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In a Funky Slump

If you noticed lately, I have not been posting that many food-related pictures or recipes as per normal.  Since the juice cleanse, and a week of the SCD diet, I have not been very keen on food lately.

I’m not sure what it is, but this phase has hit before where I just take a week break from eating my own food.

I haven’t had one inkling of desire to cook anything.  I have been wanting to try out coconut flour based recipes for a while, but NADA.  I don’t want to eat my own cooking, and all I have been craving are fruits and juice.  Who knew I would go backwards to the juice cleanse.

I think it might be that this recipe went seriously wrong and I’m scared to retry with another SCD recipe.  It’s totally my fault btw – b/c I’m pretty sure there is a fine difference between almond meal and almond flour.  I used the former.  I probably should have used the latter.

So, all in all – I’m in a cooking slump.

Do you get in a cooking slump?  What do you do?  What do you eat?  How do you regain your mojo?  Have you cooked with coconut or almond flour?

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Life After Cleanse

Since the juice cleanse, I have been trying to keep up with the SCD Diet.  It’s definitely hard as I’m not used to scrutinizing everything I eat.  And, it may come as a surprise that giving up bread is really hard.  I don’t miss the cookies and cakes as much as bread, pasta and rice.

My skin has stayed about the same – a little more inflamed since the fast but not as bad as it was before at all.

So what have I been eating?

If you read Joy The Baker’s blog, you know that she did the Blue Print Cleanse and after, she made a vegan cream of mushroom soup.

I followed suit.  Because if it’s one thing I’ve learned is that for good food – do what Joy does.

There is nothing seemingly vegan about this soup.  It’s rich and most of all – creamy.

This was my first time experimenting with cashew cream and I am hooked for LIFE!  Mind you, I’m not a soup person.  I will push aside any bowl of soup for a salad monster or a sandwich.  But, this soup takes the no-grain-no-sugar-no-flour cake.

And it seems like lately my life meals aren’t complete without an apple (I’ve turned into Dorry) and some sauteed spinach.

More news – my life hasn’t been on pause lately.  I’m going to do the hydrogen breath test.  If it is SIBO, I am likely going to start taking Rifaximin (Xifaxan) to see if this can be cured/helped.  I will keep you all updated.

If you or any loved ones deal with any type of stomach, intestinal, or internal problems, you have to know that a lot of damage has been done by the past.  So, time is necessary to heal what has been broken.

Be good to your insides and I have faith that you will glow on the outside.

What do you eat on a daily basis?  Do you believe in the apple-a-day theory/rule?  How are you good to your physical or emotional insides?

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Day 4 + Decision

It’s day four of the juice cleanse/fast and I see a little difference.  Do you?

The redness and bumps have subsided a bit – not by much.

Now, the concern is what to do after.  I received a lot of helpful advice from so many of you about eating styles to follow after the fast.  Almost every suggestion said gluten-free, dairy-free and slow on the meat.  After extensive research (I mean it’s all I had when I don’t have food), I have decided to do the specific carbohydrate diet.

Have you heard of it?

It’s not really a diet as it requires a lifestyle change.  I think the “diet” that I can compare it to the most is the Paleo diet.

A dermatologist told me that a probable cause of my face being this way is an overgrowth of bacteria in my stomach – hence the numerous prescriptions of antibiotics I was given to kill that bacteria.  Bacteria feed on sugars.  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) eliminates refined sugars, starches, and grains from the diet (and pretty much all processed foods).

The theory is that because the bacteria feed off of the sugars from the above, the bacteria multiply.  In essence the SCD is supposed to starve out the bacteria.

There is an extensive illegal/legal eating list.  The SCD does allow  meats (unprocessed), eggs, cheese and butter.  But, I think I’m going to hold off on incorporating those back and in and start slowly.

The diet seems appropriate because my face over the last 6 months has taken a turn for the absolute worse.  And about 6 months ago was when I substantially increased the grains.  I don’t know – just a hypothesis at this point.  But, it’s worth a try.

What this means to me?

–  No breads (no sandwiches).

–  No oats, no buckwheat, no rice.

–  No chickpeas/garbanzo beans (no hummus).

–  No candy/cookies/cake/etc.

–  No quick meals (i.e. fast food, Boca burgers, etc.)

–  More salads.

–  More soups.

–  More whole foods (fruits, veggies, over-time lean meats).

–  More opportunities to experiment with different recipes.

I think it’s worth an effort and I’ll track my process and eating habits along the way.

Have you heard of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet?  Ever tried it?  Did it help?  Have you tried the Paleo diet?  Have you given up bread?  How did it go?

There is still time to enter my Love Grown Foods giveaway!  Do it to it.

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What’s Up.

So, I’ve been M.I.A. for a while.

What up, you ask.

Part busy business. Part preparation.

First, the business: Sorta the same as usual. Just deadlines and cases galore, which is a blessing for your own business but bad for blog business! 🙂 The good news is that we are finally getting internet at home so I can do more blogging without taking any time from work!!!

Second, the preparation:  And, I’m going to cry as I write this.

I have been holding this news back for a while for whatever reason. I have rosacea. I have had it since 2009. Prior to 2009, I had beautiful skin. The type of skin people would walk up to and compliment me on. I was proud of my skin. It had blemishes here and there but nothing that couldn’t be cured with some O-T-C pimple cream.  My skin was magnificent – glowing, soft and mark-free.

The start of it all. I developed it while I was going through my engagement party. I was planning this fiasco while living away from home and dealing with the stresses of a full-time-big-firm-many-hours-of-the-night job, family obligations, requirements, etc.  The night was a MESS!

Anyways, a few days before the formal day – while handling EVERYTHING – I developed debilitating stomach cramps, severe tooth pain (wherein I was taking 10 Advil/day to deal with the pain – approved by my Dentist), a skin rash and fatigue. My skin felt like paper.

Since that day, my skin never got better. It was peeling and I was told to put hydrocortisone on it.  I had all the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis.  It worked until I realized my face became red.  I have all the symptoms of steroid induced rosacea.

My skin looks horrible.

I have tried almost everything.  Antibiotics from the dermatologist and topical creams.  I know that it will take approximately 6 months for things like this to work but I cannot fathom taking antibiotics for 6 months.  I took it for three and felt really unlike myself.  I was tired and moody.  I just did not like how I was reacting to it.

So, I took a natural approach.  I researched the vitamins that usually help with symptoms and underlying causes of rosacea.  I took the following pills everyday:

–  Flax Oil (if not flax oil, fish oil)
–  Prenatal Vitamins
–  Primrose Oil
–  Pycnogenol
beta-Carotene
–  B-12
–  Betaine HCL

And, nothing.

I started a rosacea log.  I documented everything I ate and then for morning, afternoon and night documented the condition of my face.  The one thing I realized was that when I stopped taking all my vitamins, my face improved.

I have spent countless nights crying about it, and hours explaining to people (family and friends) who ask what’s wrong with my face.

I’m absolutely fed up with having this issue and wish more than anything to be rid of it.  I have to say that I have more of an issue with this than my weight.  My weight is within my control.  Rosacea is not.

I really do not want to go back to the dermatologist again because most dermatologists have the same procedure of prescribing medication.   I do notice that I have developed some stomach issues (excess gas after every meal, intolerance to dairy which started in 2009, etc.)  since the start of this and want to explore how that may relate or cause flare-ups with regards to my face.

So, after considerable research, in an attempt to give my stomach a break and to start anew, I’m doing a cleanse.  A juice cleanse.  For the next seven days, I will be juicing my way to health.  I have done this before and I usually get a good reduction in my face.  But, the difference now from every other time is that I will really scrutinize what I put into my body upon breaking the fast.

Why did I go into this long story to tell you I’m going on a cleanse?

1.  Because I didn’t want you think this was at all about losing weight.  I’m not fasting (nor recommend it) for losing weight.  I know at the end, I will gain it all back and that’s okay so long as I can see how my face/stomach reacts.

2.  I’m not the only one suffering from this problem.  In fact, about 13 million people in the world do.  If the fast and my future eating efforts help slow down the progress of this for me, maybe it will help someone else.

During the upcoming days, I will explain how I plan to break the fast and how I will change my eating habits to help me realize what my triggers are.

If nothing seems to be helping, I plan to go to a GI doctor to see if I have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

I must say that the one person that has helped me through it all is my Binks.  I would be slumped away in serious depression if it wasn’t for him.  To be loved and desired when the word “attractive” isn’t even if you vocabulary anymore is a testament to the wonderfulness and strength of Binks.  He has helped and consoled every step of the way. I couldn’t be where I am without him.

So, that my friend is what’s up.

Do you suffer from rosacea?  Have you done a cleanse before?  A juice cleanse?  Have skin issues? Who is someone in your life that offers you strength when you feel weak – other than God, of course?  Any suggestions on how I should break the fast?  Raw foods? Gluten-free?

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