Where should I begin?

Discussion in 'Healthful Living / Natural Treatments' started by tinamarie1, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. tinamarie1

    tinamarie1 Member

    I have always suspected that certain foods do not agree with difficult child, and probably alot of them set him off. But where do I begin in finding out which ones have different effects? I am sooo tired of the school telling me I NEED to medicate him. We have been down that road many times and it does not work for him. So, I would love to find out the things that trigger him to have meltdowns.
    Any advice?
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

  3. Josie

    Josie Active Member

    My children react to gluten and casein (the protein in milk) which means they have very restricted diets. I do a lot of reading on another board about food intolerances. The advice there is to start with a simple diet of whole foods like meat (not pre-seasoned), fresh fruits and vegetables, and rice. Stick to that for a while, maybe a couple of weeks, and then add things back in slowly. Some intolerances have delayed reactions and won't show up until a few days later.

    I haven't done this but we eliminated gluten very strictly from our diet at first and could tell pretty quickly that it made a difference. Then we eliminated dairy. Now it is so obvious to me that difficult child reacts to milk. The tiniest amounts of butter will set her off. I don't know how we didn't notice before other than we really weren't even looking at that as a possiblity. We are currently eliminating soy from easy child's diet to see if that is still causing her trouble.

    Good luck. I hope this is an answer for you. It really is much easier to deal with a restricted diet than to deal with the behaviour.
  4. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

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    It really is much easier to deal with a restricted diet than to deal with the behaviour.

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    I have to agree with this statement. I was overwhelmed at first when starting Duckie's rotation diet, but that was due to the urgency of Duckie having had a pretty severe allergic reaction. I won't say Duckie's behavior is perfect, but life is much more manageable since she isn't constant turmoil. It's been a favorable trade-off.
  5. transformtriumph

    transformtriumph New Member

    Hi! You can start simply by eliminating one food that you think is a culprit. If it does seem to have an effect, try adding it back and see if the problem returns. Then move onto the next food and so on.