Wild caught fish.
Alternate uses for breastmilk.
Yup. D is going gluten free.
Yup. His behavior has totally changed.
Yup. I am back to square one trying to recreate over processed food with ingredients I don't know how to work with.
Yup. I know what teff flour is.
So... when D turned two... or maybe it was three... we started a period that didn't end until about 3 weeks ago. A period of screaming, yelling, violent tantrums.
I know what you're thinking.
Suck it up mama. All three year olds have tantrums.
Suck it up mama. He'll grow out of it.
Suck it up mama. Everyone goes through phases where their kid throws a scale at them down the stairs followed by every book on the book shelf and a couple of box fans.
Well... I figured nothing could be lost by trying it. I didn't really have any basis in trying it other than the fact that we already don't eat artificial food dye (which is something other mamas feel helps behavior)... and I had read this blog post: The Gluten Made Her Do It.
After three weeks I have an initial report (and I will continue to follow it up...)
Let me tell you... the pasta sucks - quinoa, corn, rice... anything that's not semolina is crummy. The bread sucks. Rice bread, potato starch, tapioca, teff... all of it.
But... D is different.
Not a quiet, compliant, and obedient robotron kinda different - but a happy kid, with his happy funny personality, chatting about why he does or doesn't agree with me... without hitting me or throwing something at me. Without shoving his brother onto the floor while looking at me.
Could it be this easy? (and by easy I don't mean delicious).
As you can see - I am missing gluten - but quite honestly - I don't think he has noticed. I like baking bread, making pasta from scratch (*real pasta), making batter that I recognize for muffins and pancakes.
Now I am in a new world of processed foods... is it processed if it is 5 different kinds of flour? What the hell is xanthan gum anyway? Can you find it organically? Did I for real just by bread from a freezer - with the last ingredient - CORN SYRUP SOLIDS?!
I am lost.
But I found D. I found the real D. The happy D. And I want to keep him around...
But I repeat. I.am.lost. in this new world of food I don't know. Help me!!
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