Making Crackers with Chef Ivone!


This morning Ivone and I got together to make Grain Free Rosemary Raisin Crackers. We are launching our 7 Day Happy Healthy Hormone Program of No Grains, Sugar, Alcohol. Ivone is working on the recipes. These cracker from Against All Grains are delicious and easy to make.

The video is a bit awkward. I need to figure out how to edit. It is worth watching Ivone make Crackers.

Here is the info for our 7 Day Happy Healthy Hormone Program!

 No grains, sugar and alcohol.

I can feel your resistance…

You will be amazed at how much better you can feel in a short period of time. Are you ready to look and feel your best?

I am here to tell you that you can start to feel a difference your first week.

It is so much easier to do it in a group and with a friend.

We are getting together at my house to kick off the 7 days on February 25th.

We will give you recipes and tips to support you during the week. Delicious coffee will be served and scrumptious Rosemary Raisin Crackers!

We will have a secret facebook group. We will be providing daily support, guidance, recipes and tips. You will have lifetime access to the group.

I hope you will join us.  More fun with friends! Your hormones will thank you. Happy Healthy Hormones!!

This is an online program so you can join without coming in person.

The Investment in You is $35.00!

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Some days you just need chocolate.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Day 24!

I am not a big Valentine’s person. I felt it would be nice to have a treat for dessert tonight. I made Guilt Free Chocolate pudding recipe from Eat For Your Gut by Dr. Nicole Rivera. I added chopped nuts and silvers of 85% Cacao.

I also made my Energy Bites. Quick and easy snack. Here is the basic recipe.

Quick Easy Treat

Quick Easy Treat

 

Enjoy!

Love,

Mary

I had a break through!

Yesterday on Day 22 of no gluten, sugar or alcohol I had a break through. I have been fighting the program just about the whole time. I don’t especially like rules even my own rules.

I have been agitated and stuffing myself. I am stuffing myself with good things, blueberries, red peppers, carrots… Whenever I go to cook I start eating. I decided yesterday to stop it. I feel so much calmer since then. I love to chew gum as well. It is the same kind of habit. Yesterday, I slowed down, sat down and ate my meal or snack. I enjoyed my meals so much more. Mindfulness.

I also spent 15 minutes sitting on my cushion in my bedroom. I say I am going to meditate on a daily basis but I don’t. It is so very helpful.

These past 22 days have not been super easy. You know what? I do feel so much better. Why do I fight it???My sleep, my  body , my energy is fabulous! I want to tell everyone. Do you suffer from aches and pains, insomnia, lack of energy? Get off the grains, sugar and alcohol and see how you feel. I am telling you it is so worth it!

I have put together a 7 day program of No grains, sugar and alcohol with my friend Chef Ivone of Healthy Sage.

You will be amazed at how much better you can feel in a short period of time. Are you ready to look and feel your best?

I am here to tell you that you can start to feel a difference your first week.

It is so much easier to do it in a group and with a friend.

We are getting together at my house to kick off the 7 days on February 25th.

We will give you recipes and tips to support you during the week. Delicious coffee will be served and maybe even a no grains, no sugar yet scrumptious treat!

We will have a secret facebook group. We will be providing daily support, guidance, recipes and tips. You will have lifetime access to the group.

I hope you will join us.  More fun with friends! Your hormones will thank you. Happy Healthy Hormones!!

This is an online program so you can join without coming in person.

The Investment in You is $35.00!

buy now

Ingredients
  • 2 cups of milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • A few drops of liquid stevia
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  •  ¼ tsp ginger powder
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in small sauce pan blend with a blender stick.
  2. Heat on med heat for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Drink it! SO SOOTHING!

 

Love The Ghee!

I started making ghee a few months ago when I decided to increase the fat in my diet. I LOVE IT! I blend it in my morning coffee with coconut oil. I sauteed apple and nuts in ghee to add to my breakfast. I sauteed tofu, cashews and rosemary in it for an afternoon snack. It makes everything delicious!

Adding more fat to your diet, helps your hormones stay in balance.

  • Ghee has a high smoke point. It is excellent to cook with.
  • Ghee is rich in Vitamin A, D and E.
  • Ghee can be used by people with dairy sensitivity. The lactose and casein is removed during the straining process.
  • Ghee made from happy grass fed cows contain CLA, Conjugated linoleic acid. CLA may actually reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and tumors. It has also been helpful in weight loss, reducing inflammation and body fat.
  • Ghee contains Butyrate which may improve colon health and digestion.

The best part, it is DELICIOUS and you can keep it on your counter in a pretty Ball jar!

Embrace The Ghee

Embrace The Ghee

It is easy to make ghee. Take a pound of organic unsalted butter, (grass fed butter is even better) and put it in a pot on a low temperature. I let it cook for about 15 minutes and strain it through cheese cloth to remove all of the toxins from the butter. My friend Dr. Deb Kern has a great video on making ghee. She loves to chant and send out goodness while the ghee is simmering. It is a spiritual practice for her.

"In Ireland cows graze on the green pastures of small family farms."

“In Ireland cows graze on the green pastures of small family farms.”

 

I almost quit!

I almost quit a few times! 30 Days of NO gluten, sugar, alcohol!  I like my life to be easy. I like having a glass of wine every night. I have been feeling very agitated!  I am doing this because I wanted to balance my hormones, I wanted to sleep better and I wanted to get rid of my burning mouth. Guess what? I am sleeping so much better and my mouth stopped burning!

Why am I so agitated???

There is a part of me that wants to have a glass of wine. It is amazing the power it has over me. I am sure I am not the only one out there. The sugar and gluten is not such a big deal.

I have to thank my accountability partner Ivone. I sent her a text yesterday that I was done! The plan was to have a daily glass of wine and stay away from sugar and gluten. I was driving to the store to buy a nice bottle of Chardonnay  when my phone rings and Ivone talks me out of it. AAAAHHH!

SO Super Bowl Sunday and I am back on track. I laid down on the floor for 30 minutes this afternoon and that really helps.

Tonight, I am making Curry Girls Kitchen Chicken Chili and Sweet Potato Nachos! I am excited that I found the Curry Girls on Instagram. It looks like they have lots of good easy recipes! More to come!

Delicious!

Delicious!

Have a fun evening!

Love,

Mary

Balance Your Hormones Day 10!

I am thinking of changing the name of the program to Happy Healthy Hormones! I am feeling so much better. I am sleeping well which is SO KEY to all of this. I have tons of energy which I usually do but I feel more grounded and less agitated.

I did give up on the green tea in the morning instead of coffee. It felt too depressing to me. I LOVE my coffee blended in the morning with coconut oil and ghee. I am going with it.

This week end I made grain free granola. The recipe is from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain cookbook. I didn’t use a dehydrator. I baked it in the oven at 250 for 2 hours. The recipe called for 3/4 maple syrup. I reduced to 1/2 cup. (Not sugar free) I did portion it into small jars. A treat for the weekend.against-all-grain

I like to portion things out to prevent overeating.

I still miss my glass of wine but it is getting easier.

It is not too late to join in …  Gluten, sugar and alcohol free for 30 days! So much easier with friends! Dr. Northrup says we will feel changes quickly. Balanced hormones are key to fabulous health!

All you need to do is follow me on facebook or instagram. I will be posting and I hope you will be too!

“Feeling great!!! I’ve spent 3.5 years trying to figure out what was causing all of my stomach issues.-100% gluten free has been life changing.” Julia

Balance Your Hormones Day 9!

Day 8 was a bit rough. Sunday is usually a day off where I enjoy a treat at coffee hour at church and have ice cream for dessert. Yesterday, Ivone saved the day! She invited me over with her friend Susie who was a pastry chef to try out some of Danielle Walker’s grain free baked goods.

against-all-grain

Full disclosure there is some sweetener in the baked goods. We had a good time and I went home with Paleo sandwich cashew butter bread and rosemary bread sticks! It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Thanks Ivone!

Balance Your Hormones Day 7!

7 days in…

I enjoy a glass of wine when I go to cook dinner.  Now that I am off alcohol, dinner time feels stressful to me. I am looking for ways to make this process easy.

My friend Ivone gave me her crock pot. (She updated her crock pot. A nice ALL-ClAD.) I am thrilled to have her old one. Ivone is an amazing cook. It is great karma to have her crock pot!

10 o’clock this morning I made slow-cooker beef chuck chili. Danielle Walker’s recipe from Against All Grains. (Page 96) It is a nice easy recipe. Our dinner will be all set! against-all-grain

I have also been blending up “GOOD GIRL MOONSHINE”.  I found it on Pinterest last year when I was looking for a wine replacement.

good-girl-moonshine

(Google good girl moonshine. I am not sure where the original recipe came from.)

Planning and Preparation are important component to Balance.

Happy Planning.

Love,

Mary

Balance Your Hormones Day 6

The weekend! Time when you would like to indulge a bit. I am staying with it. No Sugar,  Gluten, Alcohol for 30 Days.  I will slow down and take care of myself.

Here is a treat idea! I love to saute organic apples or pears in ghee and add chopped pecans at the end. Sprinkle with cinnamon of course! It only takes a few minutes. #guiltfreeapplepie It makes your house smell cozy.   apples

The ghee and nuts lower the glycemic load of the fruit. The key is to keep your blood sugar balanced.

Happy Healthy Hormones!

Enjoy your weekend!

Love,

Mary

PS. I have lost 2 pounds. I hope I don’t find them again.

My Secret Breakfast!

It is not really a secret but I feel my typical breakfast has been very helpful. My son Thomas has it as well. My son Tom as many of you know is 27 and Developmentally Delayed. It is really important to me that it eats well.  I make him a shake and give him a bowl of my secret weapon to start his day.

My friend and mentor Penny Northrup Kirk told me about this. She is 65 and looks phenomenal. She is down to her fighting weight.! Since starting this protocol I have released 4% body fat and weaned myself off my bio-identical hormones.

Recipe

1/4 cup Organic Full Fat Cottage Cheese

2 TBS Organic Flax seed oil (buy the good stuff in refrigerator section)

1 TBS Organic Ground Flax Seed

Pet touches…I like to add sliced pears or apples with pecans. Or Turmeric with black pepper and pumpkin seeds. The possibilities are endless!

Benefits

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  • Weight Loss
  • Relieves Constipation , Diarrhea
  • Anti Cancer
  • Increases collagen
  • Reduces Eczema
  • Heart Health

This is also called the Budwig Protocol. Here is a link to an excellent article by  Dr. Josh Axe that goes into more details of the Budwig Protocol and the  amazing benefits of flax seed oil.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Love,

Mary