Category Archives: Health

Easy Dairy Free Banana Pancakes with Berry Sauce

IMG-20140702-00653 (1)What do you do with extra over ripe fruit?

Don’t throw it out!

Make banana pancakes with berry sauce instead.

This is a great recipe to use up fruit like banana’s and berries when they get over ripe. It also works great with frozen berries such as those handfuls of frozen berries left in the freezer from smoothie making.

Dairy free banana pancakes

1 1/2 cup dairy free pancake mix
1 cup water
1 egg
4 very ripe banana’s, peeled

  1. Mix above ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl with electric mixer
  2. Cook on greased hot griddle
  3. Top with berry sauce or maple syrup

Berry sauce

Assorted berries fresh or frozen  (strawberries, black berries, raspberries, blueberries)
Liquid honey

  1. Cook berries on low to medium heat on the stove
  2. Add honey to taste
  3. Stir often until berries are soft

Berry sauce can be used on pancakes, waffles, crepes, ice cream or added to yogurt

Gluten free/dairy free bacon and onion potato’s


Red PotatoIf you are in a hurry skip the extra optional steps and just toss it all together and cook.

Gluten free/dairy free bacon & onion potatoes

3 sheets of heavy-duty foil
3 tsp of gfcf dry onion soup mix
6 cups red potatoes cubed
12 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
1-2 large onions diced
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (if caramelizing the onions) or 3 tbsp of gfcf margarine if using raw diced onions

Optional: When roasting potatoes I like to cube the potatoes and bring them just to a boil first. This can be done on the stove or in the microwave. This makes the potatoes less starchy and dry when roasted.

Optional: The other “trick” I use when cooking with onions (stew, soup, roasted potatoes ect) is to caramelize the onions in a frying pan first with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of white sugar. It makes the onions taste milder and adds a sweet taste. If you prefer spicy to sweet, skip this step.

1) Divide up the potatoes (slightly boiled or raw) onto the foil in 3 even piles.
2) Top with diced onions (or caramelized onions)
3) Add cooked and chopped bacon
4) If using raw diced onions add margarine evenly to potatoes. If using caramelized onions no need for margarine because of the olive oil.
5) Add 1 tsp of dry gfcf onion soup mix to each pile
6) Add salt and pepper to taste
7) Wrap the mixture up and grill on the bbq for 20-30 mins.

For those of you not on a gluten free dairy free diet, you can add shredded cheese to the mixture, top with sour cream and not have to worry about gfcf margarine or gfcf soup mix.

12 reasons every pregnant woman should consider a midwife

There are still people out there who believe if they use a midwife then they MUST have their baby at home. Not true, my friends. You can have a midwife and deliver your baby in the hospital or at home. Your choice.

During my pregnancies with my first 2 children we were under the care of midwives. It was the most amazing experience for all of us.

My daughter was born via c- section after 32 hours of active labor (she was stuck) and the midwife was in the operating room with me.

My son was born (vbac) naturally and my midwife was there supporting us the entire way.

Weather you are planning a natural birth or have medical complications that call for a c- section your midwife will be there to support you every step of the way.

Here are 12 of the many reasons every pregnant woman should consider a midwife:

1) Having a baby under the care of a midwife is statically safer.

2) Midwives are women. I don’t care how great a male doctor is, he DOES NOT know what it is like to be a woman and to be pregnant

3) You have access to your midwife 24/hours a day, 7 days a week.

4)Midwives will come to your house for the first week after your baby is born so you don’t have to leave the house when you are tired, sore and feeling gross.

5) The regular appointments are 30 minutes to an hour! Each visit. That gives you all the time you need to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have about your pregnancy.

6) Midwives let the whole family be as involved as you want in the appointments, labor and delivery

7) You have the choice to deliver your baby at home or in hospital. Your baby, your body, your choice.

8) Its free (in Ontario) to have a midwife care for you

9) Frees up doctors time to help sick people

10) Midwives deliver a lot more babies than a doctor does, there for have far more hands on experience

11) A midwife will access all the extra services you may need during your pregnancy and delivery

12) Midwives spend years in university studying only pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborn care. They then complete a long internship in midwifery care. They are the pregnancy and baby experts.

Below are some great links with statistics and information on midwife care. Some include midwife care in a hospital, some home births and some combined.

Children who have food allergies is on the rise. Why is this happening?

Everyone has noticed that there are more and more children today with food allergies compared to 30 years ago. The nature of things attempts to answer questions many of us have asked:

Why are there more allergies?

How come some populations have more allergies than others?

Can we cure allergies?

Plus more interesting information. Everyone has at least met someone with a food allergy in their lifetime. A must watch documentary!

Adding fuel to the fire: ADHD and food sensitvities

This is a topic I am very passionate about.  Here is the first post about the subject of behaviour and food. I will be incuding my family and friends personal experiences and links to helpful information about this topic in this post and future posts.

As a child I was a very bright and active little girl.

My daughter working on her homeschooling at the library
In grades 1 to 3, I was in advanced reading and math as I was a year ahead of the class.

In grade 4 it all went down hill fast. My parents enrolled me in  French Immersion so I could have an advantage on the competition when I was an adult and went searching for a job.

I went from being a grade ahead of my peers in math and language to failing all my subjects.

By grade 8 the teacher told my parents to put me in basic classes in high-school and not to expect me to graduate.

In grade 10 I was tested and it was determined that my spelling was at a grade 4 level and my math was at a grade 5 level, no wonder I couldn’t keep up or understand the work.

What happened?

What changed over that summer from grade 3 to 4?

Was it being in french immersion and learning a new language?

It would take almost 20 years for me to find the answer.

When my daughter was a new-born I nursed her. She ate all the time but wouldn’t gain much weight yet she was unusually strong, healthy and alert.

Under the supervision of a lactation consultant and dietician I started supplementing her feedings with formula. I would nurse her for an hour, every other hour, 24 hours a day then “top her up” with formula. My daughter still didn’t gain much weight.

At 4 months old the dietician recommended that I  continue to nurse her but also to start her on solid food. I made all my own baby food (except the yogurt) Again my daughter ate 10 times more than infants her age but still gained very little weight. At this time she started to have temper tantrums and fits of rage.

Physically she was like a super human infant. She could hold her head up unassisted as a day old infant, bouncing in a jolly jumper at 2 months old and standing on top of tables at 7 months old.  However emotionally she was developing anxiety and other traits I knew from my years of working with children that were not normal.

2653_61264658790_7453562_nAt 9 months old under the recommendation of the lactation consultant (who had seen my daughter  on a bi weekly basis from the time she was 6 weeks old until she was 14  months old) we consulted a child development agency. After checklists, home visits and forms it was confirmed that my daughter had sensory integration dysfunction. I knew that this was the beginning of a very long road since that diagnosis always goes hand in hand with another diagnosis.

As my daughter became a toddler her rages turned violent towards me and this was happening multiple times a day. These were not normal 2-year-old temper tantrums in 291_18266648790_3752_nfact  at the age of 3 my daughter put her fist through her bedroom door during one  episode.

I didn’t know what to do. I took exceptional care of my self when I was pregnant. I nursed her, grew my own vegetables to make my own baby food, she rarely had junk food or candy.

Where did I go wrong?

One day I was discussing my daughters aggressive behaviour with her worker. She asked what my daughter had eaten prior to her latest violent outburst. My daughter had been behaving wonderfully at the ice rink so I decided to reward her with a blue slushy and all hell broke loose. That’s when we realized that perhaps a lot of her behaviour was related to food, especially food colouring or dyes.

I tested the theory multiplue times and made sure she didn’t consume anything with food colouring for a week. I introduced food colouring and she went from angel to devil.  It turns out that food colouring was in almost everything on the shelf including the “healthy yogurt” and children’s “healthy” snacks that I was feeding my daughter as a young baby when her rages began.

After many years of experimenting and seeing an integrative medical doctor for allergy testing I know what my daughter can and cannot eat. These foods affect her in many ways. Her behaviour is one way but it also causes leg pains at night (what used to be called growing pains) stomach aches, eczema, migraines and it affects her academically.

When she consumes food with food colouring she writes backwards! She will write full paragraphs backwards and not even notice she is doing it! She also cannot concentrate, focus and retain any new information making her ADHD so much worse.

My daughter age 11 she has come a long way and I couldn't be prouder.
My daughter age 11. She has come a long way and I couldn’t be prouder.

That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks almost 20 years later! When I started in French Immersion I couldn’t concentrate, understand what was being taught and had a hard time sitting still . I would be up all night with leg pains, headaches, anxiety and stomach aches.

Did the new language cause this?

Not even close. I now know what caused this was the big bag of RED penny candy I would buy at the corner store every morning and eat while waiting for the bus to take me to my new school.

For more info on food sensitivities, what food colouring is actually made of (YUCK!) and ADHD please check out these links:


Going microwave free IS easier then you think

I have friends who ditched their microwave. I’ll admit it, I thought they were crazy.

However, when I took my 2 special needs children to  a well-respected  integrative doctor one of the first things he recommended was getting rid of the microwave in our home. new-microwave-oven-30zpvt1i

That’s when I started doing some research on my own about microwaves and I didn’t like what I was finding out.

As a single parent of 2 children and running a home daycare out of my home full-time I thought it would be impossible not to have a microwave for heating up meals for the 7 children in my care.

In the spring of 2013 my microwave broke.

I decided now the time to stop using the microwave.

Even with 7 kids and a broken wrist at the time it didn’t take long to get used to not having a microwave in the kitchen.

Within a week I no longer missed it at all. Honestly it was so much easier than I thought it would be!

How do we heat up left overs?

It’s very simple.

I purchased various sized glass Pyrex type containers with lids.

I store the left overs in the containers that also can be placed in the toaster over (without the lids) and then heated to the proper temperature.

Food tastes much better, the quality is visibly better and I feel better knowing its just one more small thing I am doing to keep my kids safe and healthy.

Here is  a link with lots of good scientific information about microwave use. If you are short on time scroll down to the bottom of the page for the conclusions and “10 reasons to get rid of your microwave”