Food & Drink Health


Planning, gathering, preparing, eating, cleaning up it’s a never ending cycle around here. I have hit a rut or two in meal planning and prep over the last month. I have been resisting making menus and grocery shopping like nobody’s business.

I think partly because I miss bread so much. I can’t express how much I would love to have a slice of pizza or a beer. Even though it hasn’t been that hard (I don’t know if that makes sense). I think when you are determined to help a loved one get or remain healthy it’s hard and not that hard at the same time.

Josh has had a couple of migraines since we started on GAPS (this site is an amazing resource on all things GAPS too), but they have been short or easily treated with a prescription strength Aleeve and/or celery juice. When those migraines have come about Josh gets very upset and sometimes wants to throw in the towel. Who can blame him? I completely understand what it feels like to be betrayed by your body.

I was reading Jora’s plan and the comments and I ran across a comment by Kim. She suggested that Jora watch this Ted talk. I really enjoyed it and it gave me some inspiration. It’s funny how simple ideas that you already know presented in a new way can give you wind in your sails.

Dr. Terry Wahls suggests a diet that consists of 3 cups of green vegetables (which we do), 3 cups of sulfer vegetables (brassica family), 3 cups of color (berries, carrots, peppers, red cabbage), wild and grass feed meat and wild oily fish, and organ meat once a week. That breakdown gives me some goals. Hopefully my green juice counts towards some of that 9 cups of veg a day. I don’t know if my jaw can take all that chewing.

I have been craving a great salad prep book. You know a book with all those lovely salads that you eat when you go out. With super yummy, creative vinaigrettes and a variety of vegetables. I haven’t found one so I’m thinking that I will do a new/old salad 3x a week and post it. That way I know what has worked and what hasn’t and I have a place to go for inspiration when all is lost.

I would love for you all to share any of your favorites in posts or emails. I think it’s going to lead to a plate full of goodness.

image via:  Shaved Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad

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    January 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Have you tried the herbed flatbread (pizza) from (almond flour)?:

    I think you pinned the detox salad (fennel/orange/avocado) . We loved it:

    This creamy cauliflower with greens soup from Bitten Word was super yummy too:

    I eat kale chips to get in a large quantity of greens. I like them with salt & apple cider vinegar or lemon. You can eat a whole bunch of kale while satisfying the need for something salty and crispy.

    I'm glad that you found new inspiration. I need some! I'm supposed to start the GAPS intro again…can't seem to motivate!
    Hang in there– you are such a super supportive 'wifey' xxoo.

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    Desi McKinnon
    January 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Thanks for the comment Colleen. I know it was a lot of work;)

    I have made the flatbread from Roost. It's not pizza. It's tasty, but thinking it will take the place of Blind Lady is just mean.

    I'll have to try that soup. I have a few cauliflower soups that I love. One that's on here

    I eat kale chips all the time. I love them. I put lemon on mine too. I can't wait until I can sprinkle it over popcorn again. Yum.

    It's a hard one to motivate towards. I can understand the resistance.

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    January 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Ha! I understand. I miss blind lady pizza too. I know that nothing will replace it. …same with yummy crusty bread.
    I'm thinking that when we're done with this grain-free stuff I'm going to try doing sprouted flours and sour dough.
    Kale chips on top of popcorn? yum.

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    Desi McKinnon
    January 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    That will be my bread route too. That was mostly what we ate in the bread dept before GAPS.

    I've been making the pie crusts in Elana's cookbook. I love them. I think I will make them long after GAPS. They are so yummy. I made Chicken Pot Pie and Quiche this week. All successful.

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    January 31, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I love that you are going to do salad postings…please do it! I don't have dietary restrictions, but absolutely love salads and would like them to be the mainstay of my diet. I just get stuck in a rut with preparing them and need some creative inspiration. I try to eat as locally as I can, but I'm missing a whole lot of veggies/fruits in the winter because of that. Maybe I should move to CA…I almost cried when I went to the farmers market early last spring and I saw all the colorful choices. So in the meantime, I've determined that I need to cheat a little on the local thing in order to satisfy my salad cravings. 🙂

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    February 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Not being able to eat bread would slay me! Glad you found the video to be inspiring. I am not a fan of organ meat at all, so I won't be following those orders, but I have been trying to really amp my veg intake.

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    Patricia Ann
    February 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Whenever I starting working out, I am always craving for healthy greens in a form of a BIG SALAD, Elaine from Seinfeld style. 😉

    My favorite salad is this called "California Classic" from Fresh (a very popular vegetarian and gluten free restaurant in Toronto):

    The salad:
    Pesto white beans, toasted pecans, hearts of palm, avocado and graphic tomatoes on salad greens with

    The dressing:
    In a bowl, mix apple cider vinegar, onion, poppy seeds, agave nectar and sunflower oil.

    Munch! 🙂

    Patricia Ann

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