After 4 months on the Biomed journey, one of the recent changes has been changes in tastes.
At first our son refused to replace dairy with rice milk, but when on holidays he had some rice milk made into a hot chocolate. I started to make my own drinking chocolate mix which is equal parts pure cocoa powder and icing sugar. Then one day about 2 weeks ago he asked for a bowl of rice bubbles (I get pure rice puff from a wholefoods store) with rice milk. Since then they are the default answer for “I’m hungry”. He is also drinking rice milk by the glassful. By using the rice milk with 300mg of calcium per 250mL, this means that if I track how much rice milk he has during the day, I don’t need to supplement as much calcium for him in his evening meds.
Spring onion dip used to be a favourite around these parts until going dairy free. Our son loves dips so I tried to introduce hommus but he wasnt’ a fan. Salsa was ok but not a huge hit. Yesterday for some reason I bought a tub of hommus dip – and he ate almost the whole 200gm tub! Today I thought I’d push my luck with eggplant dip and he is currently ploughing through that. I think I need to buy more rice crackers (we find Sakata plain ones good but some kids do react to them)
When I was looking for the eggplant dip today, I found a range of suitable dips by Yumi Seafoods. I can see us working our way through their range. Even their creamy ones are gluten and dairy free mayonnaise based. I must check what type of oil they are using in their mayo first to make sure its not soy or corn oil. I am presuming that its canola as that is what is used in their mayonnaise but that is one thing I’ve learnt – presume nothing.
Another improvement that has come along without us specifically addressing them is nail biting. our son was getting bad at nail biting, often biting his nails until they bled. I tried the yucky nail polish but that didn’t work. About 3 weeks after starting biomed I noticed his nails had grown long and I actually needed to cut them! I hadn’t cut his nails for about 2 years but now I need to cut them every week or so.
Hair washing used to be a real trauma. The thought of getting bubbles in his eyes prevented me from shampooing his hair for a couple of years. We relied on plain water washing his hair in the shower. I must admit that plain water did do an alright job but sometimes it did need something a bit more to remove the build up of skin and oil on his scalp. It wasn’t long after starting biomed that I was suddenly able to wash his hair. We get him to hold a flannel over his eyes just in case but at least now its easy.
One thing that I’m sure will have improved is his reaction to swimming. He loves the idea of it but I think its a combination of putting his head in the water and the sensation of semi weightlessness that holds him back. I can’t wait for warmer weather to get back to the pool.