When our son Nathan was first diagnosed with multiple food allergies, life was overwhelming. What can you feed a child that can't eat wheat, eggs, milk, soy, spelt, rye, peanuts, tree nuts and a list of other staple ingredients?
That meant no bread or baked goods, crackers, cookies, pasta, pizza, fried foods, cheese, yogurt, butter, and certainly no PB&J sandwiches!
Not only could he not eat those foods, but we had to diligently read every single ingredient in every single food we bought to make sure it didn't contain things like "whey" or "caramel color" which translates to "milk" or "barley". We had to make sure the foods we bought didn't "contain traces of peanuts" or that they weren't "produced in a facility that processes peanuts or tree nuts". One wrong turn could quickly land him in the emergency room fighting for his life.
How would we feed him? How would he get his calcium? And even if we made everything ourselves, how do you make a loaf of bread with no wheat flour, eggs, soy or milk? How do you fry foods when almost every oil has soybeans in it, and you can't use flour or eggs? Would he ever get to experience "normal" kid foods like mac and cheese or chicken nuggets? What about birthday parties? He would never be able to have birthday cake. How could something like this happen?