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Archive for December, 2009

Gluten-free Snowball Cookies and Holiday Notes

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Today I made some gluten-free snowball cookies for the first time.  They came out great.  It’s too late to give this recipe out for the holidays. Instead, I will do it in the coming months.

This holiday season, I made my gluten-free stuffing and gravy (recipes in my book) on three occasions.  One was last Sunday at our Church’s Children Christmas pageant. Gluten-free stuffing and gravy was provided at the turkey dinner after the program.  The gluten intolerant individuals were thrilled that someone thought to provide gluten-free food at this event.

Remember during this holiday season to provide safe food for those relatives with health issues.  A little extra care preparing the food you serve may make the difference between a pleasurable evening or one with discomfort and food reactions.  Happy Holidays.

Are We Poisoning Our Babies Part 2 (Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes)

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Babies are developing their body systems for the first year.  Some areas of the body, such as the ears take up to 8 years to finish developing.  Babies’ digestive systems are very important to their health.  We must protect the digestive system of our babies and children.  Exposing your baby to harsh proteins (i.e., wheat, milk products) in foods that they cannot digest causes diarrhea, vomiting, and damage to the lining of the intestine (leaky gut).  Please do not give foods with a multitudes of proteins to your baby before he/she is able to digest these foods.  Do not give a cookie or ice cream to keep them quiet.  The epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes suggests a need of new diet restrictions.  Recent research is showing that choosing vegetables over grains shifts the source of fuel for the body from glucose and fatty acids to fatty acids and ketones.  This carbohydrate restriction leads to healthy children with correct weights.  Restricting the over-use of crackers and bread early in a child’s life may help prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Try to restrict these foods: pizza, french fries, crackers, milk, ice cream, and sandwiches.  Try to change the food ratio on the dinner plate for the whole family to: a small meat portion, small or no carbohydrate portion, two large portions of vegetables.  Parents please rethink how you feed your babies and children.  Do not think of the cracker or cookie as a treat, but rather a procurer to obesity and diabetes.  New statistics are predicting that one out of three babies born this year will develop type 2 diabetes at an early age.  Will it be your baby?

To be continued…