I dont discuss my diet with my doctor, I dont discuss my kids diet with their doctor. If they ask I DONT say "I dont eat grains, I dont eat beans" Then they focus on the negative. I focus on "I eat lots of vegetables and meat, fruit and nuts - nothing processed, all whole foods" By then they are blinded by the fact that I dont eat poptarts for breakfast and fail to notice what else I DONT eat. I also am quick to help them along. My son doesnt drink milk, never has, hates it, so if they ask I am quick to say "but he gets plenty of calcium from these alternate sources...."
As for family...it is tougher. Focus on the "she is growing well" part. Mention that "it appears at this time that she is allergic to gluten and WE (universal we) are keeping an eye on that and how she grows, we can always change things up later IF IT BECOMES AN ISSUE, but for right now she is better off without gluten". Reassures them that you arent blindly following some cult, if you see any signs that you daughter is not thriving you will fix it.
I would consider switching doctors. There are pediatricians out there who are more supportive of parental food choices (vegan, vegetarian whatever) and even if they dont personally agree will stick to things like "well if you are not going to eat grains make sure they get plenty of vegetables and fruit for fiber and carbohydrates"
But the growth chart thing. I am 5'3", my dh is 5'3" and I routinely have doctors (not OUR ped) show concern that my kids are on the small side. You think? I actually had a doctor say to me "We like to see all the kids at 50% or above".
Last edited by runnergal; 03-01-2011 at 12:02 PM.
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"When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - my daughter Age 7