Thursday, July 25, 2013


When i saw this comic, i thought how great! I wonder when a doctor would prescribe food over drugs.

Take a look this video, it isn't just ONE doctor but two NY hospitals.

Not only are the doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables, the patients are given vouchers for the hospital's farmers' market, and taught how to prepare the food in a healthier manner.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Some of you may wonder why i am doing this, changing our life style and healing thy self through food.
Twenty-five years ago, i had a dream that i would have a handicapped child needing sign-language to communicate. Earlier that year i was told i wouldn't be able to conceive children or maintain a pregnancy due to a hormonal imbalance, i was told to look into adoption.
I signed up for a sign language class through our local community college and within a month i was pregnant. My hormones remained low, but within the range to maintain a pregnancy, thanking the LORD for unsuspected twins to maintain that hormonal balance. At 30 weeks gestation, my boys were born, with all expectation that one would be deaf. So many ear infections and "tubes" but no hearing loss.
After a couple of miscarriages of singles, 6 years later, i was pregnant again with twins. I lost one of the twins late in the first trimester, she was reabsorbed, but it kept my hormones high enough to continue with the pregnancy until 23 weeks when i went into preterm labor and put on bed-rest. At 33-weeks our son was born with amazing APGAR scores. At six days he was released from the hospital. He was slow to develop and by 4 months i guessed something wasn't quite "normal". At 7 month the pediatrician thought we should see a neonatalogist. By nine months, he had had an MRI showing brain damage, cerebral palsy with mixed tone was his diagnosis.
By his second year, i had a dream that food would heal him. I didn't know what that meant then, nor know what it means now. What i do know is it has been a journey that has changed my life!
At his 18-month check-up, our pediatrician, suggested stopping the remainder of his vaccinations due to febrile seizures with each vaccine. He also recommended the "autistic diet" and the Feingold Diet, a diet free of gluten and casein and a diet free of artificial additives. We started with the Feingold Diet.
A few months later, our son became lactose intolerant, so dairy had to go whether we were ready or not.
It took us a year to remove gluten from his diet. The diagnosis of celiac helped that along. OK, so maybe our pediatrician was onto something.
Our son learned to sit-up and walk the year he started the Feingold Diet and going Casein free. He also learned a few signs, eat, drink, more, cookie... Once he was off gluten, the head banging stopped and he started sleeping through the night.
He has been off of soy since he was 4 and so many other foods have come and gone and come back due to allergy testing results. Soy, dairy, gluten, kidney beans, and seafood have remained a constant "no-no"
He was still considered a failure to thrive child and by the age of 13 he was 4'5" and 65 pounds. He was experiencing episodes of frequent apnea and cyanosis (multiple times within a waking hour). He had a 6 day stay in N-ICU to figure it out. He was also experiencing extremely high level of cystine and guanidine acetate for 7 consecutive samples over a year period, indicators of a metabolic disorder. While in N-ICU, another had his third MRI and a blood brain barrier test to check for the metabolic disorder. He was normal (MRI, genetic oligo array, genetic testing...) and showed no signs of any brain damage or cerebral palsy. He was given the diagnosis of Retts and he was in the latter stages of it. His life expectancy was short. He would eventually stop breathing. With that information, we were sent home.
Two years later, i had a dream that i needed to investigate his diet again. The metabolic disorder was an amino acid disorder much like PKU, protein needed to be reduced for normal functioning. What if we put him on a vegan diet? We went to the pediatrician and got a "monitored OK". We would come in for weight and height checks every 2-weeks and if there was any sign of weight loss, animal products were added back to his diet. The first 2-week check-up, he had gained a couple of pounds and grown a 1/2 inch. He was also making eye contact, vocalizing and less frequent episodes of apnea and cyanosis. By the end of 6 weeks, i sent his metabolic doctor a video and requested a urine analysis checking his cystine and guanidine acetate levels. The results were so amazing the metabolic doctor arranged for an appointment within a month to see him and others. His cystine and guanidine acetate levels had reduced 1000 fold and 10 fold respectively, well within the normal ranges.
Two years later i sent the same metabolic doctor a video of our son walking the dogs and vocalizing, and this time asked for an appointment. He was no longer failure to thrive weighing 101 pounds and 5' 1". He greeted the doctor with a handshake and making eye contact, His cystine and guanidine acetate again are well in the normal range. Much to our dismay, our insurance no longer was covered by this establishment and our bill was $7234. When the doctor called to discuss our return visit, i explained our situation and our bill was taken care of by the establishment in exchange for our dietary changes. He now shares them with other patients and if one is interested has him/her call me for more information.
We have found a nutrient dense diet has brought our son back to life. He is now 5'3"+ and still growing. His vocalization continues. His fine motor, gross motor, response, and social skills have made major gains as well.
As we continue this lifestyle journey, we have been introduced to a more raw diet and have watched him thrive even more.
So how could i not continue this journey?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Toffee and Raspberry Fool

Our son is going through a growth spurt and eating us out of house and home. We try to keep his diet nutrient dense and have found that plant-based foods tend to be the most nutrient dense.
I made for him the Toffee and Raspberry Fools from The Complete Book of Raw Food, Julie Rodwell, editor, tonight. I altered the recipe by adding extra raspberries to the "kreme" and adding a raspberry and cacao nib layer. The next time i make it i will add dates to the "kreme" portion. It wasn't quite sweet enough for me.
The recipe is to the right.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Way to go Mom!

My mother has had type 2 diabetes for ~20 years. She has been an advocate of the Standard American Diet, eating out and convenience foods have been her mainstay. As articles have appeared on my radar for dietary changes and preventable or even reversible diseases, i have passed on the information to her. Skeptical, she politely listens to me.  Her A1C has increased over the years and more medication has been administered, so she is listening a little more.
For Christmas, i bought her Dr. Cousens' book. . I, then, had her watch the documentary of those with diabetes becoming medication free.
She hasn't gone completely raw, but she has minimized her animal product intake, reduced her refined carbohydrates, and greatly increased her non-starchy vegetable intake.
Three months ago, her A1C was 7.3. Yesterday her A1C was 6.3 and she had lost 9 pounds. The doctor wanted to know what she has been doing. He told her if she kept going at this rate, she may be medication free.
I am so proud of her!!! Way to go mom!!!
Mom received the results of her A1C 4/28/14. It has dropped to 5.8. She had already dropped one of her meds and may be able to drop another one.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Raw Fajitas

For dinner tonight we made raw fajita's using this recipes.
I would make this recipe again. The flavor of the vegetables was amazing. I used coconut aminos instead of tamari due to soy allergies. The cheddar sauce was the best cheese-like sauce i have made. I chose to use a sour kream recipe from Ani's Raw Food Essentials (p.178) because it is so easy and very flavorful, plus i am not a huge coconut fan.
Our son ate it on the rice tortilla, finished it quickly and then ate half of mine on the lettuce wrap.
The leftover sour kream i froze in ice cube trays for future use. I did the same with the leftover cheddar.
The recipe is for 4-6 servings. For our son and i, it will be four.
soaking of the cashews for the sour kream and the cheddar sauce and the marinading vegetables

this is the fajita on a rice tortilla

this is on romaine leaves

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July healthy potluck

We enjoyed a time of fellowship and heal"thy" food today. The dishes prepared are listed below.
This recipe was altered to be a raw, vegan dish by adding macadamia nuts instead of using the mozzarella cheese.

We also had living lasagna, , stuffed mushrooms with pesto (see below), a spinach salad (see below), and paleo blueberry muffins, .

¼ C extra virgin olive oil
¼ C red wine vinegar
1 TBLS honey
½ C chopped dates
½ C chopped toasted almonds
1 tsp lemon zest (I used the zest of 1 whole lemon)
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (I didn’t use)
½ tsp ground cumin
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
¼ tsp kosher salt
6 C (5 oz) baby spinach
1/3 C diced onion
Craisins (I decided to add them)

Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, cumin, sesame seeds and salt. Set aside.


Combine spinach, onion, dates, almonds, tomatoes. Toss with the dressing when ready to serve. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nutrition for Health Promotion class- week 1

A friend of mine posted a free nutrition class from . I have enrolled in the class. After the first week i am so pleasantly surprised at what i have learned and what is being taught. Our son's body knows how little protein a body needs, less than one gram per kg of weight or  0.46 grams per pound. I learned in the class the RDA recommend the same amount or even less. Many highly developed nations such as the US eat almost 3 times the amount needed. The excess protein is sweated out in the form of ammonia, but excess ammonia lowers one's body pH and can create health issues, especially is one isn't physically active enough to sweat it out.
The class also recommends a great food tracking tool giving the limits of what one should eat and what foods contain empty calories. The site link is . My only compliant is the list food in this program is very limited. There are other food diary programs that have a larger list and where foods can be manually added, but does not show the limits or empty calories, such as .
Having kept a food diary for our son, i wasn't surprised to see how much protein is in plant based foods and how little animal products are needed to meet one's needs. The class example was for a 170 pound adult male. He ate one medium size egg and 2.5 ounces of chicken (~ the size of a child's size fast food burger)  to meet his protein needs. The remaining needed protein was obtained from plant based foods.

 I will keep you posted on the class as it progresses.