Thursday, August 19, 2010

Going GF/CF!

I'm going GF/CF.  I'm finally giving the diet a try - for me :)

GF/CF = Gluten Free / Casein Free.  Basically, that means avoiding all dairy products as well as certain grains:  wheat, barley, rye, kamut, spelt, and possibly oats.  Thankfully, the oats avoidance is easily remedied by the use of gluten-free oats.

Given that a large majority of autism moms have their own health (often auto-immune) problems, I should really expect to benefit from the GF/CF diet.  And I do see that I am benefiting!  Since starting on Monday, I am already seeing a great improvement in my nasal allergy condition :)

I have FOUGHT hard against doing this diet - for years!  Our oldest son has spent a good number of years on the GF/CF diet.  I've done so much special diet cooking, yet I have really, REALLY not wanted to be on a special diet for *me*. 

Our son's first DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) doc said, based on my testing, I needed to go gluten-free.  At that time, I was way too wound up in being overwhelmed with major behavior problems of a 4-year-old on the autism spectrum.  I just could not and would not address my own health problems.  Since then, I've been to other practitioners who have repeated the same advice - go gluten-free.  So, I just decided to finally do it.  And why not make it more fun by going CF as well, you know?

So far, it really isn't too bad.  Since I am not on the Feingold Diet as well, GF/CF is easier for me than for our oldest son.  I've not delved into lots of baking yet, but I've found the Pamela's GF/CF baking mixes to be quite excellent as well as the Van's GF/CF frozen waffles.  For dairy substitutes, I've used Almond Breeze milk and Earth Balance margarine.  I bought all of this at our local Whole Foods Market, but many large supermakets also have an impressive GF/CF inventory.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Knitting a Wool Soaker for The Pure Baby!

Thanks to an online tutorial from Tiny Bird Organics, I am knitting a wool soaker for The Pure Baby (PB).  A wool soaker is a water-resistant/water-proof wool cover for prefold cloth diapers. 

Since before PB was born, I've heard great reviews of wool soakers.  But, since I did not knit and did not want to pay the hefty price that wool soakers go for, we've not owned any.

A while back, I got a super deal on a basic learning-to-knit kit.  So, a couple weeks ago, I pulled it out and decided to learn to knit!  Through the kit book, as well as a few videos online, I was able to master enough knitting skill to get started on my first knitting project - PB's wool soaker.  I picked up a cute 90% wool yarn at my local chain craft store and got started! 

What you see in the picture will be the front, with the ribbed part at the bottom being the front waist.  I'm about halfway through the project, and wow, I'm amazed that I could do this :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Homeschool Music Class

The Pure Baby (PB) and his big brother had lots of fun at homeschool music class today!