I haven't been writing to nest this last week. I've had other things on my mind... and chest. You'll have to excuse me if I don't share the details of what's been on my chest. It hasn't been pretty but I'm on the mend, thank goodness!
The thing on my mind CONSTANTLY this last week has been a family diet change to gluten free foods.
This has been introduced as a way to try and resolve some behavioural 'issues' we've been experiencing. We're also limiting dairy and reducing foods high in salicylates. So hard. I'm planning a whole new family mealtime menu with new dishes and different looking food. Not good for my picky one, who is also the reason for this change.
Times have been tough around the dinner table this week. Oh, and the breakfast table. And while we're talking about mealtimes, lets not forget lunch. Or snacks.
Two good things have resulted- actually three- from this glutenless household. No wait, four.
1. Before I had children I naively and ignorantly stated that 'NO CHILD OF MINE WILL SMOTHER THEIR FOOD IN TOMATO SAUCE!' Haaaahaaaahaaahaaaaaa, oh, stop, that's TOO funny. It ended up that for Tom to eat anything on his plate a generous fart of tomato sauce had to accompany his meal. And every fork full was dunked. 'Would you like some chicken with that sauce, Tom?' I turned a blind eye but watched with a sick tum and sad heart. I hate tomato sauce. So here's the first good thing to come out of the diet change- tomato sauce is high, high, HIGH in salicylates! HOORAH! A reason to ban it from the house! Surprisingly, there has been no significant backlash. Dinner has been eaten (or not, as the case may be) with the same lacklustre reception as before.
2. I had always pondered the amount of dairy my kids eat and drink. We go through litres and litres of milk per week and large blocks of cheese just disappear. So I've never worried about their calcium intake, but everything in moderation, right? It was suggested that I try them on rice milk. OH YEAH RIGHT, THEY"LL COME AT THAT! Little did I know that rice milk is naturally sweet so makes great tasting smoothies and is quickly downed when served straight up! Honey milk. We call it honey milk.
3. Taking the gluten out of my diet has reduced my waist line- yes, in one week. I still weigh the same but, what I now realise was a bloated belly, has somewhat shrunk. Yay.
4. The fourth, last but by no means least good thing to come out of this is an increase in 'good' behaviour and a decrease in unacceptable, crazy, uncharacteristic behaviour. We smile more and cry less. Good thing, VERY good thing.
It has only been a week but I can see changes already.
The only thing is that lunch plates look particularly bland.
Beige, yet eaten.