I just got back from talking w/the lady who picks up our raw milk, butter, grassfed etc. and the farms actually sells Blue Ice for only $15 a jar. I think that's pretty good. Gonna get some in 2 weeks.
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5/2/06 at 5:10pm
Originally Posted by Gale Force
DHA level is great, vit A and D are too low. Definitely finish the packet and then get a higher vitamin brand. I take Nordic Naturals because I take very high doses, so I am not sure what people take who just take a regular dose.
Originally Posted by Annikate
Patty, Jane, anybody???
How does this stack up with what the WAP foundation says about how much a nursing mom should take? I take one packet a day. Should I be taking more?
Originally Posted by New Mama
I'm new to this thread, and I've read the cheat sheet but I must be dense, because I'm really overwhelmed! So I hope you guys don't mind if I jump in and ask a few questions.
I don't know if I have a leaky gut, or if my (9-month old) son does, but here are the minor symptoms we do have. I've had acne and blackheads since I was about ten (25 years!) -- on and off, some times better than others, but I've never had really nice skin. I was on tetracycline (abx) for that for years as a teenager.
I had one or two periods when I was an adolescent, then NOTHING. I was on birth control pills for about ten years. I went off them a few years ago when we decided to get pregnant. Of course nothing happened and we ended up injecting me with hormones/fertility drugs and conceiving via IVF.
I've never had a yeast infection, have had no thrush issues with BF'ing, never have an GI problems, etc.
My son has been very healthy (only one cold so far) and seems like a normal, happy baby, but he was a major spitter-upper, and still does spit up. He's only had a tiny bit of solid food here and there and I consider him EBF. He mostly seems to react to any dairy or soy I eat. (I eat a mostly vegan diet.)
On Friday I started some supplements in the hopes of clearing up my skin: MSM, L-Glutamine, zinc, probiotics, and a digestive enzyme complex. I haven't noticed any difference, but my son has had more restless nights than usual. He has also been waking up needing to pass gas a bit more than usual, and it seems like he's straining to poop and doing so more often.
So...am I on the right track here? Any suggestions? Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this and has some advice!
ETA: I also have always had a weak constitution -- I don't get really sick a lot, but I often feel run down, and I've never been able to exercise a lot without feeling exhausted (I used to run -- meaning barely jogging! -- and never got past 30 minutes and that was going VERY slowly).
Originally Posted by moonshine
Subbing. I have been lurking along, but thought I would properly introduce myself. I started looking at healing the gut because of a very distended stomach, constipation and gas that I have been dealing with since January. My doctor diagnosised it as IBS, but I am not convinced of that. In any case, I feel like I was finally reading something useful reading Jane's cheat sheet. I have been following Eat to Live since last summer and before that (mostly) vegan, but with more grains.
I have no idea why I got this "condition" all of the sudden, and why it hasn't left, but I finally started making a bit of progress but cutting out all grains and sugar as of a week ago. I have also upped my fat intake. Still have lots of distention, and some sort of inflammation in the beginning of the large intestine.
Probably could ask lots of questions, but will start with this:
Is it worth making yogurt cow's milk dairy with pasteurized milk? I just made cashew yogurt and added some of the Baby Jarrow's probioitics that I have on hand. Thinking about making cococnut yogurt too. I did just make cococnut water kefir and coconut cheese.
Originally Posted by JaneS
It takes time to absorb all this, I've been at it for years now! I really believe if your bf child reacts to dairy or soy you have leaky gut, but don't really know that for sure, there hasn't been any research on this.
The "weak constitution" issue says to me that you are suffering vitamin and mineral deficiencies or perhaps thyroid issues which can absolutely lead to all these symptoms.
I'm struck by you and the other new poster today that both have vegan backgrounds (I was mostly vegan as well). Today my reading has absolutely convinced me that this is one of the main factors that led me and many others down this road. I ate a lot of processed soy which can lead to mineral and digestive enzyme deficiencies very quickly due to the phytate content. Also soy really messes with your thyroid too.
I've been reading alot about fat lately and the vegetable oils (soy, corn, canola) really hinders your ability to produce hormones and essential fatty acids and have been attributed to increasing fertility issues in modern times. I very much think getting off all vegetable oils did wonders for my skin. Because thinking back, that is the first change I made even before kefir/yogurt everyday, which was the next step I think. This was even before SCD. I also have never really had nice skin since puberty either and I do now.
I don't think probiotic capsules are enough to heal unless you have a lot of money and are able to take a bottle a week or more. I think you need the amounts in homemade kefir/yogurt.
Originally Posted by JaneS
While reading my new favorite book Eat Fat, Lose Fat I think the major reasons why Firefaery and I have gotten well rather more quickly than SCD says, is liberal use of coconut oil. Will be posting more about this in a bit.
Originally Posted by caedmyn
JaneS--can I just take extra cod liver oil instead of giving it to DD for her eczema? I don't really feel comfortable giving supplements to a baby that's not even old enough for solids.
Originally Posted by JaneS
Did you ever taste Mountain Rose Herbs coconut oil, don't they have like a gallon for under $30?
Originally Posted by AmyD
My lil' guy is 17m and barely eating. Waiting on the food allergy and enviromental tests to come back (sleep apnea and very very frequent nightwaking gasping for air). Oh, he also has a lil' rash too (and he is EC'd) so probably the enzymes over here too Well, he just developed a umbilical hernia (he had surgery at 6w for an inguinal hernia), sigh. So another surgery might be in his future, but this is not life threatening like the inguinal one.
But I regress.
We had the house deleaded before I was pregnant w/him. New windows, gov't grant and loan, excellent program, certified lead abatement contractors. Well, he just got tested and his lead is at 14 (venous). His iron is at 11 (normal is 70-100) and hemoglobin is at 9. I need ideas. (And a bigger plate to put all of this one, mine's gettin' crowded ) We just bought the gluten-free floradix, floravital, and started that yesterday. He won't eat red meat (which I've been trying to push for weeks). I'm thinking about getting some organic grass-fed liver and after the 14 days of frozen, grating it up and just putting it on my finger and sneakin' it in his cheek (which works for everything). Our dr. wants to put him on a prescription iron supplement and while I understand that his iron is incredibly low, I'm not sure how a supplement that is ridiculously hard on his system and unabsorbable, will help. Not to mention the crap (and SCD illegials) that will be in it.
Originally Posted by mom2zsel
How would you eat this? Smoothies? Eggs?
|That is what the SCD is based on, they strictly forbid raw milk yogurt.|
Originally Posted by nicolena
(patty--we went down to one car too. i was freaked at first, but now it's no big deal. don't miss it!)
i take 4 tsps of clo a day. i'm stingy w/ it with dh, and very careful not to spill too much when trying to get it down the girls, but i figure bf'ing two, i should take it. it is pricey.
we are a month into SCD (6 weeks on scd legal only, and no sugar for a few months)--the girls (16 months) poos are finally getting better, but nowhere near what i imagine to be normal. and now i'm a little constipated, due i think to the fact that i made myself almond butter cookies (blanche, soaked, crisped, made in =to butter, and DID NOT SHARE!)--at least they lasted close to four days . anywhay, i think i'm not getting enough carbs. so i need help figuring out where to go next. so far, they seem to tolerate all forms of squash. they seem okay with green pepper and brocolli and asparagus and cauliflower. they are NOT fine with peas--they wouldn't go to sleep at all.
can i give them the applesauce i just made? (i made it awhile back, but i ate it all myself bc they didn't seem ready.)
can i add cheese? i added it once before, but it coincided with a tummy bug (i think). it doesn't seem like raw cheddar would give diarrhea, does it? i'd really like some cheese. tell me now is the time for cheese, please.
and then i just add in the nuts? try a banana pancake here and there? i'm so clueless. and all i do is cook. sigh.
does anyone (jane, firefaery, patty?) happen to have a log of what they ate when--or, rather, what their babes ate when? i know it's trial and error, but it would really help to kow that someone else a month in was still eating such a limited amount. i bought the maker's diet hoping for some guidance about introducing foods, but it hasn't helped. if anyone could pm me a food log--or post it here--i'd be very grateful.
oh--and seeds. iread somewhere not to add seeds til 3 months, but is that sunflower seeds vs seeds in zucchini? when can i stop deseeding the zucchini? again, i know it's trial and error; i just hate not to deseed and go back to diarrhea again.
thanks for any input! and keep up the good work, mamas!