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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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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