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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Battle Weary, but Here. . .PLUS Gluten-free Update!!

Thank you to all who have inquired about my few weeks absence. . .we've had a whole lot of, um, challenges in our household lately, and they became the priority.

I am glad to report, however, that though the storm was LARGE and LONG, we weathered it, and are slowly coming back into some sense of 'normal.'  Whatever the heck that is!

But I don't want to focus on the drama of the last few weeks. . .I want to report a REALLY encouraging finding in our quest for ways to help our son with a variety of health and behavioral issues.  If you all remember, we were researching the connection between behavior and gluten and attempting to remove gluten from our 13 year old son's diet.

That was a bit of a challenge.

However, we now have a couple of 'mostly gluten free' weeks under our belts, and two more 'almost completely gluten free' weeks on top of that.  And, to be honest, we are a bit stunned by the difference it's made.

At the risk of seeming a little dramatic, the results have been almost miraculous.   Seriously.

He has had a huge jump in the areas of self control, patience, self motivation, respectfulness, thinking of the future, empathy, concentration, and responsibility.  Honestly.  Like. A. Different. Kid.

Don't get me wrong. . .he's had good days before.  Even has strung a few together in a row. But two weeks?  And counting?  Unheard of.  Freaking unheard of.

And truly, the only thing we have changed in that time period is the removal of gluten.  Not exactly a double blind study, but I think the data speaks for itself.  Fingers crossed. . .this is a HUGE piece of the 'complicated son' puzzle.

And SUCH a welcome encouragement.

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