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Homemade grain free granola

August 12, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been sprouting beans and seeds quite a lot lately. It’s a wonderful way to get extra nutrition from the same foods. I also recently added buckwheat back into my diet. Buckwheat is a seed. It is not wheat, nor is it related to wheat. It has no gluten. Once the buckwheat is sprouted you can dehydrate it on a low heat setting. (115 is good) It remains raw but it’s crunchy like granola. Given I don’t eat grains, I’ve been really enjoying this!

(How to sprout and dehydrate buckwheat)

I make a mix in the morning right in my bowl. You could certainly mix it ahead of time in larger quantities too for convenience. I like making the mix in my bowl because I can then change ingredients as I like.

I put some dehydrated buckwheat, some coconut flakes, and then sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds. Use whatever you like! I also often toss in some fresh lentil sprouts…which actually works really well even if it sounds weird. Then I top it with a handful of blueberries (or other fruit). I use all raw and all the seeds are sprouted and dehydrated first. (except the hemp seeds which are not sprouted at all and the lentils which are just sprouted but not dehydrated)

I make raw milk with an added date for sweetness in my immersion blender cup with a raw nut or seed butter of my choice. Yes, I discovered it’s a great way to make a small amount of milk. Tablespoon of the nut or seed butter and enough water to cover the granola and the date cut up in bits. Use the immersion blender until it’s nice and smooth and pour it over your bowl of granola! it’s great!

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I’ve been learning a lot about sprouting here: Sprout People

This is a good brief article on sprouting in general too:  Why sprout?

Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet


Aspartame, not for the cucina naturale…

August 1, 2013

This post was already written when a new round of news about why diet sodas are so bad hit the media again a couple of days ago. Among all the other reasons as stated below, aspartame and artificial sweeteners also mess with your metabolism in unexpected ways.

See  Do Diet Drinks Mess Up Metabolisms? from NPR

It may seem counterintuitive, but there’s a body of evidence to suggest that the millions of Americans with a diet soda habit may not be doing their waistlines — or their blood sugar — any favors.

As the consumption of diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners continues to rise, researchers are beginning to make some uncomfortable associations with weight gain and other diseases. (listen or read more)

And there are many other reasons to avoid artificially sweetened foods, too.

If you google excitotoxin or aspartame poisoning you can find much more on this toxic substance.

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Aspartame is implicated in many diverse health concerns and illnesses. This included mental health issues. In her piece: BIPOLAR off meds success, Jazz traces her experiences with mania that led to a bogus bipolar diagnosis to consuming large quantities of diet soda. I’ve talked to others who have made this connection with their own “mood-disorders.”

From Jazz:

diet drinkIn my reading, I also came across some information about the artificial sweetener Aspartame being implicated in mood disorders. When I thought back over my own history, I realized that my mood swings had started in college, soon after I’d turned to diet soda as a study aid. I’d never liked coffee or tea, and didn’t want the calories in regular soda, so Diet Coke became my drug of choice. More importantly, those mood swings had stopped when I’d stopped drinking Diet Coke.

She has since been officially undiagnosed, see: “Bipolar” Off Meds Success

I stick to one guiding principle in my diet. If nature didn’t make it I don’t eat it. There are also some things that nature makes that I’ve discovered I have sensitivities to. I’ve learned the hard way to pay attention to everything I put in my body.

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Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet


The green juice that looks pretty darn red…

July 6, 2013
green juice ingredients

green juice ingredients

green juice turns out rather red

green juice looking red

Ingredients:

Dandelion greens
parsley
celery
turmeric
apple
beet
cucumber

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I actually only used about 1/3 of the beet, 1/3 of the turmeric root, and half of the apple. I added 1/2 a tablespoon of hemp oil to the juice. Many veggie vitamins are fat soluble and like to be accompanied with some fat when ingested for more complete absorption. You can add liquid fish oil or flax oil or ghee or coconut oil too. Whatever you prefer.

I juice when my body wants it. And that varies a lot. Sometimes not at all for months and sometimes twice a day for a good long while. I’m in a juice phase again. My energy shifted with the summer solstice — my body wasn’t wanting juice for quite a while before. Learning to listen to the body has been the biggest gift this otherwise horrible illness has given me. See: Are you addicted to sugar/carbs? other foods? and Everything Matters: a Memoir From Before, During and After Psychiatric Drugs

When we learn to listen and respond to the body everything starts making sense. It’s rather lovely.

The body as meditation. Everyday.

If you’re interested in juicing I recommend doing some research. It’s an intense way to get nutrients and as I suggest above, it’s not always something the body wants or needs. It requires learning to listen to the body as well as knowing something about the veggies you’re juicing and how much of everything you should be ingesting. I’ve picked up knowledge in bits and pieces over the years…both by reading and listening to my body. Take it slowly. As with most things, learning about juicing is a process.

I have one of these lovely and huge masticating juicers:

Champion Juicer Color: Black

black juicer

Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet

Mung bean sprouts (easy to do at home!)

June 26, 2013
Mung bean sprouts (homegrown)

Mung bean sprouts (homegrown)

This is my second post featuring sprouts. Here is the first with lots more photos. I’m really having fun learning how to grow them.

I’m still learning how to eat since I went low histamine and part of that is learning to use some new foods in order to continue getting enough variety and nutrients in my diet. Exploring sprouting is one way I’m doing that. It’s fun and it’s actually something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never got around to. Bean, seed and grain sprouts are one way to maximize nutrient density in these foods.

The above photo are mung beans which are only about 3 days old. To get them looking like the ones in the store you have to grow them for a few more days. Mine were bursting out of their container so I called it quits early and made a delicious stir fry with them. Next time I will use a larger container.

I’ve been learning a lot about sprouting here: Sprout People

This is a good brief article on sprouting in general too:  Why sprout?

 

Food Allergy Bullying: It’s Not a Joke

June 21, 2013

More and more people are developing serious food allergies and sensitivities, both children and adults. I know from my own experience how we can be disbelieved and harassed even as adults.  I see it everywhere on the net and twitter and facebook too. People with food sensitivities being mocked. It’s hard for us adults, imagine how difficult it is for children.

For more info on food allergies and sensitivities:

allergyGluten: if you’re unconvinced see the collection of studies from medical journals here (with commentary)

Eating real whole food is important to our mental and physical wellbeing (GMO and other contaminants increase risk of allergies)

Histamine intolerance round-up

Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet

And you can find more Foodie Friday posts and recipes here.

Soba 100% Buckwheat (gluten free) with bok choy, hemp seeds, garlic and ghee

June 9, 2013

This is a recipe for ONE serving. It’s an easy recipe and doesn’t take long at all. Double, triple, quadruple it as needed.

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  • 1.5 oz dry Soba 100% Buckwheat Wheat Free
    (this is the only brand I can eat as it’s free of regular wheat — buck wheat has no relationship to wheat so it’s fine for gluten free diets but most soba noodles also have regular wheat added. Check your packages if it’s of importance to you)
  • One head of baby bok choy
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tbls ghee (or butter, or really any cooking oil you like, though it will change the flavor. I really like the ghee in this dish)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbls hemp seed

**I can no longer eat red chili, but if you can I would highly recommend some red chili flakes if you like them. Would be really good.

Boil the soba noodles as directed on the package.

Finely chop the garlic and lightly saute in the ghee…keep it shy of browned but cook it a bit. Slice up the bok choy and toss it in after the garlic is sauteed. Heat to wilting. I do the white stem parts a little longer than the leaves. That means you put in the stems first cook a couple of minutes and then toss the greens in to wilt.

When the soba noodles are done toss them into the veggies along with the hemp seeds. Toss them all together. Serve and enjoy.


Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet


Apple, fennel and wild dandelion salad

May 26, 2013

This was a delicious, crisp, fresh and refreshing salad I made.

I used a tart apple and half a bulb of fennel. The (wild) dandelion I picked in our yard and out and about the neighborhood. Yes, I’m talking those pesky weeds. I now nurture our “weeds” in parts of our yard. If you don’t live somewhere you can pick them fresh, most health food stores now carry dandelion greens.

I dressed the salad with olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper. My histamine sensitivity is not allowing for any sort of vinegar or even lemon juice right now. It’s a bummer, yes. If this salad looks good to you I’d do olive oil and balsamic, if I could tolerate the vinegar. If you are sensitive to olive oil (some of us with histamine issues are) then use your oil of choice. I like cold-pressed hemp and flax seed oils on salads like this too.

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Eating wholesome whole read food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here:  Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet


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