...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!