Ginger Root

Ginger root can be made into herbal teas, used in recipes and aids in healing.  Many people use it as a home remedy for indigestion, nausea, and to ward off colds, flu, and sore throats. Drinking ginger tea is used to ease gut inflammation and boost your liver health.

Healing properties

Ginger is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood pressure and keeping the blood thin in higher doses. Ginger is anti-viral and makes a warming cold and flu remedy.  Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems. It has also been used for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, to ease tendinitis, lower cholesterol and blood-pressure and aid in preventing internal blood clots. Also, well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps.


Ginger Tea


1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger

2 cups filtered water

1 Tbsp. raw honey or pure maple syrup

½ lemon, juiced


  • Cinnamon stick
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


Peel the ginger root with a peeler or with the back of a spoon. Grate the ginger with a grater/zester. If you slice it, slice it thin and use more. Infuse the ginger; if you add cinnamon, mint or cayenne, add it here.

If you are using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add ginger and turn off heat. Put the lid on it and let it steep for 10 minutes then strain the water to remove the ginger.

If you are using a teapot, add ginger in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.

Add fresh lemon juice and natural sweetener if you like. Stir and enjoy!

If you want a cold tea, let your tea cool down, store it in the fridge and add ice cubes before serving.

Quick tip: Ginger freezes well

After buying, if there’s any that I need right away, I simply break off a piece to use immediately.  I then wash and completely dry the rest, put it in a freezer bag, and pop it into the freezer.  Not only does the freezer extend the life of ginger to 6 months (it lasts about 3 weeks in the refrigerator), it also makes it much easier to grate.

This is my 50th post on One Gutsy Lady and I still have so much more to share with you.

Happy healing



Understanding resistance

Resistance comes in many forms for different reasons and situations. When I told people about my condition and how it affected my life and the future they resisted me, they resisted my words and they resisted the facts. This confused me and set me off thinking they were not on my side, rather against me, not wanting to accept what I was telling them, what I was going through or how my conditions were affecting my life.

Then one day it came to me, a single word; change.

They didn’t want to accept that I was changing, had changed and would possibly stay changed. Change scares people, it causes fear and people feel threatened so the reaction to fear is to avoid. The reactions of some people in my life shocked me in that they acted like I was faking, exaggerating, that my choices were not validated, that what I was going through was nothing compared to what they were going through or that I should be over it by now. They would shrug off what I was saying as not important with silence. When someone responds with silence to an important topic, circumstance or situation it means they are in disagreement. I had no energy to care about any of this until February when I started One Gutsy Lady blog.

The definition of ignorance is lack of knowledge or information. So, I decided that I needed to educate people about autoimmune diseases, incurable diseases, invisible diseases that are debilitating. How food can work as poisons or medicines in the body of healthy and ill people. How a change in lifestyle and mind set is mandatory when diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. The lifestyle changes I am referring to are homeopathy, biofeedback, holistic medicine and diet change because all of these were so far out in left field that I got looks like I was an alien and the language I was speaking was completely foreign. How the mind/gut connection works and all the other aspects of life that are affected.

Crohns and Colitis are invisible illnesses I may look healthy and functioning on the outside but that is far from the case when I’m in a flare, healing and recovering. It really is a process and it takes time. Having compassion, understanding and support are the three key factors needed when someone is going through a struggle in their life. Once educated whether it was through words and/or visually seeing the havoc the diseases were taking on my body I can say for some it finally sunk in!

Love, peace & hope ~Andrea

PC – Life After Crohns

Digestion ~ Healing CD & UC ~ A change in lifestyle is necessary

When crohns and colitis flares are active in the body they change the lining of the small intestine, colon (large intestine) and bowel.  When this happens the gut does not absorb nutrients that the body needs to function. You become malnourished and if this happens for an extended amount of time the body will start to shut down. Anemia is present once crohns and colitis flares start if untreated will cause lack of oxygen to be transported throughout the body also causing the body to shut down. This is what happened to me starting in 2013.

A change in diet is necessary to heal IBD.  As patients we are told that a change in diet won’t help. I am proof that diet is necessary. I healed crohns and colitis with diet change, biofeedback and homeopathy. I avoided prescription drugs and surgery, neither were options for me in my mind.

Every person is different, learning what food triggers, allergies and food intolerance is healthy for everyone even healthy people! There is the AIP, Against All Grain,  SCD, Whole30 program, and Low Foodmap that will take you through a process to figure out your specific food approved list.

The key thing to remember here is only you can tell what foods bother your system and no one will have the same food issues as you. Taking the time to figure out what foods you can tolerate and the foods you can not is being respectful of your mind, body connection and will be the difference between finding remission or continuing to suffer from the symptoms of IBD.

A Movement in Progress & AIP

The Autoimmune movement is a long time coming and so many people being diagnosed with life threatening illnesses are banning together and strong pioneering women are getting the word out to show the western medical field and the struggling individuals that something has to change. That there are ways to deal with and improve lives by diet change or a I prefer change in the way we eat because I don’t see how it’s a diet it’s the way everyone should still be eating.  By eliminating none food items and trigger foods from your diet you can regain your health. Everyone is different and each individual should work through the AIP Diet to learn about their bodies on their own.

This movement is working towards the combined efforts of doctor and patient to work together to combat against the cause of the illness to get to the heart of the problem through diet.  The AIP diet is a great place to start for anyone how notices that eating certain foods affect them. In doing so you are feeding yourself food that your body doesn’t have to fight against when processing it. You are giving your body the nutrition it needs so that it isn’t working overtime or try to process food you can’t tolerate instead of fighting off disease or illness.

Autoimmune Protocol ~

Cooking & Baking: Against All Grain

I use the recipes from all of Danielle Walker’s Cookbooks! I love that she made her experience with UC public and that she took the years of cooking and baking experiences and published cookbooks. It has been a life saver for me in that everything is done for you. I bought the cookbooks, app and kindle cookbooks (Joyful & Thankful) and jumped in feet first. I bought all the main ingredients that she uses so that if I wanted to make something I could pull everything out and start or only needed a quick run to the grocery store.

Doing a complete over haul and changing the entire way you eat, grocery shop, cook and bake is what it takes to take back control of your body.  Changing your thinking can be a difficult process and if you are as desperate as I was, all it took was a couple of months and it became a way of life!

When you are fevered or exhausted from a Crohn’s flare up, or weak from an ulcerative colitis flare a grocery trip is maybe the only thing you can accomplish in a day. Even cooking a meal is a major task so if you have everything you need in your house then you can eat healthy and at least feel as though you conquered something, because let’s face it anything positive that I accomplish I have to celebrate these days.

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This is definitely a movement in the making and is happening now for the masses that suffer from IBD. To educate western medicine of the positive effects diet change makes for the IBD patient and to educate all individuals that suffer from IBD to take matters into their own hands. Doing a complete over haul and changing the entire way you eat, grocery shop, cook and bake is what it takes to take back control of your body.  Changing your thinking can be a difficult process and if you are as desperate as I was, all it took was a couple of months and it became a way of life!

I had to overhaul my kitchen and my mind set before I started to see success. The autoimmune paleo way of eating is not a diet, it’s a way of life! I have been eating autoimmune paleo for a year now and I can see a difference in my energy, sleep and how I function in my waking hours. I have crohns and colitis in emission and now comes healing and recovery. I have confidence in my stocked pantry, newly learned paleo cooking skills and the way I have my kitchen set up for success, that I will have a normal future because of Against All Grain cookbooks!

SCD ~ Specific Carbohydrate Diet

I have already posted about AIP – autoimmune protocol diet and it’s benefits but I also tried the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which has helped me considerably in that it explains what and why you should eat or avoid certain foods.  A great resource for anyone who suffers from any gut issues. I use the legal and illegal lists often, you can find them here. This is the most common resource given to patients newly diagnosed with IBD.

Before I purchase a book I borrow it from the library to see if it will be worth the money and to see if it will help me now and in the future. I bought these two cookbooks because they are helpful in the kitchen when working through SCD.


I found that this diet didn’t get rid of my symptoms entirely but was a definite asset in my healing process. Some foods on this list still bothered me whole in a flare and recovering and other items I can tolerate,  I believe that everyone is different and each person should find what foods they can and can’t tolerate and go from there to develop their own personal way of eating well for ultimate health.

So many of these recipes that I have tried so far are delicious and I learned a great deal from the Breaking the Vicious Cycle that I can honestly say it was a great stepping stone. Please visit the authors page here. It’s absolutely amazing what one women accomplished in a life time, how many people she has helped even after her death in 2005 and how incredible her findings were after realizing what she had stumbled upon. Here’s to healing one step at a time!


I think it is very important to know what is going in your body when choosing foods, asking yourself questions like where does it come from, is it local, is it a dirty dozen and clean 15, how is it raised, are there hormones, pesticides, and other unhealthy chemicals I will be digesting and making myself feel less than healthy. Read the labels and know what is in the food you are eating. I prepare foods the whole30 way! I love that they give you a new way of viewing foods and the reactions foods can have on your body. Food combo switch up, meal swaps and interchangeable food ideas.

Whole9Life & Whole30 have the information you need to start and complete the program.

Books: It Starts With Food & The Whole30: 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Against All Grain has a great link that showcases the recipes that are in her books and food blog that are Whole30 compliant or can be tweaked to be in accordance with this program requirements. aag whole30 compliant



I have not done a Whole30 challenge but would like to starting in September when my body is balanced and my gut is healthy and equipped to handle more changes to my diet. I have come a long way and spent thousands of dollars to heal naturally, so I don’t want to upset the balance I am trying to achieve which is finding remission. Being in a Crohn’s and Colitis flares is serious and I have found what is working for me finally so I will stick to this routine until I find full recovery.

I have to admit I do make a lot of the Whole 30 recipes now and for the past 6 months and enjoy them very much, I like the meal plan, their simple to the point explanations and how gratifying it is to whip up a delicious meal and have leftovers because anybody who has IBD will testify that the energy it takes to make food is considerable, plus feeling hungry is sometimes non existent!

I have eaten whole foods all my life, that’s the way I was taught since my parents were raised on farms. I went even more religiously into whole foods shopping and eating out of shear necessity in 2000 when I found it impossible to eat certain foods without feeling incredibly sick, tired, exhausted, lethargic, gassy, constipated, having cramps or diarrhea and fevers.

The whole30 is a program to get you to make healthy conscious food decisions. To eliminate certain foods for 30 days so that your gut has a chance to be cleaned out so that for the next month or so you can slowly add in common trigger foods to see if they are trigger foods for you. The reason I haven’t done a whole30 yet is because my GI track is still not functioning properly. Once it is back to digesting normally I will definitely be all over that. I can’t wait actually!

I`m sure there are more foods I should be avoiding and will figure it out by the end of this year for sure!I found that if I eliminated certain foods I felt better and as I did this I found some foods that didn’t bother me and stuck to eating that way for a decade at least. BUT eating bland foods was making me unhappy and unsatisfied. I was so glad to find all of these different ways of eating using whole foods and I have learned that even the meat in the supermarket was affecting me with the antibiotics and chemicals growers use on their animals and then I found organic as a great source of whole food eating that I can tolerate and have been eating that way since January 2015.

Here is another link to my blog about organic foods and the difference for gut sensitivities and gut health: Eggs


Sites with real facts and info about Crohns and Colitis:  An Advanced All-Natural Guide to Treating Crohn’s Disease and IBD

Love, peace & hope ~Andrea