KitchenAid Grain Mill

Y’all, I love my KitchenAid mixer. It is so fabulously versatile! The peeler/corer/spiralizer attachment has gotten lots of use over the past weeks. The ice cream attachment is still one of our favorites. When I decided to go back to grinding wheat, I wondered if KitchenAid had a grain mill. They sure do!

So in trying to remove this and that from our diet to help my kids on the autism spectrum, I discovered it was when we reduced processed foods that seemed to help them most. In studying about nutrigenomics, I found this at the National Institute of Health.

When consumed in increasing amounts in food, six of these nutrients (folate, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin E, retinol, and calcium) are associated with a reduction in DNA damage, whereas three others (riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and biotin) are associated with an increase in DNA damage to the same extent observed with occupational exposure to genotoxic and carcinogenic chemicals.

What?! Do you have any idea how much we are putting in our bodies with vitamins, hamburgers, the buns, cereal, snack cakes and crackers, and even the flour we buy? We can find unbleached flour but not unenriched. So back to whole foods I go. It’s a lot of work for a family of 7 but it’s helping. I can see attention improving and behavior mellowing.

I started with eliminating snack cakes, cookies and crackers. Then cereal was replaced with homemade granola. Now I have a grain mill to keep extra vitamins out and all the natural nutrients fresh and intact.

It is a little loud but I ground flour for sausage balls this morning at 6am and it didn’t wake up anyone. After a week or so, my family has tuned it out.

One video I watched said that you should let it rest for 45 minutes after 10 cups of flour. I find my machine getting pretty warm so I try not to go past 6 cups just for piece of mind. If I need more, I grind and put the flour in the fridge tightly sealed until I can grind the remainder.

I find my pancakes are softer. My sausage balls smell sweeter (without any added sugar). My family eats it all with gusto. Can’t beat that!

Juicing – Spice drop in a cup

Years ago, my father was diagnosed with cancer. In an effort to support his fight, we began juicing. The juicers were a pain to clean and assemble. I held onto the juicer for many years afterwards until I decided it was just taking up valuable space in my kitchen.

After my second and third child were diagnosed last year with autism, I sat down and thought about all the information I had processed when my oldest was diagnosed with autism. I pondered all the therapies and interventions we tried. What did I believe would have the best chance to help them all? The two things that came to mind was a more established routine and better nutrition.

I started simply with trying to get them to eat an orange and yogurt daily. I contemplated juicing more and more to help get more of the vegetables in them. I seriously debated because I knew the headache of cleaning the juicer that I had previously. I saw a video on Youtube of a mom of 10 allowing all her kids to juice their own creations. I thought that it was perfect. She recommended using the Hamilton Beach. I found it at Walmart. Instead of focusing on difficult diets and expensive supplements, let’s teach them to crave and make healthy food.

I LOVE this juicer! It is ridiculously easy to take apart, clean and reassemble. So easy that we have made juice 2-3 times every day this week. My older boys can use it with ease and a little safety instruction to always unplug before cleaning.

I went to Fresh Market to get some turmeric. I found it to use in a Blood Orange Turmeric Lemonade inspired by Panera. I used two blood oranges, two meyer lemons, one inch piece of turmeric and to cut the acid a bit two pink cara oranges. I juiced these and added it to a half gallon. Filled the remainder with water and served over ice. Ya’ll, it was pretty close to Panera’s.

While at Fresh Market, I saw some fennel. I decided to give it a try. I mixed about 1/6 of the bulb with about 8 blackberries, 3 carrots and one apple. It reminds me of those little spicy gum drops so I named it Spice drop in a cup. I’ve had it at least three times this week. It is so very tasty!


Healthy living – Trim Healthy Mama

I read Pearl and Serene’s book several years ago. I love the ideas for eating good food in a manner that allows us to speed up our metabolism. I’ve never been able to make the diet habit. It just takes a bit of stress or an illness to derail my plans. So this time I decided to take a different approach.

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Have a dieting buddy

It’s easier to avoid temptation if you know that you would have to tell your friend that you fell off the wagon. You know that when you stay strong that it helps that person to stay strong. ┬áSo you become more deliberate about planning for upsets to the schedule. You remind yourself that yes, you just cooked a meal for your kids but adding a wok of veggies will keep you on plan and not really take that much effort. We have a tendency to do more for others than we are willing to do for ourselves. So if we tie our self care to caring for others, it seems to be more effective. My buddy is helping me with encouragement and accountability. I know more about the diet so it puts me into a teacher mode which makes the structure of the diet stick in my brain. I’d love to get their new cookbook.

I did NOT weigh myself

What?! Yes! I did not weigh myself. I have a general idea of where my weight is, of course. But it’s been six months or so since I was weighed at the doctor’s office.

But how will you track your progress?! Do the numbers on the scale really match progress? How many times have we felt we were doing good only to see that needle stay still and then become defeated? My trouble is that I can lose between 5-10 lbs and start to feeling better. Then I’ll say, “Oh, it’s ok to have a little treat because you’ve been doing so good.” Somehow that treat leads to another treat and a whole cheat day and then I’m giving up cause I feel like I’ve gone so far that I just need to start all over.

Progress so far

I feel a lot better away from all the sugar. I can tell there is less inflammation in my body. I am feeling more energy. I’m experiencing less cravings. I am trying a few new recipes to keep it interesting. I’m keeping beef jerky and protein bars for busy times.


Since I am not weighing myself, I can’t use pounds as a goal. My first goal is to fit back into a pair of blue jeans I haven’t been able to wear for a little while.