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Sunday, 29 April 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Two days ago we were chatting to a lady who owns a juice bar in town. She was impressed with Will's ability to choose a probiotic ombar when there was a cake right next to it. He asked me if it was good for his body, I said yes, and he said 'great! I'll take this one please' and handed it to the cashier.
We got chatting about the diet (she'd heard of it as her brother is autistic, but hadn't tried it).
The exciting thing was, when asked by another customer who'd over heard 'do you like your special diet?' my four year olds response was...
'Yes. It helps me play better and helps me love my mummy and sister*'
I was so happy, as they are observations he's made himself (I told him this was food that would help him grow up healthy and strong), so he genuinely is feeling the difference.
I'm part of a Facebook group with some other people on GAPS too, and their kids are also saying some pretty exciting things.
A five year old said 'the food is changing me. I am myself now.'
An eight year old refers to before GAPS as 'the time when I couldn't control my thoughts and actions'.
Another friends three year old recently said 'when I eat good food I can hear peoples feelings'.
It really is worth it. Stick with it.
Does anybody else have any encouraging stories from their kids mouths?
Friday, 27 April 2012
In fact, William spent several weeks over the last year or so telling me that he will not go outside again until it rains.
I'm not scared of getting wet, my skin is mostly waterproof and when we lived in the lake district if you didn't go out in the rain you would never go out. I guess being born there Will just go used to it. He LOVES the rain. Especially heavy rain. And the rain we had today was heavy.
The problem is, Elisha was not born in Cumbria, and she does not like the rain one little bit.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
When you work with simpler ingredients, there really is a lot less to go wrong. My confidence has increased and I'm starting to not only tweak recipes, but have a go at creating new ones... With success!!
These brownies are one such success.
You will need:
1 cup butter
1 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup coconut flour
2 large courgettes
2 large carrots
First of all melt the butter and stir in the cocoa.
Leave to cool.
Grate the vegetables and stir into the chocolate butter.
Whisk together all the other ingredients really well, adding the coconut flour slowly to avoid lumps.
Stir in the chocolate/veggie batter.
Pour into a lined baking tray (I used my biggest roasting pan) and cook on 160c for 45-50 minutes (or until a skewer in the middle comes out clean.
We ate ours warm with sour cream on top and it was divine. I'm pretty sure they'd taste great cold too, but we couldn't wait that long.
Monday, 23 April 2012
Firstly, and most surprisingly, I've found that we can afford to buy free range, organic food on a regular basis, and not only that - our grocery budget has gone DOWN. Crazy right? For so long I have put off buying free range meats and organic vegetables because it was too expensive. The reality is, that since we started eating these foods, the children (and myself) have been snacking a lot less between meals, and those snacks really added up. So whilst I spend a lot more on fruit, veg, meat and eggs than I ever did, we now spend nothing on crisps, bread, cordial/juice, biscuits, chocolate bars, and sweets. The net effect being that on the first month of GAPS our groceries cost only slightly more than normal. By month two, our grocery bill had dropped by nearly 15%.
My third surprising revelation was how fast we saw results. I know it's different for different people, but I was to see measurable results in myself and the children within just a few days. The detox period wasn't fun, but it only lasted two weeks (for me) and the children didn't seem to notice it (we haven't done intro, we just slowly weaned them onto the full diet). I had expected a lot of drama when we took away foods that weren't GAPS 'legal', but so long as I provided plenty of fresh fruit my children were happy to eat that and not complain about the lack of biscuits. We did have one incident at a toddler group when Lila lost it after someone gave her a biscuit and I took it away, but we had a picnic yesterday with friends from church who all ate crisps, biscuits and sandwiches in front of us and the children didn't bat an eye lid. They were happy to choose the healthier snacks.
Fourthly I've discovered how easy it is for me to cut out carbohydrates. No more getting up at 5:30am to bake bread (I can now spend that time studying or praying with my husband), no waiting for things to prove and I even got rid of the toaster, which has freed up enough space on my kitchen work surface to keep my tea chest out with all my lovely herbal teas in it. My children love the 'soup' I make (broth with some veg and chicken thrown in) and I generally don't have to think about meals any more. It's pretty much always meat and some vegetables. In fact breakfast is the most complicated meal of the day, because I use the juicer, which is a pain to clean. But often the kids are happy with water to go with their eggs or yoghurt, so I don't even have to do juice if I don't feel like it.
Finally I have been totally floored by how easy it was to explain to my four year old what we were doing and why. He has a keen interest in biology - especially anatomy and physiology. Having looked through some book and talked about bacteria that lives in our bodies and helps us break down food, he quickly accepted that some of his bacteria weren't the same as other peoples, and that meant that he couldn't eat some foods that other people managed quite happily. Previously he had been introduced to the idea of bacteria by the 'How My Body Works' series, which led to a phase of not letting people touch him (in case he got germs from them) but this time round he was much more balanced about it and could easily accept that not all bacteria are bad for him. He is particularly fond of homemade yoghurt now as it has 'yummy bacteria' in it.
And there's so much more to tell you all, but I'll save it for another post, another day.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Meet banana baked custard.
I) the kids love it
II) it's good for them
If you've read about GAPS at all, you'll know that eggs are one of Dr Campbell-McBrides favourite foods for patients. Full of great nutrients, and pair that with raw milk and you've got most of this recipe sorted.
If you can, steep the 5 cups of milk with two vanilla beans overnight. It's easy to do and adds so much more nourishment to your breakfast. Vanilla contains loads of lovely B-vitamins, which are great for GAPS patients but also calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.
In the morning whisk together five pastured eggs (trust me it will make a HUGE difference to the colour, flavour and nutritional content - so get the best eggs you can) with a 1/4 cup of honey and the vanilla/milk mixture.
Pour into ramekins (reserving 10% of the mixture) and stand in a tray of water. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place in the oven for 30 mins at 170c.
After that time, slice bananas over the top, sprinkle with cinnamon, and pour the remaining mixture on top. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon, turn the heat up to 180c and bake for a further 10 mins or until golden brown.
Trust me, it's delicious. I don't even like custard, but this was so yummy. And cinnamon adds a ton of health benefits too.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
I should probably clarify that he was jumping on the bed to try and grab a spider off the ceiling whilst I cowered on my dressing table shouting 'Kill it! Kill it!!'
Anyhow, this means that we got to buy a new bed and I chose this bad boy from Argos.
Building stuff together is one of my favourite marriage time projects. Marriage time for us I anything we do 'just us' - usually when the kids are in bed.
Building stuff (even from flat pack) is immensely satisfying and even more so when the manufacturer glued the instructions to the box so that they are unuseable and you have to work blind together. Together, as a couple, we are overcomers.
It does tend to highlight our different skill sets though. I always open everything with a claw hammer, whilst Matt likes to find the 'right' tool for each bit of the project.
I call this 'unitasking' (a la the unclutterer) and prefer to make my hammer multi-functional.
Either way, we made it through, we have a great new bed, and here it is in all it's glory.
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Real Food Foragers beautiful GAPS friendly Matzoh
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Monday, 2 April 2012
Well, I guess I need to review my stance on that.
I'm studying I Samuel (or I Kings depending on your bible) and I've been reviewing the part where the Israelites ask God for a king, and maybe it's not so stupid after all.
The judges weren't all that great. Samson caused all kinds of petty squabbles with the philistines, but didn't really accomplish all that much both Eli and Samuels sons where complete incapable of leading and Samuel was dying.
The problem is that you can't just read one verse. Any good bible study will take you into at least two or three other books of the bible, if not all of them (as a study of revelation would).
Everything in scripture, interpreted correctly, will have other scriptures to back it up. It's part of the integrity of its design, which lets us know that our 44 authors were all divinely inspired.
So, getting back on track, there is a confusing little section in Deuteronomy 17 which talks about the laws regarding kings, but hang on, Israel don't have a king!
In Genesis 49 we have a prophecy regarding Judah being the royal line, and the announcement that the sceptre shall not depart from him until the messiah comes.
How strange. Especially when you consider that Saul, Israel's first king, is not of the tribe of Judah at all, but from Benjamin.
Perez is the illegitimate son that Tamar conceives with her father in law (see Genesis 38). What kind of a blessing is that?
Well, according to the law, in the case of an illegitimate son, no inheritance could be claimed for ten generations. See where I'm going yet?
David wasn't an after though when Saul didn't work out. David was God's choice for a king, from the tribe of Judah, ten generations on. The comment was a prophecy that David would claim Judah's inheritance and be king over Israel.
So the Israelites knew they would be getting a king eventually (Genesis and Deuteronomy), and maybe their only crime was not being patient and demanding God fulfil His promise to them immediately.
Haven't we all been a teensy bit guilty of that? I know I have.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
You see Passover was a celebration, ordained by God (numbers 9) not only to commemorate what He did (rescuing the Jews from Egypt) but as a shadow of things to come (Jesus, our Passover lamb) which was always to be kept, and on the 14th of Nisan.
But anti-semitism goes back even earlier, to the council of Nicaea (AD 325) When they were trying to decide when to celebrate Christ's resurrection in a way that would exclude the Jews.
The church was split into '14s' and 'non-14s'. The 14s were generally Jewish believers who wanted to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on the 14th of Nisan as a fulfilment of Passover, which was not only as God had ordained it, but would have been a great witness to many of the Pharisees who were still awaiting their messiah. The opposing (mostly gentile) believers did not want to have anything to do with the Jews, so they decreed that the resurrection should be celebrated in the first Sunday after the full moon, unless that accidentally fell on the 14th of Nisan, in which case they would celebrate a week later.
Church history is both fascinating, and deeply sorrowful to read. Some of the atrocities carried out in the name of Christ against the Jews during this period are just horrific. Needless to say, the non-14s won and here we are in our churches celebrating Easter on any day that isn't the one God proclaimed we should celebrate His son's death and resurrection.
For this reason, we choose, as a family to celebrate on Passover, whilst not abstaining from Easter with our church. I believe you can never celebrate the glorious resurrection too much, and whilst it saddens me that the church celebrates this way, I don't want to be excluding and guilty of the same divisiveness the early church were.
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