Day One [Diet Makeover pt.6]

It’s Monday morning. Kids are up at 7, so I am too. They get a ripe banana each and sit down to cartoons while I whip up breakfast.

Ripe banana
Eggs fried or scrambled in butter
Overnight apples, with cinnamon if desired

Mr. Dad eats and leaves for the office. The kids pick at their food…they seem to want fruit more than protein, which won’t make them feel so great during the day, but at least we aren’t giving in to the constant requests for toast, cereal, and commercial yogurt. I did coax Sister to eat about half her eggs by helping her pretend they were miniature pieces of toast which we spread butter on. Not sure if I’m a brilliant child psychologist, or a shamelessly deceptive aunt. Perhaps both.

Mrs. Mom is still reeling from a week in the hospital with baby, so 10 is her rising time. It’s likely she’ll have this schedule for quite some time as adrenals this fatigued need morning sleep (I know; been there, done that). Hopefully a nourishing diet with lots of snacks (no low blood sugar) will help in the weeks to come.

Trader Joes Chicken Sausages in Apple Chardonnay flavor don’t have sugar added, same as Aidells Chicken Apple sausages
Sliced peeled apples
Boned chicken meat tossed with homemade mayo over spring salad with last night’s balsalmic dressing and chopped raw pecans

The sausages were total hits with the kids. Adults enjoy the chicken salad. I feel a lot better that everyone has enough protein. During the afternoon, the kids snack on raisins, apples, and bananas, while playing outside and becoming delightfully dirty.

SCD Mayo (or double the dijon for a Hollandaise sauce)
In blender, mix:
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. Trader Joes Dijon (has no sugar like Grey Poupon)
1/2 tsp fine salt
juice from 1/2 to 1 lemon, depending on size of lemon

Melt 1 stick of butter on stove (this can be skimmed to make ghee, if you are avoiding the casein).

With blender running on high, and lid on but center of lid removed, pour a small stream of butter into the egg mixture. This should be done very slowly to allow the butter oil to emulsify into the sauce. It will make a pourable sauce, which will harden into mayo in the fridge.

Note: this recipe has raw egg, so is a higher risk for salmonella poisoning. I only use fresh pastured eggs from a farm I visit/trust to have healthy organic birds. raw egg has some benefits in absorb-able proteins and vitamins. However, you must decide this risk/benefit decision for yourself. It’s possible that using boiling butter would actually pasteurize the egg…but I’m not sure about that.

Chicken Veggie Soup made with bone broth started yesterday

Sautee 1 chopped onion, 2 lbs chopped carrots, and 1 bunch chopped celery in a stick of butter in a large soup pot. I do it until the sugars are released/begin to caramelize, about 30 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Add strained bone broth directly from crockpot where it’s been stewing since the night before. Add chopped chicken from last night. Salt with coarse sea salt, about 1 tsp, then wait 5 minutes for it to dissolve, then add more if the broth flavor tastes bland or sweet. Add water if there is not enough broth ratio for veggies and chicken.

After Dinner Treat:
Grape Jello made yesterday

The kids ate their soup, although they didn’t relish it like the adults did. But the kids loved the jello (of course); Brother said “I could eat this all day!”

Cook and serve the above meals
Remove sour cream from warm oven at 24 hours
Begin 2 qts of yogurt in warm oven (with yogourmet starter and raw cow milk, 110 degree oven, for 24 hours; I make it in glass quart jars for easy transfer to the fridge when done)


Diet Makeover

This week I am in California, visiting my sister and her family. She has asked me to give her family a “diet makeover” during my visit, and I’m going to try to share the journey with you while I’m here.
I’m posting from my iPhone, so please forgive any technical errors. 🙂

Here’s a picture of my nephew, Mac. He was born last May, and has severe Spina Bifida, which has led to 10 surgeries and many other life saving measures in the last 10 months. Although he is too weak to nurse for all of his caloric needs, my sister is committed to continuing her breast milk supply for him since the immune factors in breast milk are so crucial for him. So a major goal is to boost her immunity for transfer to him.

Mac just came home from the hospital (again) last Saturday, after a minor cold going through the family developed into meningitis in him.
I’ll introduce the rest of the family to you later, and journal our diet makeover for you.