Oliver Approved & Allergy Free Bread Recipe

Allergy Free Bread

I was so fortunate to have a friend with a child on the autism spectrum point out to me that the Udi’s bread that Oliver was eating held ingredients that he was allergic to in it, which I somehow missed when ingredient glancing at the grocery store. She makes her son’s bread and gave me this delicious recipe that even my picky little eater enjoys.

Ingredients:
1.5 cup sorghum flour
1 cup tapioca starch/flour or potato starch (not flour)
.5 cup teff flour
2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp Egg Replacer
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 TBSP olive oil
1.25 cup warm water (110%)
2 tsp yeast or 1 packet
2 tsp sugar

Directions:
1. Mix yeast & sugar in bowl, add warm water, let proof 10 minutes or so.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Add vinegar & oil.
4. Add proofed yeast and thoroughly mix in mixer or by hand (no kneading).
5. Spoon into a loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap, set aside to rise for 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350.
7. Bake for 53 minutes, let cool a few minutes before removing from pan to a wire wrack.
8. After cooled, store in plastic bag. One day on counter is OK, then refrigerate.

** Comment to let everyone know how your bread turns out!

YOU SCREAM I SCREAM WE ALL SCREAM

It seems to me that Oliver is learning more and more everyday that incessant crying gets him what he wants. It is so difficult for me to allow him to cry when I know what he wants.  To encourage speech and language development, I need to push him to speak by suddenly not understanding his cries. I need to express to him that screaming and crying isn’t how we ask for milk or for a certain toy. My plan is to, from here on out, tell him, “I’m sorry buddy– I don’t understand screaming. Screaming doesn’t tell me WHAT it is that you want. Can you show me what you want? Can you sign to me what it is that you want? Can you tell me what you want?” I’m hoping that this will improve our current situation. I’m interested in hearing from others who have been in similar situations and how you addressed it. 

Diaper Sacks: The product that forever changed my life

Okay, so I’m usually all for natural household items, but these have seriously improved my quality of life. While eliminating dairy, gluten, and soy, I have noticed that Oliver’s bowel movements have gotten extremely smelly. No diaper pail or trash bag could mask these odors, but following my discovery of Sassy’s diaper sacks, my nose has gotten a break. I just put his soiled diapers in these, tie it up, and the smell is gone. I found these in the bathroom of Oliver’s early intervention center and immediately went onto the Amazon app on my cell phone and ordered a box. Truly genius invention.

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You can order here: http://www.amazon.com/Sassy-Disposable-Diaper-Sacks-Count/dp/B0007V644S

This morning

Today we are diffusing Balance and he has Frankincense and OnGuard on his feet. He’s having blueberries, bananas, gluten free toast with dairy free butter, and a green smoothie (spirulina, broccoli, spinich, barley grass, wheat grass, mango, apple, banana, and kiwi). Now he’s laying in his tunnel, enjoying the comfort of his own little world. 🙂

 P.s. feet kicking leads to blurry photos– sorry.

Taking Oliver Off of Dairy and Gluten

Oliver hasn’t had any dairy products since June 24th (almost a full month).
I switched him to soy milk products (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, etc.), but he had abnormally smelly diarrhea, a facial rash, and increased hand flapping, toe walking, and spinning in circles. He got a full body rash after three weeks on soy and then got extremely angry for no apparent reason. He proceeded by hitting our dog, hitting/slapping/head butting me, and then pushing over my table. I spoke with his pediatrician and she thinks that he might be allergic to soy, in addition to dairy and everything else he has had reactions to. After switching Oliver from soy products to almond milk products, he has transformed. His hand flapping, toe walking, and spinning in circles has decreased drastically. He has added 3+ new words to his vocabulary and has started, both dancing AND clapping again (both of which were part of a major regression he experienced). The diarrhea has stopped and he is back to his normal constipated self (*sad face*). I’m now slowly cutting out gluten products by replacing the gluten he consumes (bread, crackers, cereal, etc.) with gluten free alternatives, one at a time. Our goal is to be fully GFCF (gluten free, casein free) by the end of September. I hope that we can meet this goal much sooner, but I’m keeping it realistic.