My son has been gluten free for almost a month now. The changes in him have been astounding, and can’t be dismissed by my *wanting* him to improve.
Here are some of the changes:
- Marked reduction in verbal tics. Even my husband noticed this.
- He has lost 2 full pants sizes. TWO! This is due to him losing his bloated abdomen. This particular thing happened within 3 days of going GF
- He isn’t constantly hungry. By hungry, I mean starving and eating inappropriate things like dry Raman noodle packs, sleeves of saltines, entire packages of cheese sticks or whole boxes of cheese crackers. He would actually steal these things and carry them upstairs to eat.
- He is so much more calm, it seems unreal. He can sit at the dinner table with us, he is decorating his room, and wait for it….he is emptying the dishwasher every morning with only minimal (age appropriate) complaining.
- Zero hair plucking, skin picking, agitated fussing and general high anxiety issues.
- There are a few more bathroom issues that you probably don’t need to know, but finally all is well in there too.
- It’s been a complete transformation for my child.
I believe it is an intolerance and not a true allergy-an important distinction in my mind. This makes it much less of a challenge for cooking. I do line everything with parchment, but don’t feel buying a complete set of cookware to keep GF is necessary. So far it hasn’t been much of a change other than bread-he is eating Rudi’s Original but it has to be toasted. I use GF flour mix for pancakes and used it to thicken our gravy for chicken dinner, and made blueberry biscuits with it. The GF Bisquick is not too bad, but you would never be able to afford feeding the family with it. I had to buy 2- 1lb boxes to make 1 batch of biscuits for my crew! Bob’s Redmill has GF oats and a GF mix. The oats saved me, my son has to have his oatmeal and no bake cookies. I made a widget to show you the things that I have used over the past month. Most of these were just experiments. I am going to be making my own GF mix of course. I just can’t leave my son’s diet in the hands of a food manufacturer.
I have added a new page for STORE. This is where I will be adding Gluten Free foods as we try them, homeschooling odds and ends, and of course my books as they become available. All are purchased through Amazon.
Also, here are a couple of coupons for GF foods found in the grocery store.
- $0.75 off Pillsbury Gluten Free Refrigerated Dough
- $0.75 off 2 Betty Crocker Ready to Spread Frosting
- $1.00 off M&M’S Chocolate Candies Harvest Blend
- $0.50 off SNICKERS or MILKY WAY Brand Bites (only Milky Way Midnight or Caramel are GF)