Tuesday, February 23, 2010


We have officially begun the GFCF (Gluten Free, Casein Free) diet here at the Reitsma house.  We are doing it primarily for Matthan as we've heard of success stories with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) kids who have really blossomed on this diet.  So, we thought we need to try it.  After seeing a Naturopath we (Jair & I) were encouraged to try the diet as well - she suggested that often if a child has an intolerance to a certain food it's most likely inherited from one or both of the parents.

So, here we are now day 2 of the diet.  We started with ambition - but even after a day of eating a lot of fruit & veggies, it's already becoming hard.  Jair was so funny last night talking about his food for the day - literally everything he ate had a "crunch" to it - and Jair hates food noises or having to chew things - he gets tired of chewing.  Anyhow, we've got 3 weeks on the elimination of such foods and then we go from there.  With Matthan we've done some extensive blood work and food tests - so that will be helpful - and for us, I think we will slowly add some of these things back into our diet but are praying we will actually notice the difference.

My cousin - who is such a great friend and blessing to me; suggested we blog this experience - and so here I am giving it the first go.  I'll try to keep it updated.

On a side note:  The other day Matthan was asked by my uncle "who is your best friend Matthan?" He replied "Mommy!!"  "who??" says uncle "Mommy!!" repeats Matthan.  It was so sweet!

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