Sunday, January 4, 2009

Is it the gluten? The sauce? The cheese? The pepperoni?

I don't know what it is, but every time my almost 5 year old eats pizza he totally spazzes out for days afterwards. He goes from being a very good acting and obedient boy to being .... well I can't even say what I want to say. Ugh. He can't stop moving. He jumps all over the place. He dances. He waves his arms all over. Walking through the store, I ended up having to put him in the cart because he would not walk with me. So he starts screaming at people when they walk by. In the car he got mad at me and called me a bastard. He torments his brothers and tells them to do things they wouldn't normally do. "Niko, kick mommy!" "Adrian, shove your finger up your nose." So I tell the other two to not do what he tells them to and even went so far as to use my mom's old adage "If your brother told you to jump off a bridge, would you? No? Well then don't listen to him now either."

So you would think the best solution would be to just not give him pizza, right? Yeah, you're right. But honestly, I want to know what it is about pizza that causes this switch to be thrown in his brain. Having one son that has Celiac Disease I'm already on the look out for gluten things. I know that some people have reactions like this to gluten, but T doesn't seem to have reactions to gluten any other time, just in pizza. So, if it isn't the gluten what is it? The sauce? We eat pastas with sauce all the time and he seems totally fine with that as well. The cheese? We eat cheese. We eat pepperoni. He doesn't have issues with them. So please, please explain to me what it is when you combine it all and give it to him as pizza?!?!

I'm at a total loss on this one. Any help would be appreciated. My sweet little boy has turned into a little monster. :( (At least until this wears off in a couple days).

Oh... and when he eats Stromboli (which has all the same ingredients) he doesn't seem to have a reaction either. Just pizzeria pizza.


  1. Could it be the drink he has with the pizza? Could it be a secret "herb" only a pizza shop would use?

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  2. Thank you! I'm going to check out that link now. I never thought about a possible spice they used! Thank you!!

  3. Does he have any problem when eating other foods with cheese or dairy products? I know that some children, like those with autism, have behavior problems after eating milk or cheese.

  4. How about MSG? Or a coloring in the cheese or sauce they use? There is so much in our food these days it is hard to tell. Good luck and I will be praying you find the answer.