Two years ago I had a surgery that took an unexpected turn. After my recovery, I was referred to a naturopath who – through observation, questions, and treatment – helped me recognize food sensitivities to gluten and corn. Since I became gluten free in April 2011, I’ve never looked back.
Shortly after he was born, we discovered our son had some health issues. Blake is very healthy overall, but the combination of asthma, rashes, and digestion issues combined with a life-threatening illness at age 11 months meant he’s spent a lot of time in an out of specialists’ offices and taking medication.
Momma don’t like that.
We’ve tried a lot to relieve his symptoms over the years, but my suspicion that Blake has a gluten sensitivity has only grown since I found great relief living a gluten free lifestyle. He’s hardly gained weight in the past two years and is growing slowly in height. Blake had an inconclusive blood test to test for Celiac disease last year so the jury’s still out, but a sensitivity is still rather likely in my mind. When I read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, I decided I’d not wait any longer to help Blake determine whether he has a sensitivity to gluten or not.
How can I help my kids stop eating gluten?
To be fair, Blake is familiar with living a gluten free lifestyle already because most of the dinners I provide at home are gluten free. He’s watched me make careful meal orders at restaurants and turn down an offer of food that has gluten in it since April 2011.
No one likes being told what they can’t do. But I can’t think of anyone who despises being told what they can do. So I sat down with my son and explained I’d like to help him do an experiment to see if some of his annoying health issues don’t improve over the weeks to come. His main concern was that he wouldn’t have any good foods to take to school for lunch each day.
- I wrote out a list of foods (pictured) he likes that he can eat any time without consuming gluten.
- We created a special drawer in our fridge and an area on a pantry shelf from which Blake knows he can choose food to eat.
- My husband emailed Blake’s teacher to let her know we’re removing gluten from Blake’s diet for awhile to monitor for any improvement in symptoms.
- Blake has snacks he can enjoy at school when the other children bring in treats.
After reviewing the list, he was surprisingly willing to go along without gluten and give it a try once and for all! So far, Blake’s doing a stellar job being gluten free.
If you’ve had to go gluten free or help your kids do so, what did you do to help make the adjustment?