Friday, May 15, 2009

Another day, another walk

Allergy Boy had a much better day yesterday, and so we were able to resume our exercise somewhat. How did he get over this so fast ? I think part of it is his age- his body may be able to throw off his childhood allergies as it matures. Other factor is most likely that when he gets sick, mom breaks out the alternative medical tools for intervention. In this case it involved extra vitamin C, acupressure massage and a couple of reiki treatments. Poor kid has seen the inside of a Doctors office so rarely that he gets terrified of the prospect of seeing them .

Breakfast yesterday was Pumpkin oats with bran,goji betties, coconut, ground flax and mission figs. I have discovered that I really prefer the Mission figs to the klamata figs as they are moister and have a milder flavor. There is almost a chocolate undertaste to them, and how can anything that resembles chocolate be bad ? I also grabbed a carton of Yo Plus ,an apple, green tea and water with this. Then out for our walk . We noticed a pair of ducks had decided to visit the swimming pool in the complex for a while and the local hawks were flying overhead more than normal. Several of these were seen with prey in their tallons, and I kind of shuddered to think about what that prey might be. So many baby animals around these days. All are either the eaters or the eaten. It is natures way, but part of me wonders how the animal moms of those babies that have become the eaten feel.

After tackling most of our school objectives for the day we broke for lunch.Turkey burger with provalone, carrot and celery sticks, cantalope, yo plus. not pictured a cup of minestrone soup and water. I an trying to move to a more yeast free diet for both myself and my son to address some of the challenges we are facing. For him it is a move to adress his Autism, and for me it is to correct some digestive, female and weight related issues. With him it is following a gut instinct on my part ( why crackers are okay but bread makes him crazy), and with me it is a strong body of research done through alternative medical circles that indicate the root problem to my issues as a Candida overgrowth. Result is some things are going to change in our diets.

After school came an afternoon of school planning, menu tweaking and grocery list making. Next week is our last week of school- hooray ! Dinner was something I called "a member of the food family". Take some organic quinoa and top it with a mix of black beans, corn, onions, salsa and sprinkle it with a quarter cup of low fat mozzerella. Kinda sorta south american chili I guess. On the side there was zuchini and onions sauteed in coconut oil with oregano , tossed green salad and lemon water on the side. Virgin coconut oil is a good choice for health and it is a great anti fungal, but I really do not like the taste or the smell. It does not smell like coconut to me in the least !

Starting Saturday I am going to drop the Yo Plus for son and I and move to plain nonfat yogert with our own fruit and stevia. Because of convenience, I am also going to pull out the fruit and yogert from our meals and move it to snack times. Question in my mind this morning has been what to add to the Mom burrito meals to give the same satiation level without raising our daily caloric intake. It's simply a matter of switching things up, and I just have to focus a little to find the solution


Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Your quinoa dish sounds delish! I've been shying away from quinoa, but I think I'll give it a whirl!

Glad your son is feeling better :)

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Quinoa is a very mild taste, but it has a fun sort of chewy kind of texture. Just be sure to rinse it before cooking , or you can wind up with something that tasted on the bitter side.

karen said...

The quinoa definitely sounds like something we'll be trying! And thanks a huge ton and a half for all the support you've been sending our way with our own diet change. So far SO many people have said that they've noticed a difference in Johnny. I have to fathom a guess that it's not a coincidence :)

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

The dietary changes , if you hit upon the right ones, do indeed work seeming miracles with behaviors ! Long ago , when Nick was 3 and we were just beginning the journey with autism, we did a yeast free diet and it made a world of difference in problems we were having with ear infections, diaper rash ( I thought he would NEVER be potty trained) behavior and more. My big mistake was not sticking with it. The detox part for some can be really rough, and for others it is nothing, but it is totally worth the effort !

Dutch said...

I just wanted to give you a heads up on what my nose doctor gave me to help with my nose when I am feeling stuffed up or my allergies kicking in. It is called a Neti Pot. It is the best thing I have ever used. I bought the sinus rinse packets that were 100 for about $13.00. at Walmart. I use it once or twice a week. I have never tried quinoa but it sounds yummy. Have a great weekend.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I have heard about neti pots and the success, but I don't think I could use one on my son without him freaking out and then deciding other things look like a neti pot , and therefore should and could be used like one.Let's just say that his way of thinking is very creative and scary at times, so I really have to second guess. I have oil diffusers and potpourri burners that look very similar to neti pots, and if one of them got used in that way it could be very toxic.But thank you for thinking of us with this !