Monday, July 23, 2007

"Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I got love in my tummy!"

That's what I wanted my Little Prince to say. That even though he couldn't have chicken nuggets from "you know where" or mac 'n cheese from the ubiquitous blue box, I wanted him to have that warm, "food is yummy, my mommy loves me" feeling. I just knew there was a way to not have our gluten and to love it too!

So, with that thought, welcome to my kitchen and my little corner of the world! My son, my husband and I have had many adventures--both good and bad, happy and sad--with our son over the last three years since he was diagnosed with autism. But some of our most successful have been related to treating The Prince's gastrointestinal discomforts through the gluten-free, casein-free diet. By helping his tummy feel better, my son also gained an added side-benefit: better behavior. An autistic "fog" was somewhat lifted and we met one great kid!

Is my son "recovered" from autism? No, but now he can speak, and above his age level. He still has trouble with pragmatics and social skills but he is entering an inclusion kindergarten class. Is he happier and healthier than he used to be? Yes. Infinitely so. He smiles, laughs, and now has eye contact. The Prince's autism certainly still causes him challenges, but with it have come some gifts too. I wish I had his incredible memory and infallible honesty. He has taught us so much.

My goal here is to share our experiences with the gluten-free, casein-free lifestyle. I learned so much doing this myself, thanks to lots of great parents who have done this before us, that I want to help others. I hope to post some tips on how to get-started, add a few recipes, chit-chat about life with an adored child who just happens to have autism.

I do not intend to get political, though every woman deserves the right to change her mind! I also do not intend to get medical and into the theory of how and why these dietary treatments sometimes work. For that, please see Lisa Lewis' books, Special Diets for Special Kids, Vols. 1 & 2. She tells it all.

No, I just want to stick to our little journey from Goldfish to Robert's Gourmet Tings. From McDonald's to homemade, real food. Yes, your soup can still be "Mmmm, mmmm good!"


Kay said...

So far so good! Can't wait to see the disclaimer below! LOL!

GFCF Mommy said...

Thanks for the encouragement Kay!

Cyndi said...

Hi, we started GFCF today so I am very grateful to be reading your blog right now as Matthew sleeps. My son is 2.5 and loves anything dairy and carb (and I'm not much of a cook!) so this will be a "challenging" diet. I have a relatively new blog (started it on Halloween)...please feel free to drop by and check on our progress! :) Cyndi