Yep, I’m quite certain I have cancer. Have I been to a doctor? Nope, and they are not getting their hands on me! Don’t worry, I’m going to be just fine! I’m not looking for sympathy, this is no pity party, no resignation on life. I’m healing myself naturally and I’m sharing my story so that others can benefit from what I have learned.
Please know, that your issues do not need to match mine for this plan to be beneficial to you, in fact, whatever your health issues, this plan, if adhered to and in conjunction with proper diet, will benefit all health issues. This is because all health issues begin in the gut.
This has been a long time in the making, the thoughts swirl and swirl around in my head so much so, that I am compelled to write them down. I would have liked to have given a more technical perspective, but time does not permit. As I like to say, if you have a question, google it. You can find just about anything you want to know in cyberspace. And of course you can also comment and I will do my best to reply.
So how did I get here? After all, I have been a self professed health nut. I ate a vegetarian diet with whole grains and healthy fats. I didn’t smoke or drink. I exercised regularly, got fresh air and sunshine, drank plenty of filtered water and got plenty of rest. I should have been the picture of health, and to anyone on the outside looking in, I did appear to be healthy.
I had numerous health issues though; achy joints and muscles, acne, constipation, weight gain, cataracts, lymphatic rosary, lethargy. I’m not big on complaining so for the most part I tried to take care of my health issues with my diet and natural remedies.
But last year a particular health issue cropped up that set all of this in motion. I developed a bad case of jock itch. Yep, jock itch, and yes, women can get it too. It was nasty, horrible, awful, terrible... At first I wasn’t even sure that it was jock itch. It started out as being itchy in the perineal area. Since I had had recurring bouts of yeast infections, I was thinking it was yet another yeast issue, but my natural remedies for yeast just weren’t working. I tried remedies for possible bacterial or fungal infections to no avail. And it spread, and it spread, and it spread. By the time I figured out what I had, I was quite a mess. I tried all the natural remedies for jock itch. Some of them helped a little, but it never fully cleared up. I got to the point that as much as I hated to use anything unnatural, I began using the over the counter creams. These did help, but it still did not fully go away. If I stopped using the cream, even after waiting at least a month after being “clear”, it would come back. How was I going to get rid of this stuff? It was driving me mad!
I suspected that I needed to follow a Candida diet (no sugar or starchy foods). I wasn’t looking forward to it, I liked my healthy desserts, and besides, I really did eat super healthy. I used low glycemic sweeteners like coconut sugar, I ate sprouted grain bread, etc. But I had seemingly suddenly put on 10 pounds. It was time for a diet of some sort. I searched around the internet and decided to try the 17 Day Diet. It was very similar to a Candida diet in that it eliminated sugars and starches for 17 days, then gradually added starches back into the diet. During the 17 Day Diet, I noticed that my acne cleared up, but then reappeared when I added starches back into my diet. That was when I realized that yes, I needed to get on a Candida diet.
I didn’t stop at just the Candida diet. I am always researching and learning new information on the Internet. I learned that Candida is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut and that I needed to supplement with probiotics AND anti-fungals. It is so important to use both. The anti-fungals help to kill the bad bacterial while the probiotics help to restore the good bacteria.
Candida, Cancer, and Coffee Enemas (Liver Cleansing)
I learned that there was a link between Candida and cancer. In fact one article I read stated that if you have Candida, you also have cancer, that cancer is simply a fungal overgrowth in the body. Wow! I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and treat myself naturally for cancer, even though I didn’t think I had cancer. I was aware of using coffee enemas and juicing for cancer. I began taking daily coffee enemas. I tried juicing, but a flare up of jock itch indicated that it was still too much sugar for my body. Occasionally I will make a green juice, but I really like having carrots or apple in my juices, which are too high in sugar for me at this point.
It is interesting to note that several years ago I had began doing the Dr. Hulda Clark liver cleansing. I eliminated hundreds of gall stones from my liver, as well as lots of chaff which looks like green or tan specks floating on the top of the water. My more recent experiences with liver cleansing though left me feeling nauseous, and I didn’t get many stones out, so I had backed off on doing them. I knew that the coffee enemas were indeed cleansing my liver because I saw the familiar chaff. Often times it would show up in the following days enema because I had failed to eliminate all the coffee.
Unfortunately I haven’t kept a diary to track my progress, there’s just not enough time most days. But at some point after beginning to do the daily coffee enemas, I began to have pain in my liver. I searched the internet but could find no indication that the coffee enemas were the source of my liver pain. The only sources of pain in the liver that I could find were cancer or cirrhosis. It was quite sore for at least a couple of weeks. It would hurt especially so when I was bending over or trying to sleep on my right side. But I decided to stick with the coffee enemas. Eventually the pain subsided and it no longer bothers me. So I am quite sure I had some issue, yes cancer, within my liver. In fact, looking back, I remember I once had a blood test in the late 1990’s that indicated my liver function was compromised. That did not surprise me since I had been an alcoholic.
Curing My Lymphatic Rosary
Then I began to have pain in my upper chest, in the supraclavical area of my lymph nodes. This was a big deal to me! In fact, about 6 years ago, I had a friend who had been to see an iridologist. She took a look at my eyes and noticed that I had a lymphatic rosary. The outer ring of the iris correlates to the lymphatic system. A lymphatic rosary looks like beads going around the edge of the iris. I peered into the mirror and researched lymphatic rosary on the internet. Yep, I had one. How to get rid of it? Most reports called for adding supplements like vitamins E, C, zinc. Things like skin brushing, rebounding and exercise would help to get the lymph to get flowing. I tried them all, but never saw a change in my lymphatic rosary. I often looked at in the mirror, but the rosary just didn’t budge.
In addition to that, my ex-husband had been knowledgeable in trigger point massage. He had often told me that my upper chest area felt knotty. And it was on my upper chest, shoulders and upper back that I had much of my acne issues. So I knew for sure that I had lymphatic issues, yes, cancer even. And I believe that everything I have been doing to regain my health has essentially called the cancer out. I still have pain in the supraclavical area of my chest, but the right side no longer bothers me. It is all on the left side now and it radiates up towards my shoulder. It doesn’t hurt all the time, just sporadically. Sometimes it is quite strong. And although I still have some lymphatic rosary, it is definitely dissipating!
There are many ways to approach healing Candida. Since I don’t have a lot of money at my disposal, I searched for ways that would be the most effective while also being cost effective. Rather than taking a lot of expensive supplements, I opted for using bentonite or green clay and psyllium husk fiber. One source recommended following this routine for 3 months and in combination with taking capryllic acid, which is the active ingredient found in coconut oil. However, when I started out taking the recommended tablespoon of each, I had a lot of stomach gurgling, more constipation, and eventually a pretty severe die off reaction. I then stopped taking it for a few weeks. When I read on “Whole New Mom” that she considered stomach gurgling a sign that the war on bad bacteria was working, I decided to get back on the bentonite clay and psyllium husk fiber. But this time I started at 1 teaspoon of each and gradually worked my way back up to a tablespoon of each. Much better! I have been taking it twice a day now for close to three months.
During my enemas, sometimes I found it difficult to expel all of the liquid. If I pushed around on my abdomen, you could hear it in there sloshing around, but try as I might, it didn’t always come out. I figured there must be some blockage in there and that someday something was going to come out. And sure enough, a couple of weeks ago, I began to eliminate white masses, which I am now quite convinced are colon cancer. I’m still eliminating them, although the first time there was a lot. If I were to estimate, I would say that they measured 1 full cup. I’ve stepped up my coffee enemas to twice or even three times a day on the weekends. But I haven’t had time for more during the week since I work full time. But I don’t like the idea of that stuff being reabsorbed into my body. In addition, I have also been eliminating the “sludge” that was lining my intestines. I’ve seen pictures on the internet that look like the whole sludge lining comes out in one long disgusting piece, but mine have been in broken fragments.
Mercury Poisoning and How Root Canals Cause Cancer
I also learned that there is a link between Candida and mercury poisoning. Even if a person has no amalgam fillings, they could have inherited mercury poisoning in the womb if their mother had it. And unfortunately I had both. My mother had amalgam fillings and later I had amalgam fillings. Looking back, I also see now that my mother had Candida. She had digestive issues, arthritis, eczema in her ears, thyroid cancer, etc.
In fact, it is very likely that mercury poisoning is the root cause of my Candida and cancer. What happens is that mercury displaces essential trace minerals in the body, like zinc, selenium and molybdenum. It then interferes with basic metabolic functions. How does the mercury get from the filling in your tooth into your cells?. By mercury vapors which are released through temperature changes and chewing. The mercury also expands and contracts with temperature changes which eventually causes the tooth to crack. And if you’re like me, you’ve had a few of these that have turned into root canals and caps. More bad news, I’ll go into more detail below. And let’s not forget that amalgam fillings are not the only source of mercury poisoning. If you eat a lot of fish, you are also at risk for mercury poisoning. It can also be found in vaccinations, in the environment, or exposure through industry.
I knew one thing for certain. I needed to get my amalgams removed and replaced, ASAP! But not by a regular dentist because I could not risk being exposed to more mercury vapors. I needed to get to a biological dentist who would take the proper precautions while removing the amalgams. I’m happy to report that my amalgams have been removed and replaced, so I am also currently detoxing for heavy metals.
Ok, back to those root canals. The other day I was taking another look at the Gerson website for healing cancer naturally and I found that it was strongly recommended that any root canal teeth be removed. The reason for this is that although the root canal of the tooth has been filled, there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of tubules in the tooth below the gum that do not get filled. Microbes live in these tubules and travel in and out of the tooth. They can travel to different parts of the body and they cause cancer! The tooth is dead tissue that we have allowed to remain in our bodies. When has it ever been a good idea to allow dead tissue to remain in the body?
Just as a map of the iris will relate to corresponding areas of the body, so also our teeth relate to corresponding areas. As I stated above, most of my lymph node pain is on my left side, which is also the location of most of my root canal teeth. And most of my root canal teeth also correspond to the colon. At this point in time, I still have my root canal teeth, but you can be sure that I am actively pursuing getting them removed. Again, this should not be done by just any dental surgeon, but one who knows to looks for and remove the dental ligament and any jaw bone infection that may be present.
Healing the Gut Naturally
This my guideline of everything I am doing in addition to diet and heavy metal detoxing.
My first draft I had typed up for my son’s father. He is having serious abdominal issues. The doctors want to perform surgery on him by opening him up and removing his abdominal organs, cleaning up his gut and putting the organs back in! That sounds very serious and very risky! He doesn’t want to do it and I don’t blame him. He wants to heal himself naturally, but you’ve really got to be diligent if you’re going to take the natural route!
I also gave a draft to a friend at work whose husband is having many health issues including gut issues. It’s funny now how I hear peoples’ health complaints and I KNOW what is wrong and what they need to do, but the doctors don’t tell people what they need to do. They tell them what they want to hear, “take this magic pill and you’ll be cured”. But the magic pill doesn’t work in the long run! What works is learning how to get on the track to good health and taking the really hard pill, the one requires effort on our parts to treat our bodies the way they need to be treated.
I have probably overlooked some things which I will try to add in as I think of them. Please contact me if you have questions, I will be very happy to help as much as I can.
1. DIET: You must eliminate ALL sugars, alcohol, grains (no
breads, pastas, oats, rice, etc.) and starchy vegetables (peas, potatoes, corn, beans). This is very important because the bad bacteria and cancers feed on these things. You need to starve them! Do not smoke or chew, your liver is overloaded with toxins!
Eat pasture fed organic meats and eggs, non-starchy organic vegetables, 1 low sugar serving of organic fruit per day (berries). Do not eat any moldy foods (oranges, mushrooms, peanuts, pistachios, cashews). Eliminate dairy except organic plain yogurt. You may sweeten with Stevia or vegetable glycerin. You may eat non-moldy nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans) and raw seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flax) and unsweetened coconut and coconut milk. Eat healthy fats (coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, organic butter, flax oil). Don’t drink coffee, only use it in the coffee enemas. Coffee makes you acidic, you need to lower your pH (see below). Drink filtered water!
2. SUPPLEMENT: Take probiotics, this is very important! They help restore the good bacteria in your gut. The higher the number, the better, but start slow with lower doses as you may feel gurgling and discomfort as well as “die off” symptoms from the bad bacteria dying off. These symptoms can make you feel nauseous.
3. DETOX: Detoxing will help take away the toxins that are making you feel nauseous. There are several ways to detox, I recommend doing all of these.
a. COFFEE ENEMAS: These draw toxins out of your liver. Place 2 cups FILTERED water and 2-3 tablespoons ORGANIC coffee (start with 2, then work up to 3) in a saucepan. Do not use chlorinated water! Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes, then add 2 more cups of filtered water. Check the temperature, you want it to be warm, but not too warm. Sometimes I reheat it a little if it’s not warm, or I add more water if it needs to cool down more. Pour into an enema bag (remove air or you will have “gas”) or bucket, take the enema lying down on your right side. Lay on a towel over a plastic sheet in case of leaks. I’m a small enough person that I just lay my towel down in the bathtub. Try to hold it inside for 15 minutes. NOTE: This should be done after you have had a bowel movement. If you have not had a bowel movement, do a warm plain water enema (2 quarts) before the coffee enema. Do this preferably 3 times per day. Most days I only have time for 1, 2 on weekends. Because my bowels are not moving well, I almost always have to water enema before coffee enema. This process usually takes an hour to complete. You don’t have to hold in the water, but I would repeat if it you don’t get a good bowel movement. I also massage my gut to help loosen debris in the intestines. You may notice that you feel pain in certain areas of your body (mine were the liver, followed by the lymp glands in my upper chest). Keep doing the coffee enemas! They will draw out the cancer that is causing pain. Plan on doing the coffee enemas for at least 1 ½ years.
b. Take vitamin C, it helps with the symptoms from removing the toxins.
c. Take a very warm bath (hot, but don’t burn yourself), with 2 cups baking soda and 2 cups Epsom salts. This will also draw out toxins. I don’t always have time for this, but if I’m feeling particularly nauseous, it really does help.
4. COLON CLEANSE: Take bentonite clay and psyllium husk fiber mixed in 1 cup filtered water. The amounts will be 1 tablespoon of each, but start with 1 tsp each and work your way up or you may feel nauseous and have constipation. Take this mixture 2 to 3 times per day. I do 2. I like to put my vitamin C powder in this mixture for flavor, and I add some drops of stevia to make it more palatable. ALSO: take Caprylic Acid. This is an anti-fungal that will work in conjunction with the clay and fiber by punching holes in the fungus. The clay will draw toxins out of the body and the fiber will cleanse the bad bacteria from the intestinal wall. Do this routine for at least 3 months. If you use a powdered clay, sprinkle the clay over the water and let it set for 6-12 hours to absorb the water. Do this in a quart sized mason jar. Put a lid on the jar and shake your mixture, then drink it down quickly or the fiber will make it thick. Add more filtered water to the jar after drinking, shake it up and drink what’s left of the mixture. Clean the jar and lid with water, then get your next dose ready. Do not use metal spoons with the clay!
5. MERCURY: If you have mercury fillings, get them out! But only by a biological dentist who follows the safe removal procedures so that you will not be exposed to the mercury vapors! Then detox the body for mercury (this is a whole other routine, I’ll pass it on but you have to get the mercury fillings out first!) The closest one that I am aware of in central Pennsylvania is Dr. Pentti Nupponen whose office is in Halifax.
6. LOWER YOUR pH: Put fresh squeezed lemon juice (not the bottled stuff!) in your water, ½ to 1 whole lemon. I like to use a whole lemon in a tall glass of water and add some stevia, it tastes like lemonade! If you don’t have lemons available or don’t have time to squeeze, you can also add organic apple cider vinegar to your water or herbal tea. Add some stevia to make it palatable. It’s not bad really! Try my recipe for homemade “kombucha”. Another option is to add baking soda to water, a half teaspoon in cup of water. These all lower your pH. Drink them throughout the day. Lately I have been drinking chickory tea when I’m at work, which is also alkalizing. I like to add cinnamon to the tea and stevia. If you would like to test your pH, it’s very easy to pick up some pH strips at a drug store or order them online.
7. EXERCISE: Try to get some exercise, start with walking, even if it’s just 20 or even 10 minutes, then build up as your energy level improves. This may take awhile, you might feel weak initially. 8.
FRESH AIR, SUNSHINE, REST, FAITH: Get outside, get 20 minutes of sunshine a day. Walk barefoot outside, the ground is negatively charged and takes up free radicals in the body, it's like getting antioxidants. Open your windows! I know people with central air who never open their windows. The outside air is ionized, breathing ionized air helps take up cancer causing free radicals. Get plenty of sleep. Have a faith and support system.
VITACOST.COM: I buy most of my supplements mentioned above from Vitacost. They are generally less expensive than buying them from the store and they will ship for free if your order is over $50. No, I am not affiliated, but if you reference me on your first order, we both save $10. I’m not positive as I write this, but I think you would reference my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
My Historical Candida (Cancer) Timeline
1962: born, mother had amalgams, was also a smoker
1967: had my tonsils removed
1967? – 1981?: Received many amalgam fillings through childhood
1972 – I became an alcoholic. Yep, that’s right, 1972. By the way, I have a theory that alcoholism is caused by Candida. Perhaps it is a symbiotic relationship, but alcohol feeds the Candida and the body craves alcohol because of the Candida.
1977?: I started smoking cigarettes and marijuana
1980: had my wisdom teeth removed, and a round of antibiotics, and my first yeast infection
1983: My father died from cancer that started in his bladder and later spread to his kidneys, he was an alcoholic
1992? – 2004: I used to get eczema on the palms of my hands and soles of my feet, sometime pretty severe. Treated with steroids. I hadn’t had a real outbreak since 2004, but coincidentally(?), that was the year my joint pain started.
1994: had my gall bladder removed, and a round of antibiotics (sure wish I knew then what I know now, would still have my gall bladder if I had simply started liver cleansing)
1995?: had a bilateral tubal ligation and a round of antibiotics
1996: broke a tooth while eating popcorn, amalgam filling came out, thankfully I didn’t swallow it!
2001: I quit smoking, drinking and doing recreational drugs. Started exercising on a regular basis and eating a more health conscious diet.
2002-2004?: had some of my amalgams removed and replaced by a non-biological dentist who did not take proper precautions, exposing me to mercury vapors.
2004: became a vegetarian. Also, if memory serves me correctly, it was about this time that my acne was becoming a problem.
2006?: began doing Dr. Hulda Clark liver cleanses and eliminating lots of gall stones from my liver.
2007: Discovered I had a lymphatic rosary
2009: eliminated white sugar, white flour, white pasta, white rice, corn. Constipation issues becoming severe. Yeast infections becoming severe. Struggling with weight gain. Began using more coconut oil and coconut milk. Began doing oil pulling.
2011: had cosmetic surgery with a round of antibiotics
2012: Two of my female cousins had cancer, one breast cancer, the other cancer of the spine. My acne is so bad that I begin using acne skin treatments. Also told by the eye doctor that I was developing cataracts, ugh!
2013: I began the Candida diet, taking probiotics and anti-fungals, colon cleansing, coffee enemas, removal of amalgam fillings, heavy metal detoxing. At this point in time my joint pain and constipation are still severe, but I know I am on the right track.
Yay! I completed 3 cycles of the 17 Day Diet. The results? I lost a total of 8 lbs. That's not too bad, considering I did cheat several times and probably pushed the line on adhering to the diet when I wasn't cheating.
But an interesting thing happened. I noticed that an issue I had had for quite some time with some acne really cleared up when I completed Cycle 1, but was returning on Cycle 3. This confirmed my suspicions that the real root of my health issues is an overgrowth of Candida.
The 17 Day Diet is very similar to the Anti Candida Diet in that it eliminates all sugars, grains, starchy vegetables and limits fruits to 2 servings per day of low sugar fruits. I believe I experienced a Candida die off due to starving the Candida by greatly reducing any sugars/starches in my diet. My symptoms were some slight nausea, but mainly itchy skin, and in patchy areas on my arms and legs, the skin felt rough, kind of like crystals had formed where the Candida died off. I attribute the return of some acne on Cycle 3 to some treats I had eaten with coconut sugar in them, indulging in popcorn with nutritional yeast on 3 occasions, eating more than two servings of fruit on some days and increasing my intake of starchy vegetables and grains.
Although I had suspected for quite some time that I needed to follow an Anti Candida Diet, I was not looking forward to it. But after following the 17 Day Diet, I now feel that the Anti Candida Diet allows me more freedom to eat the foods I like as a vegetarian than the 17 Day Diet did.
My only concern now is that I still would like to loose some more weight, so hopefully I'll still be able to do that while on the Anti Candida Diet. I will be increasing my fat intake though with all things coconut, avocado and ACD friendly nuts.
It must seem like I move from one thing to another quite often, but it really is a journey and I am still finding my way to better health.
Thankfully I have some really great resources for Anti Candida Diets! Please click here
for a list of ACD links.
Please leave a comment if you know of other Anti Candida Diet websites. Thank you!
I had this for breakfast along with Ricki Heller's Strawberry Chia Fluff
and some homemade Carob Nutella sweetened with Stevia.
This recipe is adapted from The Candida Diet Coconut Bread
and from The Candida Diaries Coconut Bread. In the first recipe, I didn't care for using the buckwheat flour and the bread didn't rise as much as I would have liked. In the second recipe, I didn't like the idea of using 2 cups of almond flour and I needed to swap the sweetener with stevia. The result is a very light, very moist, even springy, but tender bread. It doesn't have a lot of flavor on its own, but tasted wonderful with the homemade nutella. I'm sure it would go well with whatever you would like to pair it with!
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup of almond flour
1 Tbsp. Psyllium Husks Powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Stevia, to taste (I used 2 individual packets)
1 cup full cream can of coconut milk (use only the creamy part on the top)
4-5 eggs (I used 4, but a couple of them were very large)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Whisk until you don’t see any lumps. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, then add to the dry ingredients and fold in until well mixed. Pour into a loaf pan greased with coconut oil and bake at 175C (350F) for 30-40 minutes. The top of the loaf should be firm and a light golden color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in pan. Enjoy!
It has been two weeks since I've posted! I have been so busy lately that I was getting stressed about keeping up with my blog so I decided to give it a rest. I have debated about whether I should settle for occasional posts or give it up entirely, which I really don't want to do.
As much as I do want to have a successful blog, I have to remember what my priorities are, and unfortunately, blogging is low on the list. I work full time, so that takes a huge chunk of my time. Then there is getting enough sleep and exercise, keeping up with my home and garden, cooking healthy foods and spending time with my family and friends. That doesn't leave me very much spare time for blogging, so I have to accept that I can't do as much as I'd like. But I'll do what I can.
Today I am sharing one of my most favorite beverages. It's a take on Kombucha which a fermented tea. By adding vinegar, stevia and sparkling water to herbal tea, you get a beverage very similar to kombucha. Make sure you use an organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother" to get the best health benefits.
There are so many health benifits to consuming vinegar and it is how I got through this past winter without a single illness. Although vinegar is acidic, it actually reduces acidity in the body. Most people are too acidic which makes them prone to illness.
I make this punch for all special occasions, holiday meals and as a take along drink when I go out of town. Since I don't drink alcoholic beverages, this gives me a "special drink" I can have on special occasions. The original recipe came from Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert and Dogs
. I only changed the type of tea. I like to use Hibiscus Punch Herbal Tea* made by San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Co. which I buy through Vitacost.com. *NOTE: I was getting low on my supply of the Hibiscus Punch Herbal Tea and found that it is no longer available :(. I will have to find a new favorite, but in the meantime, I would encourage you to try this beverage with your favorite herbal tea.
3 cups filtered water
5 Hibiscus Punch Herbal tea* bags (see Note above)
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
35 drops liquid stevia
1 750ml bottle sparkling water
Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let steep until cool, then remove tea bags (I like to give them a squeeze to get all the flavor out of them). Pour into a pitcher, add vinegar and stevia. Chill the tea mixture and the bottle of sparkling water. Add the sparkling water just before serving, stir, pour and enjoy.
Note: if not consumed within the first day, it does loose it's effervescence, but it still tastes good!
Always looking for ways to make my diet more interesting, I decided to try Ricki Heller's Zucchini Fritter recipe. Since Cycle 2 of the 17 Day Diet allows beans, I thought I could make these fritters because they use garbonzo bean flour. They also made a nice portable snack while I was traveling.
I did have to change the recipe up a bit since I didn't have any zucchini, but I did have grated yellow summer squash in my freezer. And, wonder of wonders, with all the spices I have crammed into my cupboard, I did not have tarragon! Just take a look...
So I substituted marjoram and rosemary instead.
I also wanted to double the recipe to make extras for another day. But, oops, in the process of doubling, I forgot to double the garbonzo bean flour, and I did not double the liquid since it looked like it would be too soupy if I did.
I also chose to bake them in the oven instead of using a fry pan, because I do not own any non-stick cookware.
Summer Squash Fritters
Adapted from Zucchini Fritters
at Diet, Dessert and Dogs (http://dietdessertndogs.com)
2 summer squash, grated
3/4 to 1 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup (80 g) chickpea flour
1/2 tsp dried marjoram1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup drained summer squash juice (see recipe), water or vegetable broth
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Wash and trim summer squash and grate medium-fine. Place a colander or sieve above a large bowl and add the squash to the colander. Sprinkle with salt and toss lightly. Allow the squash to rest at least ten minutes so that the salt will extract excess moisture from the squash. Then squeeze squash to remove as much liquid as you can without straining (allow the juice to drain into the bowl).Or, thaw frozen grated summer squash, place in strainer and squeeze out excess liquid. Add salt and set aside.
While the squash rests, place the flour, marjoram, rosemary, baking powder and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. If you wish to use the squash liquid, pour it into a glass measuring cup and add any water or broth necessary to make 1/3 cup. Add lemon juice to the cup.
Turn the drained squash into the bowl with the flour and add the liquids. Stir quickly to combine, but don’t over stir.
Heat oven to 400 F. Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter onto an oiled parchment lined baking sheet and flatten slightly to create pancakes. Bake 20 minutes, until fragrant and the tops are almost dry and bottoms are browned. Flip and bake another 5-10 minutes. Makes 8-9 fritters. May be frozen.Note: I was surprised that even with using parchment paper, these did stick a little and it was somewhat difficult to turn them. I think it would help to oil the parchment paper.
I weighed in a day early this past weekend because I went out of town to visit my new grandson! Isn't he beautiful?
He's my very first grandchild and I'm so happy to be a grandmother!
Now, back to weighing in. I completed Cycle 1 and moved on to Cycle 2 this week, so every other day I am enjoying 2 servings of starchy foods such as oats, beans, and rice! But that also means my weight loss will slow down. So this week I lost 1.6 pounds. I'm down a total of 7.6 pounds from where I started 3 weeks ago.
A quick word about rice: to keep it lower glycemic, you'll want to use a long grain or Basmati rice. I'm using brown Basmati, it's delicious. If you think you don't like brown rice, try the brown Basmati, it's really good! Also, an easy way to remember the glycemic load of rice is short = fat, long = thin. Sorry,! I hope no one takes offense at this analogy, it's just how I remember which type of rice I should buy.
Rice Pudding (17 Day Diet, Cycle 2)
For each serving:
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
12-14 drops liquid stevia
4 prunes, chopped (optional)
Place all ingredients except coconut oil in bowl, mix well. Oil individual baking dish (you will have slightly more than 1 cup of the mixture) and add the mixture. Place baking dish on baking sheet, bake at 350 F for 50-60 minutes or until set. It should not be runny. I gently jiggle the pan to see if the top is set.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many servings you want to make. I made three servings so I had three breakfasts ready to go this week. I took one serving with me while I was out of town; it made an easy breakfast that was ready to go.
Have you heard of oil pulling or "swishing"? If so, have you tried it? I do it (almost) every day.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is the practice of taking 1-3 teaspoons of oil in the mouth and swishing it between the teeth and gums for 15-20 minutes, 1 to 3 times a day before meals, then spitting it out.
Why should I do oil pulling?
Oil pulling does exactly as the name implies, it pulls toxins from the mouth and body. The result is not only improved dental health, but overall health as well. At oilpulling.com
, the dental benefits listed are:
pinker and healthier looking gums
Diseases that can be eliminated by oil pulling include:
chronic blood disorders such as leukemia
arthritis and related illnesses
neuro physiological paralysis
women’s hormonal disorders
My Experience with Oil Pulling
When I started oil pulling, I had some sensitive teeth, which were most likely harboring bacteria that would have caused me to have needless root canals. After several days of swishing, the sensitivity went away. I credit this to the oil pulling the bacteria out of the teeth. If I stop oil pulling for a length of time, the sensitivity returns, so I continue to do it on a (mostly) daily basis.
What kind of oil should I use?
At oilpulling.com, they recommend using sunflower or sesame oil and that other oils are not as effective.
However, when I first learned of oil pulling, the article I read promoted coconut oil. I prefer the taste of coconut oil over other oils, and I believe it works just as well. It is solid at cool room temperatures, but melts quickly in the mouth. When I am finished, I spit my oil in the trash because I don't want an accumulation of coconut oil clogging my pipes.
Are you Ready to Give it a Try?
I love smoothies, don't you?! The addition of lemon juice to this strawberry smoothie gives it a bright taste! Yumm! And lemon juice is good for digestion!
Makes 4 servings
1 cup plain low fat yogurt (or substitute your favorite non-dairy yogurt)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
juice of one lemon
30 drops stevia
4 cups of frozen strawberries
In a blender, add the yogurt, milk, vanilla, lemon juice and stevia. Add strawberries a few at a time. Continue to blend and add strawberries until thick. Enjoy!
Freeze leftovers in individual containers, thaw for a couple of hours before serving.
Note: I think these would even be brighter with the lemon zest as well. I think I will try that the next time I make them.
These muffins were very tasty, even cold leftovers straight from the fridge tasted good.
The only issue I had was that even though I oiled my muffin pan, these still stuck quite a bit to the pan. I think next time I might try making more of a quiche and use parchment paper to avoid the sticking to the pan. Or, if you have silicone muffin cups, those might work better.
adapted from Caryl's Turkey Sausage Egg Muffins (C1) @ 17 Day Diet Gal Ingredients:
2 Tofurkey sausage links, browned and chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 bag chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained (could use fresh)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Franks Red Hot sauce (optional)
4 oz low fat free cottage cheese (optional)
1 Tbs nutritional yeast1 tsp saltcoconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 F
Oil muffin tins w/coconut oil
Heat olive oil and sautée onions until soft. Add spinach (or any other chopped vegetables you like, peppers, broccoli, etc.) heat to desired doneness. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add cottage cheese, hot sauce and/or pepper, salt and Tofurkey. Add the spinach and onion mixture a little at a time, stirring the eggs after each addition to avoid scrambling the eggs. Using a 1/3 measuring cup as a scoop, fill each muffin cup almost to the top* with the egg mixture. Bake in 350 oven for about 20-25 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
Recipe makes 12 muffins. This recipe could be pared down if you do not want to make this much. They can be frozen for breakfasts during the week.*Note: I filled my cups to the top and some ran over in the oven, so don't fill them all the way to the top.
I love a good cup of hot cocoa! It takes me back to days of childhood, camping and cool mornings, which always puts a smile on my face!
Ingredients for 1 serving:
12 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder or carob powder
1 tablespoon Roma coffee substitute (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
12 to 15 drops stevia
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat until very warm. Pour into mug and enjoy!
This asparagus soup is wonderfully creamy and delicious! The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado
's recipe is superb! But, to make this 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 friendly, I needed to substitute almond milk for the coconut milk. I also substituted coconut oil for the olive oil, although both are Cycle 1 friendly. And finally I left out the shallot and used a medium onion instead of a small onion since I don't usually have shallots on hand.
Adapted from The Vegan Cookbook AficionadoMakes 2-4 servings Ingredients
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Directions:
Cut asparagus into 1/2 inch pieces, set aside.
In a large heavy bottomed pot or medium stock pot over medium high heat, cook the onion in the coconut oil for about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper and continue cooking until the onion is soft and starting to turn brown.
Add the chopped asparagus and broth, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the asparagus has softened. Stir in the almond milk. Remove from heat and puree the soup using a stick blender, or puree in batches in a blender and return to pot. Mix in lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Optional: I added a poached egg to the soup, it was delicious! Love Of My Life and I each had two servings!