No, we are not quitting our diet. But I will soon be dropping “The Diet Diaries” as the title of this blog.
When I began this blog almost two years ago, I wanted to chronicle our journey of learning how to eat free of gluten, casein, grains, soy, sugar, fruit, processed foods, legumes, etc, etc. I wanted to track our progress on two fronts: our adaptation to the diet and its impact on Logan’s autism.
Lately, however, I find myself drifting away from that idea of tracking progress into other areas (literature, culture). This is partly because I’m interested in those things and partly because we might simply have no more “progress” to report.
Did the diet work to recover Logan from autism? I thought at this point, I would have a solid answer to that question. But I don’t.
On one hand, Logan still clearly faces challenges with understanding social rules and following directions. He still has an IEP claiming ASD; I’m certain if we went through a formal diagnosis process again, he’d still be labeled as on the spectrum.
But on the other hand, we no longer have all-out scream fests every morning and night. Little things and changes no longer throw him off. Logan tries to engage others and almost always wants to be social. He has zero problems communicating. All of these make me so proud of him, and diagnosis or not, he has a very bright future ahead.
It’s clear to me–and hopefully to readers who have followed our story–diet has played a huge part in this.
Our family will continue to follow the principles of the Body Ecology and the GAPS diets, avoiding processed foods and adding probiotic foods. And I will continue to write this blog, but with a shifted scope. While The Diet Diaries focused on my family and food, All in Awe will explore subjects I find awesome (like my son), awe-inspiring (like books) and perhaps even awful (like my cooking).
Thank you for reading The Diet Diaries, and welcome to All in Awe.