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A post from me!
But it’s been Over 6 months!

Yes… I know I know I have been MIA for the later half of 2013.
I experienced a bit If a rut in dealing with my ulcer and a few other issues. Blogging went from the back burner to completely off the stove for quite a while.
I miss being tied to this blog as it keeps me on track with all my health care and fitness goals.
Being honest, I’m not completely out of this rut but I need to make some changes if I want to get back to where I was. I miss being happy, feeling good and having energy.
I WILL turn this around.

I am all about making easy lifestyle changes and making things fit into everyday schedules but this year I have made a drastic decision to get my ass in gear.
If all goes well on feb 3 I will sign up to do the Seawheeze at the end of August. The Seawheeze is the lululemon half marathon. It was part of my goals last year but it was sold out by the time I went to register. I refuse that fate this year. I have mentally committed to this race and I will register for this event if it’s the last thing I do.

I will be blogging 1-2x a week to share my trials and tribulations as well as updating my social media pages daily so make sure to check them out.

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Soaking your Nuts? Why?

I never even thought that I should be soaking my nuts overnight. Here is an article Deidre (holistic nutritionist) sent to me.
Quite interesting. I find it brings out the almond flavor out more too 🙂

The Benefits of soaking nuts and seeds

By: Delicia Beaty and Sharon Foutch

Soaking nuts, grains, seeds, and legumes

Nature has set it up so that the nut, grain and seed may survive until proper growing conditions are present. Nature’s defense mechanism includes nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances that can be removed naturally when there is enough precipitation to sustain a new plant after the nut, grain or seed germinates. When it rains the nut, grain or seed gets wet and can then germinate to produce a plant. So we are mimicking nature when we soak our nuts, grains and seeds.

Nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances found in nuts grains and seed can be minimized or eliminated by soaking. These inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.

What are Enzyme inhibitors?

There are digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes. Digestive enzymes help break down food. Metabolic enzymes help every biological process the body does. Enzyme inhibitors will clog, warp or denature an active site of an enzyme. They may also bind to the enzyme, which will prevent the intended molecule from binding. “Once again, the habits of traditional peoples should serve as a guide. They understood instinctively that nuts are best soaked or partially sprouted before eaten. This is because nuts contain numerous enzyme inhibitors that can put a real strain on the digestive mechanism if consumed in excess.”

What are Phytates?

“All grains contain phytic acid in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects.”

 

Why soak nuts, grains and seeds?

  • 1. To remove or reduce phytic acid.
  • 2. To remove or reduce tannins.
  • 3. To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
  • 4. To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
  • 5. To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
  • 6. To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
  • 7. To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
  • 8. To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
  • 9. To help neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
  • 10. To prevent many health diseases and conditions.

“Soaking allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. Soaking in warm water also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors, present in all seeds, and encourages the production of numerous beneficial enzymes. The action of these enzymes also increases the amount of many vitamins, especially B vitamins. During the process of soaking and fermenting, gluten and other difficult-to-digest proteins are partially broken down into simpler components that are more readily available for absorption.”

What can be used to soak nuts, grains and seeds?

I have found many references to soaking nuts, grains, and seeds in water, salt water, or a warm water mixture with something acidic like yogurt, whey or lemon juice. It seems within 7 to 24 hours the enzyme inhibitors are neutralized and the anti-nutrients are broken down regardless of the method you choose. There is evidence that the process works when you see sprouting begin.

How long does the soaking process take?

“As little as seven hours of soaking in warm acidulated water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. The simple practice of soaking cracked or rolled cereal grains overnight will vastly improve their nutritional benefits.” “Flour products should be soaked at room temperature for at least twelve hours but better results may be obtained with a twenty-four hour soaking.”

 

Are the nuts, grains and seeds used wet?

I have enjoyed almonds wet. If you choose to try consuming anything in the soaked state, make little batches and store them in the refrigerator. Usually everything that is soaked is dried in a dehydrator or oven on the lowest possible setting for 24 – 48 hours to remove all moisture.

Wheat berries can be soaked whole for 8 to 22 hours, then drained and rinsed. Some recipes use the whole berries while they are wet, such as cracker dough ground right in the food processor. You can also dry sprouted wheat berries in a low-temperature oven or dehydrator, and then grind them in your grain mill and use the flour in a variety of recipes. Nuts, grains, seeds and legumes can be ground up to use as flour in many recipes after they have been dried.

 

Any advice on what to do with legumes?

Maureen Diaz recommends soaking any beans or legumes in water and vinegar for at least twelve hours before cooking. Soaked and dried beans may be ground up and used as flour for thickening and baking. This is helpful for those on a gluten free diet.

One recommendation includes placing soaked kombu or kelp seaweed in the bottom of the pot when soaking legumes. Add one part seaweed to six or more parts legumes. This is for improved flavor and digestion, more nutrients, and faster cooking. “Soak legumes for twelve hours or overnight in four parts water to one part legume. For best results, change the water once or twice. Lentils and whole dried peas require shorter soaking, while soybeans and garbanzos need to soak longer. Soaking softens skins and begins the sprouting process, which eliminates phytic acid, thereby making more minerals available. Soaking also promotes faster cooking and improved digestibility, because the gas-causing enzymes and trisaccharides in legumes are released into the soak water. Be sure to discard the soak water. After bringing legumes to a boil, scoop off and discard foam. Continue to boil for twenty minutes without lid at beginning of cooking to let steam rise (breaks up and disperses indigestible enzymes).”

Sunday funday

I was supposed to post this yesterday but ill soon get to why I did not.

I woke up optimistic on Sunday morning at 7 am. I bought everything I needed at planet organic and thrifty foods on Saturday. Matt and I both had to go to work so we worked together to get the day going. I had made lunch the night before so he made the shakes in the morning.
I started breakfast with l-glutamine and water then 1/2 tsp of Manuka honey. Apparently the Manuka honey helps kill the h. Pylori bacteria (ulcer) and I am happy because I love sweets 😉

My morning shake consists of 1cup of almond milk we made from scratch, one scoop of brown rice protein powder, and 1tbsp coconut oil. This is what it looked like:

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Does it look good?

Hell no!! it looks bad and tastes bad haha I should have gotten the small package but oh we’ll. I’m gonna stick it out. This is the one I got

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After some sealicious omega fish oil breakfast was done. Overall not so bad.

I work at the salon today so here is what I packed. I did bring almonds and cashews but they were soaking while I took this picture.

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At snack time (before and after lunch) I had 1/4 cup of almonds and cashews and half of a zucchini made into sticks.

For lunch it was about a cup and a half of quinoa, steamed asparagus, carrots and cabbage. It was pretty good.
Afterwards, I asked about eating the quinoa and learned that for my stomach at this time it would be too complex to digest so I’m going to stick with rice from now on.

Unfortunately at work around 130 I started to get really hungry. I had the Rest of my snacks and had herbal tea. This did nothing. I finished work at 5 but seemed to get hungrier and hungrier to the pointe of getting a migraine. My coworker drove me home but stopped at the store first. I decided to get 85%cocoa bar. I had a 2 squares in hopes to get better but did not.
Home came pretty quick and decided to look up some more substantial recipes with my allowed foods for this 10 day stomach healing diet for an ulcer. Spinach rice casserole! Sounds yummy, i omitted spinach for cabbage and got some veggie broth. I’ll post this recipe and have the link here when I post it.
I got to the part where it’s supposed to simmer, lucky Matt came home so I said “can you set a timer for 15min then can you serve it up?” And as the sweetheart he is he obliged. 15 min came and it was burnt!!! With this migraine I neglected to think to turn the burner on low to simmer. Damn it, not my finest culinary moment. I ate most of it anyway. I was so hungry and wanted to eat. After that I fell asleep and slept well.
This post was supposed to be done last night but as you could understand it did not get done. I woke up with a mild headache but water and my morning routine fixed it pretty well.
I’m so thankful for my friend whose given me all this information and taking the time to help me out. Without her I don’t know what I could have done. I’m on a road to really understanding what my body needs.
I’m also so thankful for Matt. He knows exactly what I need and just does it without me asking. He makes sure I am comfortable when in pain and does everything to help me out. He is so caring and loving. I’m so thankful he is part of my life.
I think that today I was nice to myself by starting the journey. I’m starting to listen to my body and giving it what it wants. I still have lots to learn but starting somewhere is the start.

Have you ever suffered from an ulcer before? What were the steps you took to heal?

So its Tuesday…

I am throughly enjoying sitting here writing this post on my phone. I sat down to do some choreography just in time for our reliable internet (through Telus) not to work….for the 3rd time in an hour.
F%+*ing Telus.
Does anyone else have this issue with them??

Sorry for the mild rant…

Today was pretty uneventful. I did a bit of packing this morning. Most of our life is in boxes at the moment. We have so much stuff!
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I felt like having a little spontaneity this morning. I had oatmeal with honey instead of my usual two ingredient pancake. *gasp*
I know right! Im living on the edge!
I also paired this with a coffee and some Girls Aloud.
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I was productive in the kitchen Continue reading

Monday…again

Yes the dreaded Monday has come…and gone by the time this will be up.
It was a cold one today. I woke up to snow! I hate the snow. Living 20 years in Ottawa I’ve had my fill.
Regardless of this cold and wet powder that attaches to everything I still had to get to work, today is a hairdressing day.
Ive got two pairs of rain boots I can wear in the snow. Magically both have the soles coming apart. On both pairs the upper portion has literally lifted off the sole to expose my poor little foot and make it all wet…and cold!
Did I mention I’m allergic to the cold? yes it actually is real! google it.
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Week 3-Gluten/Wheat Free Challenge

So this week will be frugal with lots of leftovers and repeating meals. Since we are moving we have been really short on funds. Paying for the van, damage deposit etc can add up quickly especially paying for everything up front.
Anyway here is what I’ve mustered up: Continue reading

Week 2- Gluten/wheat Free Challenge

Life is so hectic this coming week.
I’m back to teaching dance and doing hair at the salon after the holiday.
We also just got approved for a new apartment! YAY I’m so excited to finally move! We have lots of meetings to get everything sorted for the move so I’m spending quite a lot of time on transit this week.

This week is not very exciting as far as meal plan goes. It is based on our work schedules and convenience. I’m working 6 days a week so every thing has to flow. Continue reading