I’m going to preface this post with: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I AM NOT A PSYCHIATRIST. But I do know my child. So take this for what it’s worth, it is my merely my humble, non-clinical opinion (and my husband’s). Any nay-sayers or Doubting Thomases…keep on movin’ and keep it to yourselves.
My three year old and I have been on the GAPS Diet since February. 10 months. We’ve learned alot along the way. I’ll post the link to where we were at last summer for your reference, and if you’re reading about GAPS for the first time, it will give you a little more info…
Cool new things: she has healed enough to be able to eat cheese and nuts, although being previously moderately allergic to dairy and all nuts. Even a couple months ago, they were giving her diarrhea, eczema flares and causing some behaviors we didn’t much care for…so we removed them from her diet for awhile. Being able to eat these foods has been a really positive change for her, and allows a few more options. I won’t get much into the physical stuff that is no longer an issue…because we really had alot of that taken care previously and I talked about most of it in the GAPS Part 3 link shown above.
We never really thought that she had any cognitive issues before GAPS, or at least much outside of grumpiness. I stated in the GAPS Part 3 post that at that time, I felt she had some sensory issues, and I’ll stick by that. I don’t really know what else to call it. She has always been extremely bright, and social when she wants to be. Maybe we were just really focused on her physical health. Maybe it didn’t click until we saw such dramatic sudden improvement. Don’t really have an answer for that. But when she started healing more…it was OBVIOUS.
A few months back, we were having issues with lots and lots (and lots) of screaming tantrums, that seemed to last indefinitely. All day during times when we were home. I’ll take the blame for the last bad bout we had…I was
stupid human and I thought she’d be able to “cheat” at the State Fair just once, and eat some gluten free fries. WRONG. After that she went backwards and we started seeing alot more of the screaming tantrums, “fuzzy” behavior and rubbing her ears, and being more quiet and reserved socially. Our setback lasted about a month and a half (I’ll include myself in this…fair fries…GF or not…BAD IDEA) and as suddenly as it started, it ended. Even now, I really don’t know what happened to cause the dramatic shift in her behavior except that I have chalked it up to detoxing and/or further healing. I can’t pinpoint one specific thing so that’s my best guess.
Things got a little better a month and a half after the fry incident…and they kept getting better. About a month ago, we really started seeing some great stuff from her. Her screaming tantrums are now what are typical for three year olds…fairly few and far between and redirectable. Her speech has advanced alot suddenly, and she is cracking jokes and making witty comments, and she’s knows she’s witty. Her level of facial animation is amazing, and she knows that her “funny faces” are a HOOT. And best of all…she is initiating hugs and kisses and LOVE. She has always been a very cuddly and clingy child, but it wasn’t until this change that I realized that she was seeking comfort more than she was actually showing love. She started to tell us “I love you!” which she has never done before (this is personally my favorite part 🙂 ). My big kids started to say this around age 2, and she is almost 4. While we gave it no thought when she wasn’t saying it (figured it was just her personality)…it is obvious to both my husband and I that this is all part of her change and healing because it is all happening at the same time and is so sudden. No, I don’t think it’s because she’s “feeling better” or because she’s “growing up”. I think that based on what I’ve read from the “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” book and everything we’ve learned along the way, her brain is finally detoxifying. I have long suspected that she was storing mercury and other toxic elements, and now maybe I’ll never know. Which isn’t all bad. We can just focus on HER.
Thank you Lord for giving us the tools to heal our child…and help her to be who You meant her to be. 🙂 I am forever grateful. This all makes me so excited for the end result…so stay tuned!
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