Monday, October 10, 2016

Elimination Diets

Elimination diet can be a pain, but sometimes they help get to the root of your symptoms.

The first elimination diet I did was back in 1989. My doctor gave my a book.  The name escapes me. It was written more for children, by it was quite helpful.

He thought my constant runny nose and frequent nausea may be caused by something I was eating. Brilliant.

So for a week I substituted this for that. Sweet potatoes for bread. Cut out milk; nibbled on nuts, and at the end of the week, my symptoms had improved. Also I list 5 pounds.
The problem was at that time the diet could not be maintained; I was not in charge of the household grocery shopping.

As I got older my symptoms got worse, and I was getting heavier. So more dieting.
Along came an interesting plan that basically cut everything except the basics.  I took drops of amino acids and herbs three times a day and ate vegetables, lean meats and fruit twice a day. Fir the first time in years I list weight.  My runny nose and soar gut were gone!

As I started adding back certain foods the symptoms returned, and were worse then ever.
Then the "first storm" (see my earlier post). I went back to the elimination diet, and basically affirmed my beliefs.

Since then a whole new world of ideas has opened up.
It had been an interesting adventure discovering new stores, new information new ingredients. 
So how do you do an elimination diet? 

Start making small changes to each meal and snack.

If you suspect milk is an issue for you, then cut it out, or try a nut milk, like almond, cashew, coconut. 

If it is gluten, substitute rice, potatoes, nuts,
The thing with food sensitivities, is they may not show up in a scratch test at the doctor's office. But you know how you feel.

So try an elimination diet. See if you don't feel better.

One of the best books I have read is The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin. She makes it very simple and has some great recipes in it. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Favorite Morning Smoothie

there is nothing like a cool creamy smoothie first thing in the morning. This is my new favorite. 
I like to use frozen fruit, that way no need to add extra ice to make it thick. 


1 Cup frozen raspberries
2/3 cup frozen peaches, thawed
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons protein powder
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 teaspoon chia seeds
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 packet stevia

Add all ingredients to a blender like a Vita Mix, blend on high for 5 minutes. Serve. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

All Slabbed Up

My taste bubs were absolutely delighted Friday evening. We discovered All Slabbed Up in Leavenworth Kansas.

The place doesn't look like much. 60's style Diner seating mixed with high tip tables and chairs that seem to be in need of painting.  The are miniature dollar bills pinned to the walls. Also there is a medium sized deck for outdoor dining.

The menu is simple with country and Western sounding names like The Duke, Silverado, campfire taters and tumble weed tater tots. 

The menu has the usual, sandwiches, ribs, brisket and the famous KS burnt ends.
The serve soft drinks and Boulevard Ale.. it's a  local favorite, brewed in KC.
We had the Silverado with campfire taters. 

What came out was a plastic basket full of French fries with grilled onions and a pulled pork sandwich topped with not creamy Cole slaw and a bun the barely covered a full third pound of meat and cabbage.

The last time I had something this good my uncle had smoked the pork and seasoned it with his "secret" sauce. I think bourbon in involved.
First bite and I was in love. The pork was smoked, tender and just a little tangy The Cole slaw was still crisp.

There was two sauces. One was mild not too sweet, and the other had a kick. But be prepared the heat sneaks up on you, so have your drink close by.
Just a note on bar be que sauce, sometimes Kansas City style sauce can get too sweet depending how much brown sugar or molasses is added. 

So all in all they get a 10. I will be back. Next time maybe we'll get the Duke.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Still learning

I am finding it interesting just how much of something I can eat before feeling ill. Just a small amount butter, and my nose runs. I woke this morning a little itchy and my nose running-- back to the Benadryl.
Of course I'm not sure if wasn't the potato that caused my issue. Potatoes are in the nightshade family, and do cause trouble for some people. .
So still trying to figure it out.
Here's a new recipe for Lemon Chicken. Yum. 
3 chicken breasts pounded out
2  cloves of garlic minced
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup capers
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt
In a large skillet heat to medium heat, add the olive oil. 
Add the chicken and salt and pepper.
In five minutes turn over, add the garlic and lemon juice. Cook another three minutes add the capers.
Finish cooking until done, a other 3 minutes. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

A New Direction

As we travel through life sometimes we come to signs and sometimes we hit road blocks and have to reevaluate our decisions

Two weeks ago i hit one of those road blocks. I had such a firestorm of histamine running through me. I couldn't sleep. I could barely work.

This is a picture of my arm broken out with hives.  

Definitely time to reevaluate.

As I notices eating certain foods made my symptoms worse, chocolate, eggs, dairy, and some wheat products like bread and pasta. the worst was eating these in combination, like egg and cheese sandwiches. 

So a decision had to be made. If I want vibrant health, then it need to give them up.  Of course this from the girl who ate ham and cheese omlettes and chocolate chip cookies by the handful in my youth.  I have some great food memories. 

Big fear not, all is not lost, because I refuse to act like a victim in this. I have chosen to trat this new phase like a grand adventure. Exploring new options and menus. 

Another interesting observation is that my joints don't hurt as much and I'm starting to sleep better.  

So there it is a née direction, a new adventure in eating. I will be using this space to chronicle this adventure. Who knows maybe my insights mig help someone else. At any rate, today I roar like the tiger I am, because I am proud to be me.