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Supplementing for healing

I’m in a very “heal-y” place at the moment. It started when I read the package insert for Goldilocks’ tic medication.

Wow.

For a while, when we first switched to SCD and Paelo, I used to hate medication of any kind. I wouldn’t take any or give any to my kids. We were the hippy, holistic family who home-schooled their alternative kids. I’m not that way any more. Much.

In fact, Goldilocks has been on these meds for three months already. What’s more, I’d already looked up Clonidine on the web and it seemed okay. Also, so far we’d seen no side effects.

But when I read that insert, I realised there was no way I was giving any more of that to my baby girl. For starters, the insert says, “strictly not to be given to children or adolescents.” Um. Yeah.

So I did what I do when I need to fix stuff: research.

I looked up the main things we struggle with, and what dietary shortages they’re symptomatic of. (Sorry about the conjunction at the end of that sentence but … yeah. Not sorry.)

Then I looked up the foods with the highest concentrations of those nutrients.

Then I made a table of the two. As you do. Here it is. (You’re welcome ;))

(Basically: eat lots of oily fish, spinach, and lentils. Oh, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate).

Vitamins for tics, concentration and skin

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Food Vit. A Vit. B1 Vit. B2 Vit. B3 Vit. B5 Vit. B6 Vit. B7 (Biotin) Vit. B9 (Folate) Vit. B12 Vit. C Vit. D Vit. E Magnesium Omega 3 Potassium Zinc TOTALS
Oily Fish 2 10 7 10 8 8 3 8 9 4 8 9 4 90
Mackerel/tuna/salmon 2 10 6 10 8 8 1 8 9 4 8 9 4 87
Kale/Spinach 8 1 1 1 10 8 8 9 10 1 9 7 73
Seeds 7 2 2 2 10 7 9 1 6 46
Pork 9 4 8 5 6 1 3 3 39
Beans,lentils,chickpeas 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 10 2 34
Red meat 8 5 4 4 4 9 34
Legumes 5 1 3 1 9 2 10 2 33
Avos 1 7 2 1 5 6 5 3 30
Mushrooms 3 4 10 8 2 1 28
Chicken 1 9 3 7 1 3 24
Eggs 1 5 6 1 7 2 2 24
Cod Liver Oil 10 9 19
Dried fruit 5 5 2 7 19
Dried Prunes 5 5 1 7 18
Carrots 9 9 18
Liver 7 1 1 9 18
Squash 7 4 1 6 18
Dried Apricots 5 4 1 7 17
Cheese 5 4 3 2 14
Brocolli 1 4 6 2 1 14
Sweet peppers 3 10 1 14
Pure yoghurt 1 1 3 2 2 2 2 13
Dried Raisins 3 1 7 11
Sweet potatoes 10 1 11
Berries 5 5 10
Flaxseed oil 10 10
Guava 9 9
Potatoes 1 8 9
Bananas 3 3 1 7
Oranges 2 4 6
Dark chocolate 1 4 5
Cantaloupe melon 4 4
Mango 1 3 4
Olive oil 3 3
Tomatoes 3 3
– Dates 2 2
– Figs 2 2
Butter 1 1
Califlower 1 1
Fruit 1 1
Ham 1 1
Onions 1 1
Orange juice 1 1
Papaya 1 1
61 50 44 60 62 69 44 44 36 48 44 36 62 43 87 37
If you crave bread or wheat products, you probably need more: If you crave chocolate, you probably need more:
– fibre – magnesium
– protein – zinc
– omega 3
– carbs
– vitamin B
– manganese
– selenium
– omegas

Another one of those weeks.

The girls and I making our very first snow man!

The girls and I making our very first snow man!

This has been a rough fortnight and I am exhausted.

The Highs

The highs of the past two weeks include a trip to see The Snow – the first time the girls and I have ever seen it! It was awesome and amazing and a wonderful highlight of the whole year. We made a snow man, had snow ball fights, stood in a snow fall, made snow angels, and had hot curry in front of a roaring fire. I didn’t even veer off SCD! The girls did, with immediate consequence (pain, bloating, headaches and moodiness). Poor babies. But we saw the results and realised that we’re on the right track here.

After that we visited a friend whose son has Tourette Syndrome. She gave us a tower of books that we have been motoring through, and we’ve learned a lot about our family. What we’ve learned includes confirmation that Goldilocks and I have relatively mild cases of Tourette’s, although hers is worse than mine. Papa Bear definitely has some kind of tic disorder, if not full-blown Tourette’s, and Red Riding Hood is too young to tell. We’ve also been investigating the diet/allergy/environment link to Tourette’s, and the link between this and ADD/ADHD. The results are fascinating and worth their own post (or series of posts).

My sister moved successfully into a wonderful new place with light, space, privacy, security and a garden. I am so happy and relieved!

School has been going well. It seems a little “light” to me, but maybe I’m just getting used to it? We now easily fit Maths, English, Art of some kind and Konos into a day. It worries me and makes me think I’m missing something. I should just learn to be grateful!

We had our second SCD birthday when Papa Bear turned 42. I made lasagne again, as well as cake with marshmallow frosting, nougat, and chocolate mousse. Everything was delicious and ready when he got home, and he said he felt thoroughly fêted even though we’re technically on diet. (Most of the recipe are on the Aunty Em’s blog).

SCD is going well but tough. We’ve seen huge improvements in most things, particularly digestion, alertness, energy, mood and concentration. However, we’ve been using nut flours and butters instead of grains, and as a result (I believe), Goldilocks’ tics are worse than ever (mine too, truth be told), and my skin is terrible. So we’re back to the beginning on Monday, which is a real drag because the intro diet is so boring and so labour intensive.

The Lows

As a result of SCD, Tourette’s and an interminable mountain of housework, my “work” work is suffering badly. I simply can’t fit it all in and since my family’s physical and emotional health is such a priority to me, that comes first. Apparently my brain has deemed our fiscal health less of a priority for some obscure reason, and my efforts at reprogramming it are in vain.

We’ve had some pretty bad news regarding work and finances on each of the last two Fridays, casting a nasty pall over the weekend and the future, and creating the opportunity to feel fearful and anxious.

I am blessed to serve a mighty and generous God who knows my needs and meets them.

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