“What do I eat if I have to cut out sugar, bread, and grains?” I get this question a LOT. You are not alone. Transitioning from a sugar/carbohydrate-based diet into a less inflammatory, higher-nutrient food plan takes time. It just takes a little planning, but hopefully, this will give you some ideas. The possibilities are endless, especially when you factor in changing up the spices. Spices and a little fat are key to a satisfying meal.
If you don’t have any fat in the meal, you will be hungry in about 2 hours. Also, consider having some protein for breakfast, which will help you think better at work all morning long. I have had clients add protein for breakfast, and suddenly they start losing weight. Be careful with too much fasting at the beginning of a healing program. Protein breaks down into amino acids. You are going to need those amino acids to repair organs.
I am keeping a food log right now as I finally found someone I can be accountable to. I’m turning in my plan to her every morning and attempting to stick to it. So I am turning mine in, too, just like all of you. Here is last week’s food log. If you would like any of these recipes, let me know.
When you get tired of the same old salad…try this spin!
Below is the recipe for the salad in the picture, that I made for dinner tonight, with hardly any cleanup involved. First I headed to the grocery store to pick up some salad fixins,’ and what I couldn’t find there, I gleaned from the local health food store. I use what I can find. Every salad I make is a little bit different than the last based on what is available at the store, and what I’m in the mood for. I can’t wait for the farmer’s market to open for the summer. The fresher the ingredients, the better the taste, and the healthier for my body (and the farmer’s market veggies are way cheaper than the grocery store!). I can usually find 1-3 “organic” farms at the market. They may not be certified, but they don’t spray, and they utilize sustainable organic practices which puts back into the soil the nutrients the plants have taken. Non-GMO and organically-grown produce contains up to 100-fold more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown produce! The fennel will be more flavorful from the farmer’s market (tastes like licorice – yum!)
I wanted to touch on a few aspects concerning healing the brain. There are collections of symptoms that, in our day and age, are considered diagnoses (Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lupus,
Epilepsy), but what we often forget to look for is the root cause. It comes down to detoxing metals and chemicals, ridding the body of immune challenges, and repairing the myelin sheath. If it is an autoimmune condition, we look at gut-restoring supplements to heal the gut lining, improve digestion, and balance the microbiome. However, how can we fully recover if we do not handle our environment, clean it up, and discover the contributing factors that continually bombard the brain?
Allergies are typically a symptom of gut dysfunction or the need for a liver detox. When one of your channels of elimination is not functioning at optimum, it can clog the drainage funnel, causing a back-up with the liver. Bowel, liver/kidney, and lymph are at the bottom end of this funnel (listed from the bottom up).
Think of the liver like a bucket. If the bucket is only ¼ full, and you add additional toxins to that bucket, no problem! But if the bucket is full, a small amount will cause it to overflow into the bloodstream, resulting in a histamine response. Allergies.
What should we call this year’s stuffy nose and upper respiratory congestion immune challenge? How about SNURCIC (pronounced snur’-kik). Sounds fitting, as we KICK this thing to the curb!
You know I’m not an MD, so I can’t legally give recommendations for the immune challenge that comes around every year in a new and varied form about this time November…December…. And what I do with muscle testing is not a diagnostic tool. If you need to absolutely know for sure, then go to urgent care and have them check for it. But you know which immune challenge I’m talking about. So many people are getting it, so it is time for a new blog for a new year. The only thing the medical community has for this is Tamiflu…and the side effects that go along with that can make you feel like you have the abdominal vomiting version. SNURCIC is a real doozer this year. And there is not just one strain (found 2 so far).
Let’s look at a simple protocol to root out the cause and help you feel better more quickly. I, personally took this on day one, and I was better in 2 days. If I hadn’t, I am positive I would’ve ended up like everyone else with the upper respiratory lung and bronchial involvement, and a cough that lasts for weeks.
Here it ‘tis for winter ‘22-23, the SNURCIC protocol:
Cataplex AC 8-15 per day
Antronex 6-10 per day
(Both Standard Process)
That’s it! That is all you need usually. Spread it out into 3 doses, daily.
If you let it go too long before starting the SNURCIC protocol, and end up with a bad cough, then you may need these additional remedies:
Pulmonest (MarcoPharma) 30-40 drops 3-4 times a day (in 4-8 ounces of water) – clears the mucus out of the lungs and bronchi.
Fen-Gre (Standard Process) 3-6 per day (watch bowels, most people are constipated so taking this much fenugreek is fine, however if you’re like me, I had to limit it) – fenugreek thins mucus secretions in the sinuses, lungs, and bronchi.
Congaplex (Standard Process) 3-6 per day (if your nose starts running, back off on this one) – for sinuses and stuffy nose, also contains a little bit of Cataplex AC.
The reason I use Standard Process so much, especially in cases like this, is because it heals the body so quickly.
Some have needed additional Zinc, Rose hips, Iodine, Quercetin, GOLD, or Broncafect because they didn’t call me when they first began having symptoms and ended up really sick.
If you have the high spiking fever with this, you can take Feverfew or Calcium Lactate to bring it down to a manageable range. A low grade fever can be a good thing to work through once a year, as it will detox you from some of the junk you came into contact with this past year.
Remember Cataplex AC and Antronex are whole food. You can’t really over-dose on them. They are nutrition to help heal the body and support the immune system. Cataplex AC is the perfect ratio of echinacea and vitamin C to help push the Echinacea in. Antronex is a liver fat extract that flushes the immune challenge out of the liver/gallbladder where it likes to hang out. If these two are taken upon onset of symptoms, often you can handle it pretty quickly. I’ve tried piecing together echinacea and vitamin C to replace the Cataplex AC and it never works as well. Why? Because there is more in Cataplex AC than just those 2 ingredients.
I’ve had people take a handful of Antronex at first onset of symptoms, like 6 of them in one sitting, and it completely flushes it out before it can take hold!
One last thought… if you are sick, stay home and rest! Everyone is getting sick, and it’s just common courtesy to get better before you rejoin the work group, the school group, or touching things and putting them back at the grocery store.
[If you are celiac, you won’t want to take Cataplex AC as it does contain a minute amount of gluten. I recommend either Viranon as a replacement at 6-8 per day, or try the homeopathic blend called Flu-Tone, 1 dropper periodically throughout the day when it feels like the prior dose is wearing off.]
Contact our office to stock up, because sooner or later SNURCIC will be knocking at your door! And remember, when you are unwell, that is the time to give us a call so we can help you feel better!
What happens if I don’t take the supplement right away that was recommended?
Muscle testing is communication between the practitioner and a client’s body. What I find that day as a priority is the body’s communication with the client that it is getting stuck healing a particular organ or system or attempting a detox that is getting backed up. So, when we find a solution to this function deficiency, it’s the body saying, “Yes, I would like that nutrient right now!” It doesn’t mean, “let’s wait a week or two.” The limbic system is like a 2-year-old. You don’t give a 2-year-old a toy and then take it away again. Or say to a 2-year-old, “wanna go get an ice cream?” And then not take him there. The 2-year-old will cry or scream when you are inconsistent with your behaviors.
Just like the 2-year-old, the body will do the same thing. It will get upset if you don’t give it the nutrient you just offered to correct the nutrient deficiency or toxin overload.
Do you know how important you are? That’s the question that comes to mind when I work with the women in my practice. 95% of my practice is women. Men, don’t get me wrong, you’re extremely important too. But I think women tend to take care of everyone in their household and sometimes extended family. They are typically holding a career and often juggling 20 plates at the same time. Women often set aside their own needs in order to take care of others.
I encourage you to make the time to cook real food for yourself. Why? Because you are important. You’re worth it. And if you don’t keep yourself healthy with good wholesome food, something will give, and you’ll spiral downward. And at that point, how will you take care of your family or keep the stress level in check?
You may wonder why I substitute some of the below ingredients in "healthy" recipes I find online. You may be surprised that some foods commonly considered as a healthy alternative, actually are not all that helpful. I love experimenting in the kitchen with new ideas, which keeps me from becoming bored with mundane meals and snacks. And I like to make sure I’m using ingredients that heal my body. I hope this guide makes substituting healthy ingredients in your recipes easier to do and cooking fun again! (Scroll down for an easy-to-use table of substitutions.)
Flu season is in full swing the past 2 weeks!
The length of time you spend in bed, can be greatly reduced by supporting the body’s natural immune and drainage responses. Did you know that nutrition can bang those symptoms out in no time? There is no need to be sick longer than a couple days, and these supplements can help to boost your immune system to handle these situations QUICKLY.
There are several homeopathics to help with these symptoms, but this round of it, people seem to be doing well with: OSCILLOCOCCINUM (big word, I know) – sometimes I take a full vial or I might take in smaller doses. I take it any time I’m feeling crappy again. This one is GREAT for kids, because they are sweet tiny pellets. They can’t choke on them, and they taste like SUGAR!