Thursday, February 9, 2012

Very Belated Christmas Pics

I realized Christmas came and went without a single photo being posted.  This is criminal. 

 I love Reese's innocent face in this picture.  She is a doll baby!  

 In his new sleeping bag! (lesson learned: don't try to go practical with young children, they just want monster trucks)

 Parks & Grandfather
 Gramsie & Grandfather pulled through with a Tonka bulldozer. It was his favorite gift. 

Family Photo 

 Our attempts at being "crazy"...haha I'm embarrassed. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Do what you can, when you can

I know that making changes with your food is hard.  I remember making Parks' rice cereal.  It was so easy.  Just grab the box, pour it in a bowl, mix with water or formula and boom, done.  Reading that a soft-cooked egg yolk with grated liver was a more nutritious option seemed over the top.  I was thinking, "But the rice cereal is so easy."  "How much time will it take?" "Is this really worth it?".  

I want to encourage anyone that feels overwhelmed with switching to real food or making a change with food preparation.  Do what you can, when you can.  Do not try to jump in all at once.  You will feel overwhelmed and defeated if you do too much at one time.  Once you really start researching, it's easy to feel like there is something wrong with every item you purchase from the store.  This is coming from a girl who used to serve Digiorno pizza and pillsbury cinnamon rolls to my husband.  Been there, done the processed food thing. 

It's best to pick one thing to change, and then wait until that change has become well incorporated into your lifestyle.  Also, evaluate the stage of life you are in.  Maybe it's not the right time to jump headfirst into grinding your own flour or sprouting seeds.  That's ok.  Take baby steps and wait until you have the bandwidth to do more.  There are lots of changes I want to make but I know that I need to take it slowly.  I'm hopeful by the end of the year I'll have made Kombucha, lacto-fermented veggies, and nailed down a good sprouted bread recipe for my bread machine.  

Celebrate the changes you are making.  Sucanat over sugar.  Sprouted bread over white bread.  Butter over margarine.  Coconut oil over canola oil.  These are all great changes that will benefit your health.  Take it one step at a time and do what you can, when you can.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Superfood for Babies: Egg Yolk & Liver

I am really going to try to post more consistently.  I was on a roll in the fall because Parks was in pre-school and my darling daughter was still sleeping a lot during the morning.  Now, Parks is no longer in pre-school and if I'm lucky I get a 45 minute nap out of Reese, hence the lack of blogging.

Nothing like a post on egg yolk and liver to get my readers excited though, right?!

As most of you know, I've been revamping my family's diet for several months now.  My interest in healthy, whole living began when Parks was born and has grown every year since.  One of my favorite resources has been the book Nourishing Traditions and blogs that follow those principles.  This book contains the wisdom of our ancestors in regards to food preparation.  So much of the standard American diet (SAD) is processed garbage lacking in nutrients.  This book helps you get back to how people have been cooking and eating for generations.  It's been very refreshing and eye-opening.

As a mother of two young children, I've been particularly interested in nutrition for children and comparing what I've learned to the advice and practice of most American pediatricians.  Usually, rice cereal is recommended as a first food for babies, often as early as 4 months.  No condemnation or judgment if you served/currently serve this to your baby.  For real, people!  I gave Parks rice cereal when he was 5 months old.  I did what I thought was best at the time.  However, after extensive research, I do not believe this is the optimal food for babies, especially as a first food.

Babies immature digestive systems do not produce sufficient amalyze (the enzyme for carbohydrate digestion) to properly digest grains.  If a food is not properly digested, it can putrify (rot) in the gut and lead to an imbalance of digestive flora and allergies.  Babies are much better equipped to handle animal proteins and fats.  So, the best first food for babies is: egg yolk and liver!

Egg yolk, preferably from pastured, foraging hens is an extremely nutrient dense food.  It contains cholesterol and fatty acids that are critical to proper brain development and also vitamins A, D, E, and K. Liver also contains cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins and iron, which even breastfed babies can be low in.  In short, this combo is an amazing superfood for your baby!

How to:
- 1 pastured egg straight from the farm, or organic free-range from the store
- 1 grass-fed pastured beef liver (I got mine at the Heritage) Make sure the meat has been frozen for 14 days to ensure it is safe to consume.

Boil 1 egg in water for 3 or 3.5 minutes then crack (don't peel) and put the egg yolk in a bowl, take care to remove any egg white, egg white is allergenic to babies under 1.
Grate a small amount of frozen liver into the egg yolk.

You can totally skip the liver if you can't find it or it just grosses you out.  The egg yolk alone is still much more nutritious than rice cereal.

Bon Appetit!

Here is Reese after breakfast this morning!  She loves her egg yolk & liver!