Originally Posted by wholegrainmama
It all seems so overwhelming, though.. especially when everyone else in our family can eat a seemingly "normal" diet and is fine. Not that we all wouldn't benefit greatly as well, but still. It's such a paradigm shift for my dh.. it has taken him a lot longer to get out of the "I grew up on that stuff and I am fine" mindset.
Mine is the same way. He's diabetic, I've got "Mystery Illness" (Is it CFS, IBS, PCOS? Who knows?) our eldest daughter is undiagnosable, but completely insane, and the little one just wonders what the hell is wrong with everyone else!
A year ago, our diet was:
Breakfast: weet-bix (think shredded wheat, but flaky) and milk
Lunch: Whole wheat bread, cheese and cold cuts (real meat, not bologna)
Dinner: variable, but usually one of 3 things.
spaghetti and homemade sauce,
mashed potatoes, veggies, and chicken or beef.
veggie-and-meat stir-fry with rice
That was around the first time I brought up GF/CF to my DH.
He just said "No."
Now, usually, he doesn't *refuse* me anything. He may argue, persuade, tease... but outright refusal is just *so* not him.
He said that we were eating a perfectly healthy diet (and according to the "mainstream" advice, it was an excellent diet!) and there was no reason to go eating hippie-food.
So I started reading things to him while I was online, mentioning things to him while we were driving (captive audience) and taping *short* articles to the wall in front of the toilet :-)
6 months later, as if it was *his* idea, he comes up to me and says "I've ben thinking maybe it's time to try some dietary interventions for Sam. What do you think?"
So we went GF/CF.
*His* diabetes is about 50% better, he's lost that middle-age-spread, his *hair* is thicker, I was feeling better, and our daughter was acting like a human child rather than a wild orangutan baby!
And then it got bad again.
I dunno if we got glutened or if we just need to look at some of our other food items, (I'm suspicious of potatoes and the bacon that he won't give up, and <sigh> corn and eggs) but I'm sick again, and the wild monkey has taken my daughter's place again. She's even back to poo smearing and wetting herself for no apparent reason. And she *never*, *EVER* shuts up. Not even in her sleep!
Suddenly DH is saying "I guess the diet isn't working, eh?" and I'm back to printing out potty-reading for him .
But I'm not giving up!
I just wanted to let you know there's someone else out here with a stubborn hubby who is still gettting there (albeit slowly)
And if you have *one* family member with diet-related issues, it really is worth putting *everyone* on the diet for a while to see what happens. We never expected *him* to be the one with the greatest and most lasting benefit out of this! And the amazing (though short-lived) improvement to my health was also astonishing and well worth experiencing.