Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 48 – I Have the Key to One-Eyed-Willey

A classic line from a classic movie—The Goonies; a great 80’s hit with Sean Astin as well as Rat Pack favorite Corey Feldman.  I actually thought about this statement when thinking about the progress I’ve made on this crazy diet.  I do get frustrated that there are peaks and valleys, but I know that is just par for the course.  I am only frustrated because I want to see all my symptoms disappear and when I have the peaks and valleys it’s hard to know if it is just that or if there is actually something that I’m eating that bothers me—I guess that is a great reason for writing this blog… so I can go back and look at the foods I’ve been eating.

Breakfast was Amaranth hot cereal and the same green drink as the previous 2 days.  We’ve decided to steer clear of stevia for the next few days to see how we are affected but did put some pure maple syrup in our amaranth—it was pretty good.  However, I felt really tired throughout this morning and this is where it gets hard.  The tiredness may just be coming as a peak and valley issue, but it may also be that there is something with amaranth (a grain I have not tried until yesterday), I may steer clear for at least a few days and then introduce again—I just can’t wait until my symptoms are completely gone so it becomes a matter of finding out what foods affect me and then just steering clear.

Lunch was some leftover quinoa mixed with the squash leftover from last night topped over spring mix, spinach and romaine.  I decided to try my hand at some bread this afternoon and it was looking great!  Even felt spongy like bread when I felt it just before taking it out of the oven, but then it fell and when I cut into it it was very wet still.  I think I know why and will try to adjust, but if there are any brave souls out there here is what I tried.

1 cup almond flour
½ cup of all purpose (gluten free) flour
½ cup of Flaxseed Mill
2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
2 eggs
1 cup almond milk (no sugar added)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 heaping tablespoons of ground flaxseed
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/3 cube of butter
½ avocado

Pre-heated the oven at about 350-375 degrees.  I placed all the liquid stuff in the blend-tec along with the avocado—mixed on smoothie setting.  Mixed all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then poured the dry ingredients in with the pre-mixed wet ingredients, and then mixed thouroughly.  Place mixture in a pre-oiled bread pan and cook for about 50 minutes.  I think the mistake I made today was putting too much liquid (almond milk) in with the mix.  I need to add more eggs and less (maybe none) almond milk—I may also try baking at a little lower temperature for longer.

Afternoon was good—and decided to buy a chicken to roast.  It was the first meat we had had in about 1 week, it was good: whole chicken smothered with a mixture made of fresh lemon juice, fresh minced garlic, basil, sea salt and coriander then rubbed in all over the chicken and place in our George Forman Roaster with olive oil, green onions salt pepper and some lemon juice.  We also had red potatoes cooked in olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and rosemary.

I did try a Cacao-Pow today without stevia, but used a little bit of maple syrup and the M’Lis sweetner—which I am not a big fan of because of the aftertaste I get, but I have talked to others that like the taste better than stevia.  Great day!

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