What You’ve All Been Waiting For – 3 YEAR PILL CAM RESULTS

I finally got the call and I had tears in my eyes! I couldn’t wait to share it with you all!

For those of you that just started following the blog… Today is April 23, 2014. My 13 year old son, Justin, has been on the SCD Diet for 3 years and 2 months. When he was diagnosed in January 2011, our doctor offered us the SCD Diet Test Study or medications. We chose the SCD Diet. At the one year mark of Justin being on the diet we did a pill cam and it showed the intestines of a healthy child. It has been 2 years since that pill cam and we were wanting to know if the diet was working as good on Justin’s insides as it appears on the outside. He is growing and a healthy, VERY active, 13 year old. I just got the call from his 3 year pill cam. The doctor was amazed to see that he showed no signs of Crohn’s Disease. From the pill cam you would never know that he has Crohn’s. I had tears when I heard! I have tears now as I type this.

If anything, I hope this gives each of you the encouragement to keep going! It’s a tough road, but we love our children! It’s all worth it!!!

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COFFEE – Buttered Coffee & Iced Vanilla Latte Recipes

I know alot of you moms are doing the recipe for a teenage child. I don’t know about your teenager, but my two teenagers are into the “Coffee”/Starbucks thing. Justin, my 13 year old on the SCD Diet wants to be like everyone else and drink a coffee drink, too. And I know some of you moms are on the diet with your children and this might be great for you as well!

I came across the “Buttered Coffee” recipe last week and tried it for Justin. He liked it alot! I took a taste and thought it was good. I made the Latte recipe today and Justin and I both had one and I was shocked! If you had made it for me and I didn’t know what you put in it I wouldn’t have known the difference from the iced coffee I used to drink at McDonalds! We really liked it!

I looked and looked to find the link where I got the Buttered Coffee recipe, but didn’t find the exact recipe I used. Below is my jotted down recipe I wrote down and used.

Buttered Coffee
1 cup Coffee (I used my Kurig and used medium roast)
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients while coffee is hot and blend in blender for 30 seconds until creamy and frothy.
(I might double the coconut oil, butter, and put 1 teaspoon of vanilla next time. I like vanilla in my coffee and I usually drink my coffee more milky white than black anyway.)

Iced Vanilla Latte Recipe:

http://againstallgrain.com/2013/03/27/iced-vanilla-bean-latte/

(The recipe says you can substitute with vanilla extract. I actually put 1 whole teaspoon of vanilla extract in our drink. I like vanilla coffee drinks.)

Soaking Nuts

I found the article below very informative about soaking nuts. It explains “Is Soaking Nuts Necessary & How To Soak Nuts Properly. It gives you the recipe to soaking nuts and times per amount. And it also explains the benefit of soaking the nuts. It’s not hard to do! I think it’s a must read!

http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/appetizers-snacks/is-soaking-nuts-necessary-how-to-properly-soak-your-organic-raw-nuts/

SCD Cereal Update & Honey Nut Cereal Recipe

OMG! Has anyone made the recipe for the Cranberry Almond Crunch Cereal? I made it last night! It’s delicious! My son had a bowl this morning with coconut milk and loved it! He said “Mom, this tastes just like cereal! Have you put this on the blog yet?” Please go back to the post for “Cranberry Almond Crunch Cereal” and see the update at the bottom of the post for my experience with the cereal.

On the website for this cereal there is another Cinnamon & Honey Nut Cereal Recipe. The link is below. I will try this one soon. Let us know how you like it!

Cinnamon & Honey Nut Crunch Cereal Recipe:*

http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/organic-cinnamon-honey-nut-crunch-cereal-recipe/

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*Be sure to use the coconut milk instead of the raw milk/whole milk to be SCD legal.

Edible Attitudes’ New Book Is Out!

I introduced Erica from Edible Attitudes a while back. She is a teenager who has food restrictions as well and wrote a small book about dealing with these restrictions as a teenager. She has written another book. Justin found it interesting to read the last book and see that he was not alone. While reading it, he would look up and say “Me, too!”, and “Wow, that’s just like me!” Below you will find links to purchase the new book and a coupon to get it for only $1! You can also enter to win some prizes! Thanks Erica!

From Edible Attitudes:

Blog Post link about the Book: http://wp.me/p3O34G-co

Amazon eBook Link: http://amzn.to/1r7PBPg

Amazon Paperback Link: http://amzn.to/1r7PGT9

Here is the direct link to Payhip: https://payhip.com/b/JOUh

The coupon code is “SCD KIDS” and it will never expire. It can only be used to purchase the PDF version via payhip. If it is used, the book will only cost a dollar instead of $1.99.

Several companies donated products for a giveaway for the launch of my new book. There are thermos, water bottles, spork, containers and an autographed copy of my book! The giveaway lasts through the 28th of April!

Here is the Giveaway link: http://on.fb.me/QzfKJH

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Cranberry Almond Crunch Cereal

My son, Justin, was just saying yesterday that he misses cereal. Just being able to fix a bowl of cereal with milk. I came across this recipe today. (PLEASE NOTE: All “Paleo” recipes are NOT SCD legal.) I was thinking this would be good to snack on or make some almond milk or use coconut milk and have a bowl of cereal! I will let you know when I try it out it turns out. I’m going to look into getting the fruit leather tray for my dehydrater first.

Cranberry Almond Crunch Cereal:

http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/paleo-cereal-recipe-cranberry-almond-crunch-gluten-free/

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UPDATE: I made the Cranberry Almond Crunch Cereal last night!!! AWESOME!!! My 13 year old, Justin, loved it!!! He had some this morning with coconut milk and said, “Mom, this tastes just like cereal! Have you put it on the blog yet?” I ate some for breakfast this morning dry. It was great!
On the recipe it mentions soaking your nuts. I read up on the link for soaking nuts and found it interesting. I will do a post on this in case someone is interested. So look for the post “Soaking Nuts”. I will put in there the link that answers “Is Soaking Nuts Necessary and How To Soak Nuts Properly”. It was a must read.
I did soak the almonds for this cereal. I believe I only soaked them 6 hours because I was ready to make the cereal. This was the first time for me to blend almonds. They were still chunky, not like almond flour. This gave a good texture to the cereal! I used raisins instead of cranberries. I have not found dried cranberries that do not have sugar added.
I FINALLY purchased the fruit roll up trays for my dehydrater after doing the diet for 3 years! I wish I had bought them a long time ago! Google the trays for your brand of dehydrater and Amazon will usually has a cheaper option. I got 4 trays for my dehydrater for about $22. I put coconut oil on mine before putting the cereal on it. I read somewhere it was good to put on there especially to keep the fruit rollups from sticking. I used 3 trays for this cereal recipe, but next time will use all 4. It took longer than 10 hours for mine to get crispy except for the one tray I made a thinner layer. So don’t make it too thick. I didn’t break up until it was finished. It’s a must try recipe!!! Let us know how your child likes it!!!

Moms, You Should Try It!?!

I’ve been debating whether to share this with everyone. But my thinking is if I share it with you, then it might hold me more accountable. I started the SCD Diet with my son, Justin, this past Monday. I tried it 3 years ago shortly after he started the diet. I gave up at the end of week 2 when I got the flu like symptoms from not having all the sugars and preservatives.

If you have been following this blog for a while then you have read about my 13-year-old going through a stage of cheating and wanting to eat other things not legal on the SCD Diet. If he got upset with me he would sneak a food he wasn’t supposed to have, etc. Since he has been on the diet 3 years now we have decided to let him eat freely from the diet socially, occassionally. He went on a 3 day camp with his class and ate the food there. He did use good judgement and didn’t eat ice cream or buy the candy. He did not show any signs such as pain, bleeding, etc. that he used to show after cheating on the diet during his first year or two. He went straight back on the diet when he got home. BUT please keep in mind he has been on the diet for 3 years! AND Justin did not have a severe case of Crohn’s. After he had been on the diet for one year, his pill camera showed his intestines as being healthy and that of a normal child his age with no damage. A few of you knew that Justin recently had a pill cam done for his 3 year anniversary on the SCD Diet. We still have not received those results. As soon as I get them I will share the news. We are anxious to see if the diet is doing as good for him on his insides as it appears from the outside. Justin has gained weight and if very active now!

As I was saying, I started the diet Monday. Today is day 3 for me. I’m already standing in the kitchen like I have seen Justin numerous times trying to figure out what I’m going to eat. Just being on the diet for three days is giving me a great perspective of how things are for my son and he’s been doing this for a long time! At first my excuse used to be that it was too expensive for me to go on the diet. Have you noticed how much groceries have gone up!?! It costs alot to eat period! And now I’m looking at it as if it might even save me money in the long run as much as eating out has gotten! Having been on the diet for only three days I already feel better. I know the sluggish stage is coming. I’m used to eating lots of sweets and sugar. I drank diet cokes regularly, not every day necessarily, but often enough. I’m the type mom that will do anything for my children. I will do for them before I would go to the trouble for myself. I’m trying to do this for Justin. He’s been amused that I’m eating what he’s eating and makes fun of me when everyone else in the house is eating something good that I normally would eat and can’t now, for example my husband’s homemade chocolate birthday cake. When I’m second guessing myself and asking myself “Why am I doing this?” I tell myself it’s for Justin. I think he’s at the point he needs for me to understand his frustrations and needs a partner in this.

I know a few of you moms out there, Giselle and Wendy, have been on the diet with your children. Does anyone else? If not, I think it would be good to at least try it. Even if not for very long, trying the SCD Diet personally will give you a different look at the diet I believe and might better help you relate to the trials with your child on the diet. I would love to hear your opinions and what you are doing. Wish me luck! I am going into this at least this time determined to fight through the end of “week 2″!

I did not mention that I, too, have been having some intestinal issues (I will spare you the details! Lol). I do not currently have health insurance so I have been self medicating myself for over a year. Without the medicines my symptoms come back. I stopped taking my medicines when I started the diet. I’m anxious to see what the diet does for me. I’m also overweight. So I know it definiately can’t hurt me! Wish me luck! If anything else, Justin is enjoying this!