Paleo Cookbooks

Modified CSID Induction Diet Using Paleo Sugar Detox

Combining CSID and Paleo

In response to a mom who recently contacted me about adjusting her toddler’s diet while waiting for testing and results to confirm CSID, I provided the below information via email. Then I realized other parents might find this helpful. So with a few revisions to apply to a general audience, here is my summarized list of foods to start with while trying to determine a CSID diagnosis or to use after confirmation as an Induction Diet modified from my original.

If you can get the books below as well, I am sure you will find them as helpful as I have. The authors do not mention CSID specifically, so some modifications are needed, but they have far more credibility than I do and Diane speaks on many things I did not feel qualified to mention in my book, though felt strongly about!

Her recipes are not exactly “kid-friendly” but between this book, Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain books and cross-referencing the information I have regarding CSID, I think you will feel some control and direction.

Suggested PALEO Recipe Books

As a disclaimer, I have no connection nor do I receive any compensation for these recommendations — they are simply books and food philosophies that have helped me to feed my family.

Against All Grain

Practical Paleo

21-Day Sugar Detox

Modified 21-Day Sugar Detox Food List for CSID-based Induction Diet

Modified SMOOTHIE RECIPE: amounts of each will vary depending on how many servings, so experiment until you find the right combination. In general: 1 can of coconut milk or 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries, a handful of greens (kale or spinach), 1/4 cup soaked and drained almonds, 2 tablespoons coconut oil.

Meats, Seafood, Eggs

all okay with minimal processing and no added “flavors” etc. which may contain hidden ingredients.


broccoli, cauliflower (makes a good mashed potato or pasta substitute), celery (cooked in soup for toddlers), cucumber, kale, green beans, bell peppers, sugar-snap peas, spinach, tomato, zucchini or yellow summer squash, spaghetti squash, mushrooms, collard greens, lettuce, artichoke, asparagus.


from my best understanding, the sugars in these are fructose only, CSID is a disaccharide deficiency for digesting sucrose and maltose. Fructose is a monosaccharide or single-chain sugar. However, some fruits may irritate until the gut heals, especially those with seeds like strawberries. But you could boil strawberries and strain the seeds out to use the juice for smoothies if you want.

Lemon, lime, and not included in the 21-day sugar detox but should be okay for CSID you can also include: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, green or red grapes, cherries and add ripe banana(with brown spots) 1/3 per day after the first 10 days if doing okay with the other fruits. I have also heard that granny smith apples and Asian pears are tolerable as a part of the initial diet. Again, wait to see if berries and grapes are tolerable first, and keep in mind serving sizes. A small portion may be tolerable, but too much over a short period of time may not be. This also goes for some allowable starch-based foods.


Allowing almonds is debatable among CSID philosophies. What I have found is that when no signs of inflammation are present, almonds provide a great source of nutrients, fat, calcium and even iron. To start, soak raw almonds in distilled water overnight.

I make a “porridge” with them — 1 cup soaked and rinsed almonds, 1 cup full-fat coconut milk from a can (Thai Kitchen is the best), 1 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tsp pure vanilla (no sugar added). Blend and then cook in a pot on the stove on low heat. Add a little almond milk or water if it is too thick. This is not an exact recipe, so you may need to modify amounts.

You may also try the Fake Granola “Almond Cereal Recipe” for children who can chew the ground nuts.

Other nuts, seeds, legumes

that should be okay if they are soaked and added to a smoothie or baked goods: Unsweetened Coconut (MANY health and digestive benefits to coconut if child will/can eat it, so include all forms of coconut whenever you can), pecans, walnuts. Soaked chia or flax seeds may be tolerable after a couple of months and are very beneficial if they can be included once signs are inflammation are gone.

NOTE: NO Peanuts in any shape or form! Peanuts cause inflammation and promote acidity, and if they are not organic, also contain high levels of pesticides and fungus.

Fats and Oils

avocado (1 whole per day if possible, add to smoothies, sliced with a dash of sea salt, layer on lunch meat or over grilled chicken breast or hamburger patties, use in place of mayonnaise and blend with tuna, etc.), coconut oil, olives and olive oil, fats from animal meats like bacon, chicken broth, etc.


hold off for now. Once you get the CSID test to determine Lactase levels, you can begin adding some milk-based products. (organic, full-fat, grass-fed dairy if possible)


unsweetened, homemade almond milk, coconut milk and coconut cream (full-fat), distilled water (will help to flush out toxins and excess salts) ABSOLUTELY NO JUICE!

Starchy Vegetables or Fruits

These may contain low-levels of natural amounts of sucrose. Add after three weeks success on the above foods: (start with one at a time in small servings once per day over three days, then add another, etc.)

acorn squash, butternut squash, light sweet potatoes (white flesh, creamy skin), pumpkin, green peas, green-tipped banana, grapefruit, apples, carrots, garlic, ginger


not included in Paleo diet, but are okay for CSID. To start, use dried white Lima or northern beans, soak in distilled water overnight. After cooking, they can be used for soups or blended with onion, garlic, salt and pepper for a white sauce. I’ve used them as pasta substitute too.


homemade broth containing fat, gluten-free mustard, all spices and herbs as long as they are not purchased in a mixed version (some have added fillers or starches), black pepper, sea salt, apple cider vinegar

Digestive Enzyme Links

Print and provide to your doctor and dietitian: Klaire Labs Vital-Zymes

Order from Amazon for best price:Order Vital-Zymes (various distributors, this is just one link)

Although I have done many things to help Parker recover from his eczema and the problems from his food allergies, I believe the regular use of these enzymes over the past year have allowed him to be nearly symptom free as well as to tolerate additional foods. Keep in mind he is 11 years old now and has had several stages of healing and dietary adjustments over the years, but perhaps your daughter will experience better results and not have the addition of food allergies with regular use. Each person is so different, so it is hard to know for sure.


Getting Ready for Spring: The Challenge of Environmental Allergies in Addition to CSID

After over a year of requesting a referral to an allergist to re-test Parker for both food and environmental allergies, he was finally seen by a new allergist at the beginning of February. I had really hoped the test would conclude that at least some of his allergies had subsided. After all, his eczema issues have been cleared up for nearly a year.

The poor guy was so brave as he lie on his belly squirming in response to the skin test. I felt awful for him, but grateful to have a clear picture of his current status, even in the absence of eczema. After the test, the doctor reviewed the results from Parker’s blood test back in June of 2013. I was shocked to learn that the environmental allergies included oak and other tree pollen in addition to learning that his shrimp allergy could be potentially severe.

After a silent prayer of thanks that he had not been exposed to shrimp in recent years, I asked for more details. Apparently the blood test had revealed a significant difference (x100) in antibodies for shrimp–so much that she did not feel comfortable re-testing on the skin along with the other allergens. The doctor then highly recommended Parker have an epi-pin until we could re-test the shrimp in isolation.

Thus the trial and journey of seeking insurance approval, filling out school forms, etc. began. I won’t go into the details here, but I will share that so far, Parker has not been “approved.”

As we prepare for spring and his unavoidable exposure to environmental allergens (dust mites, oak tree pollen, grass pollen), we are taking a pro-active approach. Daily showers after school, protective lotions, a regimen of daily antihistamine, and going back to 100% cotton clothing to allow his skin to breath.

Due to a significant loss in income prior to the holidays, we had to move into a smaller home that has carpet in the bedrooms. This is adding a new challenge of reducing dust-mite exposure as well.

I hope to report the results of our efforts soon. As much as I strive to report success, I have to face that this journey is more often a trial-and-error process. I look forward to your comments and learning how you handle multiple health issues in addition to dietary restrictions.

Maintaining Health Using a Combo of Paleo and Limited Starch/Gluten-Free Alternatives

We’ve gotten into a good routine since school began in August. Parker is doing awesome, is full of energy and his skin looks great. He is ounces away from hitting 60 pounds and his teachers say he is a great student who contributes and interacts regularly.

I am so thankful for the many resources out there that have helped me in this journey. Recently, a few readers have contacted me asking for my interpretation of enzyme levels for themselves or others. Somewhere in the blog archives I think I addressed this, but I will explain my perspective on the issue to be clear.

I am not a scientist or a doctor. However, since my family has personally found success in modifying our diet with a primary focus on individual symptoms rather than enzyme levels, I am encouraging my audience to do the same. Yes, enzyme levels may indicate overall tolerance levels, but it seems each person has many other factors aside from digestive enzymes that can play a part. The goal is to reduce digestive stress, strengthen the digestive process by minimizing toxins and processed foods and including support-based supplements, and to monitor each person for symptoms.

Here is a look back to how the current challenge in our CSID journey began.

May 2013: Parker, age 9 had been suffering from severe eczema since December despite the modified diet I had created (see A Place to Start without Sugar or Starch). Unknown factors surfaced at this time including a lack of Parker taking his digestive supplements with cafeteria-based school lunches. I took Parker to the doctor for the 4th or 5th time and requested an allergy panel to determine if he was reacting to additional foods. The allergy panel came back showing he was now allergic to MILK, WHEAT, EGG WHITES, SHRIMP, COCKROACHES, CEDAR and GRASS POLLEN, CAT and DOG HAIR and DANDER, and PENICILLIN. A previous allergy test when he was six had come back negative for allergies to all of these so this was a new development.

My whole approach had to change. Not only did I need to now eliminate several more foods (milk and eggs had been a staple in his diet up to this point), I also had to find ways to bring healing to his body. Over the years I had learned about conditions such as “leaky gut” that could cause temporary food allergies as well as autoimmune conditions. Not one to simply cover-up symptoms, I was determined to bring my son–once again–into a state of health and well-being by getting to the root of the cause.

REVIEW 2013 POSTS for details on the process and how I ultimately found the best combination for healing Parker’s condition. Time alone was a major factor, but I want to encourage anyone if they stay the course, and keep trying various means, there is hope of healing in the end!

Over the past couple of months, Parker’s symptoms have remained under control event though I have made some exceptions and compromises to his once strict diet. To give hope, I want to summarize his current diet, but please know that EACH PERSON IS DIFFERENT. There are too many factors involved to know these particular foods can all be okay for your individual case. However, know that it is possible to expand the diet once symptoms are under control and methods for curbing mild outbreaks or digestive distress are at hand.

In a typical week, Parker’s normal diet currently includes one of the following for each meal:


  • My homemade NUT CEREAL (raw almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts plus dates, raw unsweetened coconut, spoonful of honey and cinnamon, and coconut oil pulsed in food processor until it looks like granola) with unsweetened almond milk.
  • Nature’s Path Organic PUMPKIN FLAX GRANOLA with unsweetened almond milk plus VITAL-ZYMES.
  • APPLEGATE FARMS NATURAL SUNDAY BACON, white sweet potato peeled, shredded, and fried in bacon fat, omelet-style eggs yolks with a drizzle of pure maple syrup PLUS vital-zymes
  • SMOOTHIE with frozen blueberries, banana, whole-fat coconut milk (organic Thai Kitchen in a can), half avocado and a handful of greens such as kale or spinach.
  • Occasionally Van’s Gluten-Free pancake or waffles. (NOTE: No more than 2x per week or he begins to show symptoms.)
LUNCH: (Vital-Zymes with every meal containing sugar or starch alternatives)
  • Minimum of 3 non-starchy vegetables (cucumber, spinach, carrots, bell pepper, avocado, tomato)
  • 1 semi-sweet fruit (fruit leather, strawberries, applesauce, pear, apple or grape juice)
  • 1 starch substitute (Schar gluten-free classic rolls, brown rice tortilla, left-over brown rice pasta)
  • Nuts in either a snack-bar form or loose. (Almonds, cashews, walnuts)
  • Occasional exception of organic peanut butter for use with celery or apple slices.
  • Sweet Potato chips, Veggie Sticks
  • APPLEGATE farms deli meats either loose or in a sandwich roll or wrap. Salami, roasted turkey and roast beef are his favorite. He uses mashed avocado as a “mayonnaise substitute”. I am trying to get him to try mustard, but he won’t.
  • Left-over chicken, hamburgers, steak, etc. from previous nights dinner with tossed salad and lemon juice dressing.
  • Wild canned salmon, trout, or tuna with only water or oil (no soy or broth.)
  • Variety of baked or cooked chicken, turkey breast, salmon, sirloin beef burgers, Applegate farms beef hot dogs, pork, ground turkey or grass fed beef.
  • Rice pasta, baked or fried (in olive oil or meat fat) potatoes (white sweet, white regular, red), brown rice or no starch.
  • steamed non-starchy vegetables–green beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, winter or summer squash
  • fresh tossed salad with leafy greens, lettuce and a variety of other vegetables
We have tried corn-based products a few times but Parker seems to break out in a rash within a day or so. Some of the above products have traces of corn and don’t seem to present a problem. We also avoid soy products for various reasons but as more of a preference than an necessity.
If Parker begins showing signs of distress (rashes, excess gas, sleeping late, difficulty concentrating) the first thing I do is reduce or eliminate the starchy substitutes (gluten-free foods, grains, potatoes). Then I add a few cups of herbal healing teas (Dandelion tea, Traditional Medicines “Throat Coat”, peppermint and/or chamomile teas) through the week for internal assistance, and apply a thin layer of his prescription eczema cream to inflamed patches of skin. Within 48 hours, these techniques have reversed any symptoms and Parker returns to normal.
Frequent showers and applying protective lotions have also been important in reducing external irritating factors.
I hope this update will help you! I am not sure when I will be back again, as I am in the process of final edits for my fiction book set to release in April of 2015. Eventually, I plan to pull A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch, complete a full-revision and republish with our updated story, recipes, and resources. It will eventually be less of a “recipe book” and more of an encouraging guide for parents to know they are not alone and to point them in the direction of the many resources I have found helpful and healing in our own journey.

What My Son’s Eczema Has Taught Me About Parenting a Child with Unique Needs

(NOTE: This is a duplicate blog post originally published on in October 2013. I am sharing it here to reach a broader audience.)

My nine-year old has faced many health challenges in his life, including failure-to-thrive as an infant, seizures through age 4, and food intolerance. However, more recently he has acquired chronic and severe eczema. The last flare-up lasted over six-months due to unknown environmental and food allergies.

My husband and I often ask ourselves why Parker–with the heart and attitude of an angel–must suffer so much. He just wants to be a normal kid and do the things normal kids do.

When his rash began to spread up his neck and onto his face, he also had to endure stares from his classmates and constant comments from strangers such as “Ooo…bad sunburn!” or “What’d he get into?” I even caught a grocery bagger coming up behind us to “sanitize the aisle” after a shopping trip where he was particularly irritated and scratching non-stop as we stood in line.

Thankfully, I was able to pinpoint a few major triggers and after a lot of research, discovered the perfect and individualized combination of natural and prescription remedies to help him heal both inside and out.

After making the difficult and challenging choice to homeschool him for the remainder of the school year, we began finally seeing his condition improve. Today, I am happy to announce my 9-year-old looks great and is back to his old goofy self. He sings and dances in the bathroom as I apply all his creams and ointments post-shower. He can’t wait to be Hawkeye for Halloween and told me earlier this week, “Mom, I do NOT want to be that house that doesn’t give out candy just because I can’t have any!” As soon as he is up for a break from his schoolwork, he is running around the house practicing shooting his arrows.

So what I have learned from all of this?

1. Maybe it’s obvious, but children are resilient. No matter how awful he felt or looked, Parker would still tag along with me on errands, and even to work when needed. Sure, there was a point where he watched a lot of T.V. and didn’t do much. But as soon as his energy returned he was up and ready to face the world. A day doesn’t pass without several hugs and smiles. He knows intuitively I have done all I have in my power to help him get better.

2. People will stare but we don’t have to care. Parker seemed completely oblivious to the looks he got when we were out in public. He didn’t try to “hide” himself and on his good days, actually drew attention singing along to the radio, or making sure I understood exactly which sports car he liked in the parking lot.

3. There is only so much we can do as parents; the rest we have to let go. There is a part of me that wants Parker to get better for good. I am tired of micro-managing every piece of food that touches his mouth and being concerned about his exposure to dust or hair or chemicals in the air. But stressing about all of it just puts everyone in a bad mood. I have my arsenal of remedies at hand, and have resolved to take action as soon as I see a problem arise–instead of going crazy trying to prevent a flare-up in the first place.

4. Normal is a state of mind. What is “normal” anyway? Normal isn’t always a good thing, or even a great thing. As parents of children with unique needs, our normal may look different, but it is still normal to us. So what if we can’t participate in gorging all the Halloween candy next week. At this point, Parker is too excited about trading in his candy for tickets to see Thor to care!

New Enzymes with Sucrase!

My sister came across these while doing research for her nutrition class. We are giving them a try now that Parker’s eczema is under control. Although he still showing some symptoms, we believe it’s mostly environmental. As of yesterday this will be the only digestive support he will take until the bottle is gone.

I will continue to give Parker his antihistamine at night, and apply the prescription ointment for topical treatment. For the record here is a picture I took of him yesterday when we were baking gingerbread cookies gluten free of course.

They are available through various Amazon sellers. Simply search: “Klaire Labs Vital-Zymes chewable”

As you can see he still has some irritation around his eye and some spots on his neck…but huge improvement over all.

Egg-Free, Gluten-Free Banana Muffins {Experimental}

Parker and I experimented today with a recipe for Banana Muffins using the Ener-G egg-replacer for an almond-flour based gluten-free recipe. Normally, my low-starch, no-sugar recipes include a lot of eggs, but now that Parker cannot have egg whites, I am experimenting with recipe adjustments.

These turned out pretty well for our first try and Parker says they are amazing! If you see a way to adjust ingredients for a more superb result, please let me know!

Egg-Free Banana Muffins 

{Also Gluten, SuCROSE, and Dairy Free}


3 cups blanched, finely ground almond flour
1 TBS organic cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 very ripe organic bananas, mashed (NOTE: The riper the banana, the higher the fructose content)
1 TBS pure vanilla extract
Equivalent for 3 eggs Energ-G egg replacer (4 1/2 tsp. powder plus 4 TBS warm water)
1/4 cup organic agave nectar (fructose)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tins with coconut oil.
2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, and then run through a flour sifter.
3, In a separate, medium bowl, combine wet ingredients except for bananas, whisking until smooth an creamy. Add bananas, and whisk until lumps dissolve.
4. Combine wet a dry, blending well with a wooden spoon.
5. Scoop into prepared muffin pans and bake for 25-30 minutes.
6. Cool and top with vegetable oil spread and drizzled honey.

CSID and High Cholesterol?

This is the last thing I expected. My son, Parker, has struggled with gaining weight his whole life because of CSID. For years, the doctors and dietitians recommended high fat foods such as sour cream, butter, etc. to help him gain weight. When he wasn’t able to eat any form of starch, fatty dairy products were his main source of calories and carbohydrates. I have never worried about fat, since he wasn’t overweight. But I never realized how all those fatty foods could affect other areas of his health.

Over the past couple of months, I have actually started buying whole organic milk to increase his calories since he seems to be hungry all the time. However, I have also compromised in areas I would normally discourage. I have given in to allowing him to eat regular peanut butter (with Sucraid)– as much as I hate the fact it has sugar and hydrogenated oils. We have also had fast food quite frequently due to our busy schedules. This is why I discourage compromising our children’s diets, and generally don’t publicize it when I give in and allow unhealthy alternatives. We just don’t know the consequences of poor eating in an already compromised system.

I did a quick search on foods that can lower cholesterol. Almonds, fish, and yogurt are among the top ones. This doesn’t surprise me since every time we face a health crisis, the staple foods in my version of the CSID diet always pop up. Other foods on my regular CSID approved list include:

  • coconut milk
  • coconut oil
  • almond flour
  • lemons, berries, and other fruit
  • low-starch veggies 
  • sprouted grain breads and tortilla wraps (if taking enzymes to assist with starch digestion)

However, some of the foods that need to be avoided include butter, a staple ingredient in many of my recipes. The good news is, another oil I typically use is grapeseed oil, which can lower bad cholesterol. If you are also trying to lower cholesterol and would like to enjoy my CSID recipes, simply replace butter with the same amount of grapeseed oil. If needed, add a dash of sea salt to improve the flavor.

My whole family will be having a discussion about what foods will not be allowed in our house once again. I will have to give it some thought and more research, but I think if I can find healthy fat alternatives, increase fiber with vegetables and fruit, and get Parker exercising more regularly, we can get his cholesterol back to normal in no time.

Don’t think I am taking this lightly. It is very frustrating having to adjust our diets constantly. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I learned that in addition to avoiding flour and sugar, I also needed to avoid red meat and green bell peppers. I love eating healthy fresh foods, but so many of those are also off the table. Even a trip to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s presents limitations. But I have learned to take it one day at a time. Our bodies are quick to tell us if we have swayed too far off the path of proper food choices, so we don’t stray for long. Even as a write this, I have a headache, probably due to my own giving in of a pretzel earlier this week.

By the way, the original purpose of the blood test he had was to determine if he was suffering from hypoglycemia. Those results were normal. I still think he needs to eat frequently just because of the limited amount of carbohydrates per meal (we stay below 25 grams even with enzymes).

The Importance of Limiting Harmful Starches

Even though some situations where starch is tolerable, it is important that each family learn to master the CSID diet without starches. Every day our discussion groups reveal variations to how much and which types of starches appear tolerable for us or our CSID children.

However, a CSID diagnosis is rarely (if ever) confirmed without the child or adult presenting symptoms. These symptoms are a sign the body is suffering. This suffering is the result of undigested food in the gut. Undigested food harms the lining of the intestines, and can irritate to the point of causing tears in the lining of the intestines. This “leaky gut” can also result in allergies to foods that have made their way in the blood stream through these cracks. Once the gut is healed, some of these food particles may have a chance to be properly digested and the “allergy” will eventually diminish. Of course, this would be on a case-by-case basis. For us, Parker had to eliminate dairy for quite some time and now has it all the time without issue.

I came into knowledge of this process through a combination of my own research into various digestive problems and solutions as well as from insight from several professionals in the field of digestive health. The conclusion being not all starches are created equal. Some can cause great harm, especially to a weakened system that is irritated and sensitive due to months or years of undigested food wreaking havoc.

There has been a lot of talk about starches on the Facebook and Yahoo CSID groups lately. I sense a push from parents trying to find ways to incorporate starches into their children’s diet. Everyone has their opinions about the best way to go about it, but I would like to take moment to emphasis the fact that some starch-based foods should be eliminated to avoid possible long-term problems. Starchy foods that do not offer any nutritional benefit should be out. Overly processed foods should also be eliminated or reduced to an occasional basis.These include foods that come from white flour and that include artificial sugar. Most grains, even whole, still promote the growth of harmful bacteria, which can manifest as various symptoms, including behavior problems.This theory is based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) approach which reveals that undigested carbohydrates cause the most harm by feeding harmful bacteria and promoting fermentation. Another result from including harmful starches on a regular basis is acidosis, which requires a strict ph-balancing process to reverse.

There is a way to incorporate essential carbohydrates in the form of “safe” starches once the starch-free diet has been mastered and symptoms are no longer present. See my other posts relate to STARCH & DIGESTION for more details on assisting with the digestions process and choosing easy to digest foods.
When I use the word “safe” I mean to imply that my research suggests these foods have a lower likelihood of causing digestive distress while also providing maximum nutrition.

These “safe” foods include:

  • almond and coconut-based foods
  • soaked dry white beans such as baby lima, navy, or northern
  • lactose-free dairy such as butter, heavy cream, and homemade yogurt to serve as thickening or fillers
  • incorporation of plain yogurt to promote helpful bacteria product
  • 100% organic, sprouted-grain
  • low-carb/sprouted grain wraps and buns (on a limited basis, taken with Food Enzymes
My family has also experienced success in the occasional use of brown rice pasta and red potatoes (2 foods which are NOT endorsed for SCD) — but always with food enzymes! 
What I have also found is that there are many other digestive diseases and illness that have a direct correlation with the excessive eating of sugars and starches. Even though doctors and scientists do not know the direct cause of diseases such as Crohn’s or colitis or in some cases, Celiac; the recommended dietary approach often involves the elimination of starches, sugars, and sometimes lactose. Continuing to consume harmful carbohydrates in light of CSID or other digestive ailments can result in additional digestive disease and in some cases, stomach or colon cancer.
In the end, I will not promote or endorse suggestions for foods that do not line up with my personal approach to remove what harms and add what helps. I do not pretend to follow this diet 100% of the time, but I feel listing exceptions just confuses parents, especially those who are new to the diet. By incorporating my knowledge of the best of CSID-friendly foods, the SCD approach, digestive supplementation, and a pH balanced goal I have found our family experiences maximum health, energy and overall well-being.

Low-Starch, Low-Sugar Holiday Recipes

I will be publishing a post very soon that links to all of my own holiday recipes. For now, Whole Foods has several gluten-free recipes that may work for many CSID families. Remember to calculate total starch by subtracting fiber and sugar amounts from total carbs. As always, Sucraid, Isogest and/or Food Enzymes are recommended with all meals to ensure maximum absorption and minimum work from the body’s digestive system:

(Note: Individual tolerance levels of starch vary per case, please make sure you understand starch limitations before trying these recipes)

Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Pears
{Estimated 14 grams starch, 12 grams sugar (mostly fructose) per serving}

{Estimated 0 grams starch, 7 grams sugar (fructose/sucrose in apples) per serving}
{Estimated 13 grams starch, 1 gram sugar per serving}

Cranberry Lemon Cupcakes

gluten-free sucrose-free Cranberry Lemon Cupcakes
The key to these moist and semi-sweet cupcakes is whipping the egg whites separately. I have been doing this with many of my recipes lately and the results are fantastic!
Yield: About 20 cupcakes
3 eggs, separated
3 1/2 cups (350 grams) finely ground, blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup (250grams) plain yogurt (use homemade if you need lactose-free)
1/2 cup agave nectar (fructose) OR 3/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (no sugar added)
zest from 1 Meyer lemon (about 1 Tablespoon)
1 cup fresh cranberries
Preheat oven to 300˚F  (150˚C)
Grease 2 muffin tins with butter or coconut oil. Do not use cupcake papers as the almond flour tends to stick to the paper. 
1. Whip eggs whites until stiff, set aside.
2. Combine the almond flour, salt, baking soda, ginger and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl.
3. Using an electric mixer, blend the egg yolks, yogurt, agave, vanilla and lemon zest until light and creamy.
4. Add egg yolk mixture to almond flour mixture and mix until well combined.
5. Fold in eggs whites and cranberries.
6. Scoop batter into muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full. If you run out of batter, add water to the empty muffin cups to prevent burning.
7. Bake for 45 minutes or until a metal knife inserted into the center of cupcake comes out clean.
Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to ten days. Enjoy!