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2nd liver cleanse, energy and school

Posted on October 26, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’m doing another liver cleanse, this one is going to be a little more intense. I ordered a colon cleansing kit, which I should be getting this week. There’s some herbal pills and a powder that I have to take 5 days prior to the liver cleanse. I will be consuming 32 ounces of apple juice for 6 days and will be attempting to consume a vegan diet 5 days prior to the liver cleanse. Which pretty much means my blood sugar levels will be a little crazy, and I’ll be pretty unpleasant to be around. I plan on prepping for this next week, probably start next Wednesday.

I still haven’t been feeling any better. Somedays I wonder if I will ever feel healthy again. I still have low energy, and at times I feel like I’m going to fall asleep, and my hair loss hasn’t improved.  I’m doing my zone exercises, I’m using an infrared sauna every other day. I’m supposed to be doing this chakra exercise, which I do when I remember to. I’ve also started burst training. I’m supposed to do it every other day, and between 12-2 when my cortisol levels are within the normal level. When my health care practitioner started talking about the chakras, I asked her about seeing an energy healer. I noticed one in Venice, and looked him up and the people that worked with him gave him a good review, so that’s something I’ve been thinking about. I’m still a little leery of the whole chakras and energy healing, but much more open to it then when I first heard about chakras. When I took my Holistic Lifestyle course early this year and the instructor said that the zone exercises were chakra exercises. My first thought was, what in the world are the chakras, and thank goodness Paul Chek calls them zone exercises rather then chakra exercises.

Other then that things have been good. I finished up my nutrition educator program, my final project was on gluten sensitivity. Which I really enjoyed, and I think I would like to specialize in working with people who have either just been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity/celiac disease or suspect that might have a gluten sensitivity and educate individuals about what things are and aren’t allowed, and how to repair the gut after being diagnosed.

I signed up for the school’s nutrition consultant program and should receive the materials for the course next week. I’m really looking forward to starting this course. The first chapter talks a lot about liver function, which I can’t wait to learn about especially doing these liver cleanses.

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Apple Roasted Chicken and Soup

Posted on September 12, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Taken with iPhone(sorry for the poor quality)

I just cooked one of the best chicken dinners, in fact this would have to go under the Top 5 Best Dinners that I’ve made. Every Sunday night I roast a chicken, I’m always looking for different recipes. Last weekend I brined a chicken, which was a disaster. I was looking for a soup recipe, and found one titled Leftover Apple Roasted Chicken Soup. In order to make the soup, you have to make Apple Roasted Chicken.

For the chicken and if your going to make the soup:

  • Whole Chicken( Mine was 4 1/2 lbs.)
  • 6-7 apples, I used 3 different types(Golden Delicious was one type) quartered and cored
  • 1 1/2 to 2 Onions, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Whole head of garlic peeled
  • 1-2 springs of fresh Rosemary
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider
  • Salt and Pepper

I added a couple figs when roasting the chicken

Pre-heat oven to 375 F

Place the apples, onions, garlic, and rosemary in a roasting pan.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place it on top of the mixture. Pour in the cider. Roast chicken for 20 minuter per pound. Since I purchase free-range chickens, I cook them until the internal temperature is 165-170. I also poke the chicken with a fork to make sure the juices are clear. Pull the chicken from the pan, and cover. I take a piece of parchment paper, and then a piece of foil and cover the chicken(not allowing the foil to touch the chicken).

For the soup roast the vegetable of your choice for 35-50 minutes until tender at 375 F.

In a stockpot, I placed 75% of the apples, garlic and onions in the stockpot, leaving 2 apples and 3/4 th of an onion for the chicken. The original recipe is doubled so I suggest leaving a couple cloves of garlic out, and once its blended decide if you want to add more in.

The ingredients for the soup are: Makes 3-4 servings.

  • 2 cups of chicken Stock
  • 2 cups of roasted butternut squash, pumpkin sweet potatoes or yams(I used yams)
  • Drippings from pan-Ideally 2 cups I probably had 1 cup.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Then place the stock and drippings into the stock pot, and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and add in the roasted vegetable. Blend together,  I used my immersion blender, if you have a vitamix blender that would probably be ideal, there was 2-3 chunks in the soup. Season with salt and pepper. This was one of the best soups that I’ve made, it was very thick. It went really well with the chicken, and once I pulled the chicken out, it probably took me 10-15 minutes to make the soup.

Very filling and delicious.

I found the chicken recipe here The picture she used in beautiful and worth checking out.
The soup recipe: Click here.

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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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Dietary Restictions

Posted on July 25, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I went to a coffee shop with a friend this week, and I ordered my usual iced green tea, and he had a cold coffee drink with milk in it. I said to him aren’t you allergic to dairy? His reply yeah, but I enjoy it so I allow myself to have dairy when I want it. He says to me, I know you want some. I told him that I hate coffee it makes me jittery, so no I don’t want any. He thinks I’m paranoid about food, and told me that I don’t enjoy life as much as him because I’m focused on eating healthy foods and avoiding certain things. I’ll admit there are things that I miss, the number one thing being dairy, particularly sour cream and butter. Hopefully once I’m healthier and the gut is repaired I will be able to consume these things again, but if not then so what? I would rather not eat certain foods have great skin, feel healthy, have energy, and not have digestive issues. To me that’s worth missing out on certain foods. I have to admit though there are times when I see people eating certain things such as ice cream, and I think I wish I could eat that, I wish I didn’t have these dietary restrictions.

I said to my friend everyone’s health is a different priority his is probably a 6 or a 7 on a scale of 1-10. for me it’s #1. I said to him until you have gotten to the point that I am, you don’t realize how important good health is. Another thing is he has bad breath which I haven’t brought up, because I think of what I learned in HLC 1 which is if you smell bad on the outside imagine how you smell on the inside? How do you tell someone that they have bad breath when you know the issue isn’t a breath freshener deficiency and a sign of bad health?

An update on my personal health: I re-tested for the parasite infection, and should get the results in one to two weeks. Next Sunday I’ll be doing the adrenal test(saliva) to test my cortisol levels, along with testing two different hormones via a blood prick which I am not looking forward to. I haven’t been feeling any better, so I’m hoping the parasite is gone, and the adrenal test will help reveal why I still don’t have energy.

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My thought on vaccines….

Posted on June 30, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

As I was looking over my friends posts on facebook, this morning I saw one friend posted an article about vaccines. There are three things I am very passionate about, the first being health, and the other two being nutrition and vaccines. I started reading the post about vaccines, and I started to get a little fired up. When I see an article about how wonderful vaccines are, and how many lives they saved, and how the responsible parents are ones that vaccinate their children. I have to respond. When it comes to the vaccine issue, if I can get one person to think twice about the issue, then I’m happy. In college for my writing class, my final project was a paper on the efficiency of vaccines. How did I become so anti-vaccine? My personal health and my dogs. Do I think vaccines impacted my health as a chid? I don’t think they made me any healthier and maybe they did cause some issues. I have two dogs, and I have fostered numerous dogs, and pets today are not healthy, which I think is a combination of bad breeding, kibble and vaccines.

So the article is titled:
No vaccine-autism link: Get kids shots

The article is written by a physician, guess what kind? A Pediatrician! I wonder how much money he makes every year by administering vaccines.

He starts the article saying how happy he is that his children can run around a park, and not worry about contracting a disease. That 60 years ago, his child might have picked up some life-threatening disease such as polio, or measles, and thank goodness vaccines are around to prevent these nasty diseases. Well I have a question for this doctor, what proof do we have that vaccines have prevented these deadly diseases? Is it that we’ve been told time and time again, that vaccines prevent disease? Let’s look at a little study that can be found HERE and HERE. These charts show that the deaths from these diseases decreased before the vaccines were released. Some people think the charts are bullshit. The thing is we can all find data to back up our ideas. I can show you a chart that says it wasn’t vaccines that saved lives and you can show me a chart from the CDC that states the opposite, that vaccines did save lives just look at this chart from the CDC. This is something that I am very passionate about, and you will find others who are very pro-vaccine, and you have to realize that there is no point in arguing with them. Otherwise you have two people throwing out data, and neither one is listening to the other.

I really do enjoy this part of the article: “In 2008, a San Diego, California, child, whose parents had refused to vaccinate him, returned from vacation with measles, exposing children too young to be vaccinated to the disease. Any child who had been exposed had to be quarantined for several weeks at home. No school. No park. No sports.” Your telling me the kids were not allowed to go to school, that they had to stay home!! How awful, that must have been! I’m sure they were allowed out in the back yard right? So they probably spent the two weeks playing and watching tv. Goodness gracious the things children have to go through, and to think had they just been injected with a little needle, they wouldn’t have missed school, and they could have played sports. Wait a minute, according to vaccineinformation.org the vaccine should be given on or after the first birthday. So that means one year olds couldn’t play sports? How many one-year olds do you know playing soccer, and other sports, and how many kids that age are in school? Maybe he meant they hadn’t had their second shot, either way, I find that to be a very weak argument for vaccinating children.

Here’s another excerpt from the article: In early 2009, a child in rural Minnesota died from meningitis caused by the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae. His parents had refused to vaccinate him against the disease. Four other children were hospitalized with the exact same disease. Two of those were also children of parents who had refused vaccines. The fourth was a 5-month-old baby who was just too young to have been completely immunized. The fifth was a child who has an immune deficiency.

Let’s review this information, 5 children had meningitis, one died, 4 others were hospitalized and they survived. The fifth child had an immune deficiency, he had to be vaccinated or else they would have blamed it on him not being vaccinated so the vaccine didn’t work. Two of the other children who were not vaccinated contracted the disease and they survived, good for them! They must have had a strong enough immune system to fight the disease. He states that the infant who was too young to be completely immunized, now the vaccine for this diseases is the Hib vaccine, and it is recommended that it be administered at the age of 2 and 4 months, and then at 12 and 15 months. So this infant may have had two rounds of the Hib vaccine, shouldn’t that be enough to protect him from getting the disease? I guess not. Now for the child that passed away, how healthy was he before he got sick? Do we know that? No we don’t, maybe he was perfectly healthy, and maybe he wasn’t.

He ends with this: And if you decide, as I hope you do, to protect your children against these deadly diseases, then you’ll be choosing health. You’ll be choosing health for your child and family. You’ll be choosing health for your community, because every child who’s vaccinated helps to create an ecosystem of protection for those too young to get shots. You’ll be choosing to keep your kids out of my doctor’s office and keep them on that playground, in school, on that soccer field, which is right where they belong.”

Wait I’ll be keeping my child out of the doctors office, if I have them vaccinated? Don’t I need to go to the doctors office to have my child vaccinated? And another thing, I was fully vaccinated as a child, would you like to know how many times I went to the doctor as a child? I was born in March of 1983, from  April of 1983 until April 1985, I went to the doctor 12 times, and those were not the times that I went to be vaccinated. From May 1986 to August of 1988 I went 14 times. Thank goodness I was vaccinated so I didn’t have to go to the doctors office! HA!

I found an article that talks about autism and vaccines from The Huffington Post

In the article is says: The Vaccine Court, in other words, seems quite willing to award millions of dollars in taxpayer funded compensation to vaccine-injured autistic children, so long as they don’t have to call the injury by the loaded term “autism.” Isn’t that amazing? If you go to court and say your child was injured from vaccines, but don’t say it caused autism, your more likely to get money??

One last thing if you think all this research is bullshit, talk to someone who’s experienced it. There are quite a few mothers out there who took their child to be vaccinated, and saw signs of autism after being vaccinated. Does it mean it that vaccines cause autism? No Do I think it can lead to autism? I do.

The last thing is SIDS, I know someone who lost her child to SIDS years ago. I don’t know if the child was vaccinated a day or maybe even a couple days before hand, but I wonder. I was reading my old letters from a friend and years ago she did a walk for a family who lost their child to SIDS. She told me that the child passed away on the way back from a doctor’s visit. That the doctor said the child was healthy, my first thought when reading that was, I bet you that child was at a check-up to receive his monthly vaccines. Read the stories of women who lost their children after being vaccinated to SIDS: Think Twice.

The purpose of this post, is not to tell you whether or not you should vaccinate your child, but that you do your own research. That you don’t trust what the government and the doctors tell you is the right thing to do. That you decide for yourself are vaccines harmless? Look at how many vaccines we gave in 1983 and how many we give now? Here’s 1983 and here’s todays schedule. All I know is I’m not going to allow my child to be a science experiment. I personally think the best defense against disease is a strong immune system, and to me that means that I have to be incredibly healthy when I conceive, that I will eat the most nourishing foods during my pregnancy, even if that means eating liver once or twice a week. That my child will be breast-fed, I’m not sure how long I will breast-fed, but I plan on doing it for a minimum of two years. That when my child is old enough and ready I will offer nourishing foods such as egg yolks, butter, bone broths and liver. Yes Liver. Dr. Thomas Cowan has an article titled: Feeding Our Children another great resource is Nourishing Our Children. I could post a bunch of links about how dangerous vaccines are, but I want you to do your own research. See what you find, and don’t do something because your scared of what might happen, do it because in your heart you know your doing the right thing.

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Sugar Addiction

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

When I started my nutrition educator program one of my thoughts was, once I start practicing am I still allowed to eat dessert? Do I have to avoid sugar all together?  When I turned in my diet journal to my holistic health care practitioner, she said over all it was pretty good, but I consumed too much sugar, I thought WHAT?? I don’t consume that much sugar. What is she talking about? She must be talking about my fruit intake I must be eating too much fruit. I don’t remember exactly what I put I down on my diet journal, but I have a feeling that if I were to look at it, I would probably agree with her.

I have had a sugar addiction for as far back as I can remember, I grew up eating junk food everyday. In college I probably consumed candy 4-5 days a week, especially when I was working 40 hours and going to school full time. I would be tired and snack on some skittles, or have a chocolate bar. One of my favorite candy bars was the milky way midnight, I could have eaten one a day. The last job I had, we handed out candy bags to the customers, which meant I was around candy every day I went to work. One of my favorite customers always rejected the bag of candy calling them fat pills. In 2007 I finally decided to change my eating habits, I started eating meat and decided to give up candy, it was difficult and there were times that I gave in, but then I started reading the ingredients whenever I craved it. The first three ingredients in Starbursts are: CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL, after reading that I decided that I no longer wanted it.

The first diet that my health care practitioner put me on was the dysbiosis diet, and when I found out I was allowed to eat fruit, I was thrilled. My allowed fruits were: watermelon, apples, lemon/lime, blackberries, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberries and peaches. I didn’t really notice any sugar withdrawls, but I thought to myself once I’m off this diet how often can I eat sweets, I know the 80/20 rule. Does that mean I can eat sweets a couple times a week, or maybe once a day such as adding some honey to my tea? I was obsessed with sugar.

Then I switched to the candida diet, and my allowed fruits were berries, lemons, grapefruit and green apples. I thought grapefruit and green apples? Green Apples are not sweet enough, and grapefruit, that pungent sour fruit. No thank you! I purchased a couple green apples from the market, and thought these taste great, I can do this. I even tried a grapefruit, and was shocked that I really enjoyed it. But I had this addiction that was not part of the diet and that was dried apples, I rationalized it, I told my self their just apples that have been in a dehydrator, they really aren’t that bad. They might have a little more sugar in them then regular apples, but they are so easy to eat, and taste so good. They were addictive, I would tell myself just one or two, and then I would have a couple more, I could have sat down and eaten a whole bag. I then realized that I was sabotaging my diet by eating these dried apples, and realized that I was fulfilling my sugar craving by eating dried fruit.  So I decided to stop, and I did.

It was probably a month ago, that I gave up the dried fruit, and my sugar cravings have really decreased. In fact I was in San Diego last weekend and I ordered a bratwurst with sauerkraut and mostrada. I thought that mostadra was some sort of mustard. It’s not, it’s a condiment made of candied fruit and mustard flavored syrup. It was amazing. I knew that it wasn’t allowed on my diet, but I didn’t care it was so good. I also found it incredibly sweet though. Afterwards I thought if I were to eat sweets I rather eat something like this, rather then then an actual dessert. You got german sausage, sauerkraut and dried fruit, what could be better? A couple months ago, I probably would have eaten it, thought nothing of how sweet it was and still wanted dessert. If the thought of not consuming sugar for a couple of days, or even a day seems frightening then you might want to consider doing a sugar detox. A friend of mine has a 21 day sugar detox manual that can help you get off sugar which can be found here.

Some of my favorite desserts are applesauce made from green apples, I add nut butter and berries to it, and that has really helped out when I have a sweet craving. During the week I made muffins using coconut flour and blueberries with a dash of stevia. They taste fine alone, but I like to add nut butter to them, if I’m really craving something sweet I’ll mash in some berries with the nut butter and put that on the muffin. I recently discovered coconut butter, and OMG is it good. I purchased it yesterday and within 24 hours I’ve probably consumed 4-5 tablespoons of it. I opened it up driving back from the store, and couldn’t stop sticking my finger in for more. It kind of tastes like coconut oil, but not really, it’s smoother and has a hint of sweetness.  Had I known about it before hand, I probably would have just taken a spoonful of that, when I had my sweet cravings, rather then eat the dried apples. Today I mashed some raspberries and added the coconut butter and put that on the muffin, and that was also really good. Another good option is to sauté an apple in some coconut oil and sprinkle some cinnamon on.

It’s nice to not be obsessed with sugar anymore. No longer thinking how much longer until I can consume sugar? Don’t get me wrong, when I go off the diet, I will probably celebrate by having some sort of dessert, but it will probably be homemade with a natural sweetener, and I won’t use as much as I had in the past. Such as chocolate pudding made from bananas, avocado, cocoa powder and maybe a  dash of honey, or maybe I won’t even need the honey. The other big difference is before the diet I poured honey into my tea, to the point where it probably tasted more like honey water then tea. I couldn’t imagine drinking tea without honey. Now when I drink tea, I’m not allowed to add honey, and I’m okay with that. Right now I’m sipping on a vanilla rooibos tea, and even if I could add honey, I wouldn’t because it’s sweet enough without it.

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This is a long difficult journey

Posted on June 3, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I have been miserable, and I mean on a scale on 1 to 10, I’ve been a 10. A little more then a month ago I had this rash on the back of my neck. It wasn’t too bad. It didn’t bother me and it wasn’t noticable, until this past weekend. I don’t know what happened but my skin became much worse. Saturday night I had a hard time falling asleep, it was hot that day and it itensified the discomfort that I was experiencing with the rash, I had a difficult time not scratching. Sunday I noticed my left ear was bothering me I looked in the mirror and it was red. It was itchy all day. Now both of my ears are red, and when I go to bed if I lay down on my left ear its tender, there’s a little pain. Then there’s the hair loss. When I showered Monday morning and I combed my hair in the shower as I always do, I looked at the hair that came out and just thought how am I still losing so much hair? It’s been a tough week.

I was hesitant to e-mail my health care practioner, I didn’t want to send her an email telling her how awful I’ve been feeling. I feel like I’m not doing something right or I’m not doing enough. I’ve been pretty good about following the diet, I’ll eat rice twice a month when I go out for Indian. I did eat some cherries a couple weeks ago, I love cherries, they are probably my favorite fruit. I know that by the time I’m allowed to eat cherries, they won’t be at the market anymore. So I went a little crazy eating cherries. I then realized that the more I go off the diet the longer I will be on the diet.

So my health care practitioner told me that she wanted to talk to me on the phone, and I felt like I was in trouble. One of the reasons I picked the place I did is that there are two people in the office, and I had a feeling I might be a difficult client. I had my phone consult with her and she spoke with her husband another health care practitioner about me. She is completely changing my protocol. When people have gut issues the proper way to treat them is the 4R’s Remove, Replace, Rejuvenate, and Repair. So she’s going to have me do a little bit of everything at once, I’m still taking my anti-fungal supplements. I’ve been taking digestive enzymes to help me digest my food and I’m going to start taking a probiotic and I have to drink aloe vera juice and take another supplement to help heal my gut. People get stuck thinking there’s one way to do things, and I’m proof that following the typical protocol doesn’t always work, sometimes you have to mix things up a bit. We talked about the rash, and she thinks that the rash has more to do with yeast die-off. I know in homeopathy they say the body heals itself from the inside and pushes things outwards, so if you have skin eruptions that means your body is pushing the illness out.

I went blueberry picking today, picked a pound and a half of blueberries. I did the pulse testing with blueberries and my pulse shot up 12 points so I froze all of the blueberries, and will try eating some in a week and a half and see if I’m still sensitive. I feel like I’ve been eating too much fruit, so I’m thinking of removing all berries for a week and just eat green apples and maybe a grapefruit. The rash has gotten so bad that it’s spreading to the front of my neck. I don’t want to leave the house because I’m embarrassed of how I look. Just my shirt touching the rash irritates it. I just have to remind myself that this is temporary, that it will go away. I just hope it goes away sooner then later. I’m going to increase my detox baths, hoping that it will help me get rid of this rash.  The other thing is I try and stay positive, I know that the moment I think I’m not going to improve that I’m stuck feeling this way then it’s over, I won’t get better. Energy wise, I felt better yesterday then I have in a long time, I didn’t feel as tired as I have been, and in the night time I actually wanted and felt like exercising. I really felt the need to do some yoga, so I turned on the Wii fit and did a couple yoga poses, then I did the step exercise and then took the dogs for their walk. I know that one of these days I’m going to wake up and not want to stay in bed for another 30 minutes, that I’ll wake up excited to start my day. I wonder what that will feel like, and that’s something that keeps me motivated.

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Lamb Madras

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

I have been obsessed with indian food for the past month. I had Indian for the first time last month and I was hooked. I think I could eat Indian every day and not tire of it. I decided I would try and make some indian dishes. First I made Meatball curry, which was good but I wasn’t crazy about. Next I made Rogan josh which turned out okay, the lamb seemed like it was little over cooked. I’ve been looking for a recipe with coconut milk and found Lamb madras. It took me a while to prepare the ingredients but it came out really well. The recipe calls for two pounds of meat, I used one. I knew that it would be more of a sauce then what it’s supposed to be which is a sauce that sticks to the meat, and I was okay with that.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 TB of coriander seeds
  • 1 t of black peppercorns
  • 1 t fennel seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 hot dried red chillies
  • 6 TB of coconut oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3-4 hot green chilles. finely chopped
  • 1-2 lb. of lamb, beef or pork cut into  1-1 1/2 in cubes
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 14 oz. of coconut milk

The first thing you do is put the spices and the red chillies into a pan, I used my cast-iron skillet and set it over medium heat. Stir the spices over the heat until they are a shade darker and give off a roasted aroma. I was busy doing other things so not sure if they turned a shade darker I figured 5 minutes was good and the spices smelled good. Let them cool and then grind in a coffee/spice grinder. I’m not sure if your supposed to grind the chilies also, I didn’t. Maybe next time I will grind one of them and see how it turns out. Pour the oil into a wide pan over medium heat, once the oil has melted add the onions and cook until they turn brown at the edges. Add the ginger, garlic and green chilies. I only had one chile but it was a large one so figured it would be okay. Stir for 20 seconds. Add the meat and cook for 5-8 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, ground roasted spices, salt and coconut milk and bring to a boil. I added in the red peppers at this time also. Cover the pan, turn the heat to low and simmer gently for 40 minutes to an hour until the meat is tender. If you want it to be more of a sauce eat it as is, if you want to make actual Madras uncover the pan and boil away a lot of the liquid, until a thick sauce clings to the meat. I did uncover the pan and boiled away a lit bit of the liquid to make a thicker sauce. The meal is traditionally served over basmati rice. I’m off all grains right now so I used quinoa. The meal was not spicy but had a great flavor, so next time I might add more green chilies and try grinding the peppers rather then putting them in the pan to cook with the sauce.

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Anti-Fungal treatment

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Almost two weeks ago I started taking the anti-fungal supplements. I completed the supplements for the parasite, and once I finish the anti-fungal supplements I will be re-tested for the parasite. The first day I took the anti-fungals they kicked my A$$. I felt miserable, I was light headed I felt dizzy. The next day was even worse I felt like I was coming down with something I took my temperature and it was fine, but I felt really warm. Sunday I felt okay but I was exhausted, since I didn’t sleep well the night before. Monday I still wasn’t feeling well, and I e-mailed my heath care practitioner. What I was experiencing was called the “Herxheimer Reaction”, this reaction occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of. The more toxic one’s bodily systems are, the more severe the detoxification, or healing crisis. It is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detox process which may be mild or severe. You may feel worse and therefore conclude that the treatment is not working. But these reactions are instead signs that the treatment is working and that your body is going through the process of cleaning itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances. Source: The Healing Crisis

After reading that I was excited, I felt like okay this is working! I’ve heard about this healing reaction before, and as awful as it was to experience it, I thought this is a sign, my body is healing itself.

For the rest of the week my nausea was pretty bad when I read, so I just took it easy. I’m taking the anti-fungals for two months along with a digestive enzyme and then I will begin the second part of the 4-R program the replace part. One of the most difficult parts of this journey, is that I still feel tired all the time, and part of me still wonders is this really going to work? Am I going to wake up one day and have energy, and not only have energy but have energy all day long? I have to remind myself I didn’t become ill overnight, and I’m not going to feel better overnight either.

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