Since I last posted many things have happened which have changed my families Recipe for Life into a new Recipe! We travelled to Ireland and Spain, which was amazing but opened my eyes to my 3 year old’s difficult behaviours. I thought she was being tough to deal with, I thought she was acting out because of the new baby but it turns out I was wrong.
September brought another holiday, only 1 night away. My husband and I realised how anxiety was taking over our little girl and in a desperate attempt to find a solution we changed her diet – and oh how our life has changed. We saw many medical practitioners and not one suggested diet – a few even laughed off the notion of food causing her sensory problems.
Within a week we went from seeing a child psychologist and occupational therapist (with an autistic referral from Child Health) to stopping therapy and beginning our journey of healing our little girl. It turns out she does not have Sensory Processing Disorder, nor is she autistic. She doesn’t need brushing and joint compression therapy (although I do believe that has helped a lot of children), a psychologist was never going to solve her ‘behaviour’ problems as she couldn’t help the way she was behaving and her eczema could be cleared with diet rather than medication.
No, what actually was wrong was a leaky gut which caused food intolerances and behaviour that was escalating out of control. Her nervous system was damaged, her immune system was in overdrive, trying to fight off the food she was eating and she was addicted to gluten and dairy.
With thanks to a fabulous naturopath, K.I.S.S. Nutrition, Renay has helped us begin to heal our little girl, along with the rest of our family.
I have focussed on a few different topics in the past, but as we embark on our GAPS journey I will share some recipes, explain what I learn and hopefully help somebody else or someone else’s family.
Today we celebrated Little S’s 4th birthday. It’s been a tough year for all of us and at times today things overwhelmed her but on the whole she is a happier and calmer little soul.
Here’s to a fantastic 2017 with less stress, more joy, a healthy family and more quality family time.