Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kale Chip Recipe

I love kale .....I love kale.....I love kale....

Hey did I mention I loooooove kale??? The best part about me loving kale is it was a "safe" food for me when I was sick.

Many of you probably already have done this but I'm going to post it anyways because, well it's my blog and I can. Haha.

You can make these either in your food dehydrator or the oven.  I prefer the oven it's quicker and I don't have to lug out that big ass dehydrator of mine from the pantry.

Oven Baked Kale Chips

Set oven on 350 degrees

On a large baking pan place ORGANIC (kale is on the dirty dozen list) kale. I buy mine already pre-bagged and washed (lazy ....yup).

Being careful to remove the leaves from the "stalk" in the center. You can place the kale leaves right onto the baking pan or if you're lazy (that would be me) you can line it with foil.

Once you've lined the pan with the kale spray olive oil on top of the leaves, I do this generously because I'm an olive oil whore, but if you have to watch your caloric intake just a few spritzes will do. For those that cannot tolerate olive oil, organic coconut oil can be used.

Now this is where it gets tricky. When I was sick I would only use garlic powder and sea salt. Which was plenty deelish. However if you can tolerate more seasonings feel free to explore your creative cooking diva and use whatever floats your boat, anything from sweet to savory.

Some ideas: Chili powder, Smoked paprika, onion powder, Mrs. Dash blends (any of them) I like the chicken one. Cinnamon, nutmeg, Stevia......and on and on.

Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on how kick ass your oven is. I personally prefer only about 10-15 minutes because I like mine only slightly crispy.

Viola your done....easy peasy, didn't break a nail, didn't break a sweat! These babies go for like 6 bucks a bag in the health food stores....REALLY? Pffft! I can make a shit ton for less than that and now so can you!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Pulse Test

I recently came across this "test" on the internet and thought I would share it with you. While we all know that people with histamine intolerance aren't actually "allergic" to the foods they are eating it's the histamine they produce, this will at least give you a guide when you ingest something that is deemed safe on a food list and you want to make sure it is in fact safe for "you".

All of these food lists for histamine intolerance contradict each other so this is a way for you to see if any food individually isn't right for your body.

Try it just for fun and see if it's accurate for you.

How to take the "Pulse Test":

Before eating a test food, sit quietly and measure the pulse rate (in heartbeats per minute). Keep the information recorded on a piece of paper.

After the challenge food is eaten, the person should remain still and measure the pulse rate after 5 minutes and then 10 minutes. Food allergies or intolerances may cause the release of the stress hormone adrenaline which will increase the pulse rate by about 10 beats per minute or more.

Such a rise will help confirm the presence of an adverse food reaction. But in your case a "histamine reaction".

If anyone tries this and finds an increased pulse on a given food please feel free to post your results in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone....

I just wanted to tell everyone that has reached out to me with their questions and comments thank you! Thank you for stopping by and having faith in my regimen for successfully getting well from leaky gut/histamine intolerance. It's an honor to be able to help people understand what's going on with them when they just don't know, their doctors don't know and there isn't much out there regarding the condition.

I am so very very blessed to have reached a point to be able to eat what I want when I want and don't ever want to take it for granted. I have recently mentioned in a response to a comment I received that today my upper eyelid began to itch after consuming left over hamburger meat, tomatoes and yogurt. It instantly brought back ill feelings of what I used to go through so I freaked out a bit. Which is a good thing because I actually have been an asshole, yes I said asshole and completely stopped taking any enzymes at all. So whether I just had an innocent "itch" it struck a cord with me that was like "hey, hey asshole I'm talking to you, wtf? Why have you not taken your enzymes in like 3 or 4 months??" So regardless if this was just an innocent itch or a nudge from my histamine saying you better shit or get off the pot... I'm starting back on my ViraStop today! LOL But I will be a newbie at it and have to start with small doses all over again because as you all know die off is a bitch. I want to reiterate that I DO NOT know if this is actually histamine intolerance creeping up on me again but there's no harm in keeping on the enzymes. I choose to just take Virastop because I know I have a problem with breaking down protein and this enzyme focuses on strictly protein. So I may or may not have a disgusting amount of undigested protein building up again in the ol' gut which may or may not send me spiraling into that black abyss of hell known as histamine intolerance but I'm not going to be the asshole that sits around and waits for it either! Haha.

Other than just today all has been extremely well with me and I am more than thankful for that. I even enjoy 1 glass of wine a week with no problems. I sincerely from the bottom of my heart thank all of you who have reached out to me and shared with me your individual stories. I hope this blog will continue to grow and be shared amongst others who truly need some answers!

I wish all of you many blessings, much health and happiness........keep your questions coming!