Do Food Allergic Kids have cravings? Absolutely…everything they can eat! How can you crave something you’ve never had?
Nat is allergic to Peanuts, Eggs and Milk. I’ve had people tell me “Oh, I bet it’s miserable not being able to have chocolate or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup”. Well…how can you miss it when you’ve never had it? She’s never had pizza or chocolate pudding or a milkshake. At this point, if she were to grow out of the milk allergy, I’m wondering if she would even attempt to drink regular milk, or eat mashed potatoes, or try mac n cheese. Yes!! Hard to believe, but she’s never had mac n cheese. I’ve tried many vegan version’s, but they were no contest to the real thing. She could barely get through the first bite before she was pushing it away.
Back to those cravings, don’t be surprised when that craving suddenly stops. Our daughter can eat Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Popcorn and has indulged in it for years. It became her snack of choice. However, she suddenly just didn’t want it anymore. I had to regroup and find a few other things she could try or at least get a taste for when she wanted a snack. It throws you off completely. I’d been getting the popcorn from Walmart where we do most of our grocery shopping and sometimes (just sometimes, imagine that) they would be completely out of it. Well, when it was in abundance on the shelf, they would suddenly be completely out again because I would clear the shelf. You do that a lot with a food allergic child. When you come across something they can eat and love, you tend to purchase the whole lot so you don’t run out. It’s not like they have a booming choice of any and everything on the shelves. Anyway, so here I was with cabinet full of Orville Redenbacher’s Natural popcorn that she just didn’t want anymore. But how can you blame them. When there’s only a few choices they can have and have eaten it over and over for years, you tend to understand why they would suddenly want something different.
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So, should we scold her for suddenly not wanting a particular food anymore? Sometimes we want to, but more often we don’t. We certainly don’t want to spoil her to say that she gets any food she wants whenever she wants, but we do tend to feel that she deserves a little more sympathy to that matter than non-allergic kids may get.
In the end, I suppose we should just be grateful that they are healthy and thriving on whatever food they are craving that week. 😊
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