Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gluten Free for SAS ~ Six Weeks

We have a about six weeks completed in going gluten free for Karley.  I think it's too early to tell if there have been any changes.  I say this because if there has been any growth, which I think there has, it would seem to me that there would be growth anyway. 

Really the goal would be growth without it falling out rapidly.  That is hard to determine over six weeks.  We originally said we would do this for about three to four months and I can see that it would still be necessary to at least get to that point.

Overall, I can't believe how easy it has been.  As much as we could, we were not speaking about gluten free in front of the kids.  We would say that the doctor didn't want her to eat certain things so her tummy would feel better.  Then one night on our way home from a benefit the kids were asking for movie night and popcorn.  From the third row of the suburban, Karley who never said the words gluten free asked, "Mom, is popcorn gluten free".  I guess the cat was out of the bag and we were the last to know.  We don't really say why she's gluten free, but I guess she probably has figured that out too.  Kids are smarter than we think.  As I said, it's been very easy because Karley has been so good about this.  She doesn't ever complain about not being able to eat cookies when the other kids have them {I do always try and keep gf cookies} or when we are somewhere and she can't have something.  She was really good about not having her Valentine candy from school.  We are amazed at what a great sport she has been. 

I have asked a couple of friends what they think of her progress.  The two comments I received was that her hair looked darker and thicker.  I would love your honest thoughts if you see any results.  If you don't see anything it's okay, really we'd rather not be gluten free so if it's not working, it's easier for us to not be gluten free.  But if we can help her with this by diet, we are all game.  As I said, we will keep going for a couple more months. 

I did not edit these pictures beyond cropping.  I need to make sure I am getting better "same" shots.  I think my model doens't look too happy about doing this for me. 

When I first looked I thought there was a lot of growth but the more I look the more I think not a lot has really happened.  I've been looking too much.

What do you think?


5 Sweet Comments:

  1. Did you take the first set of pictures in a bathroom with artificial light and the second set with natural light? That's what I think I'm seeing in the color difference. Light makes so much difference in photography.

    As for length, I don't see anything- but hair grows slower in colder weather, and maybe the new diet is helping a giant "reset" on your daughter's hair follicle cycle. So maybe the majority of follicles are resting in the telogen phase right now, which would mean you'd see limited growth?

    1. I sure do hope & pray! Since it's been so easy we march on. This has taught me how to be an even better cook. We gave up boxed stuff long ago as well as high fructose corn syrup, but gluten free adds another element.

      Yes, the lighting was different. I didn't think anybody would want bathroom shots over and over again. :)

      Thanks for your support Cari!!

  2. Hard to say if there's a change but she sure is a cutie!

    1. Thanks Katie! We are going to keep going & either way, we could use a little less gluten in our diet. If we don't continue on long term, I will be more aware of gluten. I wish all food was non GMO and there was little to question.

      Thanks for all your support.....it's great and greatly appreciated!


  3. I'm not sure I see a change either, but in the back shot, it does look like it's beginning to fill in a bit. I say keep with it! Since Karley is being so good about it and making it easy ;o), it's worth a shot to keep at it longer, yes? Hopefully with the coming of more sunshine and warmer weather you will see some changes soon!



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