When Lila and I were recently in Arizona I received a phone call, “Thomas is throwing-up all over!” The poor boy has developed yet another allergy. Just before turning 11 months old, we found out Thomas was allergic to eggs, poultry, two rx’s, figs and now nitrates. At first, we thought he had a soy allergy…it was the only connection I saw when he would get sick. Never in a million years did I think it would be poultry. I didn’t even know one could be allergic to meat! Side note: When I was pregnant with Thomas, I didn’t eat chicken because the thought made me nauseous. Crazy, right?
The allergies haven’t been too disrupting yet - I know exactly what he eats at all times, we don’t have eggs or chicken in the house, and we also eat mostly whole foods (no boxed, besides a few snacks or frozen foods) so there’s no hidden ingredients to look for. Surprisingly, egg is in a ton of things, cleverly disguised under “hidden” names. You really have to know your stuff when reading the labels. His allergies start to become a real bummer when holidays and birthdays come around. No sweet treats for him, because most are made with eggs. With his allergies there can be no trace in what he eats (and the list goes on and on). I’ve been on the search to find good egg-free desserts that don’t taste like egg-free. It’s been a bit tricky and taken a lot of tweaking, but thankfully I’ve found a few – tomorrow I’ll be posting my recipe for a delicious egg-free banana cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. We have high hopes that he’ll outgrow his allergies, but until then we’re egg-free and proud to be.