Gluten free ideas

So with elimination diets put out there… Are you considering doing a GLUTEN-FREE trial?
Have you got some alternative foods in mind?
Some good options without turning to the less-than-healthy GF cakes/biscuits/snacks are :
– Organic corn thins (yes right in with the usual brand of corn thins. Our boys have only tested okay to these with kinesiology but to no others)
– Plain Sakata rice crackers (all the rest have MSG in some form on them)
– varieties of nuts – unsalted almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios and hazelnuts
– Orgran multigrain crispibread with quinoa (in healthfood aisle)
– homemade roast sweet potato chips
– vege sticks and homemade hummous
roasted chickpeas
– kale chips (recipe soon to come-keep an eye out!)

This is just a start! Of course for breakfast, you could do
– an egg on GF toast with avocado
– smoothie with combination of almond milk/coconut milk + cacao, raw egg, seeds/nuts, kale, organic berries
– omelette + leftover chicken
– homemade granola + coconut yoghurt
– or if you have to, GF weetbix or rice puffs – try to add some fruit, seeds or yoghurt to add in some goodness!

Can you think of other ideas for this list??
Please add them to help others out!

ūüôā Heidi

What your doctor DOESN’T tell you about eczema

Eczema is one of the body’s last cries for help. ¬†It is desperately trying to expel toxins from the body, that it has not been able to do¬†so through other means. ¬†It is related to chronic inflammation of the gut and liver and has much less¬†to do with dry weather and ‘thin skin’ than most fact sheets let on.

So what could be causing it?  A food that the body does not digest well will certainly have the body in turmoil.  A food sensitivity will tend to produce inflammation inside the body and may present as either an allergic reaction or simply nothing external, at first glance. The body may try to cope with this inflammation via eczema, particularly if the liver is functioning poorly.

Chemicals are another cause of eczema. ¬†This may be from external contact such as soaps, chlorine and detergents and also sunscreen. ¬†It may also be from chemicals that the digestive system is exposed to, such as non-organic foods, food additives and¬†even overuse of medications such as steroid creams and antibiotics. ¬†Yes, the very products doctors are prescribing to ‘bandaid’ the effects of eczema!

Besides food and chemicals, stress can be another cause.  Elevated cortisol in the body can literally produce holes in the intestinal lining, allowing undigested food, yeast and other toxins through, again producing inflammation in the body.

What can I do about eczema? ¬†If you aim to get to the root of the problem, try not to turn immediately to steroid creams and ‘dry skin’ products like QV bath oil or Alpha Keri Wash. ¬†These ‘dry skin’ products are still made by pharmaceutical companies, with less-than-natural ingredients such as paraffin, petroleum jelly¬†and parabens (known carcinogens), sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS – a dangerous chemical), triclosan (a pesticide) and a host of other chemicals.

The more detoxifying your child’s body has to do, the more their liver is overloaded and the more likely their body will be forced to excrete these wastes through the skin, as eczema.

To be proactive, you will need to consider either first removing potential culprit foods, at least for an elimination test or turning to natural products, to reduce the body’s toxic load from chemicals. ¬†In the meantime, consuming Omega 3 and 6 oils, in the form of say fish/krill oil, flaxseed/linseed oil, avocado, cold-pressed olive oil and organic nuts such as walnuts are extremely important for those suffering from eczema. ¬†Probiotics, to support gut health, have also shown great improvement.

What are the best natural skin products?  Coconut oil is the best product you can use!  It can be used as a soap, a moisturiser, an antifungal/viral/microbial first aid cream and a bath oil.  It is even an ideal toothpaste (Natural toothpaste recipe) as it kills off the germs and remineralises teeth at the same time.

image : coconutoilbenefits.com.au

image : coconutoilbenefits.com.au

Natural sunscreens do exist.  You just need to visit your local health food store to find them.  Interestingly, studies have shown how sunlight can improve eczema.

How do I determine the culprit food?  This is a tricky one as eczema may not show up immediately after consuming an inflaming food.  Go with your gut.  What foods do you think are the worst offenders for your child?  Start by doing a 3 week elimination test of this food group and then watching closely as you introduce it back in.  Once the body has had a break from this irritating food, it will gain strength and give a much clearer signal of distress when you add it back in.

For those wanting less guesswork, you can seek out an IgG blood test to determine foods your child may be intolerant to, an IgE skin prick test to look at allergies, or using kinesiology to test how the body copes with the main allergens, with simple, pain-free muscle testing.

Is it easier to just ‘bandaid’ the cause? ¬†Initially, it definitely seems easier to ignore eczema by using creams and dry skin products. ¬†It is easy to blame the weather or put it down to ‘no known cause’. ¬†However, eczema visible to our eyes means chronic inflammation on the inside of the body. ¬†Research is showing chronic inflammation is the start of all diseases and even cancer, later in life. ¬†It is linked to auto-immune disorders such as asthma, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, neurological diseases, arthritis and also linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Eczema will come back to bite harder later in life. ¬†A few simple steps such as adding in Omega 3 oils, probiotics and replacing coconut oil with many chemicals, will significantly reduce your child’s chances of living with eczema. ¬†Looking into removing culprit foods will improve their chances even more. ¬†And chances are, you’ll improve your whole family’s health at the same time.

ūüôā Heidi

How to eat fluoro green!

Well I meant to make a nice coconut, Asian-style fish dish for dinner tonight. ¬†But instead, I opened up our Thermomix to fluoro green…! ¬†I was extra-keen¬†with the coriander (a great herb to strip heavy metals from our body) but to my surprise the boys LOVED the green sauce and ate the meal! ¬†Hooray for their body’s reaping the benefits.

Here is the recipe:

Fluoro green fish

This dish made enough for three of us (husband away). ¬†I made this in our Thermomix, but please give it a go if you don’t have one. ¬†It’s a forgiving recipe that can be made roughly to these measurements.

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp peeled ginger

1 onion

1/2 bunch coriander roughly chopped (including stems and roots)

4 zucchinis

~20g sesame or coconut oil

1 tsp turmeric powder

~100g finely sliced cabbage

5 mushrooms

(Please add in as many or as little vegetables as you like.  I got side tracked and forgot to put in other veges, like carrot or broc pieces)

~300g local, fresh white fish

~150g coconut cream

Himalayan pink rock salt, pepper to taste

Optional : fresh chilli, lime juice, fish sauce, rapadura sugar. ¬†The boys don’t fare well with most of these foods so we leave them out. ¬†But the dish is still tasty without them ūüôā

1. Add garlic, ginger, onion, coriander and zucchinis to the Thermomix bowl.  Grate 10 secs РSP 8 until smooth.

2. Add oil and cook 100deg – 2 mins – SP 1.

3. Add turmeric powder, salt, pepper, cabbage and mushrooms.  Cook 100 deg Р7 mins РSP 1.

4. Add fish and coconut milk.  Cook 100 deg Р5 mins РSP 1.

Serve with rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice, carrot ‘noodles’ or just as is.

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So once I got my game face on and served the boys this ridiculously green dish (the photo doesn’t do it justice!), Master 4 was shovelling it before I knew it…! ¬†Master 2 came around at the end (his usual trick, taking time to get used to the idea of what was in the bowl and after the obligatory ‘yucky’, with my response ‘say “I’m not sure about it”‘). ¬†It was so green, they didn’t even SEE the cabbage for the greenery! ¬†Woohoo! ¬†It’s a winner. ¬†I’ll be making it again before long to remind the boys of how delicious they found it the first time ūüôā

So what do you think, can you fathom testing your kids on the greenery?

Fish nuggets, avo and sneaky coleslaw

An easy gluten-, dairy-, soy-, corn-, yeast-, grain-, additive-free, ‘Paleo’ dinner that ANYONE would love! ¬†And introducing Master2 to coleslaw…. This is how it went.

FISH NUGGETS
Toss cut up, fresh fish pieces in egg then coat in:
– coconut flour
– turmeric
– salt/pepper

Adults can join in too!

Adults can join in too!


(Turmeric has so many superpowers including reducing inflammation, not to mention it gives the nuggets a great golden colour).

Fry in coconut oil at medium heat – to avoid processed vegetable oils or using olive oil which goes rancid at high heat (& not good for our health). ¬†Keep your olive oil for when you’re not heating it, such as the mayo…

Our Thermomix is a saving grace at making homemade mayonnaise and coleslaw. ¬†This way we avoid additives, sugar, gluten and other not-so-desirable ingredients in store-bought mayonnaise. ¬†Of course, if you don’t have a Thermomix and can’t fathom making mayonnaise, compare ingredient labels to find one with few ingredients.

As you can see, I’ve provided plenty of fish, some avocado for good fats that will also fill Master2 up and THE SAMPLER of coleslaw.
As he’s never seen it before (that he can remember), I reduced expectations to even eat ANY and put out enough just for experimentation.
He wasn’t keen when it stuck to his avocado, although that was my plan. ¬†However, we distracted him to focus on his fish. ¬†By the time he was stabbing his avocado (with help from Dad), he unwittingly ate some. ¬†No chance of a full scoop, but I’ll take some in the mouth a win!!!

We had ours with a pile of cherry tomatoes too. ¬†That’s a challenge for both boys on another night!

I’m sure others are up for some yummy, easy toddler meals. ¬†Go ahead and share your go-to one

ūüôā Heidi

How can our family’s health story help your family?

A little update on the ‘saving my family’s health’ tale with some ways to spot whether you or your children are also as sensitive. The end is getting happier for us ūüėÄ

Today I am thankful to have my son’s brain working so much better than it ever has. ¬†Many of you have seen how I have been on a journey with Master4, initially to eradicate his ECZEMA without the nasty creams, then to reduce his ‘brain inflammation’ (aka ADHD), then to improve his nutritional health and get rid of the DARK CIRCLES under his eyes and consequently, we got rid of his SLEEP APNOEA, improved his SLEEP out of sight, stopped the BEDWETTING and improved his IMMUNITY. ¬†It sounds quite extreme but we have had to remove gluten, dairy, soy, yeast, corn, sugar, some grains (such as white and brown rice), some fruits/veges (such as kiwi fruit and capsicum) and of course all food additives. ¬†We have also removed chemicals by way of many non-organic foods, soaps, sunscreen and regular toothpaste.

Yes Master4 is very sensitive! ¬†Master2 and I are also as sensitive. ¬†But instead this has made our family take on more of a NUTRITARIAN diet. ¬†Making everything we put in our mouths be filled with nutrients instead of foods that do nothing for our health (many of those above) and it is still very much a work in progress! ¬†And through thinking outside the box, I do manage to fill their lunchboxes each day ūüôā although I have spilt tears at making lunches some days!

After studying him closely, I’ve realised just one mouthful of gluten will inflame Master4’s brain for four weeks. ¬†Four weeks of STRESS for the whole family.

Master4 flies off the handle at what feels like every minute of his day. ¬†His brain can’t process language as well so you can’t talk him through his experiences. ¬†He has little empathy for others which makes interactions with his brother harder. ¬†He has no ability to direct himself to play nor much motivation. ¬†He is more aggressive and shows less eye contact. He has about a 2second window to give an instruction or explain something. ¬†I am forever saying ‘look at me, look at me, listen, LISTEN!’ His world is one big ‘gluten hangover’ (and what appears as Asperger’s Syndrome) and so we hold our breath and wait it out….

Last week, Master4 came out of yet another gluten hangover (from sampling a child’s Tiny Teddy at kindy). Can you hear our HALLELUJAH’s??! ¬†He is now much more easy going, is smiling, plays imaginatively for hours, shares and thinks (a little bit!) about his brother, comes up with brilliant ideas, draws amazingly and can actually listen and be reasoned with.

This is the reason I have realised my life’s goal is to ‘save’ more families from scenarios like this and to improve children’s potential through health and well being. ¬†All with diet and environment, not medications or putting up with it. ¬†Right now, spare minutes are filled with me studying and organizing business logistics.

I hope everyone will benefit from some of the information I will soon have to share, after all who doesn’t count their family’s health as their #1 priority? ¬†It is not easy but once you have seen the difference, you will never go back.

I am looking to start my health coaching business next year, but in the meantime, if you’d like any advice, please let me know. ¬†Or if you know anyone that may need some direction, point them in my direction ūüôā Heidi

Coconut chips

Who says gluten free and even grain free is boring?  This is our latest healthy, easy and more-ish snack!

The coconut, being a ‘good fat’ helps to fill little bellies but be sure to look for organic at your healthfood store to avoid nasty preservatives.

I throw some sunflower seeds or pepitas into a snack container so the boys gobble up the seeds too.. Heidi

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Baking and learning

We love this banana bread!  In fact, we bake it twice a week and use it for any meal (except for dinner..).  It is gluten, dairy, sugar and nut free and even better, it has no preservatives and uses healthy coconut flour and tahini.  The best thing that I would pick about this recipe, is that it is perfect for little ones to help in the preparation.

Being a Speech Pathologist, I will always take an opportunity to throw some language out there.  Here are some of the language-learning opportunities:

  • counting out 8 dates (and the other child can count them as they place them in the bowl)
  • talking about cup or spoon measures – ‘one over two means half a cup’ or ‘see TBL means tablespoon
  • elicit the cooking actions by asking ‘what do we do with this one?’.¬† You might expect¬†terms such as scoop, measure, peel, grind, pour.
  • and the fun one… make sure you put the bicarb soda in first, then put the lemon juice (or we substitute a good dash of Apple Cider Vinegar when organic lemons aren’t in season) in – ‘FIZZ, BUBBLE….It’s a science experiment!!!’

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And here is the link to the recipe Wholefood Simply Banana Bread.¬† We substitute cinnamon for carob, for a change and also use Apple Cider Vinegar (with ‘mother’ – healthier) instead of lemon juice when organic lemons are out of season.

And then!!!  We add a banana and some almond milk to the leftover batter in our Thermomix and blend for a banana bread shake!

 

Let me know what you think!  ps Рwe use the 5 egg recipe (one of the reasons we have now got chooks!).

ūüôā Heidi

Cooking with love – pizza

Did you know.. using ‘good intentions’ when cooking, can literally pass ‘love’ (well that energy) onto your food?¬† I won’t go into quantum science here but¬†even if unsure, everyone loves a meal cooked by someone else!

Hence I encourage the boys to help me prepare some of our meals, with love!¬† The perfect tool to do this is with a Kiddies Food Kutter safety knife (thanks to Feeding Two Growing Boys blog for spreading the word and yes, go and check out these safety knives to get your little ones helping out too!).¬† This is a brilliant little knife that is completely blunt to the touch but with a sawing action, will cut through foods such as mushrooms, zucchini and¬†watermelon.¬† Great for working little hands, Master 3.5 manages to cut the mushrooms into pieces and Master 22 months has fun stabbing his knife through them!¬† And of course I don’t miss a language-learning opportunity providing words such as ‘back and forward’ and ‘teeth down’ (the knife’s cutting edge).¬†¬†Oh and¬†not to forget our classical music while we work ūüôā

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The boys love to help me cut the mushrooms for our dinner and take their work very seriously, giving me time to prepare the rest of the dinner while I’m waiting!

Due to the boys’ intolerances, we have not had pizza in over a year.¬† Master nearly 2 didn’t really know what one was!¬† This is what we put on our gluten-free, dairy-free, preservative-free base (we will make them one day…!).

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  • tomato paste + pesto (lots)
  • chicken
  • cherry tomatoes
  • avocado
  • sweet potato
  • fried mushrooms
  • basil
  • toasted pine nuts, pepitas and sunflower seeds
  • and yes no cheese…!

It was delicious and the boys were happy to eat some pizza, made with love ūüôā Heidi

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Zucchini + peeler + fry = zoodles!!

What better way to get extra nutrients into your little one, avoiding grains and making a tasty dinner too?

I peel a mountain of zucchini, which doesn’t take as long as you’d think, then fry it until it goes nice and soft. We use coconut or macadamia oil on medium heat to fry as these oils can withstand heat without becoming carcinogenic.¬† Yummy things to go in this dish can be garlic, onion, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms,¬†basil¬†and then top it off with some fresh avocado and roasted/crushed nuts and seeds (hazelnuts and sunflower seeds were the latest).

To entice the kids in, I didn’t use the word¬†‘zucchini’ but played up ‘zoodles’ from the beginning.¬† And get them started by giving them a piece that doesn’t have any green skin on it, so they get hooked by the flavour!

Let me know what you put with your zoodles?

ūüôā Heidi

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Daycare friendly pesto

Whether your children are allergic or intolerant to nuts and dairy or your daycare doesn’t allow nuts, it doesn’t mean they can’t have pesto! ¬†AND who wouldn’t want to get their children into eating nutritious basil and pumpkin seeds?

I’m not one to follow a recipe, so when I saw the idea to make pesto on pumpkin seeds (pepitas), I decided to throw my own ingredients into our Thermomix and see what we got ūüôā ¬†You can’t go too wrong – I added a bit ‘too much’ lemon juice once but it was nice and tangy and the boys still loved it! ¬†We grow our own basil, so the quantity of the remaining ingredients basically depends on how much basil we pick. ¬†So here is a rough recipe. ¬†¬†

Daycare friendly pesto

  • Bunch of basil (about 2 cups of leaves)
  • About 1/2 cup pepitas (ideally soaked in water overnight to ‘activate’ them which makes their nutrients more available to your body and softer so they are a better texture for the pesto). ¬†You can always add more pepitas at the end if you feel you want the pesto ‘crunchier’.
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • About 1/2 cup olive oil (ideally cold pressed, not processed olive oil) – but you may like to add more or a bit less depending how oily you want it. ¬†The pesto will go firmer in the fridge.
  • Himalayan rock salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan is optional

Blend all ingredients together and it’s ready for a healthy ‘green’ sandwich filling by itself or with avocado. ¬†Or a topping on roast sweet potato or of course pasta. ¬†Or even add to some mayonnaise as a salad dressing or in a vege soup for flavour and texture… Or a topping on any meat? ¬†As you can see, it doesn’t last long in our house ūüôā ¬†It should keep in your fridge for a good week.

tasty pesto!

tasty pesto!