Monday, 12 August 2013

Update: Children's Healing Journey: Six months on...

UPDATE: My Children's Journey from Failsafe to healing...

my children


So it has been just over 6 months since making some big changes in diet for my little ones. You can read about the first changes here http://www.kerstenskitchen.com.au/2013/01/childrens-journey.html

Thought you may like to hear how they have been going... We introduced some healing foods and then added in vegetables and fruits as their tolerance grew. Remember they were on just a handful of foods before...


Coconut Oil

I continued using coconut oil in their cookies and cupcakes. We now add coconut flour too, there is very little rice flour. The quantity has increased from the initial tablespoon and they can eat unlimited quantities with no reaction.

Meat - ghee and coconut oil

Previously I cooked in sunflower oil and always baked their meat balls and any chicken in the oven very lightly so there was no browning at all. Now I fry their meat balls and chicken sticks in Ghee on the stove. I also bake with coconut oil. They now tolerate slow cooked lamb and chicken with no reaction.

Broth

Their tolerance for broth has also increased... instead of the 2 hour cooked broth, they are able to have long cooked chicken broth that has loads of healing gelatin.

Gelatin

We have been able to add Grass Fed Beef Gelatin from Great Lakes... we use it in sugar free marshmallows. This has been an exciting new food for them as it looks and tastes like a treat but is full of healing gelatin!


Fermented Veg

Every few days they have half a ml of fermented veg juice. It is a strong probiotic so I am still going slowly with this.

Kefir

Instead of increasing their food chemicals even more by using coconut kefir, I made some rice milk kefir. This now makes up their icecream (replacing the rice milk) as well as having 1 Tablespoon in their glass of rice milk each day. I started with 1/8 teaspoon and built up every few days. This is a strong probiotic so introduce slowly.

Vegetables

The healing foods have been amazing and the children's tolerance has improved so much. They now eat unlimited moderate salicylates... carrot, cucumber, sweet potato every day. I chose to introduce broccoli and avocado very early due to their nutrient profile and they can now eat both every day.

Fruit

This has been tricky... early on even tiny amounts of any fruit sent them crazy! With slow and steady perseverance I have added in small serves of banana (a slice once a week initially), they now have half a lady finger banana three times a week. My son is not keen on fruit, but my daughter is loving it and now eats strawberries, blueberries and kiwi fruit several times a week. 


Egg

Last month we challenged eggs. Previously they would get a lot of stomach pain and bleeding bowels when eaten. I bought chickens last year to see if I could tolerate their eggs as I was also sick when eating store bought eggs. That was a success for me, so I thought it was time, given how well they were doing, to try some egg. So far so good!! They are having egg cooked in cake every day now. We just tried scrambled egg on the weekend and that was fine too! yay!


Nuts

While trying to get my son to eat egg, I ended up challenging nuts. He was not liking his normal cake with an egg added... he was very upset with me and told me I had ruined his cake! No amount of telling him "that was what a good cake should be" was helping. At the time I was eating macadamia cake - lovely recipe which will be in my Grain Free Book avail soon - he really wanted some of MY cake. So I weakened and let them both have a small piece. I was very worried and watched them closely for hours, even when they fell asleep, checking for swelling, rashes etc. But to my delight (and theirs) NO reaction! So they now get to eat macadamia cake :)


The children have been so excited to try new foods and it has been a delight to watch their faces light up at all the new experiences.

 
I have been aiming to increase their chemical tolerance, so that I could decrease the grain component of their diet. I decided not to totally remove grains but limit them...
 
 
 

Here is a sample of a their meals before and now:

 

BEFORE

 

Breakfast

toast
rice puffs
rice milk smoothie
 

Morning tea

rice cupcake
rice cruskit and choko jam
chips
rice cookie
 

Lunch

lamb meat balls
celery sticks
potato hash
 

Dinner

chicken schnitzel
hot chips
choko sticks
 
 

NOW

 
 

Breakfast

lamb meatballs cooked in ghee
rice toast with avocado
rice milk kefir smoothie
 

Morning tea

macadamia cake
banana or berries
 

Lunch

chicken skewers cooked in ghee
cucumber
potato fritters
 

Dinner

slow cooked lamb
roast sweet potato
carrot
broccoli
 
And they can have rice kefir icecream if they want for dessert.
 
I cannot believe this has been achieved in just 6 months of slowly adding in healing foods. Credit is not only in food as medicine, but also from Homeopathy. We started Aperture Homeopathy with Dhanvantari College of Homeopathy in April. It has made such a huge impact on our lives. 
 
 
 
Jump into healing people!!! It is worth the ride... If you need some ideas to get you started as well as some recipes, check out my Failsafe to Healing Workbook
 
 
 
 
 

7 comments:

  1. This is so wonderful to read! So glad to see how your family is healing.

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  2. Kersten, this post just made me cry!! My little 18 month old is currently intolerant to all that your children were and we are in the second month of Kinesiology & Homeopathy. It has truly given me hope that soon enough my little man can have a normal, varied diet again :) I can't thank you enough for giving me the encouragement to keep on keeping on! xxx

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    1. Trudy you are very welcome :) I wish you every success with your little man... it is a tricky and long journey to healing but so worth it xo

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  3. Hey this is so encouraging going through a similar journey with my 2 year old I'm so lost with what to feed my lil guy he just doesn't understand why he can't eat everything! And the things he can eat he refuses and I'm so new at all this I've never cooked healthy in my life . How do I contact you I have some questions about the ebooks of yours?

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  4. This is my wife on my account by the way :)

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    1. Hi happy to have a chat via email or phone... details on the contact page
      kerstenskitchen@bigpond.com

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