Another hurdle

Today we navigated the school Thanksgiving luncheon without a slip-up. I was nervous going in, because they were serving chili (since we’ll all be eating turkey in 2 days!) with all the fixins.

Chili is not Feingold friendly.

BJ loves chili.

BJ decided that Feingold is dumb.

My initial thought was to say screw it and let him eat the chili, but my friend Melissa told me that we were going to have to learn to deal with these hurdles and that I should just get a running start and jump. In so many words. She’s pretty awesome and smart.

I made homemade tortillas today, so I could bring bean and cheese tacos for BJ to eat instead of chili. He loves bean and cheese tacos more than chili, so he was perfectly happy. The problem was the dessert table, which we sat right next too. (note to self, don’t sit next to a huge table of off-limits desserts next time) Torture. I did bring some Late June chocolate sandwich cookies, but hello cakes and cookies and pies and artificially-colored iced confections. We made it though.

And dare I say that I might be seeing a little improvement in his behavior? Maybe he’s a little calmer? Maybe he is listening a little better? Maybe?

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Whole Foods

Yesterday we took a trip to Whole Foods in San Antonio. It’s 2 hours away, so it makes for a whole day excursion, but it was so totally worth it. Living in a rural area, my weekly grocery trip to Albertson’s (which is 72 miles away) is a major undertaking, and after last week’s un-fruitful and frustrating shopping, I didn’t think we were going to be able to pull this off.

Being on Feingold, I know realize that in order to make this work (and I am determined) we’re going to have to make that trek to Whole Foods every couple of weeks. Honestly, I was ready to take up residence inside of Whole Foods. There were so many approved things. On every aisle and every shelf. Around every corner! Sure, there were lots of things that aren’t approved, but most everything I picked up was okay. Sure, there were times when BJ brought something to me and I had to say no, but I was able to immediately pick up a similar product that made us both happy. Major score. And we found gum! YES GUM! Apparently gum is very important to a 7 year-old boy 🙂

My favorite find was bread. Yes, bread! I discovered Rudi’s Organic bread in SO many approved varieties, and I grabbed up 3 loaves, one of which I froze as soon as we got home. No more scary, hard bread for us! I also got all the ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner, and I honestly think it’s going to be perfect. We’ll have all of our usual dishes, and I will have all the approved ingredients with which to make them!

And did I mention the cookies? Funny thing is that I normally don’t buy cookies, but as the program book said, it’s good to have things like cookies and treats on hand in the beginning. I’m finding treats to be very handy right now. The Yummy Earth suckers I got last week are awesome, and now I have cookies and Sun Drops to add to the mix.

The major stumbling block we keep hitting is dining out. What do I do? Is there anyway to dine out and stick to the Feingold program? We don’t eat fast food, so the fast food guide does nothing for me. Now we don’t go out to eat every day, but usually once or twice on the weekends as a treat (and a break for me!). Any advice on dining out would be SO appreciated!

So far it seems like everyday is day 1, but I know it will get easier to stick to the plan. I’m hoping that the Thanksgiving holiday will spell success for my boy!

Day 1 on Feingold

Breakfast:

  • Buttered toast with cinnamon & sugar
  • Milk

Lunch:

  • Peanut butter & honey sandwich
  • Fritos
  • Vitamin Water – lemon

Dinner:

  • Chicken breast, baked with salt & pepper – cheese melted on top
  • Cauliflower
  • Boiled cookies
  • Yummy Earth sucker
  • Vitamin Water – lemon

Snack:

  • Trail mix – this was an ‘oops’ in the car on the way home from school.

BJ’s behavior today was a little better than it has been. He got ready this morning without me having to constantly remind him to get ready. He zoned out a few times though. On the way to school, Heather said he was rambunctious, but not in a mean way. Just acting silly. He did have trouble keeping his hands in his area. No color change at school either. The ride home was okay, but he did share a snack with Sarah, which was made up completely of non-approved items. Sarah’s mom knows about the program, and didn’t realize they were sharing because they were all the way in the back. I talked to BJ about it, and it just slipped his mind. I know this is going to happen in the beginning, so of course I wasn’t upset with him.

Tonight his behavior was pretty good. A little rambunctious, and he had a hard time focusing on his homework. Overall, it was a pretty good night.

We got our Yummy Earth order today, which made BJ really excited, and I also made some Boiled Cookies that I froze and will pull out of the freezer for lunches and special treats! It feels so weird to be using so much sugar when all along I’ve been with holding sugar thinking it was the problem….

Boiled Cookies

Gather:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Jif Creamy)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups oatmeal (I used Quaker Old Fashioned Oats)
  • 1/2 nuts (I omitted because I didn’t have any that were accepted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa

Bring sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa to a boil; boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add oatmeal, peanut butter, vanilla, and nuts. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper and let harden.

Living Feingold

My son is 7 and we’re diving into the Feingold Program in hopes that it will help with his behavioral issues.

Today isn’t day 1 yet, but I did venture into the grocery store with my Food List today. Wow. That’s all I have to say. It was quite overwhelming, and I felt like each aisle was a black hole. Two hours later I emerged with Feingold approved foods, and yet I felt like I really didn’t have much despite spending almost $300.

Kerrville has a tiny health food store, so I stopped in there with hopes of finding bread. BREAD! My grocery store (Albertson’s) did not have one Feingold approved brand. I ended up with some frozen bread that was on the list, but I’m not sure I’d even feed it to the birds in the yard.

Seriously feeling overwhelmed and wondering if this is worth all the effort?

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