BUY MY COOKBOOK: MY FAVORITE RECIPES

My Favorite Recipes:  Discover How Cooking with Whole Foods Can Make You Feel BetterI originally put this cookbook together for my niece’s wedding. I thought it would make a great gift for her because she loves my food and also because it would show her how to cook what I believe are truly healing foods.

All of these recipes are gluten-free. Most are dairy-free, although if a recipe uses dairy, it’s fermented dairy, making it acceptable for GAPS and SCD recipes. Many recipes are also GAPS-, SCD- or Paleo-legal.  Some are legal for the Body Ecology Diet.

All recipes are identified by potential top allergens (gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and fish) and by the type of special diet (including the Body Ecology Diet).

Click here to order your own e-copy of “My Favorite Recipes: Discover How Cooking with Whole Foods Can Make You Feel Better” for just $5.95.

Or, if you’d like, you can buy a hard-copy of the book from the publisher. Click on the picture of the book below the viewer to order.

AN EVENING OF INSPIRATION

Maria Rickert Hong heading into "An Evening of Inspiration"I’ve been pretty busy lately helping to organize an event for my non-profit.  Epidemic Answers hosted “An Evening of Inspiration” in New York City on September 27, 2013 to benefit the Canary Kids Film Project.  It was fabulous!

The motto of the film project is:  7 children, 18 months, 1 goal:  RECOVERY.  We will be taking 7 children with a known diagnosis of autism, ADHD, allergies and asthma and providing free healing and recovery services while we film them for 18 months.  Most people don’t know that recovery is possible.

We honored Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, Deirdre Imus and Harvard pediatric neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert, author of “The Autism Revolution”, for their work in protecting the health of children, which is a subject near and dear to my heart.  Dr. Herbert and Dr. Russell Jaffe will be heading up the film’s medical advisory board.

Allison Moorer singing "Mama Let the Wolf in"Academy-award-nominated alternative country singer Allison Moorer gave a heart-wrenching performance about her son’s autism in her song, “Mama Let the Wolf In”.  I can completely relate to the pain and anguish that she feels in thinking that she didn’t do enough to protect her son from developing autism.  By performing at our event, I sure hope she realizes that recovery is very possible for her son!

Donna Gates, Geri Brewster and Maria Rickert HongI finally got to meet Donna Gates, the developer of the Body Ecology Diet, and Geri Brewster, a functional-medicine nutritionist.  Both Donna and Geri are on the film’s medical advisory board.  I’ll be interviewing Donna in my monthly webinar in November 2013, so be on the lookout for that.  Be sure to sign up for my newsletter below so you can get the invitation for it.

You can watch Ken Cook’s acceptance speech of his Canary Award here:

 

If you’d like to help us get this film made, click here to donate!

To view professional photos of the event, click here and here.

OXTAIL SOUP

OXTAIL SOUP

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 5 hours
Total time 5 hours, 15 minutes
Dietary BODY ECOLOGY DIET, DAIRY-FREE, DIABETIC, EGG-FREE, GAPS/SCD, GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO
Meal type MEATS, SOUPS
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY, FREEZABLE, PRE-PREPARABLE, SERVE HOT
From book The Joy of Cooking

Ingredients

  • 2lb oxtail
  • 1 Large onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons beef tallow or duck fat
  • 8 cups cold, filtered water or homemade broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 Large carrot (peeled and diced)
  • 3 ribs celery (diced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup tomato pulp
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme

Note

I'm not afraid of fat, so I leave it in after browning the meat rather than skimming it off.  Fat makes food taste good!

Directions

Step 1
Brown the onions and oxtails on all sides in the fat, about 1-2 minutes per side on medium-high heat in a stock pot.
Step 2
Add in water and salt. Simmer uncovered for 4-1/2 hours.
Step 3
Add in remaining ingredients. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Step 4
Season to taste and serve.

 

SAVORY KALE AND QUINOA

SAVORY KALE AND QUINOA

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary BODY ECOLOGY DIET, DAIRY-FREE, DIABETIC, EGG-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN
Meal type GRAINS, SIDE DISHES
Misc CHILD FRIENDLY, SERVE HOT
From book It's All Good: Delicous, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1-3/4 cup cold, filtered water
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 8 Large leaves of kale (shredded, stems discarded, finely shredded)
  • 4 Large scallions, white and green parts (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Note

Believe it or not, my kids gobbled this up!  It's an easy and delicious way get gluten-free grains AND green veggies into your kids.  This recipe is a version of Gwyneth Paltrow's "Quite Savory Leftover Quinoa" from her new cookbook, "It's All Good:  Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great."

Directions

Step 1
Rinse quinoa and drain. Add to water in a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Step 2
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute' for 1 minute. Add kale and scallions; saute' for another 3 minutes or until kale is wilted. Add in quinoa and season with sea salt.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: ENVISIONING A BRIGHT FUTURE

If you could buy only ONE book about how to recover your child from autism, PDD-NOS, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, developmental delays or ADHD, I would recommend it be my friend Patty Lemer’s, “Envisioning a Bright Future:  Interventions That Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

Patty is the Executive Director and co-founder of the non-profit Developmental Delay Resources, and she has been working with these kinds of kids for over 40 years.  She’s seen it all; she knows what works.

The way she told me to read the book was to read the last chapter first:  “Prioritizing Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”.  She’s in process of writing another book that expands on this chapter, but I’ll give you the short version of it here:  [Read more…]

KOMBUCHA MAY NOT BE FOR EVERYONE

Kombucha may not be well tolerated by those with weak immune function, gut dysbiosis or hormonal imbalances, such as people with SIBO, IBS or Candida overgrowth.  Donna Gates of the Body Ecology Diet recommends doing controlled ferments with specific bacteria or yeast instead.  Read more…

SOURCE:  Body Ecology

HOW MY HEAVY-METAL POISONING DAMAGED MY SONS

After finding out that I had heavy-metal poisoning, I immediately thought about my sons.  Was it possible that I had passed any of this on to them?

Could this be responsible for their sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma, allergies, eczema, acid reflux, and developmental delays?

Would I finally find the common thread that I had been looking for all along that tied all of these conditions together?

Yes, unfortunately.

My Sons’ Heavy-Metal Toxicity

After finding out about my toxicity, I had both sons tested with a heavy-metal hair test because it’s not invasive.

My older son was in the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger at the 90th. [Read more…]

HOW MY SON’S SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER LED TO MY SEVERE HEALTH DECLINE

Having a son with a developmental delay was very hard on me.  He didn’t walk until he was 20 months old.  This was extremely hard for me because he didn’t walk until 3 weeks before his little brother was born, and I was having to carry him everywhere.

I suppose the bright side is that he didn’t weigh a whole lot, given that he was also a failure-to-thrive baby.

His sensory processing disorder turned him into a barnacle.  I felt as if he were permanently physically attached to me.  It wasn’t so bad when he was younger, but after his brother was born, it was extremely difficult to deal with two small, crying children at the same time, who both wanted to be picked up and held at the same time.

And then when our nanny left to have her own baby when my older son had just turned 3, his sensory processing and anxiety went full tilt.  He was used to having someone always there immediately to meet his needs; now he had to share me with his baby brother. [Read more…]

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