I'm working to halt 2 'severe cavities' that James has developed in two of his back molars, discovered on his first dental visit. I agree that they're a problem that must be addressed immediately - I can see them, although I have to state - that despite a tiny small spots in the center of his molars - his teeth otherwise look white, solid, and healthy. None of his teeth are discoloured, chalky looking, or spotted.
The dentist suggests - two baby root canals, and stainless steel caps! This procedure involves knocking James out, either with gas, heavy drugs, or 'general' anesthesia at the hospital!! So, let just say I'm not taking this lightly. My first and only concern is James' health, and I'm not going to jump at any radical, major solution - that doesn't do anything to address the problem! WHY does he have cavities at the age of 3 and half?? He's never been bottled fed, he's not big into candy and sweets. He is still breast-feeding, but I refuse to think that's really the problem. Up till now - he has not had any regular form of milk (besides breast milk)...save for the rare bowl of cereal.
I'm not a big supporter of store bought milk, and it wouldn't be in the house, if it was up to me. Bcuz I've shitty about taking care of myself - I lean more towards the idea, that it's my fault - I haven't done my part to re-mineralize my body with supplements - begin a breast-feeding mama for almost 4 years. I know my own teeth have suffered, since James was born - sharing my mineral and vitamin supply with him.
We both need a major change in our dietary habits. We eat healthy, all our meals our homemade and wholesome, so it's not that we have to change our diet drastically - we - I have to focus on re-mineralization!!!
Thanksgiving is over, thank God - and despite it being the kickoff for most people to fall into mindless feeding (till the new year) - we're starting early!
I'm starting my 90 day smoothie quest, and James is doing the Weston A. Price protocol for re-mineralization. Below is a simple, outline of his menu plan. I'll also post updates on how he's doing with it. I actually think it's well suited to children...with lots of soup and stews, and jell-o (homemade).
James is going through a "gagging on vegetables" phase, but luckily the only veggies he doesn't turn his nose up at, are the ones in soup. He is addicted to carbs (thanks to the other people we live with), and how he's going to deal with their removal - will depend HEAVILY on whether everyone is on-board with this protocol. The problem I foresee, has nothing to do with James at all.
The others in the house, believe I should listen to the dentist, and get James' teeth 'fixed' right away. They also believe this little 'experiment' of mine is stupid, careless, and cruel and unusual punishment. 😕 It's always nice to have a lot of support going into things like this, but when it comes to your children - you're all the support you need!
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A few notes on the menu above:
Since I believe a part of the problem might be related to blood-sugar imbalance - Snacks are an important part of James' protocol! I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant, and James was born with low blood-sugar. It doesn't seem to be a problem now, but I do notice that when he's hungry - his mood changes. He gets hyper, aggressive, and frustrates easily. A big part of this new diet is going to make sure he's eating all day long - lots of small snacks. I'm not big on making him finish his main meals. I'm more set on making sure he's always got a piece a fruit, or a smoothie. That's another important factor - hydration!! Making sure he's drinking as much as possible. James isn't doing raw veggies AT ALL. Can't get him to eat raw carrots, celery, etc.and gags on lettuce. I'm gonna figure out someway to turn that around!!!!! For now, I'm not making a big deal about it. I can sneak tons of veggies into meals and smoothies.
I keep things really flexible, based on what James is interesting in eating that day/meal. For instance, if he doesn't want granola for breakfast, and would rather have eggs - fine. I put the pasta down for lunch and dinner, bcuz one I make pasta and meatballs - that's all he wants to eat for a day or two.
2-4 Glasses Raw Milk
2-4 Eggs (organic/free-range)
1-4 cups Rich Broth Soup
Ferments: Kefir, Yogurt, Cheese, Pickles,
Liver several time a week
Naturally Raised Meats as whole as possible
Unadulterated Fats & Oils (Butter, Coconut Oil, Lard)
As much vegetables as I can sneak in & Fruit
2/3 TBS Fermented Cod Liver Oil or Skate Liver Oil (in smoothies)
1 rounded TBS Diatomaceous Earth (in smoothies)
Calcium (in smoothies)
Green & Grape Juice
Rich Broth Soup
Pulled Pork (BBQ)
Stewed Meat w/ Veggies
Sweet Potato Latkes
Homemade Semolina Pasta
Banana Ice Cream
Save yourself some time and energy by making large batches and freezing them. I do this with meatballs, and pizza dough, stewed meats, and broth. Since I'm only preparing food for James, I freeze meals in single-size portions. If you're entire family is going the traditional diet route - and you have space - keep an eye on Craigslist for a freezer. You can save yourself a lot of money buying organic, grass-fed, meat in bulk from local farmers. Also check Craigslist for hunters who will trade off meat. A good time to check is BEFORE hunting season begins, when they're cleaning out their freezers for fresh kill. For some ridiculous reason, it's illegal for hunters to "sell" wild game...so if you post an ad for "meat wanted", make sure it's in the barter section. Payment can be done under the table, or maybe you've got something they need. In any case - a freezer is a good investment.
Keep your freezer organized. Invest in small portion freezable containers -plastic works better then glass in this case - BPA-free. There's less leaching of toxins when container is cold. Allow to thaw on its own, then transfer to a different container for heating. Keep a role of masking tape and a permanent marker on top of the fridge. Try Dollar General or Big Lots for containers, tape, marker & freezer bags.
Get Cranking on your Sourdough Starter! Making your own sourdough baked goods is part of the plan! Store -bought breads, baked goods and doughs are NOT going to be processed properly to remove phytic acid, which involves soaking and fermentation for 12 - 36 hours! It's really not difficult, and it's a wonderful hobby to be proud of and share with your friends and family!!!
Most people that play around with sourdough, have to get use to tossing a certain percentage of it down the drain, bcuz each time you feed your starter - it increases the amount you have. For the Weston A. Price "Traditional Foods" diet - you'll be needing a lot of it. It will be your main source of carbohydrates, and the only baked goods you'll be getting. You'll be using it for pancakes, flatbread, crackers, pizza crust, turnovers, and loaf bread. So, don't be afraid to make big batches! Dough can be made up and kept frozen till needed - for pizza, turnovers, and pie crusts.
I'm sure some people would say success of a new diet relies 100% on meal planning. I break it down like this: 25% into creating meal plans that work. 25% is sticking to the menu plan, and buying only what you need for that week. 50% is schedule and execution. A traditional diet requires a lot of planning ahead. It's not difficult, it just needs full focus - feeding starter daily, rotating what's in the fridge/freezer, setting things out to soak, or simmer in the crock pot -the rest pretty much takes care of itself. Consistency is key - Luckily around the time it begins to get boring - the preparation part will have become second nature, and require less focus.
The shopping list for a traditional diet is pretty much the same all the time - basic staples. Prepping is Key In the menu above, you'll notice that I added a row for things I have to prepare in advance. A few days are more involved than others. Feeding Sourdough starter is a one-minute, daily ritual. My Kombucha & Kefirs take about 15 minutes top - Pour off liquids and bottle. Make tea, rinse milk kefirs grains, cool tea (outside now that it's cold), pour fresh liquids in and feed. It's really pretty mindless, and can be done in the time it takes to make a pot of coffee. Same goes for soaking grains, nuts, seeds, beans, etc. Really doesn't take much time at all - just looks like a lot. Of course, I'm only preparing food for one small child - not a family.
If you're getting your family on-board with a traditional diet, I'd go for larger batches, rather then more frequent prepping. Really, I can make one pot of soup that will last a week. Trade-off...there's only one kind of soup available. Luckily to James, soup is soup, and he LOVES it. Pick up an extra crockpot at a second-hand store, and have two going at once (two different soups, or one-soup, one-beans), or get one of those large crockpots that will hold two chickens, or similar.
I love my pressure-cooker (second-hand Goodwill for $12) It's perfect for breaking down meat, bones, etc into hearty broths in the least amount of time, but by planning ahead a little - crockpots are the way to go, unless you're lucky enough to be cooking over an open-hearth fire!! We don't eat a lot of bread or baked goods, so one loaf is more than enough per week. Sourdough lasts without going moldy...it does become rock hard (the kind I make anyway), and I have to use half of it for croutons or something else, or it would inedible. I have yet to perfect my bread, so I find flatbread works better for James, and is easier to make. It's PERFECT for pizza crust!!! Really you're only limited by your imagination!