Spicy Kale Chips With A Thyroid-Loving Twist

Even people who don’t Ike their vegetables seem to flip over kale chips. A tiny bag of them at the Santa Monica Co-op is about 8 bucks. And, if you’ve ever bought them, you know you don’t really wanna share yours. These crunchy, salty bites of BLISS are all the rave in the raw food community.

Yet, with so many of us dealing with low thyroid function, it’s important to know that raw cruciferous veggies do contain goitrogens, which are thyroid inhibitors. Too many raw cruciferous vegetables like kale, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts can slow your thyroid function.

Remember that your thyroid is responsible for energy, speed of digestion, hormone balance, sex drive and more! Most people notice the effect in their depleted energy levels. They get tired. You might need a major nap after downing a handful of raw kale chips if they are slowing your thyroid.

Plenty of peeps seem to do just fine with them. But, my clients tend to be very sensitive and dealing with complicated autoimmune issues. So, I try to come up with recipes that are more easily digestible than what’s popular. Yet just as yummy.

I’ve learned that fermenting allows you to enjoy these enzyme-rich foods in their raw form without the negative effects– because the fermentation process pre-digests the vegetables. But, fermented kale chips don’t taste so great!

I believe this recipe is a little bit healthier for our ever-loving-thyroids because it gets broken down a little and then dehydrated at a higher temperature. They are delish! I’m mucho sensitive, and I can eat a whole batch with no problemo.

I’ll have more info coming up on thyroid and adrenal health as I’m going to be experimenting with balancing my own endocrine system.

Ingredients:

  • Lots of kale ( we like dinosaur kale the best for chips)
  • 1 lemon per bunch of kale
  • Dash of apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Italian seasonings
  • Curry
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne
  • Olive oil

Process:

We like to keep our kale leaves whole when using dinosaur kale, and we tear them apart by hand if using the more leafy kind.

Clean up your kale and cut off the fibrous stem part. Then, let it dry naturally.

Use your taste buds to help you gauge the amount of spices to use. Taste as you go. I like a lot of spice. Give your kale a good massage with lemons, apple cider vinegar, oil and the spice mixture. Then allow it to marinate overnight in a covered glass bowl or pan.

Then, line up your chips so that none are touching and air can circulate, and dehydrate these beauties at a slightly warmer temp. I do 150 degrees in my Excalibur dehydrator until crispy. It takes about 5 hours.

Or, you can line your kale up on a pizza pan or non toxic baking dish and bake at your lowest temp until crispy.

These are so delicious!

Gina

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Fermented Fig Fantasy Dressing Recipe

Do you love figs? I do! And, besides eating them in the wildly delicious gluten-free newtons from the Santa Monica Co-op, I had to figure out what else to do with the things so that my obsession didn’t get boring. Naturally, I went to fermentation. I’ve tried to ferment almost everything you can think of from green beans to chocolate to spice mixes and teas. It’s not always a success. But, this my dears…this figgy frenzy was a fermentation feat for my record book. In fact, I often serve this in my classes and bring it to parties.

Figs are full of sugar, so naturally they have what it takes to feed the healthy probiotics in the fermentation process. Leaving them to ferment for 24 hours doesn’t produce alcohol for me. So, it’s all good. The fermentation simply breaks down the sugar and makes the whole shabang easier to digest, and also offers you some healing pro-bugs for your beautious digestive tract.

Fermentation also makes the minerals and fiber more bioavailable to you. That means that your body will actually accept more nourishment from these delicious fruits in their fermented state.

Figs are very alkalizing and have the energy to help your stomach, spleen and pancreas do their jobs, and get food and fluids moving through and balanced. No wonder why I love them so. I found myself having spleen/stomach problems a while back. Sweet foods have a necessary role in health besides providing us with caloric energy and enjoyment. They can be very supportive and tonifying. Of course, the more figgy love you have, the closer to the bathroom I recommend you stay. The little guys can also be quite a laxative.

If you’re on a candida cleanse or doing Body Ecology, you may feel the need to stray from all sugars. We did that for a while and it worked for us. However, when I started adding in more fermented foods and fermenting salad dressings and stuff like that– our whole family came to be able to process sugar much better. In fact, we also became able to process fats, proteins, and carbs much better too. We no longer think sugar is evil. We like it. And our adventures into fermentation have taken away all of those wicked cravings for the sugar beast.

“Figgy Juice” Recipe

Ingredients and Equipment:

  • 2 cups fresh figs (dried)
  • Coconut kefir to cover figs
  • Sterile Jar

Process:

  • Pack figs in jar and cover with kefir.
  • Ferment for 24 hours.
  • Use “juice” in salad dressings.
  • Figs can be used in desserts or dressings.

Fermented Fig Fantasy Dressing Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Handful fermented figs
  • Splash fermented “figgy juice”
  • Splash ume boshi vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Handful of chives, cilantro, basil, parsley, sunflower seeds
  • Olive oil

Process:

  • Begin to blend some figs and fig juice and keep adding ingredients until you have a “salad dressing” consistency that floats your boat.

Note: you may also dig adding some fig bits to your chocolates. I do.

Have a gorgeous day,

Gina

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3 Reasons to Trust Your Gut

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I pulled this article from the “Gina LaVerde” archives at an old website I used to work for called Mind Petals. It was written in 2007. Wow! Enjoy!

You needn’t be a practicing psychic to let your intuition guide you. We all get “feelings” that come from some unexplainable place inside ourselves and leave hints about the decisions we make. Whether they surface as warnings, luck or advice about the future – our gut instincts are more than just proof of our over-thinking tendencies.

How many times have you wished that you defied the logical choice and went with your “gut?” If the words “I just knew it” cross your lips more than occasionally then, I ask you: what’s stopping you from going with your gut?

Sure, we can’t always prove the truth behind these hunches, so relying solely on instinct gets tough.

But, here’s why you need to pay more attention to those little voices inside you.

Oprah Says So

We’re not huge Oprah fans. But the fact that main stream-media covered a topic that speaks to the very work we do in the alternative health world is quite promising. The March 2007 issue of “O Magazine” ran a fairly comprehensive article about the logic behind using our guts to decide our next moves. Citing the re-discovery of the enteric nervous system (also known as the second brain), in the 1980’s as scientific proof that “thinking” happens in our bellies.

We now know that our brains and guts vibrationally communicate with each other through this enteric nervous system. ( and, in fact, DNA changes as a result of this same type of inner vibrational communication). Your gut sends at least double the information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut. The balance of healthy bacteria and yeast in your digestive system aids in this communication process.

Main-stream media continues to half-cover important health topics like digestive health and intuitive thinking. In fact, a recent headliner about the dangers of sugar even provoked my mother to write me about what she’d seen on the news. Over-use of sugar may be related to poor gut health and therefore a botched line of communication from gut to brain, pathogenic candida overgrowth and brain fog. The truth is that most of my clients are suffering from candida, and have a difficult time understanding their gut feelings. But, it’s not just sugar that is the culprit. I’ve experienced more candida flare up (in myself, family and clients) as a result of imbalanced eating and stress. When the main-stream media tells you that sugar is bad, it inspires a frenzy of guilt-ful eating of sugar, disordered and restrictive eating, and stress.

What I’d like to see is a media who tells you what is really healthy. One who tells you about the fermented foods, good fats and super nutrient dense whole foods (not GMO) that help balance the micro-organisms in your gut and naturally allow for the flow of clearer intuitive thinking.

The trick is that when something on the boob tube catches your eye and feels like it could be right, go do your own research in books and online. Gently experiment with yourself. Maybe you’re not clear on what your gut is saying to you now, but thankfully nature has given us many tools for practice. The very act of trusting your gut allows for clearer messages to come through. And, believe it or not — trusting your gut also vibrationally heals bacteria/yeast imbalance.

Our own familiy’s healing from autism, heavy metal poisons and various infections began with a rigorous Body Ecology Diet which worked rather quickly to heal our physical guts by replenishing necessary healthy bacteria and yeast with fermented foods. And, one of the most valuable lessons I learned was that trusting my gut meant I couldn’t follow that diet forever. We dabbled In the healing powers of raw foods and saw great results for 2 years. We dabbled in super foods, raw meat eating, and some GAPS and Westin A Price Protocol. Then, finally I began studying Chinese Medicine and have come to realize that intuitive eating is the best way to keep balance and full health for our family. I now teach my clients how to honor their gut instincts and keep their physical guts in the best shape possible so that they can truly hear what their bodies are telling them regardless of what some guru or book tells them.

Soon, I even learned that I could gauge my physical health based upon how clear my intuition is. After the gut healing Body Ecology Diet, I became really psychic. But, once that work was done, I would experience brain fog if I overdid “healing foods” like coconut kefir or algaes. Sometimes gut balance for me meant eating bread… The very beast that I was told was the cause of my problems in the first place.

Trusting your gut and knowing yourself is an endless journey. We learn more each day, but it’s important to take action on what we learn if we want to see real changes in our health. It’s easier than you might think.

Try this O Mag. inspired exercise:

Have a seat in a comfy chair, take a deep breath and clear your mind (as much as you can). Now, push firmly on your abdomen. Is it soft and pliable, or does it feel hard and tense? If you are truly relaxed, your gut should show it with flexibility. Now – think of your job, your in-laws, or something that you know stresses you. After briefly concentrating on the stressor – feel your belly. The gut tenses up during stress. Doesn’t it?

 

Ancient Cultures Believed in Gut Thinking

In the Western world we’ve got our brains and our hearts to help make decisions. We are either logical thinkers because we use our brains to consider all facts. Or, we are emotional saps because we use our hearts to “feel” our way to the answers. Society tends to favor straight logic because we like to see physical results. But, in eastern culture emotions and logic are intertwined in the gut. We think because we feel and both are of equal importance.

Eastern philosophies have been healing people and keeping them well for at least a documented 2000 years. New science continues to prove the valid relationship between organ function that now can be measured and ancient practices like acupuncture and energy meridians that come from China. The cool thing is all of this can be easily adapted and proven in your own life without huge cost or pain.

Try it and see.

Think about how relieving it would be if you didn’t feel compelled to second-guess your intuition. Does thinking like this cause your tummy to relax?

The Power of Thought Can Help You or Haunt You

If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that your boss isn’t going to like your new proposal, and you don’t address the subject – you may be setting yourself up for failure. Keeping looming thoughts internalized, without changing the physical situation may cause you to foul on the job just because you are focussing on what you don’t want. We can make ourselves fail by thinking that we will. However, if we address the problem we can let go of negative thinking. If you simply go to your boss with an outline and a few questions just to make sure you’re on track with what he/she wants — you may find out that your presumption was silly. But, you’ll save yourself from causing unnecessary stress.

Have you got a major decision to make right now? Feel your gut as you consider your options. It should soften as you come to the choice that is most comfortable for you. Going with the comfortable choice means that you can put all of your positive efforts into succeeding.

Most of us are fully aware that the holistic approach to healing begins in the gut. Vitamins are made in our digestive systems, our immunity and moods are determined there too. In yoga, we breathe into our abdomens, and our bellies are the core of all feelings.

So, it’s not far-fetched that that little notion you had to call your sister might be right on the mark.

The next time you get a hunch about what numbers to play, or how to help a buddy out of a sticky situation – Listen to your gut. Take the time to feel what your gut is telling you, and go with it.

What might happen if you didn’t go with instinct on some important decisions?

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Eating Disorder Healing Program


Some of my near and dear friends have put together this program to help on your journey through eating disorders. Through my research and experience working with people who have autism and digestive illness — I meet many people who are dealing with eating disorders and looking for healing.  There are so many similarities behind the conditions — candida and parasites, metal and chemical toxicity to emotional trauma. Therefore, I know there’s a way to feel better. I wish you love on your journey. And, Know that you have friends to see you through it.

Autism Recovery: An Open Apology to all of My Critics in the Autism Community

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In the last few days I have received countless curse-word filled comments on posts that I sent with the highest of love intentions. I am whole heartedly sorry for having offended so many people. I love and accept all humans (and other creatures) for exactly who they are, and have a huge amount of respect for people who stand their ground with honor and integrity. I think that the people who use vulgar words to discourage my quest are missing my point, and I’ll explain.

I think we’re all different and unique, and in fact– I’m not so “normal” myself. I think and act differently than my entire family. I know we all have something important to offer, and am an advocate of these rights.

I know there are many facets to autism, and I will continue to learn about them. My son was actually ill. He had so many infections and poisons in his body. He was sick and we got him better. During this process, we were told he had autism. As a mother, all I know is my experience. Perhaps the label makers got it wrong and he never had autism. Perhaps he still has it. I don’t know because I don’t believe in labels, so much.

I use the label autism here because many children who are diagnosed with autism like my son have the same illnesses that my son had. I have helped hundreds of them get well. Many people with autism these days are very sick. There are even new cases of cancer coming up among them, because they seem to have compromised immune systems. I could quote science, but I won’t because I want to keep this simple. To me, a mother and child experience doesn’t need science to be proven correct. I don’t think you take offense in me helping my sick child get well. I think you’re taking offense because you think I am saying that just by him having a beautiful autism mind makes him sick. You think I am saying that autism is wrong, evil, and unacceptable… This couldn’t be further from my truth. As he healed, we see even more of his beautiful mind. When he was sick he was having seizures, throwing up, very bad stomach issues and food allergies. He cried all of the time. As we healed his gut, we saw the classical autism symptoms disappear. This wasn’t a goal. More of a fact.

I’m sorry again for offending you. I just wanted to be clear that if you are able to send such well crafted emails to me, and are happy with who you are — then you are probably not speaking of the same autism that my son and many children are diagnosed with. It was never necessary for my husband and me to raise our son to fit into any box. Any box all. Not even the autism box. He is Dougie and we love him. If gets sick again, we will always do all we can to help him heal.

And it is because Dougie got well, that we cannot stop helping those who want our help. Anyone on our healing program will tell you that we HONOR those gorgeous differences.

I am raising my son to send love where there is hate. And, boy is he an angel. So, I send you love though you have sent me hate. If disagreeing with me causes you to hate me or send me more hateful email, that’s a shame. Hateful comments are not welcome here. Disagreeing is a healthy example of how diverse our planet is.

If you are an adult or teen with autism and would like to actively help younger people with autism, knowing that many of them get very ill– may be of help to you. In my life I have known many people with autism, and they did not suffer as much as my son and my clients. There is something here. But, again these are merely my experiences.

I have no desire to change or heal anybody. I have no need to prove my beliefs. They are just mine. They come from my experience which is real to me. I share them to help myself grow, and in turn I get the blessing of helping many people heal from things that no longer serve them.

I wish you much Love,

Gina

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Autumn Equinox/ Fall Freedom Specials: Reiki and Intuitive Readings

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I love autumn energy. The shorter days make more time for your dreams. And, we get so much help from Mother Nature in releasing the old. The colors, the food, the crisp  air all represent Freedom to me.

There’s been a lot of magical release these days in my own life. Lots of freedom from those ideas that once held me back. In 9 days, my family and I officially hit the road in our house on wheels and get to live wherever we want, whenever we want. It’s such a dream come true, I’m still in awe.

To Celebrate, I’m offering you special prices on Reiki and Intuitive Readings until the end of the month.

As the seasons change, our moods, diets, sleep patterns and overall needs also change. If you need a boost of moral, energy or just clarity of your path a session would be great for you.

Read a bit about Reiki and Intuitive Healing/Readings

$88/ 1 hr consults (phone or skype)

$55 30 min consults (phone or skype)

$55 email consults

email me at gina@BlissedLife.com to set up your unique appointment.

Offer End 11/11/11

Oh and, I’m also giving away 11 bottles of my Liquid Reiki ( infused with your own personal healing attunement, affirmation, precious gems and Bliss Frequencies) to the first 11 people to sign up

Bliss You!

Gina

Open Your Heart Chakra With This Probiotic Cacao Shake (Recipe)

I was about to post this blog in our “Inspired By” category — since the cacao vibes really got my creative juices flowing this morning. Did you know that your heart vibration is the strongest one your body emits, and that things like LOVE, GRATITUDE and CHOCOLATE raise that vibe?

Today, a day after my little heart-throb Dougie’s 7th birthday, and as we enter the Leo (heart-centered energy) moon –is the best day for heart-opening recipes.

You can heal yourself from almost anything by tapping into and focussing your heart vibration toward your intention. In fact, many healers understand how to share their heart vibe to help others heal. As a Reiki Master, I often lock Reiki energy in my clients’  hearts.

My men and me practice gratitude each day to open our hearts. But, if I can do something with food, I’m all about that too. Raw cacao is an amazing heart-opener, if you can handle it. Our family has a been a bit too sensitive to consider chocolate a superfood.  It’s acidic and always kinda made us feel “low” after the initial energy boost. But, ever since I discovered how to ferment it or combine it with fermented greens we get those delicious wows that chocolate was meant to share.

This morning’s Holy Probiotic Cacao Shake lifted Doug and I out of our RV-remodeling-mold and mildew induced funk. We’re ready for anything now. Bring on the BLISS.

Here’s the recipe, loves.

Probiotic Cacao Shake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 handfuls ice
  • Raw cacao powder (to taste/ I used about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 helpings Real Food Real Life Pro Amino-Otic
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 cups fermented coconut milk kefir (just add a Body Ecology Kefir starter to 1 qt coconut milk and ferment for 24 hours at room temp in a sealed, sterile glass jar)
  • Raw honey and/or green stevia powder to taste

Process:

  • Blend avocado, water, honey and green powder until smooth
  • Add in cacao and blend some more
  • Add in ice and blend for a few seconds
  • Add in your fermented coconut milk last to protect live probiotics and only blend for a few seconds
  • Serve (over more ice if you desire)

Optional Add-ins:

I added some reishi tincture to mine. You can also add maca (which balances out the cacao nicely or any other superfoods or supplements you love).

Bliss you!

Gina


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Bone Broth Recipe For Reluctant Vegans

Spring and summer may be the best times of year for detoxification (from processed foods, sugar, dairy, gluten and standard American toxic eating) —  if your body has the strength to cleanse.  Chinese medicine tells us that the warm weather supports the natural release.  During the warmer seasons, we crave lighter, more cooling foods and liquids that help push out poisons and relieve our liver from all of its filtering work.  But, if we follow Chinese medicine correctly, we would also set a time for building our core strength to handle this season of release.

I find that even if we still have toxic build-up, many of our kids with autism as well as my clients with very sensitive systems need more energy to do that.  Often their organs for detoxification are a bit sluggish. This has definitely been the case for my family.

This bone broth is amazingly mineralized, and can help strengthen us at the core.

This makes a huge pot you can store leftovers in glass jars.

Ingredients:

Broth Base

  • 3 lbs bones ( I used chicken that was already roasted.. you could use raw)
  • Butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Handful cloves
  • Handful fennel seeds
  • 1 1lb bag baby carrots
  • 4 bulbs garlic, peeled
  • 4 onions, chopped or sliced
  • 1 bunch parsley, whole or chopped
  • 1 Bunch cilantro, whole or chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, whole or chopped
  • 1 cup dulse flakes
  • 1 knot kombu whole
  • 3 inch burdock root,whole or chopped
  • 8 inch ginger root, whole
  • 1/4 lb shiitake mushrooms (anti-candida), whole or chopped
  • 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups lemongrass dried or 3 large lemongrass sticks
  • Cumin, garlic powder, turmeric, sea salt

+ Raw Mineral Soup

  • Coconut meat and water (about 1 for every 2 people)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Chili flakes

Process:

  • Begin by lightly sauteing onion, fennel, cloves and garlic with chicken bones in bottom of soup pot with butter and coconut oil. (or steam with water)
  • Add bones and 1/2 the raw apple cider vinegar throw in root veggies (carrots, ginger, burdock)
  • Fill pot with water and let simmer for a few mins
  • Add in celery, dulse, kombu, cilantro, parsley, lemongrass
  • Cook on low/med for 6 hours covered, adding water as you go
  •  Season with sea salt, cumin, turmeric, garlic powder, more apple cider vinegar
  •  Add your mushrooms cook for 6 more hours on low/med, adding water to keep it from evaporating
  • Simmer this soup for 24 hours
  • When done, let cool and then skim out any bone fragments
  • In your blender, blend up the rest of the bits and pieces of veggies and spices with broth, then strain so that you are left with a clear brown broth.
  • Taste the broth and season to your liking
  • You may add more garlic.. (that’s what I do)
  • You can jar this broth and you can even freeze it
  • It will be good for about a week in the fridge

For a delish raw and cooked soup

Blend 1 cup broth with water and meat from 2 coconuts and add cilantro and chilli flakes + other seasonings to taste to create an amazing mineralicious dinner.

Huge Yummy UPDATE: I just made this broth with elk bones from the Chicago Farmer’s Market in the crock pot. The onions and veggies melted into the soup. I simply skimmed the bits off the top. Then, added more fresh herbs (cilantro, garlic, ginger, onion, tarragon, cumin, curry, and lime juice) for flavor, salted, and drank that broth like there was no tomorrow. My body just loves this stuff. You can blend this with rice, raw or steamed veggies or my fave coconut option above.

Enjoy brothing!

Lot’s of love,

Gina


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Get Your Picky Eaters to Crave Healthy Food– Re-Build their Guts

I  get a lot of comments and questions about how to get picky eaters to eat the way my son does. These are great questions because tons of children out there.. sick or not… autism or not — are picky eaters.

Being a picky eater is not a “bad” thing to be. Children have naturally sensitive taste buds to help protect them from poisonous foods. They naturally crave bland and push away the bitter foods like kale and cabbage. So, how is a mom of a sensitive child on the autism spectrum supposed to use diet to help heal her child when he/she refuses to eat? I’ve got about ten zillion tricks up my sleeve, and I’m going to share some of the most important ones here.

Understanding Digestive Bacteria and Gut Health

The bacteria and yeasts in our guts create  the foundation of our health. They help make vitamins for us, detoxify poison and waste, balance moods, and so much more. When the digestive bacteria is out of balance, which is the case with autism, allergies, and all auto-immune illnesses, you will crave foods that  feed the pathogenic bacteria and yeasts (like candida).

So, if your child is craving things like processed foods, that is because pathogenic bacteria thrive on acidic foods.  In other words, they cannot help but want what their bodies are telling them that they want. When I was really sick with systemic candida, spinach tasted like metal to me.  (On a side note: this was also because I was detoxing metal).

Understanding  Stress and Eating

Our gut bacteria communicates vibrationally (through measurable electric currents) with our brains through what is known as our enteric nervous systems. Our guts send more info to our brains than our brains send to our guts. It is well documented that stress and the way we deal with stress affects our gut bacteria — and consequently our thinking, moods, energy and more.

My feeling is that if we create stress around eating, we open the door for candida and more pathogenic organisms to grow in our childrens’ guts — even if we do finally get them to chug down the fish oil or green smoothie. Whatever you do, attempt to do it with a sense of calm… or do not do it at all. Sure, we may have to introduce healing foods that our kids may have a hard time with at first. But, that’s why we go slowly and calmly.

Create a Strong Trust Bond with your Child

Knowing that there are reasons for our kids to be picky eaters, and that children with sick guts may be even more picky — helps us to begin diet changes from a place of ultimate understanding. Add that to unconditional love and you will be set.

My friend Shannon from BEDROK introduced me to the Son-Rise program several years ago. And, although I could never afford to do the program myself, I believe  in the concepts and have adopted my own version of Son-Rise at home.  I think that it offers a great starting point for creating that trust bond with our kids.

You can do this at home by  first listening to your child. If your child is saying “no” to a certain food… listen to them. Say “okay, not today then,” or something of the like. But, then you eat the food yourself, enjoy the food and try again  with them the next day. Allow your child to know that you are trusting their opinions.

When  you want something from your child, first create a scenario where you are interacting with your child on their level, at their activity – -and introduce the new food in a comfortable setting.

Emotion does not enter your trust bond building phase. Yes, you love and kiss and smother your child with affection as much as you like always (I do with mine), but do not show emotional pain for their eating choices. Make it really up to them with major suggestion (so to speak).

I like to intro 1 new food at a time to help the children get acclimated at their own pace. I will offer the new food every day for 2 weeks in a very relaxed, delicious, and un-demanding way.  I do not award or punish with any kind of food. So, my child always eats. We do not tell him”no dessert” or anything like that. The new food is a part of the meal.

If your child does not like the new food after trying it, then you can move on to another new food and try that one again in a while. I like to tell Dougie something like ,”okay , we’ll try that when you are six. Can we do that?” Remember that our kids are people. We all have our own tastes. Yes, this is affected by our gut bacteria, But there is more to it. If someone is completely repelled by a food, they may even have an allergy to  it.

Forget the Broccoli and Spinach. Go for Fermenteds!

When you really want to change your diet to improve your health, I always recommend skipping right past the veggies and on to the fermented foods (if you have a picky eater). Fermented foods contain the healthy, living bacteria that will re-populate in your gut, and literally change your taste buds. Fermented foods are pre-digested.  So all of that nutrition is so easily absorbed by your body.

Many children with autism are given laundry lists of supplements that they need to take. Parents have the hardest time feeding them food and getting their supplements in because the children have taste and texture issues. We recovered Dougie by first addressing his gut problems with fermented foods. We didn’t go for all of those single extracted vitamin or nutrient supplements. I believe in healing with whole foods and adding in supplements as a last resort.. but after the fermented foods are started and the trust bond is created.

Because fermented foods are so nutrient dense, you do not need to give your child lots of them. In fact, gradually increasing small doses really helps set the tone for lasting results.

There are also many ways to make fermented foods taste good. I began with coconut kefir which can easily be mixed in an organic juice (raw, preferably). and sweetened with  green stevia.

This small first step will begin to change your child’s gut bacteria. When the gut bacteria becomes more balanced, they begin to crave more healthy foods.

Check out these crackers and ice creams for more ideas on making fermented foods taste good for your children.  Food should taste good. It should make us happy. You can focus on including something your child really likes (in it’s healthiest form) with their new fermented foods.

I think it’s pretty smart to start children off with the fermented liquids. They are much easier to take than vegetable or powders.

You can make home-made kefir, buy fermented beverages from Body Ecology, or another new favorite company of mine, REAL FOOD. REAL LIFE. These are all excellent top quality ways to get the necessary probiotic foods into your child’s gut.

Super Foods Rock

Super foods, like algaes, contain much more nutrition per bite than a salad. I love E3 Live brand algaes. I have used both their regular and their “Brain On.” So, again, these are options for nourishing your picky eater that do not include hours pleading  at the table.  Algaes taste really good in avocado or coconut based ice cream. They mix almost un-noticeably in chocolate. You can replace cacao for carob in my chocolate recipe too.

Like I said, my favorite healing foods are fermented foods. But second to that, I love algaes. I also love Reishi Mushroom, Cordryceps, Bee Pollen, Cod Liver Oil, Goji Berries. These are foods that work for us. And, guess what? You can actaully buy fermented (which means it’s probiotic and more easily absorbed) algaes from REAL FOOD. REAL LIFE.

These particular herbs and superfoods work for us. You can take any herbs and superfoods that work for your family and add them to a delicious ice cream or cracker recipe to make them tastier for your babies.

Note to the Mamas and Papas:

Eat with your kiddies. Enjoy and give thanks for what you are eating. Make the kids a part of the meal from shopping to prep to clean up (at their level). Go easy on you, and have fun with this. If you are taking on a journey to heal parts of your life,  know that you are getting there with each bite.

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