Wednesday, November 02, 2005

If You Are What You Eat Then I'm a Nut

Today is the 2nd full day of our new diet and I'm already thinking of ways to cheat. I have never been able to stick to a diet. I'm usually not disciplined or organized enough to follow through. But this time I swear I will do a better job. And with more at stake than an extra ten pounds I believe I will.

We've decided to go on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which eliminates certain carbohydrates and all those containing gluten. An order of almond flour (at 6.50/lb thankyouverymuch), which will replace all of our grains, arrived at our doorstep yesterday and I spent a few hours last evening learning the art of cooking with this mysterious (but surprisingly tasty) substance. I made bread that was the consistency of pound cake and cinnamon cookies for Oliver's lunch. For breakfast I toasted it and for lunch I peanut buttered and honeyed it. And since I don't feel like cooking much tonight I will probably grill-cheese it! I also spent some hours trolling the internet for Dry Curd Cottage Cheese, bought the starter for homemade yogurt and some fennel for making sausage! I am on my way. I am motivated. I am exhausted!

But the important thing is that Oliver likes it so far and it makes me feel like I am contributing to his wellness.

Wish us luck!


  1. I know what you mean about just wanting to do something and the GFCF diet being a way to do this. I discovered the diet just as Charlie was being diagnosed (in spring 1999) and immediately, like you, implemented it. We also became heavily involved in learning how to do ABA and thus could be a part of Charlie's learning and therapy in many ways. Bravo for Oliver for telling you he just needed to sleep!

  2. Good Luck with the diet. I know its not easy. Did you have Oliver tested or are you just going to give it a try to see if there is any positive change? I first tried it on my own, but later had Andrew tested. We see a difference when we stick to the diet, but it is very hard. I just wrote about this on my last post. Hope it is going well for you. I am looking forward to reading more about your life with Oliver.