couple minutes in the microwave! Ahhhh. Also, remember you can FREEZE meats... so buy porkchops, chicken, fish, etc. and freeze it. Then, "making" something isn't as hard.
3. Reward yourself and your family with some simple desserts! For example, grate apple, heat in microwave with cinnamon, raisins and Splenda. I also use sugar-free jello with fruit -- or even applesauce as dessert.
4. Make a rule that what's for dinner is for dinner. Your husband needs to be understanding and so do children. I have gotten to the point with my daughter that she goes to bed without supper if she doesn't eat whatever I fix. It's worked! When she's hungry... she eats!
5. Try to cook one "new" meal a week... before you know it, you'll have lots of meals you feel comfortable preparing and shopping for! I love the internet. I just google something I have a taste for along with "gluten free" and I can usually find a recipe I have the ingredients for on hand.
Hope this helps!!
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