Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 13 – Raspberry Leaf Tea

A super simple one for Day 13 of my October Medical Medium recipe challenge.

But don’t let the simplicity fool you! This is an important part of my monthly regime. And so handy for most females.

You may use Raspberry leaf tea in the form of fresh leaves, loose herbs or tea bag!

This drink is especially good in the week or two leading up to your monthly and during as well.

When it comes to balancing a woman’s reproductive organs, raspberry leaf can’t be beat

Raspberry leaf is also an overall hormone balancer. It supports adrenal gland production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It feeds the thyroid gland with critical nutrients for replenishment. Raspberry leaf supports the entire endocrine system in hormone output. All of this reproductive and hormonal support means that raspberry leaf brewed as tea is one of the most profound tonics to address infertility and prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy. It is useful to help prevent miscarriages and a secret tool to address exhaustion following childbirth and postpartum depression. Raspberry leaf is known to enhance production of breast milk. What doesn’t get attention is that raspberry leAf also fortifies the mothers milk with vitamins and minerals, making it more nutritious for baby.

It is anti inflammatory for both women and men.

It is good for those with iron deficiencies.

Cheers to good hormone health!

Image may contain: drink and coffee cup

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 6 – Chaga Tea Latte

Awhile back as I was making my way through the Medical Medium “Life Changing Foods” Book – I stumbled across the recipe for “Chaga Tea Latte” and thus my foray into medicinal mushrooms began. Since then I have learned about different medicinal mushrooms and their benefits including reishi, lion mane and of course chaga. Getting this super food in as apart of a delicious drink recipe was appealing to me! I ordered some pure chaga extract powder from Vimery and was able to replicate the MM Recipe for Day 6 of the Medical Medium Recipe Challenge for the “Chaga Tea Latte”

Ingredients used: I used a Blend of almond,hazelnut and cashew milk, although MM recommends coconut milk, cinnamon, reishi extract powder and raw honey.

Chaga: According to the Medical Medium ” Chaga is an incredibly powerful medicinal mushroom that is highly sought after due to its phenomenal levels of antioxidants and healing properties. Chaga is rich in Vitamins A, C, B, D, and E and minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium. It also contains potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-candida, and anti-parasite properties. 

Chaga is one of the best sources of betulinic acid which is known to kill cancer cells on contact. Chaga is therefore often listed as one of the top anti-cancer and anti-tumor foods and is highly valued in a variety of natural cancer treatments and preventative protocols. Research has shown Chaga to be particularly beneficial for colon, stomach, endometrial, lung, breast, and prostate cancer. 

Chaga is also rich in beta-glucans which can dramatically strengthen and reinforce the immune system making it an ideal choice for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, irritable bowl syndrome, Chron’s disease, lymphoma, bursitis, shingles, and PCOS. 

Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it ideal for those with IBS, arthritis, colitis, cystitis, tendonitis, edema, asthma, celiac disease, and acne. The wide range of healing benefits found in Chaga makes its one of the most important and essential medicinal foods to be included in one’s natural health regime. 

Chaga mushrooms grow in harmony with birch tress and can be found in northern regions of the United States and in the forest of the Appalachian mountains. It can also be found in temperate forests of Europe, Canada, China, Russia, and Korea where it is known as a “gift of God”. Chaga tea is an incredibly beneficial since the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healing compounds are easily and quickly assimilated and utilized by the body.”

Raw Honey: Anti viral, anti fungal, antibacterial, promotes digestive health, boosts immunity, anti inflammatory, potent medicinal properties.

Cinnamon: According to the Medical Medium: “Cinnamon has been used for healing and medicinally throughout history. It has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundreds more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is a great source of vitamins A and B-complex and minerals such as chromium, iron, zinc, and calcium.  It is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. Cinnamon is known to help prevent and shorten the duration of the flu as well to eliminate congestion and mucus from the body. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar. It is known to help increase circulation and contains anti-clotting compounds which makes it highly beneficial for helping to prevent strokes and coronary artery disease.  It is also very good for reducing inflammation in the body making it helpful for people with autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cinnamon also has the amazing ability to stop yeast infections, candida, and menstrual cramps. Cinnamon has anti-cancer properties and has been known to reduce the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells within the body. It is commonly used in gum and dental treatments due to its pain relieving and antiseptic properties.”

Smooth nutty taste and incredibly nourishing! I give this recipe a solid 7 out of 10.

Medical Medium Recipe Challenge – October 5 – Lime Water

Seeing as how I was on the road and travelling over the weekend, I chose some of the simplest yet most effect recipes to try and taste.

For Day 5 of the October Medical Medium Recipe Challenge I chose Lime water. A tasty yet effect way to cleanse the system each and every morning!

Medical medium writes that “limes travel well, When you’re on the road, you an always throw a few limes into your bag so that you can make this hydrating drink anytime!” – this is what I was thinking! You can find this one in the Liver Rescue Book.

Image may contain: drink

Ingredients used: Water and Limes

Limes: Limes remove toxins from the body and are incredibly hydrating. They are the perfect base for salad dressings and bring flavour to just about any recipe you could imagine! I personally love them especially in pico de gallo.

New Month New Challenge

Hello everyone!

Still feeling a little under the weather with a cold and cough but hey ho!Writing to you today because I have cooked up a new idea for the up coming month of October and I couldn’t be more excited!

Halloween bullet journal theme for October, monthly welcome cover page by @paperlemons

I felt great after the Medical Medium 3.6.9 liver cleanse and realize I really need to continually work on including a ton of fruits and veggies as a large part of my diet while striving to keep the fats low and Medical medium teaches us to do that with his wonderful books and recipes.

I have decided that for the month of October, however challenging it may be, that I am going to try one new recipe per day from my Medical Medium book collection. These recipes could be anything from breakfasts to snacks, lunch or dinner. Instead of sharing with you my weekly “what I eat posts” for the month of October instead, I will share with you each day what recipe I picked, how it tastes, how I rate it and what the benefits of the ingredients are healthwise.

So just to recap:

Why Am I doing this: To inspire myself to continually make fruits and veggies as a large part of my meals and nourishment for the days. To continue to reduce my A1C and balance my blood glucose levels naturally and to minimize my PCOS symptoms even further than I already have.

For How long: Every day in October

What I am i hoping to gain? Knowledge of new recipes that I can continually include in my healthy eating “bank”, continue to support healthy blood glucose balance and healthy weight loss, healthy hormone balance, keep the journey fresh, new and exciting as to not get bored.

Potential Pros: Knowledge of new recipes, nutrient dense, different fruits and veggies each day = more vitamins and minerals, healthier A1C, more energy, clear skin, weight loss, feel happier and more positive about my choices.

Potential Cons: Could get expensive getting the ingredients for a new recipe each day, time management, potential days where we will be outside of the home and travelling, not being able to find certain ingredients, more work as far as dishes/housework etc.

Can’t wait to share with you this challenge – feel free to follow along and join in too 🙂

Food & Exercise Journal – August 12-18 and some BIG NEWS

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all doing well. We are officially out of the little (or perhaps not so little) 6 week challenge that I had put myself through in order to change some of my eating and lifestyle habits but I think I want to continue sharing my weekly eats and exercise as it’s something I enjoy 🙂 I have actually grown much more interested in this than anticipated.

With that being said I will have another fun little challenge coming up so look forward to that most likely starting Monday September 2. I will be completing the Medical Medium 3.6.9 Liver cleanse! I have been re reading the book and it’s definitely inspired me.

OK…lets get to the goods. I haven’t been taking as many pictures but I will share what I have.

Monday August 12

Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy cream and GF toast

Lunch: Cucumber and celery with hummus

Snack: Half cup B+J dairy free icecream

Dinner: Big salad with black beans, homemade pico de gallo, assorted veggies, cashew sauce and hot sauce

Today I had another follow up doctors appointment with my current Naturopath doctor.

Summary of appointment

We took a look at the latest results from the lab tests

  • High Iron (runs in the family) So it’s a good thing I have chosen to limit meat consumption! I have to start drinking green tea or regular tea with my meals and perhaps in the future might have to give blood regularly.
  • Try to add more protein (I’m on the fence about this) I believe we can get all of the protein we need from a plant based diet….and when someone suggests adding in more protein or a higher protein diet this is also suggesting a higher fat diet in disguise. Even so, I could always use more plant based protein.
  • She is not really sure about a vegan/vegetarian diet but will support my choices. (She advocates for low carb/keto)
  • Refilled my supplements which have been helping
  • Weighed me and I was down 15 pounds on her scale (in the evening too!) since last appointment
  • Continue to monitor blood sugar as im comfortable with (I try to daily) 2 afters after a meal
  • Continue taking supplements and increase b12 from 1000 to 2000-5000
  • Continue light to moderate exercise
  • Increase water intake

Tuesday August 13:

Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup of oats topped with 1 peach chopped and some vanilla almond milk

Snack: 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (unsalted, raw)

Unexpected brunch: Tim hortons beyond sausage lettuce and tomato and hash brown from chantel

Lunch: Sunwarrior protein powder,  1 banana, almond milk, water, ice, cinnamon and inositol supplement – protein shake

Snack: celery with hummus

Snack: watermelon

Dinner: cooked cauliflower with Heinz beans

Exercise: Short evening walk

Chantel brought me back the nicest gifts from her trip to Orlando for the Younique Convention.

Wednesday August 14

Breakfast: Coffee with silk soy creamer, half cup oats with blueberries, so delicious coconut milk yogurt (unsweetened) and peanut butter

Lunch: Medical Medium spinach soup, celery with hummas

Snack: 2 tbsps pumpkin seeds

Snack: Protein shake with chocolate sun warrior powder, banana, almond milk, water, cinnamon, ice

Dinner: High Carb Hannah cheddar and broccoli soup – delicious but next time will add some fried onions and celery and fresh garlic. Over a little bit of brown rice. Even Brent enjoyed this which is saying something!

Had a pedicure this evening in anticipation of an upcoming wedding i will be attending – was relaxing #selfcare. Also I have to mention – since changing my diet and taking better care of myself all around – I have noticed a huge improvement in the bottom of my feet. Less painful cracks and less dry skin which can both come along as a result of diabetes or blood sugar issues and infections.

Thursday August 15

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, half cup of cooked oats with Bobs flax, almond milk and blueberries

Lunch: Cooked zucchini, bell peppers, gardein crispy chickun mandarin orange and a little bit of rice

Snack: Veggie straws

Snack: So delicious coconut milk vanilla unsweetened yogurt with pumpkin seeds

Exercise: Walk 40 minutes, swimming 30 minutes

Friday August 16

Breakfast: Rudolphs Bavarian rye bread toasted, 1 slice of Emmi-Swiss lactose free swiss cheese, 1 tbsp hummus and spinach, Coffee with soy creamer

Lunch: arugula raw, black beans, bell peppers, pico de gallo, mushrooms, onions

Snack: 1 cup of blueberries

Snack: Protein shake – 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon and inositol (will talk about this supplement soon!)

Dinner: Cheesy vegan pasta – delicious! Brent enjoyed this as well.

Exercise: Walk 40 minutes, swimming 30 minutes

Lola and I have shaved 5 minutes off of our typical 45 minute walk!

Image may contain: dog and indoor

Saturday August 17

Went to a wedding today. I didn’t want to be that pain that required a different meal so I just had a little bit of your traditional “wedding food” It Was fun getting dressed up but a very very hot day.

Breakfast: 2 natures path maple cinnamon waffles topped with peanut butter, maple syrup and blueberries with coffee

Lunch: Argula , pico de gallo, black beans, cucumber, cashew dressing with cheesy vegan pasta left overs

Dinner: half of a small chicken breast, cooked veggies, 2 small roast potato, coleslaw, about half a cup of red wine. I declined the gravy and heavy looking sauce for the chicken. I took 2 bites of dessert which was a homemade ice cream and then gave the rest to my husband.

It was overly sweet and I just could not have any more. I haven’t had these kinds of food since June and I am not interested in getting started again and that’s all I really have to say about that!

I need to continue on working on my confidence with the ability to simply say no to things I don’t want and things that don’t make me feel good. Why should I eat something that makes me feel like shit just to appease someone else? They don’t live in and with my body and know how I feel.

And while I didn’t want this food..I also did not want to be a pain in the butt to the bride and groom to provide an entirely other meal which I know is kind of a nuisance and costs extra money usually. The ability to say no without fear is something I will have to work on throughout my life time!

While I don’t identify as vegan or even vegetarian – I still have been eating that way 95 percent of the time as that’s when I feel my best.

I woke up at 4:30-5 am the morning after the wedding feeling like a punching bag. I was so dehydrated and swollen. I told my husband that it felt like I had inhaled a large pizza! This proves to me that I really don’t want to be going back to eating how I was. It was not benefiting me at all.

Got to shop in my closet again. I bought this dress last summer but it was far to snug on me then.
These shoes were also too narrow for my swollen feet last year. This is the first time I have been able to wear them comfortably

Sunday August 18th

As you read above I got an early start to my day. I drank 4-5 tall glasses of water to hydrate myself between 4 and 5 in the morning.

Brent had to work so he picked up some breakfast and dropped it off for me which was very sweet!

Breakfast: 1 large Tim Hortons coffee black (which I added soy creamer too) and the beyond meat, lettuce and tomato sausage biscuit with a hashbrown.

Lunch: A big salad with arugula, spinach, black beans, pico de gallo, veggies and peanut sauce

Dinner: Left over vegan cheddar and broccoli soup topped with smoked paprika and lots of dill.

I chose not to weigh myself this week as I had already checked in at the doctors office and was feeling pretty good about where I was at! I will check on the 26th and check in on here as well with that update 🙂 I choose not to weigh more than once a week for my mindset, mentality and peace of mind and heart. I will update you all with some clothing shots though and this quote which i found that sums up my health journey pretty well.

“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” -Carl Jung

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing
I went shopping in my closet and found this black off the shoulder top which fits me perfectly now – before it was way too snug and I chose to never wear it. You can tell in this picture I was pretty proud!
This size 16 jean skirt from addition elle did not fit me the week before my 6 week challenge!
Six weeks apart!

Ok…now….are you ready for my big news

-insert drumroll sound-

I have enrolled in the CSNN – Canadian School of Natural Nutrition distance education program in hopes of completing and successfully achieving my diploma and certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Kinda geeking out and excited to be a student again!

Image may contain: text that says 'SINCE 1994 csnn national'

I am so excited to learn and grow on this new exciting journey and of course share with you guys a long the way! Remember beautiful things can come out of difficult experiences.

Thanks for reading!