Archive for August, 2010

Fig Coconut Flour Muffins

Posted on August 31, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I purchased some figs at the farmers market, and realized that I need to use them within the next day or so before they go bad, so decided to make muffins.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 T of Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut milk or Milk
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup of applesauce
  • 8 small figs or 3-4 large ones depending on how figgy you would like your muffins to be.
  • 1/4 t of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 t of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t of vanilla
  • nutmeg
  • dash of salt

I really enjoy making coconut flour muffins, I always like to try different variations with the muffins, and so far they have all turned out pretty good. When I was off all sweeteners I would make them with blueberries, applesauce, nut butter, apples and a dash of stevia and they helped my sweet tooth/baked good cravings. I thought of adding a dash of honey to these, but decided that figs are sweet enough, and I’m glad I didn’t. They taste great without the honey. I made a couple variations to the recipe, I sprinkled in some shredded coconut, raspberries, and I had some macadamia nut flour in the freezer that I threw in, it was probably an 1/8th of a cup, so you might want to add an extra tablespoon of coconut flour, if you don’t add any nut flour into the muffin mix. If you don’t have any nut flour, you can just smash up some nuts and add it to the batter. I think pecans, would compliment the figs nicely.  If your using coconut creme to make your coconut milk, remember that coconut butter can burn(found this out the hard way) so if you heat up in the toaster oven like I do, keep an eye on it.

Instructions:

Place the three eggs, milk, oil or butter into a bowl and mix. Next add in the coconut flour, spices, salt, applesauce, vinegar, vanilla and mix. If your using whole nutmeg, grate the nutmeg over the batter a couple times, or if using ground nutmeg, sprinkle a little in. Then add in the chopped figs, and any other fruit your using mix them into batter, and put them into your muffin tins.

Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. I usually cook mine for 25 minutes. If this is your first time making coconut flour muffins, I suggest you check in on them after 15 minutes. Since I’m of dairy, if I decide to put something on my muffins, I spread nut butter or coconut butter on.

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Test Results-Parasite/Adrenal

Posted on August 26, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

I received the results from the parasite re-test. It showed that the hookworm is gone, but it showed that there is a possible parasite, it said: Parasite present: taxonomy unavailable. My health care practitioner said this could indicate that their are remains from the previous parasite, this also showed up the first time I did the GI test. She wanted to see what the adrenal test showed, before deciding to do another parasite removal program. On Monday I was in San Diego so I went to see her. I must say I do prefer having appointments in person then over the phone, especially when going over results. My cortisol levels were on the lower side, which is what I figured. In the morning the levels are supposed to be between 13-24. Mine tested at 12.3. Surprisingly, the noon value was fine at 8, when the say it should be between 5-8. Afternoon should be between 4-7, I was at 2.6. Nightime it should be between 1-3. I tested at 2.6 According to Stopthethyroidmadness.com here’s what the optimal levels should be:

8 am: at the literal top of the range
11 am-noon: in the upper quarter
4 – 5 pm: mid-range
11 pm to mid night: at the very bottom.

My practitioner asked me how I feel upon awakening, which I told her I don’t want to get out of bed, and can just lay in bed for an extra hour no problem. She also asked about the afternoon. The afternoons are usually when I’m the most tired, sometimes I feel like I just took a sleeping pill. I remember she was having me do food charts to see if certain foods, or portions were making me tired, but I had a feeling that my cortisol levels dropped below optimal levels during the afternoon.

For the hormone levels, my estrogen is a little high the reference range is 1-5 and I’m at 6.3. Symptoms of high estrogen are: migraines, weight gain, high blood pressure, fatigue, PMS, muscle aches, fibroids, depression, and aging skin. I do suffer from fatigue, and PMS.

Now onto my progesterone levels, they are pretty high. In fact my practitioner asked not once, but twice if I was pregnant. To which the answer is No. She told me that she has never seen progesterone levels so high. The reference range is 50-400, and mine are at 461. Symptoms of high progesterone that I have/had are: fatigue, drowsiness, fungal infections, and memory loss. Since progesterone is stored in tissue, I’m going to be doing sauna therapy to detox from the excess hormone. I’m going to to the sauna 3-4 times a week, and will slowly increase my time until I’m up to 30 minutes in one day. I went today, and wowsers was it HOT! I went in for 5 minutes out for one minute and in for 5 minutes. I didn’t even realize how much I was sweating until I got in the car and looked in the mirror.

I will also be doing a liver cleanse within the next 2 weeks. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to start the liver cleanses. I’m not sure how many I’ll have to do, going to see how the first one goes, and take it from there. To prepare for the liver cleanse I will eat nothing but carbohydrates on the day, and drink fruit juice. When my practitioner said Fruit Juice, I said FRUIT JUICE?? She said yep were going to be spiking your blood sugar levels all day. So that’s what in store for me during the next couple weeks. After the sauna, when I got home my nausea when reading was really bad, and this rash I had on the back of neck was incredibly itchy, so I defiantly felt like I was detoxing.

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