I think it is such a shame that to eat healthy, you have to sell your kidney!
I just got back from my weekly trip to Nutrition Smart (my local health food store) and once again have sticker shock. Four bags of stuff is over $200 bucks! Thank God the lady at the register knows me and slips me coupons now and then. The Autism Moms alone that shop there are probably keeping the place open! Granted, I got some supplements as well but seriously!?!
This is why so many Americans eat sh*t food...it's CHEAP!! GF/CF/SF foods are typically produced in clean, dedicated factories to be sure there is not cross contamination with potential allergens. I understand it costs more to produce and manufacture, but I see how people simply choose to shop at Wally World (Walmart). Mass produced food is cheaper and in this economy, every penny counts. I am just starting to get my whopping $204/week unemployment so thank goodness for Visa cards.
I know what my seasoned GF/CF/SF friends are saying..."You have to cook from scratch, it's cheaper" Tried that...no good. My boys have a very selective pallet to say the least. If it isn't the "Fab Five" of food selections, we have a hunger strike on our hands. I love when people say, "When he is hungry enough, he will eat it." Not some kids, I'll tell you that! I have decided to pick my battles and simply make the "Fab Five" GF/CF.
You have to know that I am a die hard foodie! I eat any fruit and vegetable (except water chestnuts...tastes like a raw potato). I love to cook and ran a restaurant for two years. Customers were so sad when they heard I was moving because they would miss my food. Such a twist of fate that I have two kids that are so averse to most foods.
Owen is a tad bit more adventurous, but still limited. Jack, on the other hand, has such sensory issues with food that he will gag at the site of some things. He has even gone so far as to puke where he stood when he saw me eating nachos with sour cream. Now, I have a weak stomach but this guy takes the cake!!
So that being said, I will continue to do my weekly Nutrition Smart runs, selling blood if I have to in order to pay for it. To those who are not trying the diet due to cost, you have to do it! What if it works for your child? Isn't it worth your last penny if it makes these kids feel better? Whatever it takes, right folks :)