Life has changed…..

21 05 2010

After being on the Feingold diet for almost 5 weeks…..our life has changed.  Changed in ways I NEVER thought I could handle….but God is so good and He has given me the strength!!!  For those that don’t know, we have put our sweet Owen (age 2) on the Feingold diet.  His behavior is 100 percent better, he is able to have control over his body and his emotions.  His speech has improved.  His eczema is almost 50 percent gone on his arms. 🙂  We are very pleased with this!!!

Well, you maybe thinking….how has your life changed?  Well, for starters you can take all your coupons (for food) and throw them in the trash and still keep the same budget.  We keep a very tight hold of our family’s food budget, but with this new diet we have had to add so many different things.  He can eat VERY little store brand foods (they can change who they get their stuff from and not change the label, also  they don’t have to add all ingredients they add to the food.  For example, they can add MILK, but not tell you that the milk has Vitamin A Palminate in it… a preservative).  So, food is pretty pricey that he can get.

On the other hand….it has cost so little too!!!!  I make everything…and I mean everything by hand.  You name it I have made it I think……LOL.  I have cupcakes in my freezer frosted and ready to be pulled out at a moments notice.  That is the thing that has been so hard to adjust to!  I have to be ready and prepared for everything.  I have made cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, brownies, frosting, popsicle, smoothies, bread, whip cream, bread crumbs, bread, hamburger buns, all kinds of muffins, sweet breads, granola, pancakes, french toast etc.  The list goes on and on and on and on.  God has given so much patience to prepare for all these things.  I give him all the credit for this…there is NO way I could be home with 4 young children and home school and do this diet. 

I have also had to be prepared for things.  If we are going to be out and about I have to bring all his food and drinks.  I can’t count on him being able to eat anything at the place we go to.  This also means I have to be ready for the other kids too.  I try not to buy anything that all the kids can’t eat.  This can be hard when “easy” snack foods go and on sale….and are free or almost free.  We just pass by them now.  After going out to eat….we almost always have a reaction.  I know the next 30 mins to 48 hours are going to be very hard.  I can now see a reaction and have figured out ways to handle them better than before.

We are all eating healthier now too!  At the end of a bad day I lay down and think about how much healthier I am making my little boy. I am taking out all the stuff that was making him “sick”.  I am taking out all the stuff that was hindering him from being the boy he could be.  I am so thankful for this program. I am so thankful to those that have gone before me and have done this before.  I am thankful to my VERY wonderful family and church family, they have supported us in this 100 percent.  People call and let me know if I need to bring anything special for him to eat etc.  My family won’t offer my children anything that Owen can’t have!  That is a HUGE thing to me. I want him to feel loved and by them doing that it shows us that they LOVE him too!!!!!

Things have changed, but I am praising God.  It maybe harder for me at times, but we are so happy with the outcome so far.  Thank you to those that have been praying for us during this time.  🙂

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8 responses

22 05 2010
Jill V

LOVE this!! SO glad he is doing so well! Sounds like you have settled in and gotten used to the “new normal” of a Special diet for a special kiddo 😉

You are such a great mom Becky. Have I told you that? 🙂 God is so awesome to give us the opportunity to heal our children through special diets, even though it’s not always easy on us mamas. I still have 1 dairy free and 1 dairy/soy free kiddo, so I know how tough it can be, 5 years later! We’ve been down tougher roads previously too. You know I am here should you ever need to vent. You are allowed to do that, you know!?

~Jill

24 05 2010
ferrarohome

Thank you so much Jill!!!! You are so sweet. I don’t know how you have done it with 2 different diets! YOu are amazing. 🙂

I am so thankful we can heal our little ones too, but you are right about it being so hard. Some days I just cry and others I am ready to tackle it head on!

Thank you so much Jill!!!!

1 06 2010
Stephanie T

Becky,

If you could list the biggest resources for getting you started on Feingold as far as recipes, etc. I would be so very thankful. I am so thrilled to read that you are seeing such wonderful results, I am praying with my whole heart that I will see the same in my 4 year old son.

In His Hands,
Stephanie

1 06 2010
ferrarohome

Stephanie,
I went ahead and ordered the material from feingold.org it costs about 80 dollars, but the material you get is really priceless!

Most of my red. came from the cookbook they give you for the frist few weeks. But as I learned how to do it, I have been able to adapt most of my families favorites!!!!

So far so good and all the other kids are doing well with it too. Do you live my a Trader Joe’s? IF so that is very helpful for easy snacks they can have.

14 06 2011
Brandy

Thank you for sharing. We are starting the diet tomorrow for our entire family. It was brought on my my second daughter being diagnosed with ADHD and some disorders also. My questions is did you change all your toothpaste, hair products, laundry and cleaning also? I was hoping to only have to change the food. Thanks for your help.

15 06 2011
ferrarohome

Yes and No. We did change his toothpaste, but we didn’t really have to change the other things for him. He is doing so awesome! People always ask me how long we are going to do this for and I just tell them “As long as it takes!”. I will be praying for your family as you take this step, it can be crazy at first but now it is a way of life for us. 🙂

15 06 2011
Stephanie T

I see that on the plan you drink milk. But every other program says stay away from dairy, am I reading it wrong?

16 06 2011
ferrarohome

We are doing the progrm through feingold.org and they do approve Milk. It does have to be from where they approve it and they also encourage lots of dairy products. What program did you read that told you not to do milk?

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