Hi I'll introduce myself too,
I was on this board a lot after my son was born, it was inspiring and allowed me access to all the gossip and details and mothering wisdom that I needed to proceed with confidence. It looks like there is still a vibrant and strong group of parents here
My son is now almost 4 and my daughter just turned 2, I feel like I am surfacing from the baby swamp! (a beautiful marshy wildland..). My son nursed until he was 3, tandem with his little sister who is still nursing, we homebirthed, we try to do it right and healthfully, but ds has had eczema and both kids have, well, not the greatest poops and complexions, y'know? also I have never had great digestion, and this childrearing stuff has left me feeling depleted and as though all my inards are stretched out and a little cold, maybe unloved..
basically I can no longer eat any of the foods I ate in my twenties (I'm in the early thirties collapse!), and I feel like a lifetime of being predominately vegetarian hasn't done me too many favours. or, more specifically, a lifetime of breads and pastas and beans and sugars - with a few extra rounds of antibiotics thrown in has. There have been spells in my life where I've had awful abdominal pain, but mainly it's just gassy bloaty foggy indigestion tiredness stuff. I made delicious dahl (splitpea) soup for a party the other week and actually barfed the small amount I had back up. other foods make me weepy, sleepy, in pain, runny, etc. etc. etc. so I've been gluten-free since this spring and it is like a cloud has lifted. Now I'm basically following the SCD except for decreasing treats of chinese take-out, cornchips, chocolate and whipped cream - sentimental things, silly me! It's noticably easier to eat the scd foods, I feel better when I do, so this is inspiration to follow it strictly, as a family, for the year recommended for celiacs. as a journey of getting healthier, see where we get.
a couple questions, sorry if it's all been answered before:
-dh seems to love buying me kitchen appliances for xmas, thought I might hint for a yogurt maker. I'd like it to be easy and automatic and at least 2-3L volume. any brand recommends? where to look?
-does anyone in Canada know where to buy raw milk - really any animal other than water buffalo (scarred as a child with water buffalo 'whip cream' experience - euwww!), and other than my breasts please, specifically on Vancouver Island or nearby? raw butter?!
some of our favorite SCD meals/snacks are:
-almond butter pancakes (costco sells Marantha brand at a decent price)
-almond flour waffles (so far I just buy this flour at Save-on, but want to order)
-"taco night" with seasoned meat and all the toppings on a bed of lettuces
-almond fruit muffins
-spagetti squash pasta
-carrot wagon wheels and peas or broccoli
-kale and nut warm salads (ask me for this recipe! it's SO good)
-roast chickens and chicken soups
-gingery beef and veggie stirfry
-scrambled eggs and bacon
-fruit and veggie sticks dipped in almond butter
-fish and seasonal veg
-various nut or coconut based cookie recipe experimentations
-lots of apple crumbles
-yogurt and smoothies
Indeed, the diet of a family with young conservative children (ahem, picky ). Simple by necessity, and we're trying to budget and meal plan too. I'm totally curious about what other families are eating on a DAY to DAY basis, it's nice to see so many snippets. We were such gourmets when we mainly ate and cooked at restaurants, but I've learned I am not capable of maintaining that week after week, hour after gruellig hour at home. simple is much better. Anyone feel up to volunteering a list of theirs?
Emily - we mainly eat our yogurt in the mornings, with fruit or seeds. or in smoothies.
Jane - How do you like the grainfree gourmet compared to the other SCD books of recipes? I'm curious about the little tummies book too, as my children only accept a very limited selection of food. I've had to shift my thinking about food and cooking and diet tremendously lately, but it's helping us to all eat together as a family and eat more consciously. lovely.