It’s crazy to think that one little cupcake could profoundly change our family. But that is precisely what happened on January 23, 2013. It was a Wednesday. We eat dinner at my grandmother’s house every Wednesday. We usually jump right in the car as soon as our son (I’ll refer to him as G) gets off of the bus and we all head to her house for a good ol’ home-cooked meal. We take G’s homework and will do some of it there if need be. As soon as he stepped off the bus this day, I could immediately tell that something was going on. When we arrived at Grandma’s, things quickly unfolded into an emotional and uncooperative ordeal on G’s part. He could not sit still or concentrate to do the simplest page of homework, read, or even eat his dinner. His body was in constant fidgeting motion, his eyes would dart all around and then a short time later he would stare off at nothing in a daze. For lack of a better illustration, I will say that it was as if he was highly intoxicated. In fact, he was….from a cupcake!
It was a yellow cupcake with red frosting distributed to the class in celebration of a classmate’s birthday. Though I did not see it, I imagine it was the supermarket variety, the same ones I’ve picked up countless times from the Wal-Mart reduced bakery rack. We all love cupcakes in this home, especially chocolate ones. Yumm.
So, as I’m sure your wondering…”What was so different about this cupcake?”
Well, nothing in fact. It was the same thing I’ve been feeding him for years. Only this time I could see these effects because three weeks earlier, at the start of the new year, we had started the Feingold Diet. What that means is that we had removed all artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, petrochemical preservatives and some natural salicylate foods from his diet. Within days of implementing this diet at the beginning of January, we saw night and day positive changes in his behavior. Once all these unnatural food additives had been eliminated from his body, we were able to get a clear picture of the adverse effects those unnatural chemicals within one single common item of “food” can have on our bodies.
That was the day that it became clear to our family that we were on the right path, there was no turning back, we had learned too much, seen too much. This was a battle worth fighting. What will forever be referred to as “the cupcake incident” in our family was a major turning point in our lives, the crusade had begun, a crusade to clean up our family’s food intake. This was no longer a “diet”, it was going to be a chosen lifestyle change.