Well I myself am gluten free for about 4 years now and about a year ago discovered that my kids do WAY better gluten free. My son has ADD/ADHD/Aspergers type symptoms and we have (other than a short stint) treated it naturally by eliminating artificial anything and then later gluten and sometimes casein (that is HARD!). My daughter is more like me and has celiac symptoms when eating gluten.
The best way to deal with this is to teach them to be proud of being different and healthy! My daughter takes pride in her 'weird' lunches, lots of ethnic food that fit primal work and using a thermos for soups and stews are great solutions. Meat/cheese/pickle (or pepperoni ect.) are great as are salads with meats. Also olives with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes is another great meal. If you can get the 12 year old to eat it then portabello pizzas are awesome, just brush the smooth side with olive oil, remove the stem and fill with pizza toppings. Place on broiler pan and bake in 400 degree oven til hot, bubbly and the cheese is slightly browned. YUM!
Natural pepperoni with cut up veggies is good to, meatballs or any dinner that you have made that is good not hot. Experiment with what can be put in a thermos and see if they have a way to heat things up at school. Meat, veggies and cheese with some fruit make a great lunch. Also smoked fish with cream cheese and scooped up with veggie (peppers or celery). Also you could make eggsalad, tuna fish or whatever like that and put it in lettuce wraps, the first year of gluten free all my sandwiches were lettuce wraps. For burgers you need it as you would normally eat it but no bun and of course a fork and knife.
Hope that helps!!! Echo
Following primal pages and info for about 6 months, tinkered around and didn't fully commit. Been living Gluten Free for 4 years due to severe gluten intolerance (probably celiacs but not willing to let them cut me up to find out!) Primal Challenge '10 is the time, I am ready and raring to go!!
Fully Primal Starting 9/7/10- Weight 197
2 weeks in 9/21/10 - 190