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Off to a rough start

Yesterday was the official start day of my training and eating healthier.
It started off well with a nice sleep in with the beau and successful morning shakes.
Puttering around catching up on laundry and all the fun stuff in life left me drained. I had a headache and felt off. The only culprit I can blames caffeine, I always have one cup of coffee a day so not having on yesterday morning was killer. By 5pm I had to try a run, we downloaded this app which sets you up on a route around your area and we were set to do 5km. We started to run and by 0.5km My head was pounding! I pushed to try and finish but at 3km I couldn’t take it anymore so we headed back home.
I would strongly suggest to anyone who is looking at changing their diet AND training plan is to start the meal plan a week before. Training when your body is in detox is hell!
Today is a rest day but I’m back and at it tomorrow.
here’s hoping for a more successful Run.

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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).”

Humpday-Cabbage, Carrots, & Rice! Oh My!

4 days into my gut healing process and I feel so good.

My morning routine swayed slightly. I bought a package of the Vega protein shake at the store and decided to give it a whirl. I really liked that it was thicker in consistency. At first taste all I could taste was artificial sweetener. It was strange. The surface of my tongue got numb feeling and it tasted exactly like that artificial sweeter you can taste in ‘diet’ drinks or ‘no sugar added’ items.
I looked up the non medical ingredients and they include:
“Natural Dutch cocoa powder, natural chocolate, cocoa, xanthan gum, stevia leaf extract.”
Could it be the Stevia extract? Stevia is definitely not artificial. I’m really not sure what I was tasting in this shake but It had me so thirsty. After drinking the shake I had to down 2 large water bottles before the thirst subsided.
Matt decided to try out a concoction of his own with the sprouted brown rice protein powder we already bought last Saturday.
He added a frozen banana and also melted the coconut oil like I did yesterday.
Curious about his concoction I took a teenie sip. Not knowing if I could have banana I though a sip would be best.
It was surprisingly tasty! I couldn’t believe that a simple banana could alter a taste that much! This trick will definitely make this shake more tolerable.

For lunch it was Matt’s turn to make lunch. He made a veggie soup. He used veggie broth and chopped up cabbage to look like noodles. He added cooked onion, carrots, and asparagus. It was delish. Quick, Easy, and Frugal!

For dinner I have to confess I “cheated” :s
I got Sushi!!
I got a cucumber roll and an avocado roll. I know I shouldn’t have because the mirin in the rice but I needed to spice things up a bit. I did not have soy sauce and it did take me from 6-9 to eat it all. I was not hungry today. I had nuts for snack at 1030 and 230 and that had me quite content. I knew I had to eat more so I ate all the sushi but I could have been fine without it.

I had dance again today. My wednesday schedule is 3 jazz classes and a dance conditioning class. Since it was a beautiful day I decided to take my students out for a run. Our little loop around the surrounding neighborhood was about 1.4miles…….and it took us 18min!!!! ha they are definitely not used to this type of thing but they gave it all they got and worked hard to complete it. They seemed to enjoy it and discussed goals for the next run 🙂

So that’s It for today. Its 11:30 and I’m ready for sleep!
Good Night!!!!

Do you drink protein shakes? what are your favorite brands?
have you tried Vega? What were your thoughts?

Rice Casserole- Ulcer Friendly

This rice casserole is meant for those recovering from an ulcer.
It contains the safest ulcer friendly foods.
If you do not have an ulcer feel free to add other veggies and spices/herbs as you wish.

2 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Carrots diced
1 Small Zuchinni diced
1/4 Cabbage chopped
1 1/2 White Rice (gluten free) rinsed
2 cups Veggie stock

Heat oil in a deep pan or pot.
add carrots and sautee for a few min, until colour brightens
add zucchini and cabbage and saute for a min or so.
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Add the rice and the broth and bring to a light boil over Med heat.

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Turn heat on lo and simmer for 15 min or until rice is cooked.

enjoy

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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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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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