Well I’m surprised I’m getting a blog post up tonight! It was the first day back at school and I had two pick up times, an early start and lots of car trips but it was a fabulous day for everyone. I probably got more emotional about leaving keira than the twins but everyone had a great day and it was early to bed to do it all over again. And send my little miss off to preschool tomorrow for the first time ever!
But let’s talk diet. We’ve found a new paediatrician and he is just fabulous. I found someone who could help me with the gluten free diet that has been so helpful with elodie and look at her overall health rather than just her delays. I haven’t done a big post on gluten free but will write a few about our experiences. Whenever I was googling looking for ways to help my little miss the gluten free dairy free diet kept coming up.
I read a book (this one) and found it fascinating and started with gluten free. Now the gluten free is the easy bit and for us it had huge improvements in a number of areas which led me to this new dr. He has now suggested that we give the dairy free a go and it might not have a huge improvement but based on the gluten free being so successful its worth having a shot. His advice was that something with a small improvement here and another improvement there from something else all adds up and trust me at this stage it all adds up. Going gluten free got rid of some major behavioural issues, sleep and other issues we were facing. And I felt great. We’ve slipped up twice – once on holidays and once after Christmas and all the old problems came back and I just didn’t feel as great. So back on the gluten free we went. I don’t know if it works for everyone but you have to admit that our diets are so revolved around bread and wheat these days that some of us need to cut back or get rid of it. Same goes for additives, colours and preservatives in what we give our kids.
Now I say gluten free is the easy bit because we’ve just substituted our flour with gluten free flour. Bread with gluten free bread – just for our littlest miss, the big kids and rest of the family eat regular bread. Pasta is now san remo gluten free and cookies/biscuits are all gluten free. Luckily we love corn thins and rice crackers which are gluten free so that makes it a bit easy too. Plus we just love sushi which is gluten free and we serve it with tamari instead of regular soy sauce. Winner and no one has noticed the new sauce.
Combining the dairy free is where it gets tricky especially eating out. I tried and didn’t know what to eat. But this weekend I’ll start on the dairy free and see how we go. We are also starting a special multivitamin and doing some more tests. This recipe above was one of my gluten free dairy free creations which is bacon, lentil and vegetable slice so might give that another whirl as it would be good in lunchboxes too.
and interestingly for the first time a dr has said that we need to eat organic wherever possible, get the preservatives and additives out which is something that we’ve done as we’ve been going gluten free with the exception of the bread and a couple of other things. Today our big organic fruit and vegie box arrived and I’m excited to get cooking this week and weekend. And do you love the lemonade bottle in the background? Just keeping it real for everyone out there! I’m not perfect and I’ll never try to be.
I know from my facebook page that some of you are experts out there with diet and your kids and I’d love to hear what has worked for you, favourite recipes and websites and resources. Hit me with it.
For me I love Against The Grain (really great family recipes and a huge book I reviewed here and where I discovered the amazing cobb salad pictured below), Cooking for Isaiah (great if you love baking, have kids who love the sweet stuff/pizzas/baking etc) and I like this one for family dinners as we just love asian cooking. Love to hear if you have some favourites for special diets too.