Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Lactose intolerance is a kind of enzyme deficiency most people are familiar with. If your body doesn't produce lactase (the enzyme used to break down the sugar in milk) you will get sick from milk. The genes that turn on enzyme production for lactase are usually turned on for babies sometimes diminish depending on a person's genetic make up. If you are lactose intolerant, you can either: avoid milk, drink lactose free milk or take lactase (the enzyme needed to break down the lactose) when you are going to consume milk.
Many people suffer from non life threatening allergies and intolerances and need to avoid foods in order to be well. Enzymes can allow them to reintroduce these foods into their diet. In fact, some parents sometimes report that their children do better on enzymes with a broader diet than a more restrictive diet. If you have an IgE allergy--like a peanut allergy--enzymes would not help you. But people with IgG allergies and food intolerances often find enzymes helpful.
My son has taken Tri-enza and No-Phenol by Houston Enzymes for two years. They enabled him to break down the food and absorb nutrients and allowed his gut to heal. They also allowed him to eat some food that he was sensitive to. Because they are replacing enzymes that are already in your body they are a great thing to try for kids who have digestive issues such as diarrhea or an inability to completely digest food that they eat.
Here are the enzymes to break down food--they are available in chewables for kids as well as capsules.)
AFP-Peptizyde breaks down Casein (milk protein), Gluten, and Soy.
Tri-enza breaks down all proteins (gluten, casein, soy, dyes, lactose etc.) This product is a combo of several other products
No-Fenol breaks down fruits and vegetables and good for those who follow the Feingold diet and avoid dyes.
I recommend calling and asking for samples before you invest in a whole bottle of any supplement. Enzymes are one of the supplements I really think is worth parents considering.
From the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics:
Range of Neurologic Disorders in Patients with Celiac Disease
Reading this article made me realize that my daughter had celiac. It is a great link which describes how the research has found that developmental delays, epilepsy and learning problems, and hypotonia can all be linked to celiac.
DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY RESOURCES radio interviews.
For information on EAR INFECTIONS and diet go to Kelly Dorfman-Nutritionist (third down in row.) This is a great radio interview. I would recommend this to providers who want to educate parents of children with ear infections. It is a great explanation
Here is some TACA information:
Going Gluten Free and Casein Free in 10 weeks
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This super fun T-rex was made by my friend Jennifer, Zac's mom. (Happy Birthday Zac!) Creating a dinosaur out of cupcakes is a great way to celebrate the birthday of a dinosaur loving kid. Jennifer used chocolate cupcakes, chocolate frosting and green sprinkles for the body of the t-rex. The teeth are the white tips of candy corn cut off. Chocolate chips were used for the eyebrows and spikes. The edible eye, as well as all the decorations for the cake were from NY Cake which is located at 56th West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. I am dying to see all her other cake and cupcake fantasy creations--especially the sheet cake that looked like an island inhabited with dinos, and sharks and sea monsters in the water...which had palm trees and candy rock...
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I first met Jill when I was renovating my kitchen. I had to pack up the kitchen and was quite overwhelmed by the task--especially with two kids who had allergies to gluten. Jill helped me pack up everything and she was especially sensitive to what I needed for the kids for the summer. When I returned from the summer, she helped me unpack all the boxes and organize my kitchen. Since then, she has helped me cook for dinner parties, birthday parties and family events.
Not only is Jill a great cook, she is also flexible, helpful and supportive. I always say I need "another me" and Jill can really fill this need by filling in cooking when I need to be doing something else. If you need someone to help you with cook for your kids in New York City or organize you can't go wrong hiring Jill Hopler. She will use her own recipes or your kids favorites! Hiring her to help someone who has just had a baby is also a great gift. See the testimonials on her website for more rave reviews.
on the web: http://www.yourpersonalfoodie.com
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I had the opportunity to sit next to the Murphy family at the Celiac Disease Center gala and hear their amazing story. Here is the Mystery Diagnosis which tells their story.
This apple oatmeal crisp was a tasty way to use up the apples we had from apple picking at Fishkill Farms. I put a small scoop of Purely Decadent Vanilla Ice Cream made with coconut on top. The cashews make this dairy free dessert taste buttery. I must admit, I was the biggest fan of this dessert. My kids preferred the polka dot apple pie I made last week. But all the adults who tried my apple crisp said "You HAVE to put this on your blog."
8-12 apples- peeled, cored and cut into slices
1 lemon-juice with a fork and remove seeds
1 cup gluten free oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup finely chopped cashews
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
In a 9 inch by 13 inch glass baking dish, spread the apples and toss with the juice of one lemon. Mix oatmeal, brown sugar, cashews, salt and cinnamon together. Mix in shortening and egg with crumble on top of apples. Bake for 45 minutes
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
On our way out, we noticed there was a huge line for donuts--which were not gluten free. Next year, I will try to remember to pack some Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Donuts, which are, by the way, now free of artificial flavors and colors. I was happy to NOT stand in line for the donuts, but my kids were craving them when they saw the fifty or so people cued up for them. We spent so much time in the orchard picking apples, we didn't even have a chance to visit the entire farm, but I look forward to my next visit to Fishkill Farms to see the farm store and cafe and pumpkin patch.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
There are several things you can do to protect your family from this pathogen. The easiest, most obvious, way to avoid e-coli meat is to stop eating meat! For most gluten free people, that just isn't possible. A second option, is to can eat whole cuts of meat that come from one cow--an individual steak, a skirt steak or brisket would be an example of cuts you might eat. The hamburger meat that was eaten by the woman who got e-coli was made from slaughterhouses in FOUR different states and who knows how many cows. If you eat whole pieces of meat, you can avoid this kind of situation. Or, you could ask your butcher to grind your meat from a piece of steak. This is what our butcher does--he sends us ground sirlion. Another option to consider is switching to 100% grass fed beef. According to an 2003 article in Journal of Dairy Science titled Forage Feeding to Reduce Preharvest Escherichia coli Populations in Cattle, a Review:
"When cattle were abruptly switched from a high grain (corn) diet to a forage diet, generic E. coli populations declined 1000-fold within 5 d."
In New York City, I have found organic grass fed beef at Trader Joe's and Citerella's. Other places have organic meat, but I usually have to ask the butcher where to find it. If you buy meat from the farmer's market you can avoid meat from the large slaughterhouses that have the most trouble with e-coli.
David Kirby's new book on these large slaughterhouses, known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) is coming out shortly and will have more information on this growing problem. It is called Animal Factory and you can pre order it at Amazon.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
"I visited your web sites a couple of times this week. I really can't eat cupcakes. Cupcakes are bad for you and besides Obama is about to ban all cupcakes. One of your loyal fans (me) has a request. How about a REALLY HEALTHY gluten free something or other that is interesting and different. Just a suggestion."
Dear Loyal Fan,
I am sorry that my blog is so cupcake focused and you really can't eat cupcakes. Right now, I am too busy making two four layer chocolate cakes to come up with anything interesting and different, so here are links to some recipes that might be of interest. I am mostly cooking for my kids, who aren't huge fan of interesting and different food, but if you let me know exactly what kind of REALLY HEALTHY food you want, I would be happy to post a recipe.
Collard Greens with Caramelized Onions
Shake and Bake Chicken
Pan Seared Chicken with Bay Leaf Sauce
Summer Time Chicken Tacos
Homemade Beef Tacos
Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Monday, October 5, 2009
Besides being GFCFSF, this macaroni and cheese recipe is also vegan. I haven't had macaroni and cheese in a while, but parents frequently ask me for a gluten free/dairy free mac n'cheese recipe to replace their Kraft Mac N'Cheese when they give up gluten and dairy. I used to say there were only two things I couldn't make gfcf--macaroni and cheese and challah--well now there is only one thing I can't make--challah. The only bad news about this recipe is you need a vita-mix to get this to be creamy. You could try using macadamia nut butter, instead of macadamia nuts if you don't have a Vita-Mix or just try it in a blender and let me know.
I used this cheese sauce on a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich as well as on some sliders .(I will post on the sliders later!) I now keep a jar of this sauce in the fridge to use whenever I want to make a little mac n'cheese or make something a little cheesy.
Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
1 cup macadamia nuts (I used organic roasted macadamias)
1/2 cup pimentos
3/4 tsp garlic salt
3/4 tsp onion salt
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tsp agave
1/4 cup coconut milk
optional: 1/2 cup sauteed onions
Puree in a blender or Vita-Mix until smooth and creamy. Boil a pound of Tinkyada elbow pasta in 1 tsp of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain well and mix "cheese" sauce with pasta. Serve with red pepper flakes for adults.
If you missed the conference, you can click on these links to see and hear the speakers...
Dr. Nancy O'Hara - The Defeat Autism Now Treatment Options from A to Zinc
Geri Brewster on Autism One
Kim Stagliano on ABC news about Autism Tax Breaks (this isn't really about Kim, but about Tax Breaks)
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh
Temple Grandin wasn't at the conference, but her mother Eustacia Cutler did speak. Here is Temple speaking...
Temple Grandin Focus on Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
This NPR show A Conversation with Temple Grandin looks interesting, too.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Some inspiring quotes from day one of the conference on "Educating and Healing our Children with Autism":
"There are no answers...only choices."
"It always sounds so tidy when I talk about it. Believe me--it's NOT tidy."
-Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin's mother. For more info on Temple Grandin, go to the Temple Grandin NPR interview.
Talking about ABA to Kristina Dumas, who works with kids on the spectrum. Kristina said she learned who ABA worked for and who it didn't in her year ABA internship...
"Some of those kids don't need those toys. They don't need the M&M's. They need YOU." Everyone is different. "You need a unique approach."
Christina Peck who spoke about codes to use when filing insurance claims said there was even a code for sibling rivalry... "The other day when you called me and your kids sounded like they were killing each other--I have a code for that."
Speaking on the writer's panel, Kim Stagliano, who writes for Age of Autism, quoted Mother Teresa: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much."
The highlight of the writers panel was not the gifted writers who spoke. It was actually Lisa, a woman in the audience, who has Aspergers. Lisa spoke passionately and honestly about how much better she feels after embarking on a journey to heal herself using biomedical treatments. "I was tortured and now I am better" she shared with the audience, who applauded her determination to find her own unique path to wellness, after years of not getting better going to mainstream doctors and even being an inpatient for five years in a well regarded hospital.
In temple last week, the president of our congregation spoke and said: "There are those journeys we choose to make and those we are forced to take." The journeys we are forced to take change us forever. Sometimes we end up in unexpected places. Fulfilled, as Eustacia Cutler described her daughter. Or better, as Lisa now finds herself. Or in a conference surrounded by friends I adore, eating Muddy Buddies, listening to the most extraordinary stories of people whose lives have been "Blessed with Autism."
*"Blessed with Autism" is the title of Christina Peck's amazing speech and workbook on creative ways she has found to get reimbursed by insurance companies for medical treatment and services.
9 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1&1/2 cups powdered sugar
In a large pot over low heat, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut oil while stirring. Cook until mixture can be stirred and is smooth.* Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2 gallon resealable container or bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag or container. Shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper. Store in airtight container in fridge.
*You can melt this in the microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute. Stir. Then Microwave for 30 seconds longer.
Friday, October 2, 2009
This year's conference is "Educating and Healing Children with Autism" and there are a number of great speakers. You can download a brochure HERE and see a schedule of speakers. Dr. Nancy O'Hara's "Biomedical Treatments for Autism from A to Zinc" and Geri Brewster's "Nutritional and Dietary Advice for Children with ASD" are both overviews of how nutrition impacts development in children with ASD and the treatment strategies that help them to get better. In addition to knowledgeable speakers and an exhibitors area, there are door prizes, goody bags, gluten free food and parents who are all helping their kids to be the best they can be.
The free ticket was courtesy of Autism Conferences of America.