Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why I'm changing

So what causes a farm girl, a food junkie, and a woman that loves to cook comfort foods for her kids want to change to cleaner healthier eating? Well, it's simple.
It started as I was laying in the bed with Cullen my then six year old, him crying of a "horrible headache". All he wanted was the darkness and to sleep.
 I slowly left the room and as the door clicked behind me I felt helpless.
His headaches were few when he was six maybe one or two every month.
When he turned seven they came to visit him more and more and finally we 
were told that he was having childhood migraines and that this was very common in children his age. I didn't buy it. I knew something was triggering them and I just had to find out what. I moved him to the front row of the van, wouldn't let him near a computer or video games. I started trying to look up home remedies and make him eat more healthy snacks in case it was a low sugar issue but nothing helped. 

Meanwhile I went to a doctor in Tennessee, because of adrenal symptoms, who believes that our bodies were created to heal themselves, if we would feed our bodies the right food. 
He put me on a gluten free, dairy free, meat free detox for 28 days.
 Sounds painful, huh? 
Well it really wasn't. I did my homework and was fired up to get started so I wouId start feeling better. I did research on gluten and decided to put my whole family to the test. So, this is the chronicles of living gluten, dairy, meat free for 28 days.
The family did a version of this. Gluten free, no dairy but some meat.
 Here is what I learned through the process.

Day 1. Started my new lifestyle for the next 28 days. I have a headache and feel very tired. The kids are having it rough. The sugar detox is going to be hard on them. They are eating every piece of fruit in my kitchen. I don't know if we can afford this. Channie and Cullen are having the worst detox, very hungry and feeling cranky. They're drinking lots of water and I'm feeding them three meals and two healthy snacks but they're still hungry. They were never this hungry on our former diet. (Lots of butter, cheese, homemade pizza etc.)

 Day 2. Woke up this morning feeling like I had never slept. Ugh....Felt flu like all day. I wake up with a headache and go to bed with one. Took a detox bath and felt better. The kids are still hungry all day. Their appetites have increased ten fold. I know we can't afford this.  They're eating twice as much now. Listened to a sermon on forgiveness and laid in the sunshine. Hoping my body gets over the hump sooooon. 

Detox Bath:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Epsom salt
3 drops of Lavender oil

Day 3. My supper table looks like something out of a magazine. We have beautiful veggies, gourmet salads, incredible fruits. Just no bread and butter.
 Channie says, "can we make get ya married rolls?"
 Not right now baby girl.
She would eat two rolls or more at supper every night with tons of butter. Just because you're tiny doesn't mean you're healthy. Her little body craving the bread. 

When supper time came around everyone ate anything and everything that was put in front of them. They were more excited about trying new foods and came to love things they never had even tried. Cullen has not had a headache at all.

Day 4. Ordered a Berkey water system and walked for 30 minutes today. I am still very tired feeling and this cooking healthy meals is hard. You have to be on top of every meal. Because everyone is always hungry all of our meals have to be planned out carefully so we don't just bag it all and go out to eat. *sigh* I realized that the way I show love is by cooking for them and now because we're changing the way we eat, I feel kind of bad for not feeding them Pioneer Woman. 
Brown rice and roasted potatoes doesn't sound bad though.

Day 5. Cullen has been headache free for 5 days. 
The kids are starting to feel great. No more cravings or very little. Everyone is not so focused on food and more focused on other things. Maybe we will be able to afford this. I took them to the gym and we all swam for 2 hours. I'm still not feeling great. Flu like symptoms with no fever. The kids have a virus so I'm thankful I get to lay around and hold them and not do too much. 

Day 7. Still not feeling well. Its kind of frustrating. I want to feel better yesterday. Tired, drugged and in slow motion. Come on body, kick in. Cullen is still headache free. Small changes all around and I'm thankful.

Day 8. Still feel yucky..I couldn't go any where even if I wanted to. It's crazy to think I'm going to feel good again. I've lost some weight not sure maybe 5 lbs. Hoping the sun comes out tomorrow. The kids are eating less snacks and eating more at meal time.

Day 9. Feel drugged and slow moving. Learning to cook delicious healthy meals takes my mind off how bad I'm feeling. I always thought I ate healthy enough. Why is my body having to detox so hard? The kids are doing great...I would say adding organic meat and fruit smoothies has truly been the trick for them. I also make banana ice cream with almond milk and honey. It's awesome. I can't have it yet but the kids love it and I didn't have to buy as many groceries this week.  I have to prepare more and investigate what foods have gluten in them and avoid as many as those foods as possible. They are more expensive but so is the doctor and Cullen is still headache free.

Banana Smoothie:
Freeze 4 bananas
1 cup of almond milk
Handful of almonds
1 tablespoon of organic peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey

Day 10. Felt less clouded today, slept great last night. Felt better overall today. Thankful.

Day 11. Feel much better! I feel a little energetic:)

Day 12. Woke up feeling good. Clear headed, hopefully this will last. The sun is out..Fog lifting. 

Fast forward to day 22. Although I have stuck to a very strict diet (as well as Taylor) the kids have each gotten off on the weekend for special dinners or daddy pizza time. I'm not so naive to think that things won't come up but we get them right back on it at the next meal.   Cullen is still headache free and Channie is no longer having "stomach issues". She would eat and 20 mins later say, "my stomach hurts"...She has not had a stomach ache in 3 weeks.
Taylor feels better than she ever has. She said she will never go back to eating
the way we did.
I have lost 11 lbs and been swimming 4 days a week with the kids. I have energy again. I feel clear headed. I can think and I feel great! 

Some people don't believe a healthy diet can impact your life others just refuse to change. It's a hard transition and believe me when I say that.
But it's been 22 days and Cullen is still headache free.
I have not had to sneak out of a dark room and wonder what I could do to make him feel better.

So we will continue on our journey of healthy meals. We are learning to cook  healthy using lots of fruits and veggies.

Example Menu at The White House

 organic rice cereal, almond milk and bananas 
   gluten free oats with honey and raisins

hummus with veggie sticks
kale chips

sweet potatoes and quinoa 
green beans and steamed cabbage 
gluten free pasta with sauteed mushrooms and onions

banana ice cream
apples and organic peanut butter
chips (homemade from organic corn tortillas) and salsa

Mexican Night
(black beans, homemade salsa, homemade chips, guacamole, mexican rice)
Ratatouille over rice pasta
Garlic roasted potatoes with carrots, green beans and apple pecan salad


Anonymous said...

Anna has been having headaches since August. I have been suspecting gluten.

Julie said...

Our family made the switch at the beginning of the year, except my teenage son, and I won't go back either. I realized I show love through
food as well,but now I realize I am loving them through healthy food.

Dana said...

Last Saturday I cut out all grains, fruits, and anything processed, except for protein powder. (I had a surgery awhile back and needed to "shock" my system back in place, so to speak.)

So on Sunday I'm starting to feel like I have the flu.

On Monday I had a full-blown migraine--which rarely happens.

Today (Tuesday) I have zero energy, and even though I don't have a migraine, my head feels like it's going to explode. I'm exhausted and it hurts to even lay in bed because everything aches.

It never even dawned on me that this flu-like feeling was some kind of withdrawal. At first I thought it might be a caffeine withdrawal, but I don't have that much caffeine.

So, now I guess I need to get on your meal plan and figure out if we can afford to eat this way, too.


Abby said...

I struggle with healthy eating too. I like to bake anything and everything.I always felt like it was how I showed my love for my family, but I have noticed health issues that are starting to come up and I know it has to do with what we eat. I try to do things diefferently but then it gets too hard, or I can't figure out a way to afford it. You have given me hope & the desire to try again! Perfect timing too because next week is payday- I see changes in our food for next month! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Anonymous said...

My family of nine has had phenomenal success with the GAPS diet. We have been on it for almost two years and have seen tremendous healing.


Aflyonmyhomeschoolwall said...

Our eating/cooking cycles around from strict "clean" eating to less so, and we're currently on a strict wave. The kids are often angry with me for not baking treats, but I can tell we're so much healthier that I simply cannot go back to another way. We've not gone gluten-free, but sometimes I wonder . . .

Karen Sue said...

glad this is working out for you. trying to eat healthier at our house. wish losing weight was easier. It took 50 years to get this size, not going to ever be tiny and not going to lose overnight.

Emily, wife of Jeremy said...

Oh food. It's so tricky (my 6 year old's favorite word). I know that both my 6 and 4 year old daughters have stomachs just like their dad. I just don't even know where to start to find the problem. If I took away toast they might die. LOL. But it's so hard to see them in pain so often.

Maybe I should try the gluten free, dairy free route but like you with so many in the house to feed (it's currently 8) the money shock might kill our budget. Eck! I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant so I'm not sure if I can do this with releasing toxins to the baby. Hum... Must research.

Thanks for the post. It's good to be spurred on and like you I speak volumes of love to my children and husband by cooking good rich meals. My husband LOVES all the pioneer woman's recipes. It's so hard to take away all the from them even though I KNOW it's better for them in the long run. It's like using fresh ground wheat. My family (of course) LOVES things cooked with white flour, um, fresh wheat not so much.

Please, if you can, continue to post meals with recipes and snacks ideas. Us southern cooking women trying to reform our cooking need HELP. : )


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