Water Kefir Grains and Autism Gut Recovery

I got my package of Water Kefir Grains that I ordered from Cultures for Health.com yesterday. The box is so pretty I don’t want to open it.  I watched the instructional video on the companies website so I am ready to start making it.

According to the website http://www.culturesforhealth.com the following is known about kefir water grains:

Originating in Mexico, water kefir grains allow for the fermentation of sugar water or juice to create a carbonated lacto-fermented beverage. Incredibly easy to brew, the starter culture can create a new batch of kefir every 24-48 hours. This makes a fantastic non-dairy alternative to milk kefir and can be flavored after brewing to make a variety of delicious sodas. If you are looking to replace soda pop, your family will love it!


Here is the video from Julie at http://www.CulturesforHealth.com

http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir

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Autism and Recovery

The following is an excerpt from my book: Eat It And Beat It: Getting Over Autism. I wanted to show the before and after of what my kids were like in 2001 and then their recovery-2011.

Then and Now

At Age two-and-a-half, my kids were not speaking and had poor eye contact. One child would continuously spin objects or frantically chase a piece of paper that was blowing in the wind. My other child would stay frozen in one place and appear to be completely oblivious to what was happening around him. Their language consisted of grunting sounds. There was head banging, inexplicable tantrums and comatose-like behavior. They both had extended bellies and dark circles under their eyes and both suffered from either constipation or diarrhea. They were pale and in the summer didn’t tan after being outside all day. They simply did not look healthy.

2011

At Age eleven, both kids are extremely verbal and socially engaged. They have a variety of interests and a vocabulary that at times amazes me. Both are in the fifth grade where Alec excels in math and science and Jack in art and social studies. They are healthy, fit, very active and have a great sense of humor.   What a difference!

Gluten free grain-free pancakes

Banana sunflower butter Pancakes

Adapted from Mr’s Ed’s website-http://mrsedsresearchandrecipes.blogspot.com/

1  Banana
1/2 cup organic sunflower butter  (you can use other organic nut butters)
2 Eggs
2 TBSP Honey
1/4 teas Sea Salt
1/4 teas Baking Soda
dash of Cinnamon or cloves (cloves are good for riding parasites)

Coconut oil or palm oil to fry it in.  Don’t use vegetable oils they are rancid on the system and very hard to digest.    I use a cast iron pan to cook mine because you add some iron into the food (my one son is low in iron when I don’t use the pans to cook with)

In a medium size mixing bowl, mash banana with hands or a fork.  Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Cook over a medium heat on a lightly oiled griddle. They burn easy so you may need to lower your heat a tad. Makes 10-12 palm sized pancakes.


Water kefir Grains

I am about to embark on making drinks with water kefir grains. I just ordered the grains from culturesforhealth.com

According to the website the following is known about kefir water grains:

Originating in Mexico, water kefir grains allow for the fermentation of sugar water or juice to create a carbonated lacto-fermented beverage. Incredibly easy to brew, the starter culture can create a new batch of kefir every 24-48 hours. This makes a fantastic non-dairy alternative to milk kefir and can be flavored after brewing to make a variety of delicious sodas. If you are looking to replace soda pop, your family will love it!

Description: Kefir consists of lactic acid bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The benefits are similar to those of milk kefir (aka dairy kefir) but the average person will be able to consume larger amounts of it due to it’s water base.

I can’t wait to get the grains and make them. I think this may be the fermenting for people who can’t handle milk kefir or kombucha.

It’s Monday and I am tired!

I should be more motivated today shouldn’t I?  I am kind of sleepy right now even after two cups of coffee.

I have to go finish making the bars that I said I was going to make last week.  I bought two pounds of organic walnuts and soaked them in water and sea salt (makes them more digestible and nutritious).  They are ready to be made into some type of raw bar or smoothie or cookie.  I will be posting back on the outcome soon!

Happy Monday!

Gluten free bars that taste good.

Making gluten-free snack or breakfast bars has been one of my biggest challenges.

They are so convenient to buy but too expensive to buy all the time.  When I first started making bars, the issue for me was how to make them healthy and that they weren’t super gooey.  Two summers ago my friend Roni and I embarked on perfecting a great raw bar that didn’t melt  after removing it from the freezer or refrigerator.  Chilling or freezing the bars helped initially but once the bars were cut and removed from the cold, they fell apart.  It was frustrating to say the least.  I am still perfecting the bars.  I like raw bars that the seeds and nuts have been soaked but that is too time consuming for most people.  I will post recipes starting tomorrow.  Please feel free to post some of your!

Hospital visit or trip to the SPA?

I had plans for the holiday season and it turned out that my plans were not going to happen.  The past six months have been pretty rigorous for my family and me.  We moved 2,100 miles from Chicago to Portland Oregon in June.   We moved our cars, some clothes  and drove across the country.  In September we moved out of temporary housing and met the movers who and had all of our stuff from Chicago and went into another new house.   I took on home schooling my 12 year old twins.  School is not being entirely taught by me.  The kids go to a school here but they get to choose their classes.  Jack is taking some painting classes, math, language arts and Alec is in high school math which he loves!  All that said, I am also starting menopause and I am bitchy all the time or crying which is brutal.  SO……….you get the picture.

On Christmas night we had some new friends over for dinner with their family and my parents were here.  The night was calm and relaxing.  At 2 am I woke up and started vomiting and that went on for several hours.    I have a kidney issue I have had my whole life and when I get sick my electrolytes get messed up.  Needless to say, I had to go to the hospital the next morning to get IV fluids.  My heart rate was so low they put an EKG monitor on me and I was “officially” checked into the hospital in Portland on December 26th.  Not so fun.  Actually this part was great, I started to feel better with the fluids.  I really couldn’t walk or talk when I got to the hospital that morning.

The next night when I was finally given permission to eat solid food I discovered a very wonderful thing.  I could order food whenever I wanted from 6 am-9 pm every day. I had two menus I could choose from and one was gluten free!  But I could also get a fresh orange, steamed vegetable platter or hummus.  That was just the start!   They had Seattle’s Best Coffee and Tazo tea which is a Portland tea.  Now I knew I was going to get better.    The next few questions in my mind were puzzling.  Was I going to order the local salmon for dinner?  Should I fake like I am still sick in a couple of days or go home?  Of course I went home.  There are only so many days you can stay in a hospital with that gown on!