I’m happy to say we haven’t had any more flare-ups anywhere near as bad as that last one in September. That’s not to say that everything has been absolutely perfect. There are still days when, for whatever reason, things are a bit harder. But overall? Overall our situation is very much improved from the way things were pre-SCD. Most days we have no major incidents and he’s generally calm and happy. The tantrums we see are short lived and much more mild.
This diet has absolutely made a huge improvement in our lives. I can’t imagine going back now.
But Adrian’s little brother can. Weekly he asks, “When does Adrian’s diet end?” He doesn’t like the answer.
As much as little bro misses his American cheese, I don’t feel like it’s really been all that hard on us keeping to our rule that we will not eat things Adrian can’t have in front of him. The other kids are homeschooled and the hubby works from home so we often will have the ‘illegal’ foods during the day when Adrian is at school. They still get to eat their sandwich bread and munch on the occasional cookie for a treat.
Dinners we usually either have foods Adrian doesn’t like at all or have things the whole family can eat together. The diet has had a positive effect on everyone’s diet as I’ve discovered new dishes to try in searching for Adrian safe alternatives to some of our old regulars. Chicken burgers, spinach in cheese sauce, cauliflower mac n’ cheese and cheddar crackers have all made it into our regular rotation.
We’ve also seen Adrian’s food list expand slightly as well. For an autistic child, even ‘slightly’ is a big deal! He’s now eating additional dried fruits such as apple and pineapple. And we’ve managed to find a ‘pancake’ recipe he’ll actually eat! It’s called easy sandwich bread but if it looks like a pancake and smells like a pancake….. So far the only way he’ll eat it is topped with peanut butter and honey. Still, that’s another meal I can send for lunches. Yay!
So we’ll be continuing the SCD for as long as it continues to offer us this much more peaceful life. Even if it means no more American cheese 😛