Gluten and Casien free diet?

April - posted on 10/24/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Has anyone put their kids on the gluten and casein free diet?

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Joyce - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son is gluten free at least 90% of the time, (we can't control when he is at friends houses or on long road trips when we go from Cali, to Wash.). Huge improvement was his constipation was gone. My child could go 3 to 7 days with out defacating. Now he is very regular. Also huge improvement in his sleep, he went from sleeping 4 to 5 hours a night to 9 to 10 hours a night... If your child has this intolerance than definetly it is worth. We saw changes in less than 48 hours, other people saw changes over 1month it depends on the child..... Also if you go gluten and you see positive changes consider having your child test for Celiacs. Our sons Pediatric Neurologist has found that some of the kids don't just have the gluten intolerance, 6 of 10 of his patience actually had the Celiacs condition..... There are so many different breads on the market... popular one is Kinninnick... Glutino, was a brand my son disliked.

Lisa - posted on 10/29/2009

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April, We do not have a Wal mart!!! That was probly the hardest thing to get use to, besides the language difference,haha. But thank you for the prayers and all the info. I understand that it is something you have to do for your daughter, thats awesome that you made your mind up like that for her. When we lived in California we had a trader joes as well and they are fantastic!! That would make life so much easier. Its hard living in a little town i guess for convenience reasons. Spain is pretty cool, but we definetly miss living in the states!! You dont realize how much we take for granted, but it is a great experience for our family. Thanks again.

Nicole - posted on 10/29/2009

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put this criteria in your facebook search box and you will find a group about glutien free and casien free diets if you tell me your city i can try and find a natural food store close by. GFCF Diet

April - posted on 10/29/2009

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I have never heard of trader joes? That would make it so nice to already have a list when you get to the store about the things they could eat!

Nicole - posted on 10/29/2009

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one more thing do you have a trader joes or a whole foods market in your area trader joes has a list they will give you with all the gluten free and casien free products in thier store its a good shopping guide and trader joes has a lot of good meat alternatives that fool my son. He doesnt eat meat either

Nicole - posted on 10/29/2009

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hi my son has adhd and mild aspergers syndrome. We eat a whole food all home made no artificial flavors or colors whole grain bread and pasta. He doesnt react badly to casien or dairy or gluten but the artificial anything make him like hes insane. I absalutely reccomend experimenting try one thing at a time and check out Dr. Feingold he is the one who discovered the link between food adn the adverse syptoms. and get him tested for allergies as it may be hard for him to tell you what doesnt feel good. It has made a world of difference in our lives changing to all natural healthy products not just for my boy but for me as well good luck it will get better

April - posted on 10/29/2009

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eee... I dunno about easy. Its just everyday life. I have seen huge changes in lacie ... really she act's perfectly normal. So, I want to make her life the best it can be and mine too.. :) I do not view the diet as something I could do as much as somthing I will not live without. so easy ... no.. haha.. mind made up ... yes! :)

I understand about finding food. It's not easy for me either.. although I dont live in Spain.. which by the way sounds cool. I do live in a small town. about 13,000 people... we do have a very small health food store. I can get a few things there.. but I have to drive about 30 min. away to get the rest .. Wal Mart does carry a few staples that I use as well.. I guess .... more than I relize comes from Wal Mart... heheh .. Do you have a Wal Mart in Spain? Anywho. I hope that you will be able to sick to the diet .. not just for your peace but for your son's too. :) Good Luck. My thougths and prayers are with you and your family.!! You can do it!! :)

Lisa - posted on 10/29/2009

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April, thank you so much!! You make it sound so easy. haha. The problem is I live in Spain for the next 2 years and they do not have any kind of specialty food stores here. I can order everything online but that gets expensive. I am going to try again, and I will order the book before I try. These suggestions sound doable and hopefully we can stick to it this time!

April - posted on 10/28/2009

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Hi Lisa, I can understand that you do not want your son to go hungry! I hate it when Laice does not eat. It was VERY hard for me when lacie started the diet. I cried all the time .. about going on the diet.. not knowing what I was doing .. where to buy the food.. how to make the food once I found it and on and on.. so I understand were your coming from. I have a few idea's for you.

One idea is a gluten free cookbook. called baking classics by aannalise g. roberts.. she has amazing food!! she shows you how to make all kinds of good things.. AND most importantly how to mix different flours to get a great tasting bread! I love to eat the bread too and I have no allergies to gluten.!! So getting the cook book is a MUST :)

I cant believe your son wont eat meat!! Laice loves meat.. to funny.. anyhow.. something you can do. ( I see he likes chicken nuggets)

get your own chicken and cover it in rice crumbs by Orgran... its really good. cook it in the oven or however you would like to. OR you could crush up corn chips like fretios and coat your chicken in an egg and then the chips and cook it that way .. that is also very good. I make an awesome meat loaf with gluten free rolled oats by bob's red mill .. just make the meat loaf as usual but instead of bread crumbs use the oats * its better for yall anyway* and use a little rice milk... egg, ketchup, salt pepper.. ya know the usual stuff.. lacie LOVES it. :)

what about spagattie? Prego is gluten free.. I called the company. I buy brown rice past noodles... and just make the meat and sause as usual... thats always a big hit.

I dont know if you know that betty crocker came out with some gluten and casien free mix's for cake and brownies. that are sooo yummy.. infact thats what lacie calls the brownies.. * yummies* lol.. I think you could pack all of that in a lunch.. oh the Ians fish sticks are easy and really good. I woudnt recommend the chicken nuggets by Ians because they dont stay together very well. The Chicken rolls by Delimex the corn ones are gluten free and also very yummy ... that would be fast and great in the lunch box.. apple sauce.. baked regular chips..any kind of fruit..would be good in the lunch box too. oh, there are some crackers by Edward & Sons that are really good and I put a little sumkers natural peanutbutter on them for lacie she loves that too.. and I think that would be good in the lunch box as well. Edward &sons also makes a gravy mix that is really really good. They are gluten and casien free too!! So any cassarole dish that you want to make.. you could use that instead of cambells cream of chicken or mushroom. :)

For breakfast ~ Lacie usually has cereal becasue I am to lazy in the morning plus I have a 5 month old to breastfeed.. soo ..the rice or corn chex mix.. is always popular or Envirokidz organic cereal is good too.. they have all kinds.. so your little guy could pick out whatever he wanted.. OH yeah I almost for got lacies favorit is a honey corn flakes ... I can not think of the name of it.. but if you see the Envirokidz you should see it too.

Van's blueberry waffels are good too.. I toast thoes and put a little Smuckers natural peanutbutter on it cut it into 4 pieces and top with agave syurp.. She askes for this all the time.. gosh.. there is just so much.. LOL.. if you have any other questions just ask.. and I will try to help you as much as I can. I know its hard. :) If you need anything just let me know. :)

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2009

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You guys seem to have this down! I have tried to go gluten free about 3 times now and always fail. My son only wants to eat bread, and he hates the GF bread. He knows every time I try it. I also have a hard time with the lunches that I send to school, he wont eat anything but sandwiches. He eats no meat, well except the occasional chicken nugget, but thats it. I dont know what to substitute these things with. We dont allow many processed foods or anything high in sugar so its pretty hard. And dinner time is always a fight for us. He is already on the small side so i really dont want to let him go hungry until he decides to eat something. Any suggestions?

April - posted on 10/27/2009

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Hey didnt know if you guys knew that Wendy's chili is GFCF ... lacie is 2 and she loves it!!! and Delimex chicken corn rolls are GFCF too! they do have soy but lacie does really good with them!

April - posted on 10/27/2009

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Thank you everyone! My husband and I put our daughter on the diet almost a year ago. I just know a lot of people who are not so happy with my choice or think that the diet has made a difference. They think that she would be this good weither she was on the diet or not. BUT I know better.. she couldnt talk to me at all. she screamed all the time..she couldnt wave bye bye.. to me I didnt have another choice. I just wanted to know if other people were having the same results as me. God bless all of you! I know that its hard! You are all in my prayers.. spread the word on how great this diet is! .. PS ... A few things that I do that also help lacie is give her about 1 tablespoon of cocunt milk in her rice milk it helps get rid of the yeast... also I give her a probiotic.. and I give her immune support by herbs for kids.. you can get it has health food stores.. it works!!! when she starts her "stimming" I give all this to her for a few days and then its gone!!! Good luck :)

Candy - posted on 10/26/2009

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my son has only been on a couple of weeks it seemed overwhelming at first and very expensive but worth the money. I am already seeing more eye contact and even heard a few two word sentances. which is huge! check out angel food ministries.com they offer a allergen free box that my son loves!

Diane - posted on 10/24/2009

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My son has been GF/CF since 2001. I can not even begin to imagine where he would be if he wasn't on the diet. He did not begin talking until gluten was out of his diet, and we saw huge regression the few times he had an infraction. But the diet needs to be 100% or I wouldn't even bother, because crumbs can sabotage the efforts. Anyone interested in giving it a try, I have tons of links and recipes, as well as replacement food ideas. We've been doing it for years, and it did become second nature within a few months when I got the hang of it (and dealing with my son ON the diet is much, much easier than dealing with him BEFORE).

diane, mom to an 11 yr old with high functioning autism

Janna - posted on 10/24/2009

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my son was diagnosed with autism right when he turned 2! we had read many things about the gluten and casein free diet and decided to give it a try! within 72 hours of pulling the milk... my son slept through the whole night for the first time in his life! it was great! the wheat takes 6 months to come out of your system! we have all the wheat out of his system and i can tell u the amazing changes it has made for him! hes learning more and seems to be doing alot better! we have also had allergy testing and he is allergic to eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, corn, milk! this diet is very hard and expensive! there is a food brand out there called ians! (its in a yellow box) they have many types of food without any of the stuff that my son is allergic to! its worth the try! if u have any other questions please let me know! my son has been on this diet for a year now! he just turned 3! good luck!

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