The Next Stage in Aydan’s Recovery!

I’ve been contemplating over the past several months what should be the next step in Aydan’s Road to Recovery.  It is a daunting task to look at such a complex issue and decide.. what next?

Last December at this time I was returning from Massachusetts where I attended the week-long Son Rise program at the Autism Treatment Center.  Thanks to fans, friends and family, I was successfully able to raise most of the funds needed to make the most out of the experience.  I felt blessed and humbled.

A year into the program, I feel the most important thing I learned was to make time for Aydan.  One on one time… And truly be present for that hour or so that we spend in the playroom.  Focus only him and not on the goals.. Not on the fears of the future or the regrets of the past.  It is our time together, that moment of mindful meditation where I join him in his world without judgment or agenda.  Yes, we have goals but when I am in his world, isming (stimming) along side, I think not of these… I wait for an opportunity from Aydan with a gesture, a look, often a smile or a laugh to build something together.

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But my question remains… What next?  I considered another fundraiser to go back and further my Son-Rise education.  But while, Aydan has shown improvement in engagement and communication as well as a significant reduction in anxiety, he remains pre-verbal and chronically ill due to his gut disorder.

We have been working on sign language for several years and Aydan continues to use a variety of signs, though it doesn’t seem nearly enough to help him express himself.  He is limited in his ability to use ASL due to difficulties in fine motor and it is a different language after all, to be truly fluent it may take several years.  At 12 1/2 years old, I decided to re-consider AAC (Augmentation Assistive Communication) devices.  We had tried this many years earlier when Aydan was still in school with a moderate amount of success but the school refused funding (big surprise). Now that he is homeschooled we receive no funding whatsoever from the school district, I looked to insurance, they never got back to me but I was able to find several scholarship opportunities through non-profits and Aydan was awarded two… that’s TWO free iPad scholarships along with apps for communication.  We’ve been working on it the past couple months and he’s flying through the stages.

Having said that I have been researching the Rapid Prompt Method (RPM), a teaching modality for non-verbal autistic people.  RPM has been able to help many of the most severe cases of non-verbal autism find a voice.  This testimonial is from Ido, author of Ido in Autismland.  He is a non-verbal young adult who has discovered his talent for communicating through his writing…

So now, let me tell you what I have. Autism for me is a severe problem.

How would you like it if your thoughts didn’t reach your body consistently? What I mean is that your thoughts are intact but internally neurological forces block them from your motor system so that messages get messed up, or ignored, or occasionally they get through. That can resemble not understanding, but it is not.

Nevertheless, the person cannot necessarily demonstrate intact thinking due to the motor issues that block speaking, handwriting, gestures, facial expressions, initiating actions, and more. So, smart intact people may spend years, or even their whole lives, in a body that traps them behind weird movements and unreliable, inconsistent responses. More than that, neurological forces may affect the sensory system, making sounds too loud or visual stimulation overwhelming. The frustration is compounded by autism experts who dumb down learning because of their belief that autism is a language processing problem.

When I was young I did ABA. No offense to any ABA people here, but for me it was a horrid experience. I found those early years of drills and reinforcements an exercise in boredom because I already knew the vocabulary they taught. I just had unreliable hands to point to the flashcards accurately. The baby talk, and most frustrating, the supervision sessions that never worked on my real challenges, made me feel frustrated and angry. Worse, the theories probably delayed my mom’s ability to recognize my true potential by several years, at least.

No offense to any Floortime people here, but I never got much out of my sessions because my play was so delayed when I was small. I craved more than the games I got. But my Floortime was minimal. I was drowning in ABA drills instead.

No offense to OT people here, but what I desperately needed was motor control and physical fitness, and I never got that. I got swings that spun me. Once until I barfed.

No offense to special ed teachers, but when I couldn’t show my intelligence, I still was thinking. But all I got was one plus one, ABC and the weather. My recommendation is to teach at least some age appropriate lessons and books, even before the student can express his thoughts. Who knows how much is locked inside?

My helpers were kind and well meaning, but the way I was taught missed my real needs for communication and motor control simply because the methods assumed I did not understand spoken language and therefore needed a rudimentary lifestyle.

What helped? Soma did. She gave me the ability to type on a letter board when I was seven through her method, Rapid Prompt Method, or RPM. This has progressed to a keyboard and ipad. Because of this, I am a general education student, college bound, on the high honor roll in AP classes and even learning a foreign language. I work out with a trainer and I hike and run and row on a machine at home. I also took piano lessons. These things helped me.

To all the professionals I offended earlier, sorry. I admire your devotion, compassion and caring. I challenge you to see your nonverbal autistic students differently and with high expectations for learning.

I take Ido’s recommendations very seriously and regard him has a brilliant philosopher and thinker (which has grown increasingly rare in our modern times).  Were he to have remained in his silent prison, what a loss this would have been to the rest of us to never hear his wise words.

Rapid Prompt (RPM) may seem very different from Son-Rise but many Son-Rise families use it and one thing they both have in common is unwavering belief in the affected individual’s ability, no matter how ‘severe’ they may seem to be.  Not being able to speak most certainly does not mean not having anything to say!!

I’ll be continuing to look into this further and looking for more ways I can begin implementing RPM techniques.

At the end of the day; however, the vaccine injury always rears its ugly head and I am reminded of how far away we are from recovery.  I know the word ‘recovery’ can be misleading or even offensive to some.. For me it has taken on different meanings over the years.  I once believed it meant reversing the diagnosis of autism, I’ve seen this happen with other children and it is quite a miracle.  Today, I see recovery as not the removal of a label but rather the ability to communicate with ease and comfortably.  To live without chronic pain… I see Ido as recovered! Though he may appear to the naked eye as a person with severe autism who cannot speak, most of those who speak with ease don’t have nearly as much to say..

Anyway.. the original question remains.. What next?

The next stage, I’m afraid is a return to the first… The vaccine injury, the severe gut disease that had my son living with chronic diarrhea for 2 years and that has caused us to change our dietary restrictions on average about 3-4 times per year.  Each time an allergy is identified and kept under control a new one emerges, like a game of whack-a-mole.  Then we think, maybe the food restrictions aren’t helping and we shouldn’t make such a big deal about it, only to find matters getting worse, old symptoms returning, excessive weight gain and so on…  Some days might seem okay while others are a non stop effort to try to figure out what is wrong… Is it a migraine… Is it your stomach… If so, is it hunger or gas or cramps or what… The inflammation caused by the autistic enterocolitis never seems to want to go away, at best it appears to be playing a game of peek-a-boo.

If we care to make the most of our Son-Rise program and implement RPM, (which of course I do), we must address the chronic pain.  I can only imagine the feeling of trying to work, learn and play only to be hindered by illness.

So, I made an effort to get us back to Austin and make a visit to Aydan’s GI specialist and MAPS doctor at the Johnson Center.  The Johnson Center does offer partial scholarships for families in need and we were able to get funding for our trip through Miracle Flights (yes, a plane… A little scary, I know but we’ll make it through).  Since we are fortunate enough to have friends and family in the area, lodging and transportation is also covered.  We will be accepting donations for the remainder of our clinical visits totaling 3 per year (1 in office, 2 via phone / Skype) in the amount of $415 as well as another $400 for testing, on-going supplements and/or dietary changes as needed.

We can do nothing to change what has been done but we can look forward with solutions in mind.  May we all continue to pray for Aydan’s ‘recovery’.  I pray one day, like Ido, he will be one day released from his silent prison.

I am an autistic guy with a message. I spent the first half of my life completely trapped in silence. The second – on becoming a free soul. – Ido

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-If you love someone with autism and want more information on the grants and scholarships mentioned in this article, check out: Holiday Giving… The Truth About Autism Speaks and Non-Profits!

 

 

 

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Thankful for Family, life and Cranberry Turkey Molds!

Last year about a week before Thanksgiving I was in a horrible car accident….

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Fortunately I was in the car by myself and was not hurt physically at all but the car was totaled.  I felt horrible that I had to eat up our family time haggling insurance companies and trying to find a new car.  My husband was great and swiftly got us a new, bigger and better car more equipped to handle our growing family within a few days…

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Last year I was so grateful to be safe and have such a wonderful, supportive family.  We even managed a classic Thanksgiving dinner.

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This year the financial situation has been difficult with added car payment and so much other stuff… But I can’t complain.  I’m thankful I was able to spend two weeks with my family last week on a homeschool camping trip,  apple picking, playing and lots and lots of coloring…

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(Unfortunately I didn’t get to record her talent show rendition of Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’… Cutest thing ever).

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Our son Avery on the right…  Doing camp stuff with his camp buddy…

And this week, I’ve been leisurely planning the Feast of all feast.

I was even able to make this happen…  (Not on the original menu…)

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Gaps, SCD and paleo friendly cranberry turkey molds see recipe here.

Today at about 90 degrees fahrenheit in Southern California, we’re considering a trip to the beach and then back home for more feast prep work, while watching the late John Candy in one of my favorite holiday movies…

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I’m thankful to have so much to be thankful for…

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

 

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Food, love and autism… Again (PT 3) What’s on the menu for #Thanksgiving Dinner when you have leaky gut?

What’s on the menu for #Thanksgiving Dinner when you have leaky gut?

As the mother of a vaccine injured child we’ve gone over and beyond to figure out what foods my son can eat.

While I love the family time, food and fun on Thanksgiving, it’s a day that requires a lot of preparation.

We’ve been on every diet including but not limited to GF/CF/SF, Body Ecology, SCD, GAPS, Paleo, Candida diet, Rotation diet, LOD, Feingold and on and on….

We eliminate any known allergies or sensitivities and give digestive enzymes but are still after 10 years dealing with the gut dysbiosis caused by vaccine damage.

While there’s a lot of great food bloggers offering great advice, most miss the big elephant in the room that leaky gut is vaccine damage.

What does Traditional Chinese Medicine say about Leaky gut?

“TCM has never addressed the issue because it is a modern phenomenon. Historically, the only way bowel toxins entered the blood stream was through trauma, for example by sword or spear. This quickly led to septicemia that might be treatable, or more probably, ended in death. Outside of trauma, the body maintained a wonderfully effective selective barrier in the small intestine, one that allowed nutrients to enter, but kept out metabolic wastes and microbial toxins rampant in the intestines.”: http://drjakefratkin.com/articles/health-and-disease-articles/leaky-gut-syndrome-a-modern-epidemic/

Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Autism: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-bacteria-may-play-a-role-in-autism/

GAPS Diet on Aydan’s Road to Recovery​: https://aydansrecovery.wordpress.com/tag/gaps-diet/

Food, Love and Autism.. Again: https://aydansrecovery.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/food-love-and-autism-again/

Autism, Cooking, and Most of All, Love: http://gaia-health.com/natural-health/food/autism-cooking-love/

The Boden Family Thanksgiving recipe for 2017:

Appetizers: bacon wrapped dates, Prosciutto wrapped apples and pears, stuffed mushrooms, fruit with seasoning dip: http://raiasrecipes.com/2015/11/pumpkin-spice-fruit-dip.html
deviled eggs

Side dishes: potatoes, sweet potatoes
orange cranberry sauce, cauliflower stuffing http://www.delish.com/cooking/videos/amp50129/cauliflower-stuffing-vide
paleo cornbread https://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-cornbread-muffins/
Brussel sprouts https://healyeatsreal.com/lemon-garlic-brussel-sprouts-balsamic-glaze/
Salad: https://www.cookingclassy.com/pear-pomegranate-spinach-salad/

Main course turkey with herbs sage, rosemary, thyme

Dessert pumpkin pie: http://heal-balance-live.blogspot.com/2009/10/scd-and-paleo-crustless-pumpkin-pie.html?m=1

Apple pie: http://autoimmunewellness.com/classic-apple-pie/

Coconut ice cream

Any thoughts, concerns, ideas? Please add to the conversation… What’s working for you?

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HALLOWEEN GUMMY PUMPKINS!

HALLOWEEN GUMMY PUMPKINS!

Just two days before Halloween, I am making a healthier version of Halloween Candies for the kids! This recipe is cheap and super easy! It is SCD, GAPS and Paleo friendly. It can easily be modified to be AIP, Keto or BED friendly!

What you’ll need…
-Sauce pot
-Whisker
-Measuring spoons for TBLSP
-Measuring cup
-Candy molds (optional)

Ingredients
-1 cup orange juice (preferably organic and not from concentrate)
-3 TBLSP. Plain gelatin (preferably grassfed)
-Pinch of Tumeric (optional)

Instructions:
Bring 1 cup of juice to boil on medium heat. Once boiling add gelatin slowly, 1 TBLSP at a time while whisking constantly. Once blended add the mixture to your molds. If using molds, place them on something hard and flat such as a cutting board so they aren’t wobbly. Place in the fridge until they have hardened, usually about an hour or less.

Modifications:
To make this Keto, AIP, BED or otherwise sugar free use 1 cup water with a couple knobs of fresh ginger and add unrefined Stevia to taste.

Healthy eating…

Peace, truth, love and food…
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10 days (ish) of GAPS / SCD pies!

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Being on a restrictive diet; albeit a healing one can be daunting, especially if you’ve never been much of a cook.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I was not a natural Suzy home-maker.  I was not raised being taught how to cook, sew and garden like the generations before mine.  I found these acts of empowered survival to be tedious chores.  It was not until my 2nd child, Aydan regressed into autism and severe gut dysbosis after vaccination that I began to re-think my position.

When we started our journey into gluten and dairy free back in 2007, it wasn’t the high profile diet it is today.  There weren’t GF versions of everything from panko crumbs to oreo cookies.  It was just beginning to boom in popularity and I was willing to partake in whatever short-cut was available to me, until I realized this didn’t work.  Unless you’re a severe celiac, gluten is just a minor part of the problem.  As described in this article by SCD lifestyle, the 12 billion dollar gluten free fad has expanded from “health” food stores to everything from Wal-mart, Domino’s and gluten free Dunkin’ Donuts.  How can any of that be healthy?  It isn’t and it never was.  To think that the mainstream medical and agricultural industries are the only ones to want to make a buck off of sickness is pretty naive.  I was this naive at one time and loved the idea of a quick an easy gluten free waffle from Trader Joe’s but healing does not take place this way.

Leaky gut and dysbosis is epidemic and at the root of many autoimmune and neurological issues, as Natasha McBride explains in her book, the Gut and Psychological Syndrome.   Even Dr. McBride describes the non-cooks and how if you are one of these, it’s best to start with the full diet before doing the stages as it will help ween you into the habit of cooking everything from scratch.. the way people did before ‘food’ came in boxes and bags.  This is exactly what I did.

Before I knew anything about GAPS or Paleo, I read a little book called, Breaking the Viscous Cycle by Elaine Gottschal on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which would become the basis for GAPS.  Elaine was not a scientist nor a doctor, she was a mom.. which made me trust her even more.  She was not selling anything, she was just trying to make sense of a diet that had been introduced to her by a doctor many years prior in order to prevent major surgery and heal her daughter from Ulcer Colitis.  Her daughter healed and I wanted in.. I wanted my son to heal too.  The science made sense to me.. monosaccharides or simple carbohydrates won’t aggravate the gut as complex (di/poly-saccharides) would.  I used to think of it as trying to walk on a broken leg, the leg could never heal that way and thus same is true for the gut; it could never heal were it constantly working to break down complex foods… Aha!

From there I was off… With a single cookbook and several printed recipes I went from never having made a pie-crust in my life to creating an entire SCD Thanksgiving dinner including pie.. Pumpkin and pecan (in case you were wondering).

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My family was supportive though maybe not as enthusiastic about the outcome and for years would always ask me if they could just cheat a little.. just one frozen pie, just one batch of stuffed mushrooms with Philly cream cheese..

 

 

Over the years under the consultation of nutritionist and doctors, I would change the diet several times, experimenting with Body Ecology, Low Oxalate, etc etc… but NEVER going back to the old pre-made way.. Once you know there’s no way to unknow..  This sounds easier than it is.. Several years ago, I wrote an article Autism, Cooking and Most of All, Love where I go into greater detail about the aches and pains of cooking on autism.  It hurts.. it does.. the social stigma, the friends, family, therapist and teachers.. even when well meaning can question, derail and just drive you nuts.  Eh hem….

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So, here we are in 2016, back on SCD /GAPS having gone through the stages last Summer, we are in full swing.  For this month of February, I needed a birthday cake.. two actually.  My oldest son and my biggest food critic was turning 13 and when I asked him what he wanted a couple weeks before the big event, he let me know in no uncertain terms ‘not an Aydan friendly cake and not a cake at all.. but rather a pie.’  At first not caring what type of pie but later driving inspiration from the hit indie game, Undertale, he requested a Butterscotch cinnamon pie… Now I had gotten better over the years; not only was my cooking good, it was damn good and I could bake the grain free with the best of them.. Though maybe not as pretty as the average food blogger, it was served up fresh daily with lots of love and hard work.  Very little have I accomplished in my life that I am more proud of then learning to cook wholesome foods for my family.  But pie???? Oh my… And something I had never even thought of butterscotch… Well..  Approximately 10 days before the venture, my husband suggests I go on an experiment, ‘try making a pie everyday up until his birthday.. a count down..’  I took the challenge and have compiled a list of the recipes I tried.. And as for Aydan he loves it when he finds me in the kitchen often combining two of his favorite ASL signs, ‘make’ and ‘eat’ to let me know I’m on the right track.  He’ll even volunteer assistance which I LOVE!!

Okay… So enough with the build up.. here we go…

WIN_20160124_12_01_33_ProDay 1: Crust less Pumpkin Pie.  I did this one because it was what I had in the house to work with.. I took Aydan and the baby to the library only to return home and find the entire pie gone.  The soon to be 13 year old got hungry and it was that good.  I made another for dessert and served it with Coconut Vanilla (dairy free) ice-cream.

Day 2: Real Food Banana Cream Pie.  Again just what I had around the house and I did not use the vanilla stevia.  Instead I used honey to taste, you don’t need a lot as bananas and coconut are naturally sweet.

Day 3: Coconut Cream Pie.  Also AIP friendly.

Day 4: Blueberry Pie.  I got the 13 year old in on this one and made it a homeschool project.  We didn’t make the top crust and used a different crust recipe which was so good it would become my crust choice from here on out: Dan’s awesome pie crust.

Day 5: Apple pie crumble.  I started on a key-lime but it needed to gel overnight, so I went back to a tried and true dessert I make frequently.  Super easy and inspired by a recipe from my first SCD cookbook, Cooking to Heal Little Tummies.

Ingredients:

-5/6 Apples peeled and cored

-1-2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon

-1 Stick of butter

-2 1/2 cups of almond flour or meal

Instructions: Pre-heat oven 325 degrees.  Cook apples over medium heat in a skillet with coconut oil or butter.  Don’t over-soften as they’ll end up in the oven.  Add cinnamon, I will sometimes also add nutmeg, ginger or cardamom.  Remove from heat and place into a pie pan.  Blend Almond flour and butter.  Add crust paste to top covering completely.  Heat about 15-20 minutes.

P.S. This recipe can just as well make a pear crumble or a berry crumble just don’t skillet fry before-hand.

Day 5: Key Lime Pie with Dan’s Awesome Scd crust.  My oldest son and biggest critic loved this one the most.  Big hit!

Day 6: Lemon Pie.  This tasted a bit like yoplait yogurt and wasn’t as popular as the others so far but was still pretty good.

Day 7: Dairy Free Pear Custard.  Okay this is not a pie but can be used in a pie as any custard or pudding can.

Day 8: Lemon Meringue Pie, This was a huge hit with my husband.  Though my son, Aydan LOVES pecans, he is mildly allergic and tolerates almond a bit better, so I stuck with Dan’s Awesome Crust recipe and didn’t use the one described by the Nerdy Farm Wife.  WIN_20160131_15_07_31_Pro

My husband loved this one so much that he asked me to make this again for his birthday, also the first week of February.  I made two just in case.

Day 9: Chocolate Cake with Almond butter frosting.  Chocolate is not allowed on SCD but on GAPS, Natasha McBride says it’s an okay once in a while but only on the full diet and after sincere healing.  Again, not a pie but I got busy and took a break to return to a tried and true recipe.  This was really well received the first time I made but less so the second.  I never used the almond slivers and I’m not sure what I did differently that made it better the first time.  I think I added more butter and less almond butter in the frosting as the biggest complaint was the almond butter was overwhelming.

For my husband’s birthday I made this chocolate cake with buttercream frosting instead.. Yes, I made 2 lemon merinuges and a chocolate cake!! You don’t have to tell me it’s time for detox but it was a party and a great way to end the holidays.

Day 10: Birthday!! Butterscotch Cinnamon pie! Old habits die hard and for the big day my son did not want to sway his position on a non-Aydan friendly pie.  He insisted upon his Undertale inspired Butterscotch cinnamon after seeing this reconstruction from Feasts of Fiction. maxresdefault

So in order to include everyone, I made two pies. Here’s the SCD / GAPS version.

I used my old favorite Dan’s pie crust (which has cinnamon in it) and this recipe for Butterscotch pudding as the filling, then topped it with coconut whipped cream.

Now I know that this is not a regular practice in the process of gut healing as explicitly described here as a common mistake in GAPS by the Healthy Home Economist. You can’t go hog-wild with baking and especially nut flours.

And I also know that for those who have been following my writing for a while this sort of thing strikes as a bit soft ball.. after all, I’ve been the hard hitting, anti-establishment autism mom witch … I assure all of you, I still got it in me.. I have not nor will I ever forgive the pharma shilling powers that poison our children but for now, I can think of nothing more empowering and healing than being a stay-at-home.. A mom who is truly present, truly listening, truly healing, truly loving (or mostly and always trying)… Oh… And not to mention gardening, fermenting, baking, doing laundry, doing dishes, nursing, cleaning poopy diapers, scrubbing toilets and all around kicking ass..  (I know.. it’s hard, I am NOT a super mom… And it’s harder than that.. I’m an autism mom and believe me I’m exhausted)..

But for now, I choose to take lemons and make lemon pie… 6e51b9fda59927b7ae4ebabb1cb39340

Happy eating and healing!!
(References in the body of the essay).

 

GAPS EggNog IceCream! (And tips for adults and egg allergies too).

Hey y’all… It’s the holidays and here in Southern California (unless you live in the mountains), it’s ice-cream season year round.  And what says the holidays more than egg-nog?

Personally it’s always been a bit too sweet and thick for my taste, like someone took pancake batter and put it in a glass… However, I’m cooking for the whole fam and everyone wants to be apart of the scene.  So… I went in search of a dairy free egg-nog recipe that was GAPS legal and although there are several legal egg-nog recipes, (like this one from GAPS journey), I couldn’t find any straight up, easy capreezy, lemon squeezy GAPS ice-creams but this one from Plated with Style is pretty darn close.

In fact the only modification you would need to insure it GAPS/SCD friendly is changing the Coconut Sugar to honey.  Though coconuts, coconut flour, cream and oil are all GAPS/SCD legal, I couldn’t find any information to confirm or deny whether or not Coconut Sugar is allowed.  So it maybe all the way legit for all I know.  Personally, I used coconut and palm sugars a few times prior to going GAPS and didn’t really care for them.  They’re very dry and not as sweet.  In this article by Gluten Free Real Food they go into greater detail about the pros and cons of coconut sugar, apparently it has a lower glycemic index than most other sweeteners but as I mentioned it’s also not as sweet which means you’ll probably end up using more, so honey was the only replacement I had to make.  I also added more coconut milk in lieu of almond milk.  On GAPS/SCD, the only almond milk that is allowed are homemade but since my kiddo is a bit oxalate sensitive I try to keep almonds to a minimum.

And as I promised in the title there’s tips for adults too, if you are a GAPS adult or doing the diet along side your child then you may find it interesting that ‘yes’, bourbon is SCD / GAPS legal and can be a tasty additive for an adult version of this recipe.

Alcohol of course isn’t the best way to heal your gut dysbosis but since it is the holidays you can check out the SCD legal list put together beautifully by the good people at the SCD lifestyle blog.. I was a bit disappointed to find that Cognac and Brandy are on the illegal list which means I’ll need to modify my mulled wine recipe but that’s for another blog..

Oh and last but probably most important issue to bring up is what to do if you have an egg allergy. I was surprised to find out from our nutritionist that most egg allergies are to chicken eggs only and not necessarily to other types of eggs. My son has a slight allergy to egg whites and since this recipe calls for yolks it shouldn’t be a problem; however, I find rotating foods to be essential at keeping allergies at bay.  If you’re GAPS/SCD or Paleo I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are a lot of recipes that call for eggs.  In some situations you can use a flax, chia or gelatin egg but they won’t work for everything.  In that case there are non-chicken eggs that are just as tasty and even more nutritious.  It costs quite a bit more but is worth it once in a while to switch up and use quail or duck eggs.  You can find these pretty cheap at your local market or online at Local Harvest.  It takes about 1 duck egg to equal 2 chicken eggs and 5 quail eggs for one chicken egg.

Now enough of the talkie talk.. Time to celebrate and eat…

Be well and Happy Holidays!!

GAPS Egg Nog Ice Cream
Prep time
4 hours
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
4 hours 5 mins
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of Full Fat Coconut Milk or Heavy Coconut cream
  • 1 cup of Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup of (or to taste) Honey
  • ½ teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 4 Egg Yolks (Organic pasture raised)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Bourbon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut milk/cream, almond milk, coconut sugar, and spices on low heat until the edges are bubbly. Do not boil.
  2. Slowly add about ¼ cup of the warm cream into the egg yolks while mixing.
  3. Slowly, very slowly, pour the egg mixture into the rest of the warm cream while mixing.
  4. Increase the heat to about medium low and continue mixing until the temperature reaches 160F. About 2-3 minutes.
  5. Mix in the bourbon and adjust spices.
For an Ice Cream Machine Method
  1. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until it reaches 40F. About 4 hours.
  2. Process the chilled ice cream according to your machine’s directions 🙂
For the Old School Non Machine Method
  1. Place the mixture in freezer friendly pan, preferably a steel pan.
  2. Chill the mixture for about an hour in the fridge.
  3. Mix and transfer to the freezer.
  4. Freeze and mix every 30 minutes until you can’t stand it anymore.
  5. Face dive into the rich creamy goodness.

The Holidays on Autism (And Loving the Life I never knew I wanted)!

To be an autism mom means spending several hours making a home-made advent calendar so your leaky gut, autoimmune, GAPS kid feel included and having him wake up in the middle of the night to completely obliterate it…

Now I know it wasn’t much to look at to begin with.. I have honestly never been super artistically inclined or artsy crafty.. At least not compared to the numerous experts you see on pinterest.  Growing up I was certain I’d be a “working” mom.  I thought I’d be a teacher, writer or a radio talk show host… Wait.. come to think of it, I am all those things.. I just don’t get paid for it.. Well.. at least not in monetary value.

After being thrust into stay-at-home mom-hood by a highly demanding vaccine damaged child, I discovered something miraculous.. I love it!  Now, I’ve had my moments.. I’ve had those times I thought I just couldn’t handle it, that it would be easier to have a job.. Thoughts that I was insignificant and that I wish I could do more to contribute to society. And of course those days where the kids are just driving me nuts and an outside job would be like a spa day.. But at some point in my middle aged life, I started growing up and growing up means identifying your priorities, your core-values, the things that truly matter.. What mattered to me? My family.  When I took the time to introspect and really think about it, I couldn’t think of anything that truly mattered to me other than my family. Maybe a few other things or people but mainly it was the fam.
Now, don’t get me wrong.. I would do just about anything to take back my son’s vaccine injury. I can’t in fact think of anything I wouldn’t do.. but if it weren’t for him I may have not figured out the true meaning of life.. the true depth of a mother’s love.. hell.. I might have still been feeding my kids nabisco crackers, radioactive cheetos, trix yogurts…

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And lord knows what else..

Now I’m a mom that cooks.. A LOT.. GAPS diet, grain free, organic, nutrient rich foods.. I’m the mom that makes a Weekly meal planner.. I’m the mom that reads the flylady daily and gets way too excited about it.  I’m the mom who homeschools.. I’m a mom who is very busy and over-extended and I’m a mom who loves her life.. I love my life and I can think of nothing more significant than taking care of the people I love most.
Okay back to the advent calendar….
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No, this one wasn’t the one I made.. The one I made wasn’t nearly this professional looking but you can find this project idea and others and several others at decoholic.
What I did was way more white-trash, ghetto… or whatever equal opportunity offensive term you want to use.. What I did was as follows…
Materials:
2 egg cartons
Decorations (I used paint, glitter, stickers and ornaments)
Numbers to mark calendar days (I found mine at the 99 cent store)
Candies or toys (Some ideas for GAPs legal candies Honey Acres, Dante’s Confections or make your own)
Wrapping paper
Poster board
Velcro, glue and tape
Instructions:
1. Take the two egg cartons and glue them together.  You can decorate them if you like, however you like.  I had Aydan help me with this part. We painted and sprinkled them with glitter.
2. Glue the cartons to the poster board.
3. Place the toys or candies in the egg cartons.  If you plan to hang it up or keep it upright, better use something to attach them so they won’t fall out.
4. Wrap the egg cartons with paper.
5. Make a small hole or slit so you can poke through the paper without the entire thing falling apart.
6. Place the numbers on top of cartons representing the 24 days of Christmas with tape or velcro (you have to sort of feel your way through this one).
7. Decorate the remaining part of the poster board (I used stickers, bells and Christmas ornaments.. just stuff I had around the house).
8.  Guard it with your life around your GAPS, autism kiddo or it WILL get obliterated!! I speak from experience.
So what did I say when I started this blog post?  Oh yeah…
‘To be an autism mom means spending several hours making a home-made advent calendar so your leaky gut, autoimmune, GAPS kid feel included and having him wake up in the middle of the night to completely obliterate it…’
True!! And love means doing it all over again… So here I go…
Happy Holidays!