Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Getting my gluten free world in order and...snow.

Today was the day to put everything in order now that we're back home.  We sent the little one off to daycare (he was NOT happy to go back after two weeks of fun with us) and set about laundry, groceries, etc.  After spending two weeks feeding my son foods that are naturally gluten free, I saw a difference in his behaviour.  He was better behaved generally and in better spirits than usual.

Just to clarify, we're not people who regularly eat a lot of packaged foods, especially since the gluten free ones are so expensive.  I post my menu plan each week and prepare his daycare lunches as well, but we do still serve him some prepared foods; waffles, gluten free cookies, fish sticks, etc.  I think we're going to cut this out as much as possible.  His behaviour while we were away was fantastic, except for the one time he was given a handful of some covered nuts with gluten in the coating by a well meaning relative before we could stop him.  For two days my son was a little terror.  We always knew that gluten-containing foods changed his moods, because we saw evidence of it when we originally cut it our of his diet.  But his change in behaviour when he started eating all natural foods was remarkable as well. 

I'm not going to lie and say that I'll never serve my son a frozen fish stick again, or that a prepared gluten free waffle won't occasionally be part of his routine, but I'm going to try and make those foods the exception, rather than the rule.  My husband poured himself a bowl of GF cereal this morning, and I laughed because for two weeks our breakfast was fruit, or yogurt (not for the little guy), or eggs, or some other food that we had to prepare from scratch, but the first thing we turned back to was prepared cold cereal when we got home.  It opened my eyes a little bit.

So I'm starting with breakfast.  Our counter currently has mangoes, bananas, a papaya, a canteloupe and oranges, and our fridge has strawberries and blueberries.  He loved his fruit filled breakfasts on vacation, so I'm going to continue with them here.  I chopped a bunch of fruit when I brought them home from the store, so in the morning I just have to dump them in a bowl, ready to go.

I'm not superwoman- there will be waffle-filled mornings, I can guarantee it.  But instead of cereal, waffles, cereal bars, etc. being the go-to, I'm going to try to make them the last resort. 

Baby Steps. 

And just in case you were wondering, it snowed today.  Yes, that's right, snowed. On April 19th.

Looked lovely against my tan.

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