Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Detox Decadence

Okay, so I'm on this allergy detox diet, and for 4-6 weeks I have to avoid foods that I have allergies or sensitivity to. So that means most of the fruits I use in my non-dairy rice cream are out. It's pretty much bananas... because apples are weird for a frozen confection, and I don't have ripe pears right now. Imagination to the rescue! This isn't super nutritious, but it allows me to stay true to the diet.


1 Tbsp. honey or vegan sweetener
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup rice milk

Stir all ingredients together until honey or sweetener is dissolved. Freeze in your favorite ice cream maker.

1 lg. serving

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sneak Peek... The Ultimate Recycled Market Bag

I've just finished the crochet pattern for my market bag, made out of plarn. It will be offered as a free download on Ravelry after it has been tested.

If you'd like to be a tester, please let me know and I'll email you the pattern. It's easy to make, and it takes about 20-25 large grocery store plastic bags. Directions for making plarn (PLastic yARN) from the bags is included in the pattern.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Carrot LaBelle

It's Day 3 of my allergy detox diet, and I'm feeling yukky. Oh yes... now I remember that's part of the detox process for the first few days. So I finally got out my juicer and zapped up some nice, fresh veggie juice. Ah, feeling better now. Since carrot juice is just too sweet and blah for me, I discovered red bell pepper. Here's my recipe...


5 med. carrrots
1/4 lg. red bell pepper

Peel the carrots and cut them into vertical strips that will fit your juicer. Run them through.

Remove seeds and the white part of the inside of the bell pepper. Cut into pieces to fit the juicer. Run them through after the carrots. Since bell pepper is juicier than carrots, it washes more of the good stuff into your glass.

Makes 6-8 oz.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Detox Diet: Day 1

Okay, yeah, day 1 is always hard. No coffee, no sugar, no chokkies... and a whopper of a headache with no medicine allowed. But this time I know there will be awesome results.

Here's what I make sure to eat or drink every day on the allergy diet:

chamomile tea
wormwood tea
raw, soaked seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower (I make haroset.)
raw honey
fresh raw veggie juice
flaxseed oil
raw, soaked nuts
lots of good, filtered water
acidophilus supplement
vitamin supplements

Of course, I have normal foods like we usually eat for our main vegetarian meal, homemade bread, fresh fruit, rice protein powder in juice and water. But the stuff on the list above is a big part of what makes the diet work.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Time to Go on the Allergy Detox Diet!

It's that time again... my food allergies have taken over, and I'm back to a severely limited selection of foods that don't screw me up. Last spring, out of desperation, I tried the diet recommended in Carolee Bateson-Koch's wonderful book, Allergies: Disease in Disguise. It was nothing short of miraculous! After the diet, I could handle many dairy products, like CHEESE, kefir, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, and let me tell you, as a person who can't digest meat, soy, dairy, or eggs, being able to add cultured dairy made my body sing!! In addition, I was able to eat strawberries, fresh tomatoes, citrus, and many other foods to which I had developed acute sensitivities.

So, this year, going along fine foodwise, the mold level turned out to be higher than usual over the summer, and bang--back to my old problems with food.* I guess the allergic loading was just too much for my poor body to manage. So tomorrow I am starting the one-month diet again. Here's what it's all about...

The idea is to avoid as many allergens--food and environmental--as possible for a month to 6 weeks, while eating foods and taking supplements designed to give your body a rest so it can heal from all the inflammation caused by allergies. The diet also takes a whack at candida and parasites. Yep, most of us have some kind of parasite that doesn't really give any overt symptoms, but it still wreaks havoc with our systems. So basically, here's what I will be doing for the next month or so:

1. Cutting out foods and medicines that I'm sensitive to, plus foods that are digestive system-irritating and candida-promoting

2. Keeping the house super-clean to reduce dust and mold

3. Eating foods that will help my digestive system heal, reduce candida, kill off most parasites, and add beneficial bacteria

4. Avoiding bad stuff like environmental and body care chemicals, keeping my distance from electromagnetic field generators like appliances, etc.

5. Spending most of my time in the kitchen cooking, juicing, and eating.

6. This time I'm also going to add chi kung exercises, which are excellent for healing.

For the last week I have been preparing for the start of the diet, by weaning myself off coffee, chocolate, and refined sugar. Sigh. It's just gotta be done. I'll keep you posted on how it's going.

* Note: The book recommends a whole class of supplements that I chose not to take, because... you guessed it... I often have allergic reactions to new vitamins and supplements when I try them. I'm sticking with my tried-and-true vitamins, acidophilus caps, and herbal teas. BUT, my first try at the diet might have been much more successful if I had added all of the suggested supplements.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010