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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by AngieB View Post
I'm really glad we have this tribe because I need to vent and I know you mamas will understand.

We have been doing the Feingold program for about 6 months. I talked to my kids' school about it and told them that they can have any fruit or vegi offered but other than that only stuff I send from home. At the school they give out "treats" for rewards so I sent up some approved treats that they can give my kids when the other kids are give the crap stuff. The teachers have been really good about making sure they don't eat the none approved stuff. This year the school district made a new rule that candie and junk food could not be given out anymore unless it's a birthday party or holiday party. Today my kids came home really upset and crying because the teachers aide brought stuff to make snowcones and told my kids they couldn't have any because there was dye in the juice. So my 2 kids had to sit and watch all the others kids eat snowcones.::. FIRST why are they feeding CRAP to all the kids and SECOND if the aide knew she was bringing snowcones in that my kids could not have why did she not call me yesterday and say "hey, we're having snowcones, could you send up some juice for your kids."

My kids are so mad at me. They want to know why I'm making them be different from everyone else. I've given them all the reasons they understand why we are doing this. They even have tried to tell the other kids that the stuff they are eating is bad for them. But that doesn't mean a whole lot when you are sitting and watch everyone else in the class eat a snowcone or cupcake and you can't have it.

I'm thinking of telling the teacher that for the special times like birthdays and parties to let them have what everyone else is having but for the day to day stuff they have to stick to the diet.

I don't want to call and cause problems because I really like the school and the teachers. It's just this one thing I have issues with.
I'm sorry you and your kids had to experience that. I would definitely recommend calling the school and letting them know how frustrating it was not to be notified ahead of time, and ask that someone please call you so you can make arrangements for your children to enjoy a "treat" too.

I would highly recommend not allowing them whatever the school is offering that one time. At least in our experience, when our children have something containing dyes/flavors/preservatives, it can take up to 30 days to flush it from their system. And for those 30 days, their behavior can be horrendous. (They are the same if they get some gluten also.) I just would rather take the upset at the moment children over kids trying to process dyes/flavors/preservatives for the next month.
post #22 of 35
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Did you cut out all the soaps also?
We use only natural soaps here (either Dr. Bronner's or ones with very simple ingredients from the HFS), but when we are out and about, I let them use whatever to wash their hands. I have not noticed any reactions from them. We also are very selective on shampoos and lotions too.

Oh, and Epsom salt is our friend (it can help mitigate a reaction if you catch it right away).

We have been a Feingold family for over 1 1/2 years (I can't remember right when we started). We are also gluten free. Originally, we went FG for ds#1. I didn't realize at the time that ds#2 needed it even more. We are all sensitive to chemicals - food and environmental. We are also very sensitive to gluten, except maybe dh (we aren't sure about him, and when he does eat it, he doesn't feel all that great). Everything in our house is safe for anyone in the family to eat. I also tend to keep my mom's house stocked with approved food (well, she's pretty good about it for me, but I'll grab something for the boys if they are going to spend the night). We tend to take our own food whenever we go to someone's house to eat, but my mom and my aunt are both very accomodating and make sure that they are serving things we can all eat.

Now it is all second nature. I know what we can eat (I have the regular brands of stuff I know are fine for us); I shop almost exclusively at the HFS and Trader Joe's.
post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by AngieB View Post
I'm really glad we have this tribe because I need to vent and I know you mamas will understand.

We have been doing the Feingold program for about 6 months. I talked to my kids' school about it and told them that they can have any fruit or vegi offered but other than that only stuff I send from home. At the school they give out "treats" for rewards so I sent up some approved treats that they can give my kids when the other kids are give the crap stuff. The teachers have been really good about making sure they don't eat the none approved stuff. This year the school district made a new rule that candie and junk food could not be given out anymore unless it's a birthday party or holiday party. Today my kids came home really upset and crying because the teachers aide brought stuff to make snowcones and told my kids they couldn't have any because there was dye in the juice. So my 2 kids had to sit and watch all the others kids eat snowcones.::. FIRST why are they feeding CRAP to all the kids and SECOND if the aide knew she was bringing snowcones in that my kids could not have why did she not call me yesterday and say "hey, we're having snowcones, could you send up some juice for your kids."

My kids are so mad at me. They want to know why I'm making them be different from everyone else. I've given them all the reasons they understand why we are doing this. They even have tried to tell the other kids that the stuff they are eating is bad for them. But that doesn't mean a whole lot when you are sitting and watch everyone else in the class eat a snowcone or cupcake and you can't have it.

I'm thinking of telling the teacher that for the special times like birthdays and parties to let them have what everyone else is having but for the day to day stuff they have to stick to the diet.

I don't want to call and cause problems because I really like the school and the teachers. It's just this one thing I have issues with.
what a PITA! :

I was supposed to be hsing my ds but he is in Kindergarten where they feed them crap like goldfish crackers regularly. I am really nervous about what is going to happen at school when we start this. Especially with the candy holidays coming up.

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post #24 of 35
When ds#1 started k-garten I was shocked at how much candy and junk they gave the kids. We weren't Feingold then, but I was still bothered by the massive amount of junk they got as treats and rewards. Sorry you have to deal with that.

Anyway, Monday will be 4 weeks for me!

I've fallen off the wagon a few times, but mostly have done well. I am not going to do six weeks before I add stuff back in as I am pretty sure I am okay with things like apples, tomatoes, etc. Actually, those are two of the things I fell off the wagon with.

The worst thing I ate was a regular hamburger bun ( twice) but I did have an approved Gardenburger IN the bun! I just hated to see the buns going to waste!

Anyway, I DO feel calmer. My husband has been surprisingly good about this change in my diet and ds#2 doesn't seem to think it's anything "odd." It's nice also that some of the stuff I am bringing home to eat, they are eating, too, and that may lessen their total chemical load a bit. It can't hurt.

I do still feel like I am learning the ropes, trying to get familiar with the brands I can have and where to find some of them. I'm sure there are things I can have that I am not finding simply because they weren't on my radar before. I guess it will take a little time. I am excited about starting phase two.

I have been thinking about "healthy" eating and how many definitions of it and different opinions there are on what IS healthy eating.

Oh, well. This seems to be working for me, so I will go with it...

Will be glad when it is second nature.

I am still kind of surprised at how many things I CAN'T have and it makes me wonder what are "they" putting in our food that there are so many things that have "stuff" in it?
post #25 of 35
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I am still kind of surprised at how many things I CAN'T have and it makes me wonder what are "they" putting in our food that there are so many things that have "stuff" in it?
LMAO...People think i am a nutjob when i explain to my kids WHY there is red dye in our food. I sound like a conspiricy theorist...and they do too now.

Oh and BTW - I am raging mad that Target took the white cherry slushie and replaced it with the red cherry one. wtf. its one less ingredient, wouldnt it be cheaper for them to just stick with the white one?

I wonder if its even feingold approved anyways.
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by transformed View Post
LMAO...People think i am a nutjob when i explain to my kids WHY there is red dye in our food. I sound like a conspiricy theorist...and they do too now.

Oh and BTW - I am raging mad that Target took the white cherry slushie and replaced it with the red cherry one. wtf. its one less ingredient, wouldnt it be cheaper for them to just stick with the white one?

I wonder if its even feingold approved anyways.
Probably not.
post #27 of 35
Thread Starter 
So were you all 100% sucessfull the first weeks you tried it? I am trying to plan plan plan so that we don't miss anything.
post #28 of 35
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So were you all 100% sucessfull the first weeks you tried it? I am trying to plan plan plan so that we don't miss anything.
What do you mean by 100% sucessful?

When we first started it, the entire family went thought detox simultaneously- probably I "missed" how much better DD2 was doing because I was feeling so cranky myself.

I can't remember now what we did with "unnaproved" foods we already had in the house; I might have fed it to 'non target' family members or given it away, or possibly used it all up before starting. I can't remember all that well, but I do remember starting when they had a week off from school (the last week in December- hey, no holidays for our family that week!)
post #29 of 35
We went "cold turkey" so to speak when we started. I bagged everything that was not approved, and either saved it for later (for instance, apple sauce or things that simply needed to be avoided for stage 1) or gave it away to others who wanted it. From the day we started (and I did this with going gluten-free as well), everything in the house was approved for eating by anyone in the house. We also didn't go out to eat for the first four weeks until I could be satisfied that the couple places we usually would frequent were "safe." For me, I wanted to shorten our detox period as much as possible (and any slip-ups in the beginning would only prolong things), and it's just easier for dh and I if there's no gray area in something like this.
post #30 of 35
We're starting FG again soon. Looking fwd to connecting w/ you guys!
post #31 of 35
Does anyone know if the 2009 foodlist is available yet?
post #32 of 35

i know this is an old thread but can anyone tell me how well this diet works? I want to try my son on it hoping to help his ADD.

post #33 of 35

My parents tried it with me in 1982 for about 3 months. They decided that the results were not worth the effort. I find that making an attempt to at least keep major triggers out of my daughter's diet - artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners, and avoiding processed foods in general does make a difference for her. 

post #34 of 35

Hi! I have been on Feingold for five years now. I would absolutely recommend it. I feel sooooo much better. 

 

I started it back in '08 as a last ditch effort to help with perimenopausal moodswings. It helped with that, but what it also helped with was my ADD tendencies and my MCS related asthma. I was totally gobsmacked by that last one. I can do so many things now that I could not do back in 2008...I was uber-sensitive to chemical odors and pretty much lived like a hermit who only occasionally got to go out into the world for short amounts of time. It was an awful way to live. Now I spend as much time out there in the world as I please with only very rare issues from  the smells out there. Amazing! <3

 

We recently found out dh is allergic to wheat, dairy and pork. He has totally revamped the way he eats and now his diet is much more in line with mine as far as eliminating a lot of processed foods. Ds#2, who still lives at home, has benefitted from all the dietary changes at our house, now having, at least when he eats at home, a healthier diet overall. 

 

It wouldn't hurt to try it and see for yourself. I understand $80.00 is a lot to get the information, but it is worth every penny in my opinion. 

 

Good luck if you decide to try it! :)

post #35 of 35

thanks I will have to write it into my budget for the next month :)

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