I've gotten a few emails from friends regarding Little Bird's diet. So, here's a little update to the Reintroducing Gluten post:
It's been about 2 weeks of adding gluten back into Little Bird's diet. She's still eating more than before. But what's interesting is that when she shouts for chicken nuggets, I make the ones in the freezer (they're gluten free) and she eats 'em up! She did that before, but I think her overall appetite is better these past two weeks. She's absolutely loving eating real bread again- especially challah. Oh, and those Ritz crackers she is always asking for? She takes those suckers down! I feel really good about her eating. I really want her to eat eat eat and gain strength so that she can move a little bit better and even have an easier time getting her sensory needs met. Here's the tradeoff: constipation (yes, I'm gonna talk about poop again). For those of us in the Autism world, a day doesn't go by when we don't talk about poop at least 10 times. It's really impossible for us to deny the gut connection to ASD.
I gave her Miralax a couple times and that does the job, but I don't want to make a habit of it. So, I've also started adding Benefiber to her foods or to her juice. There may be no real difference on the system, but I just feel better about the benefiber than I do the miralax.
When we made a visit to our DAN doc earlier this week, I was kinda nervous about telling him we've given her gluten again, but he was totally on board. Of course, he'd rather I give her magnesium than the benefiber, but the magnesium tastes pretty gross and I just can't get her to drink it. So, tasteless Benefiber wins!
We're still going through a rough patch with the bird, and we're waiting for her to emerge like the beautiful butterfly she is (too much?).