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Gluten Free Easy Oven Pancakes

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Family Health, Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes | 0 comments

Gluten Free Easy Oven Pancakes

Keine Rafflecopter-ID angegeben. :-( I love cooking, but I love baking even more. My kids are pancake kids lovers. Every. Single. Morning. And while I don’t mind making them, it is time consuming. Tina contacted me asking if she could post on of her recipes on my site. This is one of those breakfast recipes that you throw together in a bowl, mix and put in your casserole dish. These are the type of recipes I love the most. I happily agreed to put one of her recipes up and since this is the last day of Celiac Awareness Month, I wanted to share one of her recipes, Gluten Free Easy Oven Pancakes. Believe me when I say, this is easy! So make these pancakes, sit back and enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Easy Oven Pancakes • 1/2 cup high heat oil (Sunflower, Safflower, Coconut) • 6 eggs • 1 cup almond milk • 2 tsp. vanilla • 1 cup gluten-free flour • 1 tsp. baking powder • 1 tsp. salt Instructions 1. Pour the canola oil into a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish. Put it into the oven and set the temperature to 425 degrees (let the dish warm with the oven). 2. In a medium bowl, mix the 6 eggs with the almond milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) with a whisk. Then combine the wet and dry mixtures, whisking it to get the lumps out. 3. When the oven is preheated, carefully get the dish out and pour in the batter. Put it back in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes. 4. When the time is up, remove the dish from the oven, cut the oven pancake into squares, sprinkle cinnamon and serve with Grade B maple...

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The True Dangers of Food Dyes

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Family Health, Food, Healthy Eating | 0 comments

The True Dangers of Food Dyes

If you have been following me for quite some time you know there are a few things that really get my blood boiling. Food dyes ranks high on my list and it really disgusts me to see how much food dyes is in our food supply. I’ve written about How to Rid Food Dyes in my Chicago Parent column and how food dyes is the chemical form of salicylates. The problem is that it is not always so obvious where food dyes are lurking. Many folks ask, why do food companies use food dyes? The main reason is because we eat with our eyes first. If it is bright, shiny and pretty we have already made up our minds to eat something before we have even tasted it. Many people including kids will not even eat green candy since it has a negative connotation to bitterness. The FDA has over and over again stated food dyes are safe for consumption even though organizations like Feingold.org has listed numerous studies stating they are indeed harming our children. Food dyes and food additives are not researched or tested before going into our food supply for safety. Scary, isn’t it? But is ok, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits nine different colors to be added to foods, and the agency certifies each batch for “purity and safety.” Well, the amount of dye certified has risen from 12 mg per capita, per day in 1950 to 62 mg/capita/day in 2010.  Until recently, a study published in Clinical Pediatrics reported the content scores of food dyes in breakfast cereals, candies, baked goods and other foods. Children can consume up to 300mg of food dyes in just one day alone but it can take as little as 35mg for the child to be effected. Target Mini Green Cupcakes had the highest levels of any food studied containing 55.3mg of artificial food dyes per serving. You can read more about how high your “favorite foods contain here” The Center for Science of Public Interest found several more disturbing fact regarding food dyes in our food supply and published a 50 page document discussing how food dyes effect our bodies. For example, have a child with asthma? These dyes can make symptoms worse:     The following dyes used in medicines, foods and cosmetics were recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs as being broncho-constrictors as long ago as 1985: Red No. 2 Red No. 3 Red No. 4 Yellow No. 5 Yellow No. 6 Blue No. 1 Blue No. 2 – Pediatrics. 1985 Oct;76(4):635-43 Source: Feingold.org Let’s not leave out the growing epidemic of Eczema and atopic dermatitis which links many food dyes and preservatives causing inflammation in these young and growing bodies. How else is food dyes effecting our children’s minds and bodies? ADHD/ADD/Hyperactivity/SPD often coined as “wiggly” Inability to focus/short attention span Inability to fall asleep, resists going to sleep or can’t stay asleep (disrupting dopamine and serotonin levels) Aggressive/defiant behavior (random pushing/hitting, throwing objects) Accident prone, poor coordination, looks disoriented Can alter taste and texture issues Chronic bed-wetting after potty training age and more!   If you notice any of these things (check out feingold.org) within an hour to 24 hours of consuming foods high in food dyes, then your child most likely has a sensitivity to food dyes. Yet studies show kids in Europe do not have the high rates of ADHD, eczema, Autism as the United States does and many of it is being linked to the food dyes (and food preservatives) we consume for human consumption that the...

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What is Candida and How Do I Know if I Have It?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Family Health, Food, Healthy Eating | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered if you were totally crazy. Not like, “I feel a little crazy today”, but more like, “Am I totally going off the deep end?!” It’s easy to feel like that when you’ve gone to the doctor over and over for <strong>health symptoms that don’t seem to make any sense. Every prescription, cream, and over the counter solution they give you just takes more money from your pocket without giving you more than a short-term fix. They begin to suggest it’s all in your head. . . and you begin to wonder if you really are a crazy. . .Well, I’m here to tell you that you aren’t crazy. As far as I know anyway. 😉 Do you suffer from one or more of these symptoms:  acne anxiety arthritis asthma athletes’ foot brain fog cold hands or feet colds colic constipation cradle cap cravings for sweets cysts diabetes diaper rash diarrhea dizziness eczema fatigue food sensitivities or reactions hay fever headaches heart burn heart palpitations hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) hypothyroidism insomnia irritability joint pain lack of appetite migraines mood swings muscle aches and pain panic attacks poor memory and concentration pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) psoriasis rashes and dry red or white patches respiratory problems sinus congestion thrush (white coating in mouth or vagina) I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on T.V. . .but if you’ve answered yes to more than one of these, I’d ask if you might have candida. What is Candida? Candida is a toxic, yeast-like organism that 90% of people have in their digestive system. Most of the time it’s not an issue because it’s generally kept in check by good bacteria. The trouble starts when candida begins to grow out of control and can quickly start a myriad of problems. Kinda sounds like a fuzzy little green creature in a bad sci-fi movie from the 70’s, doesn’t it? I don’t want you to think candida is the cause of every illness known to man. It’s not. But it certainly can be a root cause How do you know if you have candida? Some of the common causes for candida overgrowth is: antacids antibiotics anti-inflammatory drugs anti-ulcer medications carbohydrates environmental toxins foods with starch foods with yeast hormone replacement therapy oral contraceptives over-the-counter medicines prescription drugs radiation smoking steroids sugar in all forms An easy way to check for candida is by taking the Yeast Infection Evaluation Test which can be specialized for men, women, or children. This simple questionnaire was put together by Dr. Bakker ND, author of Candida Crusher.  Another option is this simple home test that tests your bloods and gives you results within minutes. If your tests are positive, you’re next step is to take your health back, literally, by changing your diet!  *gulp* Diet? Yep I said the word diet. What you eat is one of THE most important changes you can make. Candida thrives off unhealthy foods like sugar and starchy carbohydrates. Those foods make it rub its little green hands together and create chaos in its wake of your body. Look no further, The Sweeter Side of Candida Cookbook has arrived! This cookbook is full of sweet tasting recipes on foods you can enjoy without feeding the candida even more. I want you to have this cookbook because I can tell you, the recipes look amazing! Be sure to like Whole Intensions on Facebook for great tips and ways to help keep candida in...

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When Your VBAC Goes Wrong

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Family, Family Health | 10 comments

  My uterus ruptured. Yep I’m one of the .2 to 1.5 percent that it happened too. The rupture that makes doctors scare you into more c-sections and you know what I’d attempt a VBAC all over again, but you see I was lucky.  When your VBAC goes wrong here is my story… I was 5 days over due with my second baby. April 27th, 2010 I was feeling contractions, but nothing major. I went in to see my doctor, she said “Here’s the thing you don’t want to hear…I’m going out of town and I want to be there for your birth. Go home, see your chiropractor, see the acupuncturist, start the breast pump do what you can to get this labor started.” So I did called my mom, my sister for them to come down and watch my daughter and we checked into the hospital later that evening. I had my doula, my packed snacks, drinks I was ready to conquer the VBAC. Then a pregnant doctor came in… ”I know you are a maternal and infant health educator and you realize your chances of a uterine rupture.” “Yes, less than 2 percent, but I am ready and have been preparing for this and signed the consent” Nurses were telling me how much they enjoyed doing VBACs with my doctor and she was fantastic at them. It made me feel real confident about it. I felt like that doctor jinxed me… 10pm the Pitocin started and the antibiotics 3am I asked for the epidural, the Pitocin was much too strong for me…(it was 3am for crying out loud, I wanted to rest!) Then my water broke, but was not progressing. 7AM still at 3cm, my husband and I began to talk. Each time I moved onto my right to shift a little the baby’s heart rate would drop, but to the left, the baby was fine. It was odd to me and got scared each time they put a mask on me for oxygen.  I had doubts, he had doubts…We consented to another c-section. I cried signing those papers. I felt defeated. 10AM my doctor came in and what would be a routine c-section turned into something more.  C-sections suck big time, I mean the curtain is up, the lower half of your body is numb and you feel like your legs have ballooned into elephant trunks, your arms are spread open and strapped down like you are in a looney bin from the 1920’s…and if you are like me who gets sick from anesthesia…imagine feeling like you are going to suffocate when you know you are going to sick (and do get sick..) and have literally no where to turn….the procedure begins, you smell skin burning, you hear the doctor mumbling for her tools, your body is being tugged from left to right trying to get the baby out…then you hear your doctor call out: Pea Soup Cord around neck 3 times Hole in the uterus Huh?? Ok I get the first two but the last one threw me off, but I was waiting to hear my baby cry and when I didn’t, I got nervous. I didn’t notice the doctors rushing around, she didn’t even announce what we had, but when I turned to my right I saw our baby, he began to wimper and my husband said, “It’s a boy! We have a boy!” I was so happy for us and I knew deep in his heart a son is what he prayed for.  They wheeled our son away and asked my husband to...

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Reversing My Son’s Psoriasis

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Family, Family Health | 32 comments

My son wasn’t even a year old when he developed eczema… after his birth, someone made us chicken and cheese enchiladas, so I ate some. Within 24 hours he had bloody streaks in his diapers, so I avoided dairy. I would try it out every two months and still reactive with bloody stools. Around 10 months I thought he was ok and dabbled in it here and there, then he developed eczema, so took it back out, it cleared up. Little did I know it was just the beginning stages of psoriasis and here is our story how I am reversing my son’s psoriasis. My son began developing these red, scaly and dry patches behind his arm and on his cheeks around 18m and I kept thinking it was eczema. In May of 2012, he was sick with a stomach virus and did not eat anything for almost five days and his skin cleared up. That is when I knew it was related to something he was eating, however, we were already, gluten, soy, dairy, nut, peanut, corn, coconut, fruit and egg free, so it was baffling to me. I took him to our in house allergist and she told me that it was not related and to have him tested for a condition that causes allergies in the digestive track. I opted out, I didn’t want a scope down his throat and decided to get a second opinion and went back to the alternative pediatric GI we had seen a few months prior. He said that he had candida and prescribed him a very powerful anti-fungal. Without testing him, it did not sit right with me, so I took the prescription and never filled it. Though I was convinced he had candida We went to a dermatologist  in the fall of 2012 to get a proper diagnosis and when she looked at him, she said it is psoriasis and she had seen enough cases, however there was no relation to diet and skin issues. She gave me a prescription for a topical steroid. I took it and never filled it. I was not going to give my son a steroid cream, it also disrupts the gut bacteria, which I already knew was imbalanced and the possibility it would not work. I was glad to get the skin issue figured out, but was bummed about my dead end streets I was running into. Everyone thought I was crazy for keeping him off of these foods. I went back to my naturopathic MD who did another stress assessment scan and learned he still could not do any of the above foods and to keep avoiding it. Though when she looked at his red scaly cheeks, she knew he was eating something he could not digest. In Chinese medicine, red cheeks is related to the stomach. I saw another allergist, recommended by a friend, while he confirmed psoriasis, did the scratch tests, they came up negative. He said to keep avoiding gluten and dairy and gave me a prescription for a steroid cream… Perplexed one day I was talking to my mom who told me my father was allergic to salicylic acid, a component found in aspirin. It is a life threatening allergy for him. I don’t remember why she told me, but it stuck in my head. April 2013, three weeks before my son’s 3rd birthday, I pulled out all of his food charts for the 50th time and looked up salicylates and link to psoriasis. I came across this post on a connection with before and after pictures. I...

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Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcake Recipe

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Family Health, Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan | 13 comments

I came across this recipe back in 2009, except it wasn’t gluten free. The avocado in the recipe intrigued me so I converted it and posted it in my Chicago Family Health Examiner Column. However, Mighty Nest, a local e-commerce company that sells non-toxic, eco-friendly home goods, asked me to help them un-cupcake the cupcake, I happily agreed. We don’t have to sacrifice not eating a cupcake do we? I like to think the calories don’t count in this Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcake Recipe, but alas they do. But this sweet treat has no refined sugars and made with healthy fats using both coconut oil and avocado. That is something you can feel good about! Avocados are super healthy, in fact it can help aid in losing weight and it makes an excellent first foods for baby. Here are some other great facts about avocados: Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They have the highest fiber content of any fruit  (almost 7g!) including 75% insoluble and 25% soluble fiber Avocados can protect your vision as they are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants found in the retina that keep eyes healthy. A study done from The Ohio State University found people absorbed 4.5 more times lycopene, which has been linked to protection against prostate cancer, and 2.5 times more beta-carotene, which, along with alpha-carotene, helps protect against cancer and heart disease. Hello guacamole! Historically avocados had a long-standing stigma as a sexual stimulant and is known by the Aztecs as the “fertility fruit.”  Due to their high monounsaturated fat content and vitamin B6, both are needed to keep energy and libido up. Well that last fact is surely a fun one, because combined with chocolate it is a win-win. Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcake 1 1/4 cup of gluten free flour blend of your choice 3/4 cup of unprocessed unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp of guar gum (I like this better than Xanthan Gum and it is cheaper!) 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk combined with 3/4 tsp of apple cider vinegar set aside 1 avocado pitted 1 cup of Grade B Maple Syrup 1/3 cup coconut oil Add dry ingredients together and set aside Puree the avocado, maple syrup and coconut oil together Add half of dry ingredients into the avocado mixture and blend While blending, ddd the milk with apple cider vinegar Finish off with the dry mixture Scoop mixture into muffin pans and bake for approximately 22 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about one dozen cupcakes I also do not like canned frosting. They actually put food dyes in it and I don’t understand why, even for white frosting there is still red and blue dyes in it. I make my own, always. Here is my favorite Whipped Chocolate Frosting that takes 5-minutes to make, literally! Whipped Chocolate Frosting 3/4 cup of organic powder sugar 1/4 cup of raw cocoa powder 1/2 cup of Spectrum Shortening 2 tsp of coconut milk In order for me to get truly whipped frosting that feels like it comes from the can (ick!). I like to blend it in my food processor. It adds air to the powders that make it fluff up.  I like using the coconut milk because of its consistency. Here is the quick recipe! Whip the shortening up until nice and soft. Add the powders and blend with the shortening While blending add the milk or for a mocha flavor add coffee That is it!  Total Time for making your own frosting 5-minutes and you...

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