“This is Jason. Just thought I’d let you know that the diet has been a big game changer. I have started to have way more control over my impulses and I don’t feel the need to eat any excess food, it has been a real life saver. I find it is a lot easier to identify and stop my cravings and I am able to distinguish them from normal hunger much easier. Thank you for your help. It has really worked.”
A very dedicated mother recontacted me about her son in his late teens. His restlessness, excitability, impulsivity, and tantrums had improved with diet as a 5 year old. His bedwetting had also resolved. Salicylates were the biggest contributor to his problems [mint was particularly bad].
As he grew his tolerance improved so diet was able to be relaxed somewhat.
But in his late teens he did not notice any direct diet effect, but he really just wanted to eat sugary foods and found this craving hard to control. He also had eczema to deal with in his teens. At home his mother was providing healthy foods with minimal processed foods.
They got my new book Tolerating Troublesome Foods as a revision and update and returned to a ‘good results’ level of the Family Elimination Diet. His mum reported very obvious changes in Jason’s behaviour, attitude and cravings for food. He no longer craves food unnaturally and his mum can have allowed sweet foods in the house which do not disappear!
It was interesting that the other changes were not the same as the ’small boy behaviour’ that changed years earlier. They were having a less demanding attitude, not being ‘as loud’, more aware of himself , improved concentration and not as itchy.
Overall the baseline diet has been a great success and the family are managing well. The food Jason seems to miss the most is sauce to have with his meal, so they decided to make gravy in the pan with meats, and the low salicylate chutney in the book.
Jason is happy for me to tell his story so other teenagers can benefit from going back to using diet to help with whatever symptoms are bothering them at that stage in their lives.
Joan Breakey – Dietitian specialising in food sensitivity