I'm in a mood that isn't conducive to writing anything meaningful. It's been a rough week.
I tried a little experiment with Big Boy this past week.
I've been an advocate of the gluten free diet. I agree that artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity and aggression in children. Not to be a hypocrite, I put Big Boy on a gluten free diet this week, in addition to his no artificial food dyes (which has been working for over a year).
I knew it had to be more fun. I couldn't expect him to be okay without his really good bread and all the same accouterments. So, I took a page from the traditional Bento Box lunch and found a divided container with a freezer pack lid.
Packing these lunches are much more fun for me, than the traditional "throw stuff in a baggie" lunch bag. I saved four snack sized baggies that I normally would have used in this lunch. Also eliminated the packaging on the Luna Protein Bar and the Baby Bell Light Cheese.
And the results? He loved the presentation. Liked most of the foods. Everything but the bread.
That's how it is with gluten free. Everything but the bread. Now, I will contend that the bread used in his lunches was pretty good, it's not gluten bread. There isn't a match for pre-made gluten free bread as of this day. They are close, but not quite. For me, I don't care. I like my rolls and I always warm them, so I don't have an issue with cold, hard, stiff bread.
And most importantly...did removing the gluten benefit Big Boy's demeanor?
No. Not at all.
In fact, this has been a pretty horrible week. Anger, defiance, talking back, repetitions. It's been a rough one.
So, tomorrow, it's back to real bread for the boy. Maybe he'll cheer up.