Chicken Nuggets (Banana, SCD)

I found a chicken nugget recipe online that uses sweet potatoes, but I cannot have those nor many of the replacements one might use in their place. So, I opted to go with bananas in this recipe. These are great with honey mustard or ketchup.

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Chicken Nuggets (Banana, SCD)

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced bananas (~3 bananas)
  • 1 egg yolk, large
  • – 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp cashew flour (or other nut flour)
  • 2 tbsp minced onion, dried
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all but the ground chicken together well. Mix in the ground chicken using your hands until thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Using two tablespoons, portion out ~1 tbsp of the mixture for each nugget. Lay out on the baking sheet and use the spoons to shape/flatten into a nugget.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the internal temperate is over 165F. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before serving.

**A variety of squash, such as pumpkin or butternut, can be subbed 1:1 to replace the bananas. I intend to attempt using celeriac/celery root to replace the banana down the road. If you sub the banana with any of the aforementioned items, I suggest reducing the coconut flour to 2 tbsp and omitting the nut flour.

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Crustless Quiche with Bacon & Cheese

Now that I can tolerate aged sheep milk cheese pretty well, I wanted to make an eggless quiche. All add-ins are optional, but if you are subbing, try to stick to similar amounts. For any veggies that hold moisture, you want to cook them and drain them before adding them to the mix. You can sub whole milk, cream, or a non-dairy alternative where I’ve used yogurt. Coconut milk may work well here for richness.

The nutrition facts below are based on the specific ingredients that I used, which are linked in the ingredients list.

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Crustless Quiche

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13 pan with olive oil, butter, or coconut oil.
  2. Whisk the egg and yogurt together well. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Slice into 12 squares and enjoy.


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Cashew Bread Stuffing

This is an updated version of the stuffing recipe from Thanksgiving 2018. This recipe was a success for both myself and those of my family who are not on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I think it is a keeper!

I stored my stuffing for about 3 days before reheating for Thanksgiving dinner. It actually allowed the flavors to saturate better, so I suggest making this ahead. It will still be delicious made fresh, but this is just my personal preference. Enjoy!

Cashew Bread Stuffing

  • Servings: ~6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Liberated Specialty Foods Cashew Creme Bread, cubed
  • 2 cups of celery, diced
  • 3 tbsp minced onion, dried
  • 1 cup of macadamia nut halves
  • 24 oz baby portabella mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 0.5 oz poultry blend herbs (fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water for the pan
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp + 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cube the bread and bake in a lightly greased 9×13 pan for about 20-25 minutes, stirring to distribute the heat. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs and set aside.
  3. In a medium to large saute pan, add the 2 tbsp of olive oil and butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the mushrooms and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
  4. Add the nuts and raisins. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Use the water to deglaze as needed.
  5. Add the lemon juice, sesame seeds, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Use the water to deglaze as needed.
  6. Pour the sauteed ingredients over the bread. Mix well.
  7. Add the whisked eggs and fresh herbs. Mix well.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes while stirring occasionally to allow for the bread to crisp all throughout.
  9. Remove from the oven and drizzle 1/4 cup of olive oil over the stuffing. Mix and serve or allow to cool and store for later.


Please comment on any variations to this recipe. It is still a work in progress for me. You can sub the bread in this recipe with your own homemade bread.

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Lemon Cardamom Froyo

 

This is such a bright -flavored frozen yogurt. I feel like it would complement fruit pies well – especially blueberry, apple, or even sweet potato. Please let me know how it is, if you make it, by leaving a comment below. Enjoy!

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Lemon Cardamom Froyo

  • Servings: 6 x 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups half & half yogurt
  • 2 small (6″ to 6 7/8″) bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon oil
  • optional: zest of 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If using lemon zest, mix this in before adding to the ice cream maker.
  2. Add to an ice cream maker and wait for the finished froyo.
  3. Serve immediately or freeze for later use.


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Cherry Yogurt Jello

I am exploring new breakfast ideas and want to make sure I am getting more protein in my diet. Please note that you may use whatever juice you want to use for this recipe. I used the Lakewood Organic brand of cherry juice. My preferred gelatin powder is from Great Lakes. Enjoy!

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Cherry Yogurt Jello

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 + 1/2 cups black cherry juice, or juice of choice
  • 1/2 water
  • 2 tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups half & half yogurt or dripped whole milk yogurt

Directions

  1. Heat the cherry juice in a small saucepan until it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the gelatin to the water and allow to bloom for about a minute. The liquid will solidify.
  3. Pour the cherry juice into the bloomed gelatin and stir until dissolved completely.
  4. When the cherry gelatin mixture cools to under 110 degrees Fahrenheit, add the yogurt and whisk together until no more yogurt lumps exist and everything is liquid.
  5. Pour the gelatin mixture into 6 single serving containers and allow to set in the refridgerator for at least 4 hours.


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Summer Tomato Sauce

This sauce is a bit different with the hint of clove, the sweetness of the honey, and the flavor of the tiny tomatoes. It pairs really well with my recipe for Pizza Crust – which is how I ended up creating an actual recipe for it.

Feel free to adjust as you see fit and share your tweaks in the comments below! Enjoy.

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Summer Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 48oz tomatoes of the small variety (i.e. grape, cherry, etc)
  • 1.5tsp garlic powder (use fresh garlic if preferred)
  • 1.5tbsp dried minced onion (used fresh onion if preferred)
  • 1.5tbsp clover honey
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4tsp ground clove
  • 1tsp salt, or more to taste
  • fresh basil to finish, ~1tbsp

Directions

  1. Begin to warm the olive oil in a pan or pot at a medium heat.
  2. Wash the tomatoes, drain, and add to the hot pan. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring to ensure that all the tomatoes get softened and coated in oil.
  3. Remove from the heat. Mash the tomatoes with a potato masher (picture provided).
  4. Add the seasonings and honey and stir well. Return the pan to the heat at low.
  5. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring. The idea here is to thicken the sauce, so it could be more or less time for you depending on how much juice was released when mashing the tomatoes.
  6. When the desired thickness has been reached, remove from the heat. Serve or store in the fridge for up to a week. I’m sure this can also be frozen for future use.


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Homeopathic Methods

Update (10.23.18): I ended up taking a round of antibiotics because the infection went to my deeper sinuses causing no common sinus infection symptoms, just some pain in my cheek.

After being diagnosed with UC and reaching remission, I’ve been terrified of the moment I may need to take oral antibiotics. Not only do I not want to mess up all of the hard work I’ve done to achieve a happy gut, I’m also not interested in inviting C. Diff into my life.

That said, I’ve always had issues with mosquito bites and sinus infections – I have two deviated septums. It’s shocking that I don’t snore, but my doctor also suggested I likely don’t get sufficient oxygen either – much like someone with sleep apnoea.

This post is about the creature that bit me recently and the bite marks that wouldn’t go away. I’m thinking this was not a mosquito. Maybe some kind of fly?

I’ve always been a fan of not taking medication unless absolutely necessary and that goes for things as basic as tylenol. I don’t like to mask symptoms and I am aware of what antibiotics do to the body.

On the advice of some fellow SCDers, I went ahead and tried a combination of: tea tree oil mixed with manuka honey, oil of oregano, and sovereign silver. It worked. I couldn’t believe it, but it worked. Below are the pictures detailing the many faces of my bites and the ultimate healing. Also, I successfully beat a sinus infection using oil of oregano in my sinus rinse and taking it orally. It took a while, but I skirted taking the oral bactrim despite my doctor saying I needed it.

These are the products I used and will continue to use in the future:

Here are the bite pictures:

*Please forgive any grammar or spelling errors. I am writing this on my cell on my way to the SCD Conference in MA.

Hair Care Review: Living Proof

I’ve recently become obsessed with Living proofB hair products. I have always had long and healthy hair – despite countless color applications and processing. Back in May of 2017, I had to cut my hair short because, I believe, the round of prednisone I was on for two months destroyed it. It could also be related to the IBD, but I lean towards the prednisone because my hair is finally getting better. FYI: it started getting better before I began using this hair care brand, but this has made all the difference for me. And, I am not a hair product person. The most I use is some leave in conditioner.

So far I love the Restore and No Frizz lines. I am going to try out the PhDB line and some of the styling products. Here is a briefB summary of pros and cons thus far followed by a teeny review of the items I have tried thus far.

Cons

  • Pricey. I guess you get what you pay for, right?

Pros

  • I actually see and feel a difference in my hair and no longer hate it.
  • Free shipping and returns online.
  • Available at Ulta and Sephora.
  • Has decent promotions.
  • Can be found on Groupon and other discount sites.

Restore: Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mask Treatment

  • My hair felt like satin using these products. I used in combination with the humidity shield for a week, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the $$$ on the large bottles of the Shampoo and Conditioner just yet. It’s expensive stuff.

Restore: Repair Leave-In

  • This works really well to detangle and smooth my hair while leaving it soft and manageable.

Restore: Perfecting Spray

  • I actually wanted to reorder this in a larger size, but I accidentally ordered the Repair Leave-In. I love this stuff. It leaves my hair silky without any indication of having used a product (i.e. oily). When I run out of the Leave-In, I’ll stock up on a big one of these.

No Frizz: Humidity Shield

  • I use this as often as I can tolerate because the smell actually bothers me. Or, maybe it’s the smell in combination with how it lingers in the air? Whatever it is, this makes me cough. However, in humid-as-hell Philly, this product does work on my fine hair.

PhD: Dry Shampoo

  • I just started using this and I have to say that it’s the best of the dry shampoos I have tried and I am a big dry shampoo fan. I usually use batisteB brand as a go to.

Maybe my hair was already on the mend on its own, but this brand of hair care products is making that journey significantly more enjoyable.

UC Remission Status Update

Please don’t mind any misspelled words or poor grammar as I type this on my cell phone. I recently had my 6 month GI visit in April and wanted to share the results. Thus far, everything is looking good. I requested a fecal calprotectin test (which apparently I’ll be paying for out of pocket), and I scored <16 – which is basically what someone without IBD would score.

I was so happy you would have thought I won the lottery.

At my appointment, I discussed eventually getting off the mesalamine oral meds, but my doctor was not too happy with the idea. She said I have a much higher chance of keeping my risk for colon cancer low by staying on them as well as maintaining remission. At the very least, I will be attempting to get down to a maintenance dose eventually.

I’ve finally gotten back into the gym again and I’m trying to stay consistent. The DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is so much worse now with the IBD and the fatigue can be worsened if I don’t watch myself. But, I’m going slow and paying attention to what my body is telling me. I figured the least I can do right now is try to take advantage of how low my weight is (finally normal and stable) and tone up to look good in a bikini again.

Obviously there are benefits to working out besides looks – and I’m speaking to weight lifting specifically here. The emotional impact is amazing and I’ve missed it dearly.

After almost exactly a year from being hospitalized for this disease, I have finally begun to feel like myself again. For a long time I have lived with a cloud over my head wondering when I would be struck down again and hospitalized. That’s not like me and I’m happy it’s lifting.

I successfully went on my first extended trip away from home and brought my own food. I survived. Now, I look forward to my trip in October to the SCD Rocks Conference on Westport, MA and my trip right after to Salem, MA. We will be planning a cruise soon as well. I NEED A BEACHY VACATION!

Anyway, thanks for reading. Here are some of my lab results:

The FDA’s War on Nicotine

In a press release on 7/28/17, the FDA continued to demonize nicotine as a product requiring their immediate attention and regulatory action. This is despite research into the positive effects the chemical has on both cognitive andB physiological functions of the human body. I personally question anything and everything the FDA does because they’re certainly not here to protect us. If they were, we’d have food labeling and processing laws in place that prevented us from eating chemicals and hidden ingredients which I believe attribute to the rise in autoimmune disorders.B The National Institutes of Health estimates over 23 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease, and that number is increasing every year [credit]. Factors such as genetics, the environment, infections, and the gut microbiota all play a role in the mediation of autoimmune disorders [credit].

The FDA targets e-cigs and vape juice in their latest war-on-products-they-want-to-tax. These products don’t contain tobacco, which is the beast they originally set out to slay, yet they are somehow now a point of interest to the administration. Odd? Probably not if you consider the FDA to be just like any other government entity. They have basically targeted nicotine as an addictive substance and the users of nicotine products as addicts that need their intervention and governance. Yes, nicotine is addictive. So is alcohol, sugar, and caffeine.

With the FDA’s new rule, which they plan to implement in August of 2018, producers of vaping juice will have to embark on expensive research endeavors in order to win the coveted approval of the FDA. This will likely cause many manufacturers to cease business and leave tons of consumers without the products they have come to enjoy.

Nicotine has yet to be deemed a carcinogen and actually has some medical benefits that we are still discovering. “When examined separately from smoking, is thought to be an excellent and safe brain enhancer. It boosts brain function in healthy adults and in those with mental health problems. It shows promise in treating brain disorders including ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s [credit].” I’ve also written about using nicotine to treat ulcerative colitis in former smokers as well as some information regarding the safety of vaping.

So, why are you lumping nicotine in with tobacco, FDA? Why are you demonizing a chemical that is very similar to caffeine? Whose purse are you digging your grubby fingers into looking for a few dollars? Oh, probably the unregulated e-cig community of entrepreneurs helping people stay or get off the tobacco that we already know is awful for us. Let’s not forget the consumers who will be the real victims when their favorite products no longer exist.

The consumers are always your victim. Isn’t that why you feed them garbage mixed with chemicals loaded with disease-causing sugar? That’s alright, though, because there’s probably tons of greatB FDA-approved drugs we can take.

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