Monthly Archives: February 2010

GFCF Recipe Contest with Namaste Foods

Big announcement today!  Our first GFCF recipe contest in conjunction with Namaste Foods was unveiled!  I can’t say enough about how much I love Namaste Foods GFCF mixes, they have made it possible for me to feed my child in a healthy, tasty, easy way.  And the mixes are so flexible – which is why we want to turn you loose in your kitchen with these products to see what you can create!  

Create a winning recipe using Namaste Foods products  and you could win a $50 gift certificate for Namaste products and have your recipe featured in the NEW Namaste Foods Cookbook!   Here are the particulars of the contest:

Prizes will be awarded to the best recipe in the three following categories:

1. Entrée – this is anything you would serve as the main course of a meal.
2. Dessert – tasty treats ranging from a Birthday cake, to a brownie and beyond
3. Everything else – this could be a side dish, a snack or even a dog biscuit!  Anything goes in this category.
Contestants must create a fabulous recipe in one of these categories using one of more Namaste Foods products.

To Enter:
 
1. Clearly write the ingredients and instructions to your recipe and email it to everydayautismmiracles@gmail.com
2. Be sure to include your email address, name and address as well as your phone #.
3. Attach a photo or your finished recipe
4. In the subject line type the category your recipe should be judged in. (entrée, dessert, everything else)
5. Tell us in 100 words or less who you make this recipe for and why they love it!

Submission will be accepted until  April 15th.  Winners will be notified by May 1st.
Winning recipes will be featured in the New Namaste Foods cook book.  All entries will become the property of Namaste Foods and could be featured in upcoming cook books, recipe cards or on line.

Have an idea and getting ready to step into your kitchen to test drive it?  Namaste would like you to enjoy a 15% discount of their products ordered from their website.  Visit www.namastefoods.com fill your shopping cart and enter promo code 50014 to receive 15% off of products.  Please note that the 15% reduction is for product only and cannot be applied to shipping costs.  Namaste Products are also available in stores such as Whole Foods Markets.  You can find a store close to you by visiting the store locator at www.namastefoods.com .  The promo code is only applicable to products purchased via www.namastefoods.com

ENTER TODAY!!!

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Marriage, Recipes and More This Week!

I love talking to Moms who have been where I am and survived.  I especially love it if they are still happily married.  I’ve heard the statistics and so has my husband.  When we got married some one told us that half of all marriages end in divorce.  Nice odds!  A 50/50 chance of keeping it together.  Then when our son was diagnosed with Autism some other well-meaning soul told us some silly number like 76% of all marriages with a special needs child end in divorce.  Nice!  Who thinks to actually quote these dismal numbers.  Then a couple of years ago we heard that 87% of all marriages with a child diagnosed with Autism end in divorce.  I am sure that it is wrong, and we are probably going to hell, but when we heard that we started laughing hysterically.  Come on at that point it’s time to either laugh or cry and laughing is every so much more fun.  Seriously, why don’t they just tell all of us to give up!  It’s hard that’s for sure.  Marriage is one of toughest jobs I’ve ever loved, kind of like motherhood.  And while I can’t compare my marriage to a marriage without a special needs child – I’ve never been in a marriage without a special needs child – I certainly see where there is plenty of room for added stress.  So my question has always been, “Where’s the tool box?  How can my husband and I keep our marriage strong despite these statistics?”  And I have been looking ever since for a couple who has “been there and done that!”

That is why this week I am thrilled to have Moira Giametteo on Everyday Autism Miracles.  She is a mom of two boys, one of whom is on the spectrum.  She is heavily involved in TACA and even heads her local chapter, she is a biomed mom mentor and she is happily married to her husband Michael.  Together they have begun doing workshops about surviving Autism as a couple.

I can’t wait to hear what she has to say!  I hope you will tune in to hear her story, to hear about all of the resources available at TACA and to hear some great advice about keeping a marriage strong through this journey.

This week we are also going to have another Biomed Mom Question  – have you read Joanne’s blog on keeping the flu away?  Boy do I wish I had read it two months ago!  And we are going to be talking about GFCF recipes and a possible contest coming up!  Don’t miss it!

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Funding Your Autism Journey

I know a Mom who loves to say, “Show me the price tag that is over my child’s head, because I don’t see it.” Sometimes it feels like that is what your child’s well being comes down to – a price tag. Personally, I hate the idea that there is a single child in this world who isn’t getting the treatment they need because of money but I especially struggled when I thought it was going to be own child. That is about the worst feeling there is.

I know that we came up with some pretty out-of-the-box ideas to raise money for our son’s treatment and I’m thinking we aren’t the only parents to do so. In March I am going to be doing an entire show on ways to fund your Autism journey and I would love to get some ideas from other people who have been through it and survived. And yes, bankruptcy counts as survival.

Leave me a comment about how you have managed to make ends meet, and I will share the best ideas on the air!

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Our Story

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  To the parent of a child with Autism nothing could be truer.  Our son was a beautiful, happy baby. Something happened and a light went out of his eyes.  I see it clearly in pictures now.  The good news is that we got help.  We put our son on a strict GFCF diet and we saw improvement, we started working with CARD and doing ABA therapy and he got better.  When we hit a wall we would tweak his diet and dabble in Biomedical intervention.  The light came back.  It is clear in the pictures.  There is hope. This is our story in pictures.

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