About a year ago I started seeing a chiropractor. It wasn’t my first experience with a chiropractor, but it was a completely different one. I have had back problems since college. Back then it was an on-again/off-again kind of thing. Lower back pain would stick around for a few days and then be gone for months. During my second pregnancy the back pain was on-again. It was pretty bad and I saw a chiropractor at that time, but as soon as Luke was born the pain subsided. Well, then I found myself pregnant again and the back pain was back, but this time worse, and it did not go away after Levi was born. In fact, it got worse. I could not bend over the crib to lift him out. If I did make it down to get him, I could barely get up again. I couldn’t bend down to pick up toys off of the floor. I couldn’t get in and out of the car without extreme pain. I couldn’t get out of bed without extreme pain. It was really really bad. I was referred to a new chiropractor and I made an appointment. Dr. Josh Axe went above and beyond treating my back pain, he taught me about treating the whole person and I’ve learned so much over this past year.
The first thing I learned was that the foods I was eating weren’t as healthy as I thought they were. We are conditioned to think that we are doing so well when we eat whole wheat products, but what I learned is that the gluten found in those products, as well as many others (MANY others), causes inflammation in our systems. Interesting thing… at the same time as all of this was going on with me, Levi was just an infant and had horrible eczema. I was breast feeding him at the time. His little cheeks and his forehead were constantly dry and patchy and inflamed. His back and stomach weren’t much better.
The difference is pretty striking! And all because of some changes I made to my diet! When we would travel to see family and I wasn’t able to eat gluten-free foods his eczema would flare up again. Also, all of my kids have been big pukers as babies. They would nurse and they would spit up- a lot! I could go nowhere without multiple burp cloths and changes of clothing. When I cut out the gluten Levi stopped spitting up. Rare was the occasion that he would. I have often wondered if Abby and Luke would have had an easier time digesting if I had changed my diet earlier. Having a baby that didn’t spit up after every feeding was a dream come true. That was it for me, I was ready to make some more changes and the whole family changed along with me.
Gluten Free Pancakes
1 cup GF flour
2 eggs (cage free organic, if possible)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
stevia to taste (optional)
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cook as you would any other pancake. Drizzle with Agave nectar or grade B maple syrup.
Give them a try, I think you’ll find them to be pretty tasty! If you do try them, let me know what you think!