Monday, March 23, 2015

Real Food and GFCF

For the past...well, a while actually.  Probably at least a year, I have been feeling like the kids diet, while good, is lacking.  I have known about the Weston A Price foundation for quite some time now...but after purchasing the Nourishing Traditions cookbook years ago when we first started on the Autism journey, I just found it to be overwhelming, and it has sat on the shelf ever since.

About 6 months ago I came across this book, "Have your cake and lose weight too!"  The title was very catchy and so I read it.  I quickly realized that it was the answer I had been looking for.  The author takes the Weston A Price principals and explains it in a way that I can easily understand and implement with weekly meal plans.

Since reading that on our little trip to AZ in November, I have implemented several principles.  Making homemade bread using sprouted flour or sour leavening, making homemade yogurt and soaking other grains that we eat.  But along the way, I have still been terrified to feed this wonderfully healthy food to my kids because of their GFCF diet.

So here and there, we have tried a few bites of bread or yogurt with them and watched for any negative reactions.  So far, we haven't seen anything significant.

Well last week, Curtis and I went on a trip and we ate the normal grocery store food.  I was surprised at how sweet the yogurt tasted.  It was way too sweet.  It was the first time I realized just how much I liked my homemade food and I missed it.  I also realized that I felt better eating my homemade food. Then I started thinking...maybe it is time that I get over my fear of letting the kids try some of this real food.  I took my first step yesterday.  I made some banana bread with sprouted wheat flour (which turned our delicious btw) and let the kids try it.  Georgia loved it and ate quite a bit.  No reactions from her so far.  Levi also ate some.  Possible reactions...his eyes were a little dazed last night (could be any number of things)...but so far that is about all I have seen from him.  He is quite happy today, which makes me think that he feels good, and there isn't any stomach pain.

Let me just say that this makes me really happy and I'm looking forward to a very slow incorporation of some of these new foods into their diet.

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Sprouted Wheat Banana Bread (adapted from the Simply Recipes website)

3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
1 cup sugar (can use 1/2-3/4c if you want it less sweet)
1 egg
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (can be omitted)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2c sprouted wheat flour (I buy it at sprouts for about 6$ a bag, I probably use 1 bag a month.  You can also sprout and grind the wheat yourself.  I haven't attempted to do that yet, but you can find the directions here.)               

Preheat oven to 350'.  Oil or line loaf pan with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, mash banana, mix in coconut oil, sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  Mix in flour.

Pour into prepared loaf pan.  Bake for 40-50 minutes until a tester comes out clean.  The loaf turned very dark.  It may look like it is going to burn, but don't worry, it will be just fine.  Watch closely the last 10 minutes, you don't want to overcook.  I set my timer for 40 minutes and then cooked it for an additional 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

Zipping over Magen's Bay

Curtis and I were able to get away for a week to St. Thomas to celebrate our 15th Anniversary.  We had a great time and the trip was full of lots of firsts for me...and luckily not too many terrifying moments :)

1st time*Zip Linning (not scary, just a ton of fun)
1st time*Stand Up Board (terrifying...mostly because I'm afraid of what is under the water)
1st time*Under Water Sea Trek (terrifying when I first got to the ocean floor, but after that, was just totally cool)
Skyride
Hiking
Snorkeling
Jet Skiing
Boating & Sailing

What amazed me the most was how different each of the tropical islands are that we have visited.  Not like we have been to a bunch, but the three we have been to (Hawaii, Cayman & St. Thomas/Virgin Islands) are all different.

I realized on this trip why people love boating and sailing.  Wow, I really fell in love with it.  I think my new dream is to sail the world.

A little sneak peak: 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Clothing Battle

What would have happened yesterday had I taken my normal steps regarding the clothing battle.  

It would have gone like this:

Me: Georgia, It's cold and raining outside, why don't you go change into pants.
Georgia: But I'm not cold
Me: Yes, but it is raining and you don't want to get wet.
Georgia: I'm hot and I have an umbrella.  I don't want to wear pants.
(At this point, I'll accept her answer and not push it anymore, but that really just reinforces her poor choice.  Instead yesterday trying the Love and Logic way, I point out the inclement weather.  Levi and I are dressed warm.  But she chooses to not change.  Within 1 minute of leaving the house, she realizes her poor choice of clothing and comes to understand that she is responsible  for her choice.)  

She would then talk about how hot she is all the way to school, fanning herself in the back seat to try to convince me that she is in fact hot.  

When I pick her up from school, she will tell me all about how hot she was all day despite it being under 60 degrees most of the day.  

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The Love and Logic technique worked yesterday.  It uses a variety of techniques to put limited control into the child's hands.  It requires them to think and problem solve.  A very good thing, and something you want your child to be able to do by the time they leave home.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Parenting with Love and Logic

It is 7:10am.  We are leaving for school drop off in 5 min.  The rain is really coming down, and darling Georgia is strutting the house in shorts.  I rarely interfere with her clothing choices, because it is always a losing battle on my end.  I say blue, she says red.  I say pants, she says shorts.  I choose, years ago, not to make it a battle.  I let her decide what to wear, no matter the weather, and only send her back to her room if it is utterly ridiculous  (a rare occurrence fraught with lots of stomping). Generally I make her take a jacket when it is cold, but even that has become a power struggle.  

So this morning, I choose a new approach to this clothing struggle.  

It is 7:10, and I see that it is really raining hard.  

I tell Georgia, "Wow! It's really raining outside."
Georgia says, "Yea it is!" (remember she is wearing shorts at the moment)

It is now 7:15 and time to leave for school, we put our umbrellas up and head to the car.  We get wet around the edges, but it's not too bad.  We quickly jump in the car and head off.  Not a block from our driveway, Georgia starts dropping some major hints that she is cold and wished she could go back home and put on pants.

I said, "Sorry, we don't have time to go back, but I bet you'll remember to pants when it rains."
Georgia says, "I didn't know it was raining!"  (LOL!  Nice try chicky)
I said, "Really, cause when I said it was raining, you said 'Yea it is!'"

Georgia gets really quiet.  

We get to Levi's school and as I'm getting him out of the car, she begins to pull a sad face.

Georgia says, "But what if I get sick?"
I said, "That would be very sad, I'm sorry if you get sick, but I bet you will remember to wear pants next time it rains."

She got that "Hmmph" face and crossed her arms in front of her.  
She didn't push it anymore after that.  

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When I picked her up, of course the drama started as she opened the car door.  She was pretending her teeth were chattering.  But she was too excited to tell me about all the things that happened at school today, and she quickly forgot to keep up her dramatic teeth chattering.  

It really is hard to keep from laughing when she pulls that drama card.  

As soon as we got home, she changed into pants.  

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So here's the deal, my dear friend uses the method described in the book called, Parenting with Love and Logic.  I have been impressed over the years with her style of parenting.  Recently our school district started running workshops based around this method, and I thought I had better see what this is all about.  

I checked out the book from the library and began reading.  Some of the things I completely agreed with and other things really had me wondering if these authors were crazy.  But in desperation of how to deal with our little adult here in the house, I thought I had better give it a try.  

And well, this morning worked like a charm :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Georgia in Hawaii

Here are a couple pictures of Georgia in Hawaii.  Her squad was invited to be in the Pearl Harbor Parade.  The kids got to stay in the barracks.  They had a lot of fun exploring the beach, going through the maze at the pineapple plantation and helping out with the Memorial.




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Real Food Challenge week 3

The real food challenge got put on hold briefly for Thanksgiving....though most of that food is real, homemade food, and we ate it happily for days :)

This week we are getting back into the challenge.  I cooked a pot of pinto beans and made them into refried beans.  I have to say.... it was.... easy peasy!  Why did I not do that sooner?  It seemed so intimidating.  

The flavor is great.
 
 Once the beans had been soaked and cooked, I put them in a blender with chopped onion and garlic that had been sauteed in bacon fat, a bit of salt, blend it up and wa-la, Refried Pinto Beans!

Last night we had Navajo tacos with our lovely delicious beans.  

Georgia also got home from Hawaii last night (which worked our perfectly since any kind of taco is pretty much her favorite meal).  
She had a blast.  She hasn't stopped talking about it.  

Today, I'm attempting my first sourdough loaf.  I have had my starter for about a week.  I ordered a fresh starter from Breadtopia.  I have been feeding it each day and it has been doubling in size with each feeding for the past several days.  

I have the loaf rising on the stove, ready to be cooked tomorrow morning.  
I'll let you know if it works :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

APPLES!

I'm so excited!  Our first apple crop.  Aren't these the cutest little apples you ever did see?! 

and

They taste fantastic!  The perfect blend of sweet and sour.