You might think I eat, breathe and drink autism, based on my posts. I asked Wes if he thinks people will think we’re obsessed. He says this blog is a great way to document what’s going on and that it is really beneficial for us. Even if nobody else reads it.
I keep getting asked how our GAPS diet is going. Well the truth is, I jumped off the full GAPS wagon weeks ago. And I’ve been trying to find myself ever since. I left because I lost too much weight on the diet and lost my milk. Fitz was crying every time I nursed and I didn’t realize why until I pumped and created next to nothing! So my dear friend told me to go get a shake. Which I did.
So here’s what we’re doing. We are on a mostly Modified GAPS/Gluten Free/Whole Foods diet. I hate the word diet – it drives me to overdose on Snickers and cookies. There needs to be another word.
The GAPS diet has been amazing for what it is taught us. I like it so much better than the “Autism Diet” which is Gluten Free/Casein Free. Commercially-made gluten free foods are jam packed with starches and weird ingredients like xantham gum and disaccharides. Even homemade ingredients have a lot of sugar and starches. How can that be better than wheat and spelt? And I get that some people really do have allergies to gluten (Celiac disease) but Holden (unlike most autistic people, apparently) has never had any digestive issues. So it’s hard to know if he really needs the GAPS diet or even the GFCF diet. Whereas the GAPS diet is amazingly healthful: no sugar, just meat, veggies, fruits, honey, and homemade dairy products.
But sometimes I just need some darn grains. And dessert!
So anyway, here’s where we’re at: we eat mostly GAPS foods – eggs, meat, vegetables, nuts and nut butter, fruit, honey, and yogurt (I can’t figure out lacto-fermented vegetables). Occasionally we eat gluten-free foods/desserts like chicken nuggets, chocolate flourless cake, and pasta. And super duper rarely we might eat sourdough wheat bread, that I have yet to make but keep thinking about.
Here are foods that Holden eats eagerly:
Nut butter bread
Zucchini bread (GAPS)
Foods he eats with some persuasion
Foods he still will not touch