Thursday, April 29, 2010

maintaining quite well

For the first time in a long time, my weight is stable. I notice my strange cravings for junk has gone completely away. Maybe due to the Vitamin C, E & B3 I've added. Or it could be from the homeopathic constitutional remedy I've been using as well. My gut seems to be alive, which is a very exciting thing for me.

I believe my thyroid is starting up again too. Not sure if this is part of hashi's where some days it works and other days it doesn't. My temp seems to be on the up instead of on the low. I'll have to remember to take my actual temp later to know for sure.I've had great energy and have done a TON of work outside. I still need time to recover the next morning, but my recoveries are not weeks long like they were last summer. **Yea for me!!**

And the best part is my sense of peace inside me. I have more days of life satisfaction than I have un-satisfaction and the insanity residing in that brain fog seems to be going away! YEEEEEE!!! LOL! It is still there, though as really, really stupid things are being done by me on occasion. You know, things like not realizing I turned the butter on the stove, then went outside to pick some things up. I didn't realize flames could go so high! Thankfully, God's hand was on us and no real damage happened. The hood can be replaced. Ah, such fun life is! And this happened a couple hours after talking with our insurance agent about the changes in our policy with the deductable. I told him to keep it the way it was because knowing me, I'd beat those odds of experiencing another house fire!

Well, I'd better get going. My friend has some mini-cows and dwarf dairy goats I wanted to see and the kids want to play with her kids. Life is grand!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sourdough Pancakes: YUM!!

Here's the recipe. Hopefully your starter culture is bubbling nicely and smells yeasty. If not, then wait a few more days.

SOURDOUGH PANCAKES:


You have to get a jump on pancakes made with sourdough starter by starting the night before.

• 2 cups All-Purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon Sugar
• 2 cups Buttermilk, slightly warmed (I use raw milk)
• 1 cup Sourdough starter


Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Blend in the buttermilk and the sourdough starter. Cover and allow mixture to work overnight at room temperature.


• 2 Eggs (at room temperature)
• ¼ cup Melted butter or canola oil
• 1 teaspoon Salt
• 1 teaspoon Baking soda

In the morning, beat together the eggs, butter or oil, salt and soda. Blend this mixture into the starter mixture. Batter will bubble and foam. Drop by 1/4-cupfuls onto a medium-hot griddle and cook until large bubbles appear. Flip over and cook until browned. Makes about 15 pancakes. Serve with butter. Blueberry & peach jams are the BEST on these pancakes.


These are very yummy with butter and jams. The best part is this: after you add the butter & jelly, they roll up easily to eat with your hands! Hopefully you have homemade jams available that do not contain sugar & high fructose corn syrup. If not, then use raw honey or real maple syrup to keep these pancakes healthy.

Happy cooking!!

Don't be afraid to post a comment or question!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

cereal = death to rats!

All I can say is **WOW!!**Doctoryourself.com. What a website!

Since reading many pages on this website, I've started my family on higher doses of Vitamins C, E, B complex and Niacin (B3). It all makes sense. My middle child's blood tests showed she was deficient in so many areas and I asked her pediatrician which to take. His answer was 'the most important for her right now is a B complex, D and C'. So I was giving her a liquid one. After researching on the above website, I realize the amt in that liquid supplement was NOTHING in compared to what we actually need. For example, the Niacin was at 25 mg. We usually need anywhere from 1g to 9g, depending upon how deficient we are! Remember, 1000mg = 1g.

The other startling information was about vitamin C deficiency. We are all suffering with pre-scurvy symptoms! Joint pain & damage, fatigue, brain fog, mental instability, etc! WOW! It's like we are, as a society, teetering on the edge of an epidemic of scurvy!

It really makes sense, esp after learning that eating processed & raw grains depletes our bodies of minerals & vitamins. Add to that our nutrient-lacking soils from not rotating crops and that we have forgotten how to eat real foods. This doesn't surprise me.

Since changing our family's diet, slowly over the past few years, I've noticed changes for the better. We are not purists and do slip and eat something with hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup, but what can one do without living in a bubble? I am very happy to hear my 6 yo talk about not eating something because he knows it has high fructose corn syrup in it!

So, on that little note, here's a very interesting excerpt about some odd studies with rats & cereal:

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"The Rat Experiments

Let me tell you about two studies which were not published. The first was described by Paul Stitt who wrote about an experiment conducted by a cereal company in which four sets of rats were given special diets. One group received plain whole wheat, water and synthetic vitamins and minerals. A second group received puffed wheat (an extruded cereal), water and the same nutrient solution. A third set was given only water. A fourth set was given nothing but water and chemical nutrients. The rats that received the whole wheat lived over a year on this diet. The rats that got nothing but water and vitamins lived about two months. The animals on water alone lived about a month. But the company's own laboratory study showed that the rats given the vitamins, water and all the puffed wheat they wanted died within two weeks---they died before the rats that got no food at all. It wasn't a matter of the rats dying of malnutrition. Autopsy revealed dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and degeneration of the nerves of the spine, all signs of insulin shock.

Results like these suggested that there was something actually very toxic in the puffed wheat itself! Proteins are very similar to certain toxins in molecular structure, and the pressure of the puffing process may produce chemical changes, which turn a nutritious grain into a poisonous substance.

Another unpublished experiment was carried out in the 1960s. Researchers at University of Michigan were given 18 laboratory rats. They were divided into three groups: one group received corn flakes and water; a second group was given the cardboard box that the corn flakes came in and water; the control group received rat chow and water. The rats in the control group remained in good health throughout the experiment. The rats eating the box became lethargic and eventually died of malnutrition. But the rats receiving the corn flakes and water died before the rats that were eating the box! (The last corn flake rat died the day the first box rat died.) But before death, the corn flake rats developed schizophrenic behavior, threw fits, bit each other and finally went into convulsions. The startling conclusion of this study is that there was more nourishment in the box than there was in the corn flakes.

This experiment was actually designed as a joke, but the results were far from funny. The results were never published and similar studies have not been conducted.
Most of America eats this kind of cereal. In fact, the USDA is gloating over the fact that children today get the vast majority of their important nutrients from the nutrients added to these boxed cereals.[/blockquote]

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Here's the link to the whole article: www.westonaprice.org/Dirty-Secrets-of-the-Food-Processing-Industry.html

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FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THE SOURDOUGH 'CHALLENGE', MAKE SURE YOU KEEP ADDING SOME FLOUR & WATER DAILY TO KEEP THE CULTURES ALIVE! If you notice some brown liquid on top, it is the alcohol byproduct of the fermenting and is a good sign. Just mix it into the culture and keep feeding it. If the alcohol gets too much, it will kill the whole thing.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Day 2 of pancakes

Day 2 - day 5: add a tbsp or so of flour and water as needed. Stir the culture and re-cover lightly. If you get above the 3/4 fullness area you will have to dump some down the drain because it will start to bubble and will overflow the jar and make a mess.

If your culture is not bubbly by day 5, you may need a few extra days. Cooler kitchens will ferment slower and warmer kitchens will ferment quicker.

Lemme know if you have any questions! I have a GREAT article to post tomorrow. :-)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Best Pancakes EVER: Day 1

I could post just the recipe, but many get confused when dealing with a starter culture & all so I decided to post how I make it, day by day. Let me know if this is something you are following with me. By the end of 5 days, you will have the BEST pancakes you will ever eat. The best thing about these are the gluten is fermented OUT of the pancakes, so those that are sensitive/intolerant can have these too! To not get a damaged gut from grains, you must soak them to break down the phytic acid. So this recipe takes care of all problems associated with wheat! This is a great treat for everyone and you will actually be nourishing your family!


Day 1:

Things you will need:

Glass Jar with lid
flour
1 cup of non-chlorinated water
spoon or butter knife
1 cup flour

Put the flour & water in the jar & mix around. I often mix with a butter knife because of it's length.

Find a glass jar with a fitting lid. Quart size or larger. I use caning jars with the white plastic lids. You can use an empty pickle or mayo or applesauce jar, as long as it is glass and you have a lid for it.

If you have chlorine in your water, just boil & cool the water. Chlorine will kill your cultures. You can use any type of flour and distilled or spring or boiled water.

The measurements are not precise with this, just use equal amounts of water and flour. It should appear thick like pancake batter or pudding. It is not a big deal if it is a bit runnier or thicker. Too thick will be more of a problem, though. Just add more water or flour to make the consistency acceptable.

Put the cover on loosely and let it sit on your kitchen counter.

If you add too much flour/water, the culture has a tendency to bubble over, which is why you need a larger container and why the lid should NEVER be on very tight.



***** to be continued tomorrow......*****


(hint: you will be adding some flour & water every day until it looks bubbly & smells like yeast. The length of time will be determined on the warmth of your kitchen. )

Post a comment and let me know if you are going to be doing this or if you have any questions or concerns!!

I can't wait to hear from you!

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Side note... I am SO excited! I have been looking and looking all over for Stinging Nettle weed and have never encountered it while living here. It was everywhere where I grew up so much that I knew how to handle it without getting stung! I want it for the healing properties in tea to dry and be able to use. GUESS WHAT?! Somehow, it has appeared ABUNDANTLY in my back yard!!! WOOHOOOOO! God must have heard my plea and sent some seeds over! LOL! So today, the plants are about 8 inches tall, so I harvested some of them for their leaves & roots. yea!!!!!!!! **happy dance**

So for anybody that cares, I thought I'd share! lol!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A new experiment

Can't say what it is exactly because I want to see it proven with me before I mention it. My friend tried it and was excited about the results so I figured I'd give it a whirl too.

Supposedly it helps remove toxins from fat thru the lymph system, which helps shrink the size of body fat. I tried one session of this last night while on hcg so we'll see what happens. Since I have to be up much earlier than my normal time, my morning weight is off. A more accurate weigh in happens after 9 for me.

For a quick update, my weight has pretty much stalled all week. Maybe due to stress. My middle child hit her eyebrow against the wall on Monday and needed 14 stitches total in 3 layers of tissue. That and major brake issues with our only vehicle has created a tad more stress than normal. Blech... My homeopathic remedy is still working quite well. Time to get the kids going for another busy day out & about!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

checking in

16 days on this round and I'm down 4.8 pounds.

My doc has determined that she will not help me thru the Wilson's Temperature Syndrome therapy and the other somewhat local doc has never worked with hashimoto's cases and charges $450. So that is out of the question. I met up with my homeopathist friend and we talked quite a long time and I've started a new remedy (Causticum) which should help deal with the trauma that has thrown my thyroid out of whack. I'm mostly interested in getting out of my trapped brain fog and finding true self.

The first day of taking the remedy I was stunned at who I saw in the mirror! Someone who is acceptable and looking good. I am finally shedding those horrible 'glasses' of disdain that I've viewed myself for many years now! I can feel the fog creep back over me, but within a minute or two, the remedy pushes it back. I'm sure it will take a bit longer for the full effects to be comnpletely there, but I can see the light! Strangely, I felt so good the first day I went on a long 2 mile walk with the family and carried my 4 yo on my back. The next day I was feeling a lot of pain and yesterday I swore a Mac truck had hit me. The physical pain was pretty bad, but my mind was not affected! How crazy! Then I remembered my accupuncturist telling me that it is healthier to have a sane mind and a sick body than the other way around. It means healing is happening. Yay!

My hubby's on Lycopodium and my one daughter is on Sulphur. So far everyone is responding shockingly well.

My weight has gone down 2.8 since Tuesday! This weekend I remembered the actual trauma that started this whole downward spiral. While I always remembered the event that was the trigger to a decade of struggle & strife; I had never put two and two together. So today I am smiling and thinking 'YES! This is soon over!' I actually feel thin and the blubber is not even affecting me like it did last week.

Today the pain is down again and things need to get done around the house. I must not over-do it again.

Until next time... BE HAPPY... mostly because SPRING IS HERE!!!