All About My Zoo

My name’s Shanti and I like sunset walks in the sand and quiet evenings. I enjoy reading a good book and spending time with my amazing husband, Chris (a.k.a. Superman). But in real life, I am chief negotiator between five children, three boys and two girls, ages 8 and under, and spend the bulk of my time homeschooling them and trying to maintain some sense of peace in this crazy loud home. We live on a farm and I am slowly learning to become more of a Homesteader and grow our own eats.

Superman was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease after over 10 years of pain and suffering. Shortly after the diagnosis, we discovered he had virtually decimated his intestines and as a result, was allergic to nearly every food he ingested. Many doctors, naturopaths and supplements later, we are finally in a place where it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel. His diagnosis catapulted us into a life of local, organic, home-grown (when possible) foods and grass-fed meats. We’ve {pretty much} completely eliminated all grains, dairy, soy, sugar and anything processed or with ingredients we can’t pronounce. It was the best transition we ever made. Our family is healthier now than ever before. And although I am an out-of-the-closet Sugarholic, I am a recovering one.

The kids and I eat a “Paleo” diet about 80-90% of the time. Superman, because of his health issues, is pretty much 100%. I will occasionally post recipes that aren’t considered “Paleo,” but what I still consider “clean” in that they do not cause any negative effects on anyone in our family.

My hope is that by reading my blog, you won’t be overwhelmed with the thought of changing your eating! If I can do it, anyone can!!  The recipes I post are kid-approved and clean all the way!


4 responses to “All About My Zoo

  1. Jennifer Adams

    June 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hi Shanti, My 5 year old daughter is currently on Xoponex, Flovent & Singular…..this cannot be good…. it really is not helping her allergy asthma cough…. my sister in law emailed me a recipe from your site and I happen to read the article about your son… Today is day one of this food change….How long did it take to notice a difference in your son? Did you stop his meds cold turkey when you changed his diet?
    I ordered the cookbook ” Eat Like A Dinosaur”…can’t wait to get it.
    Thanks for your time and help!

    • radlandon

      June 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Hi, Jennifer! Sorry I am just now seeing this–I moved to a new blog address a few months ago, and didn’t realize I had comments here! We noticed a difference within a few weeks. He hadn’t hit the “peak season” for his meds yet when we changed our diet. He just never started back on them when the season started. Have you found my new site?



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