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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Gluten and Behavior Experiment: Preliminary Results Look Promising!!

Typically, when I'm out of town on business or for any other reason, and I have to leave my family at home for a time, our 12 year old struggles.  Whether it's the disruption in routine, missing his mama, or just plain coincidence, it's usually a pretty big downward spiral from the moment I step out of the door.

Calling, emailing or texting home is always a little nerve-wracking as I'm never quite sure what I'm going to hear. . .drama?  Meltdowns? A husband at the end of his rope?

So maybe this wasn't the best week to start on our modified reduced-gluten diet. . .I had to be out of town for a planned few days and then a massive storm has kept me stranded for a couple more.  Not exactly ideal.

After much discussion, however, we decided that, despite my leaving, the potential benefits totally outweighed the risks and decided to get The Great Gluten Experiment of 2014 underway.

Remember, this isn't about gluten intolerance or sensitivity impacting physical health.  We're trying to help our son with some puzzling and troubling behavioral issues.  After tons of research linking gluten with these kinds of issues (ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), PPD (Pervasive Personality Disorder), and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders), etc.), we've decided to give it a go to see if this is part of the puzzle.

I didn't have much time between when we made that decision and when I left for my trip, but I scrambled to pull together a variety of foods and snacks that should work for him over the time I would be gone.

I stocked the kitchen with eggs, a large loaf of cheesy, garlic polenta that he can slice and fry at will, a half gallon of home made probiotic rich yogurt and another gallon converted into go-gurt style frozen yogurt tubes, bags of fruit and veggies, and gluten free pastas and cereals.  With that, and leftovers from home cooked meals, I thought he might just survive.

But would he thrive?

Preliminary results look very promising.

So far, after five days of me being gone, plus a couple before I left, there have been NO big issues.  None.  Nada.  Zip-a-roony.

And that, my friends, is HUGE.

Obviously, it's early days yet, so we're hardly declaring victory.  But we'll take just about any positive news we get as a giant step in the right direction.

We may just solve this puzzle yet!!

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