What we have done so far…..

30 03 2010

Well, to start, there are lots of things I am sure I am doing totally wrong with this diet.  I know I will make lots of mistakes and buy the wrong stuff sometimes.  There are several websites that are VERY helpful.  I will list them at the bottom of the page.  On the Feingold Diet homepage they have a program you can buy….it is pretty pricey I think….we would love to buy it.  The foodlists would be awesome!  They figure out the stores in your region and tell you exactly what your child can eat.  If this works like we want it to and we decide to continue for a long time we may pay into the system.  They also give you a foods at restaurants that your child can eat, that would be soooo helpful!

Somethings I did this week that have helped me out a lot…..

1. Planned what he is eating for each day!  This way I don’t grab the wrong food and give it to him or come unprepared somewhere.  (ex. making sure he has something to drink at the park, a sucker for his grammy’s house etc.)

2. Bought all his food at the start of the week.  This way I am not dragging 4 kids in and out of lots of stores!

3. Made all our breads for the week.  We made homemade cinn. raisin bread, wheat bread, banana bread, 2 batches of pancakes and rolls. 

4. I pre-cooked some boneless skinless chicken breasts and froze them.  This way I can pull out one for him if the rest of the family is eating some other food he can’t have. (Right now we are finishing up meals I had already made and he can’t always eat).

5. Decided this is a change and it is going to be okay and I am going to be happy about it!  This step may not sound important but to me is was HUGE!   By making the choice to be happy about it I am more willing and able to show my happiness to my children about it.  If I am upset or complain about the new work set before me they are going to do the same!  They will complain when I tell them we can’t eat somewhere etc.  They will pick up on emotions!  We want to be happy in all circumstances….including big changes in diet in the home.  (Never thought Kraft Mac and Cheese would be such a touchy issue in the home!  We did find an organic, natural one….but at over 2 dollars a box, it will be a special treat).

Now, here are some sites that have been a HUGE help so far.

http://www.feingold.org/overview.php

http://www.feingold.org/salicylate.php

http://www.feingold.org/E-numbers.html

http://allnaturalmomof3.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-feingold-shopping-lists.html

I hope these are help to anyone interested!





Tell me this is a joke?

28 03 2010

Ok, so according to different websites you can sometimes see a change in kids within 24 hours of starting the Feingold Diet.

Today I went to nurse Ethan between worship and Bible Study when Owen’s Sunday School teacher came up to me.  She says, “I think Owen is getting sick, he is so calm and quiet today.”  What!  Are you kidding me?  Could this be working?!!!

Today alone, he went into his bed for nap time without a cry or complaint!  He also, got dressed and did everything asked of him without a cry or tantrum, he even was told no to having donuts with his friends in class and he didn’t mind at all!!!!!!  In my option that is huge for a 2 year old, I don’t even think Isaac would have been that happy about not being able to eat a donut when everyone else was around him was.  God is answering our prayers.  Not sure if this is working or not, but it looks promising! 🙂   Now, we pray the reasons we started this diet to begin with work!  No more ear infections and eczema is the goal :).

More as the week goes on, Dave and I are cooking like crazy right now trying to get everything ready for our little man.





Diet….new lifestyle?

27 03 2010

We could use your prayers over the next several weeks.  We are starting our sweet Owen and the Feingold Diet……”ummmmm, what is that?”  You might be thinking.  Well, up until a week ago I was right with you!  I had no idea what this could be.  But after a lot of research, a lot of conversations with people and prayer, Dave and I decided this may be what our family needs to do.

First, this is a diet known as the “ADHD diet or ADD diet”.  Now, this maybe the name it has been tagged as, doesn’t mean that is the only reason people do it.  It has shown success in helping children with ear infections, sensitive skin and speech delays.  All in which our young 2 year old son has.  He is also very active and has a “short fuse” as some would say (these two are totally normal for a child at his age). 

So, how is this diet different than your current diet?  Well, to start, he isn’t to eat anything that has artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, artificial Preservatives or aspartame.  Well, doesn’t sound too bad huh?  Well, it pretty much includes anything found in a box 🙂  There are somethings, actually many things, that are approved for him to eat.  They just take some searching to find 🙂

I was surprised how many things I was already doing right according to the “diet”.  I make my own bread, we don’t eat a lot of boxed snacks or fruit snacks etc.  I cook almost every dinner from scratch.  The only problem was I was starting with the “wrong” stuff!  You have to use real vanilla….no artifical!  You have to use only non-bleached whole wheat flour with no additives or junk in it.  etc.  Well, after cleaning our my baking cupboard I am ready for my big cooking day tomorrow to start our week off 🙂

So, here are some of our meals planned out:

Breakfast:

Homemade pancakes with real maple syrup and bananas

Smoothies

Old Fashion Oatmeal with maple syrup to flavor it

Eggs (made with only whole milk and butter)

Lunch:

Peanut butter (natural) with banana, on homemade bread, and yogurt

Banana bread with a smoothie

( I don’t have anything else on my list for this one yet) 😦

Dinner:

Homemade Chicken nuggets, 2 veggies and potatoes

Grilled chicken on a salad ( I can’t find a dressing yet that is approved!  if I can’t find one then no dressing for Owen).

Turkey burgers (on homemade bread, no ketchup or mustard), fruit and veg

(so far that is all on my list)

Snacks:

Lots of fruit, smoothies, Annie Homegrown cracker snacks, homemade cookies

To drink:

Pineapple Juice (they say to stay away from apples for the first few weeks, then add them in later if your child can handle them)

Pear Juice

We got him a natural toothpaste with no artificial coloring or flavoring in it too.

So far that is all I have.  I am a little overwhelmed.  I have some meals in my freezer we will use up, but just give Owen something different.  After I get that all used up  I will be able to make all the dinners using only things that are approved 🙂

So, please pray for us!  Please pray for God to give us wisdom.  If this doesn’t “fix” some of our problems that is okay…..we may have just picked up some great new habits as a family!





Centers….

24 03 2010

Well, we have started schooling a little different this past week.  And so far so good!!  Now, I wouldn’t really call it schooling for Owen and Ethan, but they are involved as well!  And they love it too 🙂

So, this is how it works.  I set up 3-6 different things for the kids to do.  For example : painting, reading, math, wood tiles, play do, puzzles, a craft, music, felt-board, spanish, etc. 

I then set the timer for 10 mins. and the kids rotate around to different things I have set up.  Now, the older ones do a lot of school time during this time (their math is the lesson for the week, or handwriting).  For Owen it is more “activities” (paint, felt board, wood tiles, etc), for Ethan is it fun baby stuff (floor time, bouncy time, etc). 

I then rotate around and help each child during a set of time.  So I make sure Grace and Isaac aren’t both doing math or reading at the same time.  Grace will be painting while I help Isaac with math, then I help Grace with reading while Isaac is doing the felt board etc.  I then make sure Grace and Isaac are doing things they don’t need help with while I spend time with Owen and Ethan.  🙂  This has made it much easier to spend one on one with each child and get school done at the same time!  It also gets the kids doing fun things that I don’t usually get out for them to do. 🙂  This also makes me set up fun things for them and it keeps Owen and Ethan busy while I do subjects with Grace and Isaac.





Some new pics….Hope you enjoy

23 03 2010

With a crazy last few weeks I thought I would post some new pics.  Enjoy 🙂

I love this one...look every 3 and 4 year old is doing something different 🙂

Grace in Ballet

 

Grace while playing in the snow

Owen playing in the snow

Owen loves to play tee ball

Owen playing the guitar

Our Ethan at 6 months

Ethan on the big boy swing for the first time

Ethan and his great grandma

Isaac playing in the snow

Isaac playing the guitar

Getting ready....

I baptize you my brother, In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Buried with him in baptism raised to walk in newness of life.

I cried. Watching him take this step of obedience was amazing.





RSV, Homeschooling and Crazy stuff……

2 03 2010

Well, well, well…..the Ferraro bunch has been busy these past few weeks!

First, our baby got sick for the first time!  We were very sad when we found out he had RSV, he was on breathing treatments every 4 hours for a few days.  Plus he got a double ear infections…..he was a VERY sick little boy for a few days.  We praise God he is healthy now and God kept His hand on him the whole time!  What a great God we serve!!!!! 

Ethan is now 6 months old…..how can this be?  He is one of the most loving and quiet babies I have ever met!  People tell me all the time how much they love him and how wonderful he is. Something that always makes a mamas heart melt 🙂  After having such a tough start….he has become such an easy baby.  He is sleeping much better……goes to bed about 7:30 pm…eats at 11 pm then sleeps until about 8:00 am.  Then he takes 2 naps a day totaling about 4 hours.  He is on baby food for breakfast and dinner and nurses the other feedings.

Isaac and Grace are doing so great with homeschooling!  These kids eat it up and learn so FAST!  Dave and I have made the decision to continue next year as well. 🙂  This was a big step for us!  We have signed up for the Mid West homeschooling convention in April.  We are excited to learn so much and finish picking out our curriculum for next year as well! 🙂  Baby Ethan is going with us (because of nursing) and the others will be staying with my parents for the weekend!

Owen is doing really well with his speech.  After having two evaluations done they have decided not to do therapy at this time.  Both evaluations have found him to be well above his age in intelligence.  They stopped testing once they got to the age of 4.5 years (he is just 2.5 years).  His speech is not clear, but it might be because his brain is thinking faster than his mouth can keep up. 🙂  He is a ball of energy!!!!  He is such a fun-loving kid, we just love him to pieces.  Oh, and his new favorite thing is snowmobiling!!!!!  The kid is hooked on speed.  I will hopefully get some pics up here soon. 🙂

Well, the bunch is busy.  Dave is doing great at the church God has put us at.  God is truly teaching him so much here.  We are so blessed.  He preached the other night and I think it was his best sermon yet…..don’t tell him I am telling you this….he would be so embarrassed. 🙂  Pray for us over the next year.  Many decisions will have to be made and we want to be in God’s plan! 

I am doing so much better!  This past year has been harder on me than any other year.  After the birth of Ethan I went through a time of depression.  Something I have never experienced before.  Many wonderful friends would drop me a phone call or an email during that time….it helped to get me from day-to-day.  But after a lot of prayer God took it all away!  We praise God for that.  At one point Dave and I were getting ready to see a doctor about it….and then it was just gone!  Just like that God said yes to my prayer.  Things are getting so much easier with 4 little ones!  It is amazing how it has become normal to have all four in tote with me and I am not overwhelmed etc.  God is so good all the time!!!