So, its Sunday evening here in rainy Somerset and we have survived week one of the six weeks holidays. I’m not going to lie… I’m wondering how I’m going to keep my head for the next five weeks! I don’t want to be a ‘Negative Nelly’ but I think this has been the hardest start to the holidays so far.
We’ve had multiple meltdowns from Ellie – sometimes not even knowing why which usually ends in her screaming and crying, saying we don’t love her, she is ugly and stupid …. you get the idea. These have occurred more regularly lately and are more extreme than ever! There have even been points in the week where we have wondered if she needs some kind of help – whether that be some form of counselling, or medication to help her with her anxiety. I truly can’t believe we are thinking this way but we have a few more weeks before I have a GP appointment booked (which was actually to discuss the RSI in my hand!).
There may however, be a very good reason for this. If you read my blog a couple of Tweeks ago you would’ve seen that Ellie can now add Yeast to her list of intolerance’s. To help with this, we made a start this week in cutting right down on sugar consumption, along with all foods containing yeast and also things that include Vinegar (which is a lot of her faves!). We have a telephone appointment in the morning with the Nutritional Therapist so the cutting back will probably be more full on this week.
What I’m wondering is, has all this extreme behaviour really been down to us cutting down on sugar? Ellie has continued to have some fruit and a little honey on her breakfast – god only knows what she would be like if she’d gone ‘cold turkey’!
Having a quick Google, its clear to see that addiction to sugar really can throw up severe symptoms when you withdraw it. On reading about things that happen when you stop eating sugar, the symptoms include anxiety, restlessness, and even depression… tick, tick and tick!
Then a video popped up on my Facebook timeline… one of those that tells you the three foods you should never eat, so as per usual, I’m sucked in! I was pleased I clicked though, as the ‘Doctor’ was talking a lot about Candida and Yeast overgrowth and what this does to our bodies. What do you think is the biggest culprit… sugar!
We’ve always known that one of Ellie’s main triggers for meltdown is ‘Food’. She is literally obsessed with it and I can never work out where she puts it (must turn after my hubby’s side of the family!). So as you can imagine, this has been an incredibly difficult week – not just for her but for all of us! I just hope that in a few weeks time she will have settled down… and I can talk to the Doc about my dodgy hand!!
Wish me luck for week two!
Until next time.
love and hugs xxxx