Monday, March 15, 2010

Faith, Food, and Favorites

Every Wednesday night we host our Bible study group at our house. This past Wednesday we prayed for guidance in helping Haiden and our prayers were answered! On Saturday, Staci Small ( who is a dietitan, invited several autism mommas to her house. I met with an amazing group of women who are using the biomedical approach to help their children with autism. I shared my concerns with Haiden's regression since starting the SCD and another mom had a similar experience. She said her son was sensitive to oxalates and would just cry. Sounded familiar. So I started researching oxalates and came across phenols and salicylates. I truly believe that our little man can not handle phenols and salicylates which is almonds and bananas to name a few. He didn't have any of these foods today and had a fabulous day so I hope we are back on track! I will keep you posted.
Below I've posted a few very easy and yummy recipes.
Strawberry Banana "Ice Cream". If you want a healthier alternative to ice cream then this dish is perfect. Just take frozen bananas and strawberries, put into a food processor, and voila!
A yummy alternative to processed, preservative filled rice crispy treats. I mixed puffed rice, raw oats, crushed pecans, and honey in a pot on low heat. Let it warm up and mix together for about 5 minutes and then pressed into a baking dish, set in the fridge for about an hour.

When Mason was ready to start eating solids I decided I wanted to make my own baby food. It is very easy, very economical, and very healthy. For this batch I put organic bananas and filtered water in a food processor. Then I cooked some organic spinach with filtered water and then pureed in the food processor. Once it is blended to Mason's liking I fill an ice cube tray and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once it is frozen I store in Ziploc bags and freeze. When he is hungry I just set out the frozen cubes until thawed. (You can also zap in the microwave for a few seconds.) I found a lot of helpful information at this website,
Here was his lunch.
My baby at supper time. He ate some organic broccoli that wasn't pureed. He basically smeared it all over his face and got a little in his mouth.

Haiden really wanted to make some lemonade in our juicer and Ella was just being silly. I juiced about 2 lemons, added filtered water, and honey.
In a previous post I had mentioned that I started making my own cleaning products. Even though I really like being able to make my own products, I can't make everything. So here are a few of my favorite things. From left to right:
Baby Avalon Organics lotion
Burt's Bee Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash
Animal Parade Toothpaste
Dishmate Liquid dish soap
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent
Do you have any favorite products that your family uses?


  1. I suspect that my children have phenol issues too. My younger guy gets the red ears and cheeks after eating apples and some other foods too. I have cut out apples, but the list is daunting. My guys LOVE raw almonds, apples, and several other foods on the bad list. Have you ever used enzymes? I have several friends who use them, but I have not used them with my children.

    As far as favorite products, I use several Seventh Generation products, California Baby sunscreen (I don't often use sunscreen unless we are out for hours), coconut oil for dry skin, and baking soda for doing dishes/polishing the silverware.

  2. I love the pictures, your kids are so animated! Burts Bees baby shampoo is my favorite, Eli smells so good after his bath. I found this Ecos laundry detergent at Kroger that seems to work well and is $5 cheaper a bottle when on sale than the 7th Generation.

  3. Looks yummy! I got my first prepared meals request today....

    looks like our business is being birthed:)

  4. Betsy, we are actually going to start enzymes next week. I am still trying to get input on the best ones.
    Megan, way to bargain shop! Living clean can get pricey at times.
    Karin, that is awesome! You have to tell me more!

  5. Hey Abby!

    Thanks for your comment. We disagree about Gardisil (not its risks, but its ultimate value), but I am so happy that you directed me to your site, which is lovely! I look forward to reading more about you and your family :)