Thursday, December 31, 2009

Allergen Free Blueberry Muffins



This is only my second attempt at allergen free muffins and they are pretty good!! My toughest critic even gave them a thumbs up, and ate them!

Recipe:

Dry ingredients:
1 1/2 cups rice flour
1 1/2 cups tapioca Sstarch (or flour)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Wet ingredients:
1 mashed banana
4 ounces of apple sauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup pear juice
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
2 tblspns honey

1 to 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

Mix dry ingredients together well and mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Fold wet ingredients into dry mixture and combine well without over stirring. Add blueberries. Scoop into muffin pan filling cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. If using paper liners you must cool completely or they will stick to the liners. If not using paper liners grease pan well.

Enjoy!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

And just like that, it's over...

Is it just me or did Christmas come FAST this year? Jack has asked at least four times where the Christmas presents are, it's all we did yesterday, can you blame him? He looked pretty bummed out when I told him Christmas was all done. We had such a nice morning as a family, then had breakfast with our neighbors where I proceeded to talk about allergies far too much. Questions always arrise when Jack can't eat in a social situation which is almost every social situation. The food was delicious though, there and later at my parents. Nice holiday splurging and all without any accidental exposure to Jack!

Made out like a bandit yesterday. Justin gave me a roomba! I am so excited, cleaning floors is always the last to get to...I'm really good at the picking up and putting away so now my new little friend can do the cleaning for me at night! Every time I see it though I think of the SNL ad for the Woomba (aka - the little robot that cleans your noonie)...I'm sure that won't last forever, in the meantime it gives me a giggle. Came home with a Sephora gift card from my sis (we did a secret Santa thing this year) and cash from the parents. Woohoo! And Jack and Harvey have enough new toys to last til their birthdays in the summer.

The new year is just around the corner and this year I have RESOLUTIONS !! I have never been serious about this kind of thing but the timing is perfect because I've had some changes that I've been wanting to make and now's the time to buckle down. Caffeine and gluten out, I'll be blogging more later about why. And bone broths, fermented veggies, and lots more raw are IN. Should be getting results from Jack's blood draw on Monday soon. That could be putting some new healing methods into action as well.

All in all I am very excited about the New Year. I get very sentimental (and sad) over the things that I cannot change. My heart aches when I see other children eating whatever they'd like and their parents able to feed them without thought. It's easy to crave that grass that looks so much greener. I am so very grateful though for the progress we're making, for the changes I see in Jack, and for the health and awareness that he has brought to our family.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Healing power of bones...

Trying to get more comfortable with gut healing foods because I think it will make the transition off supplements easier and will be better long term for Jackaroni. I kept reading about bone broth and it's amazing gut healing properties but my thoughts on it were "ewww" and "probably a pain in the rear". Well, I'm now getting excited about it. We've made awesome progress through supplements and a cleaned up diet....I've been adding superfoods like greens into him and now it's time to get more creative!!

So, here are the basics on broth and how it's done. What's great is that it's not just for soup. You can cook noodles and rice in it, put it in an ice cube tray and add a cube to almost any dish, and make gravies etc with it. It can be made in a big batch, frozen into small batches, and worked into the diet all the time!

Not only does bone broth contain much needed minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium) in easily absorbed electrolyte form, but also the secret ingredient so good for healing the gut: gelatin.

Quoting from "Nourishing Traditions":

Hydrophilic colloids attract digestive juices for rapid and effective digestion....The same property by which gelatin attracts water to form desserts, like Jello, allows it to attract digestive juices to the surface of cooked food particles.

The public is generally unaware of the large amount of research on the beneficial effects of gelatin taken with food. Gelatin acts first and foremost as an aid to digestion and has been used successfully in the treatment of many intestinal disorders, including hyperacidity, colitis and Crohn's disease... anemia...diabetes, muscular dystrophy and even cancer.

Other important ingredients that go into broth are the components of cartilage, which recently have been used with remarkable results in the treatment of cancer and bone disorders, and of collagen, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments.

Jewish penicillin... modern research has confirmed that broth helps prevent and mitigate infectious diseases.

The test of whether your stock contains liberal amounts of gelatin is carried out by chilling the broth. It should thicken even to the point of jelling completely. If your broth is still runny, you may add a little powdered gelatin to thicken it. Bear in mind, however, that some people have reactions to commercially prepared gelatin, which will contain small amounts of free glutamic acid, similar to MSG.

...remedying infant diarrhea...

Chicken soup has a natural ingredient which feeds, repairs and calms the mucous lining in the small intestine. This inner lining is the beginning and ending of the nervous system. It is easily pulled away from the intestine through too many laxatives...food additives...parasites. [It] heals the nerves, improves digestion, reduces allergies, relaxes and gives strength.

General procedure follows. It is not expensive. A pack of 4 chicken legs at Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck) is $3.25. Fish, grass fed beef, or lamb shanks can be used, we're talking $5 at the most.

HOW TO MAKE:

If you are using beef bones, NT recommends roasting in oven first until browned.
Soak bones or chicken legs and vegetables desired (onions, carrots) with 2T vinegar per qt. of water for one hour before heating (chelates more minerals out).
Bring to low boil.
Skim froth.
Keep at barely a simmer for 6-24 hours.
Strain and refrigerate.
Remove fat.

After straining, you can reduce it for an hour or so at a lively boil to make a more concentrated stock. Then freeze in ice cube trays. Pop out and transfer to a freezer container. The concentrated stock or what the French term demi-glace, is really delicious.

We trialed Soba noodles (100% buckwheat) today so hoping Jack tolerates them well. He ate a LOT, loved them, and they're perfect for cooking in broth.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Detox Pathways



I'm going to get deeper into working on our detox pathways. This is just some of the reason why. Our culture has programmed us to treat symptoms instead of exploring why we're experiencing something (headache, nausea, fatigue, etc). What a disservice to prescribe a pill to mask a message that our body is trying to send us!

I've accepted that while I appear healthy (don't get sick often, trim build, etc) that I must have underlying issues to have birthed a child with bloody diapers, rashes, multiple allergies, reacted to *my milk*. Perhaps I had leaky gut but it healed in the 15 months following giving birth that I was on an elimination diet and taking probiotics, and getting away from processed foods. Perhaps that's why my second child was born without any of these issues. Even if I have healed myself shouldn't we all be making a life long effort to keeping our systems clear of chemicals and heavy metals? We can't control a lot of things about our environment but I won't stand by and accept that I can't do anything about it....we still have access to tools that can help our bodies along the way and give us fuller, richer, happier, healthier lives....not to mention the difference it will make for our children and grandchildren. Empowering isn't it!?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Allergies stink...

That sort of sums up our day... One of my biggest motivations for this blog is that it's a great tool to look back on.

I was so excited to receive my big Gold Mine Natural Food Co order yesterday. Some great products, lots of raw and organic goodness. I got excited and used a product called Mirin on some noodles for Jack last night. I read the label but didn't take the time to research it...the ingredients list reads: Organic sweet rice, organic shochu (water, organic rice, Koji (aspergillus oryzae)), organic rice, sea salt. My mind went "okay, rice, rice, fermentation stuff, salt, cool !!". Not so much. Jack ate it all up and I was stoked that we now had a product similar to soy sauce without all the soy and wheat. He woke this morning with an allergic reaction and has been on the pot off and on all day. My poor babe. Got on google (thank the heavens for technology) and found that "Koji (aspergillus oryzae)" is MOLD. Duh. Mother.... There's our allergen. Why I didn't do that yesterday is beyond me.

Not sure how long the reaction will last since this is a first time offense but I'm hoping it's just a day and not a week like some other allergens. His appetite has been great today and he seems fine. Thankfully he's a champ at booking it to the bathroom. I'm upping his amino acid supplement to help restore his gut lining and giving him some extra enzymes to help clear his system of the "pathogen". *sigh*

Tried making the switch to Dandy Blend (http://www.dandyblend.com/) this morning but discovered that quitting caffeine when you've gotten about 5 hours of sleep and got up at 5am is just stupid. Taste was nice enough though! Justin's off work next week so I'll try again when I've caught up on my Zzz's (here's hoping!). Harvey's cutting the very last tooth in his mouth (until 2yr molars) so he's been a bit of a bear...good thing he's so stinking cute!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

At last...

I'm inspired to blog again !! In the brief moments of free time that parenting allows me I've been burried in research and working at wrapping my sleep deprived brain around some very complicated concepts. If there's one thing I've learned it's that I should never stop learning. You would not believe how complex allergies are. I went from the understanding that avoidance was the only route to take to the mindset that healing is possible. I've become familiar with what it means to have high histamine levels in the body, methylation issues, phenol sensitivities, blocked detox pathways, leaky gut, and the complexities of b vitamins. This all relates to Jack but is of importance to everyone and we have cleaned up our diet significantly because of it.

We've been starting our mornings with juiced greens (spinach, kale, chard) which I add to Jack's juice and add to our smoothies. Our greens are going bananas thanks to the rain and cool weather. My goal each day is consuming 75% raw food and getting as much raw foods as possible into the rest of my family. Harvey loves food and shares my palate for intense flavors so he's easy, plus he's still nursing so he really is getting everything he needs. I've worked raw carrots and raw seeds into Jack's daily eating along with the green juice. My new year goals are to begin fermenting my own veggies and making my own kefir. I'm also getting more familiar with quinoa and buckwheat groats and attempting to make them palatable enough for my super picky three year old. Stay tuned.

Included in Jack's diet are lots of snuggles, tickles, and a high dose of physical romping around. He is now attending twice weekly speech therapy sessions and LOVES them. While behind his peers, his speech is coming along beautifully and he never ceases to melt and inspire us. Each new development in his communication makes us beam with pride and hope. Harvey is our little old soul. He's saying a lot and picks up everything as though he's done it a thousand times before. He worships Jack and the two of them are doing their best to turn me grey.

Current favorite raw food recipe:

Raw Pineapple Curry Slaw

1/2 head green cabbage shredded
2 cups fresh pineapple diced
handful of raw flax seeds
1/4 sweet red onion sliced thinly
minced cilantro (I use a lot)
salt, cayenne, and curry powder

Lots more recipes to come. The boys have been entertaining themselves for 40 minutes and Jack's reminding me it's "munch time". Thank you for reading, love to my beautiful family and friends!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Progress Report

It's been a month since I've posted anything (I'm sensing a trend here) but I'm not giving up. I've really relaxed with out diet, still eating lotsa veg and avoiding processed foods but am indulging in food in moderation because I've really become so grateful than I CAN. I really feel that because I felt that I had no control over Jack's eating that I felt a strong need to control my own eating. Plus I became so angry with the food industry for playing a role in my child's allergies and ailments that I wanted to avoid it's products as a way of kicking it's ass. Because Jack has improved so much and is eating more I've switched gears a bit and become very focused on allergen free food rather than vegan specific food. Myself and a friend of mine who also has a child with allergies have been combining our allergen free recipes and hoping something will come of it. This all would serve some purpose if our struggles can create something that will make life easier for others.

Jack is wonderful. The changes may seem subtle to some but to Justin and I they are life changing. Jack is just more calm, joyful, and expressive. The supplements have improved his appetite and he is gaining weight. We've done some more testing and learned that Jack is free of candida and doesn't have any bacterial issues so he no longer needs the probiotics. We also got a test result showing a marker for pancreatic disfunction but we already sort of knew from the other test that his pancreas was failing to produce enzymes. The more I learn about enzymes the more I love them. They are necessary for so much more than just digestion, it's no wonder Jack is feeling so much better!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Game plan

Almost a full month of no blogging....bad girl!

Lotsa stuff happening here and just haven't had the drive to share. Working things through in my head became a priority. We have made some amazing progress with Jack. Our naturopath (also a DAN! doctor) has been wonderful and the test he did for IGG allergies came back with very helpful results. IGE allergies are the ones we've tested for previously, they are immediate response allergies, the ones that make Jack hive, etc. This test was for delayed response allergies and it tested for about 80 foods, most of which Jack is intolerant to. Rather than picking apart the results he assured me that this points to one thing - leaky gut syndrome. So we'll be focusing on gut healing. We'll continue to avoid major allergens and the super high intolerances such as soy. Jack is now on an enzyme blend that will help to break down the food he eats as well as a gut healing supplement of amino acids etc. Also a liquid vitamin, probiotics, and cod liver oil. I've switched him to hemp milk which seems to be agreeing with him but am going to start making my own milk with sunflower seeds because he's neither allergic nor intolerant to! Yummo! Fortunately bananas are another super safe food and he loves bananas. So, all in all I'm feeling really great about all this. The list of foods that don't agree with him came as no surprise to me, confirmation really. And just a week into the supplements his appetite has grown and he just seems to be feeling better. His language has been booming too, he's getting really bossy. :)

Harvey turned a year old on the 12th and Jack will be 3 on the 5th, we had a big birthday bash for them yesterday and it was a hit. Harvey slept through most of it.

Will get some recent pics up soon and definitely want to get back into recipe creating mode. Lately it's been a whole lotta roasted veggies, sandwiches, and burritos. Which I never seem to grow tired of. Made some kick butt vegan cupcakes so that Jack could have one and he ACTUALLY ate some of it. *high five!!*

If you'd like to read more on leaky gut it's quite interesting.

http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/environmental-illnesses/leaky-gut-syndrome-(lgs)/

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Apple tree scenario...

I am my father's daughter. Hand washing my dishes is my latest evolution....and avoiding the microwave. My friend Brooke and I sat around one afternoon last week looking up additives. BHT is my newest to avoid. I noticed it as a preservative in cereal....nasty stuff.

We had our appointment with our naturopathic doctor on Thursday and I think it's the change we've been looking for as far as medical guidance goes. He put Jack on an allergen free probiotic (I had him on a soy based one before we learned of the soy allergy - ugh), he ordered an array of blood tests which we did Friday morning, and we're going back this week for a heal stick blood test to test for more allergens. In the meantime we're giving Jack gluten which he said will help with the testing for gluten allergies because with exposure they'll be able to better detect the antibodies. So Friday I gave him oat and barley and he did great with that as far as I can tell although some allergies (delayed response allergies) take up to 72 hours to affect the body. Yesterday afternoon we gave him a piece of organic whole grain bread and some organic whole wheat pasta. He went to bed at 7 pm and then from about 1:30 am to 4:00 am he tossed and turned, burped, itched, and mumbled. No fun. It's possible it was the wheat and he has a wheat specific allergy/intolerance/sensitivity or it could have been the yeast in the bread. That was way out of character so something was up. He rashed all over his body if I ate wheat while I breastfed him so this is not a new development,that's why I've had him off of it. Hopefully between test results and the naturopath's guidance we'll find what's best for Jack. I'm so tired of the trial and error but I'll do what it takes to figure this out. Next week he'll be prescribing us a vitamin/mineral supplement, once we see if he has any deficiencies. That's what's new on that!

I've been doing a lot of self exploration this week as well. I think it's very easy for someone on the outside of this situation to look in and conclude that we're too strict with Jack's food, that perhaps he could have a "little" bit of the allergen and be okay, or that it can't be as serious as we make it out to be. The truth for me is that the body's response to an allergen is the response it would have if it were poisoned. I wouldn't feed my child a "little" poison nor would I give him a bite of ice cream or egg containing baked good. His leaky gut won't heal if he's constantly exposed to allergens. I have to let others' opinions glide off me because in the end this is my son and he is my responsibility and what other people would do isn't what matters. It's so easy to get angry knowing that our environment and food industry are causing so many children to be plagued with allergies but my hope is that as we learn more about this epidemic we'll be forced to take a harder look at what we're exposing these kids (and embryos) to. These allergies are a result of greed for money and power and immediate gratification. I'm working hard to breathe deeply and rest assured that our higher power is in control, this journey is getting easier.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

I make this in a big dutch oven but any large pot will do! Enjoy and tell me what you think.

Ingredients:
1 medium yellow onion diced
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 large sweet potato peeled and cubed
2 small zucchinis chopped
5 cups good organic vegetable broth
28 oz can crushed fire roasted tomatos
30 oz canned kidney beans drained and rinsed
15 oz canned black beans drained and rinsed
2 cups texturized soy protein (I buy from the bulk bins at Henry's)
2 tblspns chili powder
1 tblspn cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tblspn savory

Drain and rinse beans and set aside. Chop all veg and have ready to drop in pot. Coat bottom of pot with olive oil, I'm liberal with it. Sautee onion for about 10 min on medium heat until translucent. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and sweet potato. Stir and sautee for another 10 min until sweet potato becomes tender. I throw the lid on during this phase to soften the sweet potato.

Add fire roasted crushed tomatos, zucchini, and 5 cups of vegetable broth. Turn heat up a bit and bring to a boil. Add texturized soy protein and savory, stir together well, add beans, lower heat to simmer and allow chili to simmer with lid on for about an hour. Stir often if you're using stainless steel, don't want it sticking to the bottom. Less often if using a ceramic coated pot.

Top with avocado, green onion, cilantro, or vegan cheese. We do avocado and cilantro - YUM!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Slow digestion...

I'm still digesting all the information from Friday's allergist appointment. Not only did Jack's allergies not improve (milk, egg) but we learned that he has a severe peanut allergy, he's allergic to soy, corn, tree nuts, cats, dogs, mold, and dust mites. Don't get me wrong, the information is empowering, it's information that we need to help our son. But I get sad thinking about how little he can eat and frustrated thinking about how little he WILL eat and I get furious thinking about all the modification to foods and additives in foods and cheaper faster b/s that is the food industry. How's that for a quick vent? Almost cried in the cereal isle when I couldn't find a single box that he could eat. I bought some plain puffed rice cereal (ingredients: puffed whole grain brown rice) but he turned his nose up at it. So it's noon and today he's had rice milk, a banana, an organic dried pureed fruit snack thing, and some apple juice and water. I am hoping that having him off soy and corn completely will bring some pleasant surprises, better sleep, better color, better overall health, maybe even an appetite?? I have been suspicious of corn so hadn't been giving it to him but I wasn't being a stickler about things like vanilla extract, citric acid, etc which are corn derived. He has been eating rice noodles with tomato sauce so I'm going to start adding some pureed vegetables to the sauce, every little bit counts.

Sorry this is all venting and frustration.....my little Jack's health is consuming 99% of my thoughts right now so it's all I've got. And even if no one reads this, it feels good to type it. Shrinks the lump in my throat just a little.

We've tossed stuffed animals, are replacing flooring, and covering pillows and mattresses with dust mite covers. Waiting for a call from a naturopath today, that will be our next step in this journey. Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Weaning off the bean...

That's right, I'm kicking the habit. Sure, I'll indulge in a cup now and then but I just don't want to be a dependant junky anymore. I've switched to green tea which is keeping withdrawal symptoms at bay. Looked at the ingredients of my Good Earth lemongrass green tea this morning though and found that it contains soy lecithin...WHAT!?!? Can't I drink a little flippin' tea without chemical additives? I'll be combing the tea section today for something less commercial. My new favorite mid morning snack has been sauteed chard with mushrooms and garlic. It gives me a huge energy boost and Harvey likes it! I'm going to throw some brocoli rabe from our neighbors garden in it today. We have another neighbor across the street with a huge urban garden and we had zucchini from it last night. Was also given green onions, lettuce, and green beans. Love it!

Made a vegan lasagna a couple nights ago and it turned out great. I used tofu which I blended with herbs as a ricotta and layered that with the noodles, sauce, eggplant and zucchini. I think that next time I'll leave out the eggplant, I'm finding that I only like eggplant if it's spicy. Next time I'll use more mushrooms too. Justin loved it and said it tasted like regular cheese lasagna. Score.


Heading outdoors to enjoy this beautiful day with my beautiful boys!









Monday, June 15, 2009

Bah-da bah-da da da..


Monday Monday, knee deep in snot. Justin woke up sick too so that makes three. I always seem to either avoid the virus or I get it just as they're all getting better. I think it's due to sleep deprivation and a weak immune system. So I'll be upping my greens and water intake. And hopefully we'll all get a nap today! Poor Jack is too miserable to play which Harvey doesn't seem to understand. Fortunately Jack has perched on the couch where Harvey can't pound on him.

Weekend grub was pretty simple. Roasted some acorn squash, made sandwiches. Soup, cereal, easy stuff. Working on a chili recipe that I'll share once perfected. Super yumm! Watched another documentary this weekend called King Corn. We all know that corn is way overused here, it's in EVERYTHING, even meat....it's all our livestock eats anymore and it's not at all what they're meant to eat. If they weren't slaughtered they'd die soon after just due to poor diet. Corn makes them fat fast and it's dirt cheap so it makes financial sense. Just another reason to avoid the stuff. The process of corn farming is fascinating. The corn seeds themselves are genetically tampered with so that the corn isn't affected by the weed killer that it's sprayed with and it's altered so that if you plant it, it won't grow. This way the farmers have to purchase the seed from the seed peeps instead of saving seed from their crop to plant the next season. Same goes for all of our fruits and vegetables. You can't plant an apple in the backyard and grow a tree anymore, those seeds are infertile. Healthy stuff eh? Why don't we know these things, and more importantly why don't we do something about it?? Farmers markets are my best solution. "Organic" and even "locally grown" are now buzz words and the supermarkets are going to use them. We can't live in paranoia, that'll send you to an early grave as well but I have a feeling my little garden won't be so little next year. I remember being young and watching my dad grind wheat berries to make flour.....that doesn't seem so crazy anymore. Heck, I could go a step further and grow the wheat (saw some kids do it on sesame street, can't be that complicated)! But hmmmm....where would I get seeds that haven't been tampered with??? And this is why I can't over think this stuff....I'd never sleep again.


Sweet Potato Zucchini and Tofu Chili

Sunday, June 14, 2009

It's not....

Oh but it is...snot again. Boys came down with snotty noses within hours of each other yesterday. Poor babies. Can't breathe, can't sleep. I was up rubbing Jack's back and Harvey's forehead for the bulk of the night.

I highly recommend you see the documentary "The Beautiful Truth". It's available to watch online on netflix if you use that.

http://movies.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/movies/14trut.html

Lots more to update on, will do tomorrow!!

LOVE!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Somebody likes her food"

A well meaning granny had this to say about Harvey in line at Henry's yesterday. "Yes, HE does" was my response. Oh, my little fatty. I played with some ingredients and made a delicious coconut curry rice. 1 cup basmati rice, 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (preferably the organic stuff that LOOKS like vegetables, not water), 1 can coconut milk, 1 tblspn curry powder, and 1 tsp good salt. Just threw it all in the pot, brought it to a boil, and then let it simmer for 40 min or so. Jack sounded like a screeching weasel when I put it in front of him and then dry heaved when I brought a spoon to his face but Harvey LOVED it. *sigh* I'm going to make it again only with a little more curry and I'll add diced tomato and sliced carrot and maybe top with with a little shredded coconut and apricot preserves... YUM!



For dinner I went ahead with the roasted vegetable wraps and Justin opted for a microwaved costco frozen chicken bake. He asked to taste my wrap and then said "wanna trade?". I'm making a believer out of him! Wraps consisted of: 1 sprouted wheat tortilla, 1/2 smashed avocado, 1/4 c. black beans, roasted zuchini, fresh salsa, and green leaf lettuce. Wrap and soy milk, that's a vegan meal my friends.


Jack really likes the gluten free brown rice bread that I found yesterday, I toasted it and gave it to him with vegan butter. The slices are little but describing them as "dense" is putting it lightly. He ate that for dinner. *sigh* again. I've started supplementing him with coconut oil which is good for the immune system, digestive system, and is a form of good cholesterol. We have more allergy testing happening next Friday so I'm anxious to hear if he can have tree nuts as well as some other things. And to see if his big allergies (milk, egg) have improved in reaction. I don't know that he should ever EAT those foods, his body responds so violently, but for his safety I would like to see improvement.

Considering taking the boys to Kidsville today after Harvey's nap. Right now Jack is playing "puppy", he barks, pants, fetches, and occasionally poops on the floor. That of course occurs when we're not playing puppy. *grumble* He has woken up dry three mornings in a row now so we are making some major progress in the potty training department. Okay, puppies need to be tended to. In the words of the wise one (Elmo) "kiss kiss".

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June glooooom...

My partner in crime was on the scene yesterday so we took the boys to the zoo. Super crowded for a Tuesday but the weather was perfect. Jack wanted to walk but he won't hold hands and he does this sort of running in place bit and looks at us like "I'm getting away".....hmm. At least he didn't pee his pants.

Made tabouli which Jack can't have but guess who loved it?? Also roasted some veggies in olive oil and garlic. Yum! Even Justin liked them! Going to make wraps with the leftovers and avocado and hummus today. We were planning to go to a water park this morning but our buddy Troy is sick and the
weather is poo. Going to do some grocery shopping after Harvey's nap. I'm going to make rice in coconut milk, hopefully Jack won't act like I'm trying to kill him when I put it on his plate. I'm also in search of a palatable gluten free bread for him.

Still feeling awesome. Realized yesterday that people think I'm straight nuts. Oh well. First question I've gotten (3x) is "where do you get your
protein?". Just a few examples: 1/2 cup of walnuts - 7 g protein and 10% iron, 1 cup of soy milk - 7 g protein and 6% iron , 1 sprouted wheat tortilla - 5 g protein, 6% iron. Not only am I getting enough protein but the foods I'm getting the protein from are healthier because they're full of nutrients. We don't like eating empty calories but eating empty protein seems to be readily accepted by our nutrition guidelines. Interesting.
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"People are the only animals that drink the milk of another species. All other animals stop drinking milk altogether after weaning. It is unnatural for a dog to nurse from a giraffe;
a child drinking the milk of a mother cow is just as strange. It is not surprising that problems ensue from this inherently unnatural act."

"The protein of animal muscle (steak, chicken, meat, fish fillets, etc.) is far more concentrated and acidic than the plant protein found in whole grains, legumes, and green vegetables. This concentrated, acidic protein load can leach calcium from the bones, contributing to osteoporosis."
Michael A. Klaper, M.D., American author and lecturer, Pregnancy, Children and the Vegan Diet, Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple

Monday, June 8, 2009

New Endeavors..

If you're reading this (duh) you may be wondering why on earth I would blog....I'm always complaining of being tired from being up with the baby, I'm uber busy keeping Jack entertained, not to mention the slight obsession I have with keeping our home intact. Well, for one, I have recently taken on the challenge of vegan eating and with that has come some pretty amazing energy! I'm six days in and already my skin is sparkling, I don't neeeeeed coffee, and I can walk on my hands without wrist pain again - so useful. This blog will be chock full of what we're eating, what we're up to, the obstacles we face in nourishing our food allergic boy along with it's many rewards. And probably a good amount of sarcasm and grammatical errors!

Harvey had me up at 5:30 am. I brought him downstairs and tried to sleep between peek-a-boo giggles with the blanket but as time passed my eye lids propped open on their own. I'm slowly weaning off the bean so I had one gorgeous cup of joe before Jack woke at 7. Here we are snuggling. Breakfast was a smoothie and some raw walnuts for me, soy milk with a probiotic and a banana for Jack, and whole grain toast with vegan butter and organic strawberry jam for Harvey.



For lunch we made burritos with sprouted wheat tortillas, black beans, salsa, lettuce, and avocado. I ate two......minus the bits I gave Harv....and Jack ate.....an apple and rice noodles. Still working on this kid. His appetite is awful and I will not give up on finding ways to keep him fed.


Harvey loved it! He's my little foodie! Dinner plans are still rolling around my brain. Justin isn't fully on board but is willing to at least try what I prepare so I'll be juggling for a while. He'll eat spinach salad but not sauteed, he'll eat a veg sandwich but he'll want cheese on his, etc. He described butternut squash soup at tasting like thanksgiving and couldn't finish it because he has a low threshold for veg consumption. This will take time but it's no mission impossible.


Just finished the book The China Study and I don't know if it's the information in the book or just that I'm feeling so much better eating a plant based diet but I don't even WANT animal foods anymore. Keeping the house full of fresh delicious options is key so we'll be doing more farmers markets and grocery runs but I look forward to the shopping and making new discoveries. Obviously I'm excited about this lifestyle shift or I wouldn't be blogging it....hopefully it will inspire at least one other person to give it a try, even if it's one meal a week. Every little bit counts!

Ref is needed as the boys have dismantled the couch and are using it as their own personal WWF ring. Wrestling starts at 11 months old?? Really????

Peace and much love,

Juniper