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:
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.”