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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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Avocado Cilantro Hummus

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Avocado Cilantro Hummus

If you love guacamole then you most certainly will absolutely love avocado cilantro hummus, it is simply wonderful!
I happen to have found a very nice food processor for $53 the other day. It’s a Hamilton Beach one at Le Gourmet Chef store and it has made hummus so much easier for me to make. I have tried making hummus in my vita mixer and it gives it a very grainy texture, because it is a thick mixture and tends to get stuck with the style of blade the vita mix has. The food processor gives hummus a very nice creamy almost whipped texture if that’s what you like.
I started out my day by putting my garbanzo beans in the crockpot on delayed timer for 4 hours and then to cook for 4 hours.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Beyond Rice cooker! (I am becoming an electric gadget queen). I used to work for Pampered Chef, so I have a ton of handheld gadgets, but with my aching back, I need to speed up my time in the kitchen!
It is hard to write this post and nosh on this yummy hummus! Thanks to Siri for helping out. 😉
Let’s quit the small talk and get to the chase.

Ingredients for Soaking the Beans:
• 2 cups dry chickpeas (rinsed)
• 7 cups water or water and broth mix (I was out of broth and my beans still tasted pretty good).
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
• salt, pepper, onion powder, cumin, eyeball it.

Prep Work:
Add all the above ingredients into your crockpot or Beyond Rice cooker and set for 3 to 4 hours delayed time and 3 to 4 hours cook time. Soaking your beans is important because chick peas/garbanzo beans are a very hard bean and takes its sweet time to be ready. You want to make sure that your beans are not hard when you are done because it will give a very sandy texture to your hummus.
When the beans are done cooking I do not drain them because I use the juice in my hummus for the additional flavor.

Ingredients for Hummus:
• 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (if canned, rinse. If from crockpot method above, don’t rinse).
• 2-3 cloves peeled garlic
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 handful cilantro, rinsed
• 1 large avocado
• 2 Tbs water (I used mine from my crockpot bean juice)
• 3/4 to 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 to 3/4 tsp cumin
• 1/8 or more cayenne (depends on your level of spice).

Magic happens Here:
Add all the hummus ingredients above into the food processor and pulse or blend until everything is mixed together. If you are nervous about the amount of lemon juice or spices, start with a little bit and add more as you go along. Taste test to see if you need any extra ingredients because the original recipe I was going from was very bland.
Do not worry that you put salt in your beans when they were soaking and then you’re putting more salt in your hummus. I really needed to add a lot more salt because I started with 1/4 teaspoon in my hummus mix and added maybe 1/2 tsp to my crockpot.
I did not add cayenne to the hummus that I made because my doctor wants me to say away from it right now. But I’m sure it will taste absolutely fabulous with cayenne in it. 🙂
You will have extra beans left over from what you had soaked. That is awesome for another batch in case you devour this one and do not share with anybody else. Sharing is caring. 😉
I had gotten some kale at the farmers market last week but it was a very hot day and it wilted before it got home. So I was going to make my second batch as a kale basil hummus and I’m excited about that. If it is a success I will add the recipe to another blog post. 😀
As I’m eating this hummus and enjoying it very much, I just thought of a good idea of maybe adding a quarter slice of onion next time and it would give it a nice little kick! (I love onion in about all my savory dishes).
I hope you like this recipe and it encourages you to eat clean this autumn and to avoid junk food!
I just recently have tried fresh veggies with my hummus instead of rice crackers and I am loving it! Now I can enjoy cucumber with the rest of the masses. Yea!

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in A day in the life of Jeni, Food and drink

 

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Motivation

Do you remember that Thomas the Train or whatever he was that said “I think I can, I think I can”. Well I think my train ran out of steam. My train says “I wish I could, I wish I could” 😦
I’ve been pretty stressed about work and traffic and it’s making me more stresses on top of my normal chronic pain. I keep joking that I’m saving for a helicopter to bypass traffic. But…I’ll never be able to repay the loan. So traffic I’ll have to deal with …oh ye my enemy! >:-|
I mean, I LOVE to drive…the open road. Not the clutch pedal for and hour and a half!!! I mean these drivers sprout outta no where like spores! I know it rains a lot here, but really are they growing out of the pollen molecules or something???
Oh wait, my topic was motivation…right. So anyway. I was given unsolicited advice (on a day I was in tremendous pain) “why don’t you just wake up earlier and exercise”. My thought- well…if I got any sleep anyway maybe I would.
I’m burning both ends of the candle at the moment and I think the wick is about up. My next step to being pain free and have more energy is seeing a nutritionist on Friday. I had all the blood work and docs say I’m fit as a fiddle…but I’m not and there’s something WRONG with me! Besides fibromyalgia. I have 0, zilch, nada energy everyday. So I’m hoping food lady will help heal me. Then, I can get more exercise in.
My goal is to make the drive to the Oregon coast. I do realize that the amount of time I sat in traffic (which isn’t really sitting, I just take every back road I can think of while people on the freeway are going 10mph) that I could be at the coast…but for some reason I never get there. The thought of driving to get there stops me though. 😦
So I ran across this video on my massage lady’s site. It puts all my excuses to shame. So watch this video and let me know if it didn’t bring a tear to your eye. Cuz it did me!

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni

 

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