Friday, April 30, 2010

Gluten-Free Casein-Free (dairy) ?

First attempt to making gluten-free pancakes.

I gagged, no really, it was gross!

This is my six year old just recently (but we have known for a while) diagnosed with ADHD. This is just a small part of his diagnosis we are now doing blood work and checking on the genetic makeup to rule those things out. He is my challenge most days. We love him, and he is funny, but there are times that he needs to escape for his very own good. We have been given medication last week for him, but along with the prescription came all the side affects warnings which were really really long and scary! Ritalin has tons of side affects, we would even have to give this guy a EKG before we began because we have heart issues in our family. So......I have done TONS of research on an alternative methods for him. I want to see him succeed but I also want to know that I have expired all other options before I go that route. I'm not one for listening to doctors all the time, modern medicine can not trump natural on everything. I think that many times Dr. are very fast to bring out the medication pad, sometimes a little too fast. I am sure some things, and maybe at the end of this journey we may decided to give it a go. But I was not going to go to quick on that one.
The research I have done concluded that children with ADHD and Autism have been able to have great outcome on changing diet along with behavioral therapy. Hubbs and I spoke about it and really we could all use better healthy living, Frank has some tummy issues he has had since we have been married 12 years ago. So, we ventured out bought a new cook book and got shopping(CHA-CHING!) We are trying a Gluten-Free Casein-Free, dye-free diet.
We have been on it for a week so far. Its very challenging and some of the food is DISGUSTING! NASTY not to mention EXPENSIVE!
At first we thought we would just have just A and Frank on it. Imagine the look on his face when I told him he could not have a toast, yep, broke my heart. So, what we are going to do, because you can not feed a family this big on a GFCF diet, or at least I have not figured this one out yet. We are going to have the whole family on it, and see if there are changes in anyone of us. It can't hurt.
I have kept a behavioral log and food log. So far not so much of a change with A. They say it can take up to six months. Holy smokito, I need bread bad! :)
Yes, we could save tons of money, and huge head ache by just doing the drug, but I really just need to do this for this little guy. This is my job, my honor, to help him no matter how long it can take.
If you or anyone you know have had success with this diet, would you give me a holler on the comments? Or if you have any tips on food that does not taste like cardboard ;0) yeah that would be a great tip too!


Aeariel Donal said...

Hi..I follow your blog sometimes and thought you might like to contact a woman I know who is a wonderful Christian lady. She is recently widowed but she has 9 children and almost all of them have food allergies, especially dairy and gluten. She has been able to provide the food that they need on a small pastoral salary her husband received before he passed away this year. Her name is Susan Pollock and I will share her FB address with you. I'm sure she would love to talk to you about the new diet and how to not only afford it but to incorporate it into your life. Like I said, she is a kind loving woman who would welcome the conversation. Good luck

The Tulloss Family said...

I'm rooting for you Natalie! You are an awesome mom.

A. Gillispie said...

You go girl!!! Total respect for trying GFCF with the whole fam! We are on a "food evolution" of our own that I'll post about soon, but I had to laugh because we purchased several of the same food items this week! Favorite buy was those Rice Chips in your pic--yum! Hopefully you'll find a core group of GFCF stuff that you all like. Losing bread would be a biggy here!

Taevy also has ADHD (and sensory integration issues). As a young one she was allergic to milk products, soy, and egg. In addition, food dyes and a certain preservative put in a lot of processed foods were huge behavioral triggers for her. Her behavioral success is most definitely impacted by her diet. Food dyes are still a huage trigger for her. Assuming you're taking food dye out of the diet as well? If not, consider it--especially Red 40!

Props to you!

Gluten Free Sourdough Baker said...

HI Natalie,
I sympathize with your response to gluten free products. Because of that, and my own food allergies, I have developed gluten free sourdough recipes. I have combined old fashioned sourdough techniques with gluten free seed and grain flours and have come up with excellent, delicious breads, muffins and pancakes. They are also free of dairy, eggs, soy, yeast, sweeteners, gums and baking powder. Very suitable for sensitive digestions. My recipes only use pure food ingredients, nothing artificial, highly processed or laboratory grown. A lot of children react badly to these non-food ingredients in gluten free foods.

I have posted a free download of the starter recipe plus pancake recipe:

There is one special ingredient needed for the starter, Water Kefir Culture, that is a bit pricey but contact me and we can talk about options.

This ingredient, used as a drink in small amounts also gently puts probiotics and enzymes which helps strenghthen digestive and immune systems which is the basis for helping children with recommended for children with behavioral problems.

Also, the pancakes are really good!

This type of baking takes some time to understand and master so it may not be for everyone. With planning it doesn't have to be time consuming. For people able to take the time it's well worth it as the breads are tasty, easy to digest and have an extremely long shelf life!

My complete, and continually growing recipe book, Art of Gluten Free Sourdough Baking, is available in pdf and print form on my website,

Good Luck and Eat Well!

Amy said...

I've been quietly reading your blog for months now. :-)

I ate gluten free for about 7 months. The Tinkyada brand pasta is the best! You have to rinse it per the directions on the back, but otherwise I swear it's as good if not better than regular wheat pasta.

There are a lot of great blogs with GF and GF/CF recipes. These two are my favorites:

These peanut butter cookies are delicious and gluten free. Some brands of chocolate chips, I think Ghirardelli for example, are CF also.

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