Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Changing the family's pattern of consumption

My dear wife and I have not been as desperate as others trying to change our developmentally challenged daughter's life through various treatments. Part of the reason behind this action plan is that our daughter functions pretty well. She struggles relating to her peers, sometimes her behavior is a problem in public, and her learning is interrupted not because of her cognitive ability, but by her ability to work with others. My dear wife and I do as much as we can to give her every opportunity to thrive--occupational therapy, speech therapy, special education in the public schools, and now we are changing her diet and intake on the whole. Not just for her, but the entire household.

My wife and I knew that implementing "The Feingold Diet" was going to be a challenge. I didn't realize how long it was going to take to plan, coordinate, and purchase goods. We've spent a little extra money and time to give this a try--like any other parent, we want to do what is best for our kids.

In a nutshell, the Feingold Diet removes artificial flavors, colors and preservatives from contact and consumption. The scientific community is divided, with some downright hostile. I think those calling out the diet as scientifically suspect have some good points--but this is one lifestyle change that is possible and worth seeing if it helps our daughter's development. Our observations will certainly be anecdotal, even (naturally) colored by a desire to legitimize our investment of time and money. We have to do what we can to improve our daughter's life.

Today's Feingold adventure included buying a non-Deet insect repellent, non-petroleum jelly, finding a new toothpaste, and planning dinners for the rest of the week:

Veggie Burgers (Amy's) on a bun
Doritos Corn Chips

Tuna Melts on Ezekiel 4:9 bread
Romaine Salad

Trader Joe's Chicken Noodle Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Uncured Turkey Franks on a bun
Ruffles Potato Chips
Peanut Butter Celery

Baked Potato Bar
Baked Beans

We also have some treats here and there for the kids to enjoy--but this is the Feingold Diet in a nutshell. I've still looked for lower prices and deals--shopping at WinCo Foods, Trader Joe's, with an occasional walk to Fred Meyer (this morning's trip), with occasional trips to Safeway and Albertson's if they have a special deal. We will see what happens.

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