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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Out of the Gluten Fog

I've been pretty busy this past month, what with the Husband being out of town and of course the adjustment that comes along with going gluten-free.  We're only limiting gluten at the moment, for testing purposes (you have to have gluten in your system to actually discover how your body reacts to it), but we should be completely gluten-free before the end of June.

I cannot wait, y'all.

(And no, I never thought I'd say that.)

To be honest, I thought this would be a major pain.  And... well... it actually kinda IS a major pain - not so much cooking gluten-free, which is pretty easy when you keep it basic, but more along the lines of - yet again - finding more complex recipes that everyone likes, learning how to cook with ingredients I've never before used, reading even more labels in the grocery store, and navigating the social impact of a serious food allergy.  At the same time, I cannot believe the difference in Squirt.  Not only has the daily diarrhea and excessive urine practically disappeared (except when she's teething), but also:
  • her glucose levels have stabilized; 
  • she doesn't struggle to fall asleep most nights;
  • all at once her teeth began popping out (she only has eight at the moment, and she's nearly two)
  • she's been antibiotic-free for a record six weeks now
  • her back doesn't feel constantly itchy (once she learned to ask for back scratching, it became a 24/7 demand)
  • her belly isn't constantly distended
  • she hasn't sprouted a canker sore in over three weeks
  • her hair is thickening at a much faster rate
  • we don't live in fear of seizures
  • the occasional wheezing and continuous sinus infections all but disappeared
Which makes it all worth it.

Even more than that is the fact that Squirt is coming out of the gluten fog.  Yeah, I didn't know what that meant either until a few weeks ago.  But y'all have heard me talk about my concerns with Squirt and her language development, and even her overall developmental delays.  I know it didn't seem too serious, what with all she's been through and how little time she's been a part of our family, but - as a former teacher - I knew there was something... off... about her delays.  And now I know.

Major symptoms of gluten intolerance and/or celiac include overall fatigue, mental fogginess, autism, ADHD, a general difficulty with concentration and even seizures.  Well, hello there.  (And no, experts do not believe that gluten causes autism or ADHD, but they do believe a correlation of some kind exists for some people.  This is why so many parents with children diagnosed with autism and/or ADHD choose to go gluten-free.)

Squirt has COME ALIVE this past month.  She is present; she is engaging; she is HERE.  This past Sunday at church, an acquaintance who is an early childhood development specialist approached me, commenting that Squirt is so much more expressive now as compared with even three weeks ago.  She couldn't believe the rapid increase in both Squirt's verbal and non-verbal communication, not to mention her newly animated facial expressions.  This acquaintance didn't know we've gone gluten-free - she just noticed that Squirt is so much more alert, so much more alive.  When I shared our dietary changes, and the possible celiac diagnosis, my friend's jaw dropped.

I mean, who knew, right?  But Squirt is walking proof that it's true.  I don't know that I would have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

Squirt is out of the gluten fog.

And I feel oh, so relieved.


3cmum said...

I have a very good friend who went gluten free for her two older boys 8 years ago. Both had been diagnosed as having ADHD and probably borderline autistic at 3 Both are now in mainstream middle school, getting solid B's. and are well behaved kids. She absolutely swears the diet change was the most effective thing she has ever done for them.

LucisMomma said...

So thankful you've discovered the ingredient that hides your precious Squirt.

Gluten free living is so much easier this decade than it was just 20 years ago.

We're gluten free at my house, too. Eczema and that brain-fog in DD, weight issues and joint pain in me, and I am pretty sure one DS is celiac. He hasn't been tested yet. We just avoid all gluten for him and he is doing very well.

Aus said...

HOORAH!! In part because you are on the way - but mostly because I love hearing about any child that starts to bloom!! I'm just kinda hoping that you have your roller skates ready - sounds like you may need them!! ;)

hugs - aus and co.

Shari said...

Amazing how discovering the cause of a problem make dealing with it so much easier:) So glad Squirt has finally arrived!

Sherri said...

That's fantastic!

I have a friend whose daughter has celiac. She was surprised to learn that soy sauce has gluten. Make sure to read all the lables!

Polar Bear said...

Yay! I am so happy that Squirt is doing so much better ~ so quickly, too. How amazing!! I can't imagine what a huge relief it has been for you.

Beach Mama said...

I don't know if I forwarded this to you, but here is a link to The Gluten-Freee Asian Kitchen http://www.laurabrussell.com/
She also has a cookbook and there is a ton of information on gluten-free asian food products! Really helps in maintaining the asian food favorites at our house. So glad that the GF is working for y'all!

Casa Bicicleta said...

I practically want to cry thinking how much better she feels and what a difference you've made in her life. Congratulations TM. I know what hard work this is for you but you must feel like the BEST MAMMA in the WORLD. If you don't, you should. I nominate you. For real.

Debby said...

I am so glad that you can see a change. I have been GF for two years. I have Celiac. It's hard but with a little one it may be a little easier.......I miss pizza. Wish the products that are GF were not so expensive. But they would be well worth all the improved health issues for your little one.

Kate said...

I am so happy you figured it out...and your resluts...fascinating and SO great! I am SURE that makes changing over your diet worth every second...and in no time that will become second nature.

Take care!!

Myrnie said...

Awesomee! So happy for you guys :)

Patricia/NYC said...

So happy you are on a successful path your sweet Squirt! Amazing what diet can do to our bodies!

My nephew is autistic & has been gluten-free for about 10 years now...major difference!

And me? Not gluten-free, but I cut out all white/inefficient carbs per dr.'s orders & guess what? Haven't had a sinus infection in over a year...hmmmmm.

So HAPPY for you all!!

Stefanie said...

Wow, that is fantastic news, TM! I am so happy for you, and even more happy for Squirt!!

Mahmee said...

So happy to hear that you have confirmed everything. It's amazing how much improvement there is when your body isn't in a constant state of allergic reaction. I can't believe the changes I went through after I eliminated it from my diet. Congrats to you all!

M3 said...

That is SO good to read!

autumnesf said...

We don't give enough credit to what the food we put in our mouth does to our bodies. Its killing this country in so many different ways! Its time the medical profession focuses on how we are all individual chemistry factories with different needs and diets. Some people NEED high protein - some need almost none as an example. And how we directly feel and function in the world is the direct result of whether we have it right.

shannon said...

I'm so glad that's working out and that she's doing better.

Ruthies said...

One of sons has celiac and had severe speech delays and some other developmental delays (as well as being anemic). When he accidentally gets gluten, he has some BM issues, then his speech regresses for two months and the last time it affected his fine motor skills. Wheat Belly is a great book that describes all the things gluten can do. We consider it a poison for our son! Thankfully we found out when we did, although he probably was having problems with it for two years.

All the recipes on this site are gluten-free http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

Leslie Hughes said...

I've been following your blog for a while and haven't commented.. because i'm a lurker, I guess. I love reading about your girls but i don't have much to say that someone else hasn't said before. Anyway, we did a major diet change in our family as well, it wasn't onto a gluten free diet (ours was sugar free, all forms of sugar, even the fake stuff. yeah) which is simple if you keep it simple. More complex recipes were harder. I tried a few in a The Primal Blueprint Cookbook which are amazing. Most of the recipes are fairly straightforward and easy to follow. And a few are marked as being Gluten free, or offer various alternate ingredients to make the recipe Gluten free.
I didn't pay much attention to it since Gluten wasn't our issue but i remember it being in that cookbook.
Good luck finding meals your entire family will enjoy! It's exciting and trying but worth it when you stumble onto a gem. =)

Tricia said...

This is fantastic news. I have been following your blog for a while now and just felt that I needed to post a big HOORAY!

Cedar said...

So glad for you and Squirt!!!! She sounds adorable!

prechrswife said...

That sounds amazing! So glad this is working!

3 Peanuts said...

I am so familiar with the gluten fog....it is very real. So glad that Squirt is doing better. I get canker sores too from gluten and I do not have celiac but definitely a sensitivity.

Living Without is a GREAT magazine. After a while of being gf, ti does not even feel like any more work. It is just the adjustment that is so hard (and eating out---but you even learn to navigate that rather well too).