Molly Green Magazine Published Twenty Tips I Wrote Up To Help Families With Diet Change



“Is this Your New Year’s Resolution?  Tips to Transition to a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Lifestyle,” an excerpt from Molly Green Magazine

(an article by Terri Fites)

“. . . Expect resistance and outside cheating. There may be fits, pouting, defiance, and outside cheating. Failure, both intentional and unintentional, will occur. Be prepared to regroup, identify chinks in the plan, and get back on track. Remember how manyMG 1 times you had (have) to tell your kids to say “please” before they actually did (do) it!

Recognize the difference between an allergy and intolerance/sensitivity.

Tell kids what symptoms you’re watching for so they can recognize when they disappear or worsen in response to diet. Kids with uncomfortable symptoms like stuffy noses, sneezing, coughing, constipation, upset stomachs, headaches, eczema, reflux, and trouble focusing often will self-regulate their diets once they get to feeling better . . .”

Click HERE for the FULL ARTICLE.


Molly Green MagazineIf you’re interested, I wrote an article for Molly Green Magazine, a magazine all about the home:  homeschooling, homemaking, home industry, and homesteading.  Titled “Tips to Transition to a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Diet,” my article highlights what I learned as I transitioned my food-sensitive family to a whole foods, gluten-free, and dairy-free diet.  I do not get paid to write; it is a hobby I enjoy.  I just thought if you were struggling to pull your family along to better, whole foods eating, and working through some food elimination, you might enjoy the article.  (And I don’t think it’s fair to blog readers or magazine readers to replicate material verbatim.)  My kids and I did not really come willingly to this lifestyle, but even they can now admit that they feel better.  You can get this magazine edition for free.  There are some other great articles in there, too, which actually tie right in with the theme of this blog (nutrition, homeschooling, families, etc):

  • Cilantro/Coriander: One Plant with Many Applications
  • Why My Husband and I Still Hold Hands
  • Cultivating Talent and Passion in Children
  • Could You Grow Your Own Food in a Crisis?
  • Basic Hive Protection (about bees)
  • The Emotions of Butchering
  • Meal Planning 101: How to Get It Done
  • Fighting the Winter Blues

Molly Green Magazine 2I believe the editor told me they were going to make my article from Molly Green Magazine into a one-page lay out that may be hung on the refrigerator, in case that’s something that would interest you.  Although its title suggests that I’m simply interested in gluten-free and dairy-free changes, you’ll know from reading my blog that that is not the case.  So many of the health ailments of our society are directly linked to poor nutrition.  I focus on getting people to eat whole foods, lots of vegetables and fruits, and then watching out for side effects of foods, adjusting things as needed.

It is two weeks into January.  If you have failed, IT IS OKAY.  Do not use that chip as an excuse to throw away a perfectly good mug.  Get back to work.  One day at a time.  And weave that into strings of days at a time.  And eventually, create a masterpiece diet just for you to last a whole lifetime.  DON’T GIVE UP.  If you do, CPAP machines, multiple prescriptions, and a more and more sedentary life await you.



12 thoughts on “Molly Green Magazine Published Twenty Tips I Wrote Up To Help Families With Diet Change

  1. Tim Steele

    Terri – Who did the layout and pictures? The article looks really good! I have been wanting to submit some stuff to different magazines to try to reach a much larger audience. Any advice?

    I’m like you…this is just a hobby, but not all that many people read blogs.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Gee. I feel really insensitive. I don’t know who did the layout and pictures–and I just love them! Whoever does them, well, the whole magazine looks great. I will find out. I e-mailed the editor, too, and asked about “guest features” in the magazine; some of those things featured in the magazine are right up your alley (livestock production, organic gardening, etc)!!! In this case, the editor is a mom who also homeschools and she and I are friends. In one sense you are right, not all that many people read blogs, although I’d say a hefty, hefty number read your blog and comments. In another sense, your blog has a great trickle down effect–we all read it and then we share it. But I know what you mean, this is good information, and you want it to reach the general public and not just health gurus. I’ll correspond when she replies, and also after I’ve read those Vegetable Pharm fiber series posts I’ve got printed off to read! Vegetable Pharm:


  2. EmilyMaine

    Woohoo! Congrats! I was reading a comment on Facebook from someone the other day who said that she has been doing the whole foods thing with her family for 18 months now and her husband STILL brings crappy food into the house. Her kids however, 14 and 16 years old, actually turn it down now as they see how much better they feel. So like you say, they do self regulate. I think this is awesome. Well done, Terri.

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Thank you, Em! I am happy to hear that. Sometimes I get locked in my little box here, eating our little foods, and I forget how far we have come. So to hear it from others like this keeps me motivated. Thank you. ~ Terri

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Thank you! Ha! Never thought about it that way. “Published author.” I think that might get me some continuing medical education requirements checked off. Oh, drats. Maybe not. Since it’s a homeschool type pulication. Bummer. Much better written than some of my journals.


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