Thursday, December 30, 2010

Your Immune System

You know by now I am not a Doctor nor do I play one one TV. But I have done a lot of research over the past year into why Noah and Anastasia are just not getting better. In fact they have gotten worse.

The main problem is that no standard Doctor wanted to take us seriously that my children's whole being was being disrupted by food. There are no test for food sensitivities and the allergy test given by standard Dr's only relate to IgE reactions. These standard test are only showing immediate immune reposes to allergens.

I found a Naturalistic MD who is working with Delayed Immune Responses. Guess what? There is a test for this, and it has been around for 20 year. Learn more at ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies. I was ecstatic after 3 years to find someone who works with the whole immune system. This test show how every cell responds to outside forces causing you to have all sorts of problems like lethargy, dark eyes, pale skin, foggy brain ect.

My problem still is no one took me seriously 3 years ago. So I want to tell you what I have learned. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_245/ai_111496958/

Your immune system is very important to your whole body. It is working even when you are not sick so you need to take care of it. If you have a food sensitivity or you suspect you have a food sensitivity you need to immediately start to strengthen your immune system though diet vitamins and herbs. Talk to your naturalist MD on what vitamins and herbs you need. Also have your vitamin D level tested with a simple blood test.
Tops on your Dr's list should be multivitamins, vitamin C,D,echinacea and Fish oil. I have heard also to be careful of echinacea if you already have an autoimmune illness so always check with the professional your working with. Zinc supplementation is a much better option to support immune function for those of us who already have autoimmune disease.

The food sensitivity is weakening your immune system and is causing it to work over time. I feel the food sensitivity is the first step in an on coming problem. If you don't build up your immune system then your body starts to believe it is under attack and will start attacking normal incoming foods and environmental conditions. That is the stage Noah and Anastasia are on because no on told me to strengthen their immune system three years ago.
I am hopeful that because I took out their food sensitivities (all grains) and am now working with their immune system I can help to heal them from the inside out.

But without healing the whole system you are bound to go onto stage three, which is an autoimmune disease and even cancer.

This is a long process, but I am hopeful that next year this time the kids will be back to their happy selves

every day not just once in a while.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Milk and Cheese

Since I am writing my cookbook "Cooking Totally Gluten Free the Grain Free Approach" I have been looking at other common food problems.
One is milk and cheese.
Most people believe milk and cheese can't be tolerated because of the lactose.
I believe after watching my children eat, it is more likely the grain from the feed of the cows getting into the milk.
Think of this, when a human mother is nursing all the nutrients and food flavors gets in the breast milk. We are cautioned not to drink alcohol or coffee to keep our milk pure. I had one nursing friend who had to give up all dairy while nursing because what she was eating was affecting her babies digestion.
My observation of my children is that when they have a non organic, non grass feed dairy product they are sick with common gluten sensitivity within 5 minutes. But when they consume grass fed dairy there is not a problem in the world.

Of course if you are allergic to the lactose don't change a thing and always talk to your Dr first. Remember to check Allergy and illness to see the differences.

About Cheese. I believe our cheese should come from grass fed cows as well, but I found this information on cheese that is worth mentioning if you are looking to get rid of the lactose.
From the website http://www.indiadiets.com/diets/Eat%20to%20beat%20illness/Lactose_intolerance.htm
* Cheese may be better tolerated than milk due to a lower lactose content.
* Cheese is also well-tolerated because during the cheese-making process, most of the whey is removed (and the lactose with it). In mature, ripened cheese, lactose disappears entirely within three to four weeks.
* Specific kinds of cheese which you can reasonably expect to tolerate fairly well include cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Parmesan and cottage cheese.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Almonds

Always remember that my information is based on online research and is just my opinion. Always check with your Dr. first.

I started to use almond flour because it had so much more taste then rice flour. Then we realized the children could not eat rice or rice flour and almond flour became our only choice for bake goods.

I found that it is very easy to work with and filled with nutrients. 2 cups of Almond flour with 1/2 cup tapioca will make a great baked good. Never tried it in a bread form.

I was concerned about using it in my Cookbook "Cooking Gluten free the Grain Free Approach" because it is often referred to as a nut.
I want the cookbook to be as friendly to others as possible so I was looking for items all can enjoy.

The problem with nuts is that there are about 3 million American allergic to nuts these days. Most people with peanut allergies will stay away from all tree nuts.

So you see I was worried about using the almond flour. I know I can't help everyone and that 3 million is only 1% of the over 3 hundred million people living in the United States today but it still made me think.

The point, is I wanted to know what Almonds were so once again I looked it up online.
Here is the deffinition of Almonds

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond)

Almond tree with ripening fruit. Majorca, Spain.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Subgenus: Amygdalus
Species: P. dulcis
Binomial name
Prunus dulcis
(Mill.) D.A.Webb
Almond, nut, raw Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,418 kJ (578 kcal)
Carbohydrates 20 g
Sugars 5 g
Dietary fibre 12 g
Fat 51 g
saturated 4 g
monounsaturated 32 g
polyunsaturated 12 g
Protein 22 g
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.24 mg (18%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.8 mg (53%)
Niacin (Vit. B3) 4 mg (27%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.3 mg (6%)
Vitamin B6 0.13 mg (10%)
Folate (Vit. B9) 29 μg (7%)
Vitamin C 0.0 mg (0%)
Vitamin E 26.22 mg (175%)
Calcium 248 mg (25%)
Iron 4 mg (32%)
Magnesium 275 mg (74%)
Phosphorus 474 mg (68%)
Potassium 728 mg (15%)
Zinc 3 mg (30%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database

The almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus Batsch., Amygdalus communis L., Amygdalus dulcis Mill.), is a species of tree native to the Middle East. Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.

The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but a drupe, which consists of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed ('nut') inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are commonly sold shelled, i.e. after the shells are removed, or unshelled, i.e. with the shells still attached. Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.


There is some more great info and pictures on the following link

Monday, August 16, 2010

Allergy vs Illness

In resent research the number of cases of allergies in America has increased dramatically over the last few years.

The problem is that food sensitivities, which is less noticeable, has also been on the rise.

Research suggest that 1 in 133 or more have Celiac disease and an even higher number of individuals have gluten sensitivity are not aware.



Because of this awareness of allergies and Celiac disease there was little help for me when my son who was suffering from something, but came back negative to both the wheat allergy test and the Celiac test. In my opinion studies on Celiac disease are slow and only focusing on the common symptoms of those with Celiac, the destruction of their small intestine villi.
The Doctors acknowledge a standard gluten free diet created by the needs of Celiac patients whose small intestines are destroyed by wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-free_diet) But we have to keep in mind these studies have only been done to see what affects the small intestine which is the biggest concern of those with Celiac.

Since Noah was negative to the tests I could not figure what was continuing to make him sick. Putting Noah on a standard gluten free diet had been my idea, and the Dr. supported this decision. The problem was when I took Noah back a year and a half later with sever symptoms the Dr's had no support for me. They had no more suggestions because he was already eating a standard gluten free diet. There was no one to turn to and no one to suggest that the corn and rice could be causing the continuation of the illness because so little research has been done in this area.

The Dr's told me it was not possible he could have an allergy because an allergy is of definition;
characterized by excessive activation of certain white blood cells called mast cells and basophils by a type of antibody known as IgE, resulting in an extreme inflammatory response. Most commonly seen as eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma attacks. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allergy)

So I started to call his Gluten Sensitivity an illness because I realized, with the help of Dr. Peter Osborne, that all gluten in all grains was causing an altercation to his normal body functioning.

The definition of an illness is "impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism ".

What was affected by ingesting even the smallest amount of gluten? Everything, all of his organs as stated in the definition.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Symptoms

After taken grains out of Noah's diet to help improve his health, I thought of years of small problems that were signs of the illness. I do call Noah's symptoms an illness because he does not have Celiac disease and no allergies. The definition of an illness is "impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism".

I realized after lots of online reading there are many different symptoms to this illness. Some people have only stomach issues, some people have energy or emotional issues, some like Noah have a total breakdown of normal functioning.

I would start out at 4 months old. This was the month I started feeding him cereal because he would not sleep through the night. My baby boy, who was only about 10 lbs, got RSV. An illness affecting infants lungs. The Dr put him on Albuterol. For 7 years every time he got sick he would have trouble breathing to the point that we would feel it necessary to go to the hospitable. Every time he got sick the Dr's would give him Albuterol and say it was because he had RSV. I notices after a few months of being Gluten Free that he did not get this terrible illness again and has not been to the Dr's for over 3 years.

- At age 2 he had very pale skin and dark circles under his eyes.
The Dr's suspected that he had low iron. Around 5 years old they tested
Noah's iron level and that was not the problem.
The dark circles never went away until he was totally grain free.

- He was underweight from birth even falling below the 10% leavel on the
growth chart and wore size 5T until he was 8 yrs old.

- He would occasionally got an upset stomach in the morning after having
his breakfast, but by midday it was gone.

- Very runny stool, but otherwise he was not sick.
- Headaches that would accrue after eating breakfast and then would go away.

- At age 6 he was to tired to get up to go to school, even though he went to
bed at 7pm.

- He would talk about hating school and not wanting to go.
- He would say the work was to hard. (he had testing and has a very high IQ)
- He would sit next to me, but not hear my commands.
- He no longer would sit and listen to a book. (he used to sit for hours)
- He could not sit for 2 minutes without bouncing up.
- He would jump up kick box the air and then sit down as if nothing happened.
- He started to chew on his fingers and clothes. (he never sucked his thumb)
- He would cry uncontrollably when someone would touch his toys.
- He felt the world was against him.
- He would keep going until a project or game was all done or else get
very upset.

- There was no reasoning with him.
- In class he could not read a story, which his teacher saw him read the
day before.

- In class his teacher had a task he did many times before, but because he
had wheat that day Noah could not comprehend what she said to do and just
sat there staring into space.

- He was getting into trouble in school for acting out.
- He would lie to his father about things I had said were ok to do.
- Clothes would itch him, and he would insist on taking them off.
The itching only happens when he has Gluten. He has to take the clothes
off or he won’t stop obsessing about it.

- He gets very cold.

2013 This is an positive update for those of you who just don't know if they should put their child on a grian  free diet.  Noah is now 12 and he has been on a gluten free, grain free, sugar free diet for 4 years. The first improvement we saw was that within 3 months of changing his diet he was able to read Harry Potter on his own. Previously he could not read one page without help.  Noah's is no longer depressed, angry, or unhappy.  Everything I ever wanted for him has improved.  Yes it's a struggle to keep him from eating junk, but now he is old enough to feel when a food has hurt him and he chooses not to eat these items.  When he was young I would yell at him and say "see that food item made you tired, sad, and sick." NOW he tells me he did not eat something so he will keep healthy.  It was hard work, but It was worth every minute of it to see my son's success! 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Cookbook is here AMAZINGLY TASTY GRAIN FREE!


A new update of my cookbook is here. Amazingly Tasty Grain Free


Order it today at https://www.createspace.com/5345723

If you have not had my cookbook yet this book is for everyone, trying to get their health back on track. This cookbook is totally grain free, egg free, and soy free.  I have totally eliminated rice and corn, which do have some gluten in them. Read some of my info on that too:)

Milk free Egg Free, Butter Free Taste like the real thing Chocolate Chip Cookies
My Favorite Pear Pancakes - so yummy
The kids Favorite Pizza and Hot Dogs in a Barn. Check that one out to see how I replaced the bun.
Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets - another 20 minute mea

Even if you have not going Gluten Free this is an easy, and tasty cookbook for all.


GRAIN FREE COOKING! for your PC or Kindle.

Go to Amazon.com and then to the kindle store once you are in the kindle store type in GRAIN FREE COOKING!
If you don't have a Kindle just type in Free Kindle reader and you will be able to up load it to your computer.

This book is totally grain free, allergy friendly, and great for families working to get their families health back on track it is also great to use if your child has ADD, ADHD, and Autism, Celiac, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergies.


Check out our my new facebook page 

http://www.facebookcom/Grain Free MOM!



Words from a fan of the new book:
BeaRafisito Slim I bought your e-cookbook and prepared the pizza crust! OMG! Sooooooo good!!! My hubby is very, veeeeeeeeeeeery happy we finally found a nice Grain Free pizza dough that he had me cook it several times!! LoL
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Bullet and Beyond

How many Christmas gifts do we get and wonder why? Well, my mom bought us a Magic Bullet this year and I wondered why. At the time I did not do a lot of cooking and put it up on my shelf to sit.
Then my husband Todd decided to make drinks with it. Wow, that was easy. We moved onto milk shakes and then smoothies. Boy, were they good.
My advice is to get one of these silly little things. It is quick, easy and fun to use.
Noah has to have food in the afternoon, but sometimes he really does not want to eat, so I use the bullet to make him a fruit smoothie. All fresh fruit and coconut milk no added sugar. When he is really hungry he drinks 16 oz at a time.
You can use frozen fruit or fresh and it only takes a few minutes to whip it all together.
Another added bonus is that you can make sauces, salsa, and baby food. I have done it all and they have been grain free which makes me feel great!

We used that Magic Bullet till it died.  But today, I have a high tech BlendTec and use it every day.  It is important in grain free cooking to make food preparation easy.  With the BlendTec I can turn almonds into almond meal in about 2 seconds.  Using my cookbook Grain Free Cooking, you can bake muffins and cookies with almond meal and it takes no time at all. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shopping guide

Let's shop the right way without distractions.

Foods that I have found that do not bother Noah.

1. Low pasteurized 145 degrees, non homogenized grass feed Milk

2. Cheese Raw Or grass feed local cheese

3. Sargento Cheese

4. Haagen-dazs ice cream (only if you can't make your own)

5. Organic Chicken (Perdue seems ok, but local farm is best)

6. Organic grass feed Beef is best (ask around for a local farmer)

7. Fish - Salmon, Cod, shrimp, scallops

8. Potatoes and sweet potatoes

9. Kettle(Brand name) Potato Chips lightly salted

10. Organic fruit leathers & fruit sticks

11. All sorts of Squash

12. Tropical Source Semi-Sweet chocolate chips Dairy and Gluten free

13. Capri Sunrise

14. Bob's Red Mill Almond meal flour (you can make it at home)

15.Lets Do Organic(brand name) Coconut flour flakes

16. Bob's Red Mill Tapioca flour

17. Light Agave Nectar, Raw Honey

18. Applegate Farms packaged deli meats and hot dogs

19. Planters mixed nuts and cashews.

20. All fruit & vegetables

21. Organic Frontier(brand name) spices

22. Organic free range eggs (local is best)

23. Organic bacon (no preservatives)

24. Organic or simply made tomato sauce.

25. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

26. Grapeseed Oil

27. Florida Crystals Organic Sugar

28. Organic or Greek yogurt (read the labels for corn)

30. Santa Cruz organic Soda www.santacruzorganic.com

31. Organic Guar Gum


I shop at a store called MOM's in Bowie, MD and all the above items can be found there, But some of the items can be found at BJ's like the yogurt and cheese.
Also I know you can find all the items online or at Whole Foods

If you can't find these things at your local store talk to the manager.

The key is to stay away from anything that is packaged in the store like deli meats or bulk items.
I also stay away from products and companies that produce other wheat or grain products like Kraft.