Progress and plans (and a recipe)… and… a FAD DIET????
NOTE: This post probably has TMI on poop for most of you, so consider yourself forewarned.
Recently, I read about how Amazon ships stuff with extra, box-in-box packaging. I thought, “That’s never happened to me!” Well, guess what? I ordered a 12 pack of 1 lb packages of Eden Organics… BUCKWHEAT (of course), and sure enough, on the Eden box is a sticker marked “Ready to Ship. Fulfilled by Amazon.com”. And that box, along with some puffy air-bag packing material, sat inside of a much larger Amazon box. That’s just stupid, IMO.
Anyways. Buckwheat. Yes, we’re still at it. And, Fiala seems to be doing much better since we took sugar out of everything, which was on Saturday (more on that, below). It’s amazing how much difference a few days make. I did cave slightly, as I’m now putting stevia extract in her buckwheat. When it was totally plain, she would simply spit it out. I’m a tad concerned, because the stevia is in a packet (from Trader Joe’s), and it’s mixed with rice maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is a sugar, and she’s allergic to rice. However, it appears that her actually EATING is preferable to the minuscule amount of rice maltodextrin she’s getting (1 – 1.5g per day). I put cinnamon in her buckwheat, too. So, technically, she’s getting four ingredients… well, five: buckwheat, lamb, cinnamon, stevia, rice maltodextrin. And salt, but that doesn’t really count.
I almost always eat my buckwheat plain and salted, or I boil up a broth with all my old marrow-filled lamb bones, and make a “soup” out of salted broth and buckwheat. I still think it’s good, but I look with longing at other recipes… like the one that came on the packages of Eden Organics Buckwheat:
2 cups cooked buckwheat, cooled and fluffed
1 cucumber, chopped
2 small tomatoes, chopped
2/3 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 cups fresh parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
Combine all ingredients. Chill at least one hour. Serve on romaine leaves.
That sounds fabulous. Gluten-free and dairy-free, too! I’m making it, when I can. 🙂
Fiala had a total diarrhea blowout on Saturday morning. But, I, ummm… had a lemon-berry slush from Sonic on Friday, so it’s my own fault. Still, that had Martin and I wondering on Saturday morning if it was a) the CORN in the corn syrup, with which the drink is surely sweetened, b) the SUGAR in the corn syrup, c) less possibly, the red dye with which the strawberries are surely colored. We think it might be the sugar. Which, I hope not. Sugar malabsorption issues are difficult to navigate, very complex, and… well, just hard. To be safe, I stopped putting brown sugar in her buckwheat, which I had been doing.
Just in case, though, I’ve already sent out e-mails to both the local celiac group and the local food allergy group that I’m a part of, asking for tips on a pediatric g.i. doc who is in FAVOR of breastfeeding, because I just don’t want to fight that fight. I’ve gotten seven responses, four along the lines of, “Formula isn’t that bad,” one saying, “Good luck! I will ask some of my midwife friends,” and two saying, “Here’s my ped g.i. S/He supported me fully in my wish to breastfeed at least a year, through all my baby’s allergies.” So, I have two good names to go on.
I’m sick, by the way, but recovering. I’m so much better than yesterday. It’s “just” a cold, but the kind that knocks you out — headache, muscle ache, congestion, sore throat… Yuck. I woke up yesterday and had NO energy. None. I was having a hard time sitting up, even. That could be because I went to bed early the night before and did not eat dinner. I was so sick and so exhausted that I nursed Fiala, ATE A BANANA as there was no buckwheat made and I knew I needed SOMETHING, gave the kids a few instructions, and went back to bed. That was at about 7:00 a.m. Ethan brought Fiala in for a nap at 9:00, and we both continued to sleep until 10:00. When we emerged, I felt still sick, but with some energy. Everyone was still in their jammies, and no one had done any school work, but THEIR CHORES WERE DONE, and Ethan even went one step further and put away the clean dishes from the dishwasher. Give that child a medal.
So, the banana. Fiala was very gassy the rest of the day — well from early afternoon until about 9:30 at night — the kind where she would alternate curling up in a ball to stretching herself out, crying in pain, and doing things like waking early from naptime because of gassiness. It didn’t, however, give her diarrhea. Her poop still seems healthy.
And, she tested negative to banana, both prick and patch. Hm. I, however, had observed similar symptoms in her when she ate bananas, so negative or positive, no bananas for Miss Fi, who is 11 months old today, by the way. And, no bananas for me.
That banana tasted SO GOOD, though. Mmmmm….. 😀
I noticed yesterday that Fiala’s hands looked very well. Her main places of eczema are her face and behind her knees. However, she also has eczema on her whole legs and her fingers, too. I’m sure the finger issue is exacerbated by the fact that she puts them in her mouth all the time. However, I never medicate her fingers; I just don’t want any medicine going into her mouth. So, to me, the fact that her hands are healing means MORE to me than that her face or behind her knees (behind one knee, at least — the other is still quite problematic) are healing, because in the other areas, I’ve been using medication. Know what I mean? So, that is very encouraging.
I recently had an e-mail exchange with a reader who was trying to offer me some tips for the diet of both Fiala and myself… I must say, with all the e-mail I get…. well, I kind of hold them at arm’s length at first. Some people have written with malice, some with judgment, some with genuine kind helpfulness, and it takes me a bit to sort out the motives of the sender. Sorry, those who have written. It just does. Still, this reader sent me a link to a website of a special diet, and at first, I was thinking, “OK, is this the lady who WROTE the book, and is she trying to get some free promotion?? This website is full of ‘Buy my book for only $24.95!! Buy our very expensive supplements!!!'” And, that just rubs me the wrong way.
Also, one of the things the diet espouses is fermented vegetables. Now, I’m not saying that fermenting things is bad, but some of the claims made by the pro-fermenting gang are just outrageous, and downright false. Add to that, I had just read this really interesting article that, while it is talking about regular, wheat/gluten bread, specifically addressed the exact same problems I had had with the pro-fermenters. And, now, I’m reading a website, the link forwarded by a stranger of unknown motives, that says, “Ferment your veggies!” Ugh.
But… I read a little deeper. And… it sounds like it may really work for our family. You can BET that I’m not buying a $45-for-10 oz-nutritional-mix. Nor am I buying a 2.2 lb package of their special sugar substitute for $40. No way. NO WAY. NO blippety blippin’ way. I’m probably not even going to buy the book; I found it at my library (though they’re all checked out and I need to put a copy on hold). And, I’m not likely to do any colonics, as suggested (ew 😮 ). But, the diet centers around:
- four gluten free grains (buckwheat, quinoa, millet, and amaranth — all of which are already in my pantry!)
- lots of veggies including some that are fermented/cultured
- “lean meats” — not sure which ones; I’ll have to get the book
- not very much fruit, and VERY little sugar
- particular, healthy fats, like flax seed oil and coconut oil
- it’s low-dairy
- AND, it’s does not suggest that you replace “lost” sugars with artificial sweeteners, like aspartame or even Splenda, like South Beach does, which always bothered me. (It does support naturally derived sweeteners, like stevia.)
Other than the fruit thing and sugar thing, um, we’re already doing most of that.
The idea is to eat things that are easy to digest, and that restore intestinal flora, which will lead to, among other things, a stronger immune system. Although I don’t think Fiala, I, or anyone in my family (except maybe my husband) has candida overgrowth, I was already on the lookout for something I could provide my family with, that could boost our immune systems overall. We just get sick too often. Even if it’s “only” 2-3x/year, multiply that by seven, and there’s an awful lot of sickness circulating around here.
The book/diet is also big on specific food combinations. I’d have to learn about that, as that would be entirely new to me.
It’s funny, because a couple of months ago, it may have seemed too extreme of a change, but compared to where I’m at now, the Body Ecology diet seems like FREEDOM.
So, obviously, I’m not on it yet. But, I do plan to get the book, and I think it would be pretty easy to start incorporating the veggies and other things specific to the diet as the things that I slowly add into the diet of Fiala and me.
NO PRESSURE, but if I supply them with three e-mail addresses of people who are potentially interested, I can get a free cookbook. Again, no pressure. But, if you’d be willing to help me get a free cookbook, e-mail me. And, if I get an excess of e-mail addresses (as I only need three), with permission of their owners, I will pass them on to the next person on the list, so you can get a cookbook, too. (The website says that they will send you an e-mail asking you to opt in to receive e-mails from them; it does not automatically add you to their list.)
And, MANY THANKS to reader cottagesweet, whose motives appear pure and kind, and now I feel sorry for doubting you. I look forward to success with the Body Ecology diet, and if that’s the case, even MORE thanks will be due to you. 😀
Posted on September 22, 2009, in Allergies, Babies, Celiac Disease, Cooking/Baking/Food/Recipes, Digestive Woes, Family, GFCF Recipes, gluten-free, Homeschooling, Medical Stuff, The Dear Hubby, The Kids, Total Elimination Diet. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.