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COCONUT!!

I don’t know what is up with me and coconut mishaps lately, but boy am I getting annoyed! Okay, let me back up. In my last post I was sharing how my blender was messed up and caused all sorts of problems in my attempt to make coconut milk. Well, a couple of days ago, I was making raw coconut milk–in my NEW blender–and I was planning on using the pulp from the coconut milk for something else.

blog pictures 686After making this milk, I had the towel that I squeezed the milk through laying on the dehydrater. I was planning on drying the pulp to use it in some raw coconut treats that the ND said I could try. Well, about two minutes before I was ready to put the pulp in the dehydrater, my son walked in. He proceeded to pick up a towel to dry his hands and guess which one he picked?! Yep, the one that had coconut pulp in it! My beloved coconut went ALL over the floor! It was a total accident, but I cried none-the-less. No pictures of the mishap because who wants to take pictures when they are crying! Well, I got over it and my hubby went and bought me more coconuts the next day:) I just have to start over now for the raw dry coconut treats.  I have heard the saying all my life–“Don’t cry over spilled milk” but in my case it was coconut!

Here is another new coconut experiment that I made lately.

blog pictures 677Wine cooler anyone? This isn’t really a wine cooler, but I bet if I drank enough of it, I could get pretty toasted! This is coconut water kefir diluted with plain coconut water and cherries. This kefir is POTENT!! You can read here how to make it and the benefits of it. It does have sort of a wine cooler taste which I am not a big fan of. It’s not bad diluted though because the plain coconut water sweetens it some. There is NO way I could drink this kefir straight! Anyway, just some food drink for thought.

Another experiment:

raw sweet tator chips

raw sweet tator chips

These were pretty tasty, but a little hard on my sensitive gut. If I make them again, I would also try to slice them a little thinner. I put them in a gallon size bag with coconut oil, cinnamon and a little salt and shook to coat. Then dehydrated until crispy.

Lunch yesterday:

raw spinach and sunflower seed 'burger'

raw spinach and sunflower seed 'burger'

This is something else the ND told me about (only she used carrots). I blended up spinach, soaked sunflower seeds, green onions, cumin and I don’t remember what else. Made into patties and dehydrated.  I made these pretty thin, so I actually had two patties in this ‘burger’.

raw 'burgers' with raw cheese

raw 'burgers' with raw cheese

Last, but not least, is my breakfast from this morning:

100% raw breakfast cookie

100% raw breakfast cookie

This is NOT the typical cookie with oats. I have found that I do better when I don’t eat oats–even gluten free ones. This cookie is made with Quinoa Flakes. I know some people (Heather:) are not a fan of these flakes, but when it’s the ONLY ‘grain’ you can digest, you learn to make the best of it:) Quinoa is not even technically a grain. Anyway, I put quinoa flakes, 1 Tbs. hemp protein powder, 1 Tbs. raw sunbutter, raw coconut milk, organic raisins(new food for me–keep your fingers crossed), raw agave,  and cinnamon. I try not to use agave much at all, but felt like this would need it since quinoa does have a distinct flavor. I am allergic to stevia so that is not an option for me. I let the cookie sit in the fridge over night and gobbled it up after yoga this morning! I WILL be making this on a regular basis! You can find the original recipe here.

So, these are just a few of my yummy eats lately! Have you tried anything new lately? I would love to hear about it:)

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I go back to the ND today! My appetite has been like a yo-yo this week which is really stressing me out! I can’t wait to talk to her more about my diet etc. I’m going to ask her about adding some foods back in and see if that helps me feel more ‘normal’ with my eating. I have felt like a rabbit living on lettuce and spinach–unless I’m cheating!

A few days ago, I had asked the health food store if they could order some Go-Raw snack bars for me to try. They called and said they got them and hubby and I headed over to check it out.

blog pictures 657The first thing that really caught my eye was the PRICE–$3.19 a piece!! Yikes! So, I got ONE. I figure it was the least I could do since they did order them for me:) I then thought it was a little weird how long and wide they were–and flat. I mean this is not your average size snack bar! I opened it–after paying of course–and took a bite. First bite–kind of eehh, so so. At first, I thought I didn’t really like it. After a few more bites though, I decided it wasn’t bad. I think the first bite is just not what I was expecting. My taste buds were thinking granola bar and got a more ‘earthy’ taste. You could definitely taste the buckwheat. I think if you cut these into thirds, it wouldn’t be a bad price, but I would not pay that for a bar if I was going to eat the whole thing at once! I MAY get one every now and then just to have in my purse in case of emergency, but won’t be eating these on a regular basis. I’m actually going to try making something like this on my own when I have time–that’s the tricky part:)

Okay, on to something a little more fun! On the way to the health food store, my hubby says–“Let’s just get on the Blueridge Parkway after your ND appt. and drive to NC!” I said–“Are you SERIOUS?” You have to understand, we are NOT typically very spontaneous people!!! Our 19th anniversary was last week and we usually always go somewhere for a weekend. This year, we didn’t think we were going to go anywhere. Now we are heading to– I don’t know where—and staying at—I haven’t got a clue!!!! He doesn’t even want me to pack any food!! Now THAT scares the pants off of me! It’s a little hard to be spontaneous with food allergies gallore, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 turtles–yes, I said turtles! All of our young ‘uns will be out of town too:) Animals taken care of–check, not packing any food–still praying through that one:)

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! I’ll look forward to posting about what on earth I eat while I’m gone. It’s only one night–two days, so I think I’ll be okay:)

By the way, I am now on Facebook! Heaven Forbid!! I mainly got on there to keep up with some cousins that live out of town that I never get to see.

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I just want to warn you, I am in a horrific slump!! Remember in my last post how I was saying that I did NOT cheat at my son’s birthday? Well, all that came crashing down Friday night!! Birthday cake sitting on the table for 3 stinkin’ days is NEVER a good thing. Yes, I went WAY off of my diet! Yes, I made myself sick–not from how much I ate, but WHAT I ate (stuff I am allergic to). So, Saturday was spent trying to recover. Then, do you think I learned my lesson? Apparently not because I did the same thing Saturday night!! UGH! I went to bed buried in guilt and feeling like a complete failure and woke up with illness staring me in the face (and gut:). I felt like all the progress I made the first week of my diet was for nothing. I DID feel like what the ND told me to do WAS working! Now, I am starting all over. I HATE starting over!!

I think I know one thing that caused my BIG slip ups. Oatgurt has been one of the foods that I was filling up on and enjoying immensely. Well, I realized on Thursday that it was ferociously feeding my candida problem!! OMG! Oatgurt, I thought you were my friend! So, I cut it out and my poor tummy was feeling pretty lonely. My foods are SO limited right now, and I needed that to help keep me full! I can’t stay full on spinach and kale my friends!

Yesterday, I tried to eat more fat with raw homemade coconut milk and raw homemade sunbutter. That didn’t work either because too much fat is hard on my tummy.

So, where am I today? Well, up until 4pm, I had nothing but green juices (and I do mean green–no apple or carrot for this girl). Then, I had some lettuce wraps with homemade kraut, sprouts, green onions, and raw seed mix.

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I am trying to pull myself together. I have tried to stay very positive about my food, or lack thereof, but some days I just can’t do it! I will be honest and say that this diet stinks out loud. It is NOT fun and it is NOT easy. I want to cry a lot. The first few days weren’t so bad, but there are only so many ways to eat spinach, kale, zucchini etc.

I am also reminding myself that GOD is my strength!!! I can’t do this on my own! The Bible says that He will NEVER leave me nor forsake me!! It comforts me to know that HE knows what I am going through even when my family can not even begin to grasp how hard this is. They really do try though:)

Okay, enough belly aching (literally). It’s time to let God scrape me up off the floor and brush me off like a good daddy does:) It makes me want to cry just thinking of how HE ‘kisses’ our ‘boo-boo’s’. I can crawl up in His lap and cry all I want to. He never tires of my belly aching or my falling down. He is SO gracious and merciful to me:)

“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I HAVE HOPE: Because of the Lord’s great love we are NOT consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”    Lam.3:19-24

I think I’m going to go for a short walk. Already had my nap for the day:) See you guys later and I hope you are all doing well! Thanks for reading and letting me be myself in the midst of it not looking so good:)

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This may be a lengthy post–so hang on to your hats:)

Today has been an interesting day. I woke up at 4:30am with my tummy still rebelling from something. The key word there is ‘something’! By 6am, I was starving! So, I had some ice cream. Ice cream for breakfast is always a good thing and this ice cream was SO healthy–I didn’t even have to feel guilty.

blog pictures 448This was inspired by Heather’s green ice cream. I don’t remember exactly what I put in mine. I know it had coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, spinach, PlantFusion protein powder, carob, honey and guar gum. When I got it out of the ice cream maker, I thought it looked just like mud! Well, it certainly didn’t taste like mud. I had it for dinner last night because I didn’t feel like eating anything else and then had it again this morning.

With my ice cream breakfast, I also had my sprouted bread that I mentioned in the last post. Sorry, no picture! I had to put it promptly in the freezer to keep from gorging on it. It was THE BEST gluten free bread I have EVER made!! I have read that soaking grains makes them taste better and boy am I a believer! I am now experimenting with a fermented (kind of like sourdough) gluten free bread. Guess what I’m using for the ‘sourdough’ starter–OATGURT! WooHoo:) I am trying to get away from using tapioca and arrowroot starch. The fermented bread doesn’t have startches like that. It is also yeast, dairy and egg free–without me having to tweak it. Now, that’s amazing! Here is the link for the soaked bread that I ate this morning.

Gluten Free Sprouted/Soaked Multi-Grain Bread

I had an appointment with my nutritionist today. It was pretty depressing. Basically, she doesn’t know what to tell me anymore. It’s NOT her fault. My body just has a mind of it’s own and it doesn’t want to co-operate. She has told me everything she knows to tell me, and well, things just aren’t working. My food diaries are not very helpful these days because most of the time, there is no rhyme or reason for my pain.  The only good news was that I have maintained my weight since my last visit. So, after THREE years of her trying to walk me through my eating disorder and my Celiac and other food allergies, I walked out without making another appointment. I have been a HARD case for her! I walked out feeling like a hopeless case–BUT I CAN’T let myself stay there! So, what did I do?

blog pictures 452I bought a book:) Have I ever told you what a SUCKER I am for books? Well, I LOVE books! Unfortunately, that is what I want to buy when I’m feeling bummed out. Now, you may be asking yourself why on earth I bought a raw food book. Good question:) Am I going raw? No. I bought it because it talks a lot about fermenting and soaking and sprouting. I am ALL into that these days! Plus, it has really pretty pictures! I love books with pretty pictures even more than boring books:) My hubby will probably shoot me when he sees it, but I figure with all the money I’m going to save by not going to the nutritionist–Hey, this is cheap! By the way, if you are interested in the raw diet, you should check out LovIN my tummy!

I took a spinach smoothie with me to my appt. and then when I got home I had:

Cherries with dark chocolate and coconut milk

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An allergy free snack bar that sweet Marissa recommended. I put just a smidgen of sunbutter on it:)

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So, what’s for dinner? I HAVE NO IDEA!

I need a nap! I AM going to post the recipe I use for coconut milk yogurt and my bean burgers ASAP. This post is just getting too long:) So, stay tuned for recipes! I’m going to crash now! Be back later when I can actually type!

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 62: 5-6

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Allergies!

Well I just got back from the allergy Dr. with my daughter. Yikes! We already knew she was allergic to a lot of outdoor stuff. My main concern was food allergies. We found that she is allergic to several things including: corn, tomatoes, wheat, rice, and peanuts. She immediately started crying and I then could barely keep from crying. I know lots of people have food allergies, but this was a little hard to hear. My first thought was, ‘How on earth am I going to feed her without wheat or rice or corn’! She LOVES tomatoes. Thankfully we had a few minutes to kind of get ourselves together before the nurse came back in the room. Being someone with Celiac, I know that news like this is hard to digest emotionally. The doctor eventually came back in the room to talk to us about all that showed up on the test. He wants ALL foods that showed up completely cut out for four weeks and then he said we could try to add one thing at a time back into her diet to see what causes her discomfort. Her allergies are not severe to the point that she can’t ever touch another peanut etc. We felt a little better after he gave us a little more explanation. I’m a little confused though as to why we would add things back in if she tested positive for allergies for a particular food. After her appointment, I took her to lunch and let her get whatever she wanted:) We will begin our elimination of all the foods this evening. I am really wondering what I’m going to feed her. Bread is going to be a biggie! No wheat, corn, or rice flour! I’m thankful that she didn’t show any allergy to dairy, although I think there could still be some IBS or Lactose Intolerance going on. If anybody has any good ideas for bread, please feel free to comment. I am also VERY grateful for blogs that I can get some help and support from:)

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