When I look at old photos now I wince. I can see the gluten and food issues in my daughter's face so clearly now.
At the time I never noticed.
Her father is blond - so blond he was bald as a baby. My daughter is blonde. So of course she has pale skin, right? It wasn't until after we got her off gluten that I realized she wasn't pale - she was pallid. And the dark circles were not because she had pale skin, but because she was suffering from food intolerances. Dark circles are a sure sign.
Here are more photos of my daughter to show you "before" and "after" we got her off gluten. I'm so familiar with these symptoms now I can spot food issues a mile away when I look at children in person or in the pictures their parents post on Facebook.
Paleo is not about what you eat, it's about what you don't eat.
I'm not sitting around eating vegetables while holding my nose like I'm in 5th grade and my parents are tormenting me with asparagus again. Rather, I'm not eating anything that causes inflammation in my body, chains me with addictive behavior or smacks me - and everyone else around me - with mood swings.
Cutting those things out of my diet made me feel happy, instantly.
I like the easy Paleo stuff.