Monday, November 14, 2011

Gluten-free...

...for a month.  We're trying Lukas and Natalie on gluten-free diets to see if it helps their self-control.  Somebody may tell me it won't be a true test if they aren't 100.00000% gluten-free, instead of the 98.95555% gluten-free that I consider an appropriate compromise, but I can only do so much.  If you've considered going gluten-free before, you know gluten is in a lot of things that are not obvious.  But since no one here has celiac disease, I figure our bar can be a little lower.

This first started as a test for Lukas, because it seems like he can be completely not himself after a meal of pasta.  Then when I started buying all the gluten-free stuff, I figured we may as well test Natalie at the same time, since it would be no more bother to do two kids.  I bought gluten-free pasta and gluten-free bread-machine mixes and a few gluten-free snacks...other than that, I'm trying to use rice and corn products (like tortillas) in our meals, so I don't have to make a special meal for Lukas and Natalie.

I haven't done a ton of research on this (again, I can only do so much), but my plan is to try it for a month, have Tom and me gauge their behavior over the previous month, then re-introduce wheat products and see if we notice anything different.

Lukas has been a real sport about it, not complaining at all.  He likes the gluten-free bread for his sandwiches, and I made gluten-free pancakes that are pretty good with syrup (anything is good with syrup, right?)  The other day he asked how much longer it would be (it hadn't been a week yet)...so today I bought a gluten-free cookie mix.  I usually don't buy things that are mixes, but in this case, I think it's money well spent, since the alternative would be to spend TIME...if we decide to continue the gluten-free path after the month is over, I might spend the TIME. 

Natalie doesn't understand why she couldn't have the leftover pasta (wheat) that I gave to Dominik...she was a little put out by it.  So I've learned...don't give someone else pasta if I can't give any to Natalie!

3 comments:

Pam said...

Josh is 100% wheat free. We have wonderful (and super easy) cookie recipes and well, anything else you can think of. Let me know how it goes and if you need anything for the trial. Oh, Josh is also rice and soy free so if you can imagine how tough it was in the beginning. Now, it's become second nature.

MommyP said...

So have you noticed a difference yet? I know it's only been a short time... I'm just curious.

Tarah Peacock said...

I'm interested to see the results, good luck!