Things have been a bit quiet on the blog front lately.
This is firstly because our doctor prescribed us a week of eating no fruit.
In my family the total food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities I have to cater for are; additives, beans, cassava, coconut, coffee, colours, corn, dairy, eggs, mushroom, gluten, grains, legumes, nightshades, nuts, pulses, preservatives, shellfish, seeds, soy, tapioca, yeast (so no fermented foods like mustard, vinegar, fish sauce, kombucha etc). I also must watch my intake of High FODMAP fruits and vegetables.
So what’s left to eat? Meat, veggies, herbs, salts, and fruit essentially.
Therefore, whenever my kids are hungry between meals, I used to tell them just to grab a piece of fruit out of the fridge. I thought fruit was healthy, the fibre offsets the fructose, so I never monitored how much of it they were eating, but I would guess they were eating around four pieces a day.
We have a Candida Albicans Overgrowth in our intestines, which has caused Intestinal Permeability and a long list of allergies, intolerances, sensitivities and medical conditions.
This harmful fungus feeds off sugar, and our doctor thinks that the reason the Antifunguls he prescribed to get the overgrowth under control have not been as effective as they should be, is because we are eating too much fruit.
We found the week with no fruit difficult, the kids were used to eating as much of it as they liked so they were crabby and craving it but otherwise fine. They snacked on carrots, baby cucumbers and I made Icy Poles out of pumpkin, water, gelatin, olive oil and carob.
I was taking Antifungals at the time we did the week with no sugar, so I suffered from a Herxheimer reaction.
I was sick for about five days but luckily and I was feeling well enough to go on a little getaway to Rottnest Island to celebrate my Mum’s birthday.
A few days waking up to the sound of the ocean, walking around the island and swimming at the beach was just what the doctor ordered.
Ecstatic to meet a Quokka for the first time on Rottnest Island, Western Australia ! So cute 💕
Posted by Jacinta Keeble on Sunday, March 11, 2018
I met lot’s of cute Quokka’s and also saw some huge Ray’s and Pelicans at the beach in front of our unit. We went on a glass bottom boat tour and saw plenty of fish, colourful corals, grasses and shipwrecks.
I cooked all of my food before I left and carried it over, frozen, in an Esky so I got a break from cooking and cleaning up.
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Nourishing Paleo Slow Cooker Recipe
My favourite meal that I took over to the island was this nourishing Slow Cooked Beef Casserole.
It’s my ultimate comfort food that I eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I use good quality grass fed meat, tallow, and add a bit of sweetness with carrots and nostalgia with some freshly picked rosemary out of my garden.
Snakes and Ladders
When Leo got his blood tests done last year his doctor discovered that he has a milk protein allergy and (despite being breastfed on demand and eating a very nutrient dense diet) his iron levels were so low that there was a possibility that;
1. His gut lining may be bleeding. Thankfully after another test, we found out it wasn’t – which was a huge relief.
2. He could have a beef allergy.
I was upset when I heard this – we buy the most delicious grass-fed meat in bulk (so it’s a lot cheaper) from Leeuwin Grass Fed Beef and were enjoying it several times a week. I also get some beautiful grass-fed bones with my order to make gut healing bone broth.
Which is ironic isn’t it? Here I am thinking I am doing an awesome job making my kids gut healing bone broth, and that could have been the thing that was hurting Leo’s gut, because he may have been allergic to beef!
AIP to the Rescue!
I swapped beef mince with pork and lamb mince, and the beef bone broth for chicken bone broth, but Leo was still getting sick after eating some meals. It wasn’t until we started the Autoimmune Protocol that I realised that Leo was getting sick from the tomato paste and nightshade and/or seed-based spices, not the beef.
Family Friendly AIP Paleo Meal
I am so grateful that I can make this dish again!
It’s such an easy, comforting and delicious slow cooker meal. Leo is one year old but will eat two bowls of it in one sitting!
It think he enjoys my Slow Cooked Beef Casserole because its firm enough to eat using a spoon, but so tender that the meat falls apart in your mouth. My kids don’t drink the broth – they just eat the meat. Except for Max, he likes to drink a little bit of it sometimes.
I like to serve my casserole with extra broth and on a bed of greens.
Slow Cooked Beef Casserole - AIP, Paleo, Whole30
Budget friendly and delicious AIP, Paleo & Whole30 compliant slow cooker meal.
- 2 tablespoons tallow or other good quality fat
- 1 kilo chuck steak cubed
- 2 carrots sliced
- 2 sticks celery sliced
- 1 litre beef bone broth
- spring rosemary
- naturally smoked sea salt to taste
Heat the fat in a large fry pan.
Brown the beef in batches before placing into the slow cooker bowl.
Add about a cup of the bone broth to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring to get the crunchy goodness off the bottom of the pan. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker bowl and give them a stir.
Slow cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
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