Monday, January 28, 2013

Grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free Lunch ideas

chicken sausage (pre-cooked), cooked carrots, frozen peas
(notes: most sausages contain sugar and/or gluten. Canned peas contain sugar.)


chicken sausage, frozen peas, mandarin oranges
(note:  most mandarin oranges are packed in syrup [sugar].)


seasoned black beans, scrambled eggs, applesauce
(note: purchase applesauce without added sugar or dyes)


chicken breast (boiled with chicken broth and spices), grapes, cooked shredded carrots


pinto beans, cooked carrots, canteloupe, black olives


Thin-sliced pork chop, black beans, green beans
(note: packaged meats often contain added sugar and/or wheat, so read the label carefully.)


Scrambled eggs, italian green beans, golden raisins
(note: many dried fruits contain added sugar so read the label carefully.)


Cooked chicken breast (see below), blueberries, frozen mixed veggies. I cooked the veggies in a pot with water and some spices until soft, then drained. I added garlic salt to the chicken after cooking this time, for a different flavor.


Here's how I cook the chicken breast:  2 lbs chicken breast, 1 box chicken broth, some baby carrots, garlic, salt, pepper. Add some celery if you have it on hand. Cook on medium until the chicken pulls apart easily with a fork. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

3 Common Questions

Can probiotics make your stomach hurt?

Yes.  Start with a low amount. Use Epsom salts or activated charcoal in conjunction to minimize the effect.

But my child already doesn't eat anything. How do you start a picky kid on these diets?

Tacanow.com has great tips for getting started.  For my son I just had to keep trying. Switching to chocolate Almond milk was easy, since he thought chocolate milk was a treat. I found or made substitutes for his favorites. Once he was feeling better through change in diet and adding supplements (vitamins, probiotics, enzymes) he was more willing to try new things. He also had help a year after I started the diet from his ABA therapists, who did a food tasting program with him.

Where should I start?

TACA's site, myautismteam.com (click the providers link at the top to find a DAN /MAPS doctor), yahoo has a group for GFCF, do a google search for GF blogs, follow Pinterest boards for GF diet.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

My fierce little girl with the equally fierce hair



Here are some pictures of my sweet baby girl. Her hair, like her personality, has always done it's own thing. She will be a force to be reckoned with. I can't wait to meet the beautiful woman she will become, and watch her change the world.