After seeing my daughter gluten free for a few weeks, then having her do a gluten challenge (which I don't recommend) and a ton of testing (which I do recommend) in which we found out she had two genes for celiac but negative blood work, it was obvious to me that my five year
old needed to NEVER eat gluten again. I sat her down in the morning before school and told her "Remember all that testing we did? We found out you have an allergy to wheat and in order to be healthy you have to stop eating the foods that contain wheat. This is going to help you to be the best YOU you can be. It's going to be hard at first, but it will get easier and I promise I will do everything I can to make it easier. I will make gluten free versions of all your favorite foods and there are a lot of foods you can eat. The good news is that you will feel better and you won't get those _________ (I listed all her particular gluten intolerance symptoms) anymore." She cried a little and I think I let her eat some gluten free cookies that morning. It was a hard moment and she was sad, but she totally adjusted. The testing I was referring to was the test I had witnessed--her being sick on gluten and healthy off. Later on I explained it in more detail about how being gluten free wasn't just wheat. Today, another mother told me her gluten eating daughter is begging her to go to the health food store and buy gluten free food because she thinks my daughter has the best food. I think she was coveting my daughter's Kettle Salt and Vinegar chips--which aren't the healthiest but certainly make a lifetime of gluten free eating a little more fun.