How Do You Feed A Family With All Those Restrictions?! A Weekly Menu Plan

Anyone else feel like this? Scratch that, anyone not? 

I thought cooking was an imposition before having a family. Whine. Whine. Boo. Hiss. Now I can’t get around it to save my life, and I have to do it while navigating the minefield that is dietary restrictions of my household. Katie’s food sensitivities (the results of her allergy test are due any day now so this list will change), hubby’s recovering diabetes – almost recovered! – and possible sensitivities (waiting for results too), my newly found sensitivities, and the cat’s food issues. Yes, I said cat.

We got George the Lady Cat a year ago. She’s 12 years old, and I could tell she suffered from food allergies. She got uber cranky when you touched anywhere near her belly, was quite overweight, had a bad dander problem, and shed in clumps. Her kidneys were also showing signs of malfunction. Her previous people are totally in love with her so she wasn’t neglected, just another victim of SAD (Standard American Diet). Pet food is an area I don’t even want to delve into on here. Suffice it to say it’s horrid. In the last 5 years, I have had a ferret and two cats pass away from kidney disease and have quite a bit of experience with it and the cause of much of it. I changed her to a real food diet within the month. There is also the added bonus that Katie’s no longer allergic to anything in her food. I still have trouble getting her to I find it impossible to get her to eat offal and anything raw but she LOVES her bone broth. Her diet mainly consists of poultry, occasional pork, decreasing amounts of fish as she reacts to certain ones, and lots of bone broth. She is allergic to eggs and beef and won’t touch any type of milk product, raw or pasteurized. She’s my picky child #2.

Hubby will eat just about anything. He’s always been a good boy like that. As long as he doesn’t have to cook it, he’s game. He doesn’t have the restrictions that he used to now that his diabetes is almost healed and is able to eat some fruit and most sweet vegetables without problem. Now that his pancreas is healing, I see other signs of dis-ease surfacing more strongly. Taxed adrenals, darker under eye circles, worsening skin conditions, lack of patience, and general malaise. Food sensitivities? I’m thinking so. Oh and it’s Lent so he can’t have meat on Fridays until after Easter (technically Good Friday). As a bit of a side note, hubby and Katie are both Catholic. I am…open to exploration. 🙂 I see the overlapping spiritual truths of the many religions and the shortcomings of them also. On to Katie…

My little miss is our biggest bump in the road when it comes to food. She is sensitive to more foods than I can count (hey I went to public school; what do you expect?), or possibly components of them like sulfur or oxylates or fructose or a hundred other things. The most obvious signs now are bellyaches, bloating, eczema, pilaris keratosis (bumps on the back of the arms) and behavior problems. When she is not reacting to foods, she is smooth, soft, and sweet as honey. She is normally a great eater but needs variety to keep her happy like her daddy and turns into picky child #1 when constant bellyaches become an issue. She doesn’t want a food after it hurts her tummy. Who could argue? We began the GAPS diet last April to correct this issue and are still plugging away, quite imperfectly I might add.

Most of my posts to this point have been about my issues, so I’ll be brief with my issues. I am recovering from a dairy and sugar addiction, anxiety, skin issues like acne and rashes, moodiness, brain fog, tendinitis/joint pain, back pain…I’m sure there are others I missed but you get my drift. No major illnesses to date. I recently completed an allergy test that shows enough food sensitivities to convince me a rotation diet will be beneficial to all of us.

Why did I just tell you all of that? That is the background of why menu planning is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. EVER. In case that wasn’t bad enough, I try to buy locally and seasonally as much as possible and almost exclusively buy organic. We are under budgetary constraints as we continue on a GAPS/primal lifestyle, so this week I decided we were only eating what we already had in the house. No more quick jaunts to Whole Foods to grab last minute meals or snacks if I was too tired to cook what was here or even figure out what to cook. Enter the menu plan and corresponding headache.

This is nothing fancy. No links to recipes, ingredients, or explanations of what we’re eating. It’s just my outline on what to cook. If I can keep this up or if anyone’s interested, I can make this a regular feature and go all professional on it with recipes and the like.

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You will find a couple of grains on here, because they still make it into our diet on occasion. It’s most often done when I don’t feel well enough to cook and Katie is refusing everything in the kitchen.

5 thoughts on “How Do You Feed A Family With All Those Restrictions?! A Weekly Menu Plan”

  • Hey, my story & my 3 year old son’s story are almost identical to your’s and your daughter’s stories! It’s amazing how the internet can bring such peace of mind and the feeling that “I’m not alone” in this journey to help heal my son of his food sensitivities/eczema and mine as well! I have spent hours making meal plans (GF/DF/etc.) to keep out all of the foods we are trying to avoid (same as you!) and also I rotate the low possible allergen foods too and would love to give you copies if you would like. I know how helpful it is to have new ideas and a plan! 🙂 Now if only I could find someone going through all of this here in sunny California near me to encourage me & I them:) I feel like everyone I have all of this in common with live all over the U.S.!

  • I’m glad you spoke the obvious, this is difficult. I’m trying to fix food for myself (who is not well), a 5 yr old who just got back her Leap MRT food test, and a 2 year old who keeps getting prickly rashes and scratching. It’s beyond stressful. Most days I just want to throw my hands up. I’m thankful for Leap but that just adds a new eating plan in my house.
    I too am trying to learn and start a rotational diet. The 96hr one.

    • It does get easier. We take breaks now but have been doing this for a couple of years now. It ensures that we vary our nutrients and keeps our immune system healthier, so we can eat a wider variety of foods.

      Best of luck mama!

  • I have been dealing with food sensitivities for years and have tried on my own to figure out how to stop the itching that causes me to sleep with ice on my arms just to keep from going crazy. I saw a Naturopath that suggested I think about “Leaky Gut Syndrome” and working on healing my gut. I am now trying to navigate this rotational diet as my immune system now seems to think everything I eat is a foreign substance.
    I live in Northern California so Sarah maybe we can keep each other encouraged as we see ourselves and those we love healing.
    If anyone has recipes or other weekly meal plans I would greatly appreciate it.

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