Allergies

Reading Trim Healthy Mama

Reading Trim Healthy Mama I’m still reading my digital copy of Trim Healthy Mama. I am encouraged and inspired. I need more hours in my day just to read it. So, here I am in bed, at 8pm on a Sunday night, getting ready to read as much as I can before I fall asleep. My goal is to have the majority of the book read by the time we get groceries on the 20th. That gives me a week and a bit to fit in 600 more pages of reading before I need to write a grocery list and …

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Trim Healthy Mama

I ordered a print copy of Trim Healthy Mama from Christianbook.com! It should arrive early next week. I got so excited about the possibility of change (while writing this post) that I went and purchased a PDF copy too, so I can get started reading right away. Okay, are you ready? So, let’s be honest. I am overweight. Very overweight. I know that. The last time I started to work on my weight and was actually making some progress, I got pregnant with twins (they will turn 6 this year). Instead of continuing to work on my weight during their …

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Fireworks, Power Outage, Smoke Alarms, and a Swollen Eye

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. All the kids were just settling in for bed the night before last night when the booming of fireworks launched them all out of their beds and instantly to the windows to watch. When there are fireworks locally we can usually get a good view from one side of the house or the other. When the fireworks were over, we started the bedtime routine again. Like it wasn’t fun enough the first time (oh no, I didn’t just say that). All the kids were settled once again, in their beds, when everything suddenly …

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Allergies, Autism, and Diet

Gluten-free, Casein-free Diet For Autism Before the twins, Zion and Hosanna, were born (they turn four in six days) our family went on the gluten-free, casein-free diet to help our oldest son, Elisha, who has autism, with his behavior. The diet was challenging. The learning curve was steep. I had no idea what was really in some of our foods (and we don’t eat that many “weird” foods), until I started seriously reading labels. We stayed on the gluten-free, casein-free diet for about two years. We saw great improvements in our son’s behavior and everyone else’s too. Then along came …

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Breastfeeding Twins – Weaning Twins

I have thought a few times recently that I need to write about weaning the twins. I wrote here about breastfeeding twins and what it looked like from my perspective. I read this article that Meg wrote about weaning her baby and I wanted to respond in the comments, but my response would be too long for a simple comment. The twins are going to be 4 in May. We have whittled our way down to a morning and evening nurse (on a good day). We only nurse on my bed. There are days where they will ask for more. There are …

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Menu Plan Monday

Our family does not eat eggs, dairy, nuts, and mushrooms due to allergies. If you have AWESOME recipes with very basic ingredients that will easily feed a large family, please share links in the comments. Menu planning is often a source of frustration for me these days. I really would love for our meal times to be much more simple and less stressful. I have a hard time pleasing everyone at meal times and as a consequence, I am not enjoying our meals much anymore. I didn’t mean for this to be all depressing, but I am being honest. Between …

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Around The Brown House

Sickness and the Bee Sting We have climbed the mountains of sickie laundry, disinfected the house from top to bottom and lived to tell about it. I think everyone is finally over the flu and Zion has recovered from his bee sting. We do have a bit more news about the bee sting allergy. When I was on the phone with the nurse this past week, she mentioned that the next time Zion gets a bee sting it could be fatal. We will be making an appointment with the allergist very soon to get official testing done and an another …

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Eczema and Allergies

Eczema and allergies may not be considered special needs in the traditional sense, but if you are a mother of a child with severe eczema or allergies, then you know how much extra work it is. With eczema you often need to try many different products before you find one that works for your child (and even then, it does not always work for very long) and you need to be diligent about applying the products. With allergies you need to adapt your cooking, you can’t eat at restaurants without adaptations, and you need to bring your own cake to …

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