A few weeks ago I introduced you to one of my sons and his journey with ADD. As I mentioned in that post, we made a few changes to his diet to help alleviate his symptoms. First, we took him off his medication and we also removed gluten and dairy. Today I am writing to update all of you on how things are going.
I will say that removing gluten, while scary and overwhelming at first, was really easy to do. Fortunately he eats lots of things, so he hasn't missed sandwiches at all. Foods with gluten in them are easily replaced with alternative ingredients. He enjoyed the grain free pancakes that I would make at home and buckwheat pancakes discovered at a restaurant!
I will say that eating out at restaurants can be challenging at first, but he is pretty flexible. He was able to get his cheeseburger – he just ate it without a bun and he was happy.
That being said, my boy missed dairy. He LOVES cheese. Pizza is easy to do without gluten. But hard to do without dairy. He didn't miss milk so much, but he really wanted some cheese.
He was patient. He knew that he would get it again, so he was willing to wait a while.
I will admit I didn't want to tell him that he may NEVER have it again based on how he did. I am sure the possibility of that would totally overwhelm him.
The two weeks since the elimination diet started have been amazing. We have a different child. Happy and lovely to be around. He does what I ask of him without a struggle. He and his brother get along. I don't think they have had a single fight for 2 weeks. His anxiety has all but disappeared. He doesn't seem to be picking his skin anymore, so his wounds are healing. School has been going well. No issues there. Well, other than forgetting his homework – but that has been a struggle since he started 1st grade! 🙂
At the two week point we decided to give dairy a try. I wanted to do it on a day that he was home so that I would notice any obvious changes. He has been “back on dairy” for a week and so far it is going well. I haven't noticed any major changes. The real test will be in the classroom. I don't know how long I will keep gluten out of his diet before adding it in for a trial. Probably at least 2 months, maybe more. Definitely after the Holidays (which will be REALLY hard), but I want to give it a while.
We have a good thing going here. I want to see where it can take us. Bottom line is, something that we are doing is working and we are going to stick with it. I will continue to keep you posted on his progress and any challenges we will face. Also, it is my mission to find and make a killer buckwheat pancake recipe. If you have a favorite, please share!
If you are wondering what gluten intolerance looks like, read 10 signs of gluten intolerance to find out more!