Health benefits of fermented food

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. I don’t eat cows milk or refined sugar so instead I use coconut milk, honey and a probiotic capsule. Some starches have gluten so I have to read labels to make sure what I am buying is safe for my consumption.

Wellness Mama has a great website. This page has everything you need to know about fermented foods.

Seven fermented foods I eat:

  1. Sauerkraut
  2. Coconut Milk Yogurt
  3. Kombucha
  4. Kimchi
  5. Pickles, beets and carrots
  6. Olives
  7. Coconut milk kefir
  8. Jams – refined sugar free

The Paleo Mom has an amazing write up about fermented food on her site.

Autoimmune Wellness great site for autoimmunepaleo

Paleo Leap has great fermented food recipes

Stupid Easy Paleo has great recipes too.

~Andrea

IBD ~ Crohns & Colitis

IBD. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Crohns Disease. Ulcerative Colitis. It is rare for a single individual to have both but it is not impossible.

This is a summation of what my blog offers an individual who has been diagnosed with Crohns and/or Colitis who want to avoid prescription drugs and surgery. And individuals who have been suffering a long time and want their life back. Finding healing naturally will change your life!

I know that when in a flare the stigma has us all pegged as needing a bathroom asap, that we have diariah all the time, that Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is all about bowel movements. When symptoms are present it’s like this to a degree but it’s about so much more!

Pain, pain and more pain! Iritis pain, debilitating arthritis pain, mouth ulcers, debilitating pain in small intestine, colon and bowel. Debilitating weakness and utter exhaustion, weight lose/gain, constipation, diarrhea, and liver or bladder pain.

Our immune system is weakened, leaky gut syndrome is usually the cause. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract.

  • Colon, bowel and small intestine pain. The pain often is described as cramping and intermittent, and the stomach may be sore when touched. Pain may turn to a dull, constant ache as the condition gets worse.
  • Fever or other symptoms that affect the entire body may develop. A high fever may mean that you have an infection, such as an abscess, inflammation or infection.
  • Weight loss. Ongoing symptoms, such as diarrhea, can lead to weight loss.
  • Too few red blood cells (anemia). People with Crohn’s disease develop anemia because of low iron levels caused by bloody stools or the intestinal inflammation itself.
  • Small tears in the anus (anal fissures) that may go away, but come back again.
  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints
  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
  • Delayed growth In children
  • Diarrhea is a common problem for people with Crohn’s disease. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping. Inflammation and ulceration can affect the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. You may experience anything from slight discomfort to severe pain, including nausea and vomiting.
  • You might notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or darker blood mixed with your stool. You can also have bleeding you don’t see (occult blood).
  • Mouth sores: ulcers in your mouth similar to canker sores.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss. Abdominal pain and cramping and the inflammatory reaction in the wall of your bowel affects both your appetite and your ability to digest and absorb food.
  • Perianal disease: pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula).
  • Higher risk of colon cancer
  • Depression
  • Brain function altered
  • organs shutting down
  • muscle wasting

Holistic healing

  • ayruveda
  • breathing
  • meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Biofeedback
  • Dosha – vata, pitta and kapha

Diet changes

  • Against All Grain
  • Whole30
  • AIP Autoimmune Paleo
  • SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Bone broth
  • Collagen
  • Pre & probiotics

All the above support the gut!

I can’t believe how many people with Crohns and Colitis don’t get that the foods you eat affect your digestive track. Obviously, if your Crohns is flared you have ulcers in either your small intestine, colon and bowel and possibly your stomach and mouth. Having Colitis the ulcers are in the lining of your colon so, it makes sense that what we eat is having an affect on our GI Track.

Other important lifestyle changes

  • Sleep, sleep and more sleep
  • rest, naps
  • Drink water
  • Walking, yoga, exercise
  • Find gratitude in every day
  • Modalities
  • Chakras
  • Self care, love yourself (be kind and respectful of your body)
  • Mind, body and spirit balance
  • Vitamins
  • Other holistic remedies
    • remove stresses from your life
    • grain free, gluten free, alkaline based diet
    • removal of sugar, legumes, dairy, and night shades
    • also avoid sulfites, msg, carrageenan and artificial additives
  • Minerals
  • Mindfulness
  • Homemade foods….go back to the basics

Information on all that is in this post can be found on my blog. Check out the bottom section of my blog to find clickable links to monthly or categorized posts. It’s all here…how I found remission by changing my lifestyle. I avoided prescription drugs all together and didn’t have to have surgery and I am living a normal life. Yup, that’s right Crohns and colitis knocked my on my butt and I found ways to get back up so I could get back to being my normal self.  Symptom free, flare free and living life!

Love, peace & hope

~Andrea

 

 

 

In the Kitchen: Sweet potatoes (alkaline)

Sweet potatoes are alkaline based food. I believe that we need to eat majority alkaline foods. But I also believe that a variety of foods is what is needed for a balanced life.

This link has an extensive list of alkaline to acid foods. Very beneficial!

Types of Sweet Potatoes

Jewel

SKIN – Orange/copper. I find it really hard to tell garnet and jewel sweet potatoes apart because their coloring is fairly similar both inside and outside. To me, it seems that garnets are slightly more redish in color on the outside.
FLESH – Deep orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet and fairly firm inside.

Purple

SKIN – Deep purple.
FLESH – Deep purple.
TASTE – Not very sweet, and pretty dry inside.

Japanese

SKIN – Purple and fairly smooth. Generally more round (“fatter”) than the Stokes purple sweet potatoes, which are more elongated.
FLESH – Whitish flesh that turns golden when baked.
TASTE – Very sweet and fairly firm inside.

Hannah

SKIN – Cream colored and pretty smooth.
FLESH – Cream/whitish colored that becomes yellow when baked.
TASTE – Pretty sweet and fairly firm inside (Hannah sweet potatoes are considered a dry or firm sweet potato meaning that the flesh is pretty firm and dry when cooked).

Garnet

SKIN – Redish/Dark Orange.
FLESH – Orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet, and pretty moist inside.

My favourite for eating whole and plain on my diner plate are the dark purple sweet potatoes. I precook a couple for the week so that I have them on hand for easy pull together meals. I cook them in the oven for 40-50 min at 400 degrees.

I also do this with jewel and hannah sweet potatoes but I use them in salmon cakes and soups. If I don’t use them in a couple of days I will freeze the rest for later use.

Google paleo sweet potato recipes and you will find tons!

Have a great week-end!

~Andrea

In the Kitchen: Holiday Turkey Leftovers

When the holidays are over I’m exhausted and the last thing I want to do is prep and cook a whole meal. All I want to do is enjoy my time off by relaxing, hanging with family and pampering myself. PaleoLeap has an amazing line up for Holiday Leftover ideas. It’s so nice to have all that food sitting in my fridge to heat up and eat. How convenient. However, I always find I have too much of everything and I don’t want to eat the same things for the next month. It’s time to switch it up! My favourite recipes after the holidays are turkey pie and Turkey Frittata. I’m also so thankful for the turkey bones so I can make a big batch of stock! Below you will find recipes that fit into a day of leftover cooking and baking.

Pie Crust – If you double this recipe you could make two turkey pies or one turkey pie and one pumkin pie. Freeze pie for when you are crunched for time.

Turkey Pie Filling

Preheat the oven to 350 F

      1 small onion, chopped
      1 tsp ghee or coconut oil
      1 1/2 cups leftover turkey, cut into chunks
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      2 carrots, chopped
      1/2 cup button mushrooms, sliced
      1/2 cup turkey or chicken stock
               1 tbs arrowroot
    Directions:
      1. In a large pan melt ghee and saute the veggies and garlic over medium heat.
      2. Add in the turkey chunks and stock.
      3. Make slurry with the arrowroot powder and a little bit of cold water.
      4. Add the slurry into the stock and turkey mixture.
      5. Lower heat and cook until the stock thickens.
      6. Remove from heat and distribute evenly into pie crust.
      Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden.

Turkey Frittata

Turkey Stock Bone Broth

There are so many other ways to use up leftovers. Here is another great site that has put together a leftover line up! Turkey Everything!

This will take you into the New Year! ~Andrea