We are introducing eliminated foods to Ada, now that we are pretty sure, as is the allergist, that Ada doesn’t have actual food allergies but is very super sensitive to gluten, or even less likely, that she has some other GI issue going on that is mimicking food intolerances.
I was really jonesing to try rice back in, because I really miss my carbs and they help me to feel full. I think my body is doing well on a high protein and vegetable diet– almost like a paleo-type diet, but I want my carbs. I was almost afraid I myself was reacting to the rice because I missed it so badly. I think I may have some blood sugar or carb issues, especially since I crave baked goods a lot, get a tad shaky after not eating for a few hours and low blood sugar is pretty common in my family. Nothing that I’m worried about, just that I think I do better with high protein.
So anyway, we reintroduced rice Saturday and I didn’t get food-triggered migraines, I wasn’t irritable, no side effects for me. Yes! And the great thing is, once I had it, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I haven’t had it since because we need to wait a few days and see how it affects Ada, and its all good. Sometimes I guess you can build something up in your head to be more important than it is.
What I really miss is the biscuits and muffins I make with rice flour. But I’ve been using teff, which is my second choice. I think that probably just reinforces that for me it’s a carb issue, not a rice issue. I can eat tons of carbs at once and the more I have them the more I want.
But I was happy that once I cut the strings I felt better. Potatoes are the same way for me and we haven’t reintroduced them yet. But I’ve found that rutabegas and turnips, cut and sliced thin and round, roast up quickly and really fulfill that potato-carby need, and they have a lot less carbs in them than potatoes. Low-carb websites can give you information on which veggies have less carbs.
So on to the important one! How did it affect Ada? Eh, the jury is still out. Her constipation returned. She didn’t go to the bathroom for three days. I finally got her going every day and not running away from going to the bathroom after eliminated rice, potatoes and chicken, and I thought it was the chicken.
But we have good reason to retrial the rice, because we ate at my in-laws house the next day and their house is bread-heavy to say the absolute least. I have to wipe down the tables before Ada eats, but there are still bread crumbs on the carpets. We have long thought that their house may explain some of her minor sympomatic days, like the little rashy bumps on her back and what appears to be GI pain– hard to tell since she doesn’t talk enough yet to described those details.
The rice passed through her system yesterday. I was discouraged that she remained constipated but more so that she got her rashy bumps and tummy ttrouble. Constipation can be a symptom of gluten, or it could just be that rice is not a great food for her particular body. But rashy bumps— sigh, clearly a reaction.
As I talked to Payman about though, we realized we have to be scientific. I have been accused of treating my kid like a science experiment for figuring out the foods that bother her, right? And turning insults into productivity is all you can do in this life.
So the rice wasn’t the only variable, my in-laws house was variable number 2. When we eat rice again, we will make sure not to eat at the in-laws house, or sadly even play there, for at least a week. This is detective work, science experiment, becoming in-tune with your child, being an over-obsessed mom– whatever you want to call it, if you are going to do something, do it right and be sure.
I think most people reintroduce a food three times before making any concrete assumptions, just in case. Because a reaction once could be a fluke or cross-contamination or a germ or what have you. We also went to a La Leche League playdate this week, yet another variable (but I did watch her pretty good and wash her hands a few times).
Anyway, long story short, we are going to strongly limit going to my in-laws house right now, especially within the three day period of introducing a new food. I have a feeling the bumps were not from the rice. I think the constipation may be, but Ada seems to associate going to the bathroom with discomfort, and who can blame her, so rice may be a once a week or so food, coupled with lots of communication and understanding to help her go when she needs to go.