Monday, September 28, 2009

Dietary Tweaks


Early this past summer we discovered two of our children have dietary sensitivities/allergies. Special K is highly sensitive to food additives such as artificial flavorings, colorings, and certain preservatives. We went through our cupboards and eliminated any culprit foods and restocked with natural alternatives. To say her behavior improved after implementing the dietary changes would be an understatement. The results were drastic and immediate. She became calmer, was able to focus better in school, and was more emotionally appropriate. We also noticed that if we slipped up or allowed her to indulge in "no-no" foods, even just a small amount, we'd see immediate results that were of the undesirable type. For the good and sanity of all, we've been pretty strict about her diet.

At the beginning of this school year, Special K had a morning that left me ragged and wondering if we would make it through the rest of the day. She spent much of the morning throwing a tantrum in her bedroom and my nerves were shot. Then she ate lunch. She had a peanut butter sandwich and some fruit. From lunch on, she was an angel. I realized that she hadn't had any protein for breakfast. Protein seems to be a key here, and so we've added scrambled eggs or slices of ham to her breakfasts. Success again. She's doing wonderfully and serenity prevails.

While potty training Lil' Wingnut, we discovered our little guy has an issue with milk. Over the summer we eliminated all cow's milk from his diet and within three weeks his issues resolved. I've had to become pretty creative with the menu around here. The little guy just absolutely loves cheese and ice cream and many other milk products. We've found suitable substitutes for ice cream and have discovered all sorts of cheeses made from goat's milk that Lil' Wingnut can not get enough of, and have worked fairly well in certain recipes. He wasn't too thrilled with drinking soy or rice milk straight, but I have been using rice milk in cooking pancakes, waffles, etc., and it bakes up very moist and a bit sweet. I came across goat's milk at Trader Joe's last week and thought we could give it a try. Lil' Wingnut is hooked. I actually have to hide it in the back of the fridge, as he'll down an entire carton of the stuff if he sees it. Goat's milk is not cheap, at nearly $4 a quart, so it will be used sparingly.

I never thought I'd have to worry about food allergies in our children. This has been quite an adventure and learning experience. I have newfound sympathy and respect for folks that have trod this path before me! I'm so grateful I've been able to come up with solutions for both of our sweeties!
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3 comments:

Tonya said...

We have a friend here who has goats. You can get 1/2 gallon from them for $3. You might look around and see if there is a small farm willing to sell goats milk to you. In some states it isn't allowed, so you either have to figure out a way to get around it or just buy it anyway. The other benefit to buying from a farm is that it is also unpastuerized. (sp?) Then he gets the beneficial enzymes too. Worth doing some research!

Katie said...

I can back up what Tonya said, unpasteurized cow's milk can have the same effect as goat's milk with kids who have milk allergies. It is illegal to buy and sell in MD, but there are ways of getting it.

I had difficulty with J and his behavior. I found that it was directly linked to what he ate for breakfast. As long as he gets a healthy breakfast with protein, he is fine. If he only gets cereal, watch out!

Mary @ Cheerios said...

This is so intersting! I wonder how did you find out? throuh blood work? or just eliminating certain foods? Did you do it all at once or little by little?
i wonder if we should try it over here. I may be interested in seeing the result!
Oh, good idea about watchiing out for the 'cereal only breakfast'- You gals may be onto something!!!
God bless,
Mary @ Cheerios