Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria, I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for my family. I had a phone consult with you in early July. I of course wanted to lose weight, which I did, but my main concern was my daughter. At only 6 months old, she was already on a strong dose of an acid blocker and it wasn’t working. My doctor was pushing to increase her dose and I knew in my heart that something wasn’t right. 

I immediately emailed you to have a phone consult and that was the first day of relief for her. I feel terrible as a mother, but more so, I was angry at the doctor when you told me what the acid blockers were doing to her. With your plan and healing nutrients, she has not had one episode! I can’t believe it. 

The doctor still pressures me that she isn’t getting enough iron if she doesn’t eat fortified rice cereal for her first foods, but now I can just smile with the knowledge that the list of first baby foods from Maria, I know which foods have a lot more iron that the rice cereal that was causing the problem for her. Thank you so much for giving us the tools to heal her rather than just cover up the problem. Whenever I hear a mother talking about her baby’s acid reflux at play group, I try not to be pushy, but I tell my story and tell them all about your miracle work. Thanks again, working with you is priceless!” -Sherry

To get started like Sherry, click HERE.

Baby Acid Reflux

Sadly, parents often think that rice cereal is the first food to introduce to a baby. Dr. David Ludwig of Children’s Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants. Babies don’t even produce the enzyme amylase, which is the essential enzyme for breaking down starch. The baby’s small intestine basically only produces one enzyme for starch, lactase; which is for the digestion of lactose. Feeding grains too early will cause food allergies later on in life because the protein in the grains sit in the stomach too long. This will cause the baby to have acid reflux.

“The number one ingredient in what we call rice ‘cereal’ is processed white rice flour. That’s all the rice there is. There are also some vitamins and minerals sprinkled in that babies could easily get in other ways. These don’t make this gateway junk food healthy … Metabolically, it’s not that different from giving babies a spoonful of sugar.” Stanford-based pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene.

Parents like Sherry, desperately go to the doctor for help; most likely putting the baby on acid blockers. This is the WORST thing to do because the stomach is a very acid environment with a pH at 2 or less. Stomach acid is essential for to absorb vitamin B-12 and minerals that allow you to release hormones from the pancreas, without which can lead to development of diabetes.

Stomach acid also helps breakdown protein. When you don’t have stomach acid to breakdown food, undigested proteins sit like a rock in the intestines. This slowly eats holes in your intestines and this inflammation begins a detrimental snowball effect. When you start to have holes in your intestines, food starts to leak into your bloodstream (leading to leaky gut syndrome). This is awful because the immune system goes into overdrive to kill the unknown substances in the blood…NOW we have food allergies! So if you are feeding the baby grains and cow’s milk, they will most likely develop a wheat and dairy allergy…oh boy!

There has recently been a 16X increase in the use of acid reflux medicine in infants. Even though a study showed that there was no difference in infants from a placebo! When families eliminate common allergen such as dairy, soy and wheat from the baby’s and breastfeeding mother’s diet, by day 3 or 4 the infants no longer suffer from acid reflux. This means a total elimination! Not just the 80/20 rule. It takes a lot of commitment by the family, but it is well worth the effort.

Milk based formulas often cause allergies while soy based formulas contain growth inhibitors, mineral blocking phytic acid, and plant forms of estrogens that has adverse effects on hormonal development. Soy formula is also devoid of cholesterol which is essential for the brain (our brains are 60% cholesterol) and nervous system.

If you have a child or YOU are suffering from acid reflux, click HERE for natural supplements to heal your gut. Please contact me for a consult for additional help!

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Encouragement for a Grain Free/Sugar Free Life

I received the most amazing email the other day from a mother who feeds her whole family grain free and sugar free. As I scrolled down after reading the email, my mouth dropped open in amazement on all of the beautiful confections that she made for her daughter’s birthday party. I just had to share these with you. This post is meant to encourage all of you that this way of eating isn’t a “diet,” it is a lifestyle.

I want you to look at these and know that many times we eat with our eyes too. When kids see a sugar-laden store-bought cupcake all cute and decorated, of course they want it. Maybe if we just step back and make “healthified” treats, they would enjoy those instead.

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Maria,

Thank you for all the creativity, time & education you give so freely! Thanks to you I was able to host my daughters first birthday party & not worry for a moment if some one else was feeding her sugar, grain, or anything that wasn’t organic & healthy.

With the help of your recipes I created custom “Parisian” themed graham crackers, petit fours, delicious lemon curd, fantastic lemon bars, chocolate chip biscotti, the layered birthday cake & my daughters matching smash cake. With your inspiration & ingredients I also created s’mores layered marshmallow coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate atop a graham cracker, brownies, strawberry creme dip, strawberry lemonade, as well as strawberry shortcake angel food cupcakes topped with strawberry purée & whipped frosting!

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Best of all, not one child refused a single thing on the menu, most went back for seconds and no guest was suspecting unless I had previously told them! What a huge success thanks to you!

I am eternally grateful that I happened upon your blog a year ago and love implementing your creations into my families meals and lives!

Meg 

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I’m so proud of Meg! One thing that Meg and I discussed is how to make the flavor the best and have new friends and family who have never tried Swerve or stevia like the taste. Meg and I agree that we often do a mixture of sweeteners to make the treats very very tasty! I usually do 1/3 Swerve, 1/3 Just Like Sugar or Just Like Brown Sugar, and a tsp or 2 of stevia glycerite (which doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste like most stevia). Then I adjust to desired sweetness. Be aware that when you back a product made with Swerve or stevia glycerite, some of the sweetness does go down after it is baked. To find my natural sweetener suggestions, click HERE.

Everything shown can be found in my cookbooks. Click HERE to get your family started on a grain free life! If you are scared on even starting, try the Slow Cooker cookbook. One really helpful trick for me is that I always prepare dinner the night before. So my amazing husband cleans up dinner while I’m preparing dinner for the next night. I put everything in the shell of the crockpot (keep in fridge until the morning), pulse cauliflower into rice (keep in tupperwear in the fridge for the week) and I always have Protein Buns and Amazing Bread in the freezer or fridge. Then in the morning, I just turn the crock pot on and I just have to stir fry the “cauliflower rice” for 5 minutes and dinner is served! This helps take some anxiety and stress out of my day!

Thank you all for your love and support! Happy Baking!

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29 Comments

  • Ashley says:

    What a gorgeous food display! I love your website by the way. When you say that you use a mixture of sweeteners, for the Just Like Sugar component, are you referring to the Just Like Sugar Baking variety or the Just Like Sugar Tabletop variety? Thanks.

  • Onyx Panthyr says:

    Wow…. Those are strikingly beautiful!

  • Holly says:

    I don’t know how anyone could have said no to a spread like that. Everything looks amazing and her daughter is super cute to boot!

  • carrie says:

    Hi, I love your blog, I have gain so much from it myself and now it is time to help my children. I really love the recipes that are for kids. I have a child that is severely allergic to eggs, egg whites and dairy. I know that this child and all my children would benefit from eating healthier but the egg thing gets in the way. Please give me a suggestion or two about what to do.
    thanks

  • Beth says:

    Wow! That look’s amazing!! I can appreciate all the work that went in to what I’m sure was a fabulous first birthday!! What a great Mom!

  • karen says:

    Looks so yummy and presentation is gorgeous! She mentions “s’mores layered marshmallow coconut macaroons”. Would love to know where that recipe is! I thought there wasn’t a healthified substitute.

    • karen says:

      Just noticed posted time say 8:44pm, but for me it’s 1:45pm here in California 😉

      • carrie says:

        I understand the full fat animal meats and fats, etc but Im dealing with a child you hardly eats anything and what she eats needs to change so Im asking if the recipes contain whey and eggs I either can ‘t use your recipes or have to substitute with other ingredients. If I substitute ingredients what could I use.

  • Katie says:

    Great article! I would however like to mention one thing. I began using stevia as a sweetener about a year ago. After I began using it I began to suffer from a horrendous case of dishydrotic eczema on my hands. After much research I came to find out that the stevia plant is in the same family as the ragweed plant. Ragweed is a known allergy to me. So, I cut stevia out of my diet and my condition significantly improved. I agree that stevia can be a great alternative for some people, but if you have a severe ragweed allergy I suggest you stay away. It was a pain…. Literally!

  • Saundra says:

    My husband had the hpylori bacteria which was found when he had a colonoscopy. He was given the antibiotics for treatment as well as Omeprazole. He’s supposed to keep taking the Omrprazole & was given a years worth of refills. Is that necessary ??

    • Serena says:

      I’m not a doctor, but I’d say no. I was put on pantaprazole? (I think that’s the one- it was 8 years ago) for terrible reflux. I went wheat free- not even gluten free and then had no need for the drugs. 8 years later, gluten does tend to bother me, and I usually eat grain free. I’ve never had need for acid blockers since I changed my diet- and I have an intensely stressful job as a criminal lawyer.

  • France says:

    Wow someone needs to start a grain free catering business!!! What gorgeous foods!

  • Annie B. Ros says:

    Love this!!

    Meg and Maria, what is the recipe for the heart-shaped desserts on the far left of the second picture?

  • Sheryl says:

    Parents of children with recurrent, untreatable reflux should also read up on eosinophilic diseases. These diseases occur when eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) begin to attack areas of our body such as our esophagus or small intestine or stomach in “reaction” to a food they deem an offender. Check on the page from Children’s Hospital Philadelphia which describes the symptoms both babies and older children can experience. http://www.chop.edu/service/center-for-pediatric-eosinophilic-disorders/about-eosinophilic-disorders.html

  • Anonymous says:

    Could Meg share the recipe she used for her s’mores layered marshmallow coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate atop a graham cracker? It sounds amazing and I’ve been trying to find a recipe for s’mores marshmallows.

    Thanks!

  • Saundra says:

    Thanks Serena!

  • Reid says:

    Thank you Maria. You are a wealth of knowledge. What great info about acid reflux in infants. I’m an herbalist & work in a local health food co-op & this issues comes up with new moms. I usually recommend an enzyme & a probiotic, but now I can explain the issue much cleaner. Thanks for your insights, so appreciated.

  • Ashley says:

    What package would I purchase if I wanted the “Mom’s and Babies” package? I’m not finding it for some reason…thanks!

  • Kerri says:

    Maria
    I own all your cookbooks. What book can I find the recipes for the cake and frosting that Meg made for her daughters first birthday. Thank you.
    Kerri

  • angela says:

    I have a question about infant formula. I give my 6 month old the Baby’s Only Lactose Free organic formula. According to Weston Price Foundation, it is one of the best ones you can give that is available. However, I am a little confused on the lactose issue. I’ve read that lactose is important for brain development in the infant but you are against milks in general. So is it better for me to stay on the lactose free instead of the regular formula? The lactose free just contains the milk proteins whereas the regular contains all the components of the milk. What did you give your babies before they started eating solids?

    • cemmerich says:

      Well, in this case I am more concerned with the sugar. The first ingredient is sugar (brown rice syrup). Breast milk is 60-70% fat. That is why I prefer homemade formulas and bone broths. As for lactose, I think it is ok for infants, (it is in breast milk) but I think they are ok without it too. 🙂

  • Julie says:

    My little guy is 7 months and is allergic to dairy. When I was nursing I had to cut all dairy from my diet. Now he is on a corn based formula. At what age can I start with a coconut milk or almond milk, almond flours. In bakes good can he have egg whites, such as protein bread?

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