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.

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!

Tropical Smoothie

Summer will be here before we know it! This would make a great summer treat!

Tropical Smoothie

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup frozen mangoes
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend 10 seconds or until smooth.

Substituting Honey For Sugar

Many recipes we find can easily be altered to be SCD legal. One easy alteration is subsituting honey for sugar. Below are a few tips that might help.

Some minor adjustments may need to be made to a recipe when substituting honey for sugar:

1. Use equal amounts of honey for sugar up to one cup. Over one cup, replace each cup of sugar with 2/3 to 3/4 cup over honey depending upon the sweetness desired.

2. Lower the baking temperature 25 degrees and watch your time carefully since products with honey brown faster.

3. In recipes using more than one cup honey for sugar, it may be necessary to reduce liquids by 1/4 cup per cup of honey.

4. In baked goods, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per cup of honey if baking soda is not already included in the recipe. This will reduce the acidity of the honey, as well as increase the volume of your product.

Moisten a measuring spoon or cup first with water, oil, or an egg before measuring the honey to prevent it from sticking to the measuring utensil. Honey is heavy by weight. A 12 ounce jar equals one standard 8 ounce cup. A quart weighs 3 pounds.

Cookie Tip from Chef Wendy

So I had a cookie emergency today and had to play around with my recipe. I used an old lemon cookie recipe I haven’t used since Justin started the diet 3 years ago. The cookies ran and were very flat on the first batch. I added two tablespoons of coconut flour and it helped alot. But when I tried getting the cookies off of the cookie sheet they were still soft and gooey. I remembered a tip from Chef Wendy (that’s the nickname I’ve gave her along time ago because she’s always making great new SCD recipes from basic recipes!). She takes her cookies and after baking them puts them in the dehydrater over night. Her son loves his cookies crispy. If you have cooked many recipes of SCD cookies you know that they don’t hold up too good and are usually soft. Today was my first time to try Wendy’s tip. They are delicious! The crispiness of the cookie is wonderful! I baked my cookies around lunch time and put them in the dehydrater until around 5 and they were perfect. Wendy says she leaves her’s overnight.

Share your tips with us!