Gluten free/ Casein free home made ice cream

Ever thought of making your own rice milk ice cream?

Gluten free/casein free, dairy free and delicious

I came across this great GF/CF recipe for ice cream from Kathleen Fafard Caldwell and I must say I’m impressed with the results. Appreciated by us all, but especially for my friends kids who stick to the gluten free/ casein free diet. Anyway I thought it definitely worth sharing with you all.

Kathleen says:
I make some rice (1 cup warm cooked rice) (mushy rice is best for this recipe. I just add extra water and over cook the rice).
Put in a blender with all these other ingredients:
1/2 cup local honey,
1 tablespoon gluten free vanilla,
1/2 teaspoon salt,
and one tablespoon oil (we use flaxseed, or coconut oil).

Puree until smooth (usually about 10 minutes for us because the kids won’t drink it if it has lumps). I stop the blender every few minutes and scrape the sides.

Add 3 cups of hot, filtered water and blend until smooth. Either freeze or put in the fridge and drink nice and cold.

Fruit smoothies
We also like to put fresh fruit and home made rice milk in the blender to make ‘fruit smoothies’. You can substitute  the rice with nuts to make almond or pecan milk too.

My mum, the molasses and conversations about pine bark

For as many years as I can remember my mum has been drinking beverages with blackstrap molasses to help with arthritis. That’s not so surprising as it’s a good source of calcium and minerals like copper, manganese and potassium which are essential for building bones. (It’s useful to note that vitamins D and K and protein also help. Exercise is helpful too.) But I often wondered what that strange, strong smelling syrupy stuff she put in her drinks was.

82562398Blackstrap molasses seems to be one of those ancient cure-alls, a bit like cider vinegar (which is also famous for helping with arthritis – Sir Ranulph Fiennes swears by it.) Because the causes of arthritis are not known the focus remains on relieving the pain. And now there’s a new kid on the block: pine bark extract.

When I say “new kid” you have to understand that while the benefits of vinegar were supposedly noted by Shennong 7000 years ago, we have to wait until around 400BC for Hippocrates to write about pine bark. However, pine bark was only successfully marketed in the 1990s while molasses and cider vinegar have been in the public eye for a lot longer.

However, when my mum reads this she’ll probably scold me for not heeding her wisdom about drinking pine needle tea if ever I get scurvy?

Anyway, I digress. Researchers from Chieitl-Pescara University and Munster University have now found that the pine bark extract sold under the name Pycnogenol significantly relieves the inflammation of osteoarthritic joints which causes arthritis sufferers so much pain; they even found that patients who took the supplements felt relieved from pain for a further two weeks.

That’s good news as at this point my mum will probably regain interest in the conversation. It’s also interesting to note that while blackstrap molasses helps with heavy periods, pine bark has been found to significantly reduce menstrual pain.

As a cure-all the extract has long been known for it’s aid in healing wounds (and scurvy). Research is now being done into its ability to reduce stress, particularly in children with ADHD (google Dr Peter Rohdewald). And because it destroys free radicals it’s being used in many beauty care products too. Though, you know, I think I’ll pass over talking about anything to do with mum’s need to look more beautiful – or I might find myself ducking a jar of flying molasses.


Hyperactivity has only been recognised since the 60’s, but since that, it has been an issue of research and and educational practice.

Hyperactivity refers to over-activity within children. It relates to a syndrome of symptoms often depicted by sleepiness, an easily over – stimulated personality, disruptive behaviour, restlessness, inattentiveness, poor writing and impulsive fighting. Performance will often deteriorate in unsupervised situations, the child may be isolated and will often have a poor self-image.

It is a significant disorder numerically, especially in the primary school age group. In fact, amongst children attending child guidance services, hyperactivity is one of the most commonly occurring clinical problems, especially in boys.

Diagnosis can be problematic due to difficulty in the measuring of symptoms and the wide spectrum of “normal” behaviour patterns within children. Where a case of hyperactivity is undefined, parents can be inappropriately blamed for mismanagement and often blame themselves.

Features of the Condition

Hyperactive children are usually fair skinned with blue eyes and blonde or red hair. Five out of six cases are male. They may be left handed, have a finicky appetite and an excessive thirst.

Major features:

  • Inattentiveness – Quickly lose interest and switch to an alternative activity in minutes.
  • Overactivity – Disorganised, restless, ceaseless activity. Fidgets. Poor, fitful sleeper.
  • Behavioural Problems – Disturbs other children school and at play. Disrupts games and and organised activities. Often very disobedient.
  • Learning Difficulties – 50% are poor learners and have poor memories for spoken instructions. There may be problems distinguishing written words and spelling is often poor. They may have problems taking in new information and applying it. May be dislexic.
  • Immaturity – Psychologically and emotionally. As many as 70% of hyperactive children are still cited by their parents as immature when in their teens.
  • Hyperactive children may also exhibit impulsive behaviour, difficulty in relating to their peers, low self esteem and an unhappy personality.Associated physical features may be:
    • Headaches
    • Fits
    • Stomach pains
    • Diarrhoea
    • Chronic rhinitis
    • Limb pains
    • Eczema
    • Mouth ulcers
    • Asthma
    • Hayfever
    • Allergic Conjunctivitis
    • Intense thirst and a poor, fitful sleep pattern

    Treatment of the Hyperactive Child

    Once hyperactivity has been diagnosed, a three month dietary trial should be performed.

    The first stage is to aim to eliminate foods and drinks containing artificial additives known to be responsible for hyperactivity in children, to cut back or remove other foodstuffs also known to be involved in hyperactivity, to identify and treat any medical conditions that could contribute to behavioural problems and finally, to identify and manage any other any other allergens involved in the child’s overall medical condition.

    Eliminate all processed foods where practical and avoid all foods and drinks containing the following additives:

    • E102 Tartrazine
    • E104 Quinolin Yellow
    • E107 Yellow 2G
    • E110 Sunset Yellow
    • E123 Armaranth
    • E124 Ponceau 4R
    • E127 Erythrosine
    • E150 Caramel
    • E210-219 Benzoates and Benzoic Acid
    • E249 Potassium Nitrate
    • E250 Sodium Nitrate
    • E320 Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
    • E321 Butylated hydroxytluene (BHT)
    • E621 Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    • E622 Monopotassium glutamate
    • E623 Calcium glutamate

    Eliminate foods in which salicylates naturally occur. Salicylates is a chemical widely used in drug treatments and manufactured for commercial use. It also occurs naturally in certain foods such as dried fruits, berry fruit, oranges, apricots, pine apples, cucumbers, gherkin, tomato sauce, tea, endives, olives, grapes, almonds, liquorice, peppermint, honey and Worcester sauce.

    Avoid aspirin and medicines containing aspirin – use paracetamol. All medicines coloured orange, red, green and yellow should be avoided. Medicines, tooth pastes, vitamin supplements and lozenges containing synthetic flavourings and colourings should also be avoided.

    Avoid all sweets, cakes, fizzy drinks, crisps, ice cream and other suspect foods, taking into consideration any other symptoms displayed by the child. If other symptoms include stomach pains, limb, pain, asthma and eczema, it is likely that there is a problem with other foods.

    The most common product is cow’s milk and milk products – if the child suffered in infancy, or still suffers, from three or more of the following complaints they may have a milk intolerance:

    • Colic
    • Irritability
    • Repeated vomiting
    • Diarrhoea/ Constipation
    • Snuffly nose
    • Chestiness or Asthsma
    • Eczema
    • Poor sleeping habits
    • Hives
    • Persisting bad nappy rash

    Finally, ensure any co-existing medical conditions are being adequately treated. Also, have the child assessed by allergy testing to identify important allergens e.g. dusts, moulds and pollens.

    Most children will, by now, show a significant improvement in symptoms. If a child still has marked thirst and occasional outbursts of temper, Evening Primrose Oil should be given.

    N.B. There may be an initial deterioration in symptoms – but the child should improve after five to seven days. Some children are able to tolerate the offending foods in reduced quantities after a few months. Response to diet may be poor in families where adverse psychological or social problems exist.

    Advice For Handling the Hyperactive Child

    It is important to maintain a feeling of control. Be consistant – carry it through when you say “no”. Discourage excessive noise and too much talking all at once – this is especially important if there is a learning disability. Encourage quiet moments and deep breathing for relaxation. Reward good behaviour. Do not lose your temper over bad behaviour.Ensure home safety – cover vulnerable windows with perspex. Do not leave valuable objects and dangerous tools laying around. Put high locks on doors.

    Make meals wholesome – and avoid snacking.

    When selecting a school, ensure classes are not too large.

    Remember your child’s hyperactivity is something to cope with not something to blame yourself for.


    Yogurt 570 ml (1 pint) milk 2 tbsp natural yogurt 1 tbsp dried skimmed milk

    Heat the milk almost to the boil. Allow to cool (until you can hold your finger in the milk for a few seconds) Mix the yogurt with a little of the milk, then combine with the rest. Cover with a teacloth and place in an airing cupboard (or a warm spot). Leave for 3-8 hours. When set, stir in some permitted fruit e.g. pine apple or figs and honey to taste. N.B. to make yogurt using soya milk, use the same method as above, but heat the soya milk only until it rises in the pan, stirring all the time.

    Fritters 1-2 large parsnips or ½ swede 15g (½oz) unsalted margarine 55g (2oz) 85% wheatmeal flour Seasoning 2 tbsp oil

    Boil the vegetable until tender. Mash well. Rub the fat into the flour and add to the seasoning. Mix well. Fry spoonfuls of the mix until golden brown.

    Tuna Kedgeree 170g (6oz) Brown Rice 1 large tin tuna fish 2 tbsp chopped parsley 3 hard-boiled eggs, Seasoning A little oil

    Mix the rice, fish, parsley and 2 chopped hard boiled eggs and seasoning. Heat the oil. Add mix and heat through. Top with sliced egg.

    Lime Mousse 55g (2oz) ground rice 85g (3oz) raw cane sugar 2 free range eggs 570ml (1 pint) boiling water Juice 1-2 limes

    Mix the ground rice rice to a smooth paste in a little water. Beat together the egg yolks and add to the rice with sugar. Add boiling water and bring gently to the boil. Cook for 5 minutes in the lime juice. Whisk the egg whites stiffly and fold into the mix. Stir in the lime juice. Serve immediately.

  • The ABC’s of ADD

    Contrary to what the pharmaceutical companies would have you believe, Ritalin and other medications are not the only way to battle attention deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity).

    I’ve worked with many children who have been diagnosed with the disorder and every single one of them has had significant food allergies.

    A visit to a physician skilled in allergy and sensitivity testing and treatment is in order because, many times, these children are also sensitive to their own neurotransmitters, hormones, and other molecules naturally present in their bodies. A doctor can help desensitize your daughter to such neurotransmitters as serotonin, GABA, adrenalin, and acetylcholine.

    I also recommend that you supplement your daughter’s diet with omega-3 fatty acids and phospholipids by giving her a tablespoonful of cod liver oil and a teaspoonful or two of soy lecithin each day. It is also a good idea to have her take an EPA/DHA supplement, with a higher quantity of EPA than DHA.

    It is also worth noting that ADHD-like behavior can also be triggered by fluorescent and other artificial lighting. Try switching to “full-spectrum” fluorescent or incandescent lighting wherever possible.

    Dr Wright
    © Nutrition and Healing

    My personal experiences of ADHD

    I have an ADHD son of 10 years old and ever since he was born we knew there were going to be problems because he didn’t sleep much.  He had a lot of colic, he often had angry looks on his face, and never seemed satisfied.

    As he got older he became more and more aggressive and hyper, he just wouldn’t settle.  He cried most of the time.  Even though I realize that much of his behaviour was just simply “childlike”, it seemed to be done with much more spite, for example, all the many times that he knew exactly what to do to upset someone (especially his older sister and younger brother) and do it over again until that person couldn’t take anymore.  I found it extremely hard to take him in public places when he was between the ages of 2 and 5 as he would just throw a wobbly and collapse on the floor refusing to move. (He’s always been much stronger than me). He was diagnosed at 5 years.

    My son has always had trouble at school from playgroup age, once diagnosed we started him on Ritalin.  I didn’t like the Ritalin because he either sat there like a zombie or it seemed not to work .  As he grew older he expressed his own concern about that horrible spaced out feeling.
    Eventually I asked for a slow release Ritalin, he has now been on this since June this year.

    Fish Oil is seen to benefit ADHD

    In the past 2 academic years he has been suspended from school at least 6 times (even though we tried everything to encourage good behaviour, we tried discipline, exclusions, rewards for good behaviour and other things too, whatever we could think of, nothing worked.  Things were getting serious.

    At the same time as starting the new Ritalin I also started him on 3 EYE Q tablets per day. Schooling and home life have never been this easy…He also came 2nd in his maths test this month!  That is amazing compared to the 14% or similar we are used to.  I’m so proud.

    GoodnessDirect stocking Eye Q benefits me immensely as its cheaper and easier than keep trying to find stockists.

    Wendy Howard
    © GoodnessDirect

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    Children who suffer from ADHD have difficulty paying attention, concentrating on tasks and following instructions. They are easily distracted, often forgetful and frequently lose things. They seem to find it almost impossible to sit still, and are known to behave impulsively, often interrupting others.

    It’s a condition that causes misery to the sufferers themselves and, of course, to their families and others who care about them in some capacity such as teachers. Children with ADHD often have learning difficulties, interpersonal problems and low self-esteem that can lead to self-abuse and poor social adjustment in adulthood.

    ADHD normally starts around the age of four to six years and it is estimated to affect between 3 and 5% of school-age children. The causes are not fully understood but research clearly indicates that nutrition plays an important role.

    So are drugs the answer?

    ADHD is commonly treated with the drug, Ritalin, a mild amphetamine, which works on the central nervous system. Although Ritalin is believed  to be safe, questions remain about its long-term side effects. It can certainly leave some youngsters feeling tired and depressed, reduce appetite and growth, and lead to insomnia and increased irritability.

    The nutritional approach

    It has been proven that ADHD symptoms can be triggered by mineral deficiencies, particularly zinc and magnesium, food allergies and intolerances and, most significantly a deficiency of essential fatty acids (EFAs). Therefore, the nutritional management of ADHD can take the form of excluding foods containing common allergens like wheat and dairy products, excluding non-nutritional additives and supplementing the diet with zinc, magnesium and EFAs.

    EFA deficiency has a greater impact on boys because their requirement is three times higher than that of girls. This might explain why boys are three times as likely as girls to suffer from ADHD.
    Fish contains Omega-3 oil, which is probably the single most important nutrient for a child with ADHD. It appears that these children lack the ability to convert linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid to the Omega-3 long chain fatty acids, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are crucial for brain function, especially in such areas as concentration, learning ability and coordination. Fish oil, derived from the liver of white fish such as cod and halibut or the flesh of fatty fish like salmon, is a particularly rich source of these Omega-3 fatty acids.

    Equazen Eye-Q and Nutricia Efalex provide valuable omega-3 oils and have been specifically formulated to help with aspects of brain function such as learning ability and co-ordination.

    An increasing body of research points to fish oil supplementation as an effective treatment for ADHD.

    Jemma Morriss
    © GoodnessDirect

    Table salt low in important Iodine

    ScienceDaily: Scientists in Texas found 53% of tested iodized table salts were low in iodine – a key nutrient.
    Tested samples contained less than the FDA’s recommended level.

    Iodine is important in children for normal brain development with other researchers noting a link between iodine deficiency and attention deficit disorder or ADD.

    The researchers expressed particular concern about the adequacy of iodine nutrition in women who are pregnant or nursing. “If salt does supply a significant portion of the iodine intake of a pregnant/lactating woman in the United States (note that a large fraction of postnatal vitamins contain no iodine), and she is unfortunate enough to pick a can of salt that is low in iodine or in which distribution is greatly uneven, there is a potential for serious harm,” the study states.

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