Thursday, November 29, 2012

365 Days of Green Smoothies

For those of you who are wondering about my progress, I decided that since green smoothies were helping I would start a new blog to help everyone see how easy it is to get green smoothies into your daily diet!

Check out my 365 Days of Green Smoothies!

Drink your greens!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I realized I forgot to update the blog with my results! All of my test results were normal. On the one hand, that's good news. But on the other hand, that means my search continues!

Since the last blog post, I have still had increased problems with digestion and my food choices have become narrower. I've seen naturopaths and other alternative healers who simply weren't able to help me. I've finally found a naturopath and clinical nutritionist who seems like she can help - after all, she has lots of food sensitivities herself so she knows what I'm going through! Right now, it seems like I'm responding to green smoothies and nuts the best - I'm still having issues with any cooked foods.

I will continue to update you on my progress!

Wishing you green thoughts,


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Transition Day 5

Today I decided I would try some other cooked food, especially since it was my brother's last day in town and my dad always makes a brunch. My mother made pancakes with buckwheat flour, almond flour, coconut, xanthum gum, and baking soda (I think). They were completely grain and sugar free. (Of course, I did add a little bit of maple syrup on top.) Then my dad made fried potatoes and sauteed mushrooms - all in olive oil. I did not have any adverse effects immediately, but I did notice that cooked food makes me think I'm still hungry even when I know I'm full and also it did make my knuckles hurt. I'm not sure if it's heated oil, cooked food in general, or one of those particular foods; I'll have to do some detective work at a later time.

After brunch, I went kayaking with my brother for a half hour in the local park (I had walked the dogs before brunch). My shoulders didn't hurt as I had expected but my hands were really starting to hurt. Gripping things for long periods of time has always been an issue with my EDS, but I did it!

Later, I went to the health food store and got a kale salad with raw tahini dressing and a piece of raw chocolate hazelnut pie. I also ordered a shot of wheatgrass since I hadn't had any greens. The wheatgrass didn't hurt my stomach like it used to, but boy, that taste has stayed with me ALL day no matter what I do. I don't think I could ever do one of the wheatgrass cleanses - I just couldn't stomach it. (But I guess never say never - I also said I would never do a juice fast and we all know how that turned out!) I was so glad to have the kale salad - that's something I can savor. (This one needed a bit more on the dressing as it was quite dry.) But I know I definitely like the savory flavors. I had the dessert later, and it really wasn't all that appealing to me anymore. I think I might have kicked my sugar habit! I would much rather have the savory!

We had a late dinner - leftovers from breakfast plus salad. After dinner my knuckles were really starting to hurt so I do need to figure out if it's from cooked food in general or from lack of greens today. I had a few cherries later, but the sugar was hitting me so I stopped eating them.

For now, I need to stick with a high greens, high raw diet. I might maybe eat 1 or 2 cooked meals a week, but until I figure out what my system really thrives on, I think that's the way to go. So, I will be going back to my green smoothie/raw diet with juices thrown in. I was only going to juice a few times a week, but I'm going to try to do it everyday, partly because my dog does so much better on the pulp!

For now, this will be the last entry on the juice fast blog. I will update if something significant happens with my diet or medical conditions. And I will also update when I get my test results back!

You can catch me on my regular blog - VeggiePatti: Hot Off the Grill

Thinking green, leafy thoughts,


Transition Day 4

I started off day 4 with a smoothie - red butter lettuce, blueberries, half banana, soaked chia seeds, coconut, and alfalfa sprouts. The butter lettuce was very earthy and so were the sprouts. I didn't have a lot of fruit in it so the earthiness overpowered it and it wasn't that great. I probably drank about half the glass. I then took the dogs out for a short walk and I actually jogged with them for a little ways - I haven't done that in a while!

For lunch we went to Cacao Tree Cafe - a great raw foods restaurant for my belated b-day lunch! I have to say I pigged out on raw food! LOL I had a green juice (finally!) with cucumber, celery and greens; a small salad with basil miso dressing (which was awesome!), and I had mock egg salad wrapped in a collard green. I had a raw white chocolate nugget for dessert. The food was so good! I felt satisfied, not full. I didn't have any side effects! And I had a ton of energy afterward!

After lunch my family went to the zoo and we walked around there. When I got home I took the dogs out for a walk again.There was part of a raw dessert left and I was hungry so I had that, but as I was eating it I thought...I'd rather have some kale salad. Who would have ever thought I'd prefer a salad over chocolate! lol

Around dinner time I was hungry so I had the rest of the smoothie. After I fed the dogs I took them for the third walk of the day, which is unheard of. I was still hungry and I had to go to the grocery store anyway, so I got cauliflower and broccoli and decided to try that with some hummus that my parents had at their house. I didn't eat again until around 11 pm, which I know isn't good. The hummus made me tired - not sure if it was from the canola oil or just being cooked food.

During the day, I had so much more energy than I normally have and I physically felt a lot better. I have always liked raw foods, but I have always craved more of the gourmet raw which is heavy on nuts. I love nuts, but now I am more inclined to stay with more greens and have nuts in smaller amounts, such as for dressings. If I can keep up with this way of eating and keep adding more smoothies and juices I really think I'll start to feel better. Still need to figure out the food allergy issue, but one step at a time...

Thinking leafy green thoughts,


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Transition Day 3

My day was so busy yesterday I didn't have time to blog - but here's the recap from yesterday.

I woke up so dehydrated my throat was completely parched, my eyes were dry and it hurt when I blinked, and I had cramps in both legs - classic signs of dehydration. I forced myself to try to drink water, which was difficult and not helping, so I grabbed a coconut water and downed that - it helped a little. I slowly kept drinking more water until the symptoms went away.

I had a busy day planned so I had gotten everything ready to make a smoothie the night before - the lettuce was washed, the chia was soaked, etc. I did everything except forgot to wash the blender! The blender was caked in lovely chlorella so it wasn't a simple wash, and since I was running late I just had to run out of the house without eating. (See - this is why you always need to be prepared!)

I had an early wedding to go to so my first stop was the hairdresser. I had planned to go to pick up a raw cake for my belated b-day celebration after getting my hair done. I figured I could get a green smoothie there. However, when I called the place, they forgot to make my cake! So instead I stopped by my local health store on the way home that stocks items from Cacao Tree Cafe and I ended up getting a slice of raw pizza. Because I was running around so much, it took me about 2 hours to finish the one piece of pizza. (Lesson: I really need to have healthy convenience foods to take with me AND I need to learn to stop and enjoy a meal every once in a while!)

Since I wasn't allowed to eat at the reception due to my food allergies, I just went to Whole Foods Market for dinner. I decided to test cooked foods. I wasn't going to test soy yet, but I wasn't thrilled with the choices so that's what I ended up doing. I got some raw kale salad (kale, tomatoes, dried cranberries, pinenuts, lemon, oil, salt), Brussels sprouts (made with olive oil and garlic), mashed potatoes and cauliflower with herbs, and mango curry tofu with cashews - all in small portions. The kale salad and the Brussels sprouts were the most appealing to me - actually I could have just eaten the Brussels sprouts and been fine! The kale salad tasted very vinegary/acidic to me. The mashed potatoes and cauliflower were very dry - I did not finish them all. The tofu is something I had gotten before - previously I could taste the sweet of the mango. Now I could just taste the earthiness of the curry powder. It could have been made differently, but it wasn't great - I did not finish that either. The only thing I even really liked were the Brussels sprouts.

When I was eating the food I didn't have any ill effects - just the usual slight runny nose. Soy used to make my knuckles swell - luckily that did not happen! And no pain in my stomach (even though I forgot my enzymes). But no sooner did I finish eating I got this horrible pain in my ears and my throat! Normally I have been getting this mucus bubble in the back of my throat. This time I realized my Eustachian tubes had both filled with fluid and the middle of my throat was slightly swelling. It did pass after a little while, but I don't know if that means I'm allergic to soy, the canola oil, or something else.

Back at the reception I danced for quite a long time. I haven't had that much high-energy physical activity in a while, but I was fine! It felt good to get out and move.

When I got home, which was around 11:30 pm I fed all of the animals and then did something really stupid - I ate again! I don't know why - I wasn't hungry, I wasn't emotional, I just felt like I really hadn't eaten that much during the day and I should eat something. I see that this habit must be stopped. I finished the raw kale chips and the chicken-less salad. Honestly, I didn't even enjoy them, I was eating to get sustenance that for some reason I thought I needed. (But in all fairness, I did not enjoy the juices either - I was drinking them to get sustenance, too.)

I didn't have any issues until I woke up the next morning. I stepped on the scale and it was 5 pounds heavier! I did NOT eat 5 pounds of food yesterday! And even though I confirmed my bowels were working again (I had to go 3 times in the morning), the scale still did not move. The moral of the story is: I have to watch what I eat, how much I eat, and when I eat, and I still have a long ways to go.

Thinking solid thoughts,


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Transition Day 2

Today was a strange day. I started off by drinking the rest of the smoothie I made last night - 1/2 banana, spinach, blueberries, LOTS of chlorella, and licorice root. But I couldn't drink it all - so I saved some for later. I did confirm that my bowels are still working! :)  Hopefully they'll get back to their norm soon.

So even though I couldn't finish the smoothie, I got hungry really quickly afterward. Since I didn't have any negative effects (except for the stupid sinus/mucus issues that I'm still having when I eat), I decided I would eat some solid food for lunch. I wasn't at home so I went to a place by my work that has a berry salad I used to get. The salad is mixed greens, fresh berries, dried cranberry, nuts, sunflower seeds, and house strawberry vinaigrette dressing. The first thing I noticed was that I remembered how to Then I realized that things tasted differently. The dressing, which I used to think was sweet, seemed very vinegary to me and I didn't use as much as I used to. I also realized that the parts of the salad I was subconsciously gravitating toward were the parts without dressing! I also noticed that I was chewing longer and eating slower. I wasn't hungry after, but I didn't get a full feeling either, which was good. My nose did start to run a few times, which honestly is better than the stupid mucus bubble at the back of my throat! I also noticed that I felt really parched - my lips and my hands got really dry after I ate. Maybe that's because I'm used to juice!

When I got home later I was hungry again, so I had the rest of the smoothie. For dinner I decided to make my own salad instead of a smoothie but I didn't have a lot of salad ingredients. So I made a small salad with red butter lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, flax seeds, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt. Even though I didn't use that much dressing at all, it was still too vinegary. Again, I found it very drying and a little hard to eat. The taste wasn't really that great. And it also didn't satiate my hunger.

So later, I decided I needed to have some decent food in the house so I went to the health food store and got some raw kale chips (which used to be my favorite), a small raw kale salad, and some raw, vegan chickenless salad to save for later. I had about 4 or 5 kale chips and my hunger was finally satiated - for the time being. But these were a different type of kale chip then I used to get and I didn't really like them as much. Later in the night I was hungry again so I ate the small kale salad. It did take me a while to eat it and I needed LOTS of water because again, everything is drying. And afterward, I'm still getting that stupid mucus bubble from some unknown allergy. At this point, I'm not hungry but I'm not full. I could keep eating but that's a really bad habit to get into, so I just have to switch to water. I might make some tea later to see if that helps to rehydrate me. My hands are completely dry, my lips are dry, and my throat feels parched. I'm going to add chia in my smoothie tomorrow to make sure it's not an EFA thing.

So what I learned is that my food allergies have definitely not going away, which is a real bummer. So far, so good getting back on solid food. I am going to keep the smoothies going for a week before I switch back to juices as I think they are just too concentrated for me at this time.

I definitely can tell I have a candida problem, but I can't start the internal parasite cleanse until after my test for H Pylori. I can't start my other supplements again either until then.

Oh I almost forgot - after I ate the salad at home I noticed my stomach got bloated. I didn't have any gas, but my stomach definitely is bloated. I used to have a horrible allergic reaction to grass (after I came back from the jungle), so I'm wondering if my adverse affects to greens are a residual of that. I also found a few more red spots on me - I don't know if it's an allergic reaction or if I got bit by something. I just hope I don't get anymore!

Will update more tomorrow. I'm going to do a test with cooked food!

Thinking solid thoughts,


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Transition Day 1

So today was my first transition day. Since I had to fast for my blood test, I just took the rest of my juice with me. This morning I was anxious and just wanted to get the test done so I could get back home and make a smoothie! Surprisingly the test went well and was pain-free! Normally, because of my EDS, the poke is painful, I can feel it as the blood comes out, and it hurts and sometimes bruises after. She took 7 vials today - I didn't feel the poke going in and it was done super fast! I didn't even feel woozy or slightly sick like I normally do. The only thing that did hurt was the pressure of the bandage, but I took that off. So I started drinking my juice, went to the grocery store, ran some errands, and then when I got back home I forgot about making my smoothie! LOL So it was probably around 3 pm before I made a small smoothie.

Sadly, the smoothie didn't taste very good - just blueberries and spinach - heavier on the spinach. I didn't feel any negative effects, however. I was anticipating I would be running to the bathroom, but I really think the water fast messed up my bowels. I have never had a problem in that department and I really haven't gone since the water fast! So I'm not sure what's going on there. Hopefully it will resolve soon.

So I drank most of the smoothie, but just couldn't get it down. I have found that the amount of food I actually need is substantially less than I thought it was prior to the fast - so that's a good thing. A few hours after drinking the smoothie, my allergies were really starting to kick up. I admit I had the post nasal drip this morning still - carry over from yesterday. So I'm not sure if it's the weather, external allergies, food allergies, a late detox or what.

By about 6 pm my throat was starting to slightly swell. In the past, mushroom broth has helped with these throat issues. I didn't have any on hand but my mother had some homemade Dr. Oz broth (with mushrooms and cabbage and more) and since her house is closer than the store I went over there to drink some. I really had to think twice about putting the broth in the microwave because those are not supposed to be good for you, but I just needed something fast. (FYI - I do use a microwave at home, but I have been debating about getting rid of it.) Let me tell you - fiber hitting my system after 25 days had no effect on me. But hot liquid hitting my system - let's just say my digestive tract was not happy and it was an uncomfortable feeling. It wasn't quite pain, but it was not a pleasant feeling. But it passed after about 15 minutes. The throat swelling seems to have subsided, but the post nasal drip is even worse!

I will be making another smoothie tonight - this time I'll be adding half a banana and maybe a bit of licorice root. Hopefully that one will taste better.

I'll keep you informed!

Thinking solid thoughts,