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.

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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

Plant Paradox

Thank you for all the kind words in response to my last blog:
So what is the ‘Plant Paradox’, I was asked?
Dr. Steven Gundry is a scientist who researched our body’s response to many foods, especially food we consider to be healthy, PLANTS.
Of course he fully agrees, like everyone else, that we shouldn’t eat processed food, sugar, simple carbohydrates, dairy. But he also found that there are lectins in some plants, plant proteins that serve as the plant’s defense system. They don’t want us the eat their babies (mostly grains, beans, seeds).

So here is the first list of foods that you can safely consume, the
Pantry food stock :

Algae

Almonds

Anchovies

Arrowroot

Brazil nuts

Chestnuts

Cranberries (unsweetened)

Dark Chocolate (72 % or greater)

Flours (coconut flour, almond flour, hazelnut flour)

Herbs except chilli pepper flakes

Miso

Nuts (Almonds without skin, Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pistachios, Pine nuts, Walnuts)

Oils (Avocado oil, Olive oil, Linseed oil, Flaxseed oil)

Olives

Pepper

Salts (Himalayan, sea salt or other quality salts)

Seeds & Spices (cumin seeds, cardamom, aniseed, caraway, cinnamon, fennel seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds)

Teas (green teas, high quality herbal teas, chai)

Turmeric / curcumin
Vinegar

Walnuts

The 3-months Challenge

It’s 3 am in the morning, the rain is pounding onto our skylight and I have been awake for the past thirty minutes. Every time Josef realizes that I am not sleeping, he takes the opportunity to tell me that his hip and leg are giving him excruciating pain – and I feel rather helpless. There is nothing I can do, if his two Voltaren tablets aren’t even helping.

Yet there is something I have decided in these early hours – and will share now, as it might sound like a crazy idea in the morning, changing my mind.

I had enough! I decided that I will no longer pretend that I’ll be the one that has accomplished her healing goals, perfected her diet and can help everyone else, telling people what’s good to eat, how to meditate, exercise, correct their dyslexia and everything else that I have done quite successfully in the past week with a group of lovely dyslexic adults at my retreat.

My own health hasn’t changed. That’s a fact. I don’t think it has gone worse, but I certainly haven’t healed either or even improved. Lymphoma is still a part of my daily thought and checking my enlarged spleen has become a regular habit. I don’t even get tested any more as I don’t need to here the prognosis – which I am not ready to face, yet.

The daily eating habits have been mostly in alignment with the ‘Plant Paradox’, but not consistently and I realized that everything else I do is the same, mostly ok. And that is what I have decided to change.
Invigorated by the idea of a 3 months Challenge (we will be off to Austria in three months), this plan has formulated:

For the next three months, I will consistently

* EAT plant based, organic (if possible) food and in alignment with the Plant Paradox (except that they allow meat occasionally)

* EXERCISE for min one hour and use my rebounder

* MEDITATE daily coupled with MINDFUL living

* TAKE the supplements daily (currently buffered Vitamin C, organic Germanium, zinc, Moringa, Magnesium…)

* SWITCH my phone to airplane mode most of the day

* MINIMIZE any stress

and I’m afraid you’ll get all the blogs about the journey, recipes I’ve tried and tested, progress and challenges.

I hope Josef will join me and hopefully eliminate or reduce his rheumatoid arthritis.

What about you? Has anyone got a health issue and would also like to join me and share about it. It would make me feel a bit less self-conscious and alone on my challenge?

P.S. I’ll post my slightly altered YES and NO list of the ‘Plant Paradox’ asap.
Going off to bed now.

Healthy Chocolate-Beetroot Cake

Now this healthy and yummy chocolate beetroot cake is using the Moringa Powder as decoration that will add to flavor as well as giving the benefits:

(Mоrіngа Olіfеrа іѕ a соmmоnlу knоwn vеgеtаblе trее (the miracle tree) native tо the Hіmаlауаn fооthіllѕ, which has rеmаrkаblе nutrіеnt values fоr thе benefit оf human bеіngѕ: Vіtаmіnѕ, Cаlсіum, Irоn and Pоtаѕѕіum rісh leaves оf Mоrіngа Oleifera)

Recipe for the cake:

3 medium sized beetroots (slightly cooked and 2 of them put through a food processor, one grated for texture)

3 organic eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup (I used less, as I don’t like to too sweet)

1 tsp. Vanilla essence

1 tsp. bicarb soda

1 tsp. cinnamon or 5-spice powder

1/2 cup raw cacao

1/3 cup almond meal

1/4 cup coconut flour (or quinoa flour or tapioca flour)

Preheat over at 170 degree C, line round baking form with baking paper.

Put beetroot, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, bicarb soda and cinnamon into a food processor and blend

Stir in cacao powder, almond meal and coconut flour

Bake for 30 min or until slightly crisp on top

Serve with nice coconut yoghurt, nuts and/or fresh fruit

Have you heard of Moringa products?

Mоrіngа Olіfеrа іѕ a соmmоnlу knоwn vеgеtаblе trее (the miracle tree) native tо the Hіmаlауаn fооthіllѕ, which has rеmаrkаblе nutrіеnt values fоr thе benefit оf human bеіngѕ. Vіtаmіnѕ, Cаlсіum, Irоn and Pоtаѕѕіum rісh leaves оf Mоrіngа Oleifera hеlр the nаtіоnѕ who are ѕuffеrіng frоm mаlnutrіtіоn.

I am currently sourcing all kind of Superfoods that are of high quality, preferably from Australia or consciously grown and farmed in other countries – and not only am I using them and testing their claims, but I am also incorporating them in the recipes or the edible decorations in my new cook book…next blog is an example.

I’ve bought a good-quality Nikon for food photography and it will be fun to come up with new healthy and delicious recipes that are  easy to follow by everyone.