My FIRST Giveaway!! How to Feed Your Family Without Losing Your Mind!

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Ever since I’ve been a mom, getting healthy food into my kids has been a constant worry. Food allergies, aversions, sensory issues, low-tone in cheek muscles and poor tongue rotary action have complicated how I nourish my family.  On top of that, I make sure our food is GMO-free, as organic as possible, and something that will actually be consumed.  If you share any of these struggles, please join us next week for the Thinking Moms’ Revolution eConference on feeding your family:

GMOs, Organics and Food Allergies: How To Feed Your Family Without Losing Your Mind eConference 2014

Date: October 7th 2014  | Time: 10 am – 5 pm EST  |  Registration Fee: US $40

 Presenters

  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Stephanie Seneff
  • Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
  • Heather Fraser
  • Julie Matthews
  • Kris Barrett

It’s an amazing line-up of speakers.  You can go here for more information and to register.  Once you’re registered, you will have a full year’s access online to the conference, including the cooking demonstration! I am also offering 1 admission as my FIRST GIVEAWAY!!  I’m giving Rafflecopter a try.  If you follow me on Facebook and answer 1 short poll you get 2 chances to win the free eConference.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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What’s in Your Lunchbox?

My youngest got kind of worked up about Lunchables recently. He wanted one sooooo badly. There’s no way is no way I’m getting him one, but wanted to recreate the concept in a GF, allergy- friendly lunchbox. I saw these Ziploc boxes on another blog (can’t remember which one) and found them on Amazon.

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The boys had picked out some Spider-Man lunch boxes that are a perfect match for the Ziploc bentos. I find them a little easier to pack, too.

My boys are big on apples right now. I find I can slice them up and pack them the night before, stick the whole box in the fridge and the apples are fine.

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German bologna, Glutino crackers, sliced apple, GF chocolate chip cookies, freeze-dried blueberries, and Glutino pretzels

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Mozzarella wrapped with pepperoni, sliced apple, GF snickerdoodles, potato chips, organic fruit rope.

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Chicken patty, sliced apple, GF madeleines, homemade trail mix: pumpkin seeds, raisins and chocolate chips.

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Mozzarella and pepperoni, grapes, GF Goldfish puffs, fruit ropes.

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Leftover Changs Spicy Chicken, string cheese, apples, GF chocolate chip cookies, fruit rope.

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Thinking Mom SOS

In the spirit of no mom left behind, I want to share this:

One of the original Thinking Moms, Melanie Baldwin who goes by BK or Booty Kicker, is fighting spine and liver cancer after already overcoming breast and bone cancer. She is a woman of strong Christian faith and she’s a passionate advocate for her son, who is severely impaired by autism and who is self-injurious and requires constant care and supervision. Her posts about her efforts to bring her son to church and Sunday school are inspiring.

I can’t even begin to imagine her trials. What I can do is offer prayer and healing energy and contribute to her treatment fund.

Anything helps, everything we can do to support Melanie and her family matters. If all you can do is pray, please do!!

Again, here’s the link to Melanie’s GiveForward campaign.

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15 Healthy, Gluten-Free Lunchbox Ideas

I’m over at Thinking Moms’ Revolution today with some suggestions for packing a GF lunchbox.

Here’s an example of homemade trail
mix from the Trail Mix bar at Whole Foods:

• raisins
• chocolate chips
• banana chips
• roasted pumpkin seeds
• dried tropical fruit
• dates

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Moms Need Some Help, Too

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I’m over at Thinking Mom’s Revolution this week with a few thoughts on self-care for special needs moms. Need to take my own advice!

What do you do to take are of yourself?

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Alternative to Traditional Orthodontia: The ALF Device

Because I can’t do anything mainstream.

At my kiddos’ most recent dental appointment the dentist finally dropped the hammer and declared it was time for braces for Kyle, my almost-10-year-old. Specifically, he needed a butterfly or a rapid upper palatal expander. I broke into a cold sweat.

1. I had one when I was 11-12–I still think of it as The Rack–and it was kind of a disaster. While it did a bang up job widening my face and correcting for an undershot jaw, it left my front teeth unsupported and vulnerable. While horsing around with my sister, my face crashed into her head and I lost a tooth. Having a gray, dead tooth front and center is a big Fashion Don’t for teenage girls. Don’t even ask about the snaggle tooth flipper I had to wear for two years.

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It looked good and it felt fine, but it was kinda weird, ain’t gonna lie. My sister and I weren’t exceptionally wild girls.  We were kids, we were horsing around, and BAM! I was out a tooth.  Kyle, on the other hand, is super active; he and his little brother are pretty scrappy; and he has already knocked out two of his loose baby teeth from playing rough or fighting with Mike. Leaving his front teeth that vulnerable was an invitation to dental disaster.

2. Kyle has mild epilepsy and there’s mounting evidence that seizures aren’t entirely benign and they can leave behind subtle neuronal changes, so managing and minimizing seizures and subclinical seizures is of the utmost importance. The upper palate is basically the floor of the brain’s support–the maxilla bone and a bit of the sphenoid bone, which houses the pituitary. In our experience, just about any kind of brain disturbance–fever, a bonk on the head, ingesting gluten–can lower Kyle’s seizure threshold. Even just mentioning rapid palate expansion to Kyle’s neurologist caused an immediate eyebrows-shooting-into-hairline reaction: “No, you don’t want to do that!”

Our first consultation was with a mainstream orthodontist, who was a lovely person with a gentle manner and a thriving practice, but she brushed asides me concerns a little too quickly.  (Seriously, you wear a flipper for 2 years as a teen and see if it isn’t a wee bit scarring emotionally.)

Then I remembered that our osteopath had told me to call him for a referral as soon as the word “braces” was mentioned.  So I did.  A week later we had a consultation with a dentist who uses something called an Alternate Lightwire Functionals device, or ALF device for short.

The difference between a butterfly device and and ALF device comes down to action, intensity, and time.  A butterfly requires frequent application of increased force (cranking!) against four teeth. Like so:

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The ALF device, in contrast, delivers continuous, even force over a longer period of time, like a spring slowly unwinding.  Actually, exactly like a spring, since it’s a custom-fit looped metal wire. It is also helpful in treating sleep apnea.  It’s about the structure of the entire head, not just the alignment of the teeth. In fact, the first thing the dentist did was check Kyle’s spine, shoulders, and neck rotation before he had Kyle climb in the chair and open wide.

Once the appropriate molds are taken, it is significantly easier to install than an an expander and virtually painless. The wire just snapped in and the dentist glued it in place.  It is adjusted every 6 weeks. We follow up each adjustment with a quick visit to the osteopath.

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My son’s device has more loops than this.  Kyle also has a lower device with acrylic blocks to realign his bite, which he is getting used to for a week before the dentist glues it in.

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His smile before:

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And his smile with the devices locked and loaded.  Note that his smile is more symmetrical, his front upper and lower teeth are better aligned, and his lower jaw isn’t sliding forward:

 

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My handsome boy!

1. Of course it’s more expensive that traditional orthodontia and it will take longer, but this was the ONLY way to go for us. It’s a slow, gentle, gradual treatment that takes the shape and structure of the entire skull into account.

2.  Here’s how you can find more information and the name of a dentist or orthodontist that uses the ALF device in treatment:

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What’s in Your Lunchbox?

Lunch this week is a little tiny bit extra complicated because Mike is attending Clone Wars Camp at the local JCC and pork and shellfish are not allowed (They’re not Kosher).

This means no salami or pepperoni. Easy enough to work around. Today’s lunch was apple slices, a GF chocolate chip cookie, and leftover chicken with rice.

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