I wrote a post below about diet and TS. For two years I was a diet nazi. Nothing that he was even slightly allergic to was allowed. Maybe once a year on a birthday.

I have since lifted the diet ban. We eat only "approved" foods on a daily basis, but if there's a birthday party or it's a special holiday (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving) we eat a bit of the forbidden foods such as pizza or cake and icecream.

If I was at all wishy washy about my decision to do this, all I had to do was view this photo taken last night at Stink's very small six year old birthday gathering at our home. Similar to the expression he had at his cousin's bowling party last week, my heart melts with joy when I see his exhuberance.

And the irony of my minor food transgressions? No visible tics as a result. Sometimes happiness overrides anxiety over not getting to eat what everyone else does. More on this at a future post.

Also, please see this post below which answers the question about having a child with a person who you suspect has TS. It's my opinion only, of course, and would love to hear yours.

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I'm back. I aim to write more than once/week. If I fall short, please email me. Of all my blogs, this is the one I know people read, but don't comment on much. Being the post whore that I am, a friendly nudge of "Yes, this is making a difference" might encourage me to write more here!

A few small things I've realized over dealing with TS for two years:

1. My son's tics are GREATLY improved with diet. See previous posts on how I figured out what worked best for him.

2. Cheating a little bit at a party does not mean the end is near. Sometimes a bit of joy overshadows the bad evil gluten and the devil that is food dye. Yes, there is a difference between cake and pizza just at parties, once in a while, and a bag full of Halloween candy that lasts ten days. Trust me on this one.

You? How are you? What's up? Feeling okay? Not okay? Accepting life with tics or still pretty pissed off? I want to hear from you! I really do!

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