Monday, April 15, 2013

Ancestral diet Recipes

I promised you recipes from what I have bean eating this week during my cleanse thingy. I'm still not sure what to call it... But I have bean forced to be a bit more creative. For a while all I was really eating was fried kale. Which is yummy, but it got boring. So here are a few really easy recipes that I came up with this week. When I say easy, I mean like really incredibly easy. Most of these take 5 min or less of your time. 

My mom and I had this for dinner the other night. Lightly toss some greens such as a spring mix with a bit of balsamic vinegar. Place artichokes that have bean preserved in water onto that and cooked salmon onto that. Mix up some goat cheese with sour cream or kefer, dill, parsley, pepper, and olive oil. Top the salmon with it and some capers. So good!

Blend up a bunch of parsley with the juice of 1 lemon, 1/3 cup of olive oil, salt and pepper, and 4 garlic cloves. Pore that over chicken breast. Blend up 4 tomatoes and pore them over the chicken. Top with one minced red onion. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Let some cheese of choice melt over the top if you so desire. So, so, so Good! Top with olives if you so desire and serve with green beans or other vegetables of choice. This would also be good with some pasta. slice the chicken and place on linguine pasta. The extra sauce in the pan will be marvelous as a sauce for the pasta.

My new favorite smoothie. Kefer, strawberries, cinnamon, vanilla, and maca powder as a sweetener  Maca is a fruit from South America. It has a sweet maple flavor and is a supper food. 

I have bean heating frozen blueberries in my toaster oven, and mixing them with kefer. It is also yummy to have with ricotta or cottage cheese. Yummy spices to add would be, cardamom, cinnamon, orange or lemon zest, floral extracts like rose, or adding a bit of vanilla are all lovely. This is my version of yogurt with fruit on the bottom since I can't have sugar and all the ones at the store have cane sugar in them. 

I have actually bean doing really well. I didn't think that I would go all sugar crazy, but I thought that I would a little bit more than I have. The only things that I have bean wanting are dried fruit and nuts. Which suck because I cant have vary many kinds of nuts until Thursday  but I have bean eating freeze dried berries. They are sooooooo yummy! 

Happy Cooking! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ancestral diets

I decided to do a cleans. Well, actually not necessarily a cleans and much as a body reset. I have bean eating way to much sugar and grains lately and I do not need to get addicted to them. I decided to go on an Ancestral diet, with no grains, no fruit except for berries, lemons, and limes, a bit more meat but only organic or grass fed and not unclean meats such as shellfish and pork. Also I have bean eating a lot of greens and fermented foods like kefer. I am doing The Makers Diet 40 day program thing, and so far it has actually bean really easy. 
You can find the list of foods that I will be eating Here. I do not think that we should not eat grains at all, seeing as how even ancient humans ate grains. In fact the whole thing of not eating grains because our hunter gatherer ancestors didn't eat them is completely baseless. The remains of humans from way back thousands of years ago have bean found with grains still in their teeth. However I do think that the processed way that we eat grains is unhealthy. The ancient Egyptian ruling class suffered from many of the healthy problems such as osteoporosis  heart disease, arthritis  and cancer! that we face today, where as the lower class did not. I prefer sprouted, fermented (sourdough), and freshly ground grains. They are more easily digested when eaten this way. But I still don't think it is best to have a diet that consists mainly of grains, and since my body dose not do very well if I eat to many grains that basically turn into sugar I feel like I need to cut down on my grain and sugar consumption. 
I have bean focusing on getting lots of greens and eating a bit more meat. I know that it sounds a bit backwards to eat more meat on a cleanse, but like I said, I'm not really doing a cleans per-say  but more of a body reset. I have bean finding more of what my body dose best with, and it seam to actually do really well on more meat. I have also been drinking apple cider vinegar in warm water in the morning, and drinking kombucha during the day and much more water. I have been eating only raw cheese and Goat milk Kefer for my dairy. I can't have any beans until the first two weeks are up, but I have bean using lentils instead. After the First two weeks are up, I can incorporate corn, sweet potatoes, yams, all other kinds of dairy (that is still a whole food) and more types of beans. I also can only have certain types of nuts and seeds right now, but I will be able to add more as the weeks progress. I can of course have any types of veggies except for the ones that I will be adding in a week and white potato. I highly suggest trying out a more primitive diet with lots of whole foods, and fermented foods as well. People who eat primitive diets have way less health problems than people with processed foods diet have. Like, way, way, WAY less. Basically everything that causes the most deaths in the US, are non existent to them, and they have no need for braces on their teeth which like everyone gets anymore  It's really sad actually how much our diets are killing us. Any hoo, I have bean feeling so supper amazing! I feel like I'm back to my old self. I will post some recipes soon. Have a great Wednesday! 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Raw Vegan Macaroons

I love these. They are so yummy! If you have ever had a Hail Merry macaroon and you liked it then you will love these for their taste and there price.
1 1/2 cups of shreded coconut (if you onlt have flakes on hand run them through a food processor)
1/3 cup of maple serup
1/4 cup of coconut oil
3/4 cup of almond or coconut flour
1 Tbsp of vanilla powder or extract
1/3 tsp of sea salt
For chocolate macaroons add in. Tbsp or two of coco powder.

Mix all ingredients together. Using a melon baller, cookie baller thing (I'm not sure what its called) or roll them into balls yourself. I like using my small cookie baller thing because it gave me the exact shape I wanted easily. 
Oven method: put on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. If you have a gass stove this is going to be really easy. Just turn it to your warm setting (about 200) for like a minute every hour, and have the oven barely cracked. It took only a couple of hours for them to be dried out on the outer layer.
Dehydrator: set your dehydrator to 100 and leave them in their for about a day. You can do this at lower temperatures also, you will need to just keep them in longer.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Magnesium Oil and Lotion

Magnesium is a mineral that is needed for many things such as healthy blood pressure levels, muscle and nerve function, normal blood sugar level, helping you to absorb calcium, among many other things. It's a bit odd that so many of us are told to take more calcium, and to drink your milk because it has calcium in it when, (ok a bit off topic but processed cows milk actually leaches calcium from your bones to be able to digest it. gah! freaking people. Ok, I'm better) no one told them to take magnesium along with it so that they can actually absorb that calcium. Seriously people, seriously. My eyes are rolling so much right now, I think I can see my brain.
Any-hoo, I have bean taking magnesium for a few months, and it has helped a lot with my leg cramps. Like a lot, A Lot! I used to get them all the time and now I only get them when I forget to take my magnesium. I have bean using Natural Calm and it works really well. They make it so that your body can absorb it well, and they make it in quite a few flavors. I like the cherry one and I also like the plain one so that I can put it with juice. But I don't really like taking it. A lot of people like the taste, and I actually used to love it, but it just gets a bit old to me. I have problems eating the same food or drinking the same drink over and over again, except for water. So ya, I wanted something different. I was looking at beauty recipes  and I came across the idea of making magnesium oil. Then I thought, "I wonder if they make magnesium lotion." so I looked it up and found some for sale, but it was like 20 bucks, And so I decided to look up a few recipes. Basically you can make your favorite lotion, and instead of using water you replace it with the magnesium oil which is just Epsom salt dissolved in water.

To make the oil you need to heat up a cup of water and dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in it. Put it in a spray bottle and spritzing it on a few times will give you your dose of magnesium since it is absorbed well by the skin. It really dose have an oily feel to it. You can make it more concentrated for the lotion by doing 1 cup of Epsom salt to 1/2 cup of water. I like this way the best, but if you live in a dry climate then you might want to use the lotion.

The lotion recipe that I like is,

  • 1/2 cup of magnesium oil
  • 1/2 cup of liquid oil such as jojoba, avocado, macadamia, almond, etc. 
  • 1/2 cup of solid oil such as mango, shea butter, coco, or coconut. 
  • 2 Tbsp of beeswax
Melt the beeswax in a double broiler, then add in the solid oil. Once that is melted take it off the heat and add in the liquid oil. Then slowly add in the magnesium oil. You are going to ether need to blend it with beaters, a blender, or by hand. It may take a while because it needs to cool enough for everything to solidify and bind together.

If you are an expecting mamma then adding a bit vitamin E and cod liver (vitamin A) oil can help. I would suggest using macadamia nut oil (highly regenerative and very similar to your skins natural oils) castor oil and possibly some Tamanu for the liquid oil and coco butter for the solid. If you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester adding in some high quality lavender, mandarin, neroli, or geranium oil can help also. If you want to use the spray and not do the lotion, then you can mix Tamanu or macadamia oil with castor and cod liver oil, and some essential oils. Just rub that into your skin to help your skin recover greatly. If you don't want to buy cod liver oil, then I suggest just using Macadamia nut oil with castor oil, but you must mix the castor oil with a carrier oil for the most benefit. Since macadamia oil is similar to the skins natural oils and is very good on its own for healing, scars, burns and minor wounds and irritants then it is one of the best choices for healing and preventing stretch marks.  

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gummy Worms

I made gummy worms the other day from scratch. They are so easy, and so yummy!

This first recipe is for gummy worms completely from scratch.
1 cup of juice and 6 tbsp of gelatin. Heat up the juice, and stir in the gelatin. Place in a 8x8 inch greased pan and chill. Cut into strips, and with a spatula, scrape them up from the bottom. You have gummy worms!
*vegetarian alternatives below

With jello mix. You can also take 2 packages of jello type mix in a pan with 1 cup of water along with 4 tbsp of gelatin to the mix. Heat and dissolve  Place on a greased baking sheet with sides and chill. Cut in strips, and scrape out with a spatula. You have gummy worms! My grocery store has a brand called Natural Desserts which has a "jello" product that is supper tasty and great for vegetarians. 

I recommend using some sort of vegetable oil that doesn't have any flavor or one of those silicone pad things that you use in a dehydrator to line the pan with. I liked using a non-hydrogenated shortening and I did NOT like coconut oil. but that could have bean the flavor of worms I made also. 

If you want sour gummy worms, dip them in a mixture of half citric acid and half sugar or sugar substitute as long as it is not a liquid like honey or maple syrup.
*For vegetarians Marry Jane from "Marry Jane's Farm" has a product called, Chill over powder but Natural deserts also has an unflavored "gelatin". find the link for that here.