The challenge in creating these recipes was not so much in removing the sugars or starches as it was in not conflicting with the recommendations of experts in digestive health, immune health, and whole-body health. I have used bits and pieces from various sources and theories on which types of foods are best for the human body in general. I do not doubt the many benefits associated with various types of diets, and have tried my best to include most of the foods approved by the various theories. These dietary theories include those of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, The Perfect Diet, and the Acid-Alkaline Diet.
However, my first point of reference when deciding what to include or exclude, whether the food was approved for the CSID diet. Those with CSID face the strictest food limitations other than people with food allergies. This first group of recipes only includes foods approved for Group A, but not all the recipes include all the foods Group A can eat. In general, Group A cannot tolerate any starches whatsoever. However, I have included the use of almond flour due to its outstanding nutritional benefits and easy digestibility. In addition, I do have reports from parents with children in Group A who successfully use almond flour on a regular basis. If you think your child may be responding negatively to the almond flour, as I once thought for my son, try removing other foods, especially any dairy other than the homemade yogurt and see if your child doesn’t seem to do better with it. I started out very slowly—one small pancake or slice of bread per day until my son was symptom free. The better he did physically and emotionally, the better he seemed to tolerate all the foods recommended in these recipes. Have faith that this is a slow process, but that through diligence and lack of compromise, you will surely see results must faster than I did since you have the opportunity to glean from all my mistakes and hesitations.
In deciding which recipes to publish, I have tried to find a happy medium. I have included mostly helpful foods, but allowed for the occasional treat in unconventional form. My idea of a treat is a meal with sour cream or limited vegetables. I have considered meal preparation time and the difficulty and cost involved in using certain foods. I have tried to eliminate unneeded hassle, but at the same time emphasized the benefits of locating, purchasing, and using certain foods, no matter how inconvenient. I hope I have succeeded in helping you to understand the how and the why in feeding your child in the best way that you can. Most of all, I hope you and your child will both reap a harvest from your diligence and dedication to utmost health and wellness.
You will need to prepare yourself to begin to look differently at the what, why and how your family eats. Having some basic tools in the kitchen can add a bit of convenience and save time as you transition from however you normally cook for your family. Here are a few tips to getting started. I understand it is not always possible to make the perfect choices, so take heart and do the best you can when time and money allow.
1. Invest in a few basic tools. These include:
Yogurt maker (order from Lucy’s Kitchen Shop with correct Yogurt starter).
Blender and/or Food Processor
Glass storage containers
Glass or Stone Bread loaf pan
2. Set aside some time over each weekend to bake bread and other items for the upcoming week, prepare pancake mix, and go grocery shopping. Unless you will have time to prepare these items in the morning during the week, following the menu will be more challenging.
For each week you will need the following at minimum:
1 larger loaf of almond bread or batch of muffins
1 batch of almond flour pancake mix
You may alternate breads or use any variation of almond flour or coconut pancake mix to reduce preparation time if needed.
3. As your budget allows, try to incorporate all of the following digestive supplements by the end of the second week (upon your doctor’s approval):
4. If your child doesn’t seem satisfied between meals, try giving him or her a bowl of homemade yogurt with added honey and fruit. Sipping on about 4 ounces of distilled water with fresh squeezed lemon will also help to hydrate your child and curb his or her hunger until the next meal. Both of these suggestions also provide an added boost of healthy bacteria, digestive support, and help to flush out toxins and salts from the vital organs.
5. As a general rule, I have tried to reduce the portions of meat and cheese and increased the portions of fresh fruits and vegetables. When making up your own servings, make a conscious effort to reduce the normal portions of meat and cheese. For example, instead of a whole chicken breast, cut up half of one and add it to a salad. Instead of snacking on bits of cheese while waiting for lunch, offer your child a slice of celery dipped in almond butter. In addition, make more of an effort to increase the amounts of vegetables with each meal. I suggest a salad along with steamed or raw vegetables for most meals.
Please see post on Induction Diet for reducing symptoms and additing foods containing sucrose with Sucraid.