Sunday, July 11, 2010

Food - Always keeping me humble

Today, we thought we weren't doing very badly. We were eating foods that we thought were safe, the kids were doing okay.

Then we let my son have some tea - cammomile tea. Loose leaf, so no gluten issues with the tea bags, but after the tea, my midget starts having a case of the crazies. Terribly upset for no reason, won't sleep, angst driven - the exact opposite response you might hope for from tea.

And after a quick check for ingredients, we find out it contains oatstraw. Also known as groats. Also a possible gluten contamination issue that no one seems to be able to agree on, especially if you react to oats. We don't know if he does yet or not, as we haven't let them have oats yet.
Poor dear. I feel so guilty! Darn it.

Honestly, I wish we had more information. What little I could find was very contradictory and leaves me feeling, as I often do, like I'm going to have to abandon the food until I can figure out what the real story is over the ingredient. Another research project, here we come.

Sigh, guess it's another one for the 'live and learn' column. Somehow, I wasn't expecting such a long column over the last year. :-P


  1. Heather heatherebee@blackberry.sprint.netJuly 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    I've just read your entire blog, start to finish. We should put our heads together to commiserate sometime... it all sounds the same!
    My kids allergies are harder to pinpoint, but I am the one with no food. The ups and downs of gluten, corn and everything allergic and trying to feed kids with different allergies. It's a tough world. I am also environment sensitive and one of those "rare" people who do react when we supposedly should not. Well done and I will be back to read more!

  2. Very nice to meet you, Heather! It's lovely to get to know someone else who is going through this insanity, too! Sometimes feels like it must be a movie where someone is about to leap out and tell us it's all just a bizarre dream, eh? ;-)