Gluten Free Kiddo: Day 1

Asher and I are doing a 2.5 week gluten-free challenge. We've done gluten-free a lot. When he was about 3-5 i was almost exclusively gluten free...and since then we've done a few months at a time here and there. I know it works for him. But sometimes i just don't want to be gluten-free, you know? Sometimes i want to feel free to binge on toast on Sundays, or to stuff ourselves at bakeries when we travel, or to eat a big dish of good ole wheat-filled pasta. Le sigh. But sometimes when i can tell he needs a little energetic detox...well, I bust out the GF diet. Here was a conversation we had this past week:

me: Hey Ash, so I heard you hit John at school.
ash: Oh yeah. and when i hit him, he hit me back twelve times!
me: oh. well why did you hit him?
ash: well, when i told him to 'shut it' he didn't listen to me. 

Oooookay. so clearly there are a few things coming up - namely patience and clarity of thought. Asher is generally "fine" at school, so when things come up - i look at what potential toxins I can remove. so yesterday i told him we can go on a gluten cleanse or a TV cleanse. he chose gluten and asked for 2.5 weeks. 

With Asher, i can tell that it's time to stop the gluten based on a few things. as i illustrated in the dialogue above, his patience is affected. i notice it at home, also. he's quicker to get grumpy and also slightly less creative with his time and activities when he needs to detox. Also, he gets subtle dark circles under his eyes. finally, something new are some bumps on the back of his arms. these in general are usually related to diet, and with him, i'm guessing that the gluten cleanse will help them. 

Being a mom is hard. being in charge of someone else's body is so, so hard. it's a lot of responsibility, and it can be overwhelming sometimes. it's hard enough taking care of my own body, you know? but this is what i signed up for, and getting really clean on our diet always makes me feel good....and it also makes me feel in control of my life. perhaps that's odd, but it's true. so many things are out of our control, but with food we can take total control and see immediate, positive results. 

it's gf toast, you guys, don't worry. plus the pot of gold (ghee) from my mom, local apples, and a celtic tea blend that my mama also made.

So. That being said, today was day 1. we did great, especially considering i really need to go to the grocery store (but sometimes you just don't want to ruin a perfectly good saturday with a trip to the store). Though i'm not going to post our meals every day of the next 2.5 weeks, i will post a few things here and there to hear any feedback you have, and of course in the hopes that some of you will find inspiration in our meals. 

Day 1
sauteed onion and tomato with scrambled eggs, avocado slices on top; asher put ketchup on his. i had tea with coconut oil and half and half in it (woah yum).

apples with peanut butter

miso soup with brown rice, nori pieces, and chopped kale. (possibly it is a miracle that i have a child who will eat this). 

i cut some smoked gouda into small cubes and mixed it into some hamburger meat. i added olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then made patties fried in bacon grease. (yep. yum). served with sliced avocado and pickles on the side, plus a small serving of leftover spaghetti squash and onion. 

eggs from a friend at Asher's school, onions and tomato from the garden, honey from a friend's bees. the norcal bounty.

Reading through what i've written so far in this post, i will confess that i had a small moment of doubt around sharing the hitting conversation. of course in many ways, i want to pretend that i am perfect and my life is perfect and that my son is, consequently, perfect. HA! but where do we get by pretending to be perfect? i'll tell you where: to the wrong place. pretending to be perfect takes you someplace you never intended to be and then you look around and you're like, hey, what is all this stuff? who are all these people? do i really belong here??

Asher goes to a very, very small school and suffice it to say that John is his social group. It is important to keep them feeling good about each other because without one another they would be almost lost. i am so grateful they have each other.


this morning, Asher was laying in bed with me and tried to take a picture with my phone, but the battery died. he laid his head down on my chest and said, oh well. at least we have each other, mom. we don't need batteries to keep going.

Yep. gotta feed this kid real well. he is my most important project. 


  1. Awwwwwwwwwww Sadie! What a son you have there. I like your perspective on looking at things holistically when Asher has behavioural changes. About "hitting", I'm glad you didn't feel too weird about sharing it; to some degree it's quite normal for children to occasionally react that way. My kids don't usually, but they certainly have; and like you I'll be questioning why?...when/if it happens again. In fact, my two are their own main targets - sibling warfare sometimes. And wow my mouth is watering at your menu for day 1. What a beautiful post. xo

  2. his last statement!! tears. so sweet. thanks for sharing, sadie. and i so hear you. we've been gluten free since isa was 11 months old (she has celiac genes) but trying to figure out all the other stuff she (and i!!!) react to is an endless project. and so so worth it. <3

  3. so interesting how it affects behavior! i love the careful attention you give to his person, it does feel like they are little extensions of ourselves, huh? i will be curious to watch lucy grow and recognize how she handles different foods.gluten free is very hard for me to imagine, but obviously there are tasty ways to get creative! great job mama.

  4. Sweet Sweet Mama Sadie, your Ash is so lucky to have you. I love the raw and delicate moments you choose to share, Asher will love to read your recorded quotes one day too

  5. "we don't need batteries to keep going" LOVE this!

  6. oh well. at least we have each other, mom. we don't need batteries to keep going.
    Swoon so much love and adoration

    also loved " hey, what is all this stuff? who are all these people? do i really belong here??"

  7. Asher's so dear and you are such a rad mom, girl!

  8. Asher <3 We're not that into gluten, but I'm feeling like I need a cleanse, dark circles, shorter attention spans and all. Thanks for the reminder

  9. "being a mom is so hard". man do i hear you!!! you're in charge of not only their diet but their emotional, spiritual and physical well being. overwhelming is the perfect description! i love too that you shared the hitting story. that's real life. as you know, i have 4 so this is not shocking to me at all :) we all do the best we can and taking charge like you are proves what a devoted mother you are.

  10. Oh my gosh, Asher is so sweet. I can't imagine him hitting, so there must be something like crazy toxins affecting him. As you know my entire life is GF so next time we hang out, lets discuss and swap recipes :)


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