Gluten Free New Year

It’s been a while since I discussed August and his general wackiness. Following the advice of many of the lovely people who read this blog, I decided that we were going to change his diet to see if that changed anything. The first thing I decided to eliminate was gluten. I did this mostly because my husband eats a very low-gluten diet naturally, so I thought it would be the easiest transition. Well, I gradually eliminated things and finally got him gluten free and we were going strong for a couple of weeks.

He started making some serious improvements. He started saying “mama,” pushing a ball back and forth, and he seemed to have a longer attention span. I wasn’t sure what the cause was, but one of his therapists said, “just keep doing what you’re doing.”

Well, at a Christmas celebration my husband gave him a handful of pita chips to keep him quiet.

The following days were not good. No babbling, spinning in a circle, and withdrawn.

He’s gradually pulling out of that funk, but it is a sloooow process. It took him seven days to get “mama” back.

Looks like we’ll be gluten-free for the foreseeable future.

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  1. I want to squeeze him! (of course I won’t really because that would be weird). I had some gluten free crackers recently. They were pretty good. I’ll see if I can find out the brand.

  2. While I don’t like the relapses, they are good to know you are on the right track. We do Feingold and I have been to relaxed need to be strict again.
    My poor Max’s legs are very bad with excema we may need to try the gluten thing too or have him allergy tested which he will hate…
    He is very adorable.

    • I think the eczema, food sensitivity, hyperactivity, etc are all linked. Some people are thinking it’s related to inflammation. I don’t know, but I do know that I like my kid better without the gluten.

      My friend has a kid who is allergic to a lot of things–she has him tested a few at a time to cut down on the suck factor.

  3. I’m totally perplexed as to what it is in gluten these days to create such a reaction. I would be more skeptical if I had not witnessed the HUGE health improvements with my daughter when she went gluten free. Oddly enough, when we had a chance to travel to Europe (before she was gluten free), she experienced the improvement in her health the same as she experiences now being totally gluten free. It really makes me wonder if we have genetically screwed up our wheat here. This all makes me so very sad.

    • I do think that genetically modified food stuff are part of the problem. Most things with wheat also contain corn and corn is genetically modified for the most part. Really, I think we just mess with our food too much which is bad for their developing digestive tract and then we have to treat it really delicately.

      I sure am opinionated, huh?

      • So this is kind of nuts. I looked into how we have genetically modified wheat and it appears as though in the process we have new gliadin proteins present, such as the Glia-alpha9 sequence in most modern wheat. This gliadin protein binds to the opiate receptors in your brain. Yikes!

        Ok…so I’m thinking our whole family is going to go as wheat free as possible!

        • I really have no response to that except HOLY CRAP!

          Sorry for the outburst–I’m just so surprised about all the junk in our current foods.

  4. Poor little guy! I’m glad that gluten free works for him :)

    • Yep! Of course now I’m wondering if he’d do even better if I cut some other things out as well.

  5. Some good GF resourses Living Without Magizine, ANDI(autism network for dietary intervention), Along Came the Bird(a blog by Lana Rush whose 5 year old daughter Lily has autism and is GFCF)

  6. Wow, it’s amazing to me that you can see SUCH a change with just that bit of adjustment. I mean, truly! But it makes sense. I just keep wondering, what ARE they putting in our food these days… UGH.