Saturday, January 31, 2009
I haven't found one that works for older kids--we get ours compounded by the nutritionist. But, any good multivitamin will contain D3 instead of vitamin D.
A probiotic we love is: GI FLORA. Here is the link to the product we use. Here is a post.
Enzymes allow your body to focus on other things besides breaking down food. Houston Neutraceuticals makes enzymes for both kids and adults have used with great success. Because enzymes are plant based and natural, if your body doesn't need them, they will just pass through you.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Yet Another Reason to Examine Processed Food Before You Eat It...Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup and Processed Foods
Two new studies came out which have found mercury in processed food. One scientific study Not So Sweet Missing Mercury and High Fructose Corn Syrup published in Environmental Health found mercury, a known dangerous neurotoxin, in nine of 20 samples of high fructose corn syrup. The second study Mercury from Chlor-alkali plants: measured concentrations in food product sugar looked at foods which had high fructose corn syrup as the first or second ingredient. It discovered the presence of mercury in one-third of 55 products tested. Here is the list of the foods in which mercury was found:
Product Name • Total mercury detected (ppt) • Laboratory detection limit (ppt)
Quaker Oatmeal to Go • 350 • 80
Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce (Heinz) • 300 • 100
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup • 257 • 50
Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce • 200 • 100
Nutri‐Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars • 180 • 80
Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe • 150 • 80
Market Pantry Grape Jelly • 130 • 80
Smucker's Strawberry Jelly • 100 • 80
Pop‐Tarts Frosted Blueberry • 100 • 80
Hunt's Tomato Ketchup • 87 • 50
Wish‐Bone Western Sweet & Smooth • 72 • 50
Coca‐Cola Classic • 62 • 50
Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt • 60 • 20
Minute Maid Berry Punch • 40 • 30
Yoo‐hoo Chocolate Drink • 30 • 20
Nesquik Chocolate Milk • 30 • 20
Kemps Fat Free Chocolate Milk • 30 • 20
"Really at the core of it is that there are large chemical plants, chlorine alkali plants worldwide, that make a variety of chemicals, and many of them are used commonly in food production, including in the production of high-fructose corn syrup and some other things."
"The caustic soda, for example, is integral to the production of high-fructose corn syrup. You can make caustic soda using mercury, or you can make it without using mercury. Unfortunately, we still have plants in the US, and even more abroad, that continue to use this outdated mercury technology that can contaminate the caustic soda with mercury. And that's what, in turn, we think, may be contaminating the high-fructose corn syrup. So, then-Senator Obama actually was a co-sponsor of Senate legislation in 2007 that would have phased out the use of mercury in making caustic soda in these plants, but the legislation never passed."
Processed Food Versus Homemade Food
Fresh, Raw Food: An Important source of GLUTATHIONE
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup coconut oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten (6 egg whites*)
1&1/3 cups pureed cooked carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use palm shortening or coconut oil to grease muffin pans.
3. Combine the dry ingredients.
4. Then fold in the carrots, walnuts, coconut and pineapple.
5. Pour batter into prepared muffin pans.
6. Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean (about 20 minutes for small muffins and 30 minutes for large muffins.)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
It seems our family's recent experience with the flu supports the vitamin D theory. My son came down with the flu last week. He was sick for six days with a fever. It was the first time he had been seriously sick in almost two years. He must have caught it in his preschool class because some of his classmates were sick at the same time. After six days of fever and him getting very, very sick, I started to do research on vitamins and that is when I stumbled on the vitamin D theory. I woke Alex up in the middle of the night to give him a drink with a drop of the vitamin D. Perhaps it is coincidence the next day he woke up almost better, and the next day completely better after a second dose. For many reasons having to do with food intolerances he had developed, I had stopped giving him his multivitamin or his rice milk which is fortified with vitamin D about a month ago. The next day, I resumed his Multistart vitamin which contains 400IU, which is the suggested daily allowance for his age group. Last year, one member of our family with low vitamin D levels was constantly sick...a year later they are not sick at all--and they managed to avoid the flu this year despite no flu shot and close contact with my son.
I hadn't come down with the flu but I was feeling like I might so I took 2,000 IU (which is two drops) hoping to fight it off. We will never know if it is the Vitamin D or the Diet Pepsi a dear friend of mine gave me when I was feeling almost fluish that prevented my from getting it. There are a thousand other reasons I might not have gotten it. And there are equal number or reasons I should have gotten it (sharing a bed with my son when he was sick, lack of sleep from too many late nights etc.) But isn't it interesting that the very young and the very old are most suseptible to getting the flu--and they are the ones least likely to be exposed to the sun during cold whether.
WHAT TO DO: Make sure your kids are getting the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended daily allowance of vitamin D of 400 IU. of D3 which is found in quality multivitamins, Vitamin D drops or cod liver oil. Also, people with fat malabsorption syndromes, like celiac, can sometimes poorly absorb vitamin D because it is a fat soluble vitamin. If you have celiac or if you are constantly sick, you might want to check vitamin D levels before beginning supplementation so that you can make sure the recommended daily allowance is enough. Of course, if you take a vacation to a sunny place, you won't need the extra vitamin D. If the
1. Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D
Vitamin D Drops for Infants, Kids and Adult
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Here are some posts on birthdays:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
According to Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on our Children, chemicals are tested alone and not in combination and "The pesticide Roundup, for instance, is more dangerous in its finished formulation than its active ingredients." 1 Yikes. Plus canola oil has to be highly refined to get the oil and can be a source of trans fatty acids, according to Dr. Mary Enig, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Maryland, who has brought public awareness to the dangers of trans fats. It is, as promised, low in saturated fat. But too low in saturated fat to be used exclusively in the diet--as we need some saturated fat to function and "Cholesterol is vital for the development and function of the brain."2
WHAT TO DO: Choose a healthier oil: coconut oil or olive oil are both good choices. Coconut oil is great to use in fried and baked goods because it has a higher smoke point and healthy, saturated fat is important for children's brain development. Olive oil is better for things that are lightly cooked at lower temperatures or added for flavor after cooking.
2. Poisoned Profits p. 54
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
"As many as one in five adults and children, and probably one in three with behavioral problems are sensitive or have an allergic reaction to common foods such as milk, wheat, yeast, and eggs."1Optimum Nutrition also explains why healthy fats are so important and how to deal with everything from sleep, anorexia, autism, ADHD to aggression through nutritional intervention. When I started reading this, it was so comprehensive, I thought to myself: "Oh, good! I don't have to write a book. It's already been written." It is well researched and full of graphs and charts and journal citations and it covers so much it can be that "go to" parent book when your child has issues.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Vita-Mix is expensive, and it was definitely a last holiday hurrah for us. But it has a 7 year warranty and it look like people end up using it everyday. Because it finely grinds fruits and vegetables (even avocado pits!) more of the nutrients are available for absorption--which is good if you have any type of malabsorption issue. Kids who are picky eaters and finicky about textures would love the super smooth texture of the soups and smoothies and milks--these are
the same blenders they use in Starbucks. Even the seeds in strawberries are ground up so you can absorb the nutrition. The Good Eatah's post: A Few of My Favorite Things has additional info on the Vitamix.
Fresh, Raw Food--An Important Source of GLUTATHIONE
Smoothies and Popsicles
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The recommended daily allowance for vitamin D keeps going up as research is done. Since 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended 200 IU for all breastfed infants from birth onward but in October of 2008 they changed their recommendation to 400 IUs for all children. Adults can take 1,000 IU or 2,000 IU if you have low blood levels. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin but according to current research toxic levels begin at 10,000IU a day--so supplementation is safe. My 7 year old is supposed to get 600 IUs. A tsp of cod liver oil will provide 400IUs of Vitamin D, which can be a good food source for kids. And one packet of Rainbow Light Nutristart Multivitamin Powder (for infants & Children from 6 months to 4 years) also provides 400IU. (Also, the Rainbow Light Multivitamin has been tested by my way too sensitive 3 year old and it definitely is gluten free/dairy free!)
HealtheSavers will email you a $2.00 coupon to use for the Carlson drops between now and January 31, 2009.
Friday, January 9, 2009
2 tomatoes-chopped finely
3/4 bunch of cilantro-chopped finely
2 T. onion--chopped finely
1 clove of garlic--well you get the idea...chopped finely
1/2-1 tsp salt
1/4 jalepeno--finely chopped
4 splashes of tabasco
Chop all ingredients finely. Mix together. Season to taste. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
What to Do: Live and learn that "gluten free" is a vague term and doesn't mean zero gluten.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The easiest way to increase the good bacteria and they can "crowd out" the bad bacteria is to use probiotics. Before preservatives and pasteurization, we had a lot more good bacteria in our food supply as fermented food (yogurt, pickles,etc.) which added beneficial bacteria to food was a way of preservation. But now, according to the Journal of Nutrition, "In the U.S., yogurt is not required to contain any viable cultures" so only yogurt labeled "Live Active Culture Seal" will contain live cultures. But there are so many strains of bacteria, this doesn't tell you the level of beneficial bacteria or the strains. So if you don't make your own yogurt, I would recommend a quality probiotic as the most efficient way to increase good bacteria.
Another thing you can do to help restore the good bacteria is to take plant based digestive enzymes which will break down the food better. Because the bad bacteria feast on undigested food, breaking down the food can be another way to discourage bad bacteria.
When it comes to restoring beneficial bacteria in the gut, it is truly a situation where "it isn't a sprint--it's a marathon."
1. Jung LK. Lactobacillus GG augments the immune response to typhoid vaccination: a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. FASEB J 1999;13:A872 (abstr).
Monday, January 5, 2009
with condiments (cheese, guacamole, scallions, tomatoes, or
cilantro.)You can also puree the beans in a food processor and add
some olive oil for a delicious bean dip or soup.
Cover a pound of black beans in water. Soak overnight. Drain and
rinse. Saute 1 chopped onion and 2 garlic cloves in 2 Tablespoons of
Olive Oil. Add black beans, salt, pepper and half a jalapeno
pepper(optional) and cook on low until beans are well cooked. You can
cook these quickly (1 hour) or slowly (4 hours) depending on how much
time you have. Serve with rice and toppings.
4 organic pork chops
1 bottle gf barbeque sauce (we use Bone Suckin' Sauce)
Pour a small amount of barbeque sauce in the bottom of the crock pot. Add pork chops and cover with remaining sauce. Cook on HIGH setting for 3 to 4 hours or all day on the LOW setting.
If you don't have crock pot, you can bake these in the oven in a covered pot called a dutch oven. Cook in a 325 degree oven for 1.5 to 3 hours. Check out Cooking In Cast Iron for more on conversion from crockpot times to dutch oven.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
-Switch to an organic dry cleaner (This one will happen sooner rather than later.)
-Take my own vitamins (fish oil, D, calcium/mag) when I give my kids theirs!
-Upholster (i.e. staple) a cover on the bench at the bottom of my bed.
-Give some of the stuff we don't need to charity on semi regular basis.
-Switch away from Murphy's Oil Soap--the last mainstream cleaning product to a homemade version (sorry to my DH--mom knows best ;) right?)
Please let me know what your New Year's Resolution is or what is on your 2009 wish list! I will update you on my progress as the year goes by and see if any of these things on my wish list get done. I will also post on some of these to generate some momentum. Research always motivates me to change.