With lots of things happening over the holidays, it slipped my mind to post how thankful I am for the support we’ve had implementing and sticking with a sugar-free, grain-free, and dairy-free diet. I often think about what a friend said to me this summer, how impressed she was not only with my efforts to keep Logan on healthy, whole foods–but more so, with my mom’s enthusiastic acceptance of the diet. It’s beyond frustrating for her, she said, that her relatives don’t understand or agree with the diet she tries to keep her son on. It’s grandma’s house, her mother-in-law argues, he can get spoiled a bit here.
The problem is–as many parents know–getting spoiled “a bit” at grandma’s house doesn’t just stay at grandma’s house. Sugar rushes (and crashes) last after leaving grandma’s house. And often reactions to food are delayed, meaning that ingested gluten or casein might not start showing effects for a day or two. Plus, for some kids, it’s hard to understand the rationale for why it’s OK to eat junk food in some places but not in others.
I’m lucky to have understanding relatives–and after Thanksgiving, I especially wanted to say thanks to my mother-in-law, MJ. It meant a lot to me that she took the time to find a new recipe and make a batch of grain-free almond flour crackers*. It’s often hard for Logan to play “with” his cousins at family gatherings, and I’m touched by her efforts to make snacking with them easier.
Passively accepting a diet and not offering off-limits food is one step; I’m so thankful for all my friends and family who take even the next step by actively helping us with this diet. We are a much healthier and healthier (and more sane) family for it.
*And, darn it, they were so good they were gone before I remembered to take a picture for this blog 🙂