- Less even-tempered - She is more likely to meltdown.
- More disobedient - She is more likely to blatantly disobey, and to argue about doing what she is told (even simple things like changing into her pajamas).
- More grouchy and rude - She is much more likely to be downright rude and to be in a bad mood.
- Have less focus and concentration - She has a very hard time focusing on the task at hand. She gets easily distracted and forgets what she is supposed to do.
- More of a picky eater - She is much more likely to fight about what we're having for dinner (she almost never did this while on GAPS), and to complain that she doesn't like the food.
So, we're backing off on the grains for my daughter. It is actually very easy to do this without her even knowing or making a big deal about it, since she is used to eating GAPS anyway. We're not going to totally eliminate grains, but we will make sure she's only having them a few times per week to see how she does. We'll also be a bit more methodical about it to see if she is reacting to a specific food or all of them in general. The last couple days, she hasn't eaten any grains, and she is back to her old sweet self.
This makes me really wonder how much of children's poor behavior is linked to eating grains. Granted, properly-prepared grains can be a healthy part of the diet for healthy people with uncompromised guts, but it seems like the vast majority of kids in our country could have a compromised gut due to widespread antibiotic use. I am really shocked that after 17 months on GAPS, our daughter's behavior could change so dramatically from consuming non-gluten grains (and she did not have any learning deficiencies or psychological problems going into GAPS).
Have you noticed any correlations between grain consumption and bad behavior in your kids?
This post is part of Fat Tuesday and Monday Mania!