The Baked Milk Challenge

It feels like the right day to do the baked milk challenge. I am worried my two year old will fail this challenge however I have optimistic hope that he’ll pass.

I personally won’t be having milk ever again. I don’t think it’s normal to drink a cow’s breastmilk, intended to make calves grow into cows, and I don’t believe that the human body needs it. It’s just not for us.
However it would be nice if my son isn’t allergic to all baked goods. It means that maybe he can have a piece of the birthday cake going around at his friend’s parties and that I won’t have to worry quite as much when he goes to playgroup or Grandpa’s house. It means he can decide what he thinks of dairy later on in his own life.

Isn’t it crazy how one muffin can contain so many common allergens. The thought of giving my child with allergies a traditional muffin would not have even crossed my mind until we were asked to do the challenge by our allergy specialist.

So I went shopping for cow’s milk! It was weird, such a novel experience. There has never been milk in this fridge before.
Here it is, like a foreign alien.

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Then I decided well,  let’s go all out and pretend like he’s eating a muffin from the bakery. So in the pantry, hanging out amoung the buckwheat, quinoa, cacao and flaxseed… there is a big old bag of white flour.

(My son has no allergy to wheat or gluten but we don’t really eat it).

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

BAKED MILK CHALLENGE

Chocolate chips are dark chocolate and dairy free… It felt necessary.

Made a batter from nearly 2 cups flour, 2 eggs, 1.5 cup milk and chocolate chips.
Baked for 20min or until done.

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I am giving one to my son before his midday nap. Hopefully he’ll sleep then we’ll wake up and have a normal afternoon. Today we’re going to the water park accross town.

Fingers crossed!!!!!

Pass or Fail?  Johnny was so excited,  he was like “ooo!! What is that??” Then squealed and said “Yum yum, cake”. He loved the taste, even without added sugar (sweetness from the choc chips though).

12.30 : One muffin eaten
12.45 : Asleep
1.30  : Normal
2.30  : Normal. Yay! Two hours, no physical reaction observed. Very whingy, clingy but this can happen just because he’s a two year old.

Jump for joy, jump for joy.
Johnny says, “silly Mummy” and laughs, tries to jump.

Cool, he passed!!!
Now what?

Current research suggests that to help build up the body to grow out of allergies, we should be ingesting exactly as much of the allergen as the body can handle on a regular basis (but if you can’t handle any, don’t eat any). So I would like to give my son a couple of muffins a week with baked egg, baked milk and some almond meal in order to help him outgrow his multiple allergies. I see those pictures of other kids around online who are able to eat their first boiled egg at age 12 or climb the milk ladder and it gives me hope that that’ll be my son one day. We go through so much heartache with our babies watching them have allergic reactions that it’s nice to stop and reflect on how far we come – even if it’s just in terms of knowledge built – and visualize a happy future.

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*Rant Begin*

Allergies. Such a rant worthy topic.

My two year old reacted to a topical cream this week. We always use Aveeno Baby with no problem however this week the supermarket only had Aveeno Baby Dermexa. A quick look at the ingredients showed nothing to worry about however there were far MORE ingredients in it than the regular stuff. Within 10minutes of applying Aveeno Baby Dermexa for eczema children, he came up in head to toe hives. I know it was the cream which set him off because you could see the stroke marks on his face where I had applied it swell up.

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I put the baby in her bassinet to scream and scream (sorry doll) while I gave my toddler his medicine and raced him into the shower to wash it the f**k off! I stripped him down and jumped in in all my activewear and nikes, using a cloth to get it off.

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Every time he reacts and swells up to something – usually food – I give him a kiss and tell him I love him just in case he doesn’t pull through. When you see your child get taken to the hospital in an ambulance, when you watch their neck and mouth swell up, when you read articles about another child with the same allergies who died, it becomes a pretty intense experience.

So I put it to my allergy support group, anyone used this Aveeno Dermexa for their eczema kids? Three Mum’s said their children had the SAME THING HAPPEN. Three kids from just one group? What the heck is in this cream?

I posted to the Aveeno Facebook page, where they wouldn’t answer any of my questions and gave me a number to call instead.  Called the number and they assured me that they used no animal products or nuts (my son is allergic to egg, dairy and nut). I said three kids reacted to it, in my allergy group like come on this is the target market – eczema kids – they just said they use no common allergens.
This must mean they use gluten free oats.

Anyway they didn’t seem concerned, like it could be a bad thing that eczema kids are reacting to their eczema product. They also said that kernel extract is from oats (usually it’s traces of nuts, corn or mango and mango is very closely related to cashews).

They lost me as a customer. My son can tolerate their Aveeno Baby regular moisturizer but I won’t be buying it and you know why? Because I found out that they’re a part of Johnson and Johnson. Those animal testing bastards!

Back to Shikai Botage we go!

*Rant Over*

Sunflower Seed Butter

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Every year my fiancé and I go to Kai Iwi Lakes up North. It’s magical up there, a tropical looking fresh water lake. Shallow for ages then a huge drop off which dramatically changes the colour of the water.

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We’ve been going since we met, before kids it was beach by day, booze by night and camping. When heavily pregnant with our first child, we upgraded to a cabin and I was a whale wallowing in the water.
Then we took my son as a one year old with our second pregnancy in the early stages only 6 weeks old in the womb (in the picture above). It was on this valentine’s day trip that my fiancé proposed on the beach. He wrote “marry me” using sicks on the white sand. Fueled by pregnancy hormones,  I cried and cried and barely managed a response.
This year, we are going again as a family of four and renting a wee house. I am spending this week organizing for the annual trip away! I cant wait to go, i dont even care if it rains.
This has lead me to today’s recipe,  sunflower seed butter. I have been searching for the perfect,  vegan but but free banana bread to bake and take. This accomodates my son’s allergies (anaphylaxis to nuts and allergies to dairy and egg) as well as my own dietary requirements being on an elimination diet to figure out what my daughter is allergic to – which means cutting out wheat, gluten, soy and nightshades. The banana loafs I have found all contain nut butter, so here is a sub for nut butter – sunflower seed butter.

This is also handy for my son’s crèche. He won’t let me leave him alone there,  cue hysterical screaming when I head to the door, but they have a no nut policy too. Sunflower butter will be the perfect spread for his brown rice cakes. So full of goodness too and cost effective at about $4 🙂

Sunflower Seed Butter

Ingredients
3 cups sunflower seeds
Olive oil

Yields
1.5 – 2 standard jars full

Method
1. Roast sunflower seeds for 15 – 20 minutes at 180C/350F

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2. Whizz in food processor for 8 or so minutes, scraping down the sides as you go. Pour in olive oil to help the mixture along in the first 1 – 2 minutes. It should be smooth and silky when finished. Like a pantene hair commercial.
Optional: Sub for other oils and add vanilla, honey or stevia to sweeten the batch. Sunflower seed butter can be bitter in comparison to nut butters.

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Enjoy xx

Shredding for the wedding: Update JAN 2016

There have been a few obstacles!!

GOAL: 25KG by October (my daughter’s 1st bday)

1) Two year old won’t let me leave him in the crèche at the gym. Becomes hysterical if I even walk towards the door. There goes my gym plan. Now I just sit in the crèche and watch my toddler and baby play…

2) Two young babies = sheer exhaustion and time restraints

BUT!! I do have the following:

Support Networks: H2B, online support network of other Mummas and support network of bridesmaids and other Mum friends whom I am friends with in real life and can meet up with for work outs.

The time after my kids go to bed

The time when my kids both nap at the same time

Great! So using what I can, I am doing what I can and making my goals a priority. Because, as a Mum you can only have 2/3 of the following at one give  time: happy kids, time for myself and a clean home – you guessed it, my house is a messs!!!! Suuuch a mess. Like. I am embarrassed. So embarrassed. But oh well, on my wedding day I won’t care that the house was a mess for a while but I will care that my kids are happy and I can fit my wedding dress.

This is what I have done this week:

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Walked to the top of one tree hill (uphill off track) then walked/jogged down and around the bottom in a ma’fuckin’ thunderstorm. Legs were on fire and i felt like I was going to pass out. It was awesome .

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Ran to one power pole then walked to the next for 1.3km to this old bench at a park. At this bench, I did the following:
10 x press ups
10 x triceps dips
10 x squats
30 sec plank
10 x mountain climbers
Repeat x3
Then run/walk between power poles the 1.3km back home.

I stayed up until 11pm one night determined to get a workout done. Youtube to the rescue. I found Yoga With Adrienne. I did a 36min weight loss one. It looks like effortless, easy work but IT IS HAAARD. My core was in pain for two days following.
Then the kids were up and down all night that night. Not a lot of sleep happening for me that night!

Three work outs closer to my goals!! Woohoo!! 🙂