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  1. Thanks for bringing this up again and adding so many more good thoughts!

    She did eat a bigger variety of veggies before, but Her favorites were stuff that we eliminated temporarily for the inflammatory side of the AIP (red peppers, for example, which is still hard because they’re everyone’s favorite, but I’d really like to get in two full weeks of right eating without cheating (DH struggles with cheating... lol) before we start adding stuff back in.

    On the up side: she started eating a lot of other veggies this week. Still refused a lot, but ate baby bok choy, kale with avocado, spinach, cucumber, broccoli AND cauliflower this week, along with her carrots. She even ate 3-4 slices of her dreaded fried plantains one morning, even though I’ve only be requiring one bite. It felt like such a relief to me!

    I did buy a jerky cannon and have been making our own beef jerky with just meat and salt. We keep it in the freezer most of the time after it finishes, but it’s easy to pull out for a snack or even toss in a bag for a few hours if we want to go hiking or something. At first I made 3 lbs, and then I made 5 lbs, and yesterday I made 8 lbs at once! Lol.

    my ds 9 with ASD and ADHD told his psych this week that he hates eating healthy but his brain feels so much better and life seems so much easier when he eats healthier. This just made me feel good as a mother, and gave me some extra motivation to keep it up.

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  2. Not an AL thing, but boy am I sure glad they're homeschooled and don't have as much opportunity for this nonsense....

    DD7 to middle-aged violin teacher: Are you pregnant?
    Teacher: Nope. And it's not really appropriate to ask that. I have medical issues that affect my weight.
    DD7: Oh good. You're too old to be having more kids.

    Teacher told me about this after the lesson (while laughing), but all I could do was cringe...

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  3. 3 minutes ago, PeterPan said:

    And they're old enough now to begin to collaborate!! My ds actually makes his own little "recipes" now, lol. You might take one at a time to the store and ask them to help you find ideas that fit the parameters. There's so much out there that we tend not to try or not to eat, so we don't realize these other options. When I went to Russia, the family I stayed with was SO strapped for food budget, so hungry, working so hard to put food on the table, and I'd walk into a market and ask why they didn't eat such and such (cheap, readily available) and they're like oh such and such other ethnic group eats that! I'm like wow, if we're gonna starve and have beri beri, MAYBE time to try more foods! LOL 

    I agree hitting on that stubborness wall would be hard. Collaborating, bringing in new things, helping them find options so they always have standbys, all that is good. I like to say the ultimate cure for some of this stuff is growing up so you finally get to say what you want and have it your way. Like if I want my salad chopped FINE, I get my salad chopped FINE. If I want my meals all smooth, every day of the week, they're smooth every day of the week. 

    If they're at sort of a nuggest stage, you might be able to make some. I've been reading this Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to ... - Amazon.comhttps://www.amazon.com/Seriously-Good-Freezer-Meals-Recipes/dp/0778805913 and I hadn't realized you could bread ahead meats and freeze them. Now, like I said, I'm all about ground meat and smooth. Even baked chicken is less preferred for me, even when tender. But if they'll eat chunks, you could bread with ground up baked potato chips and mayo or something, sure. I should get smart and do that for my ds! That's why I was reading that freezer meals book, trying to up my game. I'm trying to go to the gym in the evenings again, and I need to spend less time cooking! It's so nice just to pull something out, and acceptable nuggets might be a filling, warm option for a picky one. Sometimes what gets dropped in these diets is the FATS, and that's why the little ones are hungry. So being able to bring back in some good fats is really good.


    Ha ha! They collaborated just the other night to make carrot-spaghetti... we haven’t been eating tomatoes, but they were so eager to make it themselves and so excited about t being healthy that we just went with it: meatballs and sauce over long strips of raw carrot (they used a veggie peeler to make those), with a side salad of kale coated with avocado and lime and salt. All four aye the carrot spaghetti, but dd5 was so disappointed with her kale salad! Lol.

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  4. I also want to say that I really appreciate everyone’s thoughts and suggestions! While it won’t all work, it’s given me a lot of new ideas, which is wonderful. My kids are stubborn enough to go at least three days without eating (when I broke and fed them something else... so don’t k ow how long they actually would’ve gone... lol) and I was feeling beaten, but I have so much more hope and enthusiasm now!

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  5. Yes, avocado got eaten once with lots of lime and salt! But it was a one time deal. I haven’t made it into a dipping sauce yet... i should try that!

    For the very first phase of AIP, all nuts and seeds and beans are out, sun butter, hummus, etc are not on the table right now. I think we’re going to add back in garbanzo beans anyway, because hummus, roasted chickpeas, and flatbread out oF besan flour have been staples here in the past. ?

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  6. 17 minutes ago, PeterPan said:

    I started with a nutritionist (a really out there one) years ago, and one of the things that BLEW MY MIND when I started was the VARIETY of food. Not just veges, cuz I get it. I've even this way for 17 years and I don't go oh thank you for that bowl of veges! LOL But there's so so much variety that people aren't used to eating. Hold it, you eliminated grains? Like wheat or ALL grains? Sigh. So you eliminated a known, common problem (dairy) and cut out a whole food group and a ton of other things based on an ingredient. So you've got so many variables there you can't tell which you could add back in without a problem, kwim? What did your dh add back in? Dairy? Gluten grains? Non/low gluten grains? The things with salicylates include some veges, yes?

    If he wants to add back in things, which is totally understandable, then sit down and make a list under each of those so you can start isolating. Like me, hanged if I'd reintroduce the dairy. That's your super common problem. But a low/no gluten grain? That might be a place to start. That way you'd only have one variable and see if you could start expanding back their diets. Like quinoa, do you eat it? It's saying it's low/no gluten. We really like quinoa here, because it just morphs and goes into anything and cooks in 2 minutes in the Instant Pot. 

    Wild rice is a grass, not technically a grain, and it's maybe $5 a bag at Trader Joes. Not that stuff with the rice in it but real, straight wild rice. It cooks up nicely in the Instant Pot (or on the stove if you don't mind the mess), and it will morph for casseroles, stir fry, with spaghetti sauce, anything, very universal.

    Are they eating dates? Whole medjool dates are so, so yummy. Also coconut covered date rolls are pretty easy to find. They may just flat be hungry as little growing kids, and you need super energy bombs like that. Our nutritionist had us eating dried fruit and bananas every morning for a mid-morning snack. School work uses up so much brain power, and you need to refuel. Hungry kids are cranky kids, and if they have sensory issues they're likely to let it go till they're HANGRY. I'd be looking for dense options like that.

    Do they drink coconut milk? Coconut milk has some kind of MCT that is supposed to be really good for tone. My ds who drinks it and I have much better tone than dd, and it's just plain filling. I swear by it. The ped had said almond, but really coconut is so good. I buy So Delicious in asceptic cartons but my dd likes the Silk brand in the frig section. It also comes in a chocolate btw, which you can then make pudding with. 



    Yes i know we eliminated a lot! But DH needed black and white so produce and meat was black and white. And I needed results fast. We’ve done eliminations in the past.  And I knew that I did not have it in me to eliminate one food group at a time and not see improvement for months. 

     We have a plan for adding back in the things that we most love and miss. I think it’s just that DH just underestimated the effect that a little cheating would have. In all honesty, he was completely floored at the changes he experienced in his own body when we eliminated stuff and Ian still processing that.

    three of my kids will drink smoothies with coconut milk- child in question will not (even if it’s just coconut milk and fruit with no veggies involved). 

    Im not sure what to do about snacks right now. We keep lots of snacks on hand, but dd7 tries to game the system by skipping meals and subsisting only in fruit and meat snacks. Lol. 

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  7. 10 minutes ago, Mainer said:

    Just thinking about the AIP... isn't meat, carrots, and fruit pretty much the base of the diet anyway? I think she could be pretty healthy with just those things ? . 

     Not just carrots- you’re supposed to eat a wide variety of vegetables.

     Thanks for the encouragement! We’ve always aired towards the philosophy that they either eat it or don’t. It's just been hard watching her the last week as she spends longer and longer crying about being hungry... lol.

  8. So we implemented some diet changes. We basically went AIP (which includes eliminating dairy and grains) and also mostly (but not completely) cut out foods high in salicylates. Behavior improvement was undeniable within a week: way more emotional regulation for the kids, way better focus and flexibility from my ADHD/ASD kid, school work getting completely done by 10am instead of fighting over it all day long and still only getting through half of it, and DH said it was the first time in ten years that he hasn’t struggled with anxiety and depression. He started cheating and giving the kids other stuff again and everything went downhill within 18 hrs. So the food intervention is an obvious Win, right?

    Except now my 7 yo in particular is really just refusing to eat most of her food. She’ll eat meat and carrots and fruit, but almost nothing else, and this has been going on for a full week. She moped around crying that she’s hungry, but still won’t eat.

    Does anyone have sage advice regarding staying the course with a stubborn, anxious kid who doesn’t take to diet changes, when they’re so clearly beneficial?

    ETA: it’s mostly every other vegetable in the world she won’t eat, even fried plantains, which the rest of my kids love! We’ve tried sweet potato, butternut and acorn and spaghetti squash, zucchini, radishes, celeriac, bok choy, kale, cabbage, beets, salad, turnips, parsnips, onion, Brussel sprouts, avocado with lime and salt, asparagus, jicama, and pretty much every other kind of vegetable w can.

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  9.  One thing I find interesting is that her preschool teacher and the speech language pathologist who did her dyslexia evaluation commented on what good pressure she has while writing, because her pencil always made thick, dark lines when they asked her to write. It makes me wonder now how long she has had these tension issues, and if I was just not aware of them previously. 

  10. She does about half her work at a table and half of it sprawling somewhere else (either holding the book up against her upraised legs or looking down at her lap or squatting next to the couch while the book is on the couch or something like that). Her grip was slightly worse at the table this morning (when we had so many tears trying to correct it), so we moved to the couch just to "relax" a little.

    She used to write so nicely, though she did always tilt her pencil lower and towards the bottom of her page instead of keeping it more level with her writing. She has always written more nicely than my other kids. But she's 7, so I just want to help her as writing demands increase on her down the road. And I found some articles with three good grips and three bad ones, but hers wasn't any of those, so I didn't really know where it fell. ?

  11. 9 hours ago, PeterPan said:

    Kookie, If the dc has significant articulation issues, an SLP should be hitting it anyway. Yes some vowels are dipthongs and taught in speech therapy as a sequence of sounds. Yes, we use a knowledge of linguistics to build sounds depending on where the tongue is, what the sequence of movements is, etc. But in general, unless the dc has significant articulation issues, that seems pretty in the weeds. I mean, nuts, my ds has severe apraxia and we never bothered with all that.


    She doesn't have articulation issues. But I was making these pom-poms, and just wanted to color them correctly. And she really enjoys figuring out how her body feels for various sounds. We just did the classification of brother consonants in LiPS, and I intended to just start with two pairs, but she loved it so much that she did all brother pairs in a single day. It was really funny watching her feel her mouth and nose and throat and ears and tongue and all of that as she worked on it. ? 

  12.  Just trying to figure out if these are ok grips. It’s weird to me that she holds pencils differently than pens, but it’s very consistent and she is very resistant to changing her pencil grip to be more like her pen grip, and utterly resistant to using grips or other helps to curve her pointer finger knuckle in the other direction (away from the pencil instead of towards it). Her writing is average for age but she does say her hand tires. Her handwriting has been getting worse the last few months but she is able to write very well when she slows down.

    I guess I’m just trying to decide how much of a fight to make this. She also cries when I ask her to tilt her paper. Lol. Lots of tears in this house!




  13. Just in case anyone else cares about the answer to my question above (and doesn't already know it! lol), the information is all here:


    Though some of it seems a bit funky. For example, they say that oy = or + i, not or + ee, but when you listen to the sound bit for i as in pit, they definitely pronounce it as peet... 

  14. I'd planned on doing Singapore 6 because I heard it had good probability/statistics content, but DS is really enjoying his dabbling in AoPS Pre-Algebra book. I'm considering nixing Singapore 6 in favor of just spot teaching a few topics so that he can move on to PreA sooner. Looking at the scope and sequence, it seems to mainly hit fractions/ratios/percents, volumes/areas, angles/basic geometry, and statistical analysis (mean/median/mode/outliers), and I notice that only the last point is something he's not seen a ton in BA (disclaimer: he does his BA completely independently, so I'm not actually a great judge of what he's seen in BA and what he hasn't). Is that more or less correct? 

    ETA: He has finished Singapore 5B, but has not finished BA yet, and wants to finish BA while simultaneously starting the Prealgebra book.

  15. I've been casually reading and working through the first few sections of AoPS Pre-A  with ds9 this week, since he finished BA 4D book last week, but I wasn't prepared and hadn't ordered 5A for him yet. So last night, I told him (happily!) that his new BA should be here soon and then it's back to Beast and how fun!

    DS9: Aw... 
    Me: What? You want to keep doing pre-algebra?
    DS9: Yeah.
    Me: How about we split it and do BA twice a week and PreA twice a week?
    DS9: I'd just rather to prealgebra every day. I just like it.
    Me: (laughing) Even when we end up doing it for an hour, like we did today, instead of the twenty minutes we set out to do, because the problems took so long?
    DS9: Honestly, Mom, the longer I do it, the more I like it.
    My husband couldn't contain an eyeroll and a mutter about this being someone else's child. lol.
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  16. So back to the Pom pom video:

    I'm in the process of making these pom poms for my dd7 with dyslexia (and I'm really only going through all this work instead of using blocks since I figure I'll get to use them for dd5 and dd3 eventually as well), and am having a hard time finding all the information I want. In particular, she has these cool split balls (ch = t + sh, for example, and or + ee = oy), and I'm wondering if there is a resource out there that would list these combinations for me. I didn't see something like this in LiPS (just their wheel of vowels), and am not sure where else to look since I'm definitely not an SLP and don't know these things already. ?

    ETA and some of them, I flat out don't get and wonder if it's an Australian accent thing (like e + shwa = air???).
    I'm wondering if it's in the materials at http://marooneyfoundation.org/professional-learning.aspx  but I paused reading it to go through LiPS instead.

  17. On 10/12/2018 at 11:15 PM, Cake and Pi said:

    Fix It is not just for elementary. Fix It level 1 is meant for 4th grade and pretty well lines up with MCT Island by the end.  Fix It level 2 is for 5th grade and felt more complicated than MCT Town, but I'm not really sure if it's actually got more to it or if it just confused me because it wasn't as streamlined as the MCT grammar I was used to. (For example, Fix It has main clauses and opening clauses and dependent clauses and who-which clauses and adverb clauses whereas MCT just has independent and dependent clauses.)  I haven't looked through the higher levels of Fix It, but they skip some grades.  So, for example, Fix It book 3 is for 7th grade and book 5 is for 10th grade.  From the online samples, it seems like they get more heavy on editing while maybe not adding a whole lot more grammar?  Hopefully someone with experience with those higher levels will chime in.

    Fix It seems pretty explicit, teaches in baby-steps (very part-to-whole), and has the added bonus of built-in copywork.  It's sort of independent.  Kid can easily mark up the day's sentence alone, but then you have to go over it with him and check it, discuss it, etc. 

    My homeschooled boys both loved Fix It 1, but then DS#3 asked not to do Fix It 2 when he saw it and DS#1 only got part way into it before declaring the story to be stupid and refusing to do more. *shrug*


    Good informationa. Thank you very much!

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  18. 2 hours ago, drjuliadc said:

    I like these threads a lot.  It is fun to hear about what types of students are at MIT, for example. Lots of other neat things too.

    At his last lesson, my 5 year old’s piano teacher told me he has perfect pitch, or at least close to it. She didn't have a lot of time to check for it.

    I wonder what kind of positives and/or negatives go along with this.


    Oooh, my best friend in hs had perfect pitch and it was often more of a curse than a blessing. For example: she learned her scat part for a very competitive jazz competition on a piano that (it turns out!) was slightly out of tune (half step off). She'd learned it so thoroughly and completely, however, that she could not adjust up the half step needed for her audition and she definitely lost the part! 

    OTOH, my grandma has perfect pitch, and it sure makes her one heckuva violin player, so there are definite perks as well!

  19. 2 hours ago, Jackie said:


    I’m only vaguely familiar with Fix It. As far as I understand, they’re similar in that they use a “student edits the errors” approach. IIRC, Fix It is just elementary, whereas EIC goes up quite a bit higher. Fix It is also meant to be ~10 minutes a day for a school year, I think, whereas EIC is simply less work than that. But again, I’ve never seen Fix It, just heard people talking about using it.

    Oh good to know that EIC will be more streamlined! It's hard to tell from tiny little sample pages! lol. Also interesting to note that Fix It is considered elementary. On their website, they certainly claim that it goes through high school level grammar. ? But I suppose that depends on your student, huh?

    Thank you very much!

  20. 23 minutes ago, dmmetler said:

    It may not be the best fit, then. I do not agree with the author that they're high school level, but I do think they'd be a decent way of doing a lot of grammar quickly.

    Maybe go through Khan Academy's SAT English prep? It would be more than the PSAT 8/9 requires, but would be a similar format.


    I was considering this. It has the perk of being free. I just wasn’t sure if it started from zero or not. He’s not at a zero, per se, because he’s done some basic grammar in German. But it’s very basic. ?

  21. 26 minutes ago, dmmetler said:

    If he likes Fred, the LOF Grammar books are super quick and quite explicit. 



    He liked Fred when he read a bunch two years ago but then felt that they got boring. He only read through F though.

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