We took Karlie to see our holistic doctor yesterday. I had wondered if she had sensitivities to wheat or gluten because every time she gets ahold of white flour, she gets constipated. Every single time we go out of town and I don't watch what she eats as much, she has trouble. Even if we just go out to eat at a restaurant, she gets constipated. It does not seem to affect Karis the same way. My doctor tested her and said that yes, she indeed did have sensitivities to both wheat and gluten. She was not reacting to them as much at home because I was soaking my flour, which was making it easier to digest. But she greatly recommended that I try using gluten free recipes as much as possible. She also said that Karlie was highly sensitive to mold, which can also affect her gut. Certain foods can harbor mold, such as grains and some nuts, particularly peanuts. We had not been giving her peanuts at all because of Karis, so that was not a problem, but I am going to try to switch to gluten-free bread products. We tried out a recipe for buckwheat pancakes this morning and everyone liked them. I also tried a recipe for buckwheat tortillas, but they were not so good... I definitely have some experimenting to do! Please let me know if you have a gluten-free recipe that you love!!!! My doctor also said that too much dairy can be a problem for Karlie which was very disappointing. She is so picky that she doesn't like many meats so I was relying on milk, cheese, and yogurt for much of her protein and fat intake. My doctor gave me some suggestions for using coconut milk to make a drink full of fat and protein, so we will be trying to get her to like that to cut back a little on the dairy. Laura also said that her food sensitivities were causing her to not absorb her minerals and vitamins as well and she gave me a recipe for an inexpensive drink that will be easily digestible that will be really good for healing her gut and for filling her with nutrients and also making her more thirsty so she will want to drink more (which will help with the constipation). I will post those recipes soon for anyone else who might want to try them.
We are planning to try this route for April and May to see if there is any improvement. When we travel for Easter and the beach, I will bring my home-made gluten free bread products to give her so the grandparents don't have to worry about what she will eat. Brown rice pasta is fine and I have heard that Udi's gluten free products are good as well. Oats generally have gluten unless specifically stated otherwise.
It is hard to have to be so particular about what she eats but she was definitely having digestive issues and I am really hopeful this will help her. My doctor said that we may even see her gain weight or get taller after she has been off gluten and dairy for a while. She also may begin to be less picky once the detox stage is over. My doctor said that a lot of people really crave the things they are most allergic to and that seems to be true of Karlie because all she wants is bread and dairy. But after being off them for a while, the craving can dissipate and she will like more things. But this this going to be tough because right now she doesn't like many other things. My biggest fear is that she will not drink the coconut milk or vitamin drinks that Laura wants me to prepare so please pray that she will be excited about them so that she will get the nutrients she needs right now.
I would really, really like to do the GAPS diet with her because I know it would heal her gut, but I am certain that she would refuse almost everything permissible in the diet right now. I also do not want to take the chance on her losing any weight because she is such a little munchkin to begin with. So I'm going to just start by cutting out the gluten and hopefully dairy and try to find GAPS-friendly recipes that my family will enjoy. Eventually, I hope to have enough recipes to do the GAPS diet with her for several months.