WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Avoiding GMO's and Round Up is critical for our health: Round Up Should be BANNED

Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases III: Manganese, neurological diseases, and associated pathologies

A few cut and copies from the article:

" Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, has also been shown to severely deplete Mn levels in plants. Here, we investigate the impact of Mn on physiology, and its association with gut dysbiosis as well as neuropathologies such as autism, Alzheimer's disease (AD), depression, anxiety syndrome, Parkinson's disease (PD), and prion diseases. Glutamate overexpression in the brain in association with autism, AD, and other neurological diseases can be explained by Mn deficiency. Mn superoxide dismutase protects mitochondria from oxidative damage, and mitochondrial dysfunction is a key feature of autism and Alzheimer’s. Chondroitin sulfate synthesis depends on Mn, and its deficiency leads to osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Lactobacillus, depleted in autism, depend critically on Mn for antioxidant protection. Lactobacillus probiotics can treat anxiety, which is a comorbidity of autism and chronic fatigue syndrome. Reduced gut Lactobacillus leads to overgrowth of the pathogen, Salmonella, which is resistant to glyphosate toxicity, and Mn plays a role here as well. Sperm motility depends on Mn, and this may partially explain increased rates of infertility and birth defects. We further reason that, under conditions of adequate Mn in the diet, glyphosate, through its disruption of bile acid homeostasis, ironically promotes toxic accumulation of Mn in the brainstem, leading to conditions such as PD and prion diseases.

"Adjuvants in pesticides are synergistically toxic with the active ingredient. Mesnage et al.[189] showed that Roundup® was 125 times more toxic than glyphosate by itself. These authors wrote: “Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup® was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested.”[189]"

"There are multiple pathways by which glyphosate could lead to pathology.[248] A major consideration is that our gut bacteria do have the shikimate pathway, and that we depend upon this pathway in our gut bacteria as well as in plants to supply us with the essential aromatic amino acids, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylalanine. Methionine, an essential sulfur-containing amino acid, and glycine, are also negatively impacted by glyphosate. Furthermore, many other biologically active molecules, including serotonin, melatonin, melanin, epinephrine, dopamine, thyroid hormone, folate, coenzyme Q10, vitamin K, and vitamin E, depend on the shikimate pathway metabolites as precursors. Gut bacteria and plants use exclusively the shikimate pathway to produce these amino acids. In part because of shikimate pathway disruption, our gut bacteria are harmed by glyphosate, as evidenced by the fact that it has been patented as an antimicrobial agent.[298]"

"Rossignol et al.[242] have reviewed the evidence for environmental toxicant exposure as a causative factor in autism, and they referenced several studies showing that urinary excretion of porphyrin precursors to heme is found in association with autism, suggesting impaired heme synthesis. Impaired biliary excretion leads to increased excretion of heme precursors in the urine, a biomarker of multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome.[77] We later discuss the ability of glyphosate to disrupt bile homeostasis, which we believe is a major source of its toxic effects on humans.

Glyphosate is a likely cause of the recent epidemic in celiac disease.[249] Glyphosate residues are found in wheat due to the increasingly widespread practice of staging and desiccation of wheat right before harvest. Many of the pathologies associated with celiac disease can be explained by disruption of CYP enzymes.[156] Celiac patients have a shortened life span, mainly due to an increased risk to cancer, most especially non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has also been linked to glyphosate.[85,253] Celiac disease trends over time match well with the increase in glyphosate usage on wheat crops.

Glyphosate is also neurotoxic.[59] Its mammalian metabolism yields two products: Aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) and glyoxylate, with AMPA being at least as toxic as glyphosate. Glyoxylate is a highly reactive glycating agent, which will disrupt the function of multiple proteins in cells that are exposed.[90] Glycation has been directly implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD).[57] Glyphosate has been detected in the brains of malformed piglets.[155] In a report produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over 36% of 271 incidences involving acute glyphosate poisoning involved neurological symptoms, indicative of glyphosate toxicity in the brain and nervous system.[122"

If that isn't enough to make you give up the boxed and non organic food I don't know what would be.. Elemental formulas are not organic. 50 percent or more of elemental formula's is made from corn which will have been exposed to some of the highest amounts of Round Up. Sadly, even some organics are now testing positive for Round up because our water table is contaminated and it takes a lot of time for Round Up to breakdown.

Want to test your urine or water for Round up? See exactly how saturated your body is?

Moms Across America is offering the testing for a reasonable price.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gluten Free fig bars-

We have tried a few recipes for fig newtons and I had to tweak a bit again because she has lost all the citrus. Instead of lemon or orange in the fig filling I just used a few teaspoons of tamarind puree. Worked out just fine. I did use both guar gum and psyllium husk powder and while I don't think it made any difference in the end result it did seem they were easier to roll,fold and seal- of course that could be just luck this time around or practice? So you could exclude the husk powder with ease. Mine still cracked when I baked them even though I have seen many gluten free recipes where they don't crack, I apparently just have bad luck! They still worked and tasted delicious. I suspect it is that my filling was a little too soft? Regardless, we will make this one again. Tamarind yet again did a terrific job for subbing out citric juice.

Figs are a terrific addition to Abby's diet. When her GI system is sluggish it helps things move along. Plus, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid. Though if you are avoiding oxalates you will need to avoid figs.

For the Cookie:
2 1/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt(or safe for you salt)
1/4 cup Tropical traditions palm shortening
1/4 cup organic C&H granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar(1/4 c&H cane sugar with 1 teaspoon plantation brand blackstrap molasses)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract

For the Filling:
14 ounces dried mission figs (Made in Nature is our go to brand)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons C&H organic cane sugar
2 tablespoons tamarind puree(made from fresh tamarind pods,or from the block of compressed seedless tamarind)
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt(or safe for you)

Filling Directions:

Trim stems from figs.

Place figs,water( you could use apple juice if you have some that is safe for you),sugar,tamarind and salt in blender and pulse until

You can add more water if needed, but you are aiming for a thick paste.

When I added too much liquid and the filling is too soft it causes the cookies to be too delicate and crumble.

Set aside.

Cookie Dough Directions:

In large bowl combine flour,baking soda,guar gum,psyllium husk powder,salt.

In another bowl combine shortening, sugars,eggs and vanilla.

Once wet ingredients are well blended add to the dry ingredients and combine to make a dough.

Separate dough into 3 sections. Roll each section between two sheets of parchment paper to create a long rectangle.

Remove top piece of parchment.

In a long run down the center place fig filling.

Fold one side over the fig filling and then the other, press lightly to seal.

Place long shaped down seam side down on parchment on a cookie sheet. repeat. You should have 3 long filled runs of dough.

Place in fridge for 2 hours or freezer for 30 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until set and the ends are lightly browned.

Allow to cool for just a few minutes and with a sharp knife cut into cookie sized pieces.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stuffed Bread(gluten free, corn free, soy free, dairy free)

We are big bread fans and Abby and I are continuously grateful for the variables we have created with irish soda bread. This one is a terrific option to replace garlic bread. A great snack. Even with a fried egg slide over a slice for lunch. You could use whatever veggie blend that you like, we just like the sweetness of red peppers and baby bok choy happens to be 1 of two green's she tolerates right now.

Veggie Filling:
1/2 finely minced red pepper
1/4 cup finely minced shallot,or leek, or onion
1-2 teaspoons of fresh(or dried)rosemary
1 cup finely shredded baby bok choy(this will wilt down to a very small amount)
grapeseed or coconut oil
(minced garlic if you would like)

In pan on low heat add a bit of your grapeseed or coconut oil and red pepper, onion(shallot or leek), and rosemary. Saute until tender. Add shredded baby bok choy until wilted.

Put aside.

Irish Soda Bread

2 cups gluten-free flour blend
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon guar gum(you could probably skip and increase psyllium)
1 Tablespoon Psyllium husk powder
1 teaspoon salt(pink himalayan or what is safe for you, you can reduce the salt but we liked it with more salt for this recipe)
1 egg (I use eggs but suspect an egg sub would work)
2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 cup milk of choice (1 use 1/4 cup coconut yogurt mixed with 3/4 cup water use whatever is safe for you)
1/2 Tablespoon braggs apple cider vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease loaf pan.(I used two small loaf pans,this bread will rise but not a lot so you want your pan aprox 3/4 full )

2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

3. Add egg,choice of milk,oil and mix to form a soft, sticky dough.(you may need a bit more flour or a bit more milk depending on your flour blend with my flour blend I tend to need about 3-4 tablespoons more milk)It is not quite a dough but thicker then a thick brownie batter.

4. Add the vinegar last and quickly mix it in.

5. Fill pan 1/2 full in greased pan. Spoon veggie filling and top with the rest of the dough.

Wet hands with water and smooth top to look like a loaf(higher in the middle).

6) Allow to sit on the counter for about 10 minutes. This allows the baking soda-vinegar to provide a bit of lift before hitting the heat of the oven.

7) Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.

8) allow to cool, slice and store in airtight container

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies. (Gluten free, soy free, corn free, nut free, dairy free, )

We really miss pumpkin. Sweet potatoes though make a pretty good substitution. We use sweet potato puree pretty regularly so I have gotten in the habit of freezing 1 cup portions to keep on hand in the freezer. Not quite as much moisture or tenderness, but still very very tasty. For once I had more coconut yogurt then I could use and decided to just mix some of the yogurt with corn-free powdered sugar for a filling.. it turned out well and reminds us just a little bit of cream cheese which was an added bonus! Despite the guar gum and sweet potato these were still a touch delicate and not quite as dense as a pumpkin cookie. Simply means they need to be eaten more quickly! :-)

2 1/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour
1 teaspoon guar gum(or psyllium husk powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon clove(cinnamon or a pumpkin spice blend would work great too!)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder(homemade for safest corn free option)
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt(use what is safe for you)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar(1 tablespoon plantation blackstrap to 1 cup C&H organic cane makes 1 cup not packed so double up)
1/2 cup organic Tropical Traditions palm shortening
1/2 cup pureed cooked sweet potato
1/4 cup homemade coconut milk
1 egg(I think an egg replacer would work well with this recipe)
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350

1) Mix vanilla,egg,coconut milk, sweet potato,palm shortening and brown sugar until smooth.

2) Add rest of ingredients and mix until blended.

3) Place by the spoonful(about a tablespoon)about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

4) Bake 9-10 minutes. Allow to cool. Glaze or fill.

We used strained homemade coconut yogurt plus enough corn-free powdered sugar to thicken it as a creamy filling for our cookies. You could use 7 minute frosting, any frosting of your choice, marshmallow creme,maybe some coconut milk ice cream? You could also just use a simple glaze instead of making sandwiches.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Genetic Testing at Kiosk Near You!

You go to the mall and stop by the G-Kiosk. Rub a test strip across your tongue and deposit it..pick an option. 1) basic risk factors. 2) preparing to get pregnant 3)life lengthening tips 4)Full scan including all disease risks. 5)Epigenetic changes since your last visit... 5 minutes later a printout pops out and you are on your merry way.

Your whole genetic self, like a snapshot in front of you.

It is important to know yourself, inside and out.

There is a key card that comes with your printout. You quickly scan your results and you are on your way to better health.

So we don't have it yet, but I see it coming soon enough. I cannot wait!

Would it not be terrific to know what foods work best for your body?

Would it not be terrific to quickly compare your genetic's with your partner to help decide child planning?

Would it not be terrific to know if you had been exposed to toxins?(epigenetic)

Would it not be terrific to know which medicines were safe or dangerous?

Whether you would fair better in heat or cold? Humid or dry?

To know you are higher risk for certain cancers? Might help you decide whether that bacon was worth it..

To whether or not you were immune to certain infectious disease? Or whether the vaccines would cause disability in you? No vaccines needed for you!

To prevent diseases like Mitochondrial Disease, MCAS, Autism, MS and so many others that toxins contribute to????

To know if your microbiome needed a quick tune up(serving of homemade Kraut anyone?)

Of course we will always need Genetic Specialists, we are far too complex to not need them.. but it would create a new Professional, a genetic consultant who could help you plan nutrition or exercise or workplace exposures or what you needed to eat for an optimal pregnancy based on your very own and very individual genetics.

Companies like 23 and me are bringing us that much closer to better lives. To more affordable and accessible healthcare.

Our basic selves that we have access to that we don't have to rely on Drs, hospitals and Specialists.. It would be better for them too! They would reduce their patient load to only those that truly need their help and where environment changes would not matter. We would be healthier in general and need fewer Drs.. Our Drs. are terribly overworked. It can take a year to get into the right Specialist.. with the ability to access our own information in a fast and timely matter it would make their job easier. A person might even find that they don't need the Dr, that they just need to avoid green beans or quit taking motrin.


If this type of technology was available when Abby was a baby? I bet she would be finishing her Masters right now.. dating, working.. instead of home bound and ill. We could have avoided so much and created a very special and targeted diet that was safe for her and prevented so much damage.

How many Abby's are out there?

A genetic Kiosk machine could prevent permanent disabilities in MILLIONS.

People would have the power to make the right choices for their bodies, that in itself would be a breakthrough for mankind. Our weary medical system could scale back, they would have more time and more resources to accurately diagnosis and treat the far fewer patients that needed them.

Yep, when the option pops up for me to buy stocks in the G-Kiosk? I am going ALL-IN.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Teff and Sweet Potato Gnocchi(dairy free, soy free, corn free, gluten free, rice free)

Certainly not the classic gnocchi but a very tasty version. No ricotta and no parmesan cheese. Closer to a "noodle" cut into gnocchi shapes. Sometimes something a little heavy is what we want to eat. These are heavy but the sweet potato offer a tenderness that makes them work very well. Teff is just good stuff. It has a nutty flavor and it is incredibly nutrient dense. Derek tries to avoid rice flours and starches when possible so these were right up his alley. Mine are kind of clunky, but they still taste great! Just try to make them into equal size pieces for more even cooking.

Sweet Potato Teff Gnocchi

1 cup of mashed(still warm) sweet potato
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt(or safe for you salt)
2 cups of Teff Company teff flour(more on hand for adding as needed and flouring the board)

Mix the warm sweet potato with egg, salt and first cup of flour. Keep adding teff flour until you have a soft dough you can roll. Better your dough a little too soft and sticky then to add too much flour.

Roll into ropes aprox 1 inch diameter on a well floured board. Cut into 1 inch pieces and press fork prongs to one side. Place on a lightly floured board.

Bring water to a boil, add Teff/sweet potato gnocchi- remove to strain when they float.

We made a basic white sauce with shallots,mushrooms,thyme and baby bok choy. I used homemade chicken stock for the liquid and I also added in homemade coconut yogurt to offer some richness.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bunny Tail Cupcakes: gluten free, corn free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, color and chemical free....

I saw these on pinterest last year and swore I would make a clean and safe version for Abby. Considering my lack of artistic ability, we were pretty pleased how these turned out. Which means, the average person could make them far prettier then mine.

I used The Sasha Cake recipe for the cupcakes, just reduced the time to 18-20 minutes.

I made a quick icing (palm shortening, corn-free powdered sugar, homemade vanilla extra, dash of pink himalayan salt,homemade coconut milk) to top the cupcakes and I promptly dipped them in Tropical Traditions shredded coconut.

I used my recipe minus the granulated sugar in the recipe for The Cookie Filling that make all Cookies Wonderful to shape the bunny tails and feet. I rolled the bunny tails in the shredded coconut before placing on the cupcake.

Lastly, I mixed some hibiscus flower powder with hot water, and corn-free powdered sugar(homemade is safest)to make the pink for decorating the feet. (raspberries,cherries,strawberries can all provide a nice bit of red juice to color icing) I used the smallest tip I had for an icing bag.

Overall, I have to say this one was easy. A little time consuming but definitely glad we did it this year!

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