30 Days of Intermittent Fasting: The Why’s and How’s

A great look at intermittent fasting! Awesome article Katie! 👍

disclaimer: I am not qualified to give medical advice, and this information is not meant to cure or treat any disease/health condition. Whenever you start a new dieting plan, it is important to notify your physician or healthcare practitioner!

I have decided to try an intermittent fasting style of eating for thirty days in a row to see the benefits it will bring to my body, athletic performance, mental cognitive state, and overall well being.

I’m excited to enter “nerd mode” for a moment and bring you guys all of the information and research I have done on intermittent fasting and how it can benefit your body.

I realize “fasting” may sound kind of scary and intimidating, but intermittent fasting does not require starving or depriving yourself. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but rather, it is a style of eating. What you do is give yourself a window of…

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – The Top 5 Products I Use During My Detox

Hello everyone!

As I begin day 15 on my detox, my weight loss has slowed tremendously, but still respectable. In total, I have lost 10 pounds in 14 days. Not too shabby, however 8 of those 10 pounds were during my 7-day fast, at the beginning, then another 2 pounds in 7 days. So, I’m more in line with safe weekly weight loss recommendations of 1 – 2 pounds a week.

I am currently in a 2 day fat fast, which entails eating 80% of daily calories in the form of healthy fat, not exactly easy. Yesterday, the first day, I managed approximately 75%…and I actually gained weight. So, I’ll just keep plugging along and see what tomorrow brings. I begin the low calorie phase on Saturday.

As far as my detox symptoms go, the rollercoaster continues. As is the case with most detox regimes, there are good days and bad days. Initially, during the first 7 days, I felt horrible. At the beginning of phase one, (5 days of veggie/protein) I was on a physical, mental and emotional high. I felt great. Then, on about day 3  I crashed: fatigue, muscle aches, weakness, etc…  I was back on a great high again for a day or two, now I’ve crashed again, since starting the fat fast. Along with the basic symptoms, an old knee injury and an old ankle injury have come back to haunt me. I just keep telling myself that my body is healing and this will all be worth it.

So that’s how things have been going for me lately. Before I get to the products, I wanted to share a few things with you. In my area, there is a delivery service called Seasonal Roots. They deliver locally grown, farm fresh veggies, fruit, milk, butter, eggs and meat directly to people’s homes. All items are sourced within 150 miles of my home. (instead of being shipped from California or Mexico). For more information on why you should eat local as well as finding farmers markets and local produce FOLLOW THIS LINK. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, and finally decided to give it a try. I received my first box this past Wednesday…Have a look;

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The produce above is red leaf lettuce, spring onions, leaks, bok choy, Russian kale carrots, zucchini, white sweet potatoes (top right) red beets (middle right), golden beets (bottom right), Portabella caps and farm fresh eggs.

As part of my daily routine, I’ve been drinking matcha green tea in the morning, since I’m skipping breakfast due to my 16/8 intermittent fasting. I am finding it to be a WONDERFUL edition to my morning. I am NOT a morning person AT ALL! The tea gives me wonderful, sustained energy without the jiggers of regular caffeinated drinks. I’ve also found that the powder is strong stuff, and a little goes a long way. I decided to splurge and buy some authentic matcha tea accessories. Have a look:

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Above is a tin of premium Japanese Matcha tea , a traditional bamboo matcha tea set, and Matcha DNA handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl, used to prepare a traditional cup of Matcha tea. It works wonderfully! The bigger bowl is big enough to account for the large bamboo whisk. I couldn’t be happier. I find this method works best for preparing the powdered matcha leaves.

One final purchase to share with you, then I’ll get to the 5 products. Since my fasting buddy and I are drinking a combined 12 cups of red tea/day, making all that tea was getting tiresome. So, I came up with the idea to make a concentrated version of the tea using 2 cups of water and this handy little device. (Where has this been all my life!) It’s called the Teavana Perfecta 16 oz. Here’s how it looks, followed by a demo video. This is such a cool tea pot. If you drink a lot of tea, I highly recommend it.

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Here’s a demo of the Teavana:

The Top 5 Products I Use During My Detox

There are 5 main products I’ve been using to help me through my detox, either to nourish, cleanse or aid in fat burning.

  1. Anthony’s organic rooibos tea
  2. Schizandu organic coconut activated charcoal
  3. Primaforce Yohimbine HCL
  4. Oceans Alive Phytoplankton
  5. Crystal Energy (Hunza water)

ROOIBOS TEA

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Rooibos tea is the base for the Red Tea recipe which I’ve been drinking during the course of my detox. For the main health benefits of Rooibos tea, FOLLOW THIS LINK. While there are other ingredients in the tea blend I use (which I cannot divulge), Rooibos alone has so many benefits, drinking it on it’s own is helpful.

Schizandu organic coconut activated charcoal

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I will only be using this product during the course of my detox. Activated charcoal is used to help cleanse the body of poisons, chemicals and toxins. Activated charcoal should never be used long term. For more information on Activated Charcoal, FOLLOW THIS LINK

Primaforce Yohimbine HCL

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I am only using this as a recommendation from the RED TEA DETOX book. I am trying to follow the detox as closely as possible. One of the purported  health benefits is fat loss. If you are interested in this product, PLEASE do your research first. Here is a bit of information on yohimbine, it’s benefits and side effects:

What is Yohimbine and should you use it? – Below is an excellent video discussing the benefits and side effects of Yohimbine. Quite frankly, I don’t recommend it, unless you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You’ve lost all but that last stubborn 10 pounds
  • you’ve tried every diet available and can’t lose any weight.

Ocean’s Alive Phytoplankton

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What is Oceans Alive? (This is pricy, but GOOD stuff!)

This is a quote from the Ocean’s Alive (Activation Products)  website:

“Oceans Alive is the ultimate superfood. A premium blend of two specially cultivated, hand-selected marine phytoplankton strains, Oceans Alive is like rocket fuel for your cells. Grown in a photobioreactor, our marine phytoplankton is completely pure and free of contaminants. The nutrient density of this microalgae provides you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids; the building blocks of good health.”

Click on the link below

to hear Ian, the company founder,

talk about the power of Ocean’s Alive.

This is also the site where you can purchase Ocean’s Alive for yourself.

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Crystal Energy (Hunza water)

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What is Hunza Water? Here are two videos from Dr. Patrick Flanagan, inventor of Crystal Energy, explaining what Hunza water is and why it’s important…

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – I survived the 72-hour fast…barely 😉

😘Hello everyone!🤗

Yesterday Monday, March 26, at 12:00 pm I ended my 72 hour herbal tea fast. The length was technically 70 hours, and was supposed to go until 2:00 pm.  However, my fasting buddy and kids encouraged me to get back to eating on a normal schedule and end it 2 hours early. Besides, I felt like I was going to die! UGH! 🤕  giphy.gif

When I woke up on Monday morning around 8:00 am, it had been 66 hours since my last solid meal. I felt okay while I was laying down, but the second I stood up, I felt as if I was going to pass out. My head was spinning, I felt light headed and my legs were quite weak. I seriously thought I was going to pass out. By the time I got back in bed, my entire body felt weak, especially my arms and legs.

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I drank some water and green tea, which helped, and spent the morning lying down and studying for my oral exam, which I took today. The odd thing is, when it came time to eat, I wasn’t hungry at all. I forced myself to eat, because I obviously needed it.

Here’s what I had:

 

 

In the above photos-

  • On the left – Sesame Chicken Salad from Terra’s Kitchen
  • Top right – 4 ounces chicken breast and 1.2 ounces of red snapper
  • Bottom left – 1/2 cup homemade trail mix. (best part of the meal!) The trail mix has:
    • raw cashews
    • raw walnuts
    • raw almonds
    • raw pumpkin seeds
    • raw dried goji berries
    • golden berries
    • raisins
    • just a bit of dark chocolate chips.

Here’s the nutrition breakdown for this meal.

  • 813 calories
  • 47 grams of fat (mainly from the nuts)
  • 40 grams of carbs
  • 7 grams of fiber
  • 48 grams of protein.

The macros work out to:

  • 50% fat
  • 25% protein
  • 25% carbs.

I’m a bit over my carb goal. I would have preferred to be under 30 grams, but 40 isn’t too bad. I’m still under the 50 gram threshold.

For the next 4 days, I’ll eat one meal a day. Then on Friday, I begin phase 1 of the Red Tea Detox. During phase one, days 1-5, I’ll eat on an intermittent fasting schedule of  16/8 meaning – 16 hours fasting and 8 hours of eating. During those 8 hours, I’ll eat three meals consisting of only vegetables the first day and vegetables and protein the next 4 days.

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But, despite everything, despite how poorly I felt, I’d absolutely do it again. While I’m still a bit weak from from the 72-hour fast, I actually feel really good. I feel uplifted and clean, I’m not sluggish or bloated. My morning headaches are gone!!! My craving have completely disappeared, especially, and most importantly, my addiction and cravings for soda are gone. AND…As of this morning. I lost 7 pounds in 3 days .

Then, there ‘s the spiritual aspect. There was something soul cleansing about this experience. My mind is clearer, I’m happier and my stress level has diminished to a great degree. Now, more than ever in my life, I feel more ready to attack and achieve my goals. Sitting around doing nothing is no longer and option. I somehow feel more connected with life and the world around me.  It’s as if I could feel my soul, my spirit heal and the energy strengthen. As difficult as this experience was, I am so glad I did it.

 

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – Hour 44 and still going

 

As I write this edition of the Red Tea Detox Diaries, I’m closing in on 48 hours of my 72 hour herbal tea fast. It’s been about 44 hours since my last solid meal. I’m almost 1/3 of the way done. I won’t lie, I’m not doing well. My sinuses are killing me and I’m tired. On the positive side, my hunger pangs are diminishing.

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I’m proud of myself for making it this far. I must admit, it does help having a fasting buddy. We have been able to support and encourage each other. I’m not sure if I’d have stuck to this without him.

We’re already planning on what we should eat for our one meal tomorrow. What do you eat after having virtually no calories for 72 hours? The temptation is to pig out, right? But, we have to stay healthy and strong. The goal will be to stay under 30 grams of carbs for our one meal, and get somewhere close to our caloric intake for the day. We have yet to decide on the contents of that meal. I’ll let you know.

I’ve been implementing several detoxing strategies I’ve discovered over the years. This helps tremendously. I’ll be writing a separate article later in the week. I have a  final oral exam on Tuesday afternoon, so I need to focus on that first.

 

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The above quotes are so true, as I’m discovering this weekend. I’ve done fasts before, but nothing like this. I did a 10 day juice fast about 5 or 6 years ago. That was tough, but different than this. With the juice fast, I was able to drink juice, which, depending on the juice, can contain significant calories.

This fast is quite different and I must say, I’ve never done anything like it in my life. Compared to my juice fast, I’m guessing I’m getting about 200 calories a day – each bone broth meal is about 100 calories.

It does make you think about things, about your life, about your self, your strengths, and about your weaknesses. You reflect, not only on the fact that you’re hungry and want food, but about your life in general. I can see why fasting is used to such a high degree in so many of our world’s religions. It has been quite spiritual. It feels as if I’m cleansing my soul as well as my body, and maybe…I am.

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – Dealing with Detox Symptoms

Day two of my 72- hour herbal tea fast. It’s been about 20 hours since my last solid meal. I’ve been drinking my red tea, as well as matcha green tea. I had Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth for dinner last night and for lunch today. For more info on bone broth see THIS ARTICLE. Bone broth is amazingly healthy and I feel a good addition to this fast.

If you’re not familiar with Kettle & Fire, it’s considered the gold standard of prepared bone broth, if you’re too busy (or lazy in my case) to prepare your own. (and it tastes AMAZING!) Made in the USA, they use 100% grass fed beef bones or organic chicken bones and slow simmer them for up to 24 hours at 130 degrees. It’s amazing stuff!

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Anyone familiar with my blog, knows I struggle with sinus problems. I did an elimination diet last year and discovered a whole host of foods that contribute to the headaches. While that helped tremendously, I still wake up, on occasion, with sinus headaches, as was the case this morning. This tells me I haven’t healed whatever is wrong with my sinuses, I am only avoiding headaches, by avoiding problem foods. So, my search for a sinus headache “cure” will continue, but first the fast and detox symptoms.

The main issues I’m having today are mainly hunger (a given I guess) and a fairly decent sinus headache. Normally, I’d take pain meds for them, but I can’t today, since I’m fasting and detoxing. It doesn’t really pay to detox, if I add to the toxin load with pain meds.

If you’ve never done a detox program, let me tell you, things definitely get worse before they get better. Your body depends on glucose for energy, and normally gets that through the food you eat. It takes some of that glucose and stores it in the form of glycogen, in your liver and muscle tissue, for a quick source of energy. Your body doesn’t store a lot of glycogen, approximately 300 – 400 grams in the muscles and up to 100 grams in the liver. When you’re on a fast, like I am, your glycogen stores deplete rather quickly, since I’m not getting any real calories. So, mother nature dips into the fat reserves for energy. (Which is the whole point, right) There is a problem to this, however….

Your liver is the main detox organ. On a daily basis, you are bombarded with toxins in food and the air around you. In an effort to protect the body, the liver stores the toxins in the fat. So, when you are on a fast, or detox, as I am, these toxins are getting released into my blood stream.

The release of toxins can cause what’s known as a “healing crisis“. This is when your body is struggling to deal with the toxins that have been loaded into the bloodstream from the release of fat. You need to help them get out of the body, or they’ll just end up going back into the fat.

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The only symptoms I’m having right now are my sinus headache, hunger pangs, and fatigue. A healing crisis is a fairly normal part of detoxing, and to be expected. You just need to help your liver move things along with a few simple strategies. Keep in mind, if you have a known chronic illness, or disease. DO NOT detox without the support of a nutritionist and your doctor. Detoxing can be especially hard on the liver. AND, if you’re already sick, your liver is already in a weakened state. Something to keep in mind.

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The herbs in the red tea are designed to help the liver with the detox and flush the body of toxins. I’m drinking 48 ounces of tea and a gallon (128 ounces) of water. This isn’t my first detox/fast, so I knew what to expect.  The first three days are always the worst, which is why I started on a weekend. It’s also good to have a detox “buddy”. I’m lucky to have my significant other doing the detox with me. So, I have built in support.

Until next time…

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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The Red Tea Detox Diaries – Let the Herbal Tea Fast Begin!

Today, Friday, March 23, 2018, my life is about to change…at least I hope so, if Author of THE RED TEA DETOX, Lynn Swann Miller, is to be believed. As I indicated in the article, A Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting, I began a journey into the Red Tea Detox world  at 2:00 p.m. today. Part of the recommendation in the book are to keep a journal of the process, as well as “go public”. So, that’s what this new, albeit temporary, series is designed to be – my public diary of the whole process. I’m not certain how often I’ll post. I’m hoping it’ll be daily, but I’m not making any promises.

The journey begins with a 7 day fast, which includes a 72 hour herbal tea fast. So, for the next 72 hours, until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, I will be drinking mainly the special tea recipe (minimum of 48 ounces – 6 cups per day), along with other herbal teas, one gallon of water per day, and bone broth. (my addition). I’ve also decided to add Ocean’s Alive (raw phytoplankton) to my drinking water. Being a nutrition nerd, I can’t help tweaking this plan just a bit. I’m just concerned about getting the proper nutrients over the next few days.  Lynn recommends super greens powder, so I feel comfortable doing this.

After the initial fast, I’ll be doing 24 hour intermittent fasting, while continuing to drink the tea and gallon of water, for the remainder of the week. This means I’ll get one meal per day, which, for me, will be every day at 2:00, until Friday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. At that time, I begin Phase one…

 

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The 7 day fast is designed to cleanse the body and prime it for the the main, 4 phase, portion of the detox, which takes 14 days. The whole process will take 21 days, including the 7 day fast, after which time, I’ll re-evaluate my situation, and see if I want to repeat the process. Here’s the layout of the next three weeks, as much for me as for you.

7 DAY FAST – 72 – hour fast – followed by four days of 24 hour intermittent fasting

PHASE ONE – Days 1 – 5 – a basic cleansing/alkalinizing diet consisting of veggies and protein along with the red tea, herbal tea, green tea, green drinks, green smoothies, protein smoothies and water –  Skipping breakfast – eating 3 meals between 12 – 8 pm.

PHASE TWO – Day 6 – is a 24 hour fast, beginning with the evening meal  on day five.

PHASE THREE- Day 7 & 8 FAT FAST – Eat between 1000 to 1200 calories – 80% to 90% of these calories will be from healthy fat sources

PHASE FOUR – Day 9 – 14 – Calorie restriction based on my personal BMR (basal metabolic rate). To calculate your BMR, FOLLOW THIS LINK. This is the rate at which my body burns calories while at rest. My personal BMR is 1553. According to the book, I’ll create a calorie deficit of 30%. Which means I’ll subtract 466 calories from my daily BMR. So, I’ll be aiming for a caloric intake of around 1087. She also recommends low carb, keeping carbs BELOW 30 grams/day if possible. (throughout all four phases)

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So, that’s the detox in a nut shell. If you’re wondering what this special red tea recipe is, I’m sorry to say, I don’t think I can give it to you. I had to pay for the book in order to get the recipe for myself. I searched EVERYWHERE online, and couldn’t find it. Anyway, it’s not just the special tea, it’s the whole package.

I’ve been told over and over in school and online how bad low calorie diets can be, as well as not eating breakfast. I’m a bit concerned about this whole thing. However, that’s EXACTLY why I’m doing this. I need to know how it affects me, so I can talk to people about it.

This past Monday, I dipped my toes into the intermittent fasting waters, AND started to drink the red tea. I skipped breakfast, drank 6 cups of red tea and 1 gallon of water every day. In 4 days, I lost 2.5 pounds. Not too shabby, since I didn’t change anything else about my diet. I continued walking my dog everyday. The only difference was I did it on an empty stomach (aka – fasting/fat burning phase). I think it helped?!

Anyway, that’s it for today. I’ll let you know how my weekend and the first three days go. I’m off to heat up some bone broth for dinner. YUM!

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS!

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My Food Journal: Goals, Sugar & Elimination Diet – Days 9 to 15 (July 18 to July 24, 2017)

Today, since I’m so late getting posting this article, I’m going to be short and sweet with this post. First, I’m going to take a look at how my goals are going…

On May 20, 2017, I wrote a blog discussing my problems with soda, and wrote some goals, which were updated on June 11, 2017. On the list below, I have crossed out the goals that have been accomplished.

HERE ARE THE ORIGINAL GOALS: (TODAY’S UPDATES ARE IN RED)

  • SUGAR UPDATE!  “stay away from soda-

      • UPDATE – I have now been sugar/soda free for 70 days. 

  • “Walk 5 miles a day–

    • My goal was to work up to walking 5 miles a day (10,000 steps)

    • (TIMELINE-ACCOMPLISH THIS BY AUGUST 31, 2017)
    • UPDATE – I am behind on this goal, but it is still achievable. By now, I should be walking 7000 steps a day. This week I only averaged between 2000 – 3000 steps a day. I didn’t take regular walks this week. However, on my normal walks, I average 6000 steps a day, which is approximately 3 miles. I have been increasing the weekly goal by 500 steps a day. In order to reach my goal by August 31, I’ll need to increase the weekly goal by 750 steps per day.
  • Meditate every day for 30 minutes– This is easily accomplished, it will just take the ambition to get it done.

    • This was to begin on July 21, 2017

    • UPDATE: This has not started. I will put this on top of my agenda for this week. 
  • Drink 100 ounces of water a day-When I’m not drinking soda, I drink only water. So no problem here. I track it with mynetdiary.com
    • UPDATE: I currently drink 180 ounces of water a day
  • Eat whole foods 90% of the time.-allow myself to eat 1 or 2 “fun foods” a week (non-sugary of course.)

    • UPDATE: On my elimination diet, I am eating whole foods approximately 95% of the time.
  • Log all food/meals-Again-easy enough to do…just need to do it.(Begin this June 11, 2017) Tracked with mynetdiary.com

    • UPDATE: This is being done on a fairly regular basis.
  • Do power yoga 2 times during the week– every Tuesday and Thursday – I hate lifting weights, but LOVE LOVE LOVE yoga. I’m hoping that by doing power yoga instead, my muscle tone will improve. (begin this on July 1, 2017)

    • UPDATE: I have a lot of trouble working yoga into my daily routine. I need to get more organized. I have only done yoga a few time since the beginning of the month. 

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So, as you can see, I’m doing well on the food portion of the goals, but fall well short on the exercise portion of the goals. I have always struggled with exercise and fitness, never really enjoying it. I do like walking, but find excuses not to go walking in the heat. I LOVE doing yoga, but it sometimes feels like a guilty pleasure, when I have so many other things to do. Meditation is the same, it just seems a little too enjoyable, when there’s work to be done. But, I must remind myself, that meditation and yoga are just as beneficial to the body as walking and proper nutrition.

ELIMINATION DIET DAYS 9 to 15.

Well, the first 2 weeks are under my belt, just 1 week left, until I can begin adding foods back in…maybe. I may end up going 4 weeks. My headaches are basically gone, but the congestion, though lessened, still remains. I had been eating almonds, which are allowed on some versions of the elimination diet. I have decided to remove them, in an effort to confront this ongoing congestion. My other symptoms, fatigue, psoriasis, and arthritis are completely gone. Now I just need to figure out that darn congestion.

My weight loss for this past week was only 1 pound. However, considering I lost almost 5 pounds last week, this isn’t surprising. Also, I basically did not exercise last week, so losing a pound…without exercise…eating more carbs….eating more calories, I’m happy with the loss.

Here are my food log totals for this week:

  • Average Calories/day – 1503.71
  • Macronutrient percentages
    • Fat average – 27% – 47 grams
    • Carbohydrate average – 53% – 207 grams
    • Protein average – 19% – 75 grams
    • Fiber average – 29 grams

If you’d like to take a look at my weekly food log, you can follow this link: FOOD_LOG_JULY18_TO_JULY24_2017

 

 

Daily Log: Elimination Diet day 3- 7/12/17- (and my attempt at flatbread!)

Yes, I know this is yesterday’s log…posted late! I promised to post my flatbread results last night…oops! I’ll start off by apologizing for posting this late. I wasn’t able to write this post last night. But, I wanted to make sure I had all the photos for the flatbread I prepared yesterday for my family dinner.

As you may or may not know, I posted an article about the world’s oldest flatbread, which included videos showcasing 3 different methods for preparing it. In that article, I expressed my desire to make a whole food, gluten free sweet potato flatbread. I chose to use oat flour. I wanted to try a “rolled” version, like in the first video.  Here’s how I ended up preparing our flatbread.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes -peeled and steamed
  • approximately 3 cups of freshly ground oat flour – from whole oat groats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. First, I ground enough oat groats to make 3 cups of oat flour. (It took the whole package.)
  2. Next,  I mashed the sweet potatoes in a medium sized bowl. IMG_5368.JPG
  3. I added the salt, and gradually added the oat flour into the mashed sweet potato….IMG_5367.JPG
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  5. The dough was cut into 16, not so even, pieces… 🙂 IMG_5360
  6. I then rolled out each piece between parchment paper. It did stick to the paper, but, I was able to “peel” it off, without harming the flatbread.

     

  7. I next cooked each flatbread on a lightly oiled cast iron griddle, covered with a lid, to speed cooking and ensure the bread cooked through. I knew if I cooked them too long, they would be brittle. (previous experience with gluten free flatbread/tortillas) IMG_5357.JPG
  8. This made 16 pieces of flat bread. Here is the final result:

While I show a “flexible” flat bread above, not all of them were flexible. They tasted fine, however, the oats over powered the sweet potato a bit. They are dense and quite “rustic”. They reminded me more of a soft cracker than bread. They received mixed reviews in my house. My husband and I enjoyed them, while my kids did not. When I make them again. I will attempt to make them like the second video , which was more like pancakes. I believe the rolling method requires too much flour. I’d like to be able to taste the sweet potato a bit more.

I’ll keep you posted on my future attempts.

Now, onto my log.

Each day of the elimination diet gets a bit better. My headache, though present, was slightly less, though the congestion remains. My energy level is also improving, which is wonderful. My head, which had been a bit foggy, is clearer. I’m getting excited. I can’t wait to get to the end of the 21 days. If I’m feeling this good now, what will I feel like then?

Daily calories and water intake:

Food log:

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Exercise: 4,092 steps (goal – 6000 steps)

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Wellness Wednesday: The World’s Oldest Bread – 3 Ingredient Flat Bread (allergy-free/gluten free/dairy free/vegan)

As someone on an elimination diet, and attempting to stick to 100% whole foods during my first 21 days, I’ve been looking for creative ways to eat during my detox diet. Today’s post, and future Wellness Wednesday posts, will focus on creative ways to eat on an elimination or detox plan. This post focuses on a creative way to eat your carbs.

While rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes are fine, I don’t really want to eat them, as is, at every meal, which is a bit boring. Plus, oatmeal for breakfast every morning is getting old, real quick. So, I’ve ventured out and found some flat bread recipes, since yeast is banned on the elimination diet. I originally set out to make the 4 ingredient flat bread recipe I posted for my first Allergy Free Friday.  However, that recipe called for either butternut squash or sweet potato FLOUR. Now, I had sweet potatoes, but no sweet potato flour. While I know it’s possible to make my own flour, I was too lazy for that. So, I set out to find a way to make flat bread with whole sweet potatoes instead of sweet potato FLOUR.

Before we get to the recipes, you may be asking why flatbread is called the “world’s oldest bread”. The website American Flatbread states that flour and water flatbread, cooked on a fire-heated rock, has been a main part of the human diet for over 5000 years, worldwide. While the grains in each may be different, the basic method was the same. They give some examples:

  • Mexico – tortillas
  • Scotland – oatcakes
  • India – chapatti
  • China – po bin
  • American Indian’s – Johnny Cake
  • Norwegians – FlottBrod
  • Ethiopia – Injera
  • Israel – matzo

Onto the recipes!

I found 3 videos on youtube which highlight 3 different flat bread recipes

This video, from OFF GRID WITH DOUG AND STACY, is the first one I found. It was perfect, except for one problem, she uses sprouted wheat flour, which contains gluten. The other alternatives she gives in the video, though considered ancient grains, are also forms of wheat. Not only is gluten off limits in the elimination diet, I have been gluten free for more than 7 years. AND, through my own experience, gluten free flours didn’t make for very good tortillas/flatbreads. But, I had a place to start and knew it was possible to use sweet potatoes in flat bread. Here’s the first video…

So, now that I knew I could use sweet potatoes in flat bread,  I needed to figure out a way to make it gluten free. I realized that my normal cup-for-cup gluten free flour would probably work, however, it has ingredients not allowed on my elimination diet. So, I needed a gluten free, whole food flour…enter oats! Now I needed to know if it was possible to make flat bread-GOOD flat bread- from oats. I realize that the Scottish people have been making oatcakes for thousands of year, but I didn’t want a traditional oatcake, I wanted flatbread, like in the first video. I found just what I was looking for on CLEAN FOODIES. Here is that video…

I had 2 pieces of the puzzle put together. I could use sweet potatoes to make flat bread AND oats can also be used to make flat bread. BUT, how would they work together? I found a video, on AUSSIE VEGAN GARDENING YOGI, of a sweet potato and oatmeal grilled flat bread. Here it is…

Now, I found all these things just this morning, so, I haven’t actually tried to make the flatbread yet. I will be doing this sometime today. If you want to know how my flatbread turns out, I’ll be writing about it in my daily log post tonight at 8:00 est. Check it out!

God Bless! Namaste!

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Daily Log: Elimination Diet-Day 1

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I started an Elimination Diet today to try and determine the cause behind my daily sinus headaches. I know it’s food related, I just need to pin down which one, thus this new plan. It’s been a rough day, which is why there was only a meditation post and not a motivation post. I apologize for that. I’ll try to post it later in the week, when I’m feeling better.

As a refresher, I’ll be eliminating the following foods from my diet for the next 21 days.

  • Dairy products (lactose and casein)
  • Wheat (and other gluten containing foods)
  • Eggs (whites particularly)
  • Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Tomatoes and all nightshades
  • Shellfish
  • All citrus fruits and juices
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Alcohol
  • Soy
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Yeast

 

I had to cut back on my walking. My goal is still to reach 10,000 steps/ 5 miles per day, but, it is currently on the back burner, until after this first week of my elimination diet is done.  (I am currently averaging about 6000 steps per day, which is approximately 3 miles.) During the first part of the elimination diet, it’s important to take care not to over exert yourself. The first week is the hardest, as evidenced by my first day.

Today, I have been battling one of the worst sinus headaches I’ve ever had. I spent most of the day in bed with a cold washcloth on my face. Unfortunately, I don’t expect tomorrow to be any better. But, just knowing that these headaches will be history after this first week or two, helps get me through it.

Onto my daily log:

Food and water intake:

 

 

Daily food log:

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Daily Exercise:

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Have a wonderful night everyone!

God bless, Namaste!

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