And all derivatives: Malt, grain starches, hydrolyzed vegetable plant proteins, textured vegetable proteins, grain vinegars, soy sauce, grain alcohols, flavorings and the binders and fillers found in vitamins and medications
Many of our kids have gastrointestinal disorders believed to be caused by an insult to the immune system. Gluten and casein proteins break down and cause inflammation in the intestinal wall. Proteins go through a permeable gut wall and cross the blood/brain barrier, causing many of the behavioral symptoms.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I did not start a rotation diet until I had the GFCF and allergy issues related to Vico “down to a science.” Going GFCF is hard enough so give yourself some time before you embark on this step at least SIX MONTHS after starting the diet..
We first started by removing Casein and when we had that down we removed Gluten. Eventually we went to a rotation diet to prevent food allergies / intolerances and to identify foods that were a problem for our son.
In addition, some Autism Spectrum children can get in a “rut” and want to eat the same foods day in and day out. Rotation diets can serve to help both potential problems
Call ahead to hotel/family/friends of where you are visiting.
Have food sent in advance, waiting for you
Shop the day you arrive or ASAP
Have some staples on hand (cereal, crackers, treats, etc.)
Invest in various size coolers – Soft-pack coolers are wonderful for traveling!
Check restaurants to see if they accommodate your request to re-heat GF/CF food.
Some national chains / restaurants have GF/CF menu options.
Cooking in Bulk, Freezing & Heating Suggestions
Quadruple baking batches or any meal
Freeze in individual baggies in large containers with labels
Reheat in glass using a toaster oven (preferred)
Or take out the night before in the frig to defrost for B-L or D.
Remember: GFCF has no preservatives so it goes bad in 1-2 days!
Is more than just allergies: Phenols, Salicylates, Dyes &..
Dyes, natural flavors, phenols / salyciliates, and additives can be GFCF but brutal on our kiddos and going organic, natural foods with less complex structures is the bare minimum suggested by many and by me.
What to watch for in sensitivities
Over eating types of foods
Behaviors & rashes
Night time laughing
I am a big believer in feeding our kids healthy, clean foods because garbage in / garbage out (in poops, learning, behaviors and sleep.)
It could mean the child is low in minerals/vitamins that help digest proteins and other complex foods. There are medical studies that demonstrate kids low in zinc cannot tolerate proteins. If this is the case you should work with a doctor regarding supplementation until your child’s diet opens up and more variety of foods can be accepted. (This was an issue with my son.)
Or your child has extreme sensitivity issues. An occupational therapists should assist you here. There are food clinics for eating issues.
How to cook edible meals that are GFCF for all to eat
Cook like Grandma used to before everything came in boxes
Meat & Potatoes, Chicken and Rice (veggies on the side)
Cheat (and save money) by having a pot/strainer for you and a pot/strainer for the Gluten Free pasta. Make tomato based sauces.
Forget cheese, pizza’s and breads in the first few months
Try these in month 3 +
New cheese available now that is actually good http://www.daiyafoods.com/
Mixes are a beautiful thing
Pre-packages items are a beautiful thing too
Bake once you get the hang of the favorite eats and the diet itself
If you have tons of extra money – there are places that will deliver GFCF meals you can prepare ( www.gfmeals.com )
What to say to family, friends teachers and therapists
A little bit WILL hurt so. . .
Educate your spouse
Educate family members
Educate everyone in regular contact with your child
And then. . .
Do not take apathy toward GF/CF and its affects on your child lightly because you are the one to live with the consequences… (or better yet, explain to others that if they sabotage your efforts, your child can live with THEM for the next 5 days!)
Troubleshooting – Hidden Sources of Gluten/Casein
Sharing same toaster, waffle iron, fryer, etc. – crumbs CAN make a difference!
Sharing condiments – GF/CF mayo, catsup, margarine, peanut butter, etc. – again, crumbs can ruin your efforts.
Lipstick / lip balm – Use Burt’s Bees lip balm
Playdoh (worst reaction ever for my son)
Personal Care products
Medicines/Antibiotics – try a compounding pharmacy