I has been 3 long months of being absent from the blogging world. I am now more than half way through my pregnancy with our fourth baby (it’s another girl!) and feeling a tad bit more energy. I have been anxious to share our health update with you for a while now, but having the time amidst pregnancy, homeschooling and 3 children has left little time for blogging.
Our journey started in February, you can read about that here. I was on a quest to heal my then 3-year-old sons gut naturally. He was displaying reactions to something he was eating and I needed to figure it out. We totally re-vamped our diet, eliminated GMO’s and gluten and started our healing process. We spent 60 days on a very strict, organic, non GMO, gluten free diet. I will be the first to admit it was extremely difficult at first, but after a few months it became habit and we were used to it.
Fast forward to 9 months later, how are we now? Well, for one, I am pregnant. Something that was not supposed to happen again (according to Doctors). But, to me, the biggest change we have seen from our lifestyle change is in our son. He is now four and has never been healthier or happier. We were able to introduce gluten back into his diet 2 months ago…I think I can hear angels rejoicing! Before I start getting emails about how horrible gluten is and how I should keep him away from it, hear me out. At first I got so excited and started baking up a storm, a gluten wonder world….it tasted soooo good after months of gluten free. We quickly realized that his body was going into gluten “overload” and it needed to be in small amounts and less frequently. We have now figured out a good balance. We eat a gluten free diet during the week and then on the weekend we allow him to “cheat”. The nice part with this is we can go out to eat, over to friends or church without having to be a gluten-nazi about it. It has been so freeing! His sleep has drastically changed. He finally sleeps through the night, no more bed wetting! The dark circles under his eyes are gone, his poop is normal and he is getting taller and gaining weight at a normal rate. Looking back, I am so glad we made this change, my only regret is we did not do it sooner!
For those of you considering a diet change, gluten free or non GMO, my best advice for you is to start slow. Unless you have severe problems like my son, then I would go cold turkey. You can do it, you will feel a difference and be grateful you made the choice in the long run. I would love to hear your stories and support you through your journey.
I have not had much time for cooking up new recipes these days, but the colder weather has inspired some new soups. Here is one we had most recently and it was so good I had to share it. It is also a Paleo dish, double bonus.
Roasted Sweet Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup
- 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into but sized chunks
- 1 T. coconut oil
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1-1/2 lbs sausage (Applegate Farms makes good ones!)
- 1 bunch of kale, chopped and stems removed
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 can coconut milk
- 5 cups of homemade chicken stock
- 1/2 t. fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1/4 to 1/2 t. red pepper flakes
- pinch of nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spread sweet potatoes onto a baking sheet and cover with coconut oil, salt and pepper.
- Roast until tender, but not falling a part, about 15-20 minutes.
- In a large pot brown sausage (I removed it from the casing or you could slice them)
- Drain off excess fat and add onions, sauté until translucent. Add more coconut oil if needed.
- Add garlic, sage, nutmeg and red pepper and cook an addition 1-2 minutes.
- Pour in coconut milk and chicken stock and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer.
- Add in kale in batches. You could lightly sauté it first in a separate pan or just add it directly to the soup. It’s up to you!
- Let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes to cook down the kale and then add in the sweet potatoes.
- The long the soup simmers, the better the taste!
- Add salt and pepper and serve hot!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know we have MUCH to be thankful for in our home this year.