How things are working out!

January 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm (ADHD, autism, Children, Family, God, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I started out this GFCF diet process, by trying to keep a journal of everything Levi eats.  Well, that didn’t work.  I just couldn’t keep up with it all.  I read in one of my books or research sites, that you really shouldn’t have to write everything down.  It stated that after an initial “withdrawal” period, in which behaviors can get worse, you should be able to just tell if your child is following the diet correctly.  You should be able to see such an improvement in him that there is no doubt it is a success.  Anything less than that and you might as well not follow the diet.  It’s just not worth all the work to see only minimal kickback.

Well, I’m happy to announce that I see the diet working!!  I’m not the only one either.  Other people in our lives have made comments about how they can tell a difference in him.

  • My Mom say’s he’s calmer and more in control of his actions than a few months ago.
  • Levi’s teacher says he seems to not be as active or impulsive and when he is, he backs up real quick & apologizes.
  • The staff at Church say that Levi is “back to his sweet self”.
  • I have noticed all these things in addition to he seems to have a huge understanding now of what we’re trying to accomplish with this diet thing.  He has amazed all of us with how he has taken control of his own diet, and will make sure that he knows it’s safe before he eats it.  Not even candy or sweets get by him!  But, the thing that most excites me is that he seems to show more empathy.  (Those of you with autistic children will completely understand why this excites me.)

I have to admit to some added benefits for the rest of the family.

  • I feel healthier and have less stomach problems when I eat foods only on the diet.
  • We are eating out WAY less than before, saving money by doing that, and eating more meals together at the table.
  • We are eating  healthier by keeping a pantry stocked with healthier snacks & foods.
  • I have enjoyed getting back to cooking, which I used to love!

I am praying hard that this positive momentum continues!  I’m sure we’ll have obstacles along the way, but with all the positives I’ve seen so far, it will be WELL worth it!

I want to thank God most of all!  I should have been listening to Him from the beginning and we would have never even tried the drugs!

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My Granny

August 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm (Children, Family, God, Life) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This weekend I was really missing my Granny.  It didn’t help that everything I did reminded me of her.  My Granny is the one who taught me how to cook.  I didn’t live close to my family for the first 8 years I was married, so I would call Granny every time I had a question about cooking.  And boy, could she cook!  You never went to her house when she didn’t have a pan of cornbread and a plethora of fresh veggies on the table.  If it was winter time, she still had the pan of cornbread and the veggies were all from things she had canned the previous summer.  What everyone really looked forward to was when she would cook her huge pots of Brunswick Stew or Beef Vegetable Soup.  Yum!!  While I will never live up to how much she canned or put away, I’m going to start trying to do more.  My granny died this past November of Lung Cancer.  I have exactly 3 jars of her jelly left, but I don’t think I can eat it.

Blueberry, Blackberry & Apple Preserves

Blueberry, Blackberry & Apple Preserves

I bought a huge basket of peaches from my CSA and this is what some of it turned into.

Freezer Peach Preserves

Freezer Peach Preserves

If you went to my Granny’s during the summer, you expected to sit down and help shell peas or anything she was working on at the time.  I have wonderful memories of sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair or around her kitchen table shelling peas.  When she would make cream corn, there would be corn all over everyone and the walls!

Mess of beans that everyone helped shell.

Mess of beans that everyone helped shell.

One of my favorite things she would have was raw, green peanuts.  I was so tickled when I saw that our CSA had included some in our box this week.  These peanuts will be shelled and eaten as is.  Yum!

And last but not least, we had a little fun making, decorating & eating Daddy’s birthday cake!

Levi decorating the cake.

Levi decorating the cake.

Our wonderfuly decorated cake.

Our wonderfuly decorated cake.

Making a wish!  And no, that is not all the candles that are supposed to be on there!

Making a wish! And no, that is not all the candles that are supposed to be on there!

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