News

This section of the website just serves to keep my regular readers updated on what is going on with my diet and my kids as well as general news items that would be of interest.

shiloh_2013I have been quite absent on here lately...but for good reason!  In the last six months, we sold our house, moved across town while 8 months pregnant, and had a new baby!

Meet Shiloh.  She was born in September 2013 and is my easiest baby yet.  She is such a sweetheart and has been so easy to bond with since she rarely cries unless she really needs something.  Granted, she sleeps in my bed or in the Moby wrap...but that's by choice.  :-)  (as a side note, Shiloh was born at a birth center and has only woken once/night to eat since the day she was born!)
If you want to read a fantastic book that helps you figure out what food issues your child might have, I would highly recommend reading "What's Eating Your Child" by Kelly Dorfman.  I read it cover to cover and learned so much from it.  It has really propelled me into a search for what diet is best for our family.
I followed that book up with "Suicide by Sugar" by Nancy Appleton and am currently reading "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" by Natasha Campbell-McBride.  Next on my list is "Primal Body, Primal Mind" by Nora T. Gedgaudas.
I don't know where all this reading is going to lead me but I think I am ready to go there.

whatseatingIf you want to read a fantastic book that helps you figure out what food issues your child might have, I would highly recommend reading "What's Eating Your Child" by Kelly Dorfman.  I read it cover to cover and learned so much from it.  It has really propelled me into a search for what diet is best for our family.  

I followed that book up with "Suicide by Sugar" by Nancy Appleton and am currently reading "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" by Natasha Campbell-McBride.  Next on my list is "Primal Body, Primal Mind" by Nora T. Gedgaudas.

I don't know where all this reading is going to lead me but I think I am ready to go there.

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Do you ever get down in the dumps when you think about what your child will be missing on their birthday because of their allergies? I used to feel that way but anymore, I really try to just make the best of it. As evidenced by each of my kids' most recent birthday cakes, food allergies don't stop me from making it fun!

For my daughter's 3rd birthday in March, we did a white cake made of Hello Kitty. She absolutely adored it and it was a far cry from the sweet potato/banana mash she got for her first birthday!

For my next daughter's 1st birthday this month, I made her her own white cake and then made everyone else a marbled cake from white cake and chocolate zucchini cake. I had to decorate it with her most favorite thing ever: cows! "Moo" after all was one of her first words.

And for my son's 5th birthday also this month, I made him chocolate zucchini cupcakes with rich chocolate buttercream frosting. I topped that one off with a chocolate coin for his pirate themed party.

Recently a friend made an acquaintance the white cake from my website for a little boy celebrating his fourth birthday who had never had a cake before. His mom cried as he got to eat his first taste of cake. That is so heart-warming. It doesn't have to be that way...I hope you all are adventurous enough to try some new recipes so that your babe can experience a bit of normalcy in the food world.
1000I have been waiting for this day for a very long time and it finally happened and it passed me by!  I didn't realize that I had finally hit my milestone: 1,000 recipes!  Can you believe it?!  I have made (with the help of my contributors) 1,000 different recipes in the last almost three years.  That's pretty much a new recipe every day.  Hope you have enjoyed trying them out.  And I hope that the site makes your mothering just a little bit easier.
kaylaI would like to introduce you to my vegetarian, world-traveling sister, Kayla (our newest author!).  Kayla has been to all the continents except Antarctica and is a very adventurous eater.  She is a vegetarian and loves to cook creatively.  She currently lives and works in Brighton, England as a mechanical engineer.  Next stops may include India and/or Australia.  She is constantly cooking up something new in the kitchen and so lovingly shares it with me to share with you!  I know some of you will love her fresh inspiration particularly with vegan and raw foods.
Intolerant Offspring is two years old!  Can you believe this site has been up that long?  That means if you have a two year old with food allergies, you potentially could have had this resource the whole time your child has been alive.  I sure hope the site is helping people.  I don't get it updated as often as I would like due to having three little ones...but I will keep on trying.  Until then, I hope you check us out on facebook and continue telling your friends.  The more people who have access to the recipes, the more motivating it becomes for me.  Happy Birthday, Intolerant Offspring!!
Intolerant Offspring can be a great resource for finding recipes as long as you know how to maximize your search results.  If you are wanting to do something more than just browse, you can make good use of our "Search Recipes by Multiple Allergens" with the following information:

You can search for any combination of keywords, categories, and tags.  

If you have a particular thing you want to make such as "cookies", you can type that in the keyword and then check all the allergens you are avoiding.  Or maybe you want to make something more specific like "sweet and sour chicken".  Just type that in the keyword and then check all the allergens you are avoiding.

You can also search by an ingredient you want to use.  Let's say I want to make a main dish that contains spinach but that does not contain eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, or treenuts.  I can type "spinach" into the keyword, check main dish, and then check all the allergens except "wheat-free".  When I search, I come up with two pages worth of ingredients.

Or let's say I am cooking a full meal.  I want to make a main dish, side, and dessert that is free of the top 8 allergens.  I can just check "main dish", "side dishes", and "desserts and snacks" as well as all the allergens.  Everything that meets that criteria will come up.  (And as of today, there are 34 pages worth!)

Happy searching!
VioletWe are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Violet Grace.  She was born on June 6th and weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz.  At 4 weeks, she already weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz!  Thanks for all the congratulations I have already gotten.  

The big question: does she have food issues?!  Well, I think so.  I already eliminated all of my other kids' allergens from my diet so she does not seem to be reacting in the same scope as the other two did.  She does, however, soak several burp cloths daily with her spit up.  She has major reflux and we recently put her on prevacid to try to help keep her milk down.  Doing laundry on a very daily basis does remind me of old times with my first though!

Food allergies or not, I am just so excited to have a happy, healthy baby who sleeps well and eats well.  She is already a joy and a perfect addition to our family.  Her story is still unfolding.
We are having a baby in just two weeks!  It is exciting and also a difficult transition to get back into "the diet".  I started the diet about 2 weeks ago and have already made several mistakes.  In just 6 months or so, I got used to not reading labels that carefully and just putting whatever I wanted to into my mouth.  It has been a bit of a sad time to eliminate so many things from my diet especially when going to get togethers and such.

HOWEVER, I am super excited about the things I did to get ready for this baby.  I had a marathon cooking day where I cooked several things to help me when the baby arrives.  I didn't want to make a bunch of full meals, knowing that there is a chance that this baby has even more allergies and intolerances and that I wouldn't be able to eat the meals.  Instead, I did a lot of prep work.  I made 8 lbs. of pizza dough, browned 8 lbs. of ground turkey and elk, made 10 lbs. of potatoes, 8 lbs. of yams, 4 lbs. of meatballs, and 6 batches of rice.

I also made several desserts and sweet breads that I thought would freeze well so that I would have plenty for breakfast and to snack on in the weeks to come.  I made chocolate banana bread, banana bread, coffee chocolate chip banana bread, double chocolate zucchini bread, and cinnamon zucchini bread.  For my sweet tooth, I made neiman marcus cookies, milano cookies, no bake cookies, thumbprint cookies, vanilla bean icecream, and banana sorbet.  I won't have to do much baking in the first two months of the baby's life which will be great since it will be summer time! 

There are so many things to anticipate with this baby: when it will come; if it will be a boy or a girl; if it will be blonde, brunette, or red-headed; if it will have food allergies; etc.  Needless to say, you may need to use past recipes of mine because there probably won't be a whole lot of updating come June.
Wow...a main dish recipe for every day of the year!  I have been waiting to get to the point where I could actually say that there is a different main dish on my website for every day of the year.  Now, of course everyone's allergens are different and not everyone likes the same things so you most likely will not cook every recipe on my website...ever.  It would literally take years probably.  Overall, there are close to 800 recipes.  My next big milestone with be 1,000 recipes and that will be quite a feat! 

I am due for our third baby in just 7 short weeks and I have a feeling it's going to be crazy around here.  I am prepared to figure out what allergens this baby has and am determined to breastfeed again.  I am hoping that I do not have to go on a super-extreme diet without some of my staples like wheat!  I am even searching for some grass-fed beef to avoid the corn and soy in the meat since Korina did not do well with beef.  Only time will tell with this baby but for now, I am going to continue to enjoy my binging on icecream and egg casseroles for the next three weeks!
I am in a rut.  I feel like I have a pretty good excuse...we are expecting baby #3 in June and I have just been so sick.  Needless to say, I don't feel like cooking and when I do feel like cooking, it is not always what I had planned.  And experimenting with new recipes?  Have not done that much lately.  I have made some new recipes here and there (which I plan to post soon!) but mostly I have been using my own website for some old standbys.  Hopefully with over 600 recipes, you can always find something good to try that fits your dietary restrictions.  And hopefully after the first trimester I'll feel more up to cooking new things. 

Until then, I would love for you to send me recipes you have that are great for people with food allergies!  It gets a little tiresome to scan through cookbooks and all over the internet looking for new foods to try when you really don't feel like making anything at all.  If your family has a favorite, I'd love to try it and post it on the site.  Think of all the other moms you'll help!  :-)
Happy 1st Birthday Intolerant Offspring!

Today, Intolerant Offspring is one year old.  I am so glad to help those of you who frequent the site for recipes.  I would love to hear from you for any suggestions of improvements or things you'd like to see on the site.  Feel free to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

garden1We have our very first garden this year.  It is a modest one at 8x8.  We are growing red, orange, and yellow bell peppers; cherry, heirloom, and big beef tomatoes; and zucchini.  Lots and lots of zucchini.  So far, I have shredded 10 cups worth and have at least that amount waiting for me on the vine.  And it's only the beginning of the season.

Why does this matter?  Expect to see lots and lots of recipes containing zucchini!  I just hope you have some in your garden too.  If you don't have a garden, at least it is cheap at the grocery store.

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Cars Birthday CakeWe recently celebrated our son's third birthday!  I cannot believe he is 3 years old and that I have unintentionally been in the world of food intolerances for just as long.  

When Ryland was just a few weeks old, I complained to my pediatrician that my son was not sleeping and was always fussy and spitting up.  She told me that he is a baby and babies don't sleep much and he will outgrow it.  She gave us some medicine for reflux.  At one month, she suggested I cut out dairy.  At each subsequent visit to the doctor, I said "he still isn't sleeping and he is still fussy."  Maybe she thought I had new mommy syndrome and was overreacting.  Finally, I demanded to see the GI because something was definitely wrong.

At seven months old, I took Ryland in to GI to see what was up.  They then suggested he could have MSPI (milk soy protein intolerance) and that I needed to cut out a whole list of ingredients.  Little did I know, I was not fully avoiding dairy and I certainly was not avoiding soy.  The doctor suggested that most babies outgrow their intolerances by 1 year.  The countdown was on!

It has been two and a half years since that visit and we are still living with food intolerances.  While we are very lucky that MSPI is all that he has, it amazes me that he is still so intolerant.

After an unsuccessful soy trial last summer, we went on Neocate Junior for awhile.  He hated it!  We decided about 6 months ago to try raw cow's milk and it went great!  He was able to handle the raw milk just fine and quickly put on 6 pounds which was huge for us.

In just the last couple of weeks, we have been trialing pasteurized dairy in the form of icecream and cheese and so far so good!  Ryland is tolerating all of the dairy just fine.  It is amazing to be able to feed him some fattening dairy-laden products.  To be honest, I don't know (or care) if he tolerates soy.

I thought I'd put some pictures of his fun birthday cake up to show that birthdays with MSPI can still be fun!  I used my recipes for wacky cake and chocolate buttercream frosting.  Click to see them larger.

If you're dealing with intolerances past 1 year of age, my heart goes out to you...hang in there.  Eventually these little ones do get better and you can enjoy a bowl of icecream with yours as well.rylands3rdbday2


Babies are so confusing!  My daughter is now 15 months old and is teething, not sleeping well, and has mucusy stools, all the while I am trying my best to introduce foods to her diet and my diet.  She cannot be figured out.

We saw an allergist a couple of weeks ago and he tested for milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, almonds, pecans, corn, wheat, and oats.  I thought for sure she was allergic to almonds and eggs so that is what I expected to hear.  They poked her back and we waited in the room to see what she would react to.  Other than the control spot, only one spot was getting really red.  I peeked at the paper that listed the allergen codes and it was a shocker...peanuts!  Of all the things, that I did not really expect.  I had taken peanuts out of my diet when she was about 2 months old due to mucusy stools.  Regardless, her two year old brother ate peanut butter sandwiches all the time and I can't always keep his hands off her and she had never had a reaction.  The doctor came in and told us that she had a "severe peanut allergy" and that we needed to have a nut-free house.  Sure, no problem.  Let's just take out a staple of my low-weight two-year-old's diet.  But of course that is what we did because we love our little girl and don't want to see what a peanut reaction might look like.  The allergist did not have tests for several other things she is at least intolerat to: apricots, prunes, coconut, etc.

We have another appointment with the GI doctor on Monday who will decide if she needs a scope.  I suspect a gluten intolerance but like I said, babies are confusing so who knows?!
jennajenkinsWe are so excited to announce that we have a new contributor to Intolerant Offspring!  Jenna is a newlywed who loves to experiment in the kitchen making all kinds of new recipes for herself and her husband.  She lives in Florida and will be able to add a fresh spin on the recipes you see on Intolerant Offspring.

Korina Eating Birthday CakeOur baby turned 1!

For weeks leading up to Korina's first birthday, I stressed about what to do for a birthday cake.  For the average one year old, you just go to the bakery and pick up a cake and feed it to them.  For the food intolerant kiddo, things just aren't that easy.  

Korina fails many of the solids she eats and we weren't even close to introducing wheat.  She had only passed a few fruits and vegetables and had failed rice, one of the less allergenic grains.  There was no way I was going to stick a wheat cake in front of her.

Korina Eating Birthday CakeSo while I pondered what to do for a cake, I kind of stumbled upon an idea.  I had made a side dish called Whipped Sweet Potato and Bananas and I realized that with some modifications, this would make the perfect cake.

I mashed some sweet potatoes and roasted banana and put it into a ramekin overnight.  The next day, I popped it out and frosted it with homemade buttercream frosting.  I know most kids only eat the frosting but it felt so much safer knowing that if she did dig into the cake, it would be safe for her to eat.

Korina Eating Birthday CakeI hope that for those of you with food intolerant babies, you can rest assured that your baby will still get to eat a special birthday cake...it just may not look like what you're used to.

So yesterday I had a new experience!  I thought I'd try out a new baby food on Korina so I chose apricots.  Not too long later, she had broken out in hives!  There were red patches all over the back of her neck and some on her legs.  Previously to this, neither of my kids had ever had a systemic reaction to any food.  I thought all we were dealing with was intolerances.

Now that I have seen the whole hives breakout, it makes me a little more cautious of what to feed her next.  Since apricots are related to tree nuts and other pitted fruits, I feel like I have to be extra careful with her.  It also explains why whenever I ate almond butter months ago, she reacted to it.  I am also wondering if we are now more in the realm of food allergies than intolerances.

I don't know much about food allergies other than just pure experience.  I haven't done as much research as many other moms have about food allergies or intolerances and I have been mostly going on a trial and error basis.  Sometimes I worry that the more research I do, the more complicated things will become and the more confused I will be.  So for now, I am just going to keep moving slowly with solids. So far, I know that she does okay with sweet potatoes, pears, and blueberries.  She does not do well with prunes or rice.  Everything else is kind of up in the air.

I am currently off of milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, corn (I have only eliminated corn, corn starch, corn syrup, and caramel color), and seeds (sunflower, flax, pumpkin).
So about three weeks ago, I started a raw milk trial for both myself (and 9 month old) and my son.  A friend from a listserve I am on told me about raw milk and directed me where to go to get it.  We drove about 30 minutes to a farm outside of Omaha and got a gallon of this raw milk.  I started with just 4 ounces for each of us on day one.  No throw up...so we went to 8 ounces on day two.  No throw up again.  I had my fingers crossed because Korina should have started reacting if she was going to, I thought.  Back last summer when I tried a soy trial on Ryland it took a full six days of drinking soy milk for him to react, but when he did it was full-force tummy issues.  After a week of no reactions on Ryland I was hopeful.

After about a week and a half, both Ryland and I were drinking about 18 ounces of raw milk each day.  Korina then began to not sleep too well...waking every two hours or so at night and not napping during the day.  It was a fail.  She cannot yet tolerate milk...at least in that large of quantities.  I was very excited that she did so well though!

As far as Ryland goes, about two weeks into the trial, he got a rash on his bottom and hands.  It seemed not to bother him at all and he was otherwise doing fine.  I have trouble thinking outside of the food box, so I was only attributing the rash to the milk.  It could be the dry weather or the fabric softener I used on his underwear accidentally.  Regardless, he gained two pounds last month...which I attribute mostly to the milk.  So far, I am considering this a pass.  As long as he is gaining weight, not vomitting, and has a non-irritating rash, we are going to continue giving him the milk.  I'll keep you posted!
Now that I have experimented some going Wheat-Free, I have learned that a lot of recipes can be made wheat-free with just minor modifications.  Most baking recipes can be made wheat-free by using oat flour or a gluten-free substitute.

How to make Oat Flour:  In a coffee grinder, grind old fashioned oats until the consistency of flour.


Gluten-Free Flour Recipe:

3 cups white rice flour
3 cups tapioca starch
2 cups arrowroot starch
1 cup potato starch
3 Tbsp potato flour (optional)

Stir all ingredients together in large bowl. Store in airtight container. Use for cakes and muffins. Stir or sift before use.  This flour mix can be substituted 1:1 for wheat flour in recipes. It works well for things like cakes and cookies. Add a 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum per cup to each recipe.  (From Kids With Food Allergies)
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