Christmas Cheer

Many will find this time of year extremely challenging. With diets and temptations abounding. I encourage you to not fall off the wagon during the Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years celebrations. Instead plan a course now to prevent failure. Here are a few tips.

Stay away from refined sweets. I know easier said than done. But, I’ve done it and I know that if I can you can too. Pass that cookie tray in the break room or the cookie exchange. Remember it’s not about food—-it’s about people!

Stay away from grains. Yes, that means breads, cookies and pies! That ought to make the first one easier to follow!

But if you’re going to indulge remember a few things…….

Make it a different kind of year. If you are going to use grains then soak your grains and flours in kefir or whey to break down the phytic acid which prevents digestion and inhibits the absorption of nutrients and blocks enzymes. Use sourdoughs as much as possible. Stay way from refined sugars. Use raw honey for as much as you can. Adding a little maple syrup or even Rapadura or Turbinado. But not too much, they still affect ones blood sugar. I find that raw honey has the least effects on my blood sugar and never puts me back into the craving sugar mode. And I use it in equal amounts when baking.

Try using a variety of flours. For instance coconut, almond and rice. You can replace them for equal measurements. You can find these from Bob’s Red Mill at your local health food store. I used coconut and almond to make a pie crust and it was delicious.

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Indulge yourself instead in Eggnog. Using raw milk, raw cream, raw free range eggs and some raw honey or maple syrup with a dash of organic nutmeg, dash of salt. There’s nothing like it. In fact you can make this one of your favorite morning shakes. Try adding frozen blueberries for extra antioxidants. Many suggest only using the raw egg yolks, since too many raw egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency. A biotin deficiency can increase problems with diabetes, poor pituitary and low thyroid. Even toss in some good oils like coconut or flax and you have a powerhouse drink!

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Macaroons are a wonderful treat and are a good way to use up those egg whites. You can freeze your egg whites in a container and keep adding to them. Make sure you write the number on the container. The recipe from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions is great.

Sally Fallon’s Macaroons

Beat 4 raw egg whites with a pinch of salt until you have stiff peaks.

Add 2 Tbsp of Arrowroot. And slowly add 1/2 C Maple Syrup and 1 Tbsp Vanilla. Fold in 2 Cups of dried unsweetened coconut.

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper.

Heat oven to 300 and bake for 1/2 hr. Reduce oven to 200 and bake an additional 1 hr. Allow to cool before removing from parchment paper. Store in airtight container. Makes 2 dozen.

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I’m only planning one dessert for Christmas. I’ll be making my favorite Blackberry Cobbler. I froze several bags of berries this summer and it will be a wonderful treat. Plop on some raw cream and yummy! No need to sweeten the cream since it’s already sweet heavy cream!

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There is also a delicious recipe for Gingerbread in Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions. Try it with a lemon butter! Mmmmm! OR raw whipped cream!

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And then if you are a chocolate lover, you must try my healthy chocolates. Chocolate is full of antioxidants and it’s a fermented food. However, most chocolate is also full of sugar! And I suppose that is why most folks with Lyme say they can’t eat chocolate. My solution is to make my own which are to die for. You can switch out the almond butter with peanut butter, or leave it out entirely. Although the opinion around here is that they are better with a nut butter. Enjoy.

Guiltless Chocolates(all measurements are approximate, tweak them as you like)

1/2 Cup raw butter softened

1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil

1 Tbsp almond butter

2 heaping Tbsp “Really Raw” honey (or whatever honey you like)

2 heaping Tbsp organic cocoa (or raw chocolate)

Mix all these ingredients together and drop by the spoonful on a plate lined with waxed paper. Place the plate in the freezer till hardened. Eat quickly because they melt in your hands. The idea here is to eat raw, so use as many raw ingredients as possible. ENJOY! Variations: unsweetened shredded coconut, nuts (crispy), whatever tickles your taste buds!

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Last but not least is homemade ice cream. I’ve made Mother Linda’s recipe for Jeffersonian Ice Cream and it’s really, really good. Try to use raw dairy, even though it’s cooked. It only takes about 25 min’s for it to churn with an electric ice cream maker. It is so worth it!

Remember that the holidays are not an excuse to eat poorly. They are a time to celebrate our Saviours birth and to enjoy family and loved ones. Learn new habits for this New Year and you will begin to see your healing quickly appear!

I also encourage you to invest in Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions. It will be an endless resource to your cooking library. Make this New Year a time to recreate the way you see and eat food. Make food your medicine and have a purpose for each bite.

Photo Credit: Flickr linked to original artists.

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Apricot Butter

My great discovery the other day, was to find out that the Nobel-prize winner, G.S. Whipple, praised apricots as “equal to liver in hemoglobin regeneration.”  Apricots are rich in betacarotene, magnesium, potassium, calcium and most importantly iron.  And since my second labs haven’t come back, I’m assuming I am very anemic and will work on building my hemoglobin.  Actually, in the past week since doing so, I have felt a bit better.  I seem to have more energy and I’m not winded when doing the simplest of things.

I picked up 5 lbs of dried Turkish Apricots at my local health food store and made Sally Fallon’s Apricot Butter from Nourishing Traditions!

It is absolutely delish!  I had it this AM on sourdough toast with raw butter and for lunch I had raw homemade yogurt with more apricot butter.  (I’m ready for seconds with a handful of crispy dried almonds!)

The recipe on page 110, says it makes 2 Qts….please note this is incorrect.  I only made half the recipe since I wasn’t sure if I’d like it and half was only 1/2 Qt.

It’s so good!!!!  And so simple.

4 C unsulphured dried apricots (that is about 2 lb)

1 Tablespoon sea salt

1/4 C whey

1/4-1/2 C raw honey  (watch the honey…they are already so sweet)

Cook apricots in some water until they soften.  Transfer to a food processor with slotted spoon after they’ve cooled slightly.  Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.  Pack into qt jar and leave on counter for 2 days.

Mmmmmmmm!

You Are What You Eat!

Did you ever watch “Super Size Me”? Wow, talk about wanting to barf. I found this good little You Tube and thought it was quite thought provoking……please ask your self “why on earth do the fries not decompose?” Maybe, just maybe, it’s because they aren’t real food! Chew on that one a while. No wonder kids climb into mini van’s all over America and pull out old fries from God knows where, eat them and never get sick. At least not yet, wait 10-15 years and their little bodies will be manifesting sickness as a result of the foods they are eating as children. Heart disease, diabetes and Diabesity TM, a word trademarked by Nancy Lee Bentley to so clearly describe the situation we are in today in America. CFS, MS, Lupus, Parkinson’s, FMS, RA; the list goes on and on. Is that what we want?
How many times do I have to say it??? I think we just don’t know what is good to eat any more. We have been lied to so many times by those we were told we could trust….ie the government and doctors! This is what real food looks like to me: a plate of pastured pork chops, home grown potatoes with lots of raw butter, home grown green beans with lots of raw butter, fermented ginger carrots with cream and home made applesauce with honey and spices. Then I topped it all off with home grown watermelon for dessert!!! Mmmmmm I’m getting hungry just remembering last nights dinner!
Sorry, no pictures. I told you I’m way too hungry and anxious to dig in to remember a picture at a time like that!
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“Listen, listen, eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”
Isaiah 55:2

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Books I recommed:

Real Food by Nina Plank

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Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

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Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz

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Truly Cultured by Nancy Lee Bentley

This is my newest read. It’s very good. There’s just so much to learn. The last words Weston A Price said before he died, June 23, 1948 were;

“”YOU TEACH, YOU TEACH, YOU TEACH!”

Pics from Ann Arbor MI

I was way too tired to post pics last night. It was a long weekend short on sleep.

I was up at 5:30 AM to catch my 9:19 flight out of Detroit Metro on Sunday. I arrived at 6:30 AM with my rental car. Checked in with Northwest and proceeded through security without a clitch. The Detroit airport is really a beautiful airport. It’s huge. My walk down to gate A8 was a long one so I took my time. Got a cup of hot herbal tea and sat down to watch the news and unwind. The flight on the board was for Vancouver. Then up went the info for Baltimore. Good. But the times just didn’t match up with my ticket, so I went to the counter to inquire.

What happened next is very typical of ME! I’m such an airhead. There’s a reason why I’m called Ditzy Di!

The gal looked at my ticket and said, “oh, you have a PM flight. WHAT??????????????? You’ve got to be kidding me, right????? No, it happens all the time. Let me get you on stand by for this flight to Baltimore. It’s full so we’ll have to wait until the very last minute and see if you get on.” She was happy I didn’t have a carry on and sent for my bag that was probably easy to find since it was the only 9:19 PM flight already checked in at 9:19AM!!!!!

So, I call Honey right away. He belts out a very big laugh….in fact his laugh went on for a while!!!

So, I sat for another hour or so. Waiting. Just as the last 3 passengers were boarding one was re routed and his seat became available for ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And as I was stepping foot into the airplane I just hung up with Honey and told him I made it. I didn’t care if my bag made it, I could always drive back for it, BUT it did!!

For me, this was all a God thing. He worked it all out.

Now, in the past I would have broken down in tears with stress bulging out of my neck and blood shooting out of my eyes. I would have blamed it all on the fact that I had Chronic Lyme Disease and no one understood. But not yesterday, I took it all in stride and went with the flow. I didn’t blame myself other than it’s pretty typical of me.

This is a good sign of healing. No tears. No stress.

The whole weekend was a God thing.

I was up on Friday at 3:30 AM and in Detroit by 7:30 AM. Picked up my rental car and got to the hotel at 9:30AM. They were so kind that they gave me my room so I could rest for the day. And I did.

Then I headed out to see Ann Arbor and to find some food that I could eat.

I found this little Indian joint.

They had a lunch buffet and I enjoyed every last bite. I ate with my right hand just as I learned in India. Let’s face it. It just taste better that way!!! Hopefully not too many customers were grossed out!

Then I walked the city to see The University of Michigan

Lovely Old Congregational Church

There were bikes every where all over the city.

The library.

I love all the old buildings, they have so much character.


Signs were every where. School had only started 10 days ago. So lots of info, lots of events.

One building I never would be seen stepping foot into!!!!!

What’s with the clock tower? It seems like there’s a tower on every University campus.

Class of 1895!!!!

Couldn’t quite figure out this fountain.

Another angle.

I grew up in Newark Delaware the home of The University of DE and we were also the Blue & Gold!

Ann Arbor reminded me somewhat of Newark.

I had to pick up a couple gifts for the Coe’s at Moe’s!!!!

And as I was leaving town I spotted Google. I don’t know if they have a head quaters here, but since they are my favorite search engine I thought I’d pop of pic as I got the green light!

I spent the whole day waiting for Ann Marie and Kate to arrive. Sorry it’s so dark.

Kate and Ann Marie were my room mates for the weekend. I played nanny since I’m an early to bed gal. Kate and I went to bed while Ann Marie stayed up chatting with Kelly the Kitchen Kop.

Kate is such a good baby! So happy and healthy.

She loved playing with the dresser drawer, hiding things and pulling them out. It’s amazing how babies can stay entertained with so little.

My fan club.

(L to R)

Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Julie, Valorie, Cat, ME, and Ann Marie

My adoring fan club. Those who are closest to my heart.

Cath, Cath’s husband, Summer

Sally Fallon-Morell and Geoff Morell

Sally is the president of The Weston A Price Foundation in D.C.

at the end of a long day and Geoff could still remember that I lived in Howard County.

Must be all that raw butter and Cod Liver Oil.

I’m Going!

I registered to go to the Deidre Currie Festival. I’ll be flying from Baltimore to Detroit.

WHY?

Seems like a long way to go just for a talk on food.

Yes.

But.

It’s this food that has given me back my life. A life I’ve never known. A life that is now being lived to the fullest.

I thank God daily for His divine and glorious gift of healing.

He created this food.

He created it pure and perfect.

And so we will gather to celebrate the life and vision of one woman who’s life was cut short.

But who’s vision lives on.

Join me.

Come to this celebration and then go into your community and make a difference.

She will be there.

And she will too.

Won’t you come too?

Photo Credit: Flickr

The Joy of Eating!

Sally Fallon age 60

For me when I think of an image of radiant health and beauty I think of Sally Fallon. The article states that Sally has a “farm-fed look”! Imagine that. Having curves!!!! I’ve heard that the average size for women in America is a 14, so who wants to be “below average”!!!! 😀

Yesterday, August 6, 2008, the Washington Post did an article titled, The Great Divide. The articles focus was on The Weston A. Price Foundation and it’s president, Sally Fallon. It was good exposure for the group and for the diet of which I claim has brought about my healing from Chronic Lyme Disease. The excerpts below are from the article and describe what Price discovered and what Sally Fallon has done for thousands.

“There was great variety in the diets: Some subsisted on meats, others on seafoods, grains, even insects. But in each group, Price found little or no evidence of chronic disease or tooth decay. He concluded that what those diets had in common were high levels of vitamins A and D and what he called “activator X,” now believed to be vitamin K2. He determined that those important vitamins could be obtained only from animal foods, including seafood, organ meats, and butterfat and eggs from pastured animals. Price, who died in 1948, got some early attention for his work, but its message was largely forgotten during the pro-industry ’50s and ’60s.”

It was finding out about this fat and more specifically “activator X” that first caught my attention to this way of eating. My first glimpse into Prices diet was through the writing of Dr. Ron Schmid and his books. Dr Ron, as we call him, has also healed from Chronic Lyme Disease using this diet of traditional foods.

“‘Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats.’ The first edition, released in 1996, was riddled with typos and errors. But it sold.”

“In 12 years, the book, corrected in a second edition, has sold 310,000 copies (see sidebar). That is 30,000 more than the paperback version of Rachael Ray’s “30 Minute Meals” and 50,000 more than Ina Garten’s “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,” according to Nielsen BookScan.”

Wow, imagine that Sally Fallon out did Rachel Ray and Ina Garten!!!!

“I’m as amazed as anyone,” Fallon says. She credits its success to the fact that the book’s rules “tell people they can do what their body naturally wants to. All of the other rules require willpower, and willpower doesn’t work.”

“Fallon appears to be living proof of the benefits of the “Nourishing Traditions” diet. Her typical day’s food intake is about 2,300 calories and includes eggs, with extra yolks, or oatmeal with at least three tablespoons of butter for breakfast; soup with cheese or pâté for lunch; and meat or organ meat for dinner with lots of vegetables. And though Fallon is far from model thin, she has a healthy, farm-fed look. She says she hasn’t gotten sick in 10 years and long ago overcame allergies and digestive problems that dogged her in her 20s.”

It was Sally’s example that urged me to increase my intake of raw butter to 3-4 Tbsp in my oatmeal. I’ve never eaten oatmeal this delicious in my life! Soaking your oatmeal in yogurt overnight breaks down the phytic acid that Amanda Rose taught me about, and makes it easily digestible. In fact by soaking your old fashion oatmeal in yogurt overnight, it’s practically an instant dish. Spice it up with some cinnamon and raw honey for a wonderful breakfast treat and don’t forget the generous servings of raw butter!

“Some independent studies, such as the ones charted in Gary Taubes’s recent book, “Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control and Disease,” do support the premise that saturated fat isn’t the enemy. But not everyone agrees with the foundation’s claims. Joel Fuhrman, doctor and author of “Eat for Health,” which advocates a nutrient-dense diet with limited animal products, calls it “unconscionable” to advocate a diet high in saturated fat, especially for children. He also alleges that the evidence Fallon and Enig use to support their claims is based on antiquated studies with poor observations.”

“The worst people can say about us is that we use older studies,” Fallon says. “Would you jump off a building because the law of gravity was discovered 300 years ago? This is good science.”

Of course if we didn’t eat these good fats, then we’d be eating bad fats, like hydrogenated oils, vegetable oils and lots of corn syrup. Then we would need their Statin drugs! It never ceases to amaze me how blinded some people are. Same all same all!

So, go ahead and eat lots and lots of raw butter! Sink your teeth into it and smile. Ah, The Joy of Eating!!!!

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Love Your Liver!

A healthy redish purple liver.

Most of us don’t pay much attention to our internal organs. If you are struggling with a chronic health issue as I have been you must learn to know and love your organs. During the past three years, my battle with chronic lyme disease taught me to know my organs intimately. I could tell you from day to day which organ I was experiencing pain in. Knowing this helped me to understand why I felt the way I did. And it helped me treat the organ with TLC.

I did many detoxing cleanses that gave my body a rest and a time to heal, especially my liver. I used coffee enemas to detox my liver which was being loaded with neurotoxins and biotoxins from the lyme disease. Dr. Max Gerson “invented” the coffee enema in the late 1800’s to cure his migraines. And believe it or not, coffee enemas was in the Merck Medical Manual until the 1970’s when it was removed due to space! Here’s an excerpt from the “Gerson Therapy Handbook”.

“The introduction of a qt of coffee solution into the colon will dilute portal blood and, subsequently, the bile. Theophylline and theobromine, major constituents of coffee, dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut. The palmitates of coffee enhance glutathione S-transferase which is responsible for the removal of many toxic radicals from serum. Finally, the fluid of the enema itself stimulates the visceral nervous system promoting peristalsis and the transit of diluted toxic bile from the duodenum out the rectum. Because the stimulating enema is retained for 15 minutes and because all the blood in the body passes through the liver nearly every three minutes, these enemas represent a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall.”

“Through these mechanisms, the therapy of Dr Max Gerson appears to a) reduce serum toxins to eliminate chronic challenge to the damaged normal cells, b) improve cell potassium ion content, c) reduce cell sodium content, d) reduce cell swelling through improved water structuring d) increase cell mitochondria count and activity, and f) supply micronutrients necessary for cell energy production and repair. The contribution of low serum toxin levels by regular administration of coffee enemas is basic to increased cell energy production, enhanced tissue integrity, improved circulation, improved immunity, and improved tissue repair and regeneration which have been observed clinically to result from the administration of the combined regime of Gerson.”

The one organ I learned to love the most is my liver. Why the liver? The liver is where our life force comes from. Without a healthy liver you will die. You might think it would be the heart. No, for me it’s the liver. My liver cleans the blood that flows to my heart. I don’t want toxic blood flowing to my heart. Below is a list of just some of the responsibilities of the liver.


Among its many responsibilities, the busy liver spends its day:

This is a picture of a diseased liver. It looks nothing like a healthy, bright redish purple liver.


A tired, overworked and congested liver can result in:

The list goes on and on. If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, it’s time to take control of your health by cleansing your liver.

There are many foods that assist the liver. Among them are bitter herbs such as dandelion, burdock, and sarsparilla just to name a few. Donna Gates of Body Ecology suggests that Wasabi and Artichoke do so as well. Eating lots of garlic and drinking Beet Kvass which is a blood tonic.  Eating apples which are loaded with pectin will also help the liver detox since pectin acts as a chelator.

Beet Kvass

Beet Kvass is an old Russian blood tonic. I make mine with fresh sweet beets, preferably picked that day. Peel and cut them into coarse pieces and place in a Qt jar with 1 Tbsp of sea salt and 2 Tbsp (or 2 ice cube size) of whey. Fill jar with filtered water and allow to sit on counter for 2 days. Shake the jar whenever you think of it. Then put the Kvass in the frig. I like mine to cure more in the frig for another month or so. It will then be very dark and have a good salty beet taste. Sally Fallon suggests that you can make a second batch with the beets when finished. But every time I’ve tried this, it’s molded. So, I only use the beets for one jar serving at a time. Drink in Am & PM. It’s very refreshing.

I hope you’ll learn to love your liver!  Treat it well by not loading it down with toxins from poor food choices and drugs.  Learn to brew herbal infusions and have some coffee….in a bag not a cuppa!