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Gluten Free and Siblings

I have always dealt with food issues. It has not always been gluten, but growing up I had multiple issues with various foods that affected my family when I was a child.

Growing up my family ate a lot strange foods, and missed out on many foods, because of me. One of my sisters hated this fact and for years made known all the things that she missed out on because of me.

It was not really in a mean way, but a matter of fact way. She was not allowed some of her favorite foods because of me.

This made a big impact on me once my own family started dealing with gluten free and other food issues. I knew there would be changes in our family. I knew my son and husband would have to make sacrifices because my daughters and I were eating gluten free.

And to a point I think this is a good thing. Life is about sacrifices and giving to others.

My son has learned some great lessons in putting his sisters first when it comes to his wants versus their food needs, but at the same time I don’t want him growing up resenting the way we eat.

So, I have tried to find a balance, which I will admit is not always easy, but it is something I am trying hard to do.

For birthdays we let my son and husband choose foods they enjoy. Yes, they are not always gluten free foods, but just as we try to make birthday specials for the gluten free child, we also try to make birthdays special for the non gluten free child.

We also keep a gluten filled cupboard in our house and I often let my son choose what goes in it. Yes, he often picks something not so healthy like a sugar filled cereal or a package of cookies, but this is our way of allowing him some of his favorite treats to enjoy and it has worked well for us.

What tips do you have for dealing with gluten free and siblings?

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Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

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  1. No siblings to worry about here but if there were I’d feed them all the same. I know that not everyone is gluten sensitive but I really don’t think it is very healthy for anyone and certainly not a necessary part of the diet. Every family has to find what works for them, though.

  2. we are all making the change as a family – no allergies that we know of, we are just making a lifestyle change:) i don’t know how we’d do it if one person had to eat differently than the others!

  3. Both of my boys are gluten-free, but my younger son is dairy-free. But, we have regular milk, cheese, and even chocolate for my older son, so he doesn’t feel like he’s missing out. And, of course, my younger son has his own milk, cheese, and chocolate that’s safe for him, too.

  4. Bonnie B says:

    We have some of these issues with our daughters eating gf but not the rest of us. I started cooking double of everything, but more often now I just make gf for all.

  5. Natalie says:

    Thanks for the ideas! Gives me some food for thought! (lol)

  6. We have gluten-free foods and gluten-full foods. But to be honest, my oldest son likes the gluten-free foods the best. And we are all trying to eat healthier by cutting down on bread and pasta and eating more whole foods, which makes life easier for all of us.

  7. Melanie Casey says:

    My son has eosinophilic esophagitus. It is referred to as “The Mother of all Food Allergies.” He was on an elemental diet (Neocate formula) to clear out his system. Then we began food trials for foods he did not test positive to. It’s been a long road, but his issue started really at birth, so we actually had to do psycho therapy to get him to not be afraid of food and even eat, then OT to learn how to eat. This is all he knows and all we know. So I guess I’ve always been a short order cook for him. Other than not using dairy, egg, wheat, soy or not products in meat and vegetables, we always had what we wanted; he had a safe alternative.

    I am now Gluten-free and mostly dairy free because of GI issues (not his EoE) and problems with fibromyalgia. It has been a fairly easy transition. It is surprisingly harder to avoid gluten in prepared foods and medications than my son’s multiple food allergies. We all are eating healthier, but my husband and other son still get their breads and dairy and my younger son and we have our alternative.

  8. Catherine says:

    I’m gluten intolerant so my kids have a strong chance of inheriting that from me. Although I don’t completely ban gluten from their diet, I try to feed the whole family the same as much as possible, which of course means they end up eating mostly gluten free.

  9. Jeannie Parker says:

    Great pointer and things to remember. Thank you.

  10. Angela says:

    This is great information and you are right, everyone needs to be able to eat “their” thing once in a while. In addition to going gluten free, my daughter chose to be vegetarian, which has caused our family to make a few changes. Sometimes we eat a completely vegetarian meal and sometimes I make something vegetarian just for my daughter and the rest of us eat meat. It helps to balance things out and I enjoy the lighter meals when we nix the meat as well as the gluten.

  11. I only have to worry about myself and I am newly diagnosed so the problems I have been having is not getting upset when those I am with are eating gluten and I can’t have it

  12. We only have the 2 of us so we eat the same things. Do not want to make 2 meals.

  13. Holly Bensing says:

    I am dealing with that as well, my GF eater is 6 and my wheat eaters are 3 and 9. My poor girl is also Dairy free, like myself, so finding treats for her is hard, especially with the other two able to eat things like ice cream and other treats!

  14. I am a short order cook for breakfast and lunch, but dinner is almost always GFCF and we all deal 🙂

  15. Colleen M. says:

    I am the only one in the family with allergies – gluten, dairy, soy, and peanut so my family isn’t quite ready to give up their favorites. As someone else mentioned, I feel like a short order cook and I generally eat my meals after I serve everyone else. Although, thanks to your terrific recipes, I try to make a dinner we can all enjoy, but it isn’t always easy when they are used to so many of their favorites. I wish I had the confidence to bake more, but I am a bit reluctant.

  16. Hubby is the one with a GF issue, but we decided as a family to make the change together to avoid the “that’s his diet” vs. “our diet” issue.

  17. Rebekah Shaver says:

    We are all Gluten-Free (except for Daddy when he is at work) at our house, but my oldest son age 7 and my daughter 5 are SOOOOO good about making sure our 2 and 3 year old boys only have GF snacks are church.

  18. Since I’m the gluten-intolerant member of the family, as well as the main cook, everyone else is dependent on my diet unless I purposely cook both…which I do. The best help, though, is having a separate cabinet for the gluten-y bread, crackers, snacks and cereal. They can always help themselves to their favorite things without involving me.

  19. I find it easiest to keep our kitchen filled with foods everyone can enjoy. The added of stress (while my kids are so young) of worrying about a flax seed getting loose or a cracker being snuck isn’t worth it to me…yet! it sure would be nice to save some money on groceries though for those who can eat whatever!

  20. Give all children special treats…not around food.

  21. Very valid concerns! I’m guessing I’m not alone when I say that I get so focused on the gluten free diet that it’s easy to forget about the importance of your gluten eating children’s diet. We mostly eat gluten free at my house (except when my husband and I stand at the counter with our backs turned to the kids as we sneak gluten containing food. Lol) My children are all 5 and under. My daughter is the oldest and eats gluten. My sons 2 & 4 have Celiac so they are gluten free. We have one shelf with some gluten containing items. My daughter chooses some gluten cereals but mostly snacks on gluten free foods. She has the opportunity to eat gluten containing food at school or other social events. I often make a big deal about how great the gluten free food is, or make gluten free cookies, brownie-cupcakes, etc to make it exciting. Gluten free food is never off limits to anyone so usually my children just want to have the same thing and eat gluten free together.

  22. I am the first to be CD in my family, I’m in my 50’s. Learning more and more of this disease everyday. I know my granddaughter may have it too. She is very short for her age (40″ and 8 yrs) and very bad teeth. But her mother thinks I’m crazy in suggesting that I have her tested for CD. And for that the mother is not talking to me. Even when I said it’s genetic. So whenever any grandchildren come and visit, they eat what I can.

  23. Angel R. says:

    No siblings here. As a family we all eat GF at home, but not when we go out to eat (which isn’t often). Our son is happy with GF food from “the red bag” that goes everywhere we go.

  24. My oldest son (23) and I were diagnosed last year. I have two other boys (21 and 19). Part of our family tradition is for the celebrant to pick a restaurant to eat dinner at. Initially it was hard, as we tried to navigate restaurants that were totally uninformed and unable to handle our needs.

    For my middle son’s college graduation dinner, he went out of his way to CALL a few restaurants ahead of time and make sure they could accomodate us. WOW!

  25. Cindy W. says:

    Great discussion.

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