Essential Carbohydrate Living

Essential Carbohydrate Living

Disclaimer

All recipes, ideas or thoughts about digestive health posted to this site are to be used at your own risk. I am simply sharing my journey to bring hope and encouragement to parents and individuals who are unsure about where to begin. I am still learning along with the rest of you!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Parker Makes Gluten-Free Granola A Video!


A few months back, I video-taped Parker for a trial version of what we hope will be a series of videos where he shares his favorite recipes and talks a little about CSID. Our hope is that other children will see it is possible to embrace the dietary restrictions and look at the positive things that come from food allergies/food intolerance. Please show your kids, your family and whoever else you feel will benefit from Parker's perspective.

I have never felt like I was good at video or photography. So, please forgive the lack of professional appearance! If I get good feedback from everyone, we will work on improving the outcome of future videos, but it will help us to know this is something you would like to see more of.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Seeking Book Reviews and E-Book Coming to Amazon Soon!



I have started the process of updating and creating the Second Edition of A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch. I do not have a set date yet, but I will be publishing it through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing as an e-book.

In the meantime, I am seeking people who have read my first edition to please place your review on Amazon! CLICK HERE FOR A LINK DIRECTLY TO THE REVIEW PAGE.

In addition, I am looking for input regarding additional content or information you would like to see in the revised edition. I will be including a portion of the information about Parker's eczema, the supplements and dietary adjustments he required to recover and our current approach to his modified diet in the face of food allergies.

Would you like easy meal plans?

Would you like shopping lists?

What about school lunch options?

I will be dividing my attention between this project and the release of my fiction novel coming out in May. However, I didn't want to have too much time pass between pulling the first edition from print and offering an e-book.

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Food Intolerance and the Immune System

With the popularity of probiotics hitting main stream media, I have to ask why food intolerance is not considered a serious risk to the immune system. I have heard more than one celebrity promoting yogurt or another food containing healthy bacteria state that 70-80% of our immune system is in our gut.

Search "food allergies" vs "food intolerance" and you will likely come across the difference being that food allergies affect the immune system and food intolerance does not. You will also find that the only type of food referenced as "intolerant" is that for lactose, or milk products.

I have not come across a single article or medical reference discussing the fact that people can also be intolerant to sugar and starch. How are people suppose to know that milk is not the only culprit?

My research indicates that undigested food.. specifically undigested carbohydrates (lactose, sugar and starch)... promote the growth of harmful bacteria in the large intestine and can lead to other health problems.

The message I hear in general is a promotion of adding "good" but no talk of removing the "bad" and this confuses me.

There is no question that diets high in refined flours and sugars create other health problems such as obesity and diabetes. So why is it so difficult to find concrete data and articles regarding the harm these foods also cause in our digestive systems?

This post is more rhetorical than scientific. Aside from research associated with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I have not been able to locate additional evidence that omitting harmful carbohydrates in the light of digestive imbalance is also a benefit to the immune system.

I only have my personal experience and knowledge regarding CSID and the inability to break down sugars and starches. If you have a personal experience related to food intolerance and the immune system, I would love to learn about it.