So, we had pizza for dinner tonight. Real pizza. Not gluten free/dairy free pizza. Real, greasy, gooey pizza. And it was awesome. Bean even had a little taste!
Since my last post on Bean's dietary restriction, we have trialed the final three food proteins that had been eliminated: dairy, soy and gluten. I am not ready to say with 100% certainty that Bean has passed all three - I think that soy is fine but he has shown some minor signs that dairy and/or gluten may be an issue - but he has handled all of them relatively well. None of his symptoms are bad enough that I am ready to start eliminating again but I am well aware that it can take months to really see if there's a problem.
If I do need to eliminate again, I'll start with dairy because that is what he has had the strongest reaction to in the past. And I really want to finish the 2.5 month gluten trial so that we can ensure that his body has had an adequate challenge to do the Celiac's test. It is my understanding that people with Williams syndrome have a much higher probability of having a gluten intolerance than the general population and given Bean's past issues with food, I want to rule Celiac disease out as early as possible.
I don't personally have any food intolerances (that I am aware of) but I was also on the elimination diet (for nearly two years) so that I could continue to breastfeed. -- We're still going strong! Except he is officially, finally night weaned. He's still not sleeping through the night but at least I'm not feeding him every couple of hours. Hooray! -- It's very important to me, personally, to nurse my kids and it saved us a heck of a lot of money on super expensive, $40+/every two days formula and it eliminated the possibility of Bean needing a feeding tube.
All that said, I am really enjoying having more food options. At this point, I can pretty much eat whatever I want. And I really wanted pizza tonight. So, we ordered the rare treat!
I need to be careful for another reason, though. I lost so much weight on the elimination diet and I can feel myself gaining daily. I'm not too concerned yet because I had actually lost a little too much weight but if I'm not careful, I'm sure that I will gain a little too much now. One of the most important things that I did on the elimination diet was avoiding processed foods and making everything from scratch so that I knew what was going in to our foods. I'm going to try to stick to that as much as possible (with treats thrown in every now and then like tonight) because it's just so much better for us. Still, it's nice to have more options and to be able to go to a restaurant and not worry about so many restrictions and cross-contamination.
If, however, Bean does end up having trouble with dairy and/or gluten, I'm prepared to eliminate those foods again for both of us. And if we do have to go that route, I'll remember that I got to have a yummy, ooey, gooey white pizza with tomato. And so did he. Mmmmm.