There are times in life that I wish I would have listened to other people rather than foolishly believing I knew what I was doing. The first thing that comes to my mind is when I bought a condo in a REALLY BAD part of town in Providence after living in Rhode Island for 6 months. My Mom urged me not to buy it but I was 24 years old and knew *everything,* after all, what would she know about urban living? In typical Mom fashion, she knew much more than I did. I bought the condo, basically moved in with my then-boyfriend/now husband a month later and ended up selling it a year later for $20,000 less than I bought it for. An expensive lesson that could have been much worse considering those condos are selling for less than half of what we bought them for in 2005. I consider myself lucky that I was able to sell the darn thing and didn’t get shot (my ears still perk up when I hear about a shooting/stabbing in Providence and I silently take bets on if it was my old block. They usually are).
Eight years later, I’ve learned to listen to my Mom much sooner than years past. When she was visiting a few weeks ago she noticed that my kids gravitate to certain types of food.They always choose a piece of fruit or meat over a piece of bread. When most kids love pizza, mine would rather eat fresh broccoli (my friend Beth Ann’s husband was in shock when he witnessed Jackson turning down cupcakes for broccoli). My Mom mentioned that maybe they have some sort of dietary issue that causes them to gravitate towards those foods. She mentioned a gluten sensitivity and this time, I listened.
I first heard about celiac disease from the Hasbro Feeding Team specialist who mentioned that Jackson’s blood test had something funny regarding the test for celiac. I also had twitter friends who mentioned the possibility of a gluten intolerance or celiac disease for his weight gain issues. It’s not that I didn’t listen to these people, but it is. I didn’t listen and I wish I would have researched it more when it was first mentioned. A Rhody Blogger friend, Kirsten (QueenoftheEarth.com), also mentioned her gluten-free diet when we were at the Blue Man Group show a few weeks ago. Hearing about her success with the lifestyle change caused me to really take this gluten thing seriously. After diving head first into gluten intolerance/celiac disease research for the past week, I’m much less scared with the possibility of celiac disease but am more hopeful that I can find relief for my kids. I haven’t even mentioned it because I am so exhausted from Jackson’s FTT diagnosis, but Sidney has now basically earned a FTT (Failure to Thrive) diagnosis since her weight plummeted from the 50th percentile to the 5th percentile. The same time Jackson did, right after weaning at 13 months.
I’m not going to ramble anymore but am thrilled that I have personally eliminated gluten from my diet and feel much better and clearer than before. My stomach hurts less and the canker sores I have always suffered from are gone. However, last weekend when we went on our ski trip I fell off the wagon and into the gluten pit. I felt like crap until today, but that could have also been the excess of beer I had too (I know beer has gluten but the keg was too tempting). Hangovers are not the same as a 32 year old Mom of 2 toddlers, they last for DAYS.
I’m working on getting the kids’ diets gluten-free as well, but it is much trickier than just switching mine. I need to find alternatives for the chicken nuggets and crackers that they like– any suggestions?
I’d love to hear about your experience with going gluten free, I’ll take all of the help I can get!