Kids snacks and MSG


We have a son in first grade who refuses to eat school lunch or snacks. Not that I'm complaining. His pickiness is a blessing, in this instance because I really think we have a lot to work on in regards to food in schools and of course in the supermarkets.

It gives me great pleasure packing that little lunchbox everyday.

What do you give your kids? Do you need help navigating through the shady ingredients like MSG or as its known in snacks: 

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Textured Vegetable Protein

Yeast Extract

Glutamic Acid (E 620)2

Glutamate (E 620)

Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)

Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)

Calcium Glutamate (E 623)

Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)

Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)

Natrium Glutamate

Calcium Caseinate

Sodium Caseinate

Yeast Food

Yeast Nutrient

Autolyzed Yeast

Cheap Gelatin

Textured Protein

Soy Protein Concentrate

Soy Protein Isolate

Whey Protein

Whey Protein Concentrate

Whey Protein Isolate


Am I done yet? Well no,  there's more.

Got behavior issues? Look at your labels. The following are ingredients containing or creating sufficient processed free glutamine acid to serve as MSG reaction triggers in sensitive bodies.

Modified food starch

Corn starch

Lipolyzed butter fat


Rice syrup

Brown rice syrup

Milk powder Reduced fat milk (skim; 1%; 2%)

Most things labeled “Low Fat” or “No Fat”

Anything labeled “Enriched”

Anything labeled “Vitamin Enriched”

How dare they hide this info from us? Well, why not? Would you buy it if you knew how bad it was?

MSG or free glutamates as a flavor enhancer is found in highly processed foods, usually under an alias to make it impossible to know for sure what you are eating. 

MSG or free glutamic acid is also found in many health foods as result of vegetable protein breakdown or hydrolysis. These MSGs are not added into food as a flavor enhancer, but exist in varying quantities in many foods as a result of protein breakdown.

Some folks break down glutamates better than others, so when it comes to glutamates as a result of protein breakdown, this is an individualized issue.

I know you will read this and think.. 'What the heck CAN the kid eat?' but really.. ALOT. Make better choices, whole, unprocessed foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts, grass fed meats and organic dairy. Once you get the hang of cutting the crap out. Its not too hard at all. 

I will post my easy protein bar recipe in the recipes area tomorrow.


Good mama! Get er done! (and always look at your labels)

Print the above out if you need to.





Healthier food habits

Happy Hump Day!

Many of you want to eat better. I know that. With kids, a job and a busy life, its hard.

With some small changes you can start. The most simple ingredients can be used to transform a typically unhealthy dish into an incredibly healthy version. For example, do you really need to eat that pie crust on the quiche? How about a frittata full of goodness instead? A pizza made with heavy wheat pizza dough? How about this cauliflower pizza dough? that The Lucky Penny demonstrates. Its AMAZING!

I mean look at it!

Im all for a Paleo diet, but cheese?.... mmmmm. I cant give up cheese so go ahead. Make that cauliflower pizza with home made tomato sauce and yummy cheese. I like anchovies on mine too. 

Excuse me while I go and stuff my face. This post made me hungry..

Anyway.. the reason I think we should eat healthier is for our children. (I am slightly crazy about this). Our food sources in the USA are more than atrocious. Our kids are so used to eating packaged foods these days.  Did you eat that growing up? I sure didn't and I don't want my kids eating it either.

To make a 'food item' non perishable (most kids snacks), it needs to be treated with chemicals. To get even more into it, wheat, for the most part is either from GMO seeds and has been sprayed with pesticides. Round up to be exact. See this for more info After all that, your kids cracker has to be processed and kept fresh. Here is where the yummy cocktail of other crap comes in. 

  • Dyes such as Red 3, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Green 3, and others -- like Yellow 10 or Red 30 -- in medicines and toiletries. ADHD, neurological disorders amongst many other problems are linked with artificial color. Food dyes are synthesized from petroleum and are legally permitted to be contaminated with toxic byproducts that include lead, mercury and arsenic. Thanks FDA! Love ya!
  • Artificial flavors Vanillin is a common one, but there are thousands of others just called 'flavors' or 'natural flavors'). By the way, some flavors are derived from animal excretions. Say no more.
  • Artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and sucrolose (Splenda).
  • Preservatives: BHA, BHT and TBHQ. Fuel additives, Butane and petrol chemicals. Mmmm tasty. Also a cancer risk, causes asthma and behavioral issues in children amongst a plethora of other delights.
  • HFCS's High Fructose Corn Syrup. YUK! Nothing good about this. Their little  carbonyl molecules can cause tissue damage that may lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

I wont go on too much. But you can find these additives in nasty items like most Kellogg cereals, Cheerios, Sodas, Pepperidge farm products, breads, candy. Heres a taster: no pun intended.  


Chex cereal

All the above cereals

Non organic yogurts

Store bought cooked, whole chickens OMG read here

Goldfish snacks. Yes those. The BHT is sprayed in all of Pepperidge farms packaging so that they dont have to label it as an ingredient. Nice.

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups have both BHT and TBHQ 

Wheat Thins

All gum except Glee Gum.

Fast Foods. (Five guys does not contain chemicals)

Cheez Its

Processed meats

The list goes on.  

And HELLO! all these things are BANNED in the UK, Japan and Europe. Here is #HealthyGroceryGirls take on it

So start reading labels moms. Try to eat cleaner foods, ones with no shelf life or great brands like Pamelas, Greek Gods yoghurts, Wallaby Yoghurts, Natures Path, Motts all natural, Healthy Helpings, Enjoy Life, Brothers.. So many out there that are safer.

Try to think of healthy alternatives for you and your family. Im happy to help. I am also surrounded by a bounty of health freaks like Jaime Askew, who are happy to answer any questions we can! See Jaime here

Good luck! We need it out there.

The Feingold Diet (that saved us)

Three years ago our family started down a road we didn't want to go down. Our eldest son started to exhibit some behaviors that were devastating to see. Our 3 year old son was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.. and while that can mean a lot of things, for us it meant his behavior was wild, uncontrollable and aggressive.

No way could we leave him with his baby brother for even one second. The fits were out of control, his moods were up and down and I honestly thought he was autistic or heading that way. It was a very scary time.


Before we were married and still living in England, my husband and I used to watch Super Nanny on occasion and joke that we hoped we would never 'have one of those kids'. Well we got one. Right before he was due, he was up to no good (kidding). Two weeks before his due date I felt strange. I just knew something wasn't right. We went to the hospital and within an hour he was out! His heartbeat was not detectable and my blood pressure was dropping. After a very stressful and unsuccessful spinal block (the doctor missed my spine and I went into shock), I got to snuggle a furry red haired and beautiful tiny boy. I want to say he was an easy baby but by three months old when his friends, all born at the same time (our Prenatal group), were quiet and snuggy,  lennon wanted to bounce around on our laps, trying to shake his legs and be nosy. I didnt get a hug until he was 18 months. Devastating but we knew something was affecting him. FOOD. When we gave up Formula, he made giant leaps, he was talking full sentences, sleeping 12 hours a night. He was on track, but behaviors were never typical.

When L's behavior was at an all time low. I discovered The Feingold Diet. Here is a link if you would like to take a look. This is one of the many support groups on Facebook that was an absolute lifesaver. You can post your questions, get amazing advice, learn about all kinds of triggers etc.

I battled with the idea that an apple could trigger emotional outbursts, anxiety, aggression. An apple? Or a piece of organic bread could lead to a hour long tantrum? What ???  We thought he had an issue with sugar, but healthy food? No way. I think the Feingold members thought I was a nut. It took me six months to really join in with the online group and start testing foods to see if there was an issue.

Feingold has a program called 'Baseline'. Baseline is where you strip back your foods to a basic diet, eliminating possible triggers then eventually adding new foods back in. A reaction shows, and BINGO, you have found your culprit. For L. the culprits were Salicylates. What the heck is a salicylate you say? Exactly. But oh boy these naturally occuring 'Sals' are very very dangerous if your child is sensitive. Here is a link for more info on these beasts: Another culprit and one that affects a ton of kids with ADHD-like issues is gluten. I hate you gluten!. Some people do ok with it, but we dont. We avoid it like the plague. One bite of gluten can send L into a dark place. Plus.. what is in it that is any good? Nothing. Especially non organic gluten which is usually sprayed with pesticides at the start of its production. Really? Yes really. Read here :



 Food coloring is made from petrol chemicals. Stay away from em!

Food coloring is made from petrol chemicals. Stay away from em!

So we took lennon off dairy, gluten, DYES (OMG dont get me started), and salicylates. WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN THE BOY. Almost immediately, he changed. The week prior, he had torn his nails all the way off his hands with anxiety. We were desperate. We got some relief and it was amazing.

Lennon is now 6.5. He is a sweet, wonderful, typical boy. Yes he still has a few fits, still has moody days and some aggressive outbursts, but hes not the boy he used to be. He is my hero. But one slip up from eating the wrong thing,  we are back to square one. One bite of a raisin or an apple and we are back to the behavior he exhibited at 3.

Feingold has an amazing support group. I continue to learn something new every time I log on.  Please check it out for yourself. 

If you have any questions on thier program, please ask away! 

Your kids are counting on you!



Cold season cometh...

I feel like a genius today. 

I have a love hate relationship with my candy thermometer. Sometimes candies work out and sometimes they do not. Its usually all my fault for multi tasking.

Look at these beauties.


Throat lozenges. 100% natural. No preservatives (we like that). No dyes (even better), no corn syrup or HFCS's (cool!). Your kids will love them!.

Onguard is great when you want to strengthen your immune system and guard against infection. Even better when you can take the oils orally with honey, agave, or juice at the onset of nagging symptoms of cold, flu, and viruses.

At the onset of a sore throat or to fight laryngitis, place 2-3 drops in ¼ cup of water, gargle, swish and pull for 5 minutes, then spit. Take 2 drops internally.

Our family is a big fan of Doterra Essential oils. See more info on Onguard here

Here is a fab way to get some goodness


Winter Spice Cough Drops


2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup butter

3-5 drops Onguard Essential Oil

2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Mix all the ingredients except Onguard in a heavy pan and cook slowly over medium heat until it reaches the HARD CRACK STAGE. Resist the urge to turn the heat up higher to speed up the process. It will burn unless you keep it on medium and check it often. Once you can drizzle a spoonful of the syrup into a cup of cold water and have it turn to brittle threads–take it off the heat immediately. Wait about 30 seconds to a minute and then add the OnGuard Essential Oil. Stir. Place in molds or drip onto parchment paper and cool. Refridgerate in ziplocks. If sticky, roll in powdered sugar! YUM.

If you would like more info on Doterra Oils. Here is the link.

Stay well xo




Welcome to my new blog!

I am so excited to share My Sustainable Table blog with you all, it’s been such a looong project and I’m just so happy that you can now enjoy it! I’ve been listening to all your feedback on Instagram, Facebook and emails and I’ve tried to incorporate everything that you wanted to see into the new blog.  I’ve laid out a little guide of the new blog to show what you can expect to find in each section, so hopefully it will be easy to navigate. Hope you find some helpful tips and enjoy checking in now and again!

Thanks to my little team of awesome people that if it were not for you, this blog would not be here!


The Blog Section

Oh boy! I'm posting 'everything' in here. Can't wait to hear your comments and questions. Expect posts on my new favorite things to do, such as cooking healthy meals, how to make your own dye free suckers, chemical-free kids sunscreen and natural perfumes. I'll be showing you how to make home made face masks, hair masks, etc as well as sharing some of my favorite natural brands. It will focus on everything that exists around a healthy lifestyle  - all for you and your family.

The Recipe Section

I'll be sharing all my favorite and newly concocted recipes with you here. Feel free to steal em, repost, share and show me your work! Please also let me know if you have any problems with anything you cook or bake. Remember to always follow recipes properly because with baking, it must be followed to a T to get the best results.

The Cakes Section

Here you will find the order form for a Lovely Little Cake. Ill post pics of new cakes weekly and you can also find more on facebook here