Spicy Veggie Eggs

Now that I can have spicy foods again, I have been trying to build up my repertoire in the fiery seasoned world. Since hot peppers are not sprayed, they easy to find at most stores and don’t have to be organic. I bought some Anaheim and Pablano peppers to experiment with. I have used them for sauteed dishes as well as homemade salsas so far. I also want to start including more of the orange/yellow colored spices into my cooking, since they’re so amazingly good for you. Here’s what I cam up with for lunch today:

Spicy Veggie Eggs

1-2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 of onion, chopped
  • 2-4 Tb coconut oil
  • 2 large Bellini mushrooms
  •  1/4 of Anaheim and Pablano peppers
  • 1 small sweet potato, preferably cooked
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • Real Salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp or more to taste turmeric
  • dash cardamom (optional)
  • 1 tsp cilantro

Method:

  1. Sautee the onions, mushrooms, peppers, and potato in the coconut oil until soft.
  2. Add spices, salt and herbs.
  3. Add eggs, being careful not to break the yolk.
  4. Cook until whites of eggs are mostly cooked, gently flip over and turn off the heat.
  5. Allow to set for just a minute to finish cooking the white, but keeping the yolks uncooked.

Enjoy!

More Detox Thoughts

As I progress in my journey to heal myself with the God given provisions around me, I am ever aware of how much we truly understand of the human body. However, the amazing intelligent design of His Creation just keeps on surprising me as to how well His herbs, science, oils, etc. know just how to work with our bodies and vice versa, despite my conscious intellect.

Reading up on ionic foot bath detoxes, much controversy can be found. Some naturalists claim it is all a hoax, while others swear by it. From what I gather and my own personal experience, I have learned that the toxins may not actually come out in the bathwater, but rather can be detoxed into the colon. I believe this is where “professionals” get lost, because of the discrepancy of where the toxins go. Unless someone does some studies on toxins in a person’s colon after the foot bath, they’re likely to keep believing nothing is happening. How does it work? Basically the interaction of the water and salts with an ion generator work to stimulate the main detoxification organs to go to work double time.

I actually felt more energetic after my third bath, whereas the first two left me pretty drained, a common side effect of major detoxification. I am determined to go at least 2 more times to see what else will happen. I have noticed though that after this last session, I finally do not have joint pain, which I have been dealing with a lot lately – despite my juicing and regular superfoods and real nutrition lifestyle. While I am still deciding on how exactly this works and how many times it’s necessary to go to see major results, I have also been using other detox methods.

Olio Del Re has been my new best friend lately. Its Italian created formula of essential oils have seemingly endless uses. I have used it to help detox particular organs by rubbing it directly on that area, or put on the bottom of my feet to work in many places throughout the body. Since most eo users know the foot is a map of the body, putting an oil there is really getting your money’s worth. Lately, I have been putting it on my colon to help escort these toxins out as I am detoxing. Today, I put it on my head in the area where the insular cortex is, because I read about how that’s the area where the brain communicates with the gastrointestinal tract. The signalling pathways in the brain can become clogged with toxins, which then creates mayhem in the rest of the body which is not getting the correct information and instructions. Reading this article really made some insightful connections for me on this topic. I am awaiting to see what kind of detoxification this does as it stimulates the brain to get those toxins out of there.

After finally having cleared out almost every sign of diverticulitis from my colon, I am still left with this annoying bloating and overly full feeling, even when I haven’t eaten for hours. It has very little to do with anything I eat, which leads me to believe that there is a communication malfunction between my brain and gut. I believe that if I can clear out and heal the insular cortex in the brain, that the communication will free up and the natural healing processes can finish, thus allowing the inflammation to cease.

Boswellia – photo credit

Lastly, I am looking to add some medicinal mushrooms and boswellia to my daily diet. While nursing and being pregnant for the past 9 years, I haven’t been able to really try any. From my studies, I am learning  about how medicinal mushrooms contain amazing healing properties to detox the brain and heal the colon. I had looked at Mike’s Cocoa Mojo and might copy his recipe with my cacao nibs. I have also looked into adding boswellia since it should help as well. Why not? I will try anything (natural and Godly) once.

I should post a recipe for good measure, shouldn’t I? My favorite hot drink so far this week: roasted cacao nibs brewed like a strong coffee, add in some raw cream, 1 tsp of maca root powder, a little stevia and raw honey, and viola! Amazing malted hot chocolate that’s full of superfood goodness. Stay tuned for more updates. For the first part of this series, check it out here.

Therapies to Detox and Heal

For the first time in 8 years, I have a break from nursing and being pregnant. Though I have been slowly detoxing over the years, I know I still have issues unresolved that need attending to. Toxic medications from hospital births (my first 4 were in the hospital, and my last 4 have been at home), synthetic hormones and chemicals from birth control pills (the years before God dealt with me not only on how harmful they were for my health, but how I needed to trust Him in our child bearing years), and many other food toxins (preservatives, additives, chemicals… from the years before we were on a Real Food lifestyle) have all hidden themselves and wreaked havoc in my digestive and endocrine systems.

In an effort to detox from my previously toxic, typical American lifestyle, I have used herbs, essential oils, fermented foods, GAPS diet, and supplements to heal and clean out my body. But recently, in dealing with diverticulitis I have found that nothing I have done before was helping. I stepped out of my comfort zone and looked into other means of healing, reconnecting, and detoxing. Extremely pleased with the results, I am continuing on with this course until I have completed my healing. To me, complete healing will be – a fully functioning endocrine and digestive system.

The current therapies I have been trying out have been acupuncture and ionic foot bath detoxing. At first I felt exhausted after each session, but I know that detoxing and healing side effects often include feeling worse before you feel better. The more I read on acupuncture, the more it makes sense that over the years my connections in the body have been damaged, and inefficient with all the toxins clogging up the system. Acupuncture is a way of stimulating those connections to rebuild and re-establish their vitality by detoxing and waking up. This is crucial for people who have been healing a particular gland or organ for years, but as soon as they stop their supplements or get off their special diet, they regress. This indicates that the connections are not rebuilt and the organ is still not fully detoxed. For me, acupuncture is reconnecting and the ionic foot bath is detoxing out junk I have been unable to get with herbs and diet.

The only catch with these therapies is that you have to go up to 10 times to really see the improvements. It takes time to rebuild a body, especially after years of abuse. Nearing the end of my use of these therapies, I can now see how important they are in rebuilding from a host of dysfunctioning body systems.

Lastly, since I have had such issues with my thyroid and endocrine system, I still have the 20 pounds from my last pregnancy I need to get rid of. This is where the integrated juice fast comes in. In order to maintain my metabolism, I am juice fasting for one day on and two days off. On the two days off, I am keeping to a Paleo/Gaps like diet, eating salad only for dinner and having a tea or something for later. The evenings are the worst with the diverticulitis. I feel like I am going to explode. Yuck.

My goal here is to finish losing the baby fat, as well as allow some down time for my colon to finish healing. My overachiever goal is to be done in 10 days. My realistic goal might be two weeks. We will see how quickly my body wants to cooperate. I will post updates, recipes, and testimonials as I go. Here’s to be completely whole again!