Over the last two years, we found that eating gluten-free and dairy-free (GFDF) really affects our older kids’ behavior for the better. Their grades improve, they can focus, and they can play! It was really a helpful thing for our family for a long time, but now…we’ve let it go. It was so hard for me to give this up! But it was harder to keep it going. Thankfully, we now have other people taking care of our kids ALL THE TIME—praise the Lord! The GFDF diet was a burden to our other caretakers, as it requires a shift in meal planning and purchasing and takes away a lot of convenience foods. Also, when the kids were at other houses with unlocked kitchens, they were, um, gorging on non-GFDF foods, so they really weren’t “on the diet” anyway due to their own choices. I was putting in all the food prep and cooking work without the behavior benefits. Time to LET IT GO!
I have to say, it’s a lot easier to eat gluten and dairy. We can now eat out anywhere, and I’m serving pizza and sandwiches like you wouldn’t believe! Over the past few weeks, I’ve depended heavily on take-out and prepared foods, which has really left me feeling unhealthy. Starting in August (after two vacations!), I’m planning to shift to a more “whole foods” meal plan—not GFDF per se, but more whole foods and fewer processed ones. Right now, we’re preparing by eating all the junk food, and I’m trying to exercise restraint at the grocery store and not bring more home! Between a kitchen stocked with only healthy foods and a limited eating-out budget, I’m hoping we’ll shift away from some of the unhealthy habits we’ve picked up.
Really, finding a balance regarding food is always a challenge. We’ve done GFDF, supported the processed food industry, and now I’m on a bigger fitness kick than usual. No matter what we’re eating, may we “taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8)