Food is everything, but should it be?

Why does every event or celebration have to be based around food?

Our family has food restrictions and besides not being able to eat at restaurants, many if not all social events have a food component to them. “Fit in or don’t go”, is how it feels many times. For our family we are learning that this is going to be commonplace one day, but for now it is difficult for us.

We went GF 3 years ago and then realized that things weren’t resolving with that diet alone. We have learned that going GF is many times just the starting point and there can be many more issues that can follow that diagnosis.

Dining out used to be such a big and common event for us, since we worked in restaurants for many years. We loved dining out and trying different restaurants. We didn’t expect that we would never be able to take our kids to a restaurant for a birthday or other celebration ever again.

When our daughter started the new school we carefully and cautiously explained to her new teacher how concerned and careful we are with specific foods and it may be best if no food is even offered to our daughter. Wouldn’t you know that the very first day was an indication of how the whole year would be. Cookies and juice were given to all the other children on that first day at Gr 4. How would you feel, being at a new school and this is the first day?

The teacher was very kind and gave rewards to children for good behaviour and guess what they got? Food! We thought it was odd that there was such a focus on food since one of her children was peanut allergic. You could assume that she may have changed her focal point to something other than that??http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/staying-gluten-free-for-school-lunches/?inf_contact_key=1d0118f443d2844a3a8cecd6cbcd0d778a65185aabac6d0ec67d808b01233e56

Every birthday party, wedding, halloween, family gathering has a large component of food around it. I really see why we north americans have issues around food when you see it from this perspective.

We have a fabulous children’s hospital, but we can’t have safe food for our children from there because most restaurants or staff dont understand cross contamination and the ramifications of eating something that may have small traces of gluten.Dr. Osborne

We hope that we can be the change that we want to see in the world. I guess that means meeting with the school and expressing how important this is to the health of our family. They understand peanut allergy, but since this is not emergent(call 911)then it seems not as important.

We are supposed to be going with our family for a dinner at a restaurant tonight, so that is why I was thinking about it now. Great! We have to go to dinner and eat chinese, while our other daughter sits and wishes she could have it! This is so hard to do! I will bring some food for her and tell her to just enjoy what I have prepared, but deep down I wish that she could eat all this unhealthy food along with us!!! Argh! It would make life so much easier, but we have to make a change. We have to change the world for the betterment of all of us.

I should open a safe restaurant for all families…

Paleo Chocolate Birthday cake

I really needed to get a cake recipe for H birthday coming up, so I went hunting the last few weeks. I decided to try it today. With great anticipation, I scoured 3 different grocery stores and called a specialty store to search for the ingredients. I spent the better part of the day making sure I had all the ingredients.

Grain free Birthday cake
Grain free Birthday cake

The cake turned out awesome! It was so moist and tasty. The frosting was another story. I am not sure what I did wrong, but it was just watery blobs of fat. My wife to the rescue…(she doesn’t cook so this was quite a surprise) she suggested that I take raspberries and mash them into a puree! Brilliant! I pureed blueberries, raspberries, honey and a bit of coconut milk and topped the cake with that. Wow! The kids even loved it! You will love this cake. Vive le caveman!
http://paleospirit.com/2012/paleo-chocolate-birthday-cake-coconut-honey-frosting/

Mini Grain Free, Sugar Free Banana Muffin

A few months ago a friend brought this recipe to me as she knew my daughter was celiac and knew I was always on the lookout for great new ideas.
Soon after I tried it for the first time we found out that H was having reactions to eggs. So after trying the recipe with a chia seed egg replacement, I forgot it altogether one time and it was very good!
I have made a few adjustments over the many batches that I have made and now think I am at the ultimate muffin!
Ingredients:
3 very ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted cashews
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 coconut flour
2 tablespoons macadamia nut oil(or almond oil or walnut oil)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 small shredded carrots or (3 oz of zucchini or beet)(optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Coconut oil( to grease muffin tins)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375
Grind cashews in food processor until you get a fine meal
Add macadamia nut oil and blend until well combined(making cashew butter)
Add the ripe bananas and blend until it forms a paste. You will have to scrape the edges to make sure it is well mixed.
In a medium bowl mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, shredded carrot, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix all ingredients into a batter.
Spoon batter into well greased mini muffin tins.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until they start to brown.
Let muffins cool completely before storing. (I store in the fridge after day 2 to keep fresh)

These muffins freeze well also. You should be able to store for up to 2 months in a deep freeze.

Makes about 36 mini muffins.
Enjoy!

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Hello world!

I am eager to share our experiences from our family thus far! I hope to help many families to shorten their own learning curve. We are, by no means, experts, but we know our family better than anyone else. That goes for any doctor or medical practitioner. We have learned that you need to search for yourself and not to take an unfavorable answer at face value.
I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you!
Peace be with you.

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