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Oh candida you are teaching me the BEST Pancakes!

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh Candida, how I hate you and every other fungal overgrowth caused by my deranged kapha.  

And yes, maybe part of the problem is alll the emotional srings I put on cake and all the ways it functions as a celebratory food that is a big reward for the brain (read: fluctuating blood sugar has been shown to cause metabolic syndrome like insulin resistance and pcos at least not to mention all the problems with inflammation and all the many allergens in cake.


But Candida, you don't know how much I love cake!


So I'm going around you.  


I take 1 cup coconut flour

and 3.4 T Baking powder

a pinch salt.

1/4 cup freshly pan roasted and powdered in the coffee grinder pepitos (green pumpkin seeds)

with 1 and 1/2 cups almond milk

and a combination of 3 eggs or 'flax eggs' (1 T+ of flax powder per 1/8 cup water makes one egg)  I used one egg and two 'flax eggs'

1 T good vanilla or more

and any or all of the chai spices:  cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, dried ginger, black pepper

pancake griddle wiith coconut oill hot, 

several minutes on a side.  a few more than regular pancakes.


gluten free, can be vegan with 'flax eggs'.  <33

smear with raw organic almond butter and enjoy without the inflammation or allergic reactions!  

gluten free, egg free, tomato free, garlic free, onion free pizza like food

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)




boil the beets, carrots, thyme, basil, dandelion, tamari puree and cook for a few hours.  This is the tomato sauce that you put on top of a Bob's Mill Gluten Free Pizza crust made with flax meal instead of eggs.  I'd add garlic and onions to this but my client is on a  no sulfur diet.

On top of that I put organic red bell peppers and organic zuke discs that I'd rolled in olive oil and thyme and roasted, sauteed mushrooms and spinach, a chopped goat/sheep feta (fancy!), julienned tempeh crisp fried in sunflower oil and hit with umeboshi plum vinegar.  Baked in the oven at 350 for 8-14 minutes til desired doneness.


serious health food.  CHOMP!

Chia!

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I made a lovely Chia Fresca with water, coconut water and chia seeds and a little lime juice.  My macro coach reminds me that coconuts are good when it's over 100 degrees, which it isn't yet (thank goodness!) but I made an exception to try this drink.


Added to water at a ratio of 1:9, the seeds will expand and make a gel.  Use this property to make some unique and very healthful gels by adding chia to various beverages.  Don't forget to mix your saliva with the chia by chewing this gel-like beverage.  If that doesn't appeal to you, sprinkle them in your food....



Dr Weil loves chia seeds for healing!

Its history is also shortly discussed in this article.  Worth the quick read.




And not only that but you can have hours of fun with the various chia pets and chia pet jokes such as this one:


AND! It's a very pretty relative of the mint family, so it looks great in your garden or under your windows or as a border plant.  Try growing it!  It's easy!


artichokes

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Romans loved artichokes so much the preserved them in syrup to be eaten throughout the year!  



I discovered artichokes several years ago and was delighted.  I love foods that engage your senses, like the artichoke.  Eating an artichoke is very tactile and sensual.   They have been considered an aphrodisiac...


I love to mix lemon juice, minced garlic and olive oil, and dip the little leaves in this.  It's simple (and anti inflammatory!).   And DELICIOUS!


Artichokes are known as a 'food for the rich' as it helps reduce the problems with a rich diet, and have been used since ancient times for conditions of the liver, gallbladder and bladder as well as for 'cleaning the blood.'   The Egyptians prized it as a health and diet food.  Artichoke is very high in fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, and phosporous.   It is a thistle and helps the liver like other thistles (blessed thistle, in particular).


Apparently, the anti-oxidant levels in artichoke are among the highest for vegetables.  They have properties that help prevent cancer.  Not only good for gall bladder and liver, they are also a diuretic.   They are very high in fiber and help the liver detox and help lower cholesterol...


So delicious!


Anti-Inflammatory, Allergen Free

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)



I will talk about Allergens in a subsequent post.  Here I'm going to talk a little about Inflammation.  This is an evolving post that will grow.  Further edits will be done in colors so they can be found easily.


Healing with Whole Foods was a long process for me.  It still is.  Healing the things in my psyche and emotion that want cake every day has been it's own interesting journey.  Beginning there, and forcing myself to exercise enough (sometimes) has helped reduce my pain level and keep my lymph moving to remove the toxic crap I'm picking up through diet and environment and lifestyle.


Certainly the most healing anti inflammatory  diet is vegan, or perhaps vegan plus fish, in my opinion.  When you are trying to evoke a healing response in the body, you have to stop inunndating it with stuff that  has a high likelihood to evoke a pain response:  sugar, dairy, flours, meats.


  The biochemical pathway for these inflammatory foods in your body releases substances that elicit pain in the body.  When I eat these I'm reaching for my bottle of Turmeric Capsules three times a day.  (Which I have substituted for Tylenol, Motrin and other OTC painkillers. Turmeric is a benefit for the body, liver, etc and causes your blood to be less sticky=less strokes, more oxygenation to places in your body that need healing.  See earlier posts about Turmeric. ) 


Inflammation is one way your body is trying to bring healing to an area.  Sending that area OXYGENATED blood is essential for moving components for building tissue in as well as removing debris and chemicals that signal for pain.  IF those tissues don't have good lymph and blood flow, pain can reverberate in a negative feedback loop, receptors continuously receiving the message of damage which can make the whole area tighten up (at least).  This is why any talk about systemic anti-inflammatory programs must include a regimen of movement and breathing, in my opinion.  Also, massage is a very helpful tool to reduce systemic pain chemicals from the body, and has been shown in double blind studies to be a helpful treatment for fibromyalgia.


To evoke a cleansing reaction, to eliminate these inflammatory chemicals left over from earlier food/intoxicant debauchery, I first reduce the complexity of my diet.  I eat one-five ingredient meals.  I concentrate on leafy greens, beets, garlic, ginger tea, cayenne, lemon/lemon water.  If I'm feeling really toxic, been eating chicken or too many rice noodles I might drink Green Juice more.

My macro coach Candice prompted this exact recipe.  ( I don't know how I would get along without Candice!!)


Organic green apple

One bunch organic parsley

One organic cucumber (ORGANIC!)

1/2 bundle organic kale

4-6 stalks organic celery

 Drink...


This drink works.  Helps your body kind of find a balance out of sludge.  It builds and purifies the blood.  It helps me feel more in balance.


(Diet has been one of my research areas since I was 19, convinced to turn vegetarian by Diet for New America and my own inner values.  I read an academic tome about the biochemistry of nutrition and I was hooked.  I studied herbs for nutrition, and as a hobo activist freak would carry a pocket size herbal encyclopedia to study and for reference. I have a formal education in physiology and the pre-med series.  Nutrition has always fascinated me, as have the processes of the body.  As well, I am a dedicated 'foodie.'  Discovering that for health reasons I had to keep my diet high, I discovered how to make healthy food taste great. Also, I am always learning new things!  and profoundly enjoy sharing wonderful discoveries!)



Molasses Tar Balls

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Look for a coming post on the importance of using fair trade cocoa....
Please seek Organic products whenever possible
Filled with Iron, Zinc, Calcium, vitamin E, protein, antioxidants, (caffeine), manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, trace minerals, protein, fiber and b-vitamins...

Great as part of an 'instant energy that lasts' preparation, such as on a bicycle trip. 


Mix
1.5 parts sunflower seed or almond butter
 with
1 part backstrap molasses
(add powdered herbs like ginger or cinnamon as desired)

add powdered cocoa and stir until ganache like, add a bit more and work into a dough.  These can be eaten directly or frozen.  If they're put on the dehydrator for 4.5 hours they become MOLASSES SUNFLOWER TARBALLS.  They're delicious, nutritious and amazing!  Look!

Healthy Susie Q's

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)


These were actually a great hit even though they seem weirdly misshapenThis was a great energy food, and fed hungry laborers while being vitamins, protein, fiber and minerals packed in a cookie like figure.  Three layers of vegan whole foods sugar free.  These are not 'Raw' although several raw ingredients are used.  The fat in this is whole foods: sunflower butter, almonds, carob powder.  they are delicious.  Sweetened with soaked dates.  

Eating sprouted food

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Avocados and sunflower seeds are packed with high density lipoproteins (HDL), the 'good' fat.  


Sprout lentils and sunflower seeds (yes! the raw shelled sunflower seeds do sprout!)


In a food processor combine 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1/4 chopped onion, and one carrot, a sprinkle of cayenne and a teaspoon or two of tamari.  I also added 1/4 t tangelo zest and 2 T tangelo juice.  Any citrus you like here would be nice.   Pulse until finely chopped.

Add 3/4 cups each: lentil and sunflower sprouts.

Pulse until roughly chopped. (very short)

spoon into avocado half, sprinkle with whole lentil sprouts.

eat


Raw Crackers

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)


mince:
2 cloves garlic

finely chop:

1 carrot
2 celery stalks
Half cup of parsley

soak
3 T golden flax seeds
for an hour in a third of a cup of water.


add all this to the food processor with

1 cup sprouted green lentils
1.5 T Umeboshi vinegar

Spread this material in your food dehydrator on parchment sheets and dehydrate for 5-8 hours.

Oh wow! These are so delicious.  I want to eat them all. 
So I do. 

Mayocoba Bean Soup

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)



 a.k.a. Frijoles Peruanos


These beans are a lot like white beans but sturdier; like pinto beans but less bitter. I was not expecting this bean soup to be devoured with so many compliments. It was a star! These beans are creamy and melt in your mouth, yet hold up well to this soup! So easy--the crock pot does a lot of the work.


Mayacoba Bean Soup


Soak three or four cups of dry beans in plenty of water for 30 hours or more. Bring to a boil on the stovetop and then add to a heated crock pot. Simmer all day with a tablespoon of tamari. In the last hour:


Saute one whole onion, 4 garlic cloves, salt and pepper in 1/3 of a cup of coconut oil for a minute. Turn down the heat to low and cover tightly to 'sweat' the garlic and onion for about 12 minutes or until the the onion is transparent. Add roughly chopped carrots, zucchini, celery and a tablespoon of oregano. Turn heat to medium high and saute for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add this veggie mixture to the crock pot and continue simmering for at least a half an hour.


Delish!!