See You Around, Gluten
It has been about a year now that my oldest daughter has been on a gluten free diet. I stopped eating gluten about five years ago, after my father discovered that gluten intolerance was the cause of his severe dyspepsia as well as other digestive issues. Surprisingly, we saw the stomach aches that had been plaguing our daughter disappear three days after we removed gluten from her diet. Usually, results don’t appear until around thirty days. For the last several years my father has been encouraging me to get all three of the kids off of gluten along with me. My intolerance did not surface until I was in my teens, and if the other two kids do end up having a gluten issue, they will be far healthier for not having ingested it during their childhood.
I finally decided to take the plunge for all four of us. Luckily, for my husband, who has no problem with gluten, he can eat it at the restaurant where he works. For the rest of us, it is simply time. Not only will it help protect my other two kids from issues in the future, I may see changes shortly down the road as well. Specialists are now encouraging the parents of children with hyper-activity disorders to remove gluten from there diets as well. Many parents have seen great results, so I may actually observe my other two kids becoming a bit less hyper throughout the day. Wouldn’t that be nice? It’s not that my kids are particularly hyper now, but my son definitely does have some issues with focus, and I will be thrilled if this change in diet helps him to develop better concentration skills.
It isn’t cheap to go gluten free, nor is it easy by any means. There are more products becoming available every day though, and they are slowly descending in price. I have learned to cook all sorts of gluten free things at home, from cakes, to cookies, to breads, and found ways to make them all taste delicious. One thing that our gluten free diet does, is help to keep us eating at home, and I believe that that simple step contributes strongly to my family’s health. In addition, on a gluten free diet, we eat far fewer processed foods, and we consume many more whole grains than we did before. Yes, my kids get disappointed when they can’t have certain things sometimes. We made a game of it yesterday though, on Halloween. The kids created a collective pile of all of the gluten filled treats that they had gotten in their Trick-or-Treat bags. We laughed about it as we packed them up to send to my husband’s restaurant as a treat for the staff. It’s actually a good learning experience for the kiddos. They aren’t always going to be able to have everything that they want at the drop of a hat, so I guess that they are getting in some good practice. Maybe we will thank gluten later down the line for teaching us some helpful lessons in life.