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Good fats, bad fats

No more hydrogenated, processed fats

I grew up in the 1990’s where it was sold to us all that fat free or low fat was healthy, but most of this low fat food was found in processed, colourful packaged foods. My mum would make sure we didn’t eat high fat foods, but our consumption of foods that were high in sugar and other chemicals was through the roof. We used to come in from playing outside and guzzle cordial, and eat some devon with salad for dinner. I thoroughly believe my mum was doing her absolute best by us with regard to diet. She had a budget and was very busy with my four siblings and me as a single mum. I absolutely applaud her. Back then we didn’t have the internet, we didn’t have resources to self-educate about health. What we did have was media, and the propaganda was everywhere. Low fat this, fat free that, I even remember the advertisement for PRAISE mayonnaise, 100% fat free! The funny thing was that it was common to drink sugary drinks, they were everywhere. You only have to watch a movie from the 80’s or 90’s to see this prevalence.

We are going grain free

The reasons why we are going grain free

In 2013 I received a call from my Dad, he said he was going to get some pretty invasive tests as he had been experiencing some terrible GI symptoms and wanted to get to the bottom of it once and for all. To cut a long story short, my Dad was diagnosed as having Coeliac disease. The Gastroenterologist declared that his intestines were so inflamed, they were bleeding. The only cure for this was to go completely gluten free. Now for my Dad, this was overwhelming. He eats a really good, home cooked hearty diet, but LOVES beer. So over the proceeding months, he eliminated gluten, and began to heal. The amount of testing for this diagnosis was mind boggling, endoscopes, biopsies, genetic tests and blood tests. The fact that he tested positive for the coeliac gene, meant that I and my kids have a chance of having it too.

Following my Dad’s journey, I began documenting my own GI issues. I had been to several GP’s over the years with severe indigestion, immune issues (including glandular fever and an enlarged spleen) and I was only in my early 30’s. My second son had also been to the GP for severe constipation and we were both dismissed as having irritable bowel and told to increase fibre and take Metamucil. Not only did we have these symptoms, that would not abate, no matter how much water and fibre we added, but my youngest baby had severe eczema and my husband’s arthritis was getting worse. Our eldest son had always been sickly with fevers, severe infections, bouts of neutropenia and hospitalisations. He used to be an excellent eater, but over the years started to become fussy and preferring carbohydrate based foods. He does have sensory issues, and the school speech pathologist suggested a paediatrician visit to look at Asperger’s. We have not done this, but that is another blog entirely.

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