Oh how I love a good cookie! Since my elimination diet, I haven’t really had sugar and I’ve felt better because of it- less drowsy, my cravings have gone way down, and haven’t had any headaches or that ‘foggy’ feeling I would experience after having sugar. However, everything in moderation, right? Last night I was craving a good cookie and wanted something simple and warm and peanut buttery. I remembered a flourless cookie that I had made years ago, and decided to update the recipe to include coconut sugar rather than refined white sugar. Coconut sugar is an unrefined sweetener, in which the micronutrients are left in tact, and it’s made from the sap of the coconut tree. It has deep caramel like flavor and acts as a 1:1 substitute for white sugar in baking recipes. Just remember that moderation is key when choosing any sweetener, even natural sweeteners. Continue reading
Breakfasts have looked pretty different for me during this elimination diet. Instead of eggs and avocado on toast or granola with almond milk or green smoothies (too cold!), my breakfasts have consisted of leftover veggies, kale, and sauerkraut. This has been nice for a change, thinking outside of the box for breakfast, but the other day I really wanted granola, so I set out to make a granola I could eat (gluten-free, nut-free, maple syrup/honey free). I came across a genius base recipe, and tweaked it to suit my tastes and make it nice and spicy for fall. It’s only sweetened with puréed fruit, and honestly I don’t miss the extra sugar. The granola scented the house with cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg as it baked and it was perfectly sweet from the apples, pumpkin, and dates. Packed with vitamins and minerals from the seeds and fruit, this will definitely make its way into our breakfast rotation even after the elimination diet is through.
Self care isn’t something a lot of people talk about. The majority of society may see it as selfish, however it is one of the most important things you can do for your health, which also improves the health of others.
Our body, mind, and spirit are all aspects of our being that need to be nourished. Below are some ideas of how to care for yourself more intentionally. Think of ways in your life where you need some extra care in these areas, and make it a goal to pay more attention and feel more in tune with your body. Continue reading
Your body is a complex, beautiful creation. It is built to heal and rid itself of anything that doesn’t serve it well. Think about it- when your skins gets cut, your body springs into action, limiting blood flow to the injured area to prevent blood loss, creating a protective covering in the form of a scab (aka nature’s band-aid), and regenerating new skin. When bacteria or a virus enters the body, our immune cells rush to that foreign invader and work together to destroy it. However, there are times when your body needs a little break from the everyday toxins it is encountering from both your surrounding environment and what you are putting into your body.
Did you know 60-70% of our population has some sort of food allergy, and most don’t even realize it. If you’re feeling tired, sick, lacking energy, or experiencing digestive upset, an elimination diet could be just what you need to feel more in tune with your body and truly see how what you eat affects how you feel. I have wanted to do an elimination diet for a while now- to give my body a break, so it can recharge and heal itself, to feel more in tune, and to see if there are any additional food allergies or sensitivities affecting my body. There are different methods of elimination diets, but this is one, which lasts about two weeks, seemed the most feasible to me. Sometimes you don’t have 4+ weeks to do an elimination diet, especially with the holidays approaching. The elimination diet I am basing this off of was formulated by a holistic doctor, Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen who started the OMEGA Institute. He was one of my teachers in my health coaching training, and spoke much wisdom on food allergies and how they affect your body. Continue reading