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Originally Posted by kaimarb View Post

We raise alot of our own food and cook mostly from scratch but I have not ventured into the gluten thing yet. I have been researching grain millls because I would like to receive the nutritional benefits from certain flours. Do you think that might make the differnece regarding gluten as opposed to just eating "dead" grains that have been pre-milled and processed? Also, as far as oatmeal goes, it is so bloating just to cook the oats without soaking. My son was having terrible constipation issues and I finally figured out that it was the oatmeal. We have read that back in the day they soaked oatmeal in milk for 7+ hours to release the nutrients in the oats before cooking.I have been making a conscious effort to do that.


The Raw Milk Revolution compares different types of milks to breast milk. Raw milk is the closest to breast milk in nutrients and is considered the perfect food. It suggests that because pasteurization kills the good bacteria, that there is no equal balance for the bad bacteria, hence alot of allergic reactions. We have been drinking raw milk for several years and I have not had to take my son to the doctor since he was born.


As far as sugar goes, do you guys eat alot of honey? Maybe a spoonful of raw local honey will satisfy her needs. You could also buy some extra dark organic chocalate for her or make your own trail mix with dark chocalate chips, nuts, raisins or whatever else they like.I had a desert once that was just peanut or almond butter mixed with nuts and carob chips, put in the freezer and then cut into squares like brownies with no added sugars. Those all might be some options for you.


It is so weird how certain foods affect some but others can go on eating garbage with little issues. I have learned though that when my kids talk about the bad kids at school, there is usually a sugar filled lunch unfolded in the story. My kids have never had issues with food so it is hard for me to tell what might be good or bad for them. I know you must be exhausted from the constant planning of meals and snacks. It is great that you have seen progress.Your kids are lucky to have a mom that pursues their needs.



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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

ok here is the article. i liked how it grouped the food and explained. what i got is that if your dd is a meateater then you dont really have to worry about zinc. 



Eating a diet rich in zinc foods is a necessary part of maintaining your dietary health. Zinc contributes to many aspects of your general health. It contributes to quality of eyesight, taste, smell, hair and skin. It is also linked to the production of testosterone in men and the lessening of PMS symptoms in women. It even boosts the health of pre-natal babies as a necessary component of healthy birth weight.

But, perhaps the most widely known benefits of proper zinc intake is a fortified immune system. Zinc aids in the building of 100 different enzymes, and helps protect the body against sickness and decay. Here are 4 natural food sources that add zinc to your diet.

1. Meats

If you are a meat-eater, you are probably already getting a reasonable amount of zinc in your diet. The meats that transfer the highest concentration of zinc include beef, beef, lamb, pork and salmon. Chicken and turkey are also good sources, particularly the dark meat. Remember to consider portion control when eating meats that also have high levels of cholesterol and fat.

2. Nuts and Seeds

Almonds, peanuts, pine nuts, cashews and sunflower seeds are viable vegetarian options for keeping your zinc levels at a healthy high. Even more so, pumpkin seeds have one of the highest concentrations of zinc available in a non-meat food.  All these foods have less fat and cholesterol than many meats. You may need to eat more to abtain equal benefits of animal-based zinc. You may also want to consider taking zinc supplements if your diet is primarily vegetarian.

3. Cereals

Fortified ready-to-eat cereals are an excellent source of zinc. Bran, multi-grain and whole grain cereals especially offer high doses of zinc.  Although cereals are a good source, they contain also often phytates, which binds with the zinc in cereals and inhibit absorption.  Keep this in mind and don’t count on your breakfast cereal being your only source of daily zinc. Also, don’t choose cereals with sugar levels high enough to negate the health benefits of eating zinc.

4. Shellfish

Shellfish such as crab, lobster, clams and mussels are some of the most powerful natural sources of zinc a person can eat. Six oysters can provide as much as 76 milligrams of zinc at once, nearly seven times the recommended daily allowance. For many, shellfish is not always the easiest food to consume regularly. This might be a good thing. Too much zinc can result in impaired immunity and difficulties with the metabolizing other necessary minerals. Still, an occasional indulgence is a perfectly safe way to boost your zinc intake.

When you hear it said that your body needs vitamins and minerals, one of the most vital minerals is zinc. Zinc is easy to consume in red meats and poultry, but a little more difficult to come by in a vegetarian diet. Whatever source you get you zinc from, make sure you consume enough to keep your body functioning and your immune system strong.



Great article, link, thanks.

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