I have reached a point where I can no longer blog on a daily basis, and even blogging once a week has become too difficult. However, I look forward to continuing to visit the BTD community whenever possible, as there is so incredibly much still to learn. I wanted to leave one last parting message to all other parents out there ........
Change does happen. I continue to see improvement as my children start to experiment with the "healthy" meals I provide for them. I hear my six year old talk about how important vegetables are to other relatives and children. I am amazed when my three year old demands FRESH pineapple from the grocery store. And even my husband, who doesn't believe in the BTD lifestyle, is more than happy to enjoy Amy's organic chicken sausage and other brand new dishes made from scratch.
Oh and guess what? I persuaded him to leave out the pork fat and mix his vension with beef fat instead! Change does happen. And I am grateful to the BTD bulleting board and moderators who share their knowledge with all who ask.
Take care everyone. And
Today is the first day that I was able to get back to the normal routine. Holidays are wonderful, but they throw off your equilibrium and then some. I ate a semi- lousy breakfast (pumpkn bread made by someone who isn't a BTD fan), fed my children what was easy (gluten free cereal with no nutritional value whatsoever), and whisked ourselves off to the YMCA. Once I got there, it was socially delightful- Everyone is there to 'detox' in their own personalized way. I also pushed myself physically harder than I have in a long time, and I hope to reap the rewards tomorrow (better sleep tonight, sore muscles in the morning!).
Lunch for the A's: peanut butter on lightly salted rice cakes
fresh carrots, celery sticks and green grapes
coffee for Mom about one hour later
Both of us feel full, and I think I managed to consume 2 cups of raw veggies. I think I will prepare tuna, rice, and broccolli tonight - along with sliced gala apples. Who knows if the O's will be brave and join us, and decide on another course of action. I just keep trying to get Dad to 'grill' beef whenever possible!
As for the title of this little blog, I wish you had been there. If we had had a video camera, we would have won the 10,000 or the 100,000 prize on America's funniest videos!
My three year old is very reluctant to toilet train. I have done everything humanely possible to prepare him, and it has gotten to the point where he fights me at every diaper change. I finally decided to keep his little behind naked and encourage him to use the facilities when he has the urge. This morning, he did decide to poop in the corner of the bathroom (and onto the floor) which is better than nothing. But whenever a friendly voice asks him to sit on the toilet, he emphatically replies "NO!" (Imagine a bank president slamming down a stamp onto a loan doucmnents or a judge slamming down a gavel. "Permission denied!"
Early this morning, Dad - in a very funny cartoon voice says to him "Do you have any poops or pees?"
My child runs over to his little potty chair and sticks his head into the opening and his naked butt up into the air. We both just cracked up.
I guess he told us.
I take the time to blog whenever an "accident' turns into a easy and delicious meal. This is A secretor, A non secretor, O secretor and gluten free:
1 pound of gluten free ground turkey
swansons natural goodness chicken broth or organic chicken broth (swanson's does have a little corn in it's broth, I believe - but not much)
I had made vegetable fritters awhile ago and had frozen the leftovers (see Dadamo's cook book).
I had also browned some ground turkey with a little olive oil and a generous sprinkling of lemon pepper. (Pepper is an avoid, but used sparingly will not hurt you.)
Pour one can of chicken broth into a big soup pot or a crock pot. Add frozen leftover turkey. Add frozen leftover veggies. Turn heat on low and walk away.
Hours later (lunch time or dinner time), serve with favorite bread or even over rice. It's delicious and satsfying on a cold winter's day. Best of all, it's easy!
Did I mention that sweet potatoes are ok for O secretors and A non secretors? Just in case there are any newbies out there - I wanted to clarify.
One other misc. note: Baking rice paper rolls create mushy, chewy and yucky results. I am going to try one last technique: pan frying with quite a bit of oil (expensive, if you are using the good stuff.) If it doesn't turn kid friendly by that point, I give up! Take care everyone!
This simple recipe was inspired by a local cooking show and one of my favorite college snacks "beer nuggets." (Try not to laugh - I am just being honest!)
Poke a sweet potato with a fork. Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour. Slice the potato with a sharp knife from one to end, and then gently squeeze out the potato from it's skin into a big mixing bowl. Allow to cool and then add one egg, brown rice flour, sea salt and any seasoning you prefer. Mix together with hands and place on a floured board. As soon as you are able to ball up the dough (takes just a little mixing), break it in half. Flour your board well and then roll out little strings of dough(imagine a thick pencil.) Slice into the 'pencil' with a simple knife at half inch intervals. Warm up a frying pan using olive oil or another compliant oil. Carefully toss the small pieces into the pan and then sprinkle with sea salt, garlic or other spice you prefer. Allow to brown and then shake the pan every couple of minutes. Fry the pieces in just a little olive oil and shake the pan or turn over the pieces with a fork as needed. When the pieces are as crispy as your kids like them, it's done!
I think I will try a little cayenne pepper in the mix next time. Both my A non-secretor and my O secretor enjoyed their warm snack, and I climbed into the avoid boat and ate them too. Again, I have to laugh at the 'switch' in my perspective. I will gladly enjoy an 'avoid' vegetable over a store bought pizza or soda any day of the week.
Take care everyone.