|Archie, Sonia and Sarah Soultanian, New Jersey 1944|
As if being sick wasn't hard enough, when you have food allergies, some of the typical "sick day" foods you grew up eating and drinking may be off-limits. When I was a kid, my mother would give us warm orange juice for a sore throat, Saltines for an upset stomach, and popsicles after vomiting. Some families swear by warm milk in the evening for little ones having trouble dropping off to sleep, while others like to offer honey for coughs. Our pediatrician recommends Jell-O as a great food item for sick kids.
In our house now, we have two boys allergic to oranges, three boys who can't eat gluten, and two who are sensitive to corn (making corn-syrup-based icy treats and Jell-O a problem). I love to drink tea, especially when I'm sick, but now I can't have it because it's not only on my allergy list, but it appears again on the list of mold-containing foods I'm supposed to avoid -- a double no-no. All five of us are off of dairy, and if we were serious about being vegan, we'd avoid honey (but we make an exception for that one). Remember the BRAT diet? Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast? No, yes, no, no. So that means we can only eat rice??
What do you eat and drink in your house when someone is sick? Have you found any great allergy-free substitutes for those traditional food remedies? Please tell us what you do ... between the five of us we have three asthma coughs, two sinus infections, two sore throats, one pulled back muscle, and a nasty eczema flare-up. (Looks like we're in for a fun weekend!)
Shared with Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFLGINS and Pennywise Platter at Nourishing Gourmet and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop and Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager and Anything Goes at Bacon Time.