A few weeks ago we discovered that Courtney is allergic to sugar. That means no sugar, no brown sugar, no corn syrup, and no high-fructose corn syrup at all. And boy were we surprised at how many foods have one of those four kinds of sugar in them. We’ve come to the conclusion that if it is edible, it has sugar.
She tends to get hives and, if the quantity of sugar is high enough, her throat starts to constrict. We’re still trying to figure out if this is a temporary thing, which I originally suspected simply from the speed with which it came on, but we are resigning ourselves to a permanent change in our diets. We also discovered that sudden allergies like hers aren’t really all that uncommon.
I’m doing my best to support her by reducing my sugar intake, but there are still moments where I have a spectacular failure. I have noticed that the effect sugar has on me is more pronounced now than it was even a few weeks ago, and we’re also learning that most of what we loved is still available in modified forms.
But the biggest struggle has been finding a way to get around both of our sweetner problems: Courtney can’t have the real stuff, and I get really bad eczema with the fake stuff. Answer: Honey of course.
Anyway, we are looking for sugar-free ideas that you may have. Particularly, we want cakes and cookies, both things that we love and will sorely miss.