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    Rebuilding Si: Kefir Smoothies

    July 1, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    When I first knew that my husband was going to come home, I emailed some dear friends and at least one stranger and asked their advice on what in the world to feed him. After all, his appetite is small and his nutritional needs are large. Obviously, supplementation is a key cornerstone in his healing process, but I still wanted to make every calorie count. In addition to this, we had the issue of taste because the seizures caused heightened senses of taste and smell, which made it difficult for him to eat food that didn’t appeal to him.

    One of the wonderful things I was encouraged to do was to feed him kefir. We have a wonderful dairy from which we buy raw milk products {no, this is not how he contracted E. coli 0157:H7–you can read about pathogens and milk from our dairy if you are curious}. I was excited to see that they carried kefir {which they spell as qephor} and that it isn’t just made with milk, but raw colostrum. This is like making a superfood extra-super.

    In addition to the kefir, I’m adding in:

    • Frozen berries
    • Liquid chlorophyll
    • A teaspoon of flaxseed oil
    • 1-2 tablespoons of organic expeller-pressed coconut oil
    • A tablespoon of Ambrotose Complex
    • A dollop of strawberry frozen yogurt, because it makes him happy
    • Ice
    • Organic fruit juice {in amount required to get the right texture}

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  • Reply Rahime July 2, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    These sound yummy and nutritious. I’ll be praying that God will use these superfoods, your care, and his doctors to help Si regain his strength and to draw each of you closer to Him through the healing process.

  • Reply Mystie July 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Sorry I’ve been silent, Brandy. It is not because you’ve not been in my thoughts and prayers.

    Praise God you already have research and connections and sources for such food! It takes a ton of energy to figure out the nutrition/naturopath stuff.

    This is God’s sanctification road for Si and you and your family. And you have been a real blessing to watch as you respond in faith and trust through it. And you are also a blessing to those in your Membership (I just read Hannah Coulter a couple months ago — my first Wendell Berry), too, as you allow them to bless you.

    We will keep praying as the journey gets closer to “normal,” and you figure out what that now means.

  • Reply Brandy July 2, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Not an insensitive question at all.

    At first, I wondered if our ducks were contaminated, but I paid to have them tested and they are completely normal. Later, a friend sent me information on contaminated beef from Colorado which had been shipped to our state. I am trying to figure out if this brand was ever used by our regular grocery store.

    In general, though, healthy 30-year-old males do not get severe E. coli followed by TTP-HUS because this is something which happens to the weak and those of poor constitution. My husband rarely gets any sort of sickness. So, as I tend to put it to people, this is obviously a journey God had for us because it is considered a statistical anomally.

  • Reply Kansas Mom July 2, 2009 at 2:08 am

    “because it makes him happy”

    That’s so sweet…

  • Reply Ellen July 2, 2009 at 2:01 am

    By the way, how do you think he contracted e. coli? I’m really just curious, and I’m sure that somebody has some theories, at the very least, to try and keep him from getting it again. I truly hope this is not an insensitive question. If it is, please disregard.

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