What people think when I say my family is gluten free.

‘Your daughter is missing out on so much.’.
‘What can you eat?’.
‘Your food must be pretty boring.’.

Those are just a few of the things people say to me when I have to tell someone my family is gluten free.

If my daughter eats gluten or dairy, my husband and I notice right away. So when we go out to a family function or a party or anywhere that will have food, most of the time the lunch bag comes along with us. Sandwiches, treats, but mostly fruit is always a number one item in the lunch bag.

Here’s a quick story of when I took my oldest daughter to go see my great grandmother and my grandmother. (I was still pregnant at the time.).

We went 2 minutes up the road for a quick hour visit before her nap time to see my grandmother’s.  I had a couple snacks with me, but lunch was going to be when we got back home. About 45 minutes into our visit, my grandmother asked if myself or my daughter wanted a sandwich. Something she always offers 10 times when we go for a visit.

Of course anything in her house is not gluten free other then the odd banana or apple she has sitting around. Cupboards full of cookies! When I had to respectfully decline as I do Everytime I go over, she had a puzzled look on her face. Again, something that happens Everytime I have to decline.

When I said we can’t eat that, Ecspecially my daughter because we are gluten free, she got an almost mad look on her face. “You know, she’s not going to get all the nutrients she needs to grow up big and strong, from being gluten free!”

I’m not bragging but my daughter probably eats more fruits and veggies at 2.5 years old then most 2.5 year old children. We are gluten free, which is a much healthier choice then not, so we are making sure she has more fruits and veggies.

But of course trying to explain this type of thing to your grandmother, who grew up eating all this stuff and never heard of it before and is fine just won’t get it. So instead of arguing, we let it go. Everytime it’s brought up..

It seems to me that people from decades ago just won’t fully understand and accept that things are different now. The way food is grown or processed is different. So why stress anyone out.

Friends are the same, but seem to understand it more. Or have more of an open mind about this type of stuff.

There will always be people in your life that don’t understand your way of living, and that’s okay. Always make the healthier choices, the better choices!

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Raspberry, blueberry, mango, banana smoothie, with kale and spinach! And if you ask me how it tastes, Delicious!!

Reactions! How my daughter reacts to gluten and dairy.

My family and I have been on a gluten and dairy free diet for about a year now. Although my husband and I ‘slip up’ here and there.

In the early times starting gluten and dairy free and not having much money, my husband and I would buy the cheepest foods to make due for the time. Of course all those cheep foods have gluten or dairy products in them.

With not being 100% free of the ‘evil’ ingredients, we never truly saw any difference when eating or not eating them. We truly started to see the effects with our eldest daughter who is now 2 and a half.

Once my husband and I sat down, told each other we needed to do this for her, we changed her diet to absolutely no gluten! She ate very well for about 3 months, and she seemed to be doing excellent with it. Until one day I decided to have an easy diner and bought hot dogs. Not even thinking, I never checked the ingredients list on the back of the package. Big mistake!

The next morning when she woke up she was extremely grumpy. Yelling, screaming, wouldn’t listen to a thing my husband and I asked and throwing tantrums over every little thing. Even when we asked if she wanted to do something fun?

I thought to myself why, all of the sudden, is she acting like this? For the past 3 months she has been an angel (in our eyes) with listening, helping out and being happy all the time (other then the odd cry, that only lasted 10 seconds and then she was over it).

Finally after realizing it was most likely the hotdogs with the hidden gluten in them, I decided to do an experiment. Yes, on my 2 year old daughter. I made sure for one week straight she had her veggies, ate healthy and had no gluten what so ever. After that week I gave her one slice of white bread as a pb&j sandwich. Her favorite. And, of course the next day she was not so much of the angel child I’ve been experiencing. Not to mention the bathroom breaks she was having. Ew!

From that point I new that her body did not like gluten. And it’s crazy of how fast a food can change her mood and all that other ‘fun stuff’. Again, ew! But after 2-3 days she was back to her happy go lucky self that we love so much. Not that we don’t love the grumpy girl, but the house hold is just much happier when our baby girl is happier and feeling her best!

I set up a meal plan for her and did up a whole bunch of gluten free foods that I could freeze individual portions and just pop in the microwave and go. (Previous blog post). One of those meals was noodles with broccoli and cauliflower with Alfredo sauce. Let’s just say after 2 lunches of that, we ended up just having my husband eat the rest. The dairy in the sauce (that I thought would be fine once in awhile) did not sit well with her.

Back to grumpy girl and yucky diapers, we then truly realized that along with gluten, dairy was not a best of friend for our daughter.

So now, after making mistakes, not checking labels and just trying foods, we know what our daughter can and can’t eat. But, if we never did those experiments and making those big mistakes we never would have known. She has never been tested at a doctors but I personally don’t think that’s nessasary for her. As her mother, I know what these types of foods do to her and I’m not prepared to send her to doctors to be tested the way they test people to see if they have sensitivities to theses foods. There is no harm to her to not eat those foods. She’s not missing out on anything, she’s probably eating more veggies and fruits then most children her age.

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My next blog will be about the reactions I get when I tell people my family is gluten and dairy free.

Thanks for reading!

My story : How I decided to go gluten and dairy free.

About 2 1/2 years ago, my family got news that my father had been diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis). In the time that he found out, to the time he told my husband and I, my mother and father did research on the diagnosis and found that gluten is a big problem for people with MS.

My mother and father decided that cutting all gluten and dairy out of his diet was the best decision they could make at the time. Not long after cutting it completely out of his diet, he began to see drastic changes. In a good way!

When the time came that they told us, my father had been gluten and dairy free for a few months and told me that he really hoped that my husband and I would consider the new life style as well. Ecspecially since I had just given birth not 3 month prior to my first daughter. His hopes were that we would also raise our daughter gluten and dairy free.

At the time the news was brought to us, I had only known one other person who had to stop eating gluten. It was very new to my husband and I. My husband told me that he didn’t feel it was nessasary for us, and even our daughter to cut gluten out. His words were, “why should we stop eating bread and pizza if it doesn’t effect us. I’ve always wanted to have Friday night pizza nights on the couch watching a movie with our kids, just like my dad used to do with me when I was younger. How can that happen if we cut ‘gluten’ out of our lives?”.

Not convinced, and me on the fence about it I decided to do some research. Why not look into it? My dad seems to be feeling 100% better?

The first this I did was type in ‘Gluten’ into Google.  After truly learning what exactly gluten was and how many foods it’s in, I looked up dairy. Okay, so dairy is milk or milk based products. I new that already. But why is it so bad for some people?

As I started looking into things like what gluten and dairy can do to a person’s body, I started to understand why my dad was trying to get my family on this path. I started sharing all I could find on a Facebook group I made so it was easily accessible to show my husband.

I continued researching and filling my husband in on what I was learning. He was still not convinced on raising our daughter without gluten and dairy. But, when I started finding recipes and foods you normally eat like pizza and bread that can be both gluten and dairy free, he started to truly listen.

With more and more information that we were both learning it became clear to us, that not only is it benifical for people with celiac or gluten sensitivity to cut both out of their diets, but for anyone!

We started going gluten and dairy free and the benefits couldn’t be better!

If you want to know how my family has dealt with this lifestyle, and how we all react when we slip up, just wait for my next blog update!!

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Dinner idea! Sweet potatoes and broccoli with ceasar salad and sasuges! Yum!

Debunking The Milk Myth

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Many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption.

And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones.

What an irony this is!

Thanks to our creative ingenuity and perhaps related to our ancient survival needs, we adopted the dubious habit of drinking another species’ milk.

Nobody can dispute that cow’s milk is an excellent food source for calves. Weighing around 100 pounds at birth, a calf typically gains approximately eight times its weight by the time it is weaned.

But unlike humans, once calves are weaned, they never drink milk again. And the same applies to every mammalian species on this planet.

Also, each mammalian species has its own “designer” milk, and cow’s milk is no exception.

For example, cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of protein than human milk which creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences.

It’s important to bear in mind that mother’s milk is excellent nourishment for human babies, but its composition is very different from cow’s milk.

To read the rest of this article, check it out here!

http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/

Source ::  http://sve-istina.blogspot.ca/2012/05/debunking-milk-myth.html?m=1

Dairy: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid It at all Costs

Dairy is nature’s perfect food — but only if you’re a calf.

Some of the “experts” who helped create the pyramid actually work for the dairy industry, which makes the US Department of agriculture’s recommendations reflect industry interests, not science or our best interests.
If all that isn’t enough to swear you off milk, there are a few other scientific findings worth noting. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently asked the UDSA to look into the scientific basis of the claims made in the “milk mustache” ads. Their panel of scientists stated the truth clearly:

• Milk doesn’t benefit sports performance.

• There’s no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss!

• Dairy is linked to prostate cancer.

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Find out the 6 reasons you should avoid dairy with this amazing article by Dr. Mark Hyman here..
http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/06/24/dairy-6-reasons-you-should-avoid-it-at-all-costs-2/

Source ::  http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/heres-why-milk-doesnt-do-a-body-good/

What does gluten do to your brain?

With the plethora of benefits supported by scientific evidence, Gluten-free diets have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Studies range from gastrointestinal symptom improvement, to possible correlations with autism, and diabetes. However, there may not be a more fascinating area of gluten study than how the protein composite can be related to cognitive function. One study shows large changes in brain tissue, specifically, white matter, in those who are sensitive to gluten.

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Read this very interesting article here!!

http://thepaleodiet.com/gluten-brain/

High Fructose Corn Syrup Hiding in your Health Food?!

Big food companies are hiding ingredients they know we really don’t want to consume in their products. This time it’s the presence of a new version of high fructose corn syrup. But this is not the innocuous fructose that has sweetened the fruits humans have eaten since time began. This is a questionable ingredient with many names that could be causing all sorts of health problems.

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Check out the rest of the article here!

http://www.realfarmacy.com/sneaky-name-change-high-fructose-corn-syrup-hiding-health-food/

Source :: http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/03/15/consumer-beware-high-fructose-corn-syrup-relabeled-as-fructose/

Preparing Home Made Freezer Foods

Prepared, cooked, packed and ready! I took 2 hours out of my day this morning and made up some lunches and breakfasts for my toddler daughter!

I have 16 lunches and 14 breakfast for easy to grab, heat up and eat days for her! I made French toast and pancakes for 2 different breakfasts that will easily pair with fruit 😄 For lunches I did a broccoli cauliflower with white sauce and noodles. Noodles with spaghetti sauce and veggies mixed in. And I made up some Turkey nuggets with mashed potatoes peas and corn and chicken gravy! All gluten Free. The white sauce has dairy, but the rest is dairy free!

This makes things quick and easy if your in a hurry and need nothing quick, but you know It’s not take out, gluten and dairy Free and homemade! Especially with a new baby on the way.

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Gluten and Dairy Free Diet

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye.

Gluten causes health problems in sufferers of celiac disease (CD) and some cases of wheat allergy.

For those diagnosed with celiac disease, a strict gluten-free diet constitutes the only effective treatment to date.

There is ongoing research and debate on non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Some people believe that there are health benefits to gluten-free eating for the general population, but there is no published experimental evidence to support such claims.
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A dairy free diet contains no milk, butter, sour cream, ice cream, cheese, including cream cheese and cottage cheese, whey, casein, or foods prepared with any of these ingredients.

The most common reason people follow a dairy free diet is due to allergies. Milk allergy is an immune system response to milk protein.

The second most common reason people follow a dairy free diet is due to lactose intolerance.

People who are lactose intolerant are sensitive to milk sugar which is known as lactose.

Because of this, people with this condition must also avoid dairy products, although trace elements of milk may be tolerated by most individuals.

Source :: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-free_diet

Source :: http://diet.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Dairy_Free_Diet

Source :: https://thecrohnsjourneyfoundation.org/the-dairylactose-free-gluten-free-diets-and-a-crohnie-belly/