What Jem Eats

October 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Posted in GFCF, Staples | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod
 
Okay, three times this week people have asked me to make a list of what Jem eats.  The requests in two cases were people who want to be helpful in the event of an emergency and the third was a mom who is looking for hope.  It’s time to BLOG!

So here it is – this Jem’s GFCF, Soy free, No Yeast, No Sugar, Picture or Video 273No artificial flavours, color or sweeteners, no potatoes, no corn, no eggs, no almonds, no apples, no rasins, no grapes or strawberries, Feingold modified, Specific Carbohydrate modified diet – fondly refered to in my home as “The Autism Miracle in my Kitchen!”

 

Breakfast

Usually this is 2 peices of Food For Life Yeast Free, Gluten Free, Brown Rice Bread – toasted in the GF designated toaster – served plain.  With breakfast he gets a Ecological Formula Co-Enzyme B and what ever Probiotic we are currently using (we usually alternate between Kirkman Labs and Klaire Labs)  he takes these pills with water.

For a special breakfast treat he gets pancakes – Namaste sugar free pancake mix mixed with either carrot juice, pear juice, water, flavored seltzer water or around halloween- pumpkin, we do not add eggs or any kind of milk.  For an extra special treat – maybe twice a year – we make pineapple upside down pancakes by adding three tidbits of pineapple (packed in its own juice) to each pancake. He will eat 3-5 pancakes. 

He will occasionally ask for cereal.  This is puffed brown rice cereal, make sure that it is gluten free, many are processed in factories along side wheat!  He likes just a little carrot juice or seltzer water on the cereal.  We get Trader Joe’s carrot juice (no sugar, no preservatives)

Lunch and dinner

Lunch and dinner are  fairly similar and can be broken down into categories:

Protein

Shelton’s Hot Dogs, Free Range, Gluten Free, Chicken or Turkey -they come in two sizes big and small, Jem likes both.  He will eat 4 of the small hot dogs or 2 of the large ones. He will ask for more, we don’t let him have more.

Chicken – I usually roast two chickens a week, I buy them at Sam’s – I think they are Tyson.  I rinse the chickens, stuff an organic lemon in its butt and roast the hell out of them.  400 degrees for four hours, the meat falls off the bone but is not dry because of the lemons, make sure to prick the lemons many times. Jem loves to eat the legs, thighs and wings bone in.  A leg/thigh and wing is great for one meal, he will eat it hot or cold. 

Later in the week I slice the breast meat and coat is with Namaste’s Sugar Free Pizza Dough mix and lightly fry it in Canola oil to make chicken nuggets.  Be careful with these they are so good Jem will over stuff himself with these to the point of making himself sick if not monitored.

I also use the breast meat to add to burritos.  We use Food For Life’s Brown Rice Tortillas, spread a little Cedar’s Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers on it (All hummus is not created equally, much of it is not gluten free – Cedar’s is available at Whole Foods Markets)  and then throw almost any fresh or grilled veggies in.

Shelton’s Gluten Free Turkey Sausage Patties – we call these meat cookies in our house.  They have to be cooked for a minimum of 20 minutes, so when I cook them I cook the whole package by boiling them in water and when the water boils out pan searing them to get them brown.  3 is an appropriate amount, he will ask for more.

Fried or Baked Chicken – thighs or drumsticks – bone in or out, coated with Namaste Pizza Dough mix or not.

Chicken roll ups – when chicken breasts are on sale I buy them and butterfly them and then pound them thin.  I roll them around green beans (Trader Joes Frozen) and then pan fry them.

Turkey Burgers/ Meatloaf.  To bind the meatloaf I use brown rice bread crumbs or rice cakes sent through the food processor along with pureed, steamed veggies (what ever is in the fridge)

Once in a blue moon I will roast a turkey, he likes the dark meat and I make nuggets from the white meat.

Jem loves salmon and tuna.  I never give him fish more than once a week because they can raise metal levels.  He loves salmon in any form – on picnics I take a can of Trader Joe’s no salt added and he loves to eat it right out of the can.  He will eat tuna, but not as enthusiastically.

Carbs

Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes – Low or no Salt – He will eat them plain or with Hummus (Cedar’s) or Mutabul (Sam’s Flaming Grill).

Bicuits, bread sticks or buns made from Namaste’s Sugar-Free Pizza Dough mix. 

Pizza – made from Namaste’s Sugar-Free Pizza dough mix, topped with shredded beets (not pickled) tri-colored peppers (Melange a trois, Trader Joe’s frozen) carrots and broccoli.

Vegetables

Canned Beets (not pickled)

Carrots (cooked or raw) Walmart carries cooked carrots in a plastic cup which are perfect for lunches.

Green Beans (Trader Joe’s Frozen)

Broccolli – Fresh, Steamed or boiled

Cucumbers, peeled and sliced

Green, Red, Yellow and Orange peppers – his favorite, preferably organic

Squash – butternut, pumpkin or acorn – he won’t eat much

Sugar snap peas – he won’t eat much

Eggplant – steamed

Mushrooms – raw

Cauliflower – raw, steamed, mashed – he won’t eat a lot.

Treats

No, No Nana’s Lemon or Ginger cookies – give sparingly, no more than one a day – you will get a reaction.

Fruit – Melon, bluberries, pears, bananas, mangos, pineapple, peaches, cherries and nectarines – these must be given sparingly or he will have a reaction -so less than 1/2 cup a day and not given every day – just special occasions.

Cashews – Jem loves cashews but should not have them often, he is already allergic to almonds and we certainly don’t want to add on to that list.

Pink Lemonade – 1 tbs. Lemon juice, 1/8 tsp of water from can of beets, 2 cups of lemon flavored seltzer water – served on ice with a straw.

That’s pretty much what my kid eats!

GFCF and Birthday Parties

March 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF, Mixes | 1 Comment
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By Shannon Penrod

Birthday parties!  It’s enough to  make any parent of a child on a special diet run for cover.  When your kid is GFCF it can make you want to run into the street screaming with your hair on fire! 

If you’re willing to let go of some of your “preconcieved notions of birthday party fun” you can actually negotiate the dietary restriction thing easily and enjoy yourself at the party  – and your kid can have a good time too!

The first step is to have a plan.  This is SOOOO important.  Talk to the parent throwing the party and ask what they are planning on serving.  I go to a lot of kid’s birthday parties and the menus are fairly limited.  Usually it’s pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs, chicken nuggets or hamburgers for the meal. topped off with cake and or ice cream for dessert.  Often there is a Pinata full of candy.  Sometimes there are chips, veggies, salsa, fruit and occasionally a salad.  Most of which my kid can’t have.

I always pack as if there is going to be NOTHING for my child to eat. And I always tell the host/hostess that I will be bringing his food.  It saves everyone time and worry.  Ultimately it prevents dietary accidents too!

100_52861I try to take something similar to what they are serving – today I am going to a pizza party so I am taking his pizza. (Namaste pizza crust with broccoli, carrots, peppers and Shelton’s turkey hot dogs, sometimes I put shredded beets on now that Jem doesn’t have tomatoes anymore.)

If they are having hot dogs, I precook some Shelton’s hot dogs, chicken nuggets I make GFCF nuggets by coating sliced chicken with the pizza crust mix.  Corn dogs I coat the cooked dogs with pizza crust and either bake or fry them. 

They make and sell GFCF corn dogs and chicken nuggets but they all have either sugar, corn, potato or soy – none of which Jem can eat.

100_5289For a cake subtitute I take a birthday cookie.  This is made from GFCF pancakes, which are stacked and cut into a shape.  I have cookie cutters for every occasion that do this trick.  I put the “cookie” in a festive cupcake wrapper so it looks special.

Over the years Jem’s diet has changed so much, and the plan has had to change as well.  I used to take a bag of GFCF pretzels and a bag of grapes with me to every party – when they were cut from his diet I had to have a new plan.  For the most part Jem knows what he can’t have, although he is much more vocal about not having sugar than he is about not having gluten, or milk.  Sugar actually comes up more often with all the candy that is freely offered to children.

I try whenever possible, and it isn’t always possible, to think ahead.  Its so much easier to make his birthday party food when the present is already wrapped and the card is already signed.  Hectic makes me resentful.  If on the morning of the party I have to wrap the present get him to sign the card and get his food ready I start resenting everyone who doesn’t have to pack a GFCF pizza in their purse. I try not to go there by thinking ahead.

Lastly, I always, always, always take water to a party.  I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten to a party and all they had was juice, soda and or milk.

A word about mental preperation… when children ask why my son is eating different food I tell them he can’t eat their food, that it makes him sick.  Usually the will say, “Like an allergy?” and I say, “Yes, just like an allergy.”  

When an adult asks me, I tell them that if my son eats those foods he literally looses the ability to communicate– sometimes for days.  For my child this is true.  It stops the conversation and I no longer have to justify myself.

Jem loves going to birthday parties.  He loves to look at the cake and I usually let him take a picture of it with my camera.  He loves to watch the kids eat it and asks to see what color it turns their tongues.  He does this while he happily noshes on his birthday cookie.  He does notice that his food is different, and that is a wonderful thing for a boy recovering from autism.  He will sometimes even ask the kids what their food tastes like. 

I could waste time feeling sad about it, instead I rejoice in the language he uses and the glorious, glorious questions he asks.  And the fact that when the meal is over he skips off to play with his friends.  That makes it all worthwhile!

Namaste’s Rocking Sugar Free Pizza Crust

February 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Posted in GFCF, Mixes, Recipes, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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If some one came to me and said you can only have one product to help your son stay on the GFCF diet, I would have a hard time choosing between his Food 100_4743For Life Yeast Free Brown Rice Bread, his Shelton’s Free Range Hot Dogs and his Namaste Sugar Free Pizza Crust – but I have to say, I think I would say the Pizza Crust because it is SSOOOOOO versatile.

Yes it makes a pretty decent pizza crust.  But it also makes really good breadsticks, kick butt bisquits, fabulous fried chicken coating, sublime chicken nuggets, and even hot dog on a stick crust.  And how can I possibly forget – I made Christmas cookies out of it too!

C’mon now!  That’s pretty verastile.  And it tastes good.  My son’s one on one aide loves the bisquits!  Namaste makes several other products that are good also – me also use their Sugar Free 100_4483Pancake and wafffle mix.  Again very versatile -for Thanksgiving it used it for pie crust.  Their products clearly list what they are free of.  We are also soy, corn, potato, yeast and sugar free – which leaves nothing right?  No, it leaves glorious Namaste!  If you do allow sugar in your little one’s diet I here their brownie mix is fabu! 

You can buy Namaste in most health food stores.  I suggest telling the store when you start buying it.  Usually they order a case and wait til it runs out, then order another (leaving days when it isn’t available)!  Whenever you try a product and like it tell your store that you are going to buy it on a regular basis so they keep it stocked!

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