Who knew one little legume is so prevalent in all of our foods? Next time you pick up a cracker, a package of bread, some chocolate, a granola bar, goldfish, pretzels…. take a peek at the ingredients…chances are you will see the word “soy” or some variation of the word on there.
So? What’s the big deal? Well, nothing until you find out that your 3 year old has a pretty strong allergy to it….
My 3 year old has battled with eczema since she was born. Sometimes pretty severe, sometimes mild, but always there. After visits to pediatricians, dermatologists and applying every sort of skin cream (OTC and Prescription) available, we finally have our answer. Allergies.
I suspected so much a while back when she got a mild rash after eating some peanut butter (which I immediately cut out of her diet along with all other nuts) but my first visit to an allergist proved useless. The skin test came back negative. She showed no allergies what-so-ever. So I spent the next year continuing my search to end her awful, itchy skin condition.
A few weeks ago, I decided to take her to a different allergist. Aside from my gut telling me that the first test could not have been correct, we’ve been wanting to get a pet for the girls, so I
wanted needed to know for sure if she had any allergies. This new allergist came recommended, has been in practice for over 30 years and is a on the board of directors of Allergies & Immunology at a respected local hospital. I told him my previous experience and he wanted to do an entire panel on her back to see what would come up, …well…I don’t know who was more shocked…me or the Dr.!
I don’t know if you can see from this photo, but some pretty serious welts appeared within minutes. As it turn out she has significant allergies to….cats, dogs, mites, mold, tree pollen, fall pollens, plantains, histamine, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and SOYBEAN.
I left the doctor’s office in shock and relieved to finally have an answer…along with a prescription for an Epi pen – lucky me.
What I didn’t realize at that time was how our eating habits were going to be significantly altered with this new found knowledge.
Forced to read labels now, I soon found that soy is pretty much used in almost everything…especially processed foods. This is a soup label…..
Now what? Well….at first I was extremely overwhelmed, but after sitting on it for a while and doing research, it really isn’t too terrible…actually, it is going to force us to make better choices about what we put in our bodies.
- My entire family will be cutting out most processed foods (which I’ve been wanting to do for a while anyway)
- We will be making our own bread (which the kids prefer)
- Snacks will consist of mostly fruits and vegetables
- Desserts will mostly be home-made, not store bought (terrible, right?)
- We will all become vigilant label-readers
- I will be packing lunches and snacks for all outings.
- Birthday Parties will be the most difficult….since most store-baked cakes contain soy, I will have to bring a cupcake for her….and pizza parties at places like Chuck-e-Cheeses will require me to bring some home-made pizza too…..
Not too bad….just time consuming – ha….because I have lots of spare time on my hands! Well, it is what it is, and I will find the time and do whatever I need to to rid my precious daughter of her skin issues. Fingers crossed that this will make a difference.
If any of you deal with soy issues, or the like and have any suggestions or recommendations, I would LOVE to hear from you. This is so brand new to me and I am trying to learn as much as I can about it.