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When Low Sals are not enough: GAPS?

When Low Sals are not enough: GAPS?

My brain is spinning with information and details and meal plans.  The thought that we will live on a low salicylate diet for the rest of forever makes me sad.  Sad for my kids (especially Star Girl who could live on fruit and berries) and sad for myself just thinking about how difficult this is becoming.  With the hypoglycemia diagnosis for Action Boy came all kinds of new ideas on good bedtime snacks, foods to avoid, foods to add– just a lot of new information to process.  I started to realize that something wasn’t adding up.  I was told that with his hypoglycemia, Action Boy should be protected from aspirin contact at all costs.  The doctor was adamant that exposure to aspirin would be a big problem.  He followed that advice with the direction that I was to give AB a teaspoon of corn starch mixed up in cold applesauce before bed.  We avoid corn but I was willing to try it if the doctor said it would help AB sleep.  However, on the drive home I was thinking it through and wondered why in the world would the doc have told me to avoid aspirin at all costs but then feed him apple sauce before bed?  Wouldn’t the salicylates in the apple sauce tank his blood sugar in a similar way to aspirin?  Since I didn’t know for sure, I just made pear sauce and tried the corn starch method.  Did it work?  Nope.  No sleep.  Oh well!  Moving on.

So as I pour through the lists of approved foods for helping a hypoglycemic person stay asleep through the night I’m seeing that nearly ALL the foods are high in salicylates.  Why is that?  It doesn’t make sense to me.  Almonds, cherries, ginger, etc– all supposed to be the perfect night-time snack and they’re all high in sals.  Perhaps most people don’t have the same reaction to them as my children.  I tested it one night quite accidentally.  This was back in August when I thought both kids were doing fairly well and could handle something a little different.  I made a pot of chili.  Holy cow.  Could I have dosed them with more salicylates if I tried?  Tomatoes, cinnamon, chocolate, chili powder! My night was a mare, let me tell you.  I had Star Girl in a full tantrum about who knows what and Action Boy upstairs in his room screaming at the top of his lungs and slamming himself into the baby gate– neither of my kids knew why they were freaking out and at the time, I didn’t either.  It was scary and heart breaking. We eventually got Star Girl settled down and to bed, but AB barely slept all night long.  We were up with him all through the night.  The next day I began moving us back to stage one Feingold- and this time I took it a step further and really did Failsafe. I couldn’t send Star Girl back to school with her temper this short.  Her nosebleeds returned the following day as well.  That’s another sure sign for her that she’s had enough.

I bought this Failsafe book right away and read it cover to cover immediately.  I also shared bits of it with Star Girl so she could read about a girl close to her age that was feeling similarly to her.  She had mixed feelings about it– was glad to know there was another kid out there like her but sad about the state of things– she doesn’t like diet change.  Not one bit.  I knew Action Boy would be fine with whatever we were doing.  He’s 2.  He’s still very flexible and is just happy to eat whenever he can! I made the changes and have been keeping them low salicylate for a month.  Star Girl is not really much better.  I did find out she was cheating at school (eating other kids’ lunches and snacks).  Action Boy is doing ok.  He started sleeping better a week or so ago but there is something inside of me telling me this isn’t enough.


Through a friend, Sweet T found a doctor in Texas who has helped others battle many things through diet changes.  Up to now, with all the traditional and non-traditional docs we’ve seen, no one has been incredibly helpful on the food front.  My major source of information has been my Internet research and following many Mom blogs to see what’s working for other families. I found out that this Texas doc was a big fan of the GAPS diet and re-read info about it.  Which led me back to the sals.  From the looks of it, much of the GAPS diet is high in salicylates.  What should I do?  I asked the doctor on the phone yesterday and I also went back to the blogging moms for help.  It looks like if we can heal the kids, the sensitivity to the sals will not be an issue.  No more bandaids.  Actual healing.  That’s a wonderful thought.

I mentioned to Star Girl that we might be starting the GAPS diet at some point– which meant soup and nothing but soup for days and then slowly adding other stuff until they were healed.  She said that if it meant that one day she could eat strawberries then she was all for it. We’ll see.  I don’t know when to start.  I’ve been following the blog Health Home Happy for a few days and it is one of the best blogs I’ve found to help with the transition to GAPS.  I’m still at the research stage now but it is looking promising.


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