Well, it’s been a full year gluten-free. We have had many moments where it truly seemed that it was working, helping, or whatever. A moment came, back in the fall, when we felt like “checking” to see if reintroducing would make a difference or not. Within one week, bad behaviors were ramped up significantly and he was completely out of control. His stomach seemed to be suffering as well. So we went straight back to cutting all gluten (which supposedly takes about 6 weeks to fully remove for your body).
Fast forward to now…there have been several “slip-ups” where he’s gotten some regular food item (and I am pretty sure that he was being given regular snacks at his summer camp), so it seemed like as good of time as any to dump the diet and see what happens. It has been a full week, there have been no dramatic changes in mood, actions, vocabulary, or anything else for that matter. So maybe we are ok. It would certainly help our budget to not have to buy specialty foods!
Oh my, am I overwhelmed! We’ve been toying with the idea of GFCF (Gluten Free, Casein Free) for a while. We have pretty much determined that we don’t think a casein/dairy elimination would make a huge difference, but that the GF would be easier to try out first.
“Easy” obviously needed to be in quotes. I started by making a list of all the items my son actually does eat that contain gluten. Next, I started some light researching to see if I could find substitutes for all of those favorite things. So far, I haven’t found good subs for all of them, which makes me a tad nervous.
I found GF food lists online for stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and thought I should actually set foot in those stores to see what’s what. Holy smokes! This is going to be a crazy expensive transition. I definitely need to search out more and even check our “regular” stores since so many do offer specialty items now. But for the meantime, I grabbed a few things to have the kids test out. We’ll see how it all goes!