Christmas, fake trees, colds, honey-as-medicine, yummy cereal, CHICKEN MEAT ALLERGY, and fabulous gingerbread cookies
- We all have a cold around here. Not enough to be debilitating, thank God, but enough to sap our energy and make us all rather grumpy. I’ve been trying to combat that by doing CHRISTMAS stuff, somewhat to no avail.
- We finally put up our tree on Saturday. 🙂 This is our second year of a fake Christmas tree. 😦 We had the revelation a couple of years ago that Wesley’s asthma-like-clockwork which started in December of each year was tied to pine trees. Duh. We should have been able to figure that out previously, because he’d have asthma each time we went on vacation, too, which would — almost without exception — be to somewhere forested. Ah, well. (Sorry for the lame cell-phone-camera pics.)
- I read on Friday that raw honey was shown in a scientific study to be MORE effective than dextromethorphan (DM) to inhibit coughing in kids. I put it to work last night! I didn’t have raw buckwheat honey (as in the study), but I have YS organic raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, super-enriched honey. That stuff is the bomb! It tastes weird if you’re used to normal honey, but I LOVE the taste now. The same can’t be said of my dear son, Wes. Last night, he was coughing up a storm, so I mixed up a little concoction of a spoonful of raw honey mixed into a few ounces of warm water, with some organic lemon juice, and a few droppersful of colloidal silver. He was not pleased. But, I made him choke it down, and, VOILA! No more coughs. All night. You can bet I’ll be doing that again!
- The good news? My absolute fave gluten-free cereal (not that I can eat it right now), Erewhon’s Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries is on clearance for only $2.24 a box at my local Fry’s grocery. The bad news? That likely means they will no longer carry it. 😦 (The last time I posted about my love for this cereal, Erewhon contacted me and asked if I wanted “samples” of their g.f. cereal. I said, “Sure!” envisioning, you know… samples. I was blown away when a large brown box containing SEVEN full-sized boxes of cereal was shipped to my home. But, this was right after I started the phase of “only” eliminating Fiala’s 17 known allergens, and I couldn’t eat any of them, as they all contained one or more of her allergens. However, the kids liked all of the cereals, especially the Aztec Crunchy Corn & Amaranth. They also really liked the Strawberry Crisp, though most of the flakes were pulverized by shipping — I guess — and they were more like cereal crumbs with added strawberries. Still tasty, though.)
- This next thing is so weird it really deserves its own post. First, I will state that I have had leg pain in my thighs for YEARS. Years. It’s deep in the muscle, from right above my knees, up into my hips. It ebbs and flows, and at its worst, it will wake me up at night and I have to go take some Tylenol. I have seen doctors about this, and the best that anyone can hypothesize is that since I have celiac disease, and don’t absorb nutrients well, perhaps my body is not absorbing calcium well, and, as one’s body needs to maintain a certain level of blood calcium, my body is pulling the calcium out of my largest bones, leading my bones/deep muscles to ache. Now, this may still be true, but this past summer, a doctor finally ran a couple of tests on me, including several ways to measure the different levels of calcium in my blood, and they were spot on. In fact, they were a tad too high, likely from me pumping the calcium supplements. Well, a few weeks into the Total Elimination Diet with Fiala, I realized that my legs were not hurting. At that time, I had the thought that maybe my leg pain was caused by some allergy in me! I’m very slow to put two and two together — or, I’ll have some sort of revelation, then forget all about it, and be forced by my forgetfulness to rediscover it all over again. However, after about the 3rd time trialling chicken — whereby both Fiala and I would eat a little portion,with no seasoning — I realized that a) Fiala didn’t like chicken at all, and b) about two days after eating chicken, my leg pain came back. Every time. HOWEVER, like I said, I’m forgetful. So, this past Friday night, we bought a mess of wings for the kids, and I caved and gave a couple to Fiala. By the end of the 2nd, her eyes were rimmed with red, and she was clawing at her face. Duh. I ate four. Then, on Sunday (yesterday), I realized my leg pain was back, with a vengeance. Double duh. I had forgotten about the chicken=pain revelation of just a couple of weeks ago. But, in a way, that was confirmation, because it was like running a blind experiment! Ha! I can’t find a whole lot of info online about chicken meat allergy, and the info that’s there is mostly of the “typical” allergy symptoms — Oral Allergy Syndrome, itching, wheezing, vomiting. A couple of places mention joint pain, but although my hip joints do hurt, it mostly hurts deep in the muscle: it feels like — honestly — like the muscle is deteriorating. I don’t know how else to describe it. When it hurts, I feel compelled to kind of punch my legs with the side of my fist, like a deep muscle massage. But, that doesn’t help much, if at all. Anyways. The weird thing is, I have NEVER really liked chicken. Give me a choice on a menu, and I will almost never choose chicken. It’s not like I despise chicken; it’s just never been my preference. I love beef. 🙂 So, whether or not deep muscle pain is “supposed” to be a symptom of a chicken meat allergy or not, I can tell you that I will likely never eat chicken again. I have the hint of exhilaration in my heart, with the thought of never having leg pain ever again. I’m not sure how this is going to play out in my family, because my husband ADORES chicken, and there are many weeks where I don’t buy beef at all because it’s so expensive! (And I really hope that this is chicken MEAT allergy, and that I’m not allergic to eggs.) So, that is unresolved.
Last thing: We made cookies! Sunday morning, the helpers and I made the dough. In the evening, we cut out and baked the cookies, and today we iced them. We now have about 8 dozen GFCF Gingerbread cookies, with royal icing thinned with lemon juice, and topped with sprinkles. I altered my recipe just a tad, and they turned out even better. Now, I just need a little of that self-control that everyone keeps telling me I have, because I’ve eaten three cookies. These cookies are so good. Seriously. I should sell them. I’m only about, oh, 60% confident in the wide appeal and money-making potential in most of the things that spring from my mind and hands. But, these cookies (and the sugar ones, too, which we will make later this week or next) ROCK. No gluten, no dairy — but they have that firm/chewy texture that cut-out cookies SHOULD have, and that gluten-free cookies rarely DO have. The recipe has a lot of ingredients, but it’s worth it. Make yourself some!!
- Dear Glade: Instead of filling my home with fake “homemade” gingerbread cookies from a chemical-laden candle, I’d much rather fill my home with the real aroma of real cookies, actually homemade. Thankyouverymuch.