December 30, 2013

New Year Blessings


Its been nearly 5 months since I decided to include coconut oil in my diet, over that first month I slowly made the choice to switch my whole way of eating around, stopping dairy, gluten, refined sugar, processed foods, I hadn't eaten red meat since my early 20s and so I cut out chicken this year too. Its been an exciting journey, I thought I knew a lot about food to begin with, and was proved wrong very quickly, it didn't dishearten me, but made me want to fight more for what I believed in. I don't think the learning will ever end, or the work, but its always been enjoyable and knowing I'm doing something good for me, healing myself keeps me motivated.

I don't think my enthusiasm has ever dipped, even though my many auto immune conditions that have plagued me since I was a teenager are still present, they have been easier to cope with.  Even when my joints are flaring and pain depression creeping in, my inner motivation is still there, I know I'm on the right track. I'm sleeping well, I used to only sleep in two hour bursts a few times a night with lots of pain in between, lots of exhaustion tears! Now once a week of no sleep is the norm. I've got more energy, my blood sugars are more stable, my steroid needs for my adrenal gland failure is down, because the overall stress on my system is down. I believe I will keep getting better, maybe not steadily, the rollercoaster of life will still happen, but, overall, a year from now, I know I will be better than this point in my life now.

I will never go back to eating the old way, its natural now, eating as much bread, dairy, chocolate etc, as I used to is not normal anymore, the though process of reaching for those things in the pantry is gone, so its definitely easier to keep on this path than I ever thought it would be at the start.

For me, its not been solely about what I put in my mouth either, 5 years ago, after my medical team had spent the previous 14 years either nearly killed me, or making me feel so bad I was asking for death, lol, I decided to wean off many of my damaging medications, I began learning, introducing natural medicine to my life, plus, daily yoga, and meditation, beginning with one stretch a day! It has taken me this long, many ups and downs, but my perseverance has never wavered and it has again worked miracles, not only am I able to walk unaided around the house but in my best times I can walk my beloved dogs, and I did the unimaginable yesterday, I sat on a pony! If I could have glimpsed in to the future 5 years ago I'd have never imagined it, yes, all the hard work and determination has worked.

Yesterday when I sat on the pony, oh my did it hurt and tear at every part of me that was already damaged, inflamed and hurting, walking was hard after! I thought I would come home, bath and bed, but my inner self instructed me, yoga!!!  And so I did, and I kept moving, and although I'm worse today, I will keep moving, and stretching and strengthening. I was so impressed that I had built up such core and muscle strength to get up there from the mounting steps! I have dreams that I feel can be reached now, never in a rush, I will steadily keep working hard incorporating healing foods, natural medicine, yoga, meditation, stress reduction, the best friends, family and lots of animal friends <3 p="">
Happy New Year everyone!!!!  Wishing you a bright, happy, healthy and blessed 2014 <3 p="">

December 19, 2013

dairy free ice cream perfection!

With our first mini heat wave almost over, I've been in an ice cream making frenzy once again! The most exciting news is that I've perfected my recipe! Yay!

When I first made ice cream I was using the raw egg, or, no egg techniques, the main reason was, I wanted ice cream in an hour, tops, not 5 hours with lots of preparation over a hot stove.  However, I knew the cooked custard way would probably taste better...

So, I decided to stop being a wimp and experiment some more over the hot stove! It really wasn't that bad or long, and if you're ok with using the microwave, even quicker!  I used the recipe I created in my last post, only I cooked the egg through first in the coconut cream, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt, then added the fruit  ingredient.... Chilled, And, ice cream maker or ice mould freezy magic time later....perfection, sooo delishious, it's certainly worth the prep time and wait time.

I also decided to try using silicon single serve cake moulds and kids ice block moulds, they worked fabulously!!!

So here are the photos...



And here is the recipe

Ingredients...

1 can coconut cream
2 eggs
Pinch salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 TSP vanilla essence (one day soon when I can afford it I'll try the real stuff!)
Squeeze lemon juice

For berry ice cream
250 g raspberries or your favourite berry

OR for banana ice cream
one mashed banana

OR for coffee ice cream
1 heaped teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved in one teaspoon hot water

To make...
Whisk together coconut cream, eggs, salt, maple syrup, vanilla, lemon juice.  Stir over low - medium heat until custard thickens.  Add berries or banana or coffee, then chill in your fridge or freezer for a quicker chill!  Then add the mix to your ice cream maker and follow your machines instructions, or, pour directly into your silicone or ice block moulds and freeze a few hours until frozen solid.

Yum!!!!!

Did I say yum?!!! :-)

December 2, 2013

Can't be without my ice cream!


I looove ice cream, always have!  One of the many reasons it took me so long to abandon dairy!  Gelati too, I remember going to get gelati in the 80's with my sisters when we were young kids. Mum went one way to do the food shopping, we went the other, ah, simple times!  Mine was always strawberry, hehe, Strawberry Shortcake girl, everything was pink or Strawberry, just like my hero, I don't even know if it was my favourite flavour, isn't that silly!  And completely ME lol. - and I think I just called myself silly... Annnyway, when I was older and beyond the doll with the sweet smelling hair's influence, well, sort of, ("smile a sunny mornin'", lol,) I would only eat vanilla, weird!  Anyway, now I have a new way of eating, and an awesome ice cream maker, the weather is finally warming up, it's time to go berserk :-)

I'd made a few recipes, and wasn't completely happy with any of them, so I decided to do what I do best and create my own. I came up with this, my family and I have tried it three times, each time a winner. Yum yum yum!!!!

If you don't like the idea of raw eggs in your ice cream, you can warm everything but the berries in a saucepan on low - medium heat, then whisk in the eggs and cook for 5 minutes. Cool completely in the fridge, then add berries and pop into your ice cream maker.

Ingredients...
1 can coconut cream
2 eggs
Pinch salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 TSP vanilla essence (one day soon I'll try the real stuff!)
Squeeze lemon juice
250 g raspberries or your favourite berry

To make...
Whisk together coconut cream, eggs, salt, maple syrup, vanilla, lemon juice.  Add berries, then add the mix to your ice cream maker and follow your machines instructions.  Yum!!!!!



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