Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all had a great weekend with friends and family while taking time to remember those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms.
This is a week of reflection for me in many ways - this marks one year since my husband and I fully committed to a new way of wellness and diet for our son. The week after Memorial Day in 2011, our little guy began to see a chiropractor who also has a passion and expertise for helping children with challenges resulting from the "4 A's" (asthma, allergies, autism and ADHD) through the use of homeopathy, traditional foods, and elimination diets.
We have had our ups and downs, our trip-ups, and by no means is his diet perfect, but the significant changes we made have made a big difference for him. I wish I could say we are 100% prescription medication free, but I can say we now only give him medication and nebulizers as-needed, rather than every single day as initially prescribed. After a failed hearing test in May 2011 (after a string of chronic ear infections, the hearing test showed fluid build-up behind his ear drums, which caused some hearing challenges for him), we reversed the issue without tubes or additional drugs and he has not had an ear infection since. Instead of administering asthma medication year-round, we only do this during peak allergy season and he is fine without it outside of that.
Of course, food allergies do not just vanish, but we have been healing his gut in order to give him he best possible chance at outgrowing these allergies or at least healing him to a point that his body will not react in a life-threatening way when exposed to the foods that he is allergic to. I am really proud of how far we have come this year and I am always looking for ways to improve - I hope for more health successes in the year to come!
I hope that, for many of you, this blog has inspired and continues to inspire you to make little changes in your everyday eating habits for your family that promote healing and wellness! If there is ever anything more that I can offer to you on your path of wellness (new recipes, recipe makeovers, meal planning tips, etc.) please comment on my posts or via Facebook! Your support is what keeps me writing and keeps me accountable to my meal planning, which is critical to healing my son!
Our plan for this week:
Monday: BBQ! BBQ ribs, grilled potatoes, grilled asparagus and grilled romaine salad (I am using a different dressing but the one in this recipe looks yummy!)
Tuesday: Veggie Quesadillas with guacamole
TIP: Make the filling the night before, this makes it SO easy to have a quick and healthy meal on the table on a work night! On weeknights, I serve this with Wholly Guacamole - I buy it in bulk at Costco (comes in a box with 4 or packets) - freeze them and take one out to defrost the night before.
Wednesday: Hot dogs (we love Thousand Hills 100% grass fed) and kale chips
Thursday: Pasta Bake with salad
Recipe for the bake: Ferndale Market Italian style turkey sausage (my favorite sausage!), frozen organic spinach, and a jar of my homemade pasta sauce from the freezer. Mix with cooked and rinsed GF pasta, sprinkle with a little cheese and bake. Make ahead and refrigerate or freeze!
Saturday: Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs with rice
Sunday: Shrimp with Avocado Mango Salsa Foil Packets (using brown rice couscous)