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In January 2011 my oldest son was almost 3 1/2 years old speaking 3 words. We had him tested and nothing was wrong except his speech was delayed.

We did have long periods of screaming temper tantrums that were quite painful for all involved. I could see him in pain.

I had been reading books, reading online, talking to other mom’s and bouncing information off our family chiropractor. Between the ages of 2 to 3 we even participated in services provided by IMUA. To this point I felt that I was doing everything as a parent, but still had a nagging sensation in my gut. The one thing that I hadn’t done was make a change in diet.

I felt we ate healthy, which included organic and whole foods. However, I did notice a dramatic change in my son after small doses of sugar. I called a dear friend, who is a nutritionist and a mom, and asked her about my nagging sensation. I wasn’t surprised when she said that I may see a change in behavior with a change of diet.

I sat down with my husband and explained what I had been researching and shared my desire for a change. I really hoped we could do it as a family. We decided to do it. We said let’s try to go gluten free, no refined sugar and no processed food for 24 hours and see what happens.

24 hours later my oldest son was talking, no joke! Talking and answering questions. We were floored! We then committed to changing our families diet.

It was not a simple process. First was cleaning out our refrigerator, freezer and pantry of everything that contained any gluten, sugar, MSG, GMO and had high fructose corn syrup. I then had to go shopping and re-supply my family with food we could eat.

The first few days were a little hairy as we transitioned. When my son asked for his usual snack, I told him, “We don’t have it any more,” and offered a healthy alternative. Within a day he took the alternative.

We saw a dramatic decrease in temper tantrums in the first few days to where they just stopped. His speech sky rocketed and we encouraged him to start up again on potty training and he potty trained himself in 10 days. Within the first week I wanted to cry at the end of every day seeing that I had a completely different child.

People often mention that what I did must be expensive. Well it does cost a little bit more money, but it’s possible. We live on a budget and therefore I need to feed a family of four on what we can afford. My favorite has been hooking up with a local organic farmer that I get a huge bag of veggies for super cheap. I can order bulk online and get it shipped for free to my house.

Image Credit: Tonja Pe Benito

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