March, 2015

  1. Listen to your body…it speaks!

    March 18, 2015 by Heather

     

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    As some of you may know I recently started a program at Integrative Nutrition.  I’m super excited to share my new knowledge with each of you!  But before I get ahead of myself I want to share some recent news I received from my doctors appointment a few weeks ago.  I had about 25 tubes of blood taken!  Ouchy!  Some of the bloodwork was an IgE food test.  I received the results back the other day and almost died.  The insurance only covers a certain amount of foods to be tested at a time but of the ones I chose about 90% of them I showed a reaction to.  These are on top of my already limited vegan, gluten free diet.  I immediately freaked out and determined I could eat buckwheat and water!!!!

    So I took a few days to let it sink in.  And this is what I came up with.  I could be totally off base and this could totally back fire but I’m giving it a whirl.  I already know my immune system is wacked out.  Not in the traditional sense of getting colds, flu’s etc.  Luckily, thanks to Shakeology and a clean diet I don’t get “normal” sick anymore but I do have a history of intestinal bacterial infections and was recently diagnosed with Chronic Lyme so my immune system in that area needs help.  What this tells me is that my body will eventually show a reaction to any food because I believe it sees it as a foreign substance.  Fun right?! 

    This leads me back to my Integrative Nutrition program.  I was listening to a lecture the other day about healing with foods and the answer came to me.  I know my body.  If I really listen I believe it will tell me what I do and do not need.  I believe it will tell me what to do.  So I’m going to make a few changes.  These changes do not include removing the items I showed a reaction to.  WHAT?!  Yup!  Going rogue here!!  I’m going to increase my grains, add in some sea veggies and add in a bit of fermented soy (which up to this point I have avoided due to its controversy).  I received a cool little journal in my IIN welcome packet and I’m going to use this to chart my journey.  I believe we are all different and what works for one won’t work for another but I’m hoping what I learn through my journey, much like my med free journey, will be helpful to someone else.  So stay tuned.  If you have any similar story in regards to food reactions I’d love to hear it!  Together we are better!

     

    Peace and Love!

    Heather


  2. Adventures in Baking…Again

    March 9, 2015 by Heather

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    So I ran out of bread!  The horror!  Since I’m trying to get all svelte and stuff for my trip to Cancun in April I decided I would forgo the gluten free bread I usually make and try my hand at a paleo bread.  The recipe I found called for eggs and cashew butter.  Since I’m vegan I opted to use an egg replacer and since I was too lazy to grind up the raw cashews I had I used almond butter.  I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out because in the original recipe the egg yolks and whites are blended in separately.  I think it has something to do with it rising properly.  So I honestly didn’t have great expectations.  But it came out really great just the way I made it!  It is a bit denser than your normal bread and when you put it in the pan it looks more like really sticky cake batter but it was really good!  I baked it a bit longer than the recipe called for because I ran out of toothpicks and I wasn’t sure it was done!  Note to self:  Get toothpicks!  Someone remind me! 

    Let me know if you try this bread and how you like it! 

    Love & Light!

    Heather