After following a very strict diet for the past 18 months we've slowly been adding foods back. For some ASD kids this would be out of the question, but Riley isn't one that gets "stoned" on wheat and dairy. Though we didn't see any dramatic behaviorial changes from eating this way, the kids got a much wider variety of nutrients. Their appetites broadened considerably and both are willing to eat many more foods (lots of vegetables) these days.
Last week, we went on an overnight trip to Buffalo, NY and we ate in restaurants. Our kids were in heaven. So were we.
Halfway home we stopped at Crackerbarrel and when the nice waitress brought our check, she plopped a bag of candy corn on the table, right in front of Riley.
"This is from an older gentleman who just left. He wanted to give it to your children because they were so cute and well behaved."
We are eating wheat again.
We are eating dairy again.
We are not eating junk.
(and by we, I mean them...mama's gotta have her chocolate,daddy's gotta have his pizza).
Riley looked at me with big, hopeful, hazel eyes.
Seth stared at the bag on the table, filled with orange, yellow, and white artificially colored, artificially flavored, chemical triangles.
On our way out of Buffalo, we'd stopped at a little holistic pharmacy/gift shop. Todd and the kids stayed in the car.
A tiny statue caught my eye. Impulsively, I added it to my purchases. It is a woman, with an open heart. Her hands cup around it, and inside is a tiny bird. The bird is not attached. You can take it out and put it back in.
The paper with it read,
"As you take flight remember
that you are surrounded by the
limitless space of my heart. I
see your wisdom, truth and
beauty, and know you are
protected from harm.
"Can we eat the candy corn Mommy?" She asked.
"Can we?" He pleaded.
They looked at each other like they'd won the lottery.
I caught Todd's smiling eyes across the table,
took a deep breath in,
and felt myself