Today I discovered Greek Yogurt. I’ve never really cared for regular yogurt. I know, I know it’s good for me; but I just really didn’t love the tang. Don’t get me wrong, the taste is ok, I just don’t LOVE it. But this Greek stuff is lovely and thick and creamy and smooth tasting. I got a new toy this weekend mostly for the rest of my family. They love regular yogurt. Now I can benefit from my new toy as well.
The mystery of my uti’s has been solved; at least I’m pretty sure it has. It is what happens to my body when the yeast die off and release toxins into my system. This process is called die-off. Symptoms can be different for different people. I apparently get bladder infections. I dealt with this by doing exactly the wrong thing; totally ditching my newly discovered way of eating. I am in the process of preparing my body to slowly go back on the “diet” by strengthening my immune system, my liver and my bladder in hopes of minimizing the die-off reaction. I’ve also gotten supplements to help with the bladder infection should I get it again without having to resort to antibiotics AGAIN. I was on 3 different kinds in 2 weeks and my body is still recovering from it. This time Hubby is going to join me in my quest for better health. He said “Fix me!” hahaha
I am feeling rotten this week; I have a urinary tract infection. Sorry if this is “tmi” but it does relate to the topic of my diet. Every time in the past 5 years that I have decided to eat healthier, lose weight, diet, etc., I have developed a uti about 2 weeks into it. I don’t know why it happens, probably something to do with chemistry, hormones, dehydration, ph balance, acidity, whatever. When I began this new way of eating a few weeks ago, I was positive it wouldn’t happen this time. After all, this was a lot more than just cutting calories. This was getting my system balanced, lowering acidity and raising alkaline. But 2 days ago . . . here we go again. I’m convinced that there is a more healthy natural way to get rid of my uti and heal my body than with antibiotics, but I’m just too new to all this and feeling too awful to think about it right now. Like they say, the best offense is a good defense.
When I’m extremely tired or not feeling very well, I tend to fall back to so-called comfort foods. My version of comfort food isn’t mac and cheese or meatloaf; mine is invariably something smooth, creamy, cold and at least a little sweet. My go-to comfort foods are things like flan, tapioca pudding, or even a jello parfait, not one of which is good for me. Nevertheless this week I have been indulging in my comfort foods. Why is it that when we are feeling down in some way, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally, we crave certain foods? Why at times of distress aren’t our bodies crying out for foods that are actually healthy instead of those things that will only make our problem worse in the long run? Maybe it does work that way for people who have rid their bodies of the nasty toxins lurking in our systems; who have retrained their taste buds. I’m sure there is some nutritional scientific answers for such questions but today I feel too yucky to give it serious contemplation. Meanwhile would someone please bring me some Crème Brule?
I found a number of different recipes for raw vegetarian fudge online so I played around and came up with my own. It doesn’t exactly taste like traditional fudge but it does taste like a dark chocolate mounds bar. With this recipe in my arsenal, I don’t feel the need for commercial candy bars; this is way better. Keep it in the fridge because it will turn back into a liquid if you don’t (I learned that lesson the hard way). It isn’t vegan because of the honey in the recipe. Obviously this is very high in fat and calories so indulge in just a bite or two now and then. Enjoy!
1 cup coconut oil (virgin, organic)
1/2 cup honey (raw, unfiltered)
1 TBSP. vanilla
3/4 cup cocoa (organic)
1/4 cup shredded coconut (organic, unsweetened)
Place the coconut oil in a glass container and set in a pan of hot water to warm the oil. Place all ingredients, except shredded coconut, in a blender and process until smooth and thoroughly blended. Pour into a pie pan or baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge until firm (it won’t take long).
I realize that to most of you, the above statement should be followed by an exclamation mark; but this is monumental for me. I haven’t been able to go up or down a flight of stairs like a normal person in years. Previously I had to hold on to the railing, using it to drag myself up and go down side ways. I had to put both feet on the step before proceeding to the next step and even then every step was painful. After only a few stairs I would have been breathing very, very hard and my chest would have felt as though it were going to explode. NOT today! It was only 2 flights of stairs in a parking garage, down and then back up a little while later, but it was my idea to take those stairs and not use the elevator. There was no pain in my ankles, feet or even my knees. I must admit that those body parts do feel a bit weak (I don’t know exactly how to explain that) but they didn’t hurt. And I only got slightly winded on the trip up the stairs, but only for a few moments and only a little bit. Things are really looking up a little more every day.
Found another food today that I dislike – quinoa. Yuck. I’m starting to feel like I’m not going to find any new foods that I actually like. Tomorrow is kale. What will happen?