By Kristen Chandler
Celebrities sometimes seem larger than life. Even the reality television stars, whose lives we get a closer look at, often seem to live in another world. So, it’s nice for us “regular” folks to see photos of these famous people grocery shopping in their sweatpants or playing with their children at the park. Then we can relate to them. And then, when they share their personal struggles, they’re even more relatable. Some of these celebrities even struggle with food allergies and sensitivities. For Kourtney Kardashian, food allergies changed the way she handled her and her children’s diets after finding out that they all have several food sensitivities.
Kourtney’s food allergy experiences aren’t exactly recent news, though. When he was around 11 months old, Kourtney’s son Mason gave the family a scare when he had an allergic reaction to peanut butter. According to Kourtney, Mason ate a small amount then immediately threw up and broke out into hives. He was later taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released. He then was placed on a peanut-free diet.
It is unknown whether or not Mason outgrew his peanut allergy. It’s also unclear if Kourtney Kardashian or any of her crew have severe food allergies; however, she revealed on her website that they do have several sensitivities. After being evaluated by their doctor through muscle allergy testing, Kourtney found out that she and her three children (Mason, 6, Penelope, 4, and Reign, 20 months) all have sensitives to dairy, gluten and corn. While food sensitives and intolerances are not the same as food allergies, they can cause health problems as well as significant discomfort. They can also worsen over time, and you may one day find out that a food you’d only been sensitive to in the past could now cause an allergic reaction.
Kourtney Kardashian responded to the news of her and her children’s food sensitivities by placing them all on a gluten- and dairy-free diet. She did consult with her doctor before making this change, saying she took the decision very seriously. Kourtney has also said that, while she tries to keep her kids on track as much as possible where their diets are concerned, she does allow them to have special treats on occasion. Earlier this month, Kourtney posted on her website: “I have noticed a positive change in behavior with my children when we stick to a gluten- and dairy-free diet.”
While there has been some criticism about how Kourtney Kardashian handled her family’s food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances and her dietary changes, it’s not uncommon for people to try elimination diets when they have been diagnosed with or suspect a food intolerance or sensitivity. Last year, my son had several symptoms of gluten intolerance. After consulting with his doctor, I decided to try him on a gluten-free diet for a while and also started him on a probiotic. Once I cut gluten almost completely out of his diet, I noticed a big change. I eventually worked some gluten back into his diet, but whenever I notice his symptoms creeping back up, I cut the gluten intake down again.
So, while Kourtney Kardashian may not be able to relate to us food allergy moms as far as severe allergic reactions go, between Mason’s past reaction and their family’s combined sensitivities, Kourtney has had her share of food allergy experiences. She shares her experience with her decision to become a gluten- and dairy-free family, as well as some of her favorite gluten- and dairy-free foods and occasional recipes, on her website.
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