Do I know what I’m doing? No, not really. I’m completely confused, emotionally worn out, and mostly just wanting my boy fed and healthy. Is it really this difficult to feed a child?
There have been so many hours, days worth of hours, spent researching, thinking, planning… all to be met with failure at every turn when it comes to this boy’s digestive system. We’ve been to 15 doctors. Three of those were specialists. We’ve spent thousands of dollars and had so many tests. I’ve read every article and book I can get my hands on about food, allergies, digestion, etc. It has long, long since passed the point of overwhelming me.
I do think the GAPS diet would heal Payson’s intestines.
I don’t think the GAPS diet is meant to be Payson gorging himself on meat and refusing everything else. I doubt that will heal his intestines. I can see it killing him. haha
He turns his nose up at vegetables he used to love; probably out of stubbornness for having his treasured bottle and rice chex taken away.
But for his entire life he has been deprived of things that everyone around him has. His sense of food security has centered around rice for over a year. They were always Payson’s foods.
A bottle of rice milk and rice chex were big staples to his diet. He’d eat plenty of meat, vegetables and fruit too, for sure. But the fillers… the comforters… that rice milk bottle and those rice chex.
To suddenly take away both was probably the wrong move.
I just want my boy to be healthy; I want his diarrhea gone and his body to get the right nutrients. I also want him to be emotionally healthy.
So I’m doing pretty much the GAPS diet plus brown rice milk. I figure that’s better than just carrying on like we were before, which wasn’t working. But I just can’t take away his bottle yet.
If his diarrhea comes back I’ll slowly transition back to full GAPS. And even if it doesn’t the plan is to get him eating GAPS foods more regularly so that eventually (hopefully by his third birthday this summer) he can do the full GAPS diet in a healthier way.