Why I’m no longer nuts about nuts!

Several days ago, my oldest came to me and said, “My teeth are turning gray!”  Hubs and I looked in her mouth and sure enough, her teeth looked terrible.  They weren’t actually gray but extremely transparent and covered with what looked like brown etching marks and all of her lower molars were a mottled color and decaying.  She’s had trouble with a few molars since she was about five.  With diet changes years ago we managed to heal one completely and the other two, while they developed holes and dark spots, eventually healed over.

Recently, she lost her last baby tooth and when the adult tooth began to break through we could see that it was already completely dark yellow.  I thought maybe she’d injured it and it was dead but then it began to show more signs of decay so we went on the antifungal diet.  (The one we’re on now.)  Her tooth was showing great improvements and even turning white with no more outward signs of decay…until this.

We all keep a very close eye on her teeth.  Her mouth is like the canary in the coal mine around here.  It let’s us know when we’re screwing up and her newest tooth troubles happened within just a few of days!

Hubs and I were devastated.  She was devastated.  We were totally baffled too.  We’ve followed this diet more perfectly than ever and for longer than ever (just over 3 months) and had tremendous improvements in her teeth as well as her and Hubs low blood sugar problems.  My energy was great and my high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and headaches were all gone but then it seems recently the bottom began to fall out and now we’re all screwed up.

On this diet, our son’s eczema looks like it’s turned into leprosy it’s becomes so bad.  His arms and legs are completely covered with huge scales and lesions.  Hubs developed GERD (without the acid feeling or taste) and thought a few times he was having a heart attack.  I  recently have five teeth with small cavities all.of.a.sudden. and I don’t ever get cavities!  My arthritis started creeping back in as are my headaches and my blood pressure has jumped up into the prehypertension numbers and the week before and of my last period I was so weak I could barely stand at the sink and do dishes.  I told Hubs I was pregnant tired but worse because I feel it 24 hours a day.  I’m pretty sure it’s anemia.

What the heck is going on!?!

Oh, and in three months, I’ve only lost 10 pounds.  That’s better than nothing but it ain’t nothin’ to write home about either.

So Hubs and I wracked our brains and scoured the internet trying to figure out what we did wrong and how to fix it.  This diet consists of low fungal/mycotoxin foods like grass fed meats, eggs, nuts and seeds, non-starchy vegetables, zero grains, a few fruits (grapefruit, berries and granny smith apples) and a few dairy products in small amounts like kefir, yogurt, butter, sour cream, cream cheese and cream.  Oh, and plenty of antifungals like coconut oil, garlic, raw apple cider vinegar, and oil of oregano.

After all our researching I’m pretty sure it’s the nuts and seeds are causing the cavities, anemia and high blood pressure.  They’re higher in the mineral robbing, tooth rotting phytic acid than grains are and we had just begun to increase our nut consumption through baking with almond meal and using almond milk as well as nuts already being our go to snack.  I also had slowed way, way down on the juicing in the last two weeks because I thought the high sugar content of the carrot juice might be why I wasn’t losing more weight which lowered the amount of minerals we were getting.  Well, I lost 1.5 pounds and sacrificed everyone’s health to do it. Phytic acid robs our bodies of bone and tooth building minerals and if it can’t find enough minerals to steal in the foods you’re eating, it will steal them right from your bones and teeth!  Even on the best diets some say we can only handle small amounts of nuts without being robbed…like 2 or 3 whole nuts a day.

There are ways of lowering the phytic acid through soaking and cooking and such, but I’m no expert on that stuff yet.  I just know it’s trouble if you eat a lot of nuts in any form.

Hubs bailed on the diet about a month ago when his GERD became an around the clock nuisance despite all the extra enzymes he was taking (before the nut binge.)  It rarely shows itself anymore and when it does it’s very, very mild.  But the rest of us have just gone off nuts and seeds (except quinoa last night, which I soaked in vinegar water for 24 hours first then rinsed and cooked it for 20 minutes.)  I made some 48 hour bone broth from grass fed soup bones and went back to juicing daily.  We’re having more dairy smoothies (sans the raw spinach)  and upped our butter consumption.   I also ordered the books Nourishing Traditions and Cure Tooth Decay as well as fermented cod liver/butter oil.  Oh, and daughter’s oil pulling every morning and I’m taking an iron supplement.

Already, the transparency that was throughout the lower 1/3rd of each tooth has all but completely gone back to normal and her teeth are turning white again and all but three of her molars look almost normal again.  My own teeth are no longer sensitive where the cavities are which is hopefully a good sign and my back and hip did not have pain and stiffness this morning.  Praise God!!

So now I’m back to baking with just coconut and tapioca flour…Oh, and I just got five pounds of raw cashews and 50 pounds of quinoa in the mail which I ordered pre major tooth decay!  I guess I’ll just use them on rare occasions after soaking, roasting and cooking the fire out of them.  I hope there’s nothing wrong with tapioca flour because I found a great recipe for grain/nut free bread that uses it and coconut flour here.

In all my researching I’m coming across more and more information about sugar and it’s important role in our health such as maintaining mineral balance.  Of course, this is in regards to natural sugars found in whole foods and not refined sugar sources.  It’s all very interesting like this article and this one.  Evidently I have a lot more studying to do…and just when I thought I had it all figured out!

Well, the mailman just knocked on my front door and handed me my books so it’s time to get reading.

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Tapioca Fudge Pops (sugar and dairy free)

Spring weather is back for just a few days so yesterday I made the kids some tapioca fudge pops.  Yum!

Tapioca Fudge Pops

 

I forgot to include the coconut milk in this picture…oops!

They’re supper easy to make.

Tapioca fudge pops

Tapioca Fudge Pops:

5 1/2 c. coconut milk

6 T instant tapioca

4 T cocoa powder

2 eggs

1/3 c. granulated xylitol

1 tsp stevia concentrate powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything but the vanilla in a sauce pan and let it sit for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, heat to rapid boiling over med-hi heat while stirring.  Once you reach rapid boiling, remove it from the burner and let it cool for a few minutes before adding the vanilla.  (If you add it while it’s boiling hot, it will dissipate.)

This recipe makes a lot but I have five kids so I need a lot!

You can serve it as pudding warm or cold or freeze it in popsicle molds.  The kids love the popsicles and I love it as a bowl of cold pudding.

I’ve noticed that when I use stevia in sweets that the desserts taste better after they’ve cooled completely than when they’re still warm, and this recipe tastes just like Jello brand chocolate pudding after it’s been completely chilled in the refrigerator

Salt is also necessary when cooking or baking with stevia as it brings out the sweetness without having to use quite as much stevia which also improves the flavor and helps cut any bitter aftertaste.

On another note, my photography skills are horrific!  I have a Nikon D3000 that Hubs surprised me with a few years ago…after I whined and begged for one forever.  I know it’s not an amazing camera but it’s capable of producing much nicer photos than the ones I always take in auto mode.

Every time I decide to figure out how to really use it I become instantly overwhelmed but yesterday afternoon I was perusing a favorite food blog with beautiful photos and finally decided to read her photography 101 posts.  Wow!  She really knows how to cut the crap and make it simple and understandable.  It was so good I even made a few notes on 3 x 5 cards.

Her blog is edible perspective and she’s a foodie and self taught photographer.  Her recipes and pictures always look so delicious!

It will take time and lots of practicing I’m sure but I think I’m getting the hang of it already.  I dreamed about it all night long too.  Ha, ha!

On even another note, I never meant for this blog to become another food blog…I don’t really even like cooking per se.   I don’t know what I meant it for but I enjoy blogging so much that I started this blog with no purpose or reason other than I felt like I managed to blog myself into a corner with only one topic on my other blog.  Am I already doing it again??

Popcorn stitch, Bubble stitch, Bobble stitch

As soon as the weather starts to cool off in the fall I always like to drag out my yarn collection and surf the internet for a new crochet project.  Now that most of my kids are in twin size beds I’ve decided to tackle making each of them a crocheted bedspread.  I finished my son’s blanket this past fall, which I started the fall before, and then moved on to one of my girls.  The baby, whose actually 3 and still in a toddler bed in my room, staked her claim on it as soon as she saw all the bright, pretty colors coming together even though I had originally planned to make it for my five year old daughter.  I’ve been hesitant to finish it because all winter she has been basically telling me that as soon as her blanket is finished she’s getting a big kid bed and moving out.  I’m not sure if I’m ready for that.  She’s my baby and probably the last one I’ll ever have.

 

Popcorn stitch, bubble stitch, bobble stitch crochet.

Popcorn stitch, bubble stitch, bobble stitch crochet.

The flip side of that coin is I still have three other daughters to make bedspreads for so I need to get crackin’!  Then again, maybe this coin has three sides because I keep hearing a voice in my head screaming “What were you thinking?!”  It’s taking me forever and to make matters worse I accidentally made this one wide enough to fit a queen sized bed and I’m only half way through.

 

Crocheted bedspread.

Crocheted bedspread.

This particular stitch has several names like popcorn, bubble, and bobble.  I learned the stitch from a great video tutorial found here.  It assumes you know the basic stitches so it’s not exactly for beginners but it’s not hard at all if you do already know how.  My grandma was an avid crocheter and she’s the one who taught me the basics of crocheting when I was about 12 which makes me love it even more now that she’s passed away.  I miss her.

Now that the weather is warming up I’m working on it less and less often and I’ll probably put it away very soon until the fall.  Thank goodness!

Growing celery and avocado trees

Seems like everyone on Pinterest is growing their own celery these days so I figured I should at least give it a try.  I juice daily and typically use at least one whole celery bunch (usually two) every day.  Wouldn’t it be nice to get a little of my money back?  I buy the organic which comes at a hefty price but since celery is otherwise covered in high amounts of pesticides I figure it’s worth it.  Right?  If it becomes too burdensome financially, I’ll probably just start juicing carrots and maybe I can grow some cucumbers this year in the garden too.  Now I’m chasing rabbits.  Back to the celery…

 

 

Regrowing Celery

Regrowing Celery

As I cut off the ends I place them in lovely yogurt tubs which I’ve cut down to about 1 1/2 inches and filled with water.  Right now they’re covering my piano to the point that I don’t have any room for more.  It’s really lovely, all those tubs…heh, heh.  It is working, they’re growing and needing to be planted and given more space.  I’m not sure how I’m gonna pull that one off seeing that my piano is completely full.  I suppose I can move them outside very soon and maybe even come up with a makeshift green house if necessary.

Last may I saved a couple of avocado seeds and suspended them over water with toothpick trying to get them to sprout.  It took a long, long, long time.  A couple of months went by before they even cracked open.  As soon as they did however, they picked up the pace and now they’re in pretty pots…on my piano.  It’s really the only place in the house with sun light and a place to set things.

 

Growing an avocado tree from seed.

Growing an avocado tree from seed.

(It’s in the pot on the left…next to my celery hoard.)   I have two of them and the other one is a little bigger.  I wonder what the odds are of ever getting any avocados from them are.  The climate here in Missouri isn’t warm enough for them to grow outside all year.  Hubs wants to build a green house and I figure if he does we can put them in that and then maybe we might get something, that is, if I don’t kill them first.  The pot next to the avocado had three plants in it until one of them died so now it has a big open spot.  I figured the ivy was doing so well and getting so long I’d clip a few vines and see if they’d grow roots in water then plant them in the bare spot.  Sure enough, they’re growing lots of little roots!

If it weren’t for Hubs, I probably wouldn’t have any house plants.  I can only remember one time in our relationship that he bought me flowers and it was a bunch of roses for Valentines day while we were dating.  Since then he’s always bought me potted plants or plants and pots with bags of dirt.  Ha!  He really is so sweet.  A couple of years ago, he did stop on the side of the road on his way home and picked me a huge bunch of wild flowers while the day lilies were in bloom…and the hemlock.  There was poisonous hemlock in that bouquet too.   It’s commonly mistaken for queen anne’s lace except it doesn’t have that tiny black flower in the very center of the bloom.  There are other subtle differences but if you don’t see that tiny black flower DON’T TOUCH IT!!  It can kill you in thirty minutes flat if you ingest it (don’t put it in your mouth for goodness sake!) OR if its juices get into your blood stream, say through a cut on your hand which could happen while your trying to pull that rascal out of the ground to put in your bouquet.  You know what?  Maybe you should just stay indoors.  It’s safer that way.

Starting over

Sometimes we need a fresh start.  It doesn’t come easy but it’s something we all need from time to time.  A chance to do it again and get it right or a chance to try something new and see what adventure it takes you on.  For me, I need a place to bloom.  A place where I can feel safe to be me, whoever that is from day to day.  I wear a lot of hats like most people do and the one I’ll be wearing here is Lessy Lu’s.  On the side I’m a wife, a mother, and a Christ follower.  Those are the main roles I play as well as, chef, housekeeper, teacher…you know the whole spiel. 

I’m not sure what I want out of this but I’m going to give it another go. 

On your mark,  get set…

Lessy Lu