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.  🙂





We did it…..

2 04 2010

After having one of the hardest weeks of my life (concerning diet), Dave and I decided to order the program materials from Feingold.

It happened last night, we went to the park with my dad, sister and cousins. My dad picked up KFC for dinner and the kids couldn’t wait for our night out with the family. Park, food and fun! All except poor Owen. I brought his food, but he had to sit there and watch all the other kids eat KFC while he had different foods. With the program from Feingold you get a fast food guide that tells you exactly what your child can eat when out to eat!

I also need help with everything else…what kind of cheese, can he eat any cereal?, how about cookies or crackers….the list goes on and on.

I will let you know how it goes! And thank you so much for all the support….the e mails, phone calls, etc. mean so much to us. A teacher at church even went to the website and picked out a snack he could have (so that all the kids would have the same thing and he wouldn’t feel left out), How awesome is my church family again…can we say they ROCK!!!!!





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!