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Easy, 6 Ingredient Banana Muffins (GAPS, Paleo)


I’ve been thinking about bananas lately, and what types of recipe to do with them. Reading a banana ice cream recipe probably had something to do with that.

So here is a banana muffin recipe – it’s claim to fame is it only takes 6 ingredients and the only sweetener is bananas!

Sweet! (yes, I’m being funny…)

[title]Banana Muffins (GAPS, Paleo)[/title]
3 bananas, ripe
3 organic eggs
3 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4-1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

Blend the wet ingredients. Mix the dry in a bowl with a fork or whisk. Combine the wet and dry then scoop into a lined muffin pan and bake at 350º F until lightly brown (it should spring lightly back when touched). Remove and let cool. Enjoy warm or cool!

You can keep these on the counter for a day or two then you’ll want to move them to the fridge.

Note: you can add other flavors if you want, but this is a basic muffin, (and tastes great with butter).

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Feeding Someone Who’s Always Hungry

Recently I got a comment from Vivian Wong:

My autistic son is 10 yrs old. He is always extremely difficult when he is hungry. GAPS does not allow rice, potato, bread, biscuit which are his main source of filling foods. I would like to put him on the GAPS diet if there is an alternative food that can make him feel full.

Please give me some suggestions as to how to keep my son from feeling hungry while on the GAPS diet.

Well, Vivian this question made me have to take time and think. Personally I had the opposite problem – of always feeling full – and that has normalized so the same would be true for always being hungry. I have known several people who just never felt full when they got on the GAPSâ„¢ diet, it takes a little perseverance but you can change it.
Little Boy
You said your son gets extremely difficult when he is hungry, and though you might not want to go through it you may have to push through a time of him being extremely difficult. It will pass, and even though it’s hard not giving in will finally win the day.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Now for my suggestions.

1. It’s feeding time! Oh, no!

If you have Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride I would strongly suggest you read the section called “It’s feeding time! Oh, no!”. It is full of helpful tips and you might find a more gradual approach to the diet is easier for you and your son.

2. Plenty of Fat and Protein

One of the tricks to feeling full is eating lots of good fats and protein. If that means your son starts out eating some every couple of hours so be it. Instead of letting him fill up on grains, starches, and sugars give him:

  • full fat broth
  • liver pate
  • cheese
  • meats with fat drizzled on them
  • nuts
  • etc

You might even want to carry around a thermos of broth with sour cream (if he can have dairy) for him to drink when he gets hungry. Whatever full fat, healthy snack you can get him to eat you should switch him to.

No matter how much rice, potato, bread, or biscuits he eats he will always get ravenous as soon as it’s out of his body, since it only feeds the bad bacteria which cries for more as soon as it’s gone.

If he has a strong sweet tooth take butter, coconut oil, or ghee and mix in some honey to taste. Let him take a spoonful of that occasionally, it balances blood sugar and also give him more fat.

But the key is fat, fat, and more fat.

Butter

I was fat-phobic when I started the diet, and now I eat more than I ever thought possible. Just increase it slowly.

3. Gut Healing

I believe one of the reasons we either always feel full or are always hungry is because our gut’s are not working. The only thing that will resolve this is time. Time for our gut to heal. Time to feel what real hunger pangs feel like. That’s why we’re on this diet so long, healing takes time.

I hope this has been helpful Vivian, and any other moms out there who are struggling with this. If you need more help there are two things more you can do:

1.) Join the GAPS forum and start a discussion there about this. (a shameless plug, I know :) )

2.) Email me and we can talk more about your specific situation. I might be able to give you some tailored advice, but most of all I would love to give you any support you need. Contact Info.

And now, my dear readers, let’s gather around Vivian with help and advice.

What can she do to help her son feel full?

This post is linked to: Fat Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Healthy 2Day Wednesdays, Fight Back Fridays, and Real Food Wednesday.

Soapbox Thursday: Death by Soy

You’ve probably heard about how bad soy is. How 91% of soy is now genetically modified, and that children are the most susceptible to it’s ill effects.

Have you heard that GMO Soy is being linked to sterility and infant mortality?

Cute Baby

I know I hadn’t. The studies may be talking about rats and hamsters, but we are seeing in America (and around the world) the same things in humans. Young parents are having trouble getting pregnant and the fertility industry now makes about $4 billion a year. And we now have the second worst infant mortality rate in the modern world!

Something is wrong here.

We can’t hide, pretend it isn’t happening, or call those scientist brave enough to stand up – against the status quo – wrong. It’s time to rethink how we eat and the products we use every day without a second thought. Wake up! It’s time to arm ourselves with knowledge, open our eyes to the truth, and stop believing everything the media, scientist, and doctors spoon feed us as credible!

Stop Eating Soy

The big corporations need to hear from us, and the way we speak the loudest is with the almighty dollar. We need to stop eating soy. That means don’t buy soy products and avoid animals fed soy feed. If you can only avoid soy products, but can’t find meats where the animals weren’t fed soy still stop the soy. Do what you can because once a lot of people do it the companies will feel it.

What have you done, or can you do, to stop eating/using so much soy?

Helped more by Diet than Drugs? Hope for Kids with ADHD

I don’t know about you but every time I see a kid fidgeting, not paying attention, or being overactive I immediately think ADHD. Now I believe that ADHD is over diagnosed so I realize that thought is more of a product of hearing about it in the news than anything else. But new research has come out that can help kids ADHD.

Little girl eating watermelon

According to the article on NPR.org:

“64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food.”

If you’ve read Gut and Psychology Syndromeâ„¢ by Dr. Campbell-McBride or seen it’s cover you would have noticed AHDH. In fact she covers it and how eating a GAPSâ„¢ diet can help people with ADHD. So it’s nice to see more research back it up.

 

What was really interesting was that teachers watched the children for a difference in behavior. Since they’re usually the ones that have to deal with difficult child behavior all day I was curious to hear what they would have to say. But even they were shocked by the difference.

Going so far to say: “After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior.”

So for all you Moms helping your kids with AHDH keep on. I’m rooting for you, and believe that the GAPS diet can make a huge difference in your child’s life.

If any of you have a story of helping your child heal from ADHD please share it in the comments. I would love to hear it!