Posts Tagged "Vegan"

Weightless Wednesday: Food Allergies is No Joke

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Corn Free, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Parenting, Weightless Wednesday | 8 comments

Today, I was a mad woman cleaning out my pantry, getting rid of more junk and I don’t have that much to rid. I am at a lost for my 2 year old son, who has a ton of food allergies and food sensitivities. Just when I thought I had it under control, his skin breaks out in eczema, his diapers get worse again and it is driving me batty. Tuesday morning I had to take him to a new doctor because his stools have changed so much that it is alarming. In case you are not a mom, I apologize, but for moms, those poopy diapers tell a story on what is going on the inside of their little bodies. Color, odor, consistency all means something and even I am at a lost on what I should do. I have done various tests for my son. IgG test, which was told it was about 50% accurate in diagnosing food sensitivities *sighs* no conclusive enough for me since he was still having issues. Finally saw a medical doctor that does non invasive testing, which is great and it has helped me and my daughter, who we both sat still through it, but for my son, we got a few new ones, but we couldn’t complete the whole panel. A previous stress assessment test conflicted, but at least he was able to tolerate the entire test and it showed sensitivities to everything it feels like, including fruits, all nuts, peanuts, soy, gluten, dairy, coconut, egg, corn…need I go on? And what kills me is that he really can’t have a banana or applesauce, foods that are so good for us, he can’t have right now, so I need to really, really take charge of our health. What drives me so batty is that I have to call every single company to find out if there are any corn derivatives in their products. Forget emailing anyone….I just got one today from Happy Baby Foods that all of their stuff is corn and gluten free, unless corn is stated on their labels. But out of all the non-dairy milks out there, he can only drink Hemp Milk and out of all the hemp milk brands that ALL contained corn derivatives, but Living Harvest, changed their formula this month and is now corn free, but I still don’t know if I have a batch that is corn free yet. Yes, this is driving me batty. So Tuesday, we got some more blood work done, I requested a Vitamin B12 since he eats no eggs, dairy and little meats, it is concerning for me. I read this fantastic article that morning about B12, here is the article. You see, a B12 deficiency effects the nervous system and digestive track. Given his Sensory Processing Disorder and all of his tummy issues it would make sense. The doctor said he would order it, but has yet to see a child with a deficiency this young. Well a call from the doctor this morning showed he had high levels of Vitamin B12. I am glad I asked as common side effects of having too much is insomnia (hello 3am wake ups for an hour or so), skin rashes (yes, even eczema) and loose stools. But he said we still have to proceed with the other allergy and stool testings he recommended. I had no idea why he was getting too much, since B12 comes from dairy, eggs, and meats. He is egg and dairy free and eats meat, but about a couple times per week by choice....

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Spring Detox Roasted Asparagus Quinoa Salad

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Blog, Corn Free, Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Salads, Recipes, Vegan | 2 comments

The weather was amazing in Chicago last week, such a tease for us. However, I was in the midst of detoxing and wanted to make something refreshing and light to eat when winter officially changed over to spring. Knowing a few spring detoxing veggies that are in season, this recipe just came to mind. What I love about this is asparagus peaks in the spring and is timely that it helps aid in digestions offering prebiotics. Prebiotics are indigestible plant fibers that stimulate the growth and maintenance of beneficial gut bacteria. Basically, they help aid probiotics and get them running. You see in the winter, our bodies naturally holds onto a bit more body fat to help keep us warm and retain energy in time of famine (which is not the case today, but we are still primitive creatures). Spring time is a time to shed this excess layer and asparagus, naturally high in potassium which helps burn the little extra belly fat, reduces bloating and is high in folate with helps to reduce internal inflammation (and great if you are planning a family). So give it up for asparagus! Spring Detox Roasted Asparagus Quinoa Salad: 2 c of cooked quinoa Shredded Carrots 1 bunch of asparagus chopped 1T of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) fresh thyme 2 stalks of chopped celery fresh parsley 1/2 c of raw sunflower seeds 2T of EVOO 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon dash of cayenne pepper Follow directions and cook quinoa with shredded carrots. This will take about 20-min. Meanwhile, wash and chop asparagus. Toss with EVOO, fresh thyme and Himalayan salt and roast asparagus in oven at 325 degrees for 10-12 min. Cut celery and parsley, set aside. Once quinoa and asparagus is done, mix in a bowl with celery, parsley, sunflower seeds 2 tablespoon of EVOO and squeezed lemon juice. Dash on cayenne pepper to taste. Yes, my kids ate the quinoa, but held off on the asparagus, it is an acquired taste. Who says, cooking has to be hard work? All this done in less than 30-minutes. Enjoy! Keeping you and your family healthy, Jasmine A big thank you to Vital Juice Chicago for featuring my recipe on Monday, March 26. Be sure to check out the other great...

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