to coconut milk. I love to use it in everything I bake as a non-dairy substitute for milk and sometimes eggs. It is so, so good for you as is coconut oil. It's one of the few foods that has lauric acid, which is fabulous for healing a bad gut (which Celiac's would cause.) Heck, some people have claimed to cure diseases with it. Sadly, here's the problem.
A week or so ago, we took the three year old to the doctor to get tested for the wheat allergy (again), a Celiac panel and oat allergy. He only scored .5 on a scale from 0-6 for wheat and .3 on a scale of 0-6 for oats. The doctor's not convinced wheat's his problem, but he's asked me to keep him on the wheat free diet for 3 months. We've got one month practically under our belt. He did ask me to watch for other allergies.
Here's what I've come up with...coconut and sunflower. Last time I gave him a spoon full of sun-butter, the poor kid's nose ran like a faucet and he broke out in hives. His eczema flares seriously if I give him coconut. Yes, the coconut yogurt he loves may be making his skin worse. That along with everything I've been baking for him (because I keep adding coconut milk.) What a bummer. You see when you have a kid allergic to eggs and dairy AND is failure to thrive, you try to find ANYWAY to get fat into them. Little kids really need it. All the non-dairy milks are pretty much fat free. So, I can't add cheese, cream, ice cream, etc to fatten the kid up. I'm practically down to potato chips and french fries ;-). Okay, I'm only kind of kidding. He doesn't eat much meat. He will eat baked beans. We've cut him off from his 2-bowl-a-day oatmeal habit because of the fear of cross contamination with wheat. He'll eat some veggies and lots of fruit. He would live on boxed cereal if I let him, but that's not going to happen. Against my will, I've been giving in to giving him soy based cheese. I haven't tried tahini yet. That might be next. We stay away from nuts and peanuts because of other allergies in our house. He's eating quinoa about once every two days for variety, although he doesn't like it. If you have any suggestions on other good-fat foods I could feed him, please hit the combox.
So, I'm back to not knowing how to keep this kid on the growth curve. He keeps sliding off...