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My nephew's allergy test results finally came in. We scratched off everything he shouldn't eat from the list of everything he's willing to eat, and are left with:
     - rice.

There are only so many ways to prepare that.

I'm trying to think what it would take to cook an all-rice pizza. Rice bread is easy enough for the crust. There's probably some way to process rice milk into cheese. We could even construct a box for it from layer upon layer of rice paper. But, when we get to the pizza sauce, I'm completely stumped.

Of course, that wouldn't actually give him the nutrients he'll need to live. So, this may constitute a deeper problem.


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Jul. 6th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
Maybe it's time your nephew learned that whether he's willing to eat something is not important...
Jul. 6th, 2003 06:09 pm (UTC)
from your mouth to god's ears to my nephew's mouth.
Some sort of compromise on his part would be nice. As it stands, yes, he'll eventually give in, but until that happens, he'll be miserable for hours on end because he's really hungry, and he doesn't understand why the rest of us are keeping him from everything he wants. This leads to late dinner, which means he won't actually sleep until way past his bedtime, which means he's twice as irritable when the cycle repeats a day later. It's not fun for anyone involved.

In the meantime, his old diet hasn't killed him yet. I'm perfectly okay with him going back to it at this point.

(My view is short-sighted, though. My nephew's autistic, and they're hoping that addressing these other problems will help to change his condition. That's worth doing in the long run. But if it doesn't work, the strain this is causing will have been a frustrating pointless sacrifice...)
Jul. 7th, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: from your mouth to god's ears to my nephew's mouth.
Autism does complicate the issue. I have to admit that I don't know much about its effects. However, if this process better teaches him his role as a child (that is - you don't get everything you want), then I don't think you could consider it a waste whether it helps his autism or not. (I'm trying not to sound like an uncaring disciplinarian here, but I'm not sure it's working...) Anyway, I think just making the effort shows how much you all care about his health.
Jul. 6th, 2003 04:05 pm (UTC)
SeonSaint wanted to ask if there's any citrics he can have? How about vinegar? Because you can then do a thicken rice mixture to serve well enough as a sauce.
Jul. 6th, 2003 04:05 pm (UTC)
SeonSaint just said he wasn't sure how well vinegar would do with rice...
Jul. 7th, 2003 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you've got a bit of an adjustment on your hands here. I can understand, I have the food allergies from hell too. If you let me have the list of things he -can't- eat I might be able to help out with some stuff he might be able (and want to) eat, since my diet is largely, yes, rice and rice/soy/etc. products.
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