Category: Melissa's Earlier Blogs
My compliance really dropped off a month or two before the baby was born, when I couldn't cook or exercise. That was followed by stress and more noncompliance and some stress eating. I can't believe some of the things I was eating, avoids are a slippery slope for sure! This time I'm not just promising to get more compliant, I've done it, I'm on the bandwagon travelling too fast to jump off without injury
Since last Wednesday, I'm eating mostly beneficials. My snacks are all beneficial/neutral veggies, beneficial fruit, or whatever beneficial/neutral protein I may have on hand. My meals are almost entirely beneficial, with lots of greens and beef. This time, cold turkey was the only way to go. I needed an instant re-alignment of my diet and appetite, among other parts of me. I am now a monk when it comes to food. Food's only and most important purpose for me now is to make me feel good, whole, and healthy. No other purpose for food matters anymore. I don't stress eat, because I don't feel sorry for myself, I feel powerful and calm. (See my prayer blog ;-)
I've also been exercising, pushing the stroller up and down hills, every night as the sun gets ready to set. It's fun and a good workout!
You know, I'm a do-it-yourself, self-sufficient kinda gal. I have pride and I'm proud of my pride but that is changing. Everyone reaches a point in their life when they realize they are not invincible, and they can't do it all themself. Many people reading this website are battling frustrating, frightening, health problems. Many people facing such problems come to a point where they realize they can continue to drag themselves down with "why me" and pointing the finger of blame anywhere it will point. Some rise above the writhing masses of misery, to a whole higher plane of existence.
Dr. D. has talked about being "the exceptional patient" meaning being that one in 20 that becomes whole again, that goes into remission. There is more to that than diet alone. Food is powerful, but there's so much more to healing. We all know there are lifestyle parts to the BTD: stress reduction, exercise, meditation, but how many actually do it?
Part of meditation is prayer. Letting go of our pride and asking for help. Letting go of those parts of us we'd rather not be part of us any longer. Science shows that prayer improves outcome and health. Whatever you believe, whatever feels right to you, believe it with all your heart, and express it, ponder it...live it! Ask for what you need, then trust in what you're given. Accept your role and purpose, and then you will feel a harmony within yourself that you may not have felt for a while. We are so much more than who we think we are. We are who we touch, and who we lift, the rest is of little consequence.
I'm no expert on prayer, it had been probably a decade since I truly sincerely prayed. Sure I asked for things now and then, but more like a child asks for candy, not like a believer. My body was in a state of discord, but now it is in harmony. Like my toddler when he has a hangnail, he'll cry and complain and whine and keep touching it, making it hurt more, but he won't let me help! It would be so easy for me to fix it, if he'd give me his hand.
Have a nice Sunday!
Ok, I'm really back on board now. My body and mind are tired of being poisoned by my cravings for unhealthy foods. I will never knowingly or willingly eat any milk or corn again!! I'm serious about that this time. It's not worth one indulgence to be thrown back into the realm of cravings and weird allergic or autoimmune reactions again.
When I cook, I do so compliantly. Then noncompliant snacks start calling my name. So today I started my TPS-cleansing diet and bought a whole bunch of fresh vegetables. These will be my only snacks for some time. I think it's high time I bought a deluxe juicer too.
Stay tuned for a thai chicken salad recipe...
1 1/4 cup quinoa flour,
1/4 cup sweet rice flour,
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup-1 cup water (usually on the 3/4 side of the range)
Ttir it together with a fork, knead it until no longer sticky (adding flour as needed) and let it rest an hour. Then shape it into tortillas. This dough is a bit softer than wheat dough, but very workable, even my son can make good tortilla shapes out of it, given enough extra sweet rice flour. I press these in a tortilla press then let them cook until bubbles start to puff up...yummmy! They taste like corn tortillas, but the texture is somewhat reminiscent of wheat tortillas.
Then comes the sauce. Rather than buying a can of sauce with bland ingredients at best, questionable ingredients at worst, it's easy to make your own! You can use sweet rice flour just as you would use wheat flour in this recipe
4 Tbsp Sweet Rice Flour
1/4 cup oil (grapeseed or other compliant oil)
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin (fresh ground if possible)
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Cups Hot water
1 small can tomato sauce (8 or 12 oz), or to taste depending on how mild you like it
minced hot peppers as desired
Brown the flour in a pan until it becomes somewhat fragrant (I never get it to turn brown, rice flour takes a while to accomplish that), add spices, add oil, with heat still on, slowly but steadily add the hot water. It may clump at first, but just keep stirring and adding more in and it becomes smooth. Once smooth, add tomato sauce, and simmer until thick enough.
From there, you can add beans, onions, whatever you like in your enchiladas, build them and smother in sauce, cook it 350 C for about 30 minutes. I don't use cheese and I find I don't miss it. Non-secretors can top it with avocado slices and sliced green onions when serving.
Hey all, I could spend this whole blog writing about all the things I want to write about but haven't had time...or all the things I want to do but haven't been able to. Such is life in the springtime with young children. Typically I spend this time of year re-organizing my house or garage, but my baby won't have any of that. Yesterday I felt like I had consumed 10 espressos for breakfast, I was all buzzed from spending too much time in the sun the previous two days. So, back on with the hat and sunglasses!
I have learned that I need to be much more careful this time of year about my compliance to the whole blood type program. No addictive avoids (corn and milk are still occasionally my downfall), and more exercise. Tonight I did manage to go for a walk at sunset with the family (after eating a nice steak), and it was all great. We pushed strollers up some mean hills, and I sure needed the workout. We were rewarded with a great view of a great sunset, and sleepy kids when we got them home.
Bipolar Seasonal Affective Disorder, it's an interesting one. I'm on a fall/spring schedule, with those being my worst times, a couple weeks after each time change or equinox is my worst time, gradually improving until each solstice when it resolves for the most part. Fall emotions are in shades of black, and spring emotions are in shades of red. A bit of mania can be fun, but too much gets frightening. I think I've adjusted what I need to now, but I still hope for these cool, rainy, overcast days like today. Anybody out there like me? Well, I know there's nobody exactly like me...