GAPS, paleo, dairy free, egg free, nut free.
Does your child suffer from stomach pains? Did you know one of the major causes is “leaky gut” but its almost never diagnosed by doctors?
Leaky gut is when the walls of your stomach or intestines are too porous and bits of protein sneak through the walls and directly enter the bloodstream.
This causes allergic reactions, food intolerances, chronic stomach pains, diarrhoea and constipation, brain fog and learning disabilities.
Its also one of the major causes of hyperactivity, irritability and defiance in kids – as their bodies are in a constant state of “fight or flight” from everything they eat.
Leaky gut also creates lowered immunity – meaning more colds and flus and infections.
My daughter suffered terrible stomach pains as a toddler and no doctor I saw seemed to think there was a link between the stomach pains, the ADHD and her food intolerances. However, ALL of these things healed at the same time when we began to heal her gut.
So how do you help a constantly sore tummy? Well avoiding hard to digest grains will stop the stomach being so aggravated all the time. Then to heal that stomach lining try adding a lot more gelatin to your kids diet.
Gelatin is basically a cooked form of collagen (yes the stuff you need for plump, wrinkle free skin). But in the gut, this collagen heals the mucosal lining in the stomach.
It is also full of 18 amino acids, and helps reduce the acid level in the stomach by binding acids to foods and making them easier to digest.
Good sources of gelatin are bone broth soup and any stews or slow cooker meals made with meat on the bone.
The other delicious way to get gelatin into your kids is to use the powdered form and make some really simple home made jellies and puddings.(I use Great Lakes brand which you can find online and a big tub lasts forever.)
These are some of the fastest, yummiest lunchbox snacks and make a nice change from baking for the lunchbox so double points from this mum!
Here’s one to start: my Easy Chocolate Pudding – and its a bit like home made “Yogo”. (yum!)
You can whizz it up in 5 minutes and pour them into mini jelly moulds in the fridge and you have a week’s worth for school.
(I got 8 mini jelly cups for just $2 from Kmart.)
Enjoy! Love Jess x
Chocolate "Yogo" Pudding
- 2 cans full fat coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons of raw honey
- 2 tablespoons of real vanilla essence
- 2 and a half tablespoons of raw cacao or 3 if you like it very chocolatey
- 1 tablespoon of powdered gelatin
- Put all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk continuously on low to medium heat for 5 minutes until all the gelatin is dissolved.
- Pour into moulds and chill for 2 hours or overnight.