Wednesday, May 29, 2013


We’re now 2 months post wheat free trial and still mostly wheat free.   The changes for Ryan are hard to ignore, and he is enjoying being ‘itch and ache free.’  The difference for him is significant enough that HE recognizes when he’s eaten wheat, so it’s easier for him to stick with it.  Of course, there are occasions that we can’t (or don’t) choose to be wheat free, and we’re seeing clearly that it’s hard.

Surprisingly, we saw something amazing with Logan this last weekend.  Because of the way our weekend went, we didn’t do any wheat free all weekend (and some of last week either!).  Logan had two full blown meltdowns over the weekend, and both Jim and I realized that we haven’t had any since early March.  The ONLY difference?  His wheat consumption.  Fortunately, it’s fairly simple to rectify, and I rather expect that our more mild mannered young man will be back with us soon as we are being much more strict about food consumption.  It’s much easier to do now, since I NEVER need to see another meltdown like those we had this weekend.  :\

Lots going on here…more soon, I promise.  With the girls here, things are a bit chaotic trying to keep track of all the schedules, finish up school for the boys, and manage the clutter that comes when college kids move home for the summer.  Emily heads back to Pullman in the next 10 days or so for summer school, and Tori heads back at the end of July, so (sadly) the chaos and clutter is short-lived.


  1. Jennifer, the more I read about wheat and the longer I'm gluten-free, the more I KNOW that gluten-sensitivity is real. I've had some severe stress this week regarding the possibility of us having to have Greg's mom with us again - and yet still, I've remained headache-free. I really really want to make Greg and Rachel gluten-free too...

  2. Colleen was told by her midwife to give up wheat to help her iron absorption. She is now free of headaches and stomach aches she fought off and on for years. Cody is going wheat-free with her, and I try. But it really is hard! I'm not big on bread or pasta, but there's something about it being forbidden, for one, and some things that are just super hard to give up. BTW, we tried the quinoa pasta. Colleen said it was good when she just 'needed' mac n cheese. But I made some for pasta salad, and YUCK. It definitely needs some kind of compelling sauce, I think, to cover the taste and texture. We prefer to make "pasta salad" with regular quinoa instead. Not everyone likes the texture of that either... but those who don't are not big fans of that type of salad anyway.

    Isn't this time of year SO busy?! Clutter, noise, and chaos... I know it well! Ours never seems to end, just sometimes gets more-so!

    1. Both boys seem to handle spelt pasta just fine, and it tastes almost exactly like 'regular' pasta. We like it lots, and while it's not a staple in our diet any more, it sure works well when we need some. Ryan likes the quinoa penne that Costco sells, so there's always some of that around too. Both boys will readily eat it with spaghetti sauce, or with butter and parmesan, or with melted cheddar. Works for me. :)