Thursday, November 04, 2010

Five-Week Diet Update

For Little Artist..

We saw the ND today.  He agrees with me that she's doing well on her diet.  Her belly is soft and squishy to the touch, her bowel movements are painless, frequent, and normal (can I just offer a Hallelujah here?!?), and while she is some stubborn and cranky at times, her overall attitude is amazingly improved, she is more cheerful and loving, happier.  Her behavior is therefore also better, and I begin to wonder if Organique is really begging me to change her diet drastically too.  :]

Doc advises 2 more months of the same (the half-life of IgG antibodies is 45 days), and in addition to the L-Glutamine and digestive enzyme, to give her a dose of fish oil once daily.  He says this will keep elimination on track too.

I do have teff in the house, but I haven't used it yet.  Maybe soon. :)  I've been lurking on GF blogs and printing out lots of recipes.  Mostly for things like pie and brownies.  :)  I've ordered or bought locally sorghum flour, buckwheat flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, GF hot breakfast cereal, quinoa (Hubby hates it though!) and coconut milk.

Little Artist misses some of the dairy items, but the 'feeling better' seems to compensate.  In fact, I think she feels pretty special to have "her" biscuits, soup, or cookies.  Poor middle child that she is. ;)

[much of what we eat as a family is diet-friendly, but sometimes expense, efficiency, and preference cause the rest of us to eat somewhat differently.]

I still hate it; hate being 'different' in yet another way (sunday school snacks, are you kidding me?), hate having to change my cooking so much, hate using more expensive ingredients, hate *never* eating out, even just a hamburger, hate the added thought/work that goes into eating anywhere outside the house (we are having a Thanksgiving potluck on Sunday, celebrating a full year as a fellowship "under new management," and cooking begins Friday).  But it is not all sacrifice, and the rewards are a tremendous blessing.  I love seeing my girl thriving, love, love, love it!  And I am so grateful to God for this answer, that it wasn't (isn't) some major health issue that would require surgery or medication or other harsh treatment.  He is good!


Andi said...

Yay and praises! It is a tough diet at first but gets easier over time, as anything does. And seeing results always makes it worth it!

Benny said...

I'm so happy for you that you are seeing clear results! It is one thing to go through all this while knowing it's working and for the best - but to do it all and NOT see changes is really frustrating!

We're still waiting to see what comes of Finny's diet. We're only 2 weeks in. His behavior seems great, but the skin issues got worse (starting to wonder about things like psoriasis now!). So it's hard to say... Hopefully I'll have as clear of results as you have by the 5 week point!

Thanks for the update. Glad to see it!


EllaJac said...

Benny, I hope you see some improvement! I'm NOT an expert at this, but seems to me I've read about "detoxing" causing skin troubles. Not sure if it was dietary-induced (I think maybe it was), but perhaps that is a factor for Finny? If so, I believe it gets worse before it gets better...

I've seen eczema clear up by using coconut oil topically. Perhaps that would help a bit?

Hang in there, and I look forward to more good news (glad the behavior is good!)!