In case you missed part one of our food journey you can read that here.
Part 2: Fast forward a year… we were still continuing on with our diet changes from Part 1. Miss Sensory’s Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologist encouraged us to investigate further into food and get her tested for food allergies. Most allergists and doctors disagree with food allergy testing they often look for a 15-minute response of facial swelling, vomiting or diarrhea. So finding a place that would do testing took some work. We did find a place 6 hours away and had her tested. Her test came back telling us she had Wheat, Egg, Dairy and Peanut Allergies. We removed all items from her diet and again saw an even larger response from her.
We removed these items in a similar manner as Part 1. We did one thing at a time. Week one was wheat, then egg, dairy, and the nut allergy. (Overwhelming I know, but it’s much easier than it looks!).
For the second time in our diet journey we saw a change in her. She said her tummy hurt less and her behavior improved. (REALLY! Read that again, BEHAVIOR IMPROVED!) Oh happy day! Now it didn’t make life perfect but her level of aggression decreased. Her meltdowns where less frequent.
It takes a lot of vigilance to watch what she eats and she loves the concept of “SPECIAL” food. She for the most part does extremely well knowing that she can not eat her allergy food. She still is able to eat cup cakes (dairy free, egg free, gluten free) and ice cream (coconut) and pizza (gluten free, dairy free, egg free). So she doesn’t feel like she’s missing out.
If you haven’t looked into your child’s diet as a cause for behavior and physical challenges, it is definitely worth the effort! I know a lot of parents that don’t want to make these changes. But food is for fueling our body and the effects of our normal American diet are probably more common than we think.
Our entire family noticed changes in how we functioned after changing our diet. Even Sensory Dad noticed changes. We had way more energy and I didn’t feel like my stomach (from gluten) was going to explode all the time.