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Snow Predicted in Los Angeles this Weekend!

I was watching TV earlier and they mentioned that we could get snow this weekend! Normally we have to drive almost 2 hours to get to the snow so the kids are going to be very excited.

Snow in Southern California could fall to elevations as low as 1000 to 2000 feet in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Friday night into Saturday. Light snow could fall in elevated valley locations of these counties, including the Santa Clarita Valley. Portions of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties could see some flakes fall as low as 500 feet.

I just got an email that the Flag Football final scheduled for Saturday will go ahead even if there is rain or snow.  So I guess we’ll have to wait to search for a place for snow play!

Maybe we’ll make the drive to Wrightwood on Sunday as they are expected to get between 10 and 17 inches on Friday and Saturday.

What’s the weather like where you are?

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D3 Serum

D3 Serum — Pure, Live Source of Vitamin D3

D3 Serum is one of the best sources for the healthiest, natural vitamin D3. It does not contain any solvents, binders or fillers that may impair the D3 biofield or compromise the long-term benefits of this live-source vitamin D3. In fact, D3 Serum is the one vitamin D source which tests “on” to all four biofield polarities for ideal cell resonance and best health.

D3 Serum is a liquid form of Vitamin D3, not a tablet, therefore it does not contain any binders, fillers or other toxic “tag-along” substances. Vitamin D3 also does not contain magnesium stearate, an oil that has been proven to affect the immune system.

Recommended For: Ages 4+

Benefits of Vitamin D3 Serum

There are many health benefits from consuming a live source of Vitamin D. Below is a list of a few of the benefits you may get from D3 Serum:

  • Strong Immune System — People with more direct sunlight exposure or higher levels of vitamin D3 were found to have a stronger immune system. Vitamin D3 recpetors are known to exist on most immune cells and may play a role in maintaining healthy immune cell maturity, differentiation and integration.
  • Bone Metabolism — Vitamin D3 supplements have been proven to support hip and non-vertabral bone health. Vitamin D is essential for healthy calcium metabolism, as it promotes intestinal calcium and phospohorus uptake. Calcium orotate supplements also provide an ultra absorbable form of calcium that is recommended for optimal bone health.
  • Nerve Function — Research has indicated that vitamin D may play a role in neural health by supporting healthy nerve conduction potential.
  • Cognition — Studies of the elderly, has shown that higher levels of vitamin D is linked to healthy mental function and improved mood.
  • Healthy Heart — The correct levels of vitamin D3 has been linked to healthy blood flow and relaxation of the blood vessels.

Suggested Use:

Put 1-3 drops in a veggie capsule or directly in the mouth, take daily with meals. While it seems like a small amount, one drop contains 2200 IU, which will provide you with more than the recommended amount of daily Vitamin D. Taking more than 6000 IU/day is not recommended unless approved by your health care practitioner. This vitamin d3 supplement is approved for use for children aged four and above. If you are pregnant or lactating, consult a physician before use.

  • Ages 4-6 — Put 1 drop directly in the mouth, every other day with meals
  • Ages 7+ — Put 2 drops directly in the mouth, every other day with meals

My daughter and I put a drop on our spoon with breakfast; she begs for it daily.  I don’t tolerate oils very well and am able to take this multiple times a week without reaction.

In 1941, 400 IU/day was the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D. This amount was believed to help prevent D deficiency and rickets. However, scientists are now calling for an increase to the recommended amount, between 1,000 to 6,000 IU/day. It is believed that these increased levels of vitamin D will provide the best support for the immune system, vascular, cognitive, mucosal and reproductive health and more.

The Importance of Vitamin D for Health

Vitamin D is one of the only nutrients that your body needs on a daily basis. The body is designed to absorb a sufficient amount of Vitamin D by exposure to sunlight, however, most of us don’t spend enough time in the sun to get the recommended amount of vitamin D. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to have low levels of Vitamin D, and not even realize it.

While there are many foods containing Vitamin D, they are not always an adequate source for Vitamin D3. Consuming many types of fish, such as salmon, catfish, mackerel, sardines and tuna, can be a great source of Vitamin D, but it’s best to eat only the fish caught from the wild. With many types of fish, you also have to worry about being exposed to mercury.

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Supplement Facts & Ingredients for D3 Serum

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D3 Serum™ — Ingredients
.5 fl oz/bottle (15 ml) — Serving Size: One Drop (0.09 ml)
Servings Per Container: approx. 165
Vitamin D3 (2200 IU/serving)                            0.09 ml       550%
Other Ingredients:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol

Our Quality Guarantee: No magnesium stearate (a toxic excipient), corn, milk, soy, salt, sugar, wheat, yeast, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. No Binders or Fillers. Store in a cool, dry place.



D3 Serum can be kept at room temperature and does not need to be kept refrigerated.  The source of D3 Serum is from lanolin from sheep wool.

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What My Life Feels Like Lately

In May 2010 our son was diagnosed with Aspergers and I have spent the past 8 months feeling like I am stuck in a really bad version of groundhog day.

There are services available for children with Autism and yet they always seem to be out of our reach.  Whether it’s the local regional center, the school district or health insurance everyone wants to point the finger somewhere else.  We have been able to get insurance approval for some ABA therapy but of course it was not even close to what was requested.    Unfortunately, the big looser in all this is our children!

Recently Wrightslaw posted this video on their Facebook Page and I felt like it gave a small insight into the political joke that parents of special needs children can get stuck in.

Created by the Special Ed law firm Frankel & Kershenbaum (http://davefrankel.com), this video is “A satirical and slightly sarcastic look at a typical conversation between the parent of a child with special needs and an official from the school district who isn’t quite getting it.”


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Amys Rice Crust Gluten Free Non-Dairy Cheese Pizza

Amy’s Non-Diary Cheeze Rice Crust Pizza

I did a lot of research online before purchasing this pizza for our 7 year old, so I was really surprised when he ate a couple of bites and left the table.

The rice crust was soft and almost crumbled in my mouth but was quite palatable.  I personally liked the sauce with the herbs that give it some flavor, unfortunately my son found it too strong.  Keep in mind that he prefers very plain food and would probably eat pizza without sauce….

Being our first non-dairy pizza I was surprised at the limited amount of cheese and that it didn’t melt.

We are unlikely to purchase this pizza again. 

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1  
Servings Per Container: 1
Serving Weight: 170 g
Calories: 460     
Calories from Fat:250
% Daily Value
Total Fat: 28g 43%
  Saturated Fat: 3g 15%
  Trans Fat: 0g  
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 680mg 28%
Carbohydrates: 46g 15%
  Fiber: 4g 16%
  Sugars: 7g  
Protein: 10g
0%  
Organic: 76%
 
Vitamin A: 4% • Vitamin C: 10%
Calcium: 4% • Iron: 10%
Single Serve Non-Dairy Rice Crust Cheeze Pizza
INGREDIENTS : NO TRANS FAT � NO ADDED MSG � NO PRESERVATIVES (VEGAN) ORGANIC RICE FLOUR, SOY CHEEZE – MOZZARELLA TYPE (FILTERED WATER, HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER AND/OR SUNFLOWER OIL, TOFU [SOYBEANS, CALCIUM SULFATE], SOY PROTEIN, INULIN [A NATURAL EXTRACT OF CHICORY], CARRAGEENAN [FROM SEAWEED], AGAR AGAR, SEA SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, LACTIC ACID [VEGAN]), ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC SUNFLOWER SEED MEAL, ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, ORGANIC POTATOES, ORGANIC TAPIOCA FLOUR, ORGANIC AGAVE NECTAR, ORGANIC RED ONIONS, SEA SALT, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, YEAST, SOY LECITHIN, SPICES*, ORGANIC GARLIC, BLACK PEPPER.
 CONTAINS SOY AND SUNFLOWER SEEDS.
*100% PURE HERBS & SPICES (NO HIDDEN INGREDIENTS)

Gluten FreeDairy FreeLactose FreeVeganKosherTree Nut Free

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Dalton & Kaylene

The System is Failing this Mom…. Can You Help?

Dalton & KayleneKaylene Boldroff is a single mom raising her Autistic son on her own.  The system that it meant to be there to support her child, has failed her many times. 

She cannot work to be able to privately fund her sons therapy because it would be very difficult for her to find appropriate child care due to his self injurious behavior.

The non-profit KPS4Parents, are working as advocates for Kaylene to help her receive the necessary support she needs to help her son and to prevent him from having to be put in an institution.

If you would like to help you can visit the following web page and donate or share this plea with everyone you know on Social Media.

Operation: Dalton is an advocacy effort being conducted by KPS4Parentson behalf of Kaylene Boldroff and her son, Dalton, to achieve appropriate programming from both his local school district, Conejo Valley Unified School District (“CVUSD“) and his regional center, Tri-Counties Regional Center (“TCRC“).

For my Weight Loss, Energy and Nutritional Supplement customers I am pledging 10% of all new sales from February 1st 2011 – February 14th 2011.  When asked how you heard about the products please put “Operation Dalton”

So please visit the pages listed above, donate or purchase if you can, or just share with your friends on Social Media.

Let’s show this mom that she is not fighting this battle on her own.

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Bread and Grains

Why Our Son is trying the Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet

Our son is 7 and has high functioning Aspergers with sensory processing issues.  He has had digestive issues since he was born which at it’s worst had him up awake screaming up to 10 times each night.

He’s visited the pediatrician so many times, had allergy tests visited gastroenterologists and none of them could give us an answer.  The best they could recommend was letting him scream it out or over the counter products.

In 2010 we started to notice our son seemed to be lactose intolerant so we reduced his total dairy intake and only allowed him low lactose foods and his behaviour started to improve.  Due to senstivities to sulfites I decided to remove foods containing high fructose corn syrup, corn flour and other foods containing hidden sulfites.  The agitation and aggression reduced a little further…  I was relieved to see such positive changes.  A few times we introduced foods only to discover him getting hyped up again, which would lead me to double check a few labels a sure enough I’d accidently let the corn flour back in…

After being low lactose for almost 6 months I had to go back to Australia on an unplanned trip without the family.  I got back to a very bouncy child… it turned out daddy had decided to let him have dairy whenever he wanted whilst I was gone…

Two weeks ago we decided to bite the bullet and try gluten free and casien free.  Well the first week went OK but we found it very hard to give our picky eater enough to eat.  Many of the popular gluten free, casein free products I researched and had great reviews were turned down after just 4 bites.  He lost a pound that week, and he really doesn’t have any weight to lose.

Week Two I conceded to bread for lunch so I could get some protein in his diet.    He wouldn’t have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the gluten free bread and I can’t say I blame him.  We maintained dairy free the whole week and to my surprise our picky eater drank a whole glass of almond milk.

We are now in Week Three and things are getting easier.  Breakfast and snacks are easy and dinner is going to definitely need a revamp.  My mission now is to find or make a bread that he will eat and ensure that I am including an adequate amount of protein in his diet.

If you are going to go on the gluten and/or casein free diet I highly recommend changing one meal per week.  Once you have substituted gluten free breakfasts, then substitute dinner, then snacks, followed by lunch.  The aim is to completely remove the unwanted food over a 1 month period.

Have you tried a gluten free or casein free diet?  Do you have any tips or favorite foods?

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