From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

ED Day 17 & 18

Ya’ll…I REALLY cheated today!  Not just a drink this time.  My kids all wanted “normal bread” to take in their lunches this week so I made the Sandwich Bread from Against all Grain.  I have made “paleo bread” before and my kids usually turn their noses up at it.  Not this one.  My daughter especially really loved it.  And it looked so good fresh from the oven.  So I took a sliver off the end and dunked it in ghee.  Oh My Goodness!!!!  I haven’t had good fresh-baked bread in about 4 years!  It was such a treat.  As far as I can tell it didn’t give me any digestive distress.  At least not immediately.

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So that was breakfast and it was yummy!

Lunch

1 oz of turkey, 3 oz. wild caught tuna, olive oil, carrot puree

Dinner

5 oz. grass-fed ground beef, olive oil, organic steamed spinach

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Symptoms

I felt pretty good today.  No digestive issues.  Still have itchy bumps and my hair is still falling out a little.

Day 18

Today was hard!  My boys started Veritas Classical Homeschool yesterday and come to find out, we are a week behind.  So we homeschooled for 11 hours today.  And we are still behind.  Oh, and both our vehicles are in the shop. And our hot water heater has a leak.  And our roof has a leak.  And the treadmill broke.  And our phone is only working sometimes.  It would be funny if it wasn’t so depressing.  I tell you guys this to say that I think it was stress that caused my digestive symptoms today.  I was bloated and cramping for a good part of the day, but especially after dinner.

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Breakfast

Organic steamed spinach, turkey cooked in lard, drizzle of garlic olive oil

Lunch

Grass-fed ground beef and carrot puree

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I am finally starting to get really sick of these food, ya’ll!  I think the taste of that bread did me in;)

Dinner

Carrot puree and zucchini with homemade pesto

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I just didn’t feel like eating meat tonight.  I thought just the veggies wouldn’t sit as heavy, but my tummy still hurt really bad after this meal.  STRESS!!!

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ED Day 16

I think this might have been my first symptom free day!!!  If you don’t count the weird bumps.  And I’m not counting them.  Maybe that’s cheating, but I don’t care;)

Breakfast

Still super low on food around here.  Had a little turkey and a little tuna with olive oil and carrot puree.  I also had my bone broth again.  This is the most gelatinous bone broth I have ever made.

photo(37)That is was it looked like out of the fridge!

Lunch

Turkey/tuna and zucchini cooked in ghee. I made ghee on Sunday.  I burned the first 2 batches!  $24 to get one small jar of ghee.  I don’t know what was wrong with me Sunday.  I also can’t believe my sweet hubby went back to the store TWICE to get me grass-fed butter.  It is so wonderful to be loved!

Dinner

Salmon cake with green onions, chives and spices, cooked in coconut oil. The one I made the other day was gross, so my husband made this one and it was much better.  He just has the touch with certain things.  Oh, that sounded a little randy;)  I also had more zucchini with fresh basil and oregano.

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I started taking liver pills today with lunch and dinner.  What are liver pills you ask?  Just what it sounds like.  Cooked liver chopped into tiny pieces and frozen.  It looks just like cat food.  I thought the kids would think I was crazy, but I guess they are getting accustomed to my “odd” eating habits because my 6-year-old daughter asked for a liver pill!  I am trying the liver pills because I really believe in the healing/nutrient powers of grass-fed liver, but I just can’t seem to get it down without it triggering my gag reflex.  I’ll post a picture of my “cat food” tomorrow:)

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ED Day 14

Two weeks done!  Yay!! While I admittedly haven’t been perfect, I have been pretty close.  I still haven’t hit that 5 days no symptoms goal so I have at least another week and probably 2 ahead of me.

Breakfast

Applegate Farms turkey slices, garlic olive oil for dipping, steamed organic spinach with homemade pesto

I also had bone broth this morning.  For those of you who haven’t made it before, let me warn you that it stinks.  I had 1 batch going all day Thursday and 1 batch going all day Friday and my house was stinky until midday Saturday!  And to be honest, I don’t really like the way it tastes.  My daughter says it tastes like buttered toast.  I LOVE buttered toast but I guess I wouldn’t want to drink it.  Bone broth probably has been the single most helpful thing I have done to help heal my gut though, so I will continue to choke it down.

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Lunch

Wild caught canned salmon with green onion and chives fried in coconut oil, zucchini cooked in ghee

IMG_2578[1]Sorry about the dirty plate.  One of these days I am going to start taking pictures as more than an afterthought and you guys are going to think you are in the wrong place:)

Dinner

Carrot puree and sausage

The sausage was “off plan”, but I was very low on protein options here at the house.  It was from pastured pork, but it had some spices added to it.  The only spice listed was celery, salt, pepper and turbinado sugar, but there could have been others.  It didn’t give my any digestive issues that I am aware of though.

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Symptoms

I had mild heartburn at bedtime.  So maybe the sausage did bother me?  I thought once my diet got this limited it would be easy to tell what was causing what, but it’s not!  I still think there is something giving me an issue.  My husband says to trust the healing process and see it through for the full 4 weeks before I go trying to change it.  I am trying to listen to him.  Stay the course. Stay the course.  Stay the course.

My only other issue was that I fell asleep on the couch yesterday for more than an hour! I know, I know, you are saying “what’s the issue there?”  You have to know me.  I can count on both hands the number of naps I have taken as an adult and they all happened when I was either pregnant or REALLY sick.  I just can’t fall asleep during the day.  Maybe I am just getting so old that going to a concert until midnight the night before really wears me out?  Gosh, I hope not!

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ED Day 15

I was really hoping to drop a couple more pounds this second week, but it was a no go.  I weigh exactly what I did 1 week ago.  I know, I know, this is not about weight loss per se.  I just got my hopes up with the 6 pounds in week 1.  And even though it is not about weight loss, resistance to fat/weight loss is one of my issues that I was hoping to help resolve by figuring out what foods agree with me.

Breakfast

I was in a hurry before church and I am still really low on food so I had 3 oz. of wild caught tuna (canned), olive oil and carrot puree.

Lunch

Pulled pork, garlic olive oil, green beans with lemon olive oil

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Dinner

I had the rest of the leftover pork, olive oil green beans.  Thrilling!

Symptoms

I was still a little sleepy.  Not sure if this is delayed carb flu or something else.  I also just felt kinda blah and full even though I didn’t eat all that much.

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ED Day 13

So The Band Perry was AWESOME last night!  Such fun with friends.  Outdoor concerts are the bomb!  I may have indulged in a few hard ciders.  Maybe;)  My food, however, was totally clean despite all the goodies that were flowing around for the 2 hours prior to the show.  We had to get there early to stake our claim since we had a group of 14 that wanted to be together.  I had my salmon and spinach without a second thought.

Breakfast

Ground turkey, pesto, zucchini cooked in ghee, green onions

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Lunch

Applegate Farms turkey slices, garlic olive oil, carrot puree

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Dinner

I intended to eat  before the show, but it was just too early and I wasn’t hungry.  I threw a can of wild salmon in a bowl and threw in some steamed spinach.  I drizzled it with some extra virgin olive oil and took it to the show.  It was good in a pinch.  Being on this diet has shown me that I really can be satisfied with super simple choices when I need to be.

Symptoms

I still have the itchy bumps.  Well, not all the same ones.  They clear up, but more come in their place. Still perplexed about this phenomenon.  I also had some tummy upset last night before I ate at the show.  Once again, I think it was due to waiting too long to eat.  I don’t understand the mechanism, but sometimes if it has been 5-6 hours since I have eaten (but only at night- this never happens until at least 4:00) I will get bloating and cramps.  How can something create bloat when there is no food in there??  I just haven’t figured this one out.  I don’t even have any theories.

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ED Day 12

Homeschool Mother’s Day Out started back today.  Finn LOVES it.  She is such a social butterfly.  Let’s just take a peek at her week to make my point.

Monday- gymnastics

Tuesday- dance and soccer

Wednesday- Build-a-Bear birthday party

Thursday- homeschool mother’s day out and spending the night with her great-grandmother

Friday- pajama party at her gymnastics gym and spending the night with a friend ( I probably would have made her stay home but I am going to see The Band Perry so I needed a babysitter)

Sound exhausting or what!!  She is a mover and a shaker:)

photo(29) Breakfast

turkey, lard, spinach, chives, drizzle of garlic oil

My tummy hurt for a few minutes afterwards? The truth is, I’m not really hungry in the morning (or the evening for that matter).  I just feel like doing something that looks more like intermittent fasting right now might be hard on my system.  So I eat breakfast.  I may play around with cutting it out or eating it later in the day once I am done with this ED experiment.

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Lunch

Applegate Farms turkey (so hopefully less junk than the deli meat I had a few days ago), organic green beans in ghee, carrot puree, and an olive oil dip

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Dinner

Ground turkey, pesto, green beans and carrot puree

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I was a little off today.  I think I had a little of the “carb flu” phenomenon.  I know Day 12 is kind of late in the game to have it, but I never do things by the rules.  Other than that, I still have the itchy bumps.  But now they have moved to my hands and feet.  It’s certainly not the worst thing ever, but I just have this deep need to know what is causing them.  I’m sure I could put some anti-itch cream on them, but it’s not really the itching that bothers me, but the fact that they are there.

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ED Days 10 & 11

I am going to try to make this brief because I really want to hang out with my hubby before he leaves for work.  I feel like I haven’t really seen him in days!  I intended to write this post much earlier in the day but got so caught up in errands and homeschool that it is now 7:00 and I haven’t had dinner or visited with my husband:(

That sounded like complaining.  Sorry.  I have nothing to complain about.  My generous in-laws replaced our A/C yesterday and it is no longer 89 degrees in my house.  And it is a privilege to be able to homeschool my kids.  And my hubs has a job.  So no complaints:)

Day 10

Breakfast

Can of wild salmon with steamed spinach and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil

Lunch

Alright- this was not really on point. I was desperate.  I had some turkey and ham deli meat which I am sure had some sort of additives.  I had some zucchini with it.

Dinner

Wild-caught cod with zucchini

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The dinner was actually really tasty, but I had pretty serious cramps after dinner.  I’m not sure if it was the dinner though.  Maybe it could have been delayed from the off-plan ham and turkey at lunch?

Day 11

Breakfast

Standard ground turkey in coconut oil with spinach, chives and a drizzle of garlic oil

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Lunch

A dear friend asked me to lunch today and I wanted to go, so I went.  I decided that being with friends is just as healing as this diet I am doing so I just decided to do the best I could and move on after.  We went to Humdinger’s and I had Mahi Mahi with grilled zucchini. I am sure just like the last time I went out that there were questionable oils and spices involved.  I thought I felt ok, but about 4-5 hours later I got terrible cramps and bloating?  Sometimes that happens to me when I go too long between meals so I don’t really know if it was that or the food???

Dinner

Ground turkey, homemade pesto, organic green beans, and carrot puree

Other noteworthy mentions- I had an appointment with my doctor who helps me manage all my “issues” today and it was the best report I have had in 4 years!  Yay!!  All of my bloodwork looked awesome with the exception of my high estrogen and borderline low progesterone.  He has me starting DIM to see if we can block a little of that estrogen and get rid of my migraines, sore breasts and bleeding gums that are happening around my period.  If the DIM doesn’t work, there are other options, but this will be the least expensive and easiest. Also, I just want you guys to know that EVERY time I type the word zucchini, I misspell it:)

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Recipe Reviews from Primal Cravings and Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

Trying to lose weight while cooking 3 meals a day for the rest of my family really blows!  Tuesday was Finn’s “actual” birthday.  We celebrated early with her friends because that was when they were all available.  For her “real” birthday (as she calls it), she was allowed to choose the menu for the whole day.  For breakfast she wanted Hazelnut Coffee Pancakes.   No one in my house drinks coffee so I enlisted my dad (who lives next door) to brew us some coffee the night before.  These were super easy to make, but the batter was thicker than pancakes I am used to?  Not sure if it was something I did or a natural result of the tapioca and coconut flours.  Anyway, the kids and my parents both liked them.  They would have been really good with some chocolate chips:)  I will admit now that I did have one.  Ok two.  But then I ate my sardines.

photo(20)Moving on to lunch, she requested the Bacon Lattice & Tomato Sandwich.  This one, I did not get to try, but the kids loved it!  It was super easy.   The hardest part was making the homemade mayo.  My arm always starts to hurt and I get a little bored waiting on that oil to slowly drip, drip, drip. The kids were hungry (probably because there was no protein at breakfast!) so I got rushed and didn’t get a finished shot.  Let me assure you that they were really pretty, until they were bitten into and then they were a giant old mess!

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Now for the final meal of the day.  We had 11 people so I doubled most of the recipes.  We started out with the Cheese Crackers and Benedict Deviled Eggs for starters.  Keep in mind as you read through this menu that it was chosen by a six-year-old.  There is no rhyme or reason to the menu!  So, the Cheese Crackers.  I had high hopes, but they were too greasy and cheesy.  Not possible you say.  I beg to differ.  I am wondering if it is one of those recipes that doesn’t take well to doubling?  Not sure.  I will make them again in the original proportions and see what happens.  The kids still liked them but I think they didn’t turn out as intended.

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I’m not sure if my crowd just wasn’t an egg crowd or what, but the Benedict Deviled Eggs didn’t get eaten very well.  I didn’t try these because I have been trying to stay away from eggs to see if there is any autoimmune component for me.  Thus far I haven’t really noticed any improvement.  I will probably add them back in the near future.

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For the main course she requested Crispy Chicken Fingers and Hot & Sour Chicken Noodle Soup.  The girl likes chicken!  I had gotten a little behind by this point, so there are no more pictures.  I was running around frying chicken, stirring soup, scraping sorbeta and checking the homemade ice cream churning on the table!  It had gotten a little hairy in my tiny kitchen!  I ended up turning the chicken fingers over to my husband so I didn’t lose my sanity.  He did a great job with them and I think they would have been really good except unbeknownst to me, he covered them with foil and put them in the oven to stay warm.  He wondered later why they were soggy and I told him about his mistake- they had been steaming in the oven and that is a no-no when you want something crispy.  They did, however, crisp back up a little bit when I reheated them for the kids’ lunch the next day.  The kids also drowned their chicken fingers in the Sweet & Sour sauce I made which seemed to be a hit with the whole crowd.

I honestly can’t even speak to the Hot & Sour Chicken Noodle Soup.  I didn’t have a single bite.  By the time I had finished cutting up the 4 pounds of chicken (just for the soup) I had a blister and I had lost my appetite.  I cook chicken thighs all the time so I’m not sure why this time was different, but these just looked super gross to me.  And then I rinsed the Shirataki noodles and they felt really nasty to me.  I am assuming they are made of mushrooms?  Shirataki sounds like a mushroom.  I hate mushrooms.  They feel like boogers going down my throat. Yuck!

For dessert she requested Cherry Lime Sorbeta, Carrot Cake Cream Pies, and the Cookie Dough Ice Cream from Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry.  I know, I know.  I’m CRAZY!  This was a hella lot of cooking for one day.  Let’s start with the sorbeta.  It was ok, but not great.  I think I waited a little to long to scrape it for the first time and then it turns out that I really don’t know how to scrape.  I was basically just mushing it around with a fork.  I don’t think it qualified as scraping.  The consistency just didn’t turn out right and I think that is the real magic of a dessert like this.  It should by light and icy.  Or at least I think it should?  My husband ate it anyway:)

The Carrot Cake Cream Pies were AWESOME!  I made them the night before and they were just as good the next day and the day after that.  They were moist and lightly sweet.  A little bit like the Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies of my youth.  I used to tear up some Oatmeal Pies and Fudge Rounds!  Obviously, my mom did not jump on the health bandwagon until I pulled her on with me a few years ago, so sadly I grew up eating lots of processed foods.  My favorite foods listed in my baby book are M&Ms and bologna!  Oh, mom.  She did breast feed me though, so props for that!

Back to topic. The hit of the evening was definitely the homemade Cookie Dough Ice Cream.  This is where I splurged.  I couldn’t help myself.  I LOVE ice cream, but for the past few years it has not loved me back.  I didn’t know if this ice cream made with canned coconut milk would be any different, but it was!!! No cramps after I ate it.  Usually I am doubled over in pain after ice cream.  I also forgot how much I love the consistency of homemade ice cream.  It is so light and creamy.  It was also super easy to make. Just a quick blender action and then pour into the ice cream maker. Done.  I have only used my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker once or twice because it always seems like such a hassle (it is stored in the garage which is like 20 feet away from my kitchen;)), but this was just too simple not to do it again (and again).

Even though my results were a little mixed this go around, I still highly recommend both Primal Cravings and Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry.  You should check them out for yourself:)

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