Extreme Diet and Autoimmune Disease

This video below is particularly interesting, considering the juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in my family. This lady had 37 affected joints, an ankle replacement in her teen years, and more. She found a way to help herself and get off the myriad of drugs. Take a look!

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I’ve noticed this year that depression and panic attacks get rough after eating a high ratio of gluten. It’s a known trigger for hypothyroidism, as well. Currently, I am eleven days gluten free, and, in a week or two, I will make another attempt at adding it back again. GRADUALLY this time!

The food sensitivity and autoimmune disease explosion these days is uncanny. Multiple industries seem designed to keep the mass populace sterile, sick, dependent, and ignorant about it all.

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Eat Less, Feel Stuffed

How? Make a larger variety of dishes for each meal.

Our norm is meat-vegetable-starch. Protein with a salad for color. Maybe ice cream?

When I took a look at Japanese bento, I saw the huge mix of multiple dishes and strong flavors that one wouldn’t necessarily expect to see on one plate. As Just Plain Marie (author of Cabin Full of Food) has written in her blog, our own culture used to serve many more side dishes to stretch supply among large families and farm hands.

Watching the detailed meals prepared in Japan had me thinking they must spend four hours a day just cooking it all. Soup, broiled meat, rice, pickles, savory this and that – it looked as detailed as a Thanksgiving menu.

Or a DIY potluck that you have to figure out for every. Stink’n. Meal.

This is how it can look at home. (I’ve been aiming for four or five dishes a meal, but tonight was Shabbat.) Peaches, pickled okra, beet root, jalepeño poppers, leftover chili, leftover beanie weanies, buttered garlic cauliflower, and broccoli. I had eight dishes with a wide spectrum of flavors in one meal – and I ate less. (Even went gluten free without thinking about it.) Seriously, try it! One dinner spoon full of each thing, and you may find you feel stuffed!

Burrito night, I lined up a spoonful of olives, a spoon of spicy meat, a spoon of pintos, one of corn, and a dollop of plain yogurt on a tortilla. I normally would have eaten two large burritos of everything mixed together, but not this night. Going through one item at a time made me too full to finish the tortilla at the end.

One perk is that if you have something unhealthy, it is moderated by the other, more healthy dishes. There isn’t the guilt of eating a full, unhealthy meal of mac n cheese.

If you only have one serving’s worth of your favorite leftovers, you can still serve it to a family of five. All those small things threatening to go to waste – clear them out of your fridge. Just a spoonful is enough to give each person if there are several other dishes filling them up as well. Dig out the strong spices, the bitter lettuce and horseradish, sweet preserves, fresh veggies, pickles, get the potent cheeses. Eat up the fresh fruit before it can go bad.

Try FRYING your salad. It’s tasty and easier to eat more vitamins in fewer bites. I think bitter garden lettuce tastes far better this way!

And the cooking time? I thought I would be spending a full hour fixing meals like this, but it is actually the same 20-30 minutes I regularly spend on our meal prep. There’s only one fresh dish you have to fix, and the rest is digging out leftovers from the fridge or jars from the pantry.

So what do you think? Complicated? Going to give it a try? Or are you accustomed to “see food” nights to clear the leftovers?

A neighbor, Paul Kohler, RIP, used to eat his salads fried. “Makes it stick to your ribs,” he said. It’s a tradition in Japan, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he picked it up from his Japanese employees back in the day. Anyone else know stories about him?

I fried bitter garden lettuce with garlic, chili powder, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Turned out to be pretty good!

You Won’t Get it Right

Doing everything right

Is no guarantee

That everything will turn out right

You can try to communicate as transparently as possible.

You can trust everyone around you.

You can give them every benefit of the doubt you can think of.

You can apologize for everything you see you’ve done wrong.

You can be kind.

You can let a lot slide.

You can keep your mouth shut.

You can struggle to beat down your temper.

You can throttle your pride.

You can choose to smile and see the best as your soul is bleeding internally.

You can respond to evil with good.

You can take the hits and try to speak gracefully.

You can ask questions and try your best to understand the other parties.

You can give them their space.

You can submit despite the fear and confusion.

You can speak honestly and calmly.

You can deal with your anger before you sleep.

You can give every respect that is due and avoid displaying your rage.

You can forgive and give more chances.

You can follow all the advice you can dig up.

None of it matters.

There is no winning.

You will never be good enough.

Your Heavenly Father is the only Good. You doing everything right won’t make anything right. While struggling to lead a life as He leads you will not guarantee healthy human relationships, realize that’s not the point.

Doing everything His Way

Is only a guarantee

That you will be close to Him.

The Detox that Helped

Vitamin C Liver Detox

Rachael J. Tapp

In August of 2017, I was feeling terrible with constant pain, hot flashes, fatigue, and generally feeling like my thyroid was not well. The doctor determined there was nothing wrong with my thyroid. When I stated I still felt “off” he offered to prescribe birth control. I was told that delayed menstruation while breastfeeding was abnormal, and that I needed more progesterone. I declined.

A Zyto Compass Scan indicated needs for thyroid and liver support. I had already been reading about an overtaxed liver causing imbalance in bile and thyroid function, so I decided to detox my liver with high doses of vitamin C. Perhaps after cleaning out the liver, the liver would be able to help restore the rest of my systems.

The following was an experiment without medical supervision. I paid attention to how my body felt, and adjusted doses as I felt I could handle it, at my own risk. There are plenty of details my friends probably never wanted to know about me, but if you detox, you must be ready for these side effects.

If you have medical conditions, are pregnant, ect., do not attempt any sort of hard detox – it may do more harm than good. Consult your health care professional.

September 1: Administered 6,000 mg Lypospheric Vitamin C in the evening, after which I experienced stomach aches and more frequent hot flashes.

Spetember 2: Administered 9,000mg of the same, spread over three doses throughout the day. Intense irritability. Mild stomach aches. Soreness below right ribs directly after ingesting a dose of vit C. Overall muscle soreness and fatigue considerably decreased. Continuous, rancid gas. Stools darker than usual and smelled horrendous. Bowel movements still regular. Abdominal pain and tension subsided. Insomnia that night.

September 3: For the rest of the detox, administered 6,000 to 9,000 mg Lypospheric Vitamin C over three doses daily.

Finally slept at 5:00 am in the morning. Woke at 8:00 am. Felt like I was six years old, again. Sweats, off and on. Improved energy. Decreased cravings – no more need to continuously eat to get through the day. Better moods. The sugar from half a brownie and a sip of liquor felt overwhelming.

September 4: Mild diarrhea. Sweats subsided. No desire for seconds at meals. Birthday cake and ice cream had to be eaten slowly, and could not finish them. Return to regular sleep patterns.

September 5: Mild diarrhea. Energy sustained. Pain absent. Cravings relieved.

September 6&7: Continued improvements and decreased side effects.

March 4, 2018: Improvement maintained. ZytoCompass Scan showed no liver or thyroid stress.

June 15, 2018: That constant abdominal pain is still absent, and the fatigue is lessening as I employ other thyroid-supporting practices.

Each individual’s health should be accessed by a professional.

Homemade Chocolates (Adaptable to Health Restrictions)

If you have any allergies, sensitivities, or an autoimmune disorder, it’s sad to walk through a candy aisle. Gluten can be pretty straightforward to avoid sometimes, but corn, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, toxic sugar substitutes, nuts, and soy are absolutely difficult to avoid. You may wind up eating no chocolates or candy bars, period.

I am trying my darndest to avoid soy, but I cannot find chocolates or desserts without it. Even tapioca pudding has soy lecithin! When I searched for soy-free chocolate online, I found $5 bars. That didn’t include shipping, either.

Saddest discovery of all was that my absolute favorite, Lindor truffles, all have soy. So I’ve been making my own. They even melt in your mouth as beautifully as those store-bought truffles I love!

The basic gist is to blend equal parts of coconut oil and cocoa, then add desired flavors. Too much cocoa makes it bitter, too little is weak, and no one I know relishes the taste of plain coconut oil. Try to get a coconut oil that is as unprocessed as possible. Brands like LouAnna favor bright white appearance, at the cost of making their product rancid and lacking full health benefits. ShurFine baking cocoa suits me, but if you can afford high quality or even organic, get it.

Okay, let’s get to it.

  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 C Baking Cocoa
  • 1 T Raw Honey or Pure Maple Syrup
  • Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

Optional additions like Sea Salt, Chili Pepper, or a few tablespoons of Coconut Milk are nice, too.

Fill a bowl with boiling water, and set your mixing bowl on top of that, or use a double boiler.

Whisk all ingredients together in the warm mixing bowl. Spoon into ice cube trays and flash freeze. Dump into a container and keep refrigerated.

You don’t have to sacrifice health to enjoy the good things. Make the good things better! Have fun experimenting!

Thanks to Lesley Rubinoff, “The Holistic Health Genius” for getting me started on this idea.

Feeling Bad? Check your makeup.

If you’re feeling fatigued and losing your hair, research lab results for your makeup brand. Even the high-end, popular brands contain hormone-disrupting fragrances, arsenic, lead, nickel, and other toxins and heavy metals. These contaminants will not be listed on the company’s ingredient list.

I had been making so much headway in reversing hypothyroid symptoms when the fatigue and hair loss started back. After reading about a pharmacist who found heavy metals in her lip gloss were poisoning her, I remembered that I had been using some makeup for a couple of weeks. Now I have stopped putting that stuff on my skin, the fatigue has receded again.

Be cautious with what products you apply to your skin!

Young Living has their new Savvy Minerals makeup brand, by the way. Their products are as pure and high quality as their oils. Contact me if you want to know more. 🙂