Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wheat.

Around 1 year old, Leena developed, what I thought was, a severe case of cradle cap. Although now she's 4 and it's still there but getting worse. I've tried tea tree oil and coconut oil. I've brushed it off completely but it came back. Slightly stronger than the time before. Her scalp loses large chunks of it and along with that, she loses hair and then has bald spots. I have been racking my brain with what it could be and I've been thinking perhaps she is having a food allergy. Specifically wheat. Today marks the first day of Leena's wheat-free diet. We will all end up being wheat free while at home since it's easiest to maintain that lifestyle as a group, I would imagine. I hope this will show improvement.

Today we might make some wheat-free chocolate chip cookies while Leena rests so she can heal from the cold she's now fighting. Trying this recipe by Emma Kwasnica.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Combine the following dry ingredients in your mixing bowl:
260g almond flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

On low heat on the stove top in a small saucepan, melt 115g (about a 1/2 cup) of unsalted butter; remove from heat and add in 1/2 cup maple syrup and 3 tsp vanilla; mix well

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix thoroughly

Fold in, by hand, 2/3 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of walnut pieces

Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and flatten. Bake for 10 minutes, then allow to cool & harden (without removing from the sheet) for 20 minutes.

Yield: 24 cookies

Peace and Love.
Katelyn

8 comments:

  1. Oh thanks for sharing the recipe! I think I may need to avoid wheat more often... I'm learning to be more conscious of my diet.

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    1. Good for you! It's one of the best decisions you can make.

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  2. Good luck! I hope it helps, wheat can cause so many strange reactions and it's in everything! That's a tricky one. I have lots of wheat free Recipies kicking aroun here, I'll see if I can dig some up for u. I was wheat free, more specifically gluten free, for 6 months and felt GREAT

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    1. Luckily with cutting out most processed foods (still eat some of the Amy's frozen meals, etc) we don't have to much work ahead of us with cutting wheat out. It's mainly pastas, and the occasional bread. We're starting with wheat and see if it takes us all the way to gluten free. That would be ideal!

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  3. thank you for this! i know someone with similar scalp issues...please let me know what your conclusions are!

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    1. It's not just the scalp that led to this decision. There's also some behavioral/emotional and other physical issues that have led us here. And of course, she ate some wheat crackers today. UGH. I will definitely keep you posted.

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  4. It's interesting once you start reading up on wheat and it's many negative effects that it can be associated with. Especially in children! I have limited my intake of wheat in the last couple of years. So many other great grains out there after all!

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    1. I'd been researching gluten intolerance then had all these different things about wheat keep showing up. I took that as a sign!

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