I realize I’m guilty of not updating here as often as I wanted to. For the past few weeks I’ve been planning and organizing an elimination diet for us- eliminating: gluten, casein, yeast, corn, soy, tomatoes, eggs, and maybe nuts. It’s only for four weeks and I need to remind myself of that almost every hour. I hope it isn’t long-term although it very well may be, but for now, I need to just get through the upcoming four weeks.
Breakfast at home, lunch in school for the kids, snacks in school for the kids, and dinner at home. The grocery store, health food store, and Amazon has seen me more than anyone else the past few weeks (and my credit card too, ouch!)
We have plenty of rice, quinoa, brown rice noodles, and potatoes for dinner side dishes. We have stashes of gluten-free, organic cereals for breakfasts and rice milk containers waiting for THE day to arrive. THE day starts this Wednesday! Am I ready?
I’m still figuring out a gluten-free, egg-free, yeast-free bread. I came across a recipe which sounds fairly simple, and I plan to experiment with it tonight. I hope it will be good enough for sandwiches for the kids’ lunches in school. I have a few different types of gluten-free flours sitting around waiting to be used. Oh, and of course the Egg Replacer, ground flaxseed, extra applesauce, extra rice milk, and ripe bananas, all for replacing eggs in recipes.
For snacks I bought: rice cakes, baby carrots, potato sticks, and mini applesauce cups. I’m also relying on lots of raw fruits and veggies, breakfast cereal (above-mentioned) in a baggie, and homemade cookies and muffins (gluten, egg, soy, corn, yeast free, of course).
I know I didn’t mention proteins and fresh produce, I’ll buy those as we need it.
Now, at the end of last week I noticed a tweet from SensorySmart, mentioning this book:
I read it cover-to-cover over the weekend, and I have to say it is an astonishingly good book. I knew a lot of the information already but the book organized it all for me so I can see now very clearly what I’m looking at. It confirmed for me many of my suspicions, such as: constant stomach-aches may very well be from gluten! Eczema is usually from eggs, tomatoes, and dairy! and many more.
One of the best parts (for me, of course) of “What’s Eating Your Child?” is the section on sensory processing disorder. After reading it over and over, I suddenly know what to do for my son. Late last night I ordered the proper vitamins online and today I finally ordered the Learning Breakthrough program.
Before I read the book, I thought that perhaps I was wrong for doing an elimination diet. It showed me though, that I am exactly right on track. So here I am, gearing up for four weeks of diet change, getting ready for the withdrawal symptoms (which are common when eliminating gluten and casein), and wondering what lies ahead on this small journey.
I’ll be sure to update about our gluten/ casein/ egg/ yeast/ corn/ soy/ tomato-free adventures.
Any advice is welcome!