Can you believe that H has been wheat free for almost TWO months now? Time sure flies when you're closely monitoring every morsel of food in your house *yawn*.
We had some friends over for dinner last week and there was a loaf of garlic bread that had been sitting in the freezer since we started H on his diet.
"Maybe we should try a gradual re-introduction of wheat?"
I suggested, holding the loaf in my hands, desperately craving some buttery, garlicky deliciousness. H had a piece with his roast turkey dinner and there were no noticable changes. A great start!
A couple of days later, in a moment of laziness, M gave H 2 weetbix for breakfast and packed some Scooby Snacks in his lunch box. You wouldn't believe it. Throughout the day he complained that he wasn't feeling well and his carer commented that his behaviour was really off - he was excessively emotional and difficult to please. This coming from her is a big deal, she usually has nothing but praise for our kids.
So, that's all the evidence I need. The changes in his sleeping patterns since the elimination of wheat and the changes since the re-introduction are blatantly obvious. Our little guy is definitely wheat intolerant. Although I'm glad that we have an answer, I guess I'm also a little disappointed. A part of me was hoping that I might be wrong, that we wouldn't need to continue doing this wheat free dance, but it seems we do!
I can tell you though that we've made some wonderful discoveries in the process. Although my wheat free baking needs improvement (hello deflated breast jam drops), I have knocked up some killer loaves of bread. The Orgran Multigrain Bread Mix with Quinoa and Chia is AMAZING. All of the kids loved it, as did I. Fresh from the oven with some butter and honey, it is to die for. The Orgran Farm Animals Rice and Corn Vegetable Pasta is also great, the kids love it for both the shapes and the flavour.
Breakfast has either been eggs, oats, rice bubbles or corn flakes, it turned out to be a very easy meal to substitute. It's only the snacks that we've had a slight struggle with. Considering he can't handle too much dairy either, and he's not a big fruit eater, and he can't have carrot, which WAS a staple snack, he has some days when it seems like he only eats rice crackers! But we're working on it.
|Deflated breast jam drops|
Can you suggest any winning gluten free snacks?