Sinless Raw Chocolate

Hello ALL!

Wanted to send a quick post about this most delicious treat I have found here in Charleston, Sinless RAW chocolate, you can check on their website where you can buy it – but I highly recommend it. It is actually healthy for you! It also has never even given me a hint of a migraine. So for all you chocolate lovers out there – go get some! If you aren’t in Charleston you can order it as well. Enjoy!

 

(PS: I have no affiliation with these people – just love the product!)

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Easy, Black bean lunch

Quick, simple, easy and healthy lunch! This will last you at least three lunches. Enjoy!

1 can of organic black beans

1 can of organic corn

1 green onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped ( add a red one too for more color and Vitamin A)

handfull of grape tomatoes cut in half

1 tsp of chili powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cumin if you want it

HOW TO: I always cook my beans in the micro or oven quickly before I use them. Just takes a second. Combine all the ingredients minus the spices. Mix the spices in a separate bowl and sprinkle on top of the beans and veggies while stirring. This dish is super yummy warm, the beans warm it up nicely. And in my opinion always better the day after the flavors have married a bit.  And of course it is always fun to chop up all your ingredients first then have your little people poor everything in the bowl for you and help you sprinkle the spices on the food.

All these foods are questionable on whether or not they are migraine friendly, so you will need to do your food testing before making this recipe if you are prone to food related migraines. Thankfully, I can eat all these foods! I think a good addition to this dish would be chopped up avocado, which my migraines make me avoid, sadly! 

QUOTE (Blessing)  FOR THE DAY :  May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. – Anonymous

I put this picture in becuase the chef at the resturant to the left of this photo was the one who turned me back on to black beans

Mechanically separated chicken

Wow, so I saw this article today and had to pass it along to others. It makes me super sick. WOW. Click here to read more from the Huffington Post. 

I now feel super guilty that I ever let Sophia even try chicken nuggets. Never again. Little happy people like the one shown below do not need to eat this nasty stuff!

Roasted Apple and Root Vegetable Soup

Roast Apple and Veggie Soup

I haven’t posted anything in a while as I have been so busy with work, school and having fun with a awesome two year old. But I made this yummy soup last night and HAD to pass it along. While I was peeling and chopping these veggies I thought I will never make this again! But after tasting it  – I am sure it will be a staple in our house for a long time. It is totally vegetarian and totally migraine friendly. LOVE IT, and hope you all do as well!

Feeds 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS
1 sweet potatoe, large, peeled and diced
1 parsnips, peeled and diced
2 green onions, peeled and diced
3 large gala apples,  diced – not peeled
2 tbls of coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon ( I am using organic Saigon Cinnamon – YUMMY!)
1 tsp chili powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups vegetable broth
12 oz unsweetened coconut milk (or sweetened – I used unsweetened – this is a super sweet soup with out it)

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place the diced vegetables and fresh apples on a baking sheet and toss with the coconut  oil, spices and salt and pepper. Roast, turning often, until vegetables are softened and lightly caramelized, 20 minutes.

3. Combine the 1/2 vegetable broth, ½ of the coconut milk and ½ the veggies in food processer and puree until smooth. Transfer to soup pot and repeat with remaining ingredients.

4. Boil soup for a bit and if soup is too thick add in more veggie broth.

5. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into bowls.  Can add cayenne to spice it up a bit. THIS WAS SO YUMMY!

I got some of this from the daily green website – but cannot find the website where I got this actual recipe. It is not mine – when I can find the recipe I will pass it along to you. 

Click here to go to another website to learn the benefits of root veggies and click here to learn some benefits of Saigon cinnamon

Happy Birthday Sophia

Happy Birthday to the best person I know, our little Sophia. I thank God everyday for giving me such a lovely person to share our life with.  I am also getting to the point where I thank God for my illness – because if it – Sophia eats healthy foods and is living a very healthy lifestyle. Raw peppers, zucchini, tomatoes – seriously, all RAW!

Telling on myself here is my story last night about Sophia and food:

I bought some pre made chicken breasts this past week to feed to my nephews as they are coming for a visit. (My MIL told me they won’t eat what I cook). I was tired last night and decided to try some of these out on Sophia. On her plate was quinoa, cauliflower, and the chicken. First she devoured the cauliflower, asked for more, then tried to eat mine. Then she had some quinoa and decided to try the chicken.  I was so surprised that she was seriously not into them. They are very flavorful.  She had a 1 bite from each one and then said “No like this anymore Mommy!” WOO HOO!

Mother's Day 2010

Menstrual Migraines?

I have begun to notice that my severe migraines have a cycle to them and it seems to be associated with a menstrual cycle. However, I am never sure when that is for me as I have an IUD. I am now tracking my days between severe migraines and seeing If my  correlations are right in line with a 28 day cycle.

For me, taking prescription medication was not the way to treat my migraines. Not only was it horribly expensive but I was lethargic and never felt good as a result of the side effects of the medicines, that were to prevent migraines – which they never did (love the run on sentence!).  At one time I was taking 1500 mgs of Dekapote (HOLY COW!),  A blood pressure medication that I can’t remember the name of (when I already have super low blood pressure) and an anti depressant ,  and a Klonopin (which is highly addictive, thankfully was only told to take it a couple times a month), not sure what else. But I know at one time I was taking 6 pills a night at 32. Seriously?! That is not how I want to live my life people! So I am trying to go the holistic route….which has seemed to work better for me.

Below is some research I have found – thankfully I have been doing a lot of research for a long time, about 24 months now, and am already taking a magnesium supplement and feverfew. I think I might need to be adding a Vitamin B supplement and Belladonna possibly after reading some of these things.  I have also added chiropractic medicine to my regime. I did not believe in this at first – but  -was desperate. I need more of a solution.  I had tried everything, literally by the time I got to Dr. Brad Gorski.  I believe that I am better because I have been seeing him. It also helps to have their office as a good support system on eating cleanly. (preservative free.)

So, looks to me after reading all of what I have over the past couple of weeks that I still need to be on the fever few, magnesium and add some Vitamin B. (maybe some Belladonna too).  It is also clear to me that I need to be doing YOGA + Mediation, which I have trouble with.   And will continue with my cayenne pepper shots, which help tremendously.  AND Thanks to my friend Courtney who has just turned me on to adding Turmeric to my shots. (see links below.)

Please note nothing on this blog should replace what your doctors are telling you. This is only what is right FOR ME; suggestions only to discuss with your doctor.

Below are some useful links that I have found.

http://www.headaches.org/education/Headache_Topic_Sheets/Menstrual_Migraine

http://www.relieve-migraine-headache.com/magnesium-migraines.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/34962-holistic-treatments-menstrual-migraines/

http://healing.about.com/od/homeopathy/a/homeo_headache.htm

http://www.cayennepepper.info/cayenne-pepper-and-migraines.html

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html


Headaches

I started this blog as a way to discuss food and health and haven’t really written much on how they correlate yet, really not sure how I will go about doing this. I think first I should start out by noting one of the books I started reading early on after I got my migraines. It is called Heal Your Headache: the 1-2-3 Program for taking Charge of your Pain. I loved this book first off because it is empowering. I hate living in the problem. I need to live in the solution, and he starts out right off the bat on how to help yourself (the title says it all).  This book is probably the main reason I have been able to curb my migraines from daily to maybe 1 a week or maybe even 1 every 2 weeks. (I have been up to 8 pills a day without this much success). I found out what my main triggers were and I now stay away from them (or at least try too).

I do not eat much that is processed at all. No bananas, no avocado, no onions (spring are okay), and NOOOOO MSG in any form at all. And beware there are a ton of forms of MSG.

I do eat lots of fruits, veggies and drink a TON of water, over 100 oz everyday! ( I also eat nuts, this Dr. says to stay away from them, and I did. Then after the appropriate amount of time I started adding Raw nuts back into my diet with great success.

More on this subect later as it seriously consumes my days. In the mean time here is an interesting read from NPR about the author and is ideas, click here.

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