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

Why dark circles should make you look at your children’s diet

In the olden days, allergies used to be rare and no one knew about food intolerances. But these days, I’d be inclined to say the majority of children are intolerant to at least one food and most little bodies don’t handle food additives and chemicals from their environment.

DARK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYES indicate a sensitivity to a food or chemical.
From my study, I have heard many professionals state that blood tests are not the most reliable method of testing for FOOD INTOLERANCES. They use a simple elimination test (OR this with a blood test, testing for IgG antibodies, not to be confused with IgE antibodies associated with allergies).

The definition of a food intolerance is : if you feel worse when you eat it and better when you don’t, then you have a sensitivity. ¬†For kids, you’ll be looking out for physical and behavioural symptoms rather than relying on them telling you how they feel. ¬†Fedup.com can you give an idea of the types of symptoms you might see.

Some have recommended a 7 day elimination test whilst others have recommended 3 weeks, before reintroducing the food.  I would personally say, the longer the elimination diet, the more the body will give you a clear answer when you reintroduce it.
Can you fathom an elimination diet to work towards better health for your child?

Trust your gut!  What do you think would be impacting on your child the most?  Food additives should be a definite first (ie all numbers, but see fedup.com.au for a list of the nasty nasty ones).  Gluten and/or dairy are also good ones to consider removing.

Some can rip the bandaid off and eliminate many food types at once. Others will need to go slow and steady.  Do what works best for you, to avoid too much stress.  It does not have to be too hard!

FIRST TIPS
Pick a food group to eliminate.
Look through your pantry/fridge to identify ALL the foods that contain this food group.
Brainstorm a list of alternatives.
Let yourself sit with this idea and new list of foods, so you can get your head around the change.
Be positive that what you are doing is worthwhile for your child!  When you believe in it, your child will too.

More to come..

ūüôā¬†Heidi

Eliminating the elimination diet…with kinesiology

When it becomes obvious that your child is reacting to something, be it a food or an allergen or even an emotional issue,¬†it can be overwhelming to know what to do and where to start.¬† You might be worried about your child’s skin, their inability to sleep well¬†or a recurring redness in their genitals, their behaviour or a low immunity or many other symptoms that just aren’t ‘quite right’.¬† Most people will visit their doctor to begin with but others may be in need of further answers.¬† Many don’t know about the benefits of kinesiology in achieving balance in the body, particularly for children.

What is kinesiology?

Kinesiology, the study of movement, is an alternative and holistic therapy, combining both Eastern and Western medicine.  It is holistic in that it looks at health as a whole and addresses the physical body as well as the environment and psychological state of each individual.  By monitoring muscle movements or biofeedback, kinesiologists can determine where there is a block in energy be it structural, chemical or emotional, within the body.  This allows kinesiology to address stress, allergies and food sensitivities, nervous disorders, muscle, bone and joint pain, headaches, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, insomnia, and emotional issues.

And so kinesiology becomes extremely useful in determining exactly what is giving your child a reaction.

Benefits of kinesiology

  • It is non-invasive.¬† It can be done through a ‘surrogate’ and thus your child may not even need to visit the kinesiologist with you.¬† But otherwise, testing of food sensitivities or emotional issues is all done whilst the child may be sitting, holding their parent’s hand.¬† The kinesiologist pushes downward on your extended arm to reveal a strong or weak response with your child’s biofeedback.
  • Anything and everything can be tested for sensitivity.¬† This means you can see for yourself how different brands of food may react differently for your child.¬† You will also be able to see the difference between organic and non-organic foods.¬† You can test everything from children’s medicines to¬†sunscreens to allergens such as latex (and whether this differs between balloons, bandaids and bananas – yes it is quite common for those with sensitivity to latex to have a banana sensitivity too).
  • It can save wiping out a whole food group if it is only some products that are the issue.¬† For example, organic corn thins and corn chips giving a strong response but organic corn cobs and tinned corn giving a weak response.
  • It is less mentally, emotionally and physically exhausting than starting an elimination diet from scratch.¬† The kinesiologist can test your child¬†with a large range of food groups straight up and from there can hone in on different products and items involving chemicals in your child’s environment.
  • It can shed light on emotional issues impacting your child’s system and thus how their body reacts to different foods when under different emotional stress.¬† This may involve emotional clearing and allowing parents to become aware of the stressors in their child’s life.
  • It helps parents to question what is in the food they are serving their children and to use their own resources in¬†determining the culprits.
  • You can claim it through private health insurance or make it more reasonable by accessing a kinesiologist who is also a chiropractor.¬† Chiropractors tend to do shorter sessions, so whilst it may not be as thorough, you won’t be paying for longer sessions (but you will get a chiropractic check up for your child too, making it even more holistic).

So yes, kinesiology is controversial as it is not visible to the naked eye as to exactly how it works and it is not under the medical profession however, it can be a very helpful way to achieve balance in your child.¬† The only difficult thing is… you will have to be prepared to eliminate foods and chemicals or discuss any emotional issues with your child, to help them achieve balance.

If you need answers for your child but are unsure, why not give it a go and see it for yourself.  Alternatively, you can access an IgG blood test through an alternative medicine practitioner which will test your child for intolerances to many foods.  But not to be confused with an IgE blood/prick test which will test for allergic reactions.

Please let me know if kinesiology has helped your family.¬† ūüôā Heidi

Most clicked on 2013

An early happy new year to everyone! I will take the chance again to say thanks for being supporters of I Raise My Kids.
This week I’ll be reposting the most clicked on posts from I Raise My Kids.
Actually the most clicked on is ‘about me’ so starting with that, I’ll give a quick summary about who I am, so you know where I am coming from with the posts that I put up here!
I am Heidi, a mum of 2 boys (getting closer to 2 and 4 years) and a paediatric speech pathologist. I am very interested in child development which includes everything from communication, cognitive, social-emotional and even physical development. I am also interested in play, literacy and picky eating/developing healthy eating.
We have been down a road and a half working out the cause of Master 3’s ‘ADHD’ and eczema and have since come across food intolerances, kinesiology and working towards more of a Paleo ‘lifestyle’ so hence I post about this as well. Working with children, I am starting to realise there is a lot more of the unnecessary behavioural problems as well as other health issues that creep up, relating to not only diet but also emotional issues.
I hope that if anyone ever has questions or concerns that they would like more information on, relating to any of the above topics, please send me a message. I am more than happy to try and help!!

I put my family’s health first

I always placed my and my family’s health as number one priority, as without health what have you got?

In light of National Organic Week here in Australia this week, here is our story!

We have been on a long road with both Master 3 and Master 1 being sensitive to many foods, but also chemicals such as chlorine, additives such as preservatives and colours and even latex. ¬†Through kinesiology (which is done by muscle testing, just holding the product to your tummy or head), we have worked out which foods and chemicals the boys are ‘weak’ to.

After seeing Master 3 break out in hives when eating almonds, my initial thought was that it was an allergic reaction.  Thankfully a friend who had also been seeing the kinesiologist for her children had tested organic almonds on her children.  Completely fine.  So we tested organic almonds for Master 3.  Completely fine.  He ate them.  Completely fine.  Hmmm.

Muscle testing on products such as corn thins, lentils, dessicated coconut and cinnamon all revealed weakness (or intolerance) to the non-organic variety. ¬†Bring in the organic product and yes, completely fine! ¬†So after seeing the reactions, seeing the muscle testing and then allowing Master 3 to eat all of these products and no reaction, how could I not start to become very suspect of WHAT is on these non-organic products? ¬†And what has it been doing to my child? ¬†And yes, I began to really trust kinesiology, over the GPs and medical specialists’ opinions (‘no allergic reaction via prick test, therefore food is not related to the eczema and behaviour, you can go home’), the dietitians and even the naturopaths who didn’t really ‘prove’ to us the importance of going organic.

Seeing this photo, really got my mind thinking.

Image from Rawforbeauty.com

Image from Rawforbeauty.com

It played on my mind. ¬†I’ve always considered organic food as just expensive versions of the food we have always grown up eating. ¬†But then again, I don’t do things ‘just because’. ¬†What if what we were brought up on was not necessarily the ‘best thing’ but the ‘done thing’? ¬†What if all of these chemicals we are eating and including in our life everyday has something to do with today’s epidemics such as allergies/intolerances, eczema, ASD, ADHD and even diseases and cancers? ¬†It certainly seems possible, just contemplating it, without any research. ¬†But getting trustworthy information that isn’t tainted by big companies and industries is certainly hard. ¬†The universities are shifting results of studies to protect the industries they are involved with (such as genetic modification and agricultural biosecurity), so of course our welfare is not necessarily number one priority.

So once we had removed the non-organic pantry foods the boys couldn’t handle, there were still reactions such as eczema and ADHD-type behaviour in Master 3. ¬†I just knew we had to look at organic fruit and vegetables and even meat but the price was holding us back. ¬†But one day, my top priorities in life came back to me – HEALTH NUMBER ONE. ¬†We had paid a fortune on the different professionals and supplements, trying to sort out Master 3’s health, and also my sanity. ¬†It came to me – maybe going organic would be a good prevention, rather than trying to constantly ‘fix’ Master 3’s gut from the hits it was taking from all of the ‘poisons’ he was eating.

Along this whole journey, I’ve plodded away slowly but surely, not trying to take on too many changes at once. ¬†So when we threw budget out the window and put health as number one, next was organic fruit and vegetables. ¬†I tried the farmers’ markets, Woolworths and eventually ended up with online organic fruit and veges for the price and convenience. ¬†Then I bit the bullet and looked into meat.

It has changed the way we eat.  We eat less meat now due to the price but I make up for it with other products such as avocado, nuts and the vegetables in season.  This has made us healthier again, rather than loading up on meat!

And just like big companies have started realising they have to listen to our children’s health by removing artificial colours and starting to work more on preservatives, companies are now coming on board with organic products. ¬†Woolworths has their own Macro Organic brand with more and more products popping up as well as ALDI providing more and more organic products. ¬†Corn thins now have an organic version. ¬†This has also sealed in my mind, going organic can’t be wrong and surely is not a ‘fad’.

Of course, by the time you start to feel like you can ‘see’ the invisible chemicals on non-organic food and start to associate them with doing nasty stuff to our body (just like you feel like you can ‘see’ germs on a child’s hands who has gastro),¬†you start to realise how many other chemicals we are all exposed to in our day, including our little ones. ¬†So the deep hole continued and I have started slowly but surely removing air fresheners, chemical-based ‘natural’ soaps, dishwashing liquid and washing detergent and replacing with natural and organic ones. ¬†

We might be paying a bit more each week for this lifestyle, but it is indescribable to know that we are not taking on nearly the ‘chemical load’ we once were and the boys are able to be healthier. ¬†And we are saying ‘no’ to the industries who aren’t so worried about our health or the epidemics out there. ¬†And who knows, our future health is more than likely thanking us too.

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