Q. What is this diet you have Ethan, and the other children, on and why?
A. Ethan is high energy, high needs, has trouble sleeping, staying asleep, and has night terrors. When I investigated the possible cause of these troubles (especially the night terrors which are frightening to ME!) a thought crossed my mind. I thought, "I do my best to buy organic produce....but what about the additives and preservatives in the other foods we eat?!!?
I ran into the Feingold diet. The Feingold Diet is not new. It's been around for a long time. I do my own version of Feingold, but it's the same principle. Nature (God) knows best, stick to foods that are closest to the original version of that food.
Stay away from additives and preservatives. Children that are sensitive to these ingredients can react to even a very, VERY small amount. Ethan is sensitive especially to preservatives.
Elimination includes: Artificial (synthetic) coloring Artificial (synthetic) flavoring Aspartame (Nutrasweet, an artificial sweetener) Artificial (synthetic) preservatives BHA, BHT, TBHQ In the beginning (Stage One) of the Feingold Program, aspirin and some foods containing salicylate (Suh-LIH-Suh-Late) are eliminated. Salicylate is a group of chemicals related to aspirin. There are several kinds of salicylate, which plants make as a natural pesticide to protect themselves. Those that are eliminated are listed in the salicylate list which is included also in the Program Handbook. Most people can eventually tolerate at least some of these salicylates.
You will notice this dietary program is often referred to as a program because fragrances and non-food items which contain the chemicals listed above are also eliminated.
So, how to start? It's a easy as reading lables. If you don't know what it says....don't buy it. Companies that don't use additives or preservatives are usually PROUD of that fact and go out of their way to explain every ingredient on the lable.
Some of these may be obvious. Instead of the sugary packets of oatmeal, switch to the old style oatmeal with real brown sugar.
Some are more difficult. Condiments. This was one of the last things I realized actually. Katsup, mustard, it all has many additives (Corn Syrup) and preservatives.
I will be doing a Feingold series, with tips on food every Friday. Hope you will join me. :)
Tip of the Week: Cereal! Most kids (sans Reagan) love cereal. It's easy and yummy...but 99.9% of the mainstream cereals are made with additives and preservatives. We were happy to find Kashi's Honey Sunshine cereal. It is truly delicious, and does not taste like "alternative" food. My kids LOVE it (all 5 of them!). Like most responsible companies, they go out of their way to show you on the lable that all ingredients are "real".
Reagan is in 1st grade, she loves school and has never had trouble making friends. She's the most smiley and friendly child I have ever met. Reagan loves cats, horses, and most every furry animal in the world. She loves music and is taking piano lessons. Reagan was diagnosed with Epilepsy in July (2010), and is on a regiment of medication to help lessen the amount of seizures that she has. Reagan is a great kid, and we are so proud of her!
My Jedi knight....Ethan is very sensitive. Out of all the kids, Ethan's personality most matches my own. He is very sweet, and shy...but he opens up and is the class clown once he's comfortable with his surroundings. Ethan is very smart, and he loves to play with his Star Wars toys. He's our only true "blondie", and during the summer his hair is almost white. Ethan is extremely loyal, and is a very very good brother...very protective. ;)
Triplet "A", leader of the pack. Laney sees the world in black and white...it's either right or wrong, yes or no...and she has no trouble proclaiming to the world what she thinks is "right". She's the most like daddy in personality. Bossy, (in a good way!). Sweet, Sassy, and LOUD. Laney loves dresses, church, Reagan, red meat, and going to the zoo. She hates green vegetables, and is a big wimp! :)
Addie is our girly girl. She is our only curly headed child, and wasTriplet "B"...pickle in the middle. She's very sassy. She has "Addie-tude". Addie is vertically challenged, even compared to our small kids. She's double jointed, and we plan on starting gymnastics soon. Addie is the most verbal of any of our kids. She LOVES vegetables, and hates meat of any kind. She's afraid of most animals, and has a hoarding issue (she loves collecting things...and keeping them!) She's very smart, very sensitive, and a big mama's girl!
Joel is my strong and silent type. He's the biggest child I've had, length and weight. Joel is non-verbal, and we are waiting an official diagnoses, which will come sometime after he turns 3. Joel is sweet, so so so sweet. He melts my heart every day. He love trains, cars, and really anything with wheels. He likes riding his scooter, and his big wheels trike. He loves to swim, and is a huge fan of ANY food. He will eat more than a grown man. It's amazing.
Josh and I were married in May of 2002, but we started dating in 1996. He is an insurance salesman, and is the best daddy! He loves to play with the kids outside, and has no problem pitching in with the housework. He's manly enough to admit that he likes watching Glee with me. He volunteers at church with the elementary after school program.
Then there was me... I enjoy being a mom, being a part of our MOPS steering team, photography (I make no claims at being GOOD at it!), writing, and organizing. I love being a housewife, and I am contemplating what will happen when my last child(ren) goes to school. I want to be the "room mom" and do all the mom stuff, but a seperate part of me really misses work. I am a cloth diapering, and breastfeeding advocate. I am a child of God. My favorite book of the Bible is 1Peter. I love cats and horses. I love to read, and I am in love with "The Hunger Games" right now. That's about it. :)