Our Healtheir Recipe Mom Brooke! An everyday Hero Hero

 

A few years back, Brooke’s toddler was newly diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1.  As she was desperately searching for healthier sugar free products and recipe ideas, she landed on the Kid Kritics site and signed up to be a Healthier Recipe Mom.  That’s how I “met” her.  I was immediately impressed with how proactive she was.

Brooke’s big challenge was just beginning; she had to pay total attention to every meal she prepared, reading labels of every product she purchased. Taking care of her son’s health became a full time job. Complicating this task was her limited food budget.

Eleven months later, another level was added to Brooke’s challenge. Her son was also diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Now she faced another dietary adjustment for her little guy and thus her family. Not only would she have to count her son’s carbohydrate intake, monitoring blood sugar, she would also have to study the source of his starch intake.

Recently Brooke described to me how much more difficult it was to adapt to the gluten free lifestyle versus the diabetes diagnosis. It seemed her son could no longer eat anything he liked – all wheat, rye, barley, oats were out of the question. Adding to this stress was the reality that family outings such as, church potlucks, eating at friend’s house and any restaurants would now be very limited.  But again, she took charge and decided her family would all go gluten free to avoid any dangerous cross contamination in the house. And, she wanted to eliminate the struggle keeping her child from eating gluten foods stored in their home.

Digging through gluten free brands, Brooke discovered that a gluten free diet of processed foods can be very expensive; most gluten-free convenience items are “fluff”, processed and very low in nutritional value. Plus she learned that most gluten free products have higher carb content than regular versions, making it harder for her to manage her son’s insulin regimen.

There is a silver lining in this picture. Brooke noticed changes in herself when she transitioned to a gluten free diet as well: she had more energy! Plus, her family is definitely eating healthier morning, noon and night.  She now relies on serving a lot of affordable fresh produce and home cooked meals. Without a doubt, Brooke now excels at creating and adapting delicious healthy recipes for her family!

More great news. Brook’s son has been a “champ” with the transition. Because he understands how much better he feels, at only 3 ½ years old he rarely puts up a fight if he can’t have something with gluten. Another plus – he has already become really good at asking people if something has gluten in it before he will take a bite.

Brooke is an amazing mother! She has so much on her plate and deals with it with strength, positive attitude and love. It is our honor to have Brooke as part of our “Healthier Recipe Mom” group. Using qualifying ingredients for restricted diets, she creates “good tasting” recipes the whole family enjoys!

 

To Brooke and all mothers out there we want to wish you a “Happy Mother’s Day!”  You are all heroes in my eyes.

 

It is our joy to give you a couple recipes Brooke has created using

Kid Kritics Approved Products:

Tropical Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust 

Wild Blueberry Syrup

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Choose to have a Smart Active Brain or Fructose

Research continues to point out how the sweetener Fructose negatively impacts your brain… as well as your children's.  Please read this report by Dr. Mercola,

September 2, 2012 – Issue 2206

Too Much Sugar Makes You Stupid!

The rats fed fructose syrup showed significant impairment in their cognitive abilities—they struggled to remember their way out of the maze. They were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats' ability to think clearly and recall the route they'd learned six weeks earlier.

Additionally, the fructose-fed rats showed signs of resistance to insulin, a hormone that controls your blood sugar and synaptic function in your brain.

Because insulin is able to pass through your blood-brain barrier, it can trigger neurological processes that are important for learning and memory. Consuming large amounts of fructose may block insulin's ability to regulate how your brain cells store and use sugar for the energy needed to fuel thoughts and emotions. The average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture2.

Researchers concluded that a high fructose diet harms your brain, as well as the rest of your body. But there is even more to this story.

A second group of rats was given omega-3 fatty acids in the form of flaxseed oil and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), in addition to the high fructose diet. After six weeks, this group of rats was able to navigate the maze better and faster than the rats in the non-DHA group.

The researchers concluded that DHA is protective against fructose's harmful effects on the brain. DHA is essential for synaptic function—it helps your brain cells transmit signals to one another, which is the mechanism that makes learning and memory possible. Your body can't produce enough DHA, so it must be supplemented through your diet.
 

YOUR CHOICE IS either to cut out all sweeteners, artificial included, use a little cane sugar for occasional treats, and take DHA supplements – fish oils!  OR, go down the road of destruction, ignore conclusive research, eat lots of sweet junk food, including "candy cereals" and be stupid. 

I think you are smart enough to follow choice one.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

 

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Do you still believe Soy is a Health Food?

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Do You Still Believe Soy is a Health Food?

By Dr. Mercola

Soybeans contain compounds called phytoestrogens or isoflavones, which have been found to produce a variety of mild hormonal actions within the human body by mimicking the sex hormone estrogen. An increased risk of breast cancer is another potential hazard, especially if you’re exposed to high amounts of estrogen-mimicking compounds from birth.

Making matters worse, unless you’re buying USDA 100% Organic soy products, chances are you’re consuming genetically engineered soy, or feeding it to your baby, and GE crops—soy in particular—have also been linked to serious fertility problems. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has similarly been implicated in causing miscarriages, and both conventional- and genetically engineered soy are typically treated with heavy doses of this herbicide.

All in all, the health hazards of unfermented soy products—particularly genetically engineered varieties—are so serious and numerous, I strongly suggest avoiding them altogether, whether you’re planning a pregnancy or not. But clearly, it’s of particular concern for pregnant women.

Please also understand that many supplement use lecithin in them, which is typically made from genetically engineered soy. If you take supplements please be sure to find a supplier that also avoids soy lecithin.

For an excellent summary of the many dangers of consuming unfermented soy, please see this previous article by The Weston A. Price Foundation.

Unfortunately, many Americans who are committed to healthy lifestyles have been hoodwinked and manipulated into believing that unfermented and processed soy products like soymilk, soy cheese, soy burgers and soy ice cream are good for them. This is a tragic case of shrewd marketing and outright lies, with the end result of producing large profits for the soy industry and impaired health for most who have been deceived into using unfermented soy long-term.

Please take heed and reduce or totally eliminate soy from your food repertoire, unless it is USA Certified 100% Organic.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

(www.mercola.com)

 


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GMO Food. Yes or No?

Do you want GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food for your family?  GMO food has had its genes spliced with lab-replicated genes from other animals, plants, and viruses to make it resistant to insects, heat, drought and more so it will grow more easily for mass production.  This includes cross specie changes. 91% of soy  and 85% of corn are now GMO produce. Many scientists and health professionals are concerned about the long term health issues attached to the consumption of GMO food.  "In one study, traces of insecticide were present in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and in 80% of umbilical cord blood." * Others say time for more research is needed. 30 countries, including the European Union, Australia and Japan won't allow GMO farming. They didn't wait until health negative results surfaced. 

How would you know if you are eating GMO food?  You won't, unless the food companies are required to use a GMO label .Or, unless you buy all organic, stay away form the Top 8: corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya and yellow squash.  There is a Non-GMO Shopper's guide: www.nongmoshopping guide.com.

In 2 days, the FDA, who has a former Vice President of GMO producing leader Monsanto as their Deputy Commissioner for Food, must respond to the Petition for require GMO labeling.  To sign this petition, please CLICK HERE. Thank you.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Don't forget to enter to win a case of Creamy Almond Butter with Omega 3s by Once Again Nut Butter. www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.

*"GMO", Prevention Magazine, April 2012, p. 89.

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What you eat during the first 15 year determines your health profile

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No Kidding.  During today's podcast interview, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. explained why everything you eat/drink and digest during those years of rapid growth shapes the health of your DNA and so much more. And, he shared nutrient-packed fun recipes that work for his kids and their friends.  This is a passionate, helpful, and must listen to conversation. Please go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/familyfoodexperts/2012/04/06/3-top-immune-building-vegetables-kids-will-eat (Sorry, our Click Here is not working) . Or, go to www.iTunes.com, Podcast, Better Food Choices, April 6, 2012 interview. Please listen,

… for the health of your family and you,
ellen

Enter to Win this week's Kid Kritics Approved Food Giveaway Sweepstakes" a case of Greek-Style LowFat Plain Yogurt by Cabot Creamery Cooperative.  www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.

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Coconut Oil. Performance Food of the Week

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Coconut Oil is a naturally occurring saturated fat that is full of benefits.  Surprised? Not all saturated fats are bad – this one is super good for you. It is made up of medium -chain fatty acids that are easily digested and converted by the liver into energy. Fifty percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid which the body converts to anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  Bottom line benefits:" improves heart health, boosts thyroid, increased  metabolism, promotes lean body weight and weight loss, supports your immune system." It should be your first and only pick for cooking oil as it is the "only oil stable enough to withstand heat."  If you have any more questions, go to Dr. Mercola's sight for more details – he points out coconut oil's tropical wonders that have been used for thousands of years.  It is the only oil he uses when cooking.  Now it is the only one I use, too!  Add it to your food staple list.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

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3 Minutes last 24 Hours… find out why

Dr. Lynne Kenney says 3 minutes of being in the present bonding connective love with your child acts as brain food and will stays with him and her for 24 hours. It really doesn’t take much and yet, too many children receive less.  Needless to say, more than 3 minutes is more desirable.  The reason is, the brain needs this interaction to help develop connections between the 100 billion brain cells, neurons, housed inside.  The other critical element is movement, exercise. She explains that since the beginning of time, people interaction and movement have been a brain development requirement. For more fascinating basic brain skills, listen to our interview with The Family Coach and psychologist, Dr. Lynne Kenney on www.iTunes, Podcast, Better Food Choices Radio dated March 9th, 2012.  Positively stimulate your children’s future.

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Enter to Win a Case of Kid Kritics Approved Food. Go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today!

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Happy Valentine’s Day – Love your immune system

Everywhere I turn, someone is sick.  Loving your immune system is key to fighting bugs.  Today is Valentine's Day – Chocolate Day for many.  May I please encourage you to celebrate with immune system defenders, dark chocolate. The higher percentage of cocoa in a chocolate, the higher it lands on the ORAC scale, your antioxidant guide.  Antioxidants fight bad "bugs", free-radicals, living in your body.  You want an army of them defending your family and you at all times.  60% dark chocolate has about 7 times more than blueberries.  75% dark chocolate has about 11 times that of blueberries.  That's high.  And, they are lower in sugar on which viruses and bacteria thrive.

Groom your family away from milk chocolate and start offering them 60% dark chocolate.  The Kid Kritics Approved Bissinger's 60% Dark Chocolate 100 Calorie Bar.  I have given other kids chocolates in the 70 to 80% range and was surprised at their positive reactions.  Consequently, we will be taste testing more healthy chocolates.  Will let you know what works.  In the meantime, please set the example and turn your kids on to chocolate that loves their immune systems!

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Would you like me to call you next Monday and say, "You Won a Case of Enchilada Sauce Mix by Simply Organic"? If so, please enter this Kid Kritics Approved Food Giveaway Sweepstakes by going to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.  Enter more than once to up your odds!

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GOMBBS. Your Immune Building Formula.

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Thanks to Joel Furhman, MD, you can easily remember which are the immune building foods to feed your family. GOMBBS: Greens, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Beans, Seeds*. Pretty simple, right?  Daily, make sure you serve at lest three of these a week. For example, it's simple to prepare fresh or steamed lettuce, spinach, kale – sauteed onions and mushrooms, fresh or frozen berries (smoothies!), beans (hummus counts), and some sesame or sunflower seeds in a salad or trail mix.  It seems that everywhere I turn, someone is sick.  Even my digestive system was complaining a little this morning.  So I am now totally focused on  GOMBBS.  How about you?

… for the health of your family,
ellen

Win the hearts of your family by winning  Case of Wild Blueberry Juice by Wyman's of Maine, AND, a children's book, A Heart Pumping Adventure from the Human Body Detectives series by Dr. Heather Manley.  Please go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes.  Enter more than once to up your odds!

* Excerpt from Dr. Joel Fuhrman's recently released book, SUPER Immunity.

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“Top Super Foods for Super Immunity” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Serve these "Top Super Foods for Super Immunity" to your family to prevent them from getting sick: Kale/collards, mustard greens, Arugula/watercress, Green lettuce/cabbage, Broccoli/brussels sprouts, Carrots/tomatoes, Onions/garlic, Mushrooms, Pomegranates, Berries (all types), Seeds (flax, chia, sesame, sunflower).  Thank you Joel Fuhrman, MD., from his new book  Super Immunity.

Now you are probably thinking there is no way my family will eat some of these, especially those at the top of this list.  It's time to open your mind to buying kale and collards, rinse and chop them finely, then stir fry some with olive oil, onions, garlic and sea salt. Add it few squirts of lemon juice if you like.  The way you get around the texture issue is to slice these greens into little bits. Then serve just a little at first, maybe a tablespoon size.  Stir some into a rice dish  or casserole.  Be inventive and know your effort has a big healthy payoff.   Please don't shy away from brussels sprouts.  They are best when bought still on their stem.  Slice them in half or quarters and again stir fry them as recommended for kale.

I suspect the rest of this list is not so foreign to you.  Do not overlook the delicious fun offered by Pomegranates.  Quarter them, then have your kids remove the white flesh and pull out the yummy little red "berries."  They can eat them right away or you could save some for salads.

Bottom line,  Dr. Joel Fuhrman has given you the secret to avoiding sick days.  Use it!   (By the way, you will save money by eating fresh produce over processed foods.)

… for the health or your family,
ellen

Chocolate Energy Bites (Greens+) are loaded with Superfoods and the Kid Kritics continue to love them.  Enter to Win a Case.  Please go to www.KidKritics.com/sweepstakes today!

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