Blood Test Results

After having spent five wonderful days at the Golden Door Spa Resort, where I believe some healing took place, I went for my half-yearly blood tests on Thursday, 26/04/18.

That same evening at 7 pm my doctor called (which I always find a bit alarming at that hour – and on the same day as the blood test was done) and sounded a bit surprised: “Barbara, your blood test looks good. Everything seems to be in the normal range. Even your CRP reading (inflammation markers, that should be between 0 and 5, but were at 12, when I was diagnosed and at 7.8 at last October’s reading) are within the norm with a 4.6 mg/L. The Lymphocytes had come down to almost normal.”

So although my belly is still there, its size is reduced to almost hide-able and I am really pleased with the results.

At the Golden Door, I had opted to do spiritual healing practices instead of massages. I had opted for a ‘Soul Awakening’, which is a bit like a mix between a spiritual healing, a medical intuitive intervention and a tarot card reading. I came away with an affirmation that I have to repeat daily, my personal note (looks like a musical note from another planet) and the conviction that the word ‘freedom’ has hit a nerve.

A Watsu water healing has cemented that experience with its womb-like re-birthing quality, where I had a deep insight into my childhood and even a pre-birth experience.

What is Watsu?

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Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched.
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Golden Nut and Seed Loaf

It’s a wonderful recipe I got from my stay at the Golden Door and have modified it to fit an even more rigid regime – still tastes great:

Ingredients:

100 g activated almonds (whole, no skin)

100 g sesame seeds

100 g pistachio

100 g flax seed / linseed

100 g macadamia nuts

100 g pepitas

1 tbsp caraway seeds

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp tamari

2 tbsp nori sheets, shredded

350 ml water

2 tbsp psyllium husk

Method: 

Preheat oven 180 degree C

Whisk the psyllium husk with the water and let sit for about 10 min to gel

Add coconut oil and tamari to all nuts and seeds

Add gel-like psyllium mix and pour the runny mix into a bread tin, that’s been lined with baking paper

Bake about 1 hour

Cool to room temp, then put into refrigerator to be able to slice it cold. It may crumble otherwise.

Seaweed wrap

Josef has agreed to join me for three days – and hopefully continue in a less regimented way afterwards – to go through the cleansing phase of the Lectin free diet (promoted by Dr. Gundry, the Plant Paradox), as it is supposed to help feed the good guts and starve the bad ones, hence reduce inflammation (which is an issue for both of us).

So on day 1 he was very worried about his breakfast, without bread, without eggs, bacon, mushrooms, dairy etc.

He got three seaweed wraps, so Nori sheets, filled with:

kale, spinach leaves, avocados (all dressed in lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper) and

fried onion, red cabbage, garlic, turmeric

all rolled up like sushi, sealed into the roll with a bit of warm water.

It was yummy – and he agreed too (not sure how hungry he still felt afterwards)

 

S l o w i n g d o w n

Yes, it is getting better. I’m meditating daily now, at least once, do my Tibetan yoga poses and walk for at least one hour. I’ve been able to even put my phone on airplane mode for hours, to not get tempted to jump at every opportunity to be ‘useful’, busy and distracted.

The 7 days in New Zealand were magical – I can highly recommend the Abel Tasman Walk starting in Nelson. Imagine, 32 harmonisers of all ages (6 months to 79 years) and  seven countries, walking for five days about 14 km a day in absolute pristine wilderness, through water at low tide, swim in crystal clear bays and enjoy unusually sunny, warm days.

Diet is also getting better and better. Today’s breakfast was a delicious seaweed wrap…will post it separately. Most of my recipes of the current diet are on this website:

www.goodgutgoodbrain.com

 

3 Months Challenge Update

Of course even I have realized that food alone is not enough. The healthiest food and the best supplements are only as beneficial as a new self, free of stress and emotionally discharged, will allow it to be.

With other words, I have to change my outlook and my behavior in order to be in alignment with the ‘new version of myself’ that I am aiming for. Now I am checking in before any action to see if that new me will like the outcome and it did require some adjustments that were unusual, even uncomfortable.

For example, a pilgrimage to New Zealand to walk the Abel Tasman in mid March, had been closed since January – and when one person had to drop out, I took that opportunity immediately and booked myself in. The old me would have felt guilty for having yet another one-week holiday, for not considering Josef, working really hard while I was not – and almost hope that he would talk me out of it to avoid any potential conflict. Naturally that conflict is only in my mind and support and encouragement was all I have encountered since that booking … Now I can’t wait to walk, contemplate, get and give daily harmonizations and live a balance of exercise, healthy food and spiritual nourishment.

To top it all of, a friend of mine invited me to join her at the Golden Door Retreat for one week of healing and pampering mid April and I said YES – thank you!

Josef and I have also booked a 6-week holiday in Austria, leaving on June 7. So it’s coming fast, that new life and much joy comes with it. The only ‘job’ I have in the meantime is to eat healthy and blog about it, to meditate, exercise and give away all the love that runs over the cup. If  you want to see recipes, I am trying to put everything on:

www.goodgutgoodbrain.com

 

 

Bread that love you back

I have found a great recipe, created by Sarah Britton, and changed it to fit my new eating plan. I believe it’s very nice, crunchy and tasty…and healthy.

Mix the following ingredients into a loaf pan, lined with baking paper, mixing them together:

1/2 cup linseeds

1/2 cup flax-seeds

1 cup of a nut mix (hazelnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts)…chopped slightly, leaving mostly uncut

1 1/2 cups of quinoa flakes

4 tablespoons Psyllium seed husks or powder

1 teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon aniseed

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

1 tablespoon fennel seeds

In a separate bowl, whisk together:

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

3-4 tablespoon coconut oil

1 1/2 cups of filtered water

and add the mixture to the dry ingredients, smoothen the top and pressing into the top:

1/2 cup of pitted Kalamata olives (I used green ones with paprika inside) .

Let the mixture stand for at least three hours. I have left it outside on the counter overnight, cooking it in the morning, for 20 minutes in a 180 degree C preheated oven.

Then remove the bread, turn it upside down and cook a further 30 – 40 minutes. 

I hope you like it as much as I do. I freeze a part of it, but even without it, it will last about 5 days, especially if kept in the refrigerator.

3 Months Challenge Food List

This YES List comes from the Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry, book and I have changed it for me, taking out meat and milk, as he allows A2 milk)

Almond milk

Artichokes

Arugula / Rocket salad

Asparagus

Avocado

Basil

(Beef is on the Plant Paradox list, but not on mine)

Beets

Berries when in season

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Butter

Butter Lettuce

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery  & Celery root

( I also cut out Chicken)

Chives

Coconut Products (coconut oil, – water, – ice cream, – yoghurt, -flour, etc)

Cucumbers

(Duck, Goose I cut out)

Eggs

Endive

Fennel

Fish (wild caught and very occasionally)

Fruit in season

Garlic

Ghee

Goat cheese

Grape seed

Green Mango, Green Papaya, Green Plantains

Cilantro

Kale

Kohlrabi

Lamb (very occasionally)

Leafy Greens

Leeks

Mesclun

Mint

Miso

Mushrooms

(Mussels and oysters, not  for me)

Onions

Parsley

Parsnips

Persimmon

(Pork, not for me)

(Prawns, not for me)

(Prosciutto, not for me)

Radicchio

Radishes and Daikon Radishes

Sauerkraut and Kimchi

(Scallops, love them, but not for now)

Seaweed

Sheep Cheese (bought a Goats-Sheep milk Haloumi)

Shirataki noodles

Spinach

Sweet potatoes, yucca or yams

Tempeh (greain free only)

Tomatoes (without skin and seeds)

Turnips

Watercress