The GFCF diet

This week I witnessed the true power of the GFCF diet. I adopted the diet for Nathan about a year ago simply because it made a lot of sense to me. Even though everyone thought I was crazy, I saw autistic traits in him and decided to try it. For all these months I’ve kept to the diet simply because I believe in the science behind it – that the gluten and casein peptides are harmful to children with neurological conditions.

After Mary left last Friday, we had 2 days where we didn’t have any good food available and we ate what we could find – mostly cheesy bready things like quiche and empanadas and lasagna. Since I was already breaking the diet I even gave him chocolate and a few other bad things. I figured it was okay to break the diet once in a while, I didn’t want to be too extreme.

On Monday, however, I noticed that Nathan’s eyes looked glassy, he was fussier than last week, and less “present”. He was a lot less energetic and Ramon noticed that he wasn’t as effective in his Medek sessions. Tuesday I saw a little bit of the same but slightly reduced as he got back on his diet on Monday, when the new nanny started with us down here. I could see how every day he had a little more energy, was a little more present, and was less fussy. As he detoxed from all of the casein and gluten peptides he recovered more energy and ease. He also was horribly constipated over the weekend and at the beginning of the week. It wasn’t until yesterday and today that we were able to get him regular again and when he finally got rid of all the backlog in his system.

I wanted to write a post about this because for the first time, I saw such an obvious, clear connection between these foods and Nathan’s behavior. Is it only Nathan? Maybe. But I know that when I stay off gluten and casein myself, I feel better too. Slowly slowly I’m following in Nathan’s footsteps, as I can see the clear benefits to freeing my body from those harmful peptides.

To finish this post, I will post a recipe that my mom sent me that is wonderful. We’ve been giving it to Nathan for breakfast and it makes him poop within 20 min’s. It is very healthy and keeps his body very clean:

6 prunes
1 banana
1 cup oatmeal (make sure it’s gluten free)
1 large spoonful of honey
7 ounces of rice or almond milk

On another note, today was Nathan’s 20th Medek session. I can’t believe 2 weeks have already gone by. Nathan continues to do really well! Today was the first time Ramon was able to get him to stand up in the air only by holding his feet. He only lasted 2 seconds but it’s a start! From 2 seconds to 10 seconds is a small jump, and from 10 to 20 is another small jump, and onwards and upwards.

We are thrilled with the progress we’re seeing!

Comments

  1. http://Eugenia says

    Fantastic! Go Nathan Go!
    Hi! I am happy to hear how well things are going and the progress that you continue seeing. Every milistone is a reason to celebrate.
    Hugs.

  2. http://Mary says

    WOW! Bravo Nathan!!! see you guys in a few weeks!

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