Crazy Food Combinations

Gluten free oatmeal with beef gelatin for added protein?stop messin with my head

Sautéed celery, carrots, and turkey patties with salt and marjoram?

Baked and herbed chicken thighs?

Almond butter on iceberg lettuce wrapped around a slice of leftover turkey/beef meatloaf?

Almond/coconut milk smoothie with celery, carrot, avocado, and Celtic sea salt?

Yes!  Things sure can get weird when you’re on 3 diets at once:  1)  mold-free due to mold illness, 2) Candida/low sugar and starch due to a systemic infection, and 3) low sulphur due to probable methylation issues.  And you thought trying to lose a couple of pounds for your New Year’s Resolution was challenging?  That’s kid’s stuff  in my kitchen!  At least number 3 is only for 10 days before I add back cruciferous vegetables to see if they have contributed to the noxious symptoms of the past 2 years.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll figure out how to make pancakes out of squash and coconut flour after all!

In the meantime, note the incredible power of food.  I have a true Foodie friend who was able to help her sister recover from a deadly kidney disease in record time by painstakingly altering her sister’s eating plan.  The Nephrologist was astounded at the improvements in her lab results.  Yes, food is fuel and should require more of our time and attention if we desire better performance from our bodies or health.  While I do wish that my adherence to a mold-free and Candida diet for the past year would have made more of a difference, I know that I would be FAR WORSE if I had been more lax.  I am grateful for the supernatural strength of the Lord to help me shop for, prepare, and tolerate these special foods when I have felt very sick.

Somehow I am not be surprised that the Lord cares for all of these details of my life.

Matthew 6:26  (NIV)

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

The food of the earth was created for our nourishment and enjoyment from the very beginning.

Genesis 1  (NIV)

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
He has provided so much for us so I am challenged to be a good steward of that which He has provided.  I certainly can make it through the inconvenience and “missing out” of the sweeter and juicier foods for a time if it will help me get well.  I don’t need to know how long this will last; I am just grateful that there are new approaches to try and I only have to go to my local grocery store to find them!
So if you are facing some new dietary challenges this year, take heart!  You are not alone.  The changes you are making might just change your life in more ways than you imagined.  Besides, the smell of almond slices roasting in a little organic olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt is, well, heavenly!  Try it on a salad or topping a casserole in place of cheese and see whatcha think.  ;J

Bein’ Grateful

be gratefulJust a little something in honor of my 7-Day Dietary Challenge:  Candida + mold-free + low sulphur.  Sish!  Here we go again!  And still grateful to have something else to try.  Squash anyone?  Noooooooooooooo!

So much to say, so few words

Taking a cross country trip this past week when weak was an optimistic undertaking.  Of course there were trials and ongoing mayhem.  And in the midst of it all, there were unexpected blessings too.

Relax, I won’t go on here with a long blah, blah, blog about our recent 3000 mile journey from Indiana to Texas and back!  I’m sure it will unfold in the days and blogs to come.  Let’s just say that overall, the dog had a great time!  She played in the wide open spaces of my sister and brother- in-law’s 5 acre ranch teasing the Golden Retriever, taunting the snarls of the old Chocolate Lab, and skirting the advancement of Armani (the spirited mare and companion of Buddy, pictured below).   Our pup Elle looks depressed at home alone today.  I must say that I understand completely.

Today begins the first day of a new treatment regime for a serious systemic infection.  As you can see by the time of this writing, I have avoided my second dose for a few hours now.  Sish.  I’m such a weenie sometimes.  But hey, can you blame me?  After 2 years of promising treatment approaches and wretched responses to virtually all of them, I am less than brave anymore.  So in a few words as promised:  I’m leaning on the Lord today, grateful for surviving 8 days away from home with some precious memories as a bonus, and slowly getting all of the laundry done.  The rest of the last bag of Beanitos chips is well on its way to my tummy as I say goodbye to one of my few remaining treats to prepare for Candida warfare.  From here and for at least the next month, I’m hitting this beast head-on.  The first few days are usually the hardest.  So what:  it’s time you met your match you fungus among us!

My spiritual preparation comes from the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4.  My prayers are for merciful endurance, victory, strength for my husband, and glory to The King:

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Seeya when I can.  Take care all, Just Julie

Steve and Julie with Buddy
Steve and Julie with Buddy

Extreme Diet Survival: Snacks

So if you are gluten free, low egg and grains, dairy free, sugar/fruit free, and feeling deprived, what the heck do you eat for a snack?

Funny you should ask.  Just had the second one on the list.

Here’s my top 10 list:

  1. Roasted nuts.  Raw nuts can run the risk of mold so I get nuts either dry roasted or roasted in healthier oils.  No cottonseed or canola oils please!
  2. Slather 2 leaves of romaine lettuce with nut butter or coconut oil and wrap them around a slice of low impact, cooked meat.  Meat examples:  Boar’s Head Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, cooked fish/chicken/beef, and last night’s leftovers (aka meatloaf slice!).
  3. Celery slathered with nut butter or coconut oil.  Optional:  dip in sesame/pumpkin/sunflower seeds or chopped nuts.
  4. Beanitos pinto bean or black bean chips.  The protein and fiber grams are close to the carb grams for lower glycemic and candida impact.
  5. Small salad.  Be sure to add some meat and a dressing with a healthy oil (organic, non-GMO when possible).
  6. Last night’s leftovers!
  7. A cup of my Protein Pudding.  See Extreme Diet Recipes in the Category at the right.
  8. Cup of unsweetened vanilla or original almond milk with hemp (or other acceptable) protein powder, an ice cube, and a flavoring mixed in a shaker bottle (e.g. stevia, instant organic coffee crystals, cocoa, cinnamon)
  9. Nut butter on your finger!  Chunk of avocado!  Coconut oil and a flavoring mixed in a tablespoon!  Or mix the first and third with protein powder and use it as a dip for veggie sticks
  10. Drink a big glass of snobby filtered or gourmet bottled water.  You might not actually be hungry at all just thirsty . . .

Have any good suggestions of your own?  Feel free to let me know.  Please limit snack ideas to those that are grain, sugar, fruit, gluten, and dairy free or you’ll bum me out, man!   I can’t eat that stuff right now.  :J

Extreme Diet Survival: One Pan Meals

Here’s another quick, satisfying main dish that meets the criteria of gluten-free, dairy-free, completely sugar-free,  and no simple carbs for those requiring an Extreme Diet.

One Pan Meal

High heat cooking oil:  Avocado, coconut, grapeseed.  Use olive oil if you can have it.

1/8 c. chopped onions ( I use red onions that I keep in a freezer bag in the freezer and pull out what I need.)

1/2 to 1 bag of pre-chopped coleslaw mix from the grocery store.

8+ oz. pre-cooked meat (canned chicken or tuna works in a pinch).

Celtic or sea salt and white pepper to taste.

1/2 C. Low Salt Organic Chicken Stock

Mild herbs such as marjoram or whatever you like.

Chopped nuts for added protein, topping and crunch.

Optional:  about 1/2 t. chili powder or 3 T. Mrs. Braggs Liquid Aminos (omit salt).

Big bowl and fork!

Coat the bottom of a large frying pan with a few tablespoons of really good oil and heat slightly:

Add onions and begin to sauté for about a minute (less if you like your onions more potent).

Add coleslaw and continue to sauté.  Add chicken stock and cook until slightly soft.  This makes it easier to digest.  Less cooking time preserves the enzymes.

Toss in the cooked meat, herbs, seasonings to warm them and combine flavors.

Transfer to a big bowl and enjoy garnished with chopped nuts.

Note:  if this is too much, share with a friend or keep for later.  It does get soggy after a few hours so add more nuts for crunch!

Want more stuff?  Check out the “Pages” Section in the right hand column and the link entitled:  Extreme Diet Survival Strategies for general tips and menu ideas.  :J