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Probiotics are doing strange things to my guts…

Friday, April 27th, 2012

stink-faceOK, I know probiotics are very helpful to proper digestion.  Recent studies have found that severely over-weight people have a different gut bacterial flora than people of average, healthy weight.  Thus getting your intestinal biology sorted out is rather important to getting a healthy and balanced body.  At least that seems like a logical conclusion to me.  What a price I am paying for that now though.  The battle being waged by the good vs. bad bacteria in my guts is producing some rather unpleasant short term results.  Basically I am a fart machine at the moment.  I was warned that this would happen.  It usually takes two or three days for this internal distress to work itself out but until then I am finding it hard to even leave the house.  As a friend pointed out ” ewwwww”; to which I could only respond “how do you think I feel”.  But sometimes we pay a short term price for the long term benefit and this is one of those times.  So I definitely recommend probiotics to anyone (as approved by your health care pro)  who wants to get healthy but be ready for the ensuing gaseous few days.

Tahini Dressing…great substitute for Ranch

Friday, April 27th, 2012

When I stopped eating dairy I noticed a gap in the dipping sauce department of my life.  Until of course I meet Tahini Sauce.  Actually we had met before but only in Middle Eastern ethnic food.  This Dressing has become my favourite (in fact I think I may be a little addicted) for veggie dip, dressing on steamed veg, felafel sauce and just about anything else I can think of.  The flavour of this recipe is pretty intense so don’t be afraid to lay back on the garlic or lemon juice.

 

  • 3 heaping tbsp Tahini paste
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 a lemon’s worth of juice (about a tbsp)
  • pinch of cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Sumac (optional, however if you can find it it sure adds a good flavour)
  • cold water

Put everything into a smallish jar that has a tight lid, using about a tbsp of water to start.  Shake the crap out of it until everything is mixed. Add more water a little at a time if you find the dressing is too thick. Adjust the salt and pepper until it tastes right to you.  If the lemon or garlic get too intense just add some more Tahini.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

Meals That Heal Inflammation

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I’m going to be upfront, Julie is a friend of mine from our teenage years and I swear she looks just like she did back then.  Right there should tell you she’s onto something that is keeping her glowing and youthful.  We haven’t been in touch too much in the last twenty years but seeing her in public appearances I can tell she is still the same kind, honest, genuine and positive person she has always been.   She tells you the story of her journey in the introduction so you will get a sense of who she is right from the start.  Now that that’s out of the way onto her book.

“Every day that I choose a healthy option is one in which I can feel greater clarity, fluidity, energy and happiness.  Every day that I choose a healthy option is also one in which I can feel the gratitude of wellness.” -quote from ‘Meals that Heal Inflammation’

The plan set out in MTHI is geared toward creating a healthy sustainable meal plan that will eliminate foods and food triggers that are less than productive for your body.  We all have sensitivities to some foods.  Unless of course you have an iron stomach but unfortunately with the kinds of foods available to us and the environments we live in that is unlikely.  Inflammation in the body and of course reducing that inflammation is the important message here.  It is a concept that is coming up more and more in recent health research (please look it up).  Julie gives great references to research throughout to support the principles she’s laying out.  The book is structured in a logical and easy to read pattern.  Lots of understandable charts and reference guides help to make it a book I will enjoy keeping on my shelf.  Psychological connections to certain foods and negative eating  patterns are addressed off the top.  The elimination diet would benefit anyone and she presents it in a gentle, forgiving way. Mental preparation is an important part of the plan as you need to be truly ready to commit to the whole thing.  As is pointed out frequently, the elimination part is short term.  If you follow the instructions it should take about 6 months to come up with the right food future for yourself.  Advocating a lifestyle change is something I feel strongly about and that is definitely what is being proposed in MTHI.  This is not a quick fix.  This is about you as an individual realizing that having a healthy body will give you a longer, pain-free and more mentally balanced future.  As I pass through the early 40′s I choose to be better to myself physically and mentally.  You deserve to feel that good too.  If you experience joint pain, insulin resistance, gut distress or really, any other physical discomfort you should seriously consider going through the program outline in MTHI.  Remember always talk to your health care professional first.

My chef-ness compels me to talk about the recipes of course.  Most of then are simple and easy to follow.  Be warned though you will have to become familiar with items at your local organic/health food grocery.  Don’t be afraid most of them are easy to prepare and the book gives you those techniques.  Just have fun with it.  I like to think of it all as a great and exciting experiment; something you can positively embrace.  The more you embrace it the easier it will become because you will feel better.

After the 6 months of doing this I’m pretty confident you will completely understand why you did it and why you won’t go back to your old ways.

Find her book here.