Day Twenty. Rejoicing In The Bathroom.

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Day Twenty.

Today was a day to celebrate. I never thought I would rejoice so much over a bowel movement. I know, not your typical thing to get all excited about.

You see, my 3 year old son has never produced a normal looking poop. Sorry, this is going to get gross, bear with me and you can see why I rejoiced so much. He has pretty much always had diarrhea and recently it has been looking “better” but still extremely pale and loose. (Told you it would be gross). BUT TODAY… it was normal in color, size and shape. NORMAL. Say what!?

I was one happy Mommy when I heard my Son scream from the bathroom “Mom, my poop is too big to get out!” He was a bit traumatized by the whole experience because he has never had to work to get poop out.

One month into our non GMO diet and more recently a gluten free diet for our son. Things are looking up and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

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Day Nineteen. Gluten Free Pop Tarts.

Day Nineteen.

My son has been asking me for weeks to find him a gluten free pop tart. We searched all over for organic, gluten free pop tarts and could not find them! At one point he looked at me and said, “Mommy, you can make a recipe!”. So that is just what I did! I made him organic, gluten free pop tarts. I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty they were! I hope your gluten free taste buds are happy.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. organic gluten free pancake/ baking mix (Plus a little extra for dusting)
2 T. raw sugar
2 organic eggs
1/2 c. organic all natural shortening or butter
pinch of salt
organic strawberry jam

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all the ingredients except the jam together in a medium bowl. Mix until just incorporated. Spread out on a floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch. It will be very sticky! Use flour to keep it from sticking.

You want it to be thicker than a pie crust, gluten free dough does not rise like gluten dough.

Cut out your rectangles and transfer to greased cookie sheet. Spread 1 T. of jam in center.

TIP: Put jam into a plastic bag and cut the tip off. Pipe it around the edges and then do a generous glob in the center.

Once all jam is piped, place the tops on the pop tarts. Use a fork and gently press around the edges. Put a few holes on the top for venting.

Bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly browned. Let them cool completely. I stored them in the refrigerator to keep them firm. Gluten free dough is so crumbly! They are great toasted or plain.

It made 7 pop tarts.

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Day Eighteen. Top 10 Genetically Modified Foods.

Day Eighteen.

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Again, I woke up to a disturbing email in my inbox. This is a list of the top 10 most genetically modified foods. Some of these came as a shock to me! I had no idea rice was GM – we have eaten so much rice recently! I need to research into this further. I found this information on naturalnew.com.

1. Corn – Corn has been modified to create its own insecticide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared that tons of genetically modified corn has been introduced for human consumption. Monsanto has revealed that half of the US’s sweet corn farms are planted with genetically modified seed. Mice fed with GM corn were discovered to have smaller offspring and fertility problems.

2. Soy – Soy has also been genetically modified to resist herbicides. Soy products include soy flour, tofu, soy beverages, soybean oil and other products that may include pastries, baked products and edible oil. Hamsters fed with GM soy were unable to have offspring and suffered a high mortality rate. Canola

3. Cotton – Like corn and soy, cotton has been designed to resist pesticides. It is considered food because its oil can be consumed. Its introduction in Chinese agriculture has produced a chemical that kills cotton bollworm, reducing the incidences of pests not only in cotton crops but also in neighboring fields of soybeans and corn. Incidentally, thousands of Indian farmers suffered severe rashes upon exposure to BT cotton.

4. Papaya – The virus-resistant variety of papaya was commercially introduced in Hawaii in 1999. Transgenic papayas comprised three-fourths of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto bestowed upon Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore technology for developing papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

5. Rice – This staple food from South East Asia has now been genetically modified to contain a high amount of vitamin A. Allegedly, there are reports of rice varieties containing human genes to be grown in the US. The rice will create human proteins useful for dealing with infant diarrhea in the 3rd world. China Daily, an online journal, reported potential serious public health and environment problems with genetically modified rice considering its tendency to cause allergic reactions with the concurrent possibility of gene transfers.

6. Tomatoes – Tomatoes have now been genetically engineered for longer shelf life, preventing them from easily rotting and degrading. In a test conducted to determine the safety of GM tomatoes, some animal subjects died within a few weeks after consuming GM tomatoes.

7. Rapeseed – In Canada, this crop was renamed canola to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed. Food stuff produced from rapeseed includes rapeseed oi (canola oil) l used to process cooking oil and margarine. Honey can also be produced from GM rapeseed. German food surveillance authorities discovered as much as a third of the total pollen present in Canadian honey may be from GM pollen. In fact, some honey products from Canada were also discovered to have pollen from GM rapeseed.

8. Dairy products – It has been discovered that 22 percent of cows in the U.S. were injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This Monsanto created hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production by 15 percent. Milk from cows treated with this milk inducing hormone contains increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1). Humans also have IGF-1 in their system. Scientists have expressed concerns that increased levels of IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

9. Potatoes – Mice fed with potatoes engineered with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1 were found to have toxins in their system. Despite claims to the contrary, this shows that Cry1 toxin was stable in the mouse gut. When the health risks were revealed, it sparked a debate.

10. Peas – Peas that have been genetically modified have been found to cause immune responses in mice and possibly even in humans. A gene from kidney beans was inserted into the peas creating a protein that functions as a pesticide.

Day Seventeen. Gluten, Gluten Stay Away!

Day Seventeen.

I had a meeting that provided childcare and snacks were going to be served. I knew the snacks would not be gluten free and certainly not non GM. I brought snacks for both kids and made sure I informed the workers that my children were not to eat any gluten. For sake of not being rude, the story ends with my son eating gluten.

Skip ahead to the next day. He was up early with bad stomach pains, lots of problems in the bathroom and his mood flat out stunk! I also noticed that he started chewing his nails again (which was another thing that he had quit since taking him on this 60-day challenge!) I am pretty certain the seemingly harmless snack wreaked havoc on my little boy’s body. I am not a doctor and have no formal training in the medical field, I am just a mom who knows her son and he was a different kid the next 24 hours. You do not need medical training to notice when something has completely altered your child.

I am now keeping him away from gluten completely! But I am nervous to drop him off anywhere again where he will eat away from me. What if the next person does not listen to my instructions and this happens again!?

Do you have a child with a gluten intolerance? How do you handle this?

We have been visiting Florida to see family and my parents have done an awesome job of cooking for us! Here is a recipe my Mom made.

Roasted Beet and Potato Soup

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Ingredients:

2 c. potatoes, diced
2 c. beets, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 c. organic chicken stalk
1 T. fresh thyme
1 T. fresh basil
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 c. organic whole milk
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 c. organic half and half
6 organic sausages, removed from casing.
Fresh lemon balm, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss the potatoes and beets with olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread out on a greased cookie sheet and roast in oven for 1 hour, or until tender.

Cook the sausage in a medium pan. Add the onions and celery and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook a minute longer. Stir in the chicken broth, spices and roasted vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Remove from heat and take out the bay leaves. Lightly mash the soup with a potato masher. Stir in the milk and lemon juice. Serve with a garnish of chopped lemon balm.