Stomach Pain, Achy Joints? Lyme Disease or Food Allergies?

Click pic of the scary Lyme tick for source…

Joint pain?  Achy? Tired? Stomach pain?  That’s me all over for the last month, mixed with a little depression to keep things interesting!

I was sure I had Lyme Disease.  The symptoms fit.  Or mold exposure.  Maybe cancer. But food allergies?  hmmmm..

Heard of The GAPS Diet? (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)

Click pic to check out the book on Amazon

The book explores the relationship between what we eat and how we think and feel.

Sounds simplistic, BUT when someone repeatedly eats an allergen, like GLUTEN, it wears away the lining of their stomach and intestines leaving gaps through which food is absorbed only partially digested.

The immune system kicks in to attack these harmful substances causing swelling, joint pain, etc.

The solution?  Chicken soup.  What?!  True! Who knew?!

I’ve been eating it for the last week and I’M BETTER! Not healed yet, but so much better!

Click the chick below to read more.  This could change your life.  Now, THAT’S food for thought! =]

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86 yr. old gymnast — we’re NEVER too old!

Johann Quaas, click pic for source.

 

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Links, links, and more links! And one recipe…

In honor of the current warm up song in the RPM classes at my gym…moves like Jagger, we got the moves like Jagger:

But, forget RPM.  I think I’ll start training to lead this, instead. =] :

And, one more link.  Found this recipe for the protein bars I’m making for my RPM class this evening! Thanks to GC for posting it on the web!

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Salad 101

I love salad!  Here’s how I make mine:

First, I assemble the ingredients. Today it’s organic turkey breast, lime, grapefruit (not shown), kale, celery, garlic, celery and avocado.

 

Then I get out a BIG bowl. I eat a HUGE salad.  It all breaks down to nothing in your tummy, so you can pig out on salads.

 

Next, I make the dressing in the bottom of the bowl. Today I mashed up an avocado, squeezed in 1/2 each grapefruit/lime. Sprinkled in some red pepper flakes and sea salt. Whipped it up till creamy with a wire whisk. I could have added just a tad of real maple syrup, too. That would have been good, but I forgot =/

 

I make my own croutons by toasting a slice of Ezekiel Bread…

 

I butter it (real butter. Margarine is 4-letter word here at Skinnyandfit!) Then I rub it all over with a garlic clove and sprinkle with sea salt.

 

I chop it up into cubes, and – voila’- homemade croutons, minus preservatives and artificial ingredients. Yum!

Hope you’re not getting bored.  There’s just a few more steps….

I tear the greens into smaller pieces and toss into bowl (kale, in this case) , stir to coat with dressing.

 

Then I chop up the veggies and meat (if I’m having meat. Most times, I don’t)….

 

Toss it all together, and bon appetit!

I try to eat salad for lunch every day.

Hope this helps somebody out there! =]

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Yummy Basil Salad Dressing

Kale Salad with Basil Dressing

This is a yummy salad!  Kale, leftover garlic-roasted potatoes (sweet and regular), shredded carrots, crushed up blue chips, and avocado.  Not bad.  But, the best part is the dressing:

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh lemon juice to taste. I used about 1/2 a lemon or less.
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Dried Basil, to taste.  Or chopped/torn up fresh.  If I had used fresh I would have just added it to the salad greens, not necessarily stirred it into the dressing, but the flavor will still be there.
  • a dab of real maple syrup (not maple flavored, but the good stuff that tastes caramel-y)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste.

Beat ingredients in bottom of salad bowl till creamy.  Add your salad, stir and eat — YUM!

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The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

Interested in fasting for health or spiritual growth?  Here’s a do-able approach — The Daniel Fast: fruits, veggies, nuts and grains.  Click the pic below for an informative, nutritious, and YUMMY blog to get you started, by the author of The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast , Kristen Feola:

Black Bean Stir Fry with Homemade Lime Tortilla Chips

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Green Hummus!

Ok, ok, this is a TERRIBLE picture, I know, but it’s absolutely WONDERFUL hummus.  Sorry, I’m not one of those professional bloggers, just a nice blogger with a cheap cell phone camera — sue me.  BUT, before you do, enjoy this recipe for Green Hummus, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  Note: it really IS green.  My cell phone camera is color-blind!

Green St. Patty's Day Hummus! It really is green! My cell phone camera is color-blind!

Where’s the green come from?  Avocados!

Here’s the skinny on how to make it, pun intended:

1 1/2 Avocados

2 cans of garbanzo beans or 4 cups of your own.

2 garlic cloves

Herbs from the garden or whatever you want from your spice cabinet, I put used Thyme, Rosemary, and Chives.

The juice from a fresh lemon, or vinegar.

About 3/4 C. chicken broth, or broth from your boiled garbanzo beans, or both.

Sea salt to taste and a little pepper, maybe some hot pepper flakes if you’re feeling spicy.

Mix it all together in a food processor and yum!

“May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.”  ~~ Irish blessing

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Back to the store with Dr. Oz — Yay!!!

click pic to read, "Grocery Shopping With Dr. Oz: Veggies -yes, Bakery-no".

Palm Beach Post reporter, Barbara Marshall, shops the aisles of a local store with Dr. Oz.  Click the pick above to read her humorous and informative article about their trip.
Click HERE for a slide show of the trip with added details.  Did you know dark chocolate is ok?  Yay!

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Motivation!!!!!

click pic for 10 motivational tips!

Click the pic above for 10 grrrrrrrrrreat motivational tips to keep you fine and fit from “The Healthy Diva” (that was a LOT of f’s.), a wonderful blog I discovered today.  Enjoy!!!!!

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Toxic Free Tips!

Andrea Fabry is the founder of Momsaware , where you can learn how to “nourish [yourself] and avoid the countless health issues that result from a highly processed diet”. 

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The thing I like the most about her is that she eats lots of butter and other fats, and yet she stays skinny!  There is hope in this world for those of us who love food, but don’t want it showing up in our waistlines.

She motivates us to make BIG changes in our health one step, one bite at a time.  How do you eat a whale?  One bite at a time. =]

Click THIS LINK to listen to her toxic-free tips on Chris Fabry Live.  You’ll be glad you did!

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