Tuesday – The beauty of protein

Need a little protein boost in the morning?

After talking with a nutritionist who told me that *anyone* who is trying to manage a chronic illness needs to up their protein intake, especially in the morning, I’ve been trying hard to do just that.

I had read that when your body is fighting an illness (in this case Lyme and related co-infections) it breaks down protein when you sleep. If so, then giving your body a boost of protein in the morning, makes sense, you are upping your depleted supplies.

We all know that a body under stress breaks uses protein (which is why athletes are so enamored with protein drinks) it makes sense that a body fighting an infection or a disease would also have a need for a fair amount of protein.

And of course having chickens provides me with the perfect little protein package. Eat all the eggs you want, my nutritionist told me, provided they are “clean.” Note: what she means by “clean” eggs are those that are antibiotic and hormone free (enter our backyard flock.)

And so I will.

I like my eggs scrambled (I gag on “wet eggs”) and with lots of flavors added (I liken them to “messy omelets.”) Today’s eggs were scrambled with sauteed onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and a little bit of pepperoni for flavor (although I wonder how healthy pepperoni really is – I’m going to have to look into that, I’m sure some brands are better than others.) For added flavor and vegetable fat, I spooned an olive tapas on top.

Didn’t take long (in fact the step that took the longest was cleaning up.)

Yum. It’s a non-expensive meal (especially when you have your own chickens) that delivers a powerful punch of protein and good fats. Win-win.

 

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Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.

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Monday – “I know I can” and no weigh-in

I am going to climb that mountain.

Earlier this summer a friend of mine and I had decided that we were going to start climbing (hiking) some of the gorgeous mountains in our state of New Hampshire. Why not? We have tons of trails and you can’t beat the view.

The fact that we would be getting exercise was an added bonus. Continue reading “Monday – “I know I can” and no weigh-in”

Tuesday – African stew (sort of) rollups

This may be the worst foodie photo ever. But the recipe (it’s not really a recipe, it’s more like a compilation) is too good for you not to know about.

I assure you this is tastier than it looks.
I assure you this is tastier than it looks.

There are some mornings that I just don’t have time to make any kind of a cooked breakfast. On those mornings (now that I’m adding meat for more protein) I make these protein roll-ups.

Couldn’t be easier, you take 3 slices of turkey, in the middle of the turkey spread a smear of almond (or cashew) butter. (You can sort of see it peeking out there.) I have read enough about mold and peanuts that I’m going to be staying away from peanut butter. On top of the nut butter spread a generous amount of salsa.

Roll up and eat those babies. Without exaggerating, if you eat 3 of these in the morning, you’ll be satisfied until lunch (of course I also drink a few cups of coffee with this.)

I came up with this combination because one of my favorite recipes (and I’ll have to dig it up) is called African Stew. It combines root vegetables and chickens in a tomato-peanut butter stew. (Of course if I make this again, I’ll change to another nut butter.) It is a fantastic, filling and stunningly delicious meal (if you want to die and go to heaven, add crusty bread to sop it all up with.)

If that combination is so yummy, then why wouldn’t salsa on a nut butter rolled up in turkey be equally as yummy?

The answer is that it is. Go ahead and give it a try. Let me know what you think.

 

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Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.

Monday – spiralizer anyone?

We all know that we need to incorporate more vegetables into our diets.

I discovered something this weekend that is going to change my and my family’s lives.

A spiralizer.

Okay, I can hear you from here. What the heck is a spiralizer?

It’s a non-electric kitchen gadget that makes “spaghetti” out of vegetables. The one I got is called Vegetti Pro and despite the little red square on the box touting “As seen on TV” I decided to give it a try. It was on sale at a local outlet kitchen story for about $19 (marked down from about $24) – I figured how could I not try it, right? Continue reading “Monday – spiralizer anyone?”

Monday – Alcohol, pain, and weigh-in

This presidential selfie project that my daughters are doing is great fun. It’s exciting and we’ve gotten to listen to many different points of view. We’ve all been having the world’s most fantastic summer going around and seeing all these candidates (16 so far.)

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Actually, if I’m going to be honest there is one thing I’d change.

Because we’re driving so much to get to the candidate events, we’ve been eating out often at restaurants, and as anyone who’s tried to keep to an anti-inflammatory diet knows, it’s very difficult to keep to the dietary guidelines when ordering your food. Continue reading “Monday – Alcohol, pain, and weigh-in”

Monday – herx, water, and weigh-in

Monday morning.

The good news is that I’m feeling better.

Last week when I went to see the nutritionist, she started me on a lot of supplements and on a Paleo-like diet (no sugar, grains, dairy.) She also wants me to drink a ton of alkaline water (I’ll get into that later.)

I did exactly what she asked me to do … and then all of my symptoms seemed to flare. The muscle twitches got stronger and the nerve numbness and shooting pain seemed to pop up all over the place. The lid under my eye is trying to communicate in Morse Code with its twitches.

If you are familiar with Lyme disease this is what some people call a “herx” reaction and it’s something that you typically see when you start antibiotics.

In a nutshell this is what’s happening – when you have a systemic infection those little bacteria are all over your system. They have multiplied and multiplied until they have grown enough in numbers to cause havoc in your body. Think of those bacteria as little balloons filled with toxins.

When you take antibiotics (or when you strengthen your body with food and supplements) you destroy a whole slew of the bacteria which releases all of that toxin at once into your body. Continue reading “Monday – herx, water, and weigh-in”

Tuesday – scrambled eggs with veggies (Vegetarian)

I spoke with a nutritionist yesterday and she went over my diet. She’s made a few changes that I’ll be telling you about but the biggest thing is that she said I needed more protein. She suggested that I include meat but if I didn’t want to she advised me to increase the fish and “have eggs everyday if you want.”

As anyone who has tried to heal from illness through diet knows, it can be so confusing. So many people have different ideas about what to do (and remember what works for one person may not work for another.)

She told me to listen more to my body, it will tell me what I need. I told her that I’m not a big fruit eater (I’d rather have savory than sweet) and she said that might change as my body balances itself.

Or not.

My body will let me know. Continue reading “Tuesday – scrambled eggs with veggies (Vegetarian)”