Monday, April 21, 2014

Grilled Peaches!!

I am loving grilled Peaches lately!! Apples are super yummy too! Have you tried my "Almost Apple Pie" ?? Super yummy and even better grilled. I also tried a version of "Almost Peach pie" with grilled peaches instead. Yummy! Like Peach cobbler.

Here are a few other ways I have eaten grilled peaches.  I'm all about simple things!
Grilled peaches with cinnamon and nutmeg with Banana "icecream" and chopped pecans on top.

Banana "Icecream"
When my bananas are getting really ripe I slice them up, put them in a baggie and toss them in the freezer.  When I'm feeling like icecream I blend up the frozen banana with a little bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk & vanilla powder. Blend until Icecream consistency. You can also add other fruit like strawberries or cacao powder and almond butter, etc.  

Grilled Peaches with coconut butter/coconut cream and coconut flakes is also delicious! 
Tropical Traditions coconut cream is divine!! I love their coconut oil, cream and coconut flakes. 
Also so yummy with a little bit of coconut milk poured over it.  Like Peaches and Cream! So good!

To grill the Peaches:
I like the big bags of frozen peaches from Costco.  
Simply put 1-2 cups of frozen peaches in a frying pan over medium heat with about a TBS of coconut oil. I cover them with cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to cook and soon the outsides will sort of carmelize.  I like the outsides noticably grilled not just warmed through and soft peaches. Easy takes maybe 5 minutes or so. Then you can top them however you like or eat them just like that.

Adrenal Fatique & Leaky Gut

I've been seeing a functional Medicine and Hormone Specialist. My Thyroid is off a little. But, the main cause of all my problems is my Adrenal Glands.  I found out that I'm at Stage 7 of Adrenal Fatigue. So, that is the worse it can get. People at Stage 5 are bed ridden...and I'm at level 7!!! What the...What? No wonder I feel so crappy.  Along with all that I also have leaky gut which causes me a lot of food sensitivities. 

My body has been going through a lot with all of this.  Because of my Adrenals I can't lose weight even the clean way I eat and if I don't stay on the inflammatory diet I have even less energy than I already do. I have to eat every 2 hours (which I have dealt with since I was young) to keep my blood sugar up.  It drops easily and then tries to pull from my adrenals and there is nothing there to use for energy. Because I have low blood sugar and low blood pressure, always, and all miy other symptoms my doctor suspected Leaky gut and the adrenals, but after all the testing I'm glad to know for sure thats what it is so we can move forward. My Cortisol levels are extremely low to what they should be at every point of the day. My Adrenals are taxed!! My immune system is low also and the adrenals are also taking from my Progesterone to try and turn it into cortisol.  There is a lot of wackiness going on with me. Every part of the body has a funtion and when something is out of whack it effects everything else.  It's amazing how the body works. 

Being at a stage 7 it's going to take a lot of dedication on my part and it could be a long hard road. Hopefully I can prove the Doctor wrong with how long and hard it is!!! 
I will continue to do my part and I'm on day 25 of the anti-inflammatory diet. The last couple of days have been hard I just wanted a normal meal or chocolate!!  I finally got to introduce eggs!!! And.....
They made me SOOO nauseous!! Stomache cramps, dizziness, nauseous.  Leaky gut is crazy!!!
Until my Adrenals are healed my body & my gut won't effeciently heal itself in any other way.  So, I am on supplements to help with blood sugar regulation, to work with my gut a little bit, and a lot for the Adrenal Fatigue and to help my body use the cortisol that it does produce better and such.  Until the Adrenal glands are functioning it slows down the healing time of the other organs. Working with the Adrenal Glands will kind of help the organs but once the Adrenals are functioning we will do a lot with healing the gut more. Adding in anything that causes inflammation in my body will cause me to not feel good and be even more tired.  inflammation in the body causes tiredness.  So, that's exactly what happened with the eggs.  Once I balance out again in a couple days and feel a little better I then get to try tomatoes.  I'm really crossing my fingers for my Zuchinni Spaghetti.  Come on tomatoes work with me!!! I never thought I would be begging for tomatoes...haha! 

So, the things that are important for me to do is to take my supplements, eat every 2-2 1/2 hours to not stress out the adrenals even more and continue to eat on the anti-inflammatory diet. 

I will be journaling my journey because it helps me remember what the Doctor says and then I can also see my progress.  And if it helps anybody else out that's a plus! Nobody should have to live like this when there is something you can do about it.  I would suggest if your are having any type or hormone problems or symptoms that you see a hormone specialist & someone in functional medicine. I've been to quite a few doctors & a naturopath and they weren't able to help me much.  I helped myself tremendously with diet and already eliminated a lot of the inflammatory foods myself. If I hadn't I would probably be worse off. My Doctor now figured it out right a way! Thankful I found him!

Diet has a lot to do with how your body functions.  If you want to improve your health start with diet!!

To learn more:
7 stages of Adrenal issues
What is Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue Recovery

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Almost Apple Pie!

This is so simple and so yummy! Really! It satisfies my sweet tooth.  My kids even love this and beg for it...they think they need dessert or some sort of treat every night after dinner and with this I am all for it.  Comptely healthy and no added sugar!! Yay!


1 Tart Apple, peeled and sliced
Put in microwavable bowl with about 1 TBS water and microwave on high for about 3-4 minutes or until nice and tender. Drain any excess water and set aside.
In a seperate bowl melt 1 TBS coconut oil
Add ripe mashed banana. (If you have a small apple 1/2 banana will be enough) The riper the banana the better and easier to mash ;)
Mash banana and coconut oil together.
Add Vanilla extract or Vanilla Powder (my favorite!)
Add cinnamon to your little hearts desire, mix all together and pour banana mixture over your apple.
Add chopped pecans if desired and Enjoy!!
Really Yummy!

I'm sure this would be more of a great splurge if you wanted to add some pure maple syrup or honey or even a tiny bit of stevia or coconut sugar  But it really doesn't need it. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Paleo Lemon Bars

I love anything Lemon!! These are pretty tasty! I really should have doubled the recipe, my family and I had them gone in about 2 minutes!! Seriously!

I just used this recipe as listed and used an 8x8 square baking dish.  If you doubled it use a 9x13 dish. 

 -1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (I only had about 1 cup left of store bought almond flour, so I quickly ground up some raw almonds in my food processor to make some more almond flour.  It isn't quite as fine this way, but as a crust the cruchy, nuttiness was great!)
 -1/2 teaspoon sea salt
 -2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
 -1 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
 -1 tablespoons vanilla extract

-1/4 cup grapeseed oil
-1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup 
-3 large eggs
-1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

-Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch baking dish with grapeseed oil.  
-To make the crust, combine the almond flour and salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until thoroughly combined. Press the dough into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden.

-Meanwhile, mix the ingredients for the filling together in a blender:  Grapeseed oil, honey (I used honey this time but I bet it would be super yummy with pure maple syrup), eggs and lemon juice. Mix until smooth.  
-When crust is done, let cook slightly and then pour your filling over the top, bake for 15-20 more minutes.  Let cool 20 minutes then completely cool in the fridge, cut into bars and enjoy!

Delicious! ........And I'd like to leave you with just a little thought for the day!! Love yourself and your body! Always Treat yourself with kindess! :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've tried quite a few Paleo Chocolate Chip cookie recipes and experimented with my own and I think this is probably my favorite!!

1 cup Almond Flour
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
3 TBS Coconut oil or Butter, melted (I used Coconut Oil)
2 TBS Honey or Pure Maple syrup (I used Pure Maple Syrup)
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla (I used Vanilla Powder- love this stuff)
1-3 tsp water (I only used 1)
2-4 TBS "Enjoy" dark chocolate chips (or other dark chocolate chunks)

Preheat oven to 350.  
Mix dry ingredients- almond flour, salt, baking powder, & cinnamon.
Add in Coconut oil/Butter, Honey/Syrup and vanilla. 
Add water to bring everything together. Then add your chocolate. 
Put on well oiled or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 mintues. 
Let sit for 5-10 minutes so they can firm up...important step!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Naked" Burger & Homemade Healthy Ketchup

Turkey Burger (or Lean Hamburger) seasoned with your favorite seasonings.  I like onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper.  Grill and lay on lettuce, with bacon, avocado, pickles, mustard and my homemade ketchup!! Put whatever you like on your burger.  I've also tried it with grilled pineapple....yummy!!

If  there is something that I want that doesn't have real healthy ingredients then I look at the label and see if I can make it myself. High Fructose Corn Syrup is one of the worst things for you and it's in almost every packaged food!! Look at your labels and see what you find. 

My Ketchup:
1 can 6 oz tomato paste
5 tsp distilled white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp onion powder
dash of chili powder
Mix well.  Add less or more seasonings to your liking.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Zuchinni Spaghetti

I never would have tried anything like this over a year ago! Zuchinni!! Blah! What???!! I would have only wanted that in Zuchinni bread  But, it's one of my favorite meals now!!

Brown some Ground Turkey (or Hamburger)
season with salt, pepper, minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, onion flakes or onions while cooking. Drain fat then add 3 or 4 cans of plain tomato sauce. Then to your taste again add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, minced garlic...also add Italian seasoning. Heat on low, Stir to mix well and taste to make sure it's just right 

Meanwhile- peel 1 or 2 zuchinni (I use 1 zuchinni per serving and I always want 2 servings to myself) :) Peel with a potato peeler, then continue to peel to make long "noodles" (or better yet use a veggie noodle maker thingy)  Saute in a pan with a little butter or coconut oil and all the same seasonings you used in the sauce. Saute until tender but not soggy! Top with sauce....yummy!! Easy!

My family will usually eat this on gluten free noodles and I'll have the zuchinni :)
What is your first impression of this meal?? Would you try it?


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