k1ttehn (k1ttehn) wrote in allergy_recipes,

Allergies and cost


Just been searching LJ because I need some help. My mom is allergic to wheat, dairy and yeast, and although I've not been tested I know that I feel a lot better when I elliminate or at least drastically reduce the amount of wheat and dairy I eat.

Mom and I are both overweight (I'm about 28 pounds overweight, mom more so) but my mom refuses to eat according to her allergies because she says it's too expensive. I'm concerned about the long term effects on her (and my) health in the long term so wanted to ask how you guys deal with the cost of eating according to your allergies?

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Where is she shopping? Many things that are wheat and/or gluten free are now available at many grocery chains, and while they are a bit more expensive, it's not excessively so. Dairy free, soy and rice milk are both available widely now, and if you buy the larger containers or two packs, they are inexpensive, also. Rice milk also stores well (the use by date is usually a year out at our local store, and it can be stored at room temperature) so we buy extra when there is a sale. If she prefers ready-made mixes that does get more expensive, but if she's willing to make more things from scratch she can keep her costs relatively comparable to a 'typical' diet.

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This. If you can cook from scratch what you would normally buy prepackaged, you'll save loads of money.
Cutting out dairy and wheat completely is going to cost a bit more, and completely replacing your pantry all at once is quite expensive (I know, I did it. And then discovered I don't have a gluten intolerance after all!)

But cutting them down can cost you nothing if you replace as many things as possible with cheap alternatives, eg wheat pasta with rice or potato (rather than the somewhat more expensive gluten free pasta), dust your patties with rice flour, sorbet instead of icecream, corn tortillas instead of wheat, drink your coffee black etc. I try and make my party food gluten free for my gluten-intolerant friends and it's not too hard for most dishes.

Eat more naturally gluten/dairy free dishes (yay asian and south american food! But use tabari not soy sauce)

Replace packets with the gluten free alternatives as they run out. Cornflour, cocoa, and baking powder are all just as cheap gluten free.
Thanks, appreciate the comments.

We just shop in an ordinary supermarket. She's not a big fan of cooking from scratch to be honest, although I really am and I'm quite happy to help out with the cooking.

Alias_sqbr - really like your tip of cutting down slowly rather than replacing everything at once. I'm going to see what dishes we can do with rice instead of pasta. I'm a big fan of asian food ( rice noodles nom nom! )however mom's more of a fan of traditional stodge (we're british, if its not hot, carby and stodgy it's not a meal).

I'm working my way up to a proper conversation with her on this, she always gets really stressed out about it though and it just turns into an argument so wish me luck!