About The Freak Food Gourmet

Welcome! My name is Jaime and it is my goal to help those with multiple (or even just one!) food allergies to learn how to cook and bake without ‘normal’ ingredients.

After a prolonged illness, I was finally given some answers as to why I was so sick when I was diagnosed in 2006 with multiple food allergies. My immediate first thought was, “What in the world will I eat?!?”  So I set about on an adventure to learn how to prepare foods that were not only allergy free but delicious as well.

My husband,best friend and gluten free guinea pig. He’s my biggest fan and I’m kinda crazy about him too.

After getting a hold of the basics, I began my alternative food blog in 2007 with the hopes that I could share my recipes and also gain wisdom from those who had been in this thing longer than I had.  It has been quite the fun adventure!

I moved my blog to WordPress in 2012,  and am in the process of transferring recipes from the old blog to this site. All recipes, unless otherwise noted, are my own creations.

I welcome you to leave comments on the recipes you try and let me know of any improvements you made!

Four out of the seven of us are allergy freaks. Yes, all five kiddos are ours. And, yes, the blonde one too.

Four out of the seven of us are allergy freaks. Yes, all five kiddos are ours. Yes, the blonde one too.

Join me as we show the world that you can make food without the traditional stuff and make it taste just as good…or even better!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 07:55:08

    I like your fat cat 🙂 And that is the exact allergic reaction I have to food!

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  2. lindsgiles
    May 10, 2013 @ 21:17:22

    Just stumbled upon your blog while looking up recipes on Pinterest. I’m interested in knowing how you knew your kids had allergies? So far we think my 11 month old has allergies to soy, dairy, eggs, bananas, and avocados. She got super bad gas and was very colicky when I would have dairy while breastfeeding and when she switched to formula at 10 months (soy) she would throw up after each bottle. With all these foods she will get a red bumpy rash on her stomach when she eats them and pretty soon afterwards. The doctor said it was just eczema but I’m not convinced. Any experience you have would be much appreciated. Thanks so much!

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    • Jaime: thefreakfoodgourmet
      May 11, 2013 @ 09:40:00

      We were tested using the Elisa method that is offered through Us BioTek Laboratories. You can google them for all the information. I like that test the best as it measures the allergen reactions over a period of days rather than hours.

      A cheaper way to go about it is to remove the foods you suspect. Then after a month, introduce one food at a time each week. Watch diligently for any intestinal distress, rash, etc.

      Bananas and avocados are a pretty common allergen (I am allergic to bananas and Haas – the large – avocados. I can have small avocados, though. So weird.) Soy is pretty much poison here in the United States (genetically modified and ‘soy protein isolate’ is actually a chemical) so the less of it she eats the better! Dairy and eggs usually cause eczema, rash and intestinal discomfort. If I eat chicken eggs, I get a rash. I can, however, consume duck eggs with no reactions (different protein composition).

      My dermatologist told me my rash was “just eczema”. I only get it when I eat something I’m allergic to, though. To me, it’s a sure shot sign.

      The encouraging thing is, if she has a sensitivity to these foods and you eliminate them early enough in her life, she may outgrow them or be able to have them in small, infrequent quantities when she’s older.

      While I have Celiac and will never be able to ingest gluten, my sons are not Celiac, but gluten intolerant. If they eat too much, one twin gets brain fog and the other gets sick. But they can have small amounts throughout the week. They are now 17 and had been entirely off gluten for about 7 years. They still have to watch what they eat and how often, but at least they can have a little here and there.

      If you do remove the above mentioned foods and she is still having issues, I would remove all gluten for a few weeks and see if there is any improvement. Our food these days is not the same food previous generations consumed. I think that’s why we have so many ‘food allergies’. It hasn’t stayed the way God made it – it’s been ‘redesigned’!

      I hope this helps to answer your questions! Have a blessed day!

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  3. lindsgiles
    May 11, 2013 @ 15:52:44

    Thank you so much for all of the information. I have been thinking that maybe gluten was upsetting her stomach. I think we will be going gluten free for a bit to see if that helps. Really, thank you SO much for your information and I look forward to trying out some of your recipes. I will let you know how it goes!

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    • Jaime: thefreakfoodgourmet
      May 12, 2013 @ 15:03:46

      You’re welcome!

      I checked out your blog and, oddly enough, it looks like you live in or around Boise. Small world – I live in Nampa. 🙂

      The best places to shop locally for allergy free food is Natural Grocers on Milwaukee by Barnes & Nobles. There is always Whole Foods downtown, but that is pretty spendy, as is the Co-Op. All three places are like Disneyland for Food Freaks!

      Let me know what happens with your little blessing. I am curious to see if she feels better after food eliminations. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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      • lindsgiles
        May 12, 2013 @ 16:24:02

        Yep we are in Southeast Boise! How funny that we are so close. We live super close to Whole Foods and frequent there once a week. It’s so dangerous! lol We call it “Whole Paycheck”. I have been wanting to check out Natural Grocers and will have to do so on my next shopping trip to compare prices.

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