Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rewind Wednesday : A GFCF First!

A while back, David and I began to discuss transitioning John David to a GFCF (Gluten-Free, Casein-Free) diet.  (Basically wheat and dairy free).  This diet is highly recommended for individuals with autism and ADHD.  

I will most likely share more about "the diet" soon and why it is believed to make a difference for these individuals. 

Thankfully, the Lord has given us a great eater; but trying to go gluten free was definitely the biggest challenge.  However, it has been quite easy to stay away from dairy.  (We are big fans of almond milk and calcium supplements!)  And to note - although we haven't noticed much difference in John David regarding gluten removal (nor have we given that one a fair trial), dismissing dairy has made a significant difference.  Again, I will be more specific another day.  

Well, back at the beginning of August, we attempted our first GFCF (and David would add a TF: "taste free") chocolate cake.  I can't remember the brand off the top of my head, though I would recognize it on the shelf at Target.  I'll try to make note of that here, for anyone - unlike my husband! - who may for some reason be interested.  :) 

Here we are mixing the batter

Having a sneaky taste test

And enjoying the finished product

John David would disagree with his daddy's "TF" comment.  So would I.  :) 



Bethany Vaughn said...

I have heard that diet plays a big part too. But I have never personally known someone trying it. When you get a chance please do share the differences you see, that is very interesting. I've never heard about it helping ADHD, that is very intriguing as well, and information a LOT of parents could benefit from!

Katie said...

Thanks, Bethany. I will definitely try to do this soon.

Marlene said...

I've been traveling a lot lately and am just catching up on your posts from the last few weeks. I have a friend in Georgia who did this with her son who showed definite signs of autism and she swears by the made a remarkable difference for them! I look forward to hearing how it goes for y'all! Praying that all goes well for JD with this new school year!

Katie said...

Miss Marlene! So great to hear from you. Thank you for taking time to comment and encourage us. That's so great to hear about your friend and her son's success with the diet. We are taking baby steps. JD is doing so well, praise the Lord, and school has been great so far. You are so sweet to keep up with our family and to pray for us. Please continue. You are loved. I actually just told someone last Friday - when talking about our autism journey - that you will forever be on our "people we're most thankful for" list! We love you!