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Paleo diet to control fibromyalgia and stirfry recipe

Paleo diet to control fibromyalgia and stirfry recipe

Okay I’ve had these recipes stored in my brain and never have written them down before, so you might see a few  new recipes appear on the blog. 

In the last year I have gone strict Paleo and I have found that it has really helped with controlling my fibromyalgia. To sum it up I avoid all dairy (even butter and ghee), all grains including rice and quinoa, no legumes, I even have found that guar gum had been an issue because it is from legumes. So that pretty much eliminated anything coconut milk-based, which was what a disappointment because I LOVE coconut bliss ice cream. I also found there is only ONE almond milk that does NOT contain guar gum in it and that is the Pacific organic vanilla almond milk (believe me I searched All labels to find this one). 

I have found the Paleo diet had really turn everything around for me and I make sure to stick with it, no cheating.  I do recommend it for anybody who has autoimmune pain issues, it is the cleanest diet I have found. Also a side note tip to survive the paleo diet without coconut milk for your coffee, I use Liquid Stevia in the vanilla cream flavor to black coffee and it really makes it taste yummy. 

If you would like to hear more about how I put my fibromyalgia in REMISSION using the paleo diet please comment below. It’s not all 100% diet, I also have supplements I use that help as well. But I would say it’s 95% diet, and 5% exercise and supplements. That is not an exaggeration. Occasionally I will get a flare up, but that is usually when I eat out and the cooks got something wrong. I will also in another post give tips for how to eat out at restaurants, because I have found that my biggest challenge. 

Now on to the recipe! 

  
Paleo chicken sausage stir-fry

This isn’t really like a Chinese stir-fry, but more like a fresh American Thai stir-fry. I think you’ll like this recipe, it always is a staple in my house. I’ve tried it with carrots instead of celery and it’s not the best. So subbing veggies might give it a interesting twist. 

Ingredients: 
1 Tbs avocado oil
3 Aidells chicken apple sausage, chopped (Costco has best price)

1/2 Onion, chopped

1 cup red cabbage, chopped 

3 celery stalks, chopped 

Seasonings:

1/2 tsp Salt, 

1/2 tsp Garlic powder, 

1 Tbs cumin, 

1 tsp dried basil, 

1/4 tsp celery seed, (optional)

1/4 tsp Cajuns choice creole seasoning, (or any creole seasoning you can find, optional) 

1/4 tsp ground ginger.

1/2 tsp (or a few squirts) Worcestershire sauce

The Method:

I start by chopping the cabbage, onion, and celery first and then add it to a frying pan with a little bit of avocado oil. Then turn the heat on to medium heat and then I start chopping up the sausage to add to the mix and I let that cook until it’s almost halfway done, stirring occasionally (look at the cabbage and onions to tell how done they are). 

Then I add in my chopped mushrooms. Add the dry seasonings then stir. Then before it is done I add the worcestershire sauce. Make sure you do not over cool the veggies. The sausage is precooked so it’s ok if it’s not browned. 

Sometimes I add this to a paleo wrap (the coconut meat tortilla) to change it up a bit. (You can find them in the bread/bakery section at Whole Foods or Natural Grocers. 

I hope you try this super easy recipe and let me know how you like it! All spices were guesstimates since I just throw it all in the pan when I cook. 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Food and drink

 

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Veggie Chicken Rice Soup

I have heard the H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) has been going around lately and so now is the time to build up the immune system!
I personally am against vaccinating myself because I have an over reactive immune system that it would challenge my system even more. (That is exactly what my doctor told me). If you get vaccinated, I hope it helps you. For me it’s not worth the risk. So I do things more naturally to prevent from getting sick. And so far it’s been working for years!
First off, to help when I feel the tickle in my throat, or the glands swelling I go immediately to these natural remedies. I also follow up by adding some dōTERRA OnGuard oil to my water and it really does the trick!
My friend says to me “whatever placebo effect works for you”. but his family is ALWAYS sick! I think the placebo is working. 😉

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Another thing to do to help your immune system is drink LOTS of water! If you consume a lot of sugar (aka bottled juice) it actually will not help much unless it’s freshly juiced, then you are getting the live enzymes to help you recover. Bottled juice is dead enzymes.
And the another thing you can do to prevent getting sick, STOP EATING FAST FOOD! You want whole foods, good produce, not antibiotic filled tumor cows and GMO veggies. Home cooked or raw veggies are what you want to build up immunity in the winter.
There is time to achieve this on a busy schedule. I usually make enough for a small army and either freeze part for next week or eat it all in one week. To add variety (because I do get bored with food) I cut up different veggies to eat with some hummus or other healthy snacks. I could eat soup every day all day though. :-]
So speaking of soup, there’s a recipe! Read, create, enjoy!

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Veggie Chicken Rice Soup

To start out:
I took a rotisserie chicken carcass and put it in to the crockpot, added 4 cups of chicken broth, then filled to the 10 cup line and dropped in a vegetable bullion cube. Put on high setting for 2 hours.

If you have the meat from the carcass then skip the chicken prep. If not, read the steps below.

Ingredients for chicken prep:
• 1 lb chicken breasts (I started mine from frozen)
• 1 tbs oil (grapeseed, or avocado oil works good).
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/8 tsp pepper
• 1/8 tsp garlic powder
• 1/8 tsp onion powder
-In a large soup pot heat oil and add chicken (frozen or fresh). Sprinkle seasonings on chicken as it’s cooking, and cook until browned on both sides. (No pink in the center).
Once cooked set aside to chop later.

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Soup prep:
• 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
• 1 onion, chopped
• 6 celery stocks, chopped
• 2 cups red cabbage, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, smashed or minced
• 1 Tbs oil

Once removed chicken from large pot, add the above ingredients and sauté for 5-10 min on medium heat until onions are almost translucent.

When your chicken stock is ready, sift out the bones and leftover meat and pour the broth into your large pot.

Then add:
• 1 lb chopped cooked chicken
• 1 tsp dried parsley
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 bay leaf
• 1/4 tsp dried thyme
• 1/4 tsp celery seed
• 1/4 tsp black pepper
• 1/2 cup Jasmine rice

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.
Yum yum!
I added the cabbage for an extra punch of Vitamin C. The carrots and celery are loaded with folate and calcium. A good combo to ward off the flu bug by building your immune system.
This recipe was super easy for me and I’m having a tired slow kinda day after my chiropractor torture chamber treatment. Tomorrow is always a better day. 🙂 But if I can do it feeling like I do, than it’s pretty easy. 😉
Try it, it packs a lot of flavor! Yum yum!

 
 

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Gluten Poisoning… :(

Day 3 of gluten poisoning…
Everyone keeps telling me “sue them”, “you should show them what it did to you”… Well to tell you the truth it wasn’t the pizza places’ fault, it was the online ordering place who relayed the message wrong. So I can’t put a face to that. It is what it is…
Anyway, what a full on slice of gluten has done to me… This may get a lil TMI in places, I’ll try to keep it clean.
The day of I felt the lump going thru my digestive track…and then stop. :-/ my stomach would ache, I was super tired! (I’m sure the coffee I’ve been drinking the last two days have not helped).
Yesterday I was not as tired, but the digestive system is still not moving… I thought it kinda ok since gluten does the extreme opposite to me. Well….. My face stared getting all these bumps all over… I tried to be good and not touch my face. By the end of yesterday it was a full on rash! This has NEVER happened to me.

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I hate that pic…but it’s a visual for how POISONOUS gluten is! That is with my makeup on still and my face was really red by the time I got home. The lady at New Seasons really helped me out with the natural remedy section. She found me a camomile mask to help sooth my skin and a homeopathic remedy to calm the rash.

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A quick text to my chiropractor also helped lead in the right direction on how to help get my digestive system working again. Gallons of water, raw food steamed, and more water.
I tried the “master cleanse” this morning…and lots of water afterwards cuz it’s NASTY! And that has not helped. I tried drinking 25 oz of sea salt water last night, that was SUPER NASTY! And that kinda helped.
So onto drastic measures… Boiled cabbage…

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My best friend growing up had a mom that was full German and she made THE BEST boiled cabbage and I never knew how she did it. Until now…
Bacon makes everything better! 😀
So here’s the recipe…I sure hope it helps with the problem…and drinking more water than a whale with it…
I hate gluten…

Boiled Cabbage
• 1/2 head of (or whole for a large batch) red cabbage
• 1 whole onion, peeled and chopped
• 1/4 cup bacon bits (it’s the fast way)
• 2 TBS grapes seed oil
• 1 clove garlic, pressed or chopped
• 1 cup chicken stock (or broth)
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1/8 tsp cayenne
• 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

How To:
Cut up onion and sauté in oil with bacon bits and garlic in Dutch oven (you want something big if you do the whole head of cabbage). Sauté onions until almost translucent.
Add cabbage, salt, pepper, cayenne. Sauté until cabbage is softer.
Add broth and cider vinegar and stir.
Bring to a boil and then turn on to simmer for 10-15 min covered.
When done just add to a bowl and enjoy!
I’m a one dish person, so half a head of cabbage serves 2. But if using as a side dish, it serves 4.
It is soooo yummy!!!
And just to show you how bad that rash is in comparison to how my face was, here’s a pic from the wedding last Friday. It’s off the back of my camera display because downloading pics onto my computer has been a slooooooooow process…

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Hamburger Lentil Stew

Here’s one of my favorite winter stews! (if you double up on the veggies like I do it’s a stew). This is a family recipe that I always loved when my mom made it.

Hamburger Lentil Stew

1 lb lean ground beef
64 oz tomato juice (campbells)
4 c. Hot water
1 c. Lentils rinsed
1 c. Diced carrots
1 c. Chopped cabbage
1 c. Chopped celery
1/2 c. Minced onions
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. Parsley
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper

Cook hamburger in soup kettle until crumbly brown, drain fat.
Add tomato juice & hot water; bring to boil.
Add carrots, lentils, celery, cabbage, onion & seasonings; Return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours or until lentils are tender.

The picture is before I simmer it for a while. I really load the veggies in it! 😀

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