As those who have been following along know, I am and have been attempting to change my eating habits. I am making some definite progress, but I still have a great way to go. I have a new motivation though! My children, or should I say my oldest son. All of my children have a speech delay. They are all very active kids. Now you can say that they are not quite 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 (twins) years old and I absolutely agree! I am no where saying that I have issues with hyperactive kids, I just have kids that are more active than those kids that enjoy sitting and doing quiet activities. With my oldest, there has been some question (on my husband's part because I know nothing about this) of autism. I have asked his early intervention speech therapist who said no. I have asked the school teacher, more braodly, if they felt that his speech delay was a symptom of something else. Again the answer was no. My husabnd still has some concerns that there is more to him that has been diagnosed, and on some level I wonder too. But, on the other side, I wonder if there are foods that are making things worse and that it is more of a food reaction than an actual diagnosed illness.
Since I am trying to eat a certain way, and since that way of eating can only help my children, especially my oldest, I am motivated now to really look at what my meal plan consists of. Instead of just flying by the seat of my pants, which no matter how hard I try I never seem to get a plan in place, I meed to actually menu plan and plan along the lines of a diet that may benefit me and my children. Even if there is no change to their behavior, their speech, or anything else, at least I know that it is a healthy way to eat.
At this point, I am looking to eliminate gluten and sugar, and we have already eliminated dairy (for the most part). I say that we have eliminated dairy for the most part because, ingeneral we don't give the kids any dairy, but then once in a while they will have it if we are at a party, or now that it's summer we will have ice cream once in a while, but now where near the 7+ gallons of milk we were consuming prior to giving up dairy.
I am looking for good tried and true recipes. I have some cookbooks and blogs that I really like, but I really want to make things that me and my family will enjoy. If anyone has favorites, please send them my way!