Passover is, by far, the busiest time of year for Orthodox Jewish families. I started out feeling worn out and tired before the holiday even began. I just haven’t been feeling my best. I suspect that the unusually cold winter we’ve just had may be one factor. Another suspected factor is a brand of rice cakes I’d been eating regularly. One of my children noticed the “may contain traces of wheat” warning on the label. I’d stopped eating them about a week before Passover, but it takes me a few weeks to fully detox from wheat, so I was still reacting when the holiday began.
My usual Passover routine is to make a lot of things from scratch. This enables me to avoid additives and “avoids” in foods as much as possible. I usually make my own mayonnaise from complaint oils and squeeze my own lemon juice. But this year, I couldn’t find any “Kosher for Passover” oils except for olive oil and cottonseed oil. I do use plenty of olive oil, but I also wanted milder flavored oil for mayonnaise and baking. It’s been several years since I’ve been able to find walnut oil, but this year I couldn’t even find any grapeseed oil! I’ve tried making mayonnaise from 100% olive oil in the past and I didn’t like the flavor.
The main reason I make my own mayo is to avoid the cottonseed oil, which is an “avoid” for all blood types. It’s also not classified as a “food crop” and may contain pesticides not permitted on other food oils. I’ve been avoiding cottonseed oil for decades, long before I knew about BTD. But, I wasn’t willing to have a mayo-free Passover, and if I was going to have to have cottonseed oil mayo anyway, I might as well save myself some work and buy it ready-made.
I also decided to purchase lemon juice this year instead of buying a huge sack of lemons. There are preservatives in there, but it was cheaper than buying lemons and WAY less work. I may do this again next year; I’ll see how my finances and energy levels look going into Passover.
This is the first year that Leah wasn’t home for Passover, so I ended up over-buying some items. Normally, I’m good about staying away from the sugary desserts and leaving them for the kids. But with one less child eating them, nobody seemed to notice or mind that I was eating some chocolate macaroons every day. I just let myself get into lazy habits.
In previous years, I’d been very good about staying away from my “avoids” except for the oat matzah and a specified small amount of each sugary treat for the first day or two. This year, I let myself get into the habit of eating sugar every single day, and continued for a day or two after the holiday ended. I even started putting brown sugar in my yerba mate!! During the year I use blackstrap molasses, but that’s not available for Passover- so I should have drunk it unsweetened.
I’ve been back to my usual diet and I’m starting to feel better. But I’m nowhere near 100%. I’m mad at myself because I know this was completely preventable
Los alérgicos sufren más problemas de sueño que el resto de la población. ¡Ponle remedio!
Como cada año y con la llegada de la primavera, las alergias afloran. Pero además de los síntomas particulares (rinitis, estornudos, irritación ocular…), los que padecen de alergias también sufren de insomnio, se acentúan los síntomas de estrés.
¡Depuren su estilo de vida!
De acuerdo a la medicina tradicional China, conforme envejecemos, hay acumulación de desecho residual que va ‘obstruyendo’ el paso de la energía causando una decaída de la inherente fuente de energía, los riñones, entre otros.
El primer paso a seguir es atender su ecosistema. Un organismo fuera de balance con daño gastro intestinal considerable, mismo que no permite la absorción adecuada de nutrientes, reflejado en desnutrición celular, mas NO sin embargo restricción calórica. Continuamente sentimos que se nos baja la presión o el azúcar, haciéndonos victimas del antojo de chatarra en su mayoría dulce y falto de nutriente, pero que a nivel neuronal, nos da la sensación inmediata de un estado de bienestar momentáneo, para luego caer en la depresión y la desesperación .
Los lineamientos del Dr. D’Adamo nos brindan la posibilidad de alcanzar un estado de balance no solo físico sino también emocional. ¡Mente sana en cuerpo sano!
Hagan uso de todo aquello que el Dr. D'Adamo ha diseñado para mejorar su digestión, tomando en cuenta la fisiología individual:
La Boswellia, también conocida como "Incienso de la India" es una hierba que se utiliza comúnmente en Ayurveda, la medicina tradicional de la India. La boswellia es un árbol de ramificación en las regiones secas y montañosas del país. El árbol produce una resina, extraída y purificada para propósitos medicinales y trata una amplia gama de condiciones. El extracto se ha utilizado durante miles de años en la India debido a la creencia de que da longevidad y salud a los elefantes, y por ende la boswellia hace lo mismo para los seres humanos.
Tradicionalmente, la boswellia se ha utilizado para tratar afecciones como la diabetes, de la piel y enfermedades de la sangre, fiebres, trastornos cardiovasculares, trastornos neurológicos y reumatismo, pero es mejor conocida por sus resultados positivos en condiciones inflamatorias. Las investigaciones indican que el extracto de boswellia puede ayudar a retardar o detener el deterioro del tejido de cartílago y de coyunturas en pacientes que padecen osteoartritis reumatoide obteniendo mayor movimiento con reducción de dolor y rigidez. A diferencia de medicamentos que contienen ibuprofeno, la boswellia puede tomarse durante largos períodos sin causar malestar estomacal o secuelas a la salud.
El Dr. D'Adamo ha utilizado la boswellia en su clínica por años. Diseñó Phloxicin ™, para modular la inflamación, que incluye la boswellia, así como la L-histidina, un aminoácido que alivia el dolor asociado con la artritis crónica y el resveratrol, con propiedades antioxidantes y actividad antiinflamatoria en apoyo al dolor y rigidez del desgaste articular.
El asma, enfermedad crónica afectada por la inflamación. El efecto de la Boswellia en asma es sumamente alentador, dadas sus propiedades antiinflamatorias. También en casos de inflamacion intestinal, la colitis ulcerosa y la enfermedad de Crohn — la boswellia reduce la inflamación gastrointestinal y el daño de tejido. Estas enfermedades se caracterizan por inflamación crónica intestinal y del tracto digestivo. La boswellia reduce el daño y la inflamación al disminuir el número de células que contribuyen a dicha inflamación, por medio de fomento célular para dicho proceso coadyuvando al tratamiento de enfermedades inflamatorias crónicas.
No hay que formar parte de la estadística, el alto porcentaje de a quienes repercute sin duda la falta de descanso reparador, de los alérgicos que se levantan cansados y sin energía. Las alergias son uno de los males de nuestra era; por eso es tan importante hacer todo lo que esté en nuestras manos para evitarlas.
Los lineamientos de BTD son antiinflamatorios por excelencia y preventivos contra los múltiples factores de riesgo como la edad, el sexo, los antecedentes familiares de enfermedad coronaria precoz, niveles de colesterol, lipoproteínas, tabaquismo, obesidad, hipertensión, diabetes, sedentarismo, estrés y dieta con alto contenido de lectinas y elevado contenido en grasas saturadas, que vienen siendo el acontecer fisiopatológico de las enfermedades cardiovasculares entre otras tantas.
El Dr D’Adamo trabaja incansablemente en educarnos a prevenir el envejecimiento celular por medio de nuestra arma más poderosa que viene siendo la alimentación genómica personalizada o principios de nutrigenomix, en su creación magistral científica denominada SWAMI.
El “té rooibos” junto con muchos otros, viene listado, es excelente en el tratamiento de las alergias, ya que actúa como antihistamínico natural suave con la ventaja de que no produce somnolencia e induce a la relajación y bienestar. Swami le da a cada quien el valor de cada alimento, hierba o especie. Se desarrolló pensando en la prevención y el reseteo de la carga genética de cada individuo, pero un efecto secundario muy bienvenido es... ¡La pérdida de grasa corporal! Que esperan! Brindemos por la salud y el bienestar!
Quisiera hacer publica la labor incansable del Dr D Adamo por brindarnos las herramientas necesarias en dicho proceso de descubrimiento genético personalizado. Aquellos que radiquen en el México, particularmente el DF y quieran saber su estatus secretor, pónganse en contacto con migo, o simplemente hagan click en contact en el botón superior izquierdo dentro de mi columna mensual. Ya contamos con estudio de laboratorio 'in situ' ya que vía la tienda web, no se pueden enviar muestras. Gracias por su interés y entusiasmo!
I went to our local Farmer’s Market over the weekend. I’ve been craving kohlrabi, and the Farmer’s Market is the only place I can buy it. I found purple kohlrabi, and have been enjoying Kohl slaw all week.
I also bought Swiss chard. One of the venders must have had a surplus because the price was competitive with grocery store prices. Hurrah for supply & demand!
Every time I read about organic produce, I want to go organic. Then I go to the store, look at the prices, and back off. I would gladly pay a little more for organic. But when the price is two or three times as much, I have to evaluate whether the benefit is worth it. Being on a fixed income, the answer is usually no.
I wanted to buy carrots, but the best price I could find at the Farmer’s Market was $3 a pound. I picked them up and put them down. I couldn’t pay that much. The same with lettuce - a tiny head of Romaine was double the cost my grocery store charges for a large head.
My grocery store carries large beets - 4 inches or more in diameter. They take 45 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker. Then they have to cool down enough for me to peel them without burning my fingers. I can’t spontaneously decide to serve beets, I have to plan ahead and cook them early in the day.
The Farmer’s Market had a bin of organic beets that were about two inches in diameter. The price was reasonable, so I bought them. Oh they were wonderful. They cooked fast. They peeled easily. They were tender and delicious served with ghee and ginger.
I’m not sure whether they were exceptionally good because they were small or because they were organic, but I think it’s worth paying a little more for organic beets at the Farmer’s Market.
A friend got me to thinking about Easter traditions. From my childhood I have two memories. My grandmother who lived on the ranch did an Easter egg hunt for my cousins, my sister, and me whenever we were at her house for Easter. She had a big yard that was fenced in both front and back, to keep the cows away from her plants. There were lots of creative places to hide eggs - unless the farm cats found them first.
My father, who loved classical music, would search the newspaper for an announcement from a church that was going to perform Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ. Our family spent many a Palm Sunday or Good Friday surrounded by this majestic music. I haven’t heard it in years, so yesterday I looked it up on YouTube. As soon as the overture started, I could picture myself sitting beside my father in a dimly lit sanctuary.
When I had children of my own, I wanted to do healthy Easter Baskets. No marshmallow eggs with sugar and artificial coloring for this health nut Mom! I bought plastic eggs and filled them with raisins, little crackers, or peanuts. I also bought little windup toys and stuffed bunnies in place of sugary treats. We never encouraged our children to believe that the Easter bunny brought those baskets. The focus of Easter was the death and resurrection of Christ. The baskets were a gift from Mom and Dad.
One year the kids got up on Easter morning and ran into the kitchen to find their baskets beside their breakfast plates. There was so much excitement that we were almost late to church. I did not want treats and gifts to distract us from the greater importance of worship. So the next year I announced a change. Easter baskets would be on the table on Saturday morning. In our family Friday became a day of solemn recognition of the death of Christ on the cross for our sins. Saturday was a fun day for baskets of surprises. Sunday was a joyful day celebrating that Jesus has risen!
As the children grew up, the contents of the baskets changed. My son developed a chocolate allergy, and he was thrilled one year when I found a carob bunny for his basket. Toys were replaced by books or plaques.
This year I started a new tradition. I had a coupon from an online health food store for 15% off of my entire purchase. After I ordered the vitamins I needed, I looked through the grocery items. I found several things DD could eat that would be good for her and for her breast milk. BC had a bad reaction to a soy protein powder, but I wondered how he would do with soy nut butter and toasted soy nuts. I also found some alternate grains that would add calories in a healthy way. I went to Sams and got a package of walnuts - a beneficial food, but expensive for her budget. Instead of a basket, I put all of my “treats” in a box and delivered them when we went to their house for BC’s 1 month birthday.
Our son has inherited the family high blood pressure gene. Like his father and grandfather, he is very tall and very thin, but still his blood pressure was creeping up. This past year he went on a low sodium diet, which lowered his blood pressure, but not enough to keep him off of a low dose of blood pressure medication.
I began shopping for low sodium, Type O foods that would fit with his active outdoor lifestyle. I found individual packets of unsalted nuts. I found Bear Naked Granola with almost zero sodium and zero wheat. SS came to spend yesterday afternoon with us. I gave him his Easter gifts in plastic bags instead of baskets, but he enjoyed opening them just as much.
Today is Saturday before Easter. Our niece and great nieces are here. It will be a fun day taking pictures of the bluebonnets. Tomorrow we will worship. Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!
Back on the 6th I noticed a new small spot near the left side of my nose that wasn’t there before. It looked like the start of a zit because the skin was raised and a little misshapen. I tried to squeeze it to get some of the “stuff” out but nothing happened. I put some Witch Hazel on it and went to bed. When I woke up the next morning, the whole left side of my nose was swollen. I felt fine and didn’t feel any pain unless I touched the inflamed area. I tried moist heat to bring the swollen area to a head but nothing changed. When I woke up the next day, the swelling had traveled up to the bottom of my left eye and down to my jaw. This was quite alarming! I still felt just fine but the vision in my left eye was slightly impaired and I was looking like Harry Potter on the left side of my face.
It was now time to see my doctor who prescribed an anti-biotic but also mentioned a remedy for just such an infection. “Wheat and sugar” he said. “Mix 1 table spoon of wheat flour with ½ teaspoon of sugar and add just enough water to make a paste out of the mixture. Smear it on top of the (now red) area and in 4-6 hours, a head will form as the mixture will draw out the infection”.
With nothing to lose I made the mixture and put it on the infected area. Low and behold about 5 hours later, a head formed and I could now start squeezing out some of the infection. It’s now the 17th and all of the swelling has gone away except for the main area of infection. The core finally came out this morning and I hope this means I’m almost done with this.
Anyway, with all of the bad things that wheat can do to you it’s nice to know that nature still has some surprises to keep you on your toes.
We had dinner at Bangkok 54, a Thai restaurant in San Antonio. It is near the home of some wonderful friends, and is one of their favorite places to eat. We’ve been there several times. The food is very good and everything is prepared fresh. It’s worth it just to read the seasoning guide in the menu which begins with, “0: No hot pepper added during preparation” and ends with “911 Hot: No explanation necessary.” I am cautious, and I always choose 1.
I have always eaten their beef and broccoli, but yesterday I had beef for lunch, so I decided to try something new. I chose Chicken with Ginger, and it was outstanding.
At the end of the meal one of our friends said, “Would anyone like to share a dessert?” Both of the men declined, so she looked at me. She knows I am gluten free and rarely eat desserts. “She said, “You should try this Suzanne. You will be surprised. It is made with brown rice and fresh fruit.” I was curious, so I said yes.
Our server brought an oblong plate. On one end was a scoop of rice. On the other end was a freshly sliced mango. My friend, who had obviously shared this dessert before, cut down the middle of both pushing both the rice and the mango towards the two sides of the plate. I watched as she speared a piece of mango with her fork, then scooped up a bit of brown rice. I followed her example it was an incredibly delicious combination.
I think the rice was prepared with coconut milk (which would be avoid for me), but it would be easy to substitute almond milk or some other neutral. I don’t know what kind of sweetener they used, but again, I could use agave or stevia.
It was such a treat to have a dessert. I’ll admit, I have almost completely stopped making desserts, even BTD compliant desserts. The children are grown. Plus I don’t want to sabotage HH’s success at lowering his blood sugar and keeping it low.
I’m thinking this kind of “good for you” dessert might be something to look forward to at the end of a meal once in a while.
As DD began evaluating what else she might be eating that would affect her milk and make BC uncomfortable; lettuce was high on the list since SIL’s sister has Crohn’s Disease. Her Crohn’s is triggered by anything raw and green. Lettuce, spinach, broccoli, even herbs like parsley and cilantro will send her into agony. DD, who eats a big salad almost every day, can hardly imagine life without lettuce, but when she started the brown rice allergy elimination diet, salad, like everything else, was put on hold.
After finding out that eggs and soy do not agree with BC, she successfully added several foods one at a time. Then one of their church members brought dinner to the house and included a delicious looking salad. DD decided it was time to find out whether BC could tolerate lettuce. The first night went well. She was so excited that the next day she ate more salad, and she added celery. That night was disastrous. BC cried and cried and cried. None of them slept.
She backed off of salad until BC was back to normal. Then she ate lettuce again and there was no problem. A few days later she tried celery, again with terrible results. So, lettuce is in and celery is out.
DD sent this text this morning, “I think it is better just knowing he is colicky and that he does not hate life. We can laugh at him now when he goes from laughing, to crying, back to laughing, then to screaming for no apparent reason. We cuddle and bounce him, but we feel less stressed knowing that he is acting typical of a baby with colic.”
Changing the subject:
I have a friend with Parkinson’s disease. The county support group sponsored a 5k run and she sent out a message asking people to sign up and support the cause. I signed up as a member of her team. After the race, I checked the times and saw that I had the fastest time for women over 60. I didn’t get a medal because I hadn’t sighed up as an individual runner, but I have the satisfaction of knowing that I ran well - - for an old lady!
While my run was fun, I was more impressed with my friend who finished the course in spite of her Parkinson’s. She tells me that exercise increases the natural production of dopamine, so she makes herself walk two miles every day. She said, “My doctor says if I want to stay out of a wheel chair I have to keep exercising.” That takes courage and resolve. I am so proud of her. By the way, my friend’s team was second place in the event.
Both of my babies cried at night. I’m not talking about waking every 2-4 hours to eat. All breast fed babies do that. I’m talking about frantic crying as if they were angry or in pain.
My Mom was matter of fact. Babies do that. Their digestive systems are immature. They grow out of it. My husband’s Mom called it colic. She rocked and walked the floor with me, pitying the poor baby.
When BC got home from the hospital, he began to frantically cry in the evening and at night, I was fatalistic. It’s part of being a newborn. I had even read that a newborn’s intestines were the diameter of a pencil (or was it a pencil lead?). Don’t be surprised, the book said, that the tiniest gas bubble causes distress.
DD was not convinced. She believed that she was eating something that was getting in her milk and hurting BC. She went to the internet - and got more confused. “Mom, look at this,” she would say. “This website says eat broccoli and not cucumbers. This other website says eat cucumbers and not broccoli. What do I do?”
I began to wonder if some of my own children’s colic was caused by my eating avoid foods like cow’s milk, wheat, and oranges. But DD never eats avoids. Her diet is 75% beneficials and 25% neutrals.
HH & I returned to our home when BC was 10 days old. DD maintained her strong conviction that she was eating something wrong. Finally I suggested that she try the allergy elimination diet. Many years ago I read that when allergy tests were inconclusive, to eat only brown rice for a day or two. Almost no one is allergic to brown rice. Then you start to add foods one at a time. You journal to see what kind of reactions you have to each new food.
For the sake of milk production, DD was scared to go brown rice alone. Instead she spent the first day eating only brown rice, apples, carrots, and green beans. That night was the best night BC had had since they got home from the hospital.
We were elated. We talked the next day about what to add back into her diet. We decided on eggs. They are bland, and they contain lots of protein. For years DD has eaten an egg sandwich every other day.
She called the next morning. The night had been terrible. BC suffered horribly with gas. So on day three she went back to brown rice, apples, carrots, and green beans. That night was peaceful. Eggs? Really?
The problem now was that she was losing weight too fast. She needed calories. So she added almonds - both the nuts and almond milk. BC was happy. Next she added oatmeal, again they had a good night.
But when she added soy protein - another one of her staple foods - she and SIL spent the night walking the floor with an unhappy baby.
Since then she has added several fruits and vegetables, and all have agreed with BC. Eggs and soy are the only two culprits so far.
I am amazed - and I am so glad that DD persevered and did not accept night time crying as normal.