The Sweet Life

August 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

Last Monday, my Doctor told me to go gluten free for a month and to cut out all sugar. It’s something I’ve been struggling with for a while now, but we are trying to get my hormones (especially my thyroid) in order, plus Ella has some kind of sensitivity, and we need to isolate it.

So I’ve been a week without bread, and trying out gluten-free recipes, which led to an interesting experiment with oatmeal crepes. It wasn’t an utter failure, but I would not categorize it as a roaring success either.

In just a few days, Ella’s diaper rash has cleared up, and I’m noticing a lot more energy. In fact, I’ve been out walking several times this week, and just have more pep in general! Who knew?

I’ve been wrestling with this refined sugar/flour addiction for quite some time now. And even though I allowed myself a small milkshake on Friday night, I haven’t been CRAVING it and going crazy like I thought I would. When the month is out, I can begin adding back some low-sugar fruits, like berries, etc, and eventually I’ll be able to have my beloved raw honey, maple syrup and sucanat in small doses, but I do not intend to allow white sugar back into my life. That stuff is p’ison!

I’m surprised at how (relatively) easily I have avoided the wheat stuff as well. Granted, it means a lot of strangely textured bread-like substances, but the flavors haven’t been bad, and all in all, it’s ok. Once I’m able to add wheat back into the mix, I will stick to the soaked whole grains, and avoid the refined white flour.

It’s all stuff I have known for a long time, but it’s been so difficult to break the convenience habit, spurred on by my insane addictive cravings. This will allow me the clean break I needed to fully switch over to the whole foods, nourishing cooking that I have been trying to do for a couple of years now.

My next thing is to cut out my processed milk products and stick strictly to the raw, but I LOVE ice cream, especially as is made locally at Zwahlen’s in Trooper. I need to get over it and just start making my own.

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Reboot

May 12, 2010 § 9 Comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking about rebooting my life. I’d love to reboot my house– I thought I was doing that when I moved, but it turned out that I merely moved the mess and clutter from one house to the next– there was no real clean slate.

If I could get it down to a clean, organized home– no clutter lurking in some out of sight room, or stuffed unceremoniously in the attic, then I think I could progress in that vein. As it stands, I am drowning in my own home, and have virtually no safe places to set down the baby and let her roam and explore. I am trying to overcome it one step at a time, but at these levels it is impossible on my own. I hate it. I need a reboot.

I’ve decided to try PartyLite again, since I made money last time, but not as much as I think I could and this time I am coming at it with greater determination, and the the knowledge that we need my paycheck. So, Business Reboot.

Similarly, I need a health reboot. Since I had the baby, I have gained 20 lbs. Apparently, the sweet tooth I developed in my last trimester decided to move in and set up housekeeping. It’s my biggest area of weakness, and so difficult to overcome. I am dealing with hypothyroidism to begin with so weight is going to be a struggle, but daily sabotaging myself with pecan sticky buns is hardly helpful.

Health Reboot

Now we’re cooking

November 24, 2008 § 3 Comments

Or something like it.

This weekend at the farm where we get our milk, they had copies of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I was so excited! I have been planning to get this book for quite some time now, and was thrilled to pick it up. So today, I got underway with many of the recipes or my own variations on them.

First, I separated some yogurt into whey and cream cheese. The cream cheese, I flavored with a little honey and vanilla, and a pinch of salt. The whey was incremental to the other recipes. I made some kefir, which did not require whey, but I wanted to make it none the less. I also made some ginger carrots, a cranberry spread, and apricot butter. And I made a jar of homemade mayo. They all have to sit out for a couple of days at room temp to “brew” and then we can eat ’em. Yum!

So I’m all into the raw fresh and fermented foods now. We cleared out our cabinets of processed stuff, and I am rearranging the kitchen to make it more user friendly. I also took out the microwave. We’ll give that to my parents, since the one they have is… difficult.

Tomorrow, I pick up our pasture-raised turkey. I have to create the brine so I can let it steep on Wednesday. I have a few more things to make for T-Day. I’m trying to have as much done ahead of time so that I’m not cooking all day Thursday. All elements can be assembled on Thursday morning with minimal muss and fuss and then we can bring it all over to the ‘rents’. I have a list on the fridge with what is done/still needs to be done. I’m ready!

HFCS: A Sweet Surprise indeed

September 14, 2008 § 12 Comments

Has anyone else seen the commercials circulating lately promoting High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Each commercial basically has the same script. Person one is offering a beverage or food item which contains HFCS, and person two makes a dubious comment as to person one’s character for even offering such poison. To which person one innocently inquires what that person could possibly mean. The ensuing conversation goes thusly:

P2: Well, you know what they say…
P1: What? That High fructose corn syrup is made from corn? That it has the same calories as sugar or honey, and that it’s fine in moderation?

The two look at each other as P2 squirms uncomfortably. Then P2 either accepts the offered substance or changes the subject abruptly.

And scene.

The end of the commercial directs folks to “get the facts” at the website Sweet Surprise, a lovely bit of propaganda from the corn growers lobby, apparently.

Here’s some facts, and why these commercials burn me up so much. First of all, they make the consumer seem completely uninformed, as if people are avoiding HFCS for unknown and stupid reasons. Like sheep, all folks who have opted not to put a chemically created sweetener in their bodies are only doing so because of some vague unsubstantiated fear, and are incapable of independent thought or research to know why they don’t want to do that.

Let’s look at the “facts” that this commercial claims to be espousing.

Just the facts, ma’am

Raw Milk: an Essay

September 4, 2008 § 6 Comments

For many months now, I have have been educating myself on nutrition, health, natural foods and many many other things. I didn’t realize how much I had really taken in until a poster on a forum I belong to asked the question, “Why raw milk? Won’t you get sick?”

To which I replied the following:

Milk; it does the body good! or DOES it???

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