“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 many 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 . . .”
If 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
I 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.