Recovering our Children (Part II)

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So, I haven’t updated since we got back from our first appointment to recover our kids.  When I say, “Recover” – I mean figure out their vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivities and toxin load… the things that can majorly contribute to how kids feel, act, process… and how their immune system functions.  It’s a similar process to what I’m going through, but since each of them is different, the process looks a little different as well.

We took blood and urine samples for food cytotoxin testing as well as yeast, metals, amino acids, etc.  So far the food portion came back.  It was a little over whelming for me at first – trying to wrap my mind around just how this will look for our family.  They all had MULTIPLE sensitivities, which indicate a leaky gut issue – and gut repair needing to happen.

Thankfully their doctor recommended we start with the biggest sensitivities first – and work our way to the smaller ones.   That seemed more do-able for me.  So, we took their level 2 (take the food out for 8 weeks) and 3 sensitivities (take the food out for 12 weeks) and we started right after Christmas.  The older two (ages 11 and 10) are doing well with it and have been very helpful figuring out which supplements might be an issue, and really eating what is placed before them, happily.  That makes MY job a lot easier – since this is a lot of work honestly – to make sure everyone has what they need at each meal.  Since this is just the first group, and the first time we’re doing this – and knowing I have more children, and much more time involved to help recover them – I’ve been praying for an extra dose of JOY to make this happen.

I am grateful this is an option to do this.  I am thankful we have food for them to eat…

It’s a blessing that we’re already Paleo eaters and very clean with our diet – that ruled out many of the chemicals (MSG, BHT, etc) as well as the GMOs and Grains… corn, rice, gluten… etc.

Since I’m already well versed in making some of my own “weird foods” – I figured this couldn’t be THAT much harder – right?? 

It’s not “hard” really – just a lot of work, and time.  I remind myself that it is an investment in their future – and that they deserve that of me.  It’s not THEIR fault this has happened.

Tonight it was time to get creative.  The other kids are having scones with breakfast.  Some of the kids who are treating their food allergies can’t have coconut, some can’t have eggs, others can’t have honey…  so I wanted to make them something special too.  Here is what I came up with for some special waffles for them:

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EGG/COCONUT FREE PALEO WAFFLES

2.5 cups of almond flour

1 cup of arrow root flour

2 T baking soda

2 T Palm sugar or date sugar

1 cup coconut milk or almond milk

2T lemon juice

1/2 cup apple sauce

I had my older daughter taste test – and her eyes lit up.  She was very thankful.  My heart sings…

I could totally understand where she was coming from.

As I walked through the grocery earlier today… I was looking at all sorts of foods for them – and thinking why do they put _____________ (various ingredient that my children couldn’t have) in those.  I began feel frustrated…  and sadness seeped in.

I am not alone, I told myself.  I’m not doing this alone.  We will get through this.

Just as fast as I was hurting – God was right there, to remind me how many people are suffering, just like me and our family.

We aren’t alone. 

That we need to continue to be vocal, and encourage others because our group is growing… and God is guiding.

 There are more and more people waking up to what our food and medical system are pushing/offering…  and I believe we’re on the right path.

Thank you all for your encouragement, and your notes and love.  It means a lot to me.  2013 has been better than I ever imagined.  If 2012 was the lowest of low of loneliness and fear, God certainly went above and beyond in putting me in touch with so many people who I could share with and love on, and I thank Him.  May 2014 be one of continued health and recovery for us all as we strive to be healthy for Him.

 

“But when the right time came, God send His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 

God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children.”

Galatians 4:4-5

Posted on December 29, 2013, in Auto Immune Disease, Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Food To Try and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Hi Sara! You can do this! I know it gets overwhelming sometimes. We went through this with my daughter when there were over 2 dozen healthy foods she couldn’t eat (including chicken and bananas!). Over time, as you heal their guts, you find some of the lower food sensitivities can be added back into their diet if they only have them once a week. Higher sensitivities and allergies they may not ever be able to have. You’ll get there, slow but sure and stronger for it!

    • Thanks dulcie! It helps so much that we already eat paleo. But yes! Dacey has 32 alone! I think it’s the 3 different lists plus knowing more have to go through this. We will get there. I imagine it will take all year. Amen! Thanks for your encouragement and sharing your struggle! (Hugs). On an up note, I can tell a difference and so can the kids… So that is a huge blessing!

  2. multiple food sensitivities is an indication of leaky gut? Uh oh… I’ve never talked to my doctors about that… After I get my new set of doctors in 2014, I’m going to ask!

    • Yes. But most western medicine doctors don’t deal with leaky gut. They throw antibiotics at you and that really only compounds the long term issues. Try and find a functional medicine doctor, or naturopath (ND). It can be yeast, SIBO, parasites, metals and various toxins (stress included) that lead to and fuel the issues. ((Hugs))

      • Oh, wow – interesting! Very good to know. Thanks for the reply! 🙂

      • Also, have you ever tried NAET treatments. Ironically my son (of this group who is being recovered) had the most those treatments done, and he seems to have the least sensitivities to common things (nuts, and eggs)… I do think it’s helped his pathways, but he still needs gut healing help. We will get there!! 🙂

  3. Thinking of you and prayers for your process! We have been considering having the kids tested, as it seems the older they get the more medical issues they are developing. I certainly know the dietary changes have helped me so much and knowing what to stay away from or minimize has been so helpful! The kids eat pretty clean but I can tell there is something irritating them that is different than my sensitivities… having 2 teenagers through this change has been a challenge. They are resistant, but slowly they are coming around. When my 16 year old heads out the door to hang out with his friends I really have no control over what he chooses to eat, but I believe he is figuring out that he doesn’t feel to hot after hitting the processed foods… hoping they will come around and be willing to go through some changes to feel better.

  4. Prayers for you and the kids throughout the process. You are an amazing woman of conviction and determination. I am confident you will answer God’s call. I’ll be praying you are able to do it (mostly) joyfully and happily. 🙂 Sending you love and prayers.

  5. Thank you EJB! 🙂 I’m sure teenagers are difficult. I only have 1 (almost 2) – but thankfully we spent a lot of time last year educating, and their conditions were long enough lasting that they completely got it… I bet if you schooled them on Netflix for about 6 months -they’d be pretty sold on the matter. That’s funny though, my nephew was a bit rebellious until he got super sick, super fast – and realized … he’d rather not be sick like that either. Now he packs his own stuff, and stays on the straight and narrow. I pray they go willingly! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the prayers Mandy – I can’t thank God enough for just holding my hand – and showing me the truth each time I’m up against a fear monger or other edu-crats that have been sold into the system. I pray for them – and remember why we do what do. Grateful doesn’t begin to describe how I feel really. Truly. *whew*

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