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A little bit of Kefir goes a long way

o-KEFIR-facebook I bought some Kefir grains a week or two ago and I have to say it’s not as easy to make good tasting Kefir as I thought it would be. Not only do you need to pay close attention to the taste but it’s hard to get it from tasting too sour. I have made a few batches so far and I have yet to get a good tasting Kefir that is not too sour and isn’t like water.

I left it out far too long the first couple times, this time I left it out just 12 hours and put it in the fridge to ferment much slower. We will see how it tastes and if it’s creamier. I have a feeling I will have to adjust a few more times to get this right. In the meantime I have been buying a jar of Kefir from my local natural food store.

When I first tried Kefir I was leary, only because I’m aware I have a dairy and casein intolerance and if I drink milk in any way I am running to the bathroom within 6 hours. So the first time I bought Kefir, I bought it at the grocery store in the health food section. It was made with organic milk and it was just plain. I took it with digestive enzymes (Just in Case) and I had no problems. I ate a few containers of it and noticed an increase in energy. The real reason I bought it though was to see if it would help with my stomach pain. I have been getting stomach pain, usually by eating the supplements of probiotics you buy in the fridge section of the health food store. I have never had issues with them before but maybe I just bought a brand I can’t tolerate. So I bought a different brand and the pains came back, even more intense than before.

The pain was a sharp pain under my left ribs and I wasn’t really realizing it was the probiotics but I thought it could be something I was eating. So I stopped all supplements and cut back on sugar, the pain got better but didn’t go away. The 3rd or 4th time it happened I was starting to put the connection together but naturally I was worried, so I went to the ER. They tested my blood to make sure there’s nothing wacky going on with my spleen, since my spleen is in that area. I was prepared for bad news, so I was a little shocked when the doctor came back and said I was fine. The ER doctor new my GP well and said that I should go see her and she would make sure to help narrow things down for me. So I went to see her and she sent me to get an ultrasound to make sure it isn’t my spleen or pancreas. 3-4 weeks later, I called and they said it was fine. Relieved but still confused on what was causing it I did an experiment. I ate probiotics again, the pain though it never really went away, it was more of a dull ache came back immediately and it was painful. So it was probiotics!

Oh crap!

That’s what I said when I realized it was my probiotics. Honestly I have been on a mission for a long time to get my health back to normal and I know 100% with all certainty that eating probiotics and replenishing the good bacteria in my gut is part of the issue and part of the cure. How the heck can I do this without taking probiotic supplements?

Fermented foods?

Probiotics and I have had issues for a while now. I realized this when I bought a scoby to make Kombucha. In order to make Kombucha you need to add your scoby to sugar water made with tea. The bacteria eats the sugar while it ferments. I gave it a try and noticed it bothered me a bit, I had sore joints. This was before I found out I had a sugar and tea intolerance. Go figure it bothered me, ok so what else can I try? I tried the supplements again after that and they bothered me and while I have absolutely no clue why they did and even more so I moved on to my next experiment. Water Kefir but again water Kefir is made from sugar water and honestly I hated the taste. It again caused joint pain, even more so than the Kombucha. Maybe if I tried it with coconut water instead it would help but I gave up a little too quick because my grains just didn’t seem to get healthy at all even after numerous batches. I think they weren’t healthy because we have well water here and while it usually is good for Kefir grains we also put a bit of bleach in it and maybe some of that was left over and killed some of the grains. Either way I moved on to Kefir and this is when I tried the store bought stuff.

It didn’t bother me, surprisingly. I had been avoiding it because of my dairy intolerance and it is the one thing that doesn’t seem to bother me. Go figure! The longer I ate it, the better my stomach was feeling. I had more energy and I was a little suprised so I started to consider making my own to offset the cost of buying it. So far as you read earlier that hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped so I keep buying some so I can continue eating it while I experiment with the grains and getting it to taste good.

My stomach pain has disappeared almost entirely. I’m a little suprised and am hoping that I don’t start reacting to the casein or milk at all and have actually taken the Kefir without the digestive enzymes and it seems to be fine. I’ll continue and hope that things turn around and it helps out in other areas as well. But I also want to try and introduce other fermented foods into my diet so my next experiment will be fermented vegetables. Starting with cabbage.

My cabbage the first round I tried was WAY too salty. I put in too much salt so next batch I will see if I can find a better guide in terms of how much salt to use. Once I get a good cabbage juice I will use that to ferment other vegetables such as cucumbers, garlic and who knows what else! I’m hopeful that the addition of other fermented foods will help continue healing my stomach. Now if only I could get the rest of my diet figured out! I’ve decided that I don’t have enough time as I want to get cooking done on the weekends so I need a little help. I’m looking into getting a house keeper to come in and help with keeping the house in better shape so I can concentrate more on getting meals cooked and get the rest of my house organized. But that’s a whole other story right now.  In the meantime I’ll keep experimenting!

 

Wow, it sure has been a while since I updated this site. I think that has partially something to do with the fact that I don’t seem to have all that much free time these days. My daughter will be three this winter and most of my time is spent with either her or in the kitchen cooking and then of course cleaning up my mess.

My daughter was having problems with foods and she was getting what looked like candida infections often, she also had a urinary tract infection that I felt horrible watching her be in so much pain, so she went on antibiotics to help. The infection cleared up quickly after taking the medication but this is the 2nd time she’s had a UTI(both during potty training time and likely is the cause of the UTI) and honestly I hate putting her on that medication as I know what it can do to her system. Since the first UTI and first round on antibiotics it seemed like her intolerances were a bit worse but after the 2nd round of antibiotics her candida infection just wouldn’t clear up. I was trying to make sure she wasn’t eating much sugar and I had her taking a probiotic and D-Mannose to make sure she didn’t get another UTI but the candida seemed to still be there and I can tell she was uncomfortable.

One of her favourite foods was yogurt and I knew she had dairy intolerance but she has always been able to eat the yogurt in the past with no issues but since that 2nd round of antibiotics, her daily inhalation of yogurt has turned into more of an intolerance than what I was expecting. One day I ran out of yogurt and instead of getting more I thought, she can wait a few days. Well in those few days, her candida symptoms vanished. Hmmm coincidence? Wasn’t sure but I bought more that week and within a few days the symptoms returned. I was confused, she’s been eating yogurt for over a year and all of a sudden she has problems with it? It can’t be, so I again stopped feeding her the yogurt, her symptoms again cleared up within a day.

Hard to explain to a 3-year-old that she can no longer eat her yogurt because it has caused her problems. I have given her one here and there and while it causes a bit of problem it’s not as bad as when I was giving it to her everyday.

I have always had a problem with Candida(sugar is always my problem) and I hate that she has to deal with it too but I have recently been giving probiotics a more serious thought. I use to take them every single day and had no issues with this but recently every time I take a probiotic, within 2 days my stomach is in pain (left side around my ribs have sharp pains). Actually to the point where I ended up in emergency thinking my spleen or pancreas was causing it. I wasn’t sure what was causing it (tests revealed those are both fine) I would stop taking everything(supplements) and the pain would get better. I’ve experienced this intense pain 3 times now and have come to the conclusion that the probiotic pills I was taking are the problem, I changed to different ones, still causing problems. The pills are expensive and I really don’t want to keep testing different brands till I find one I can tolerate.

After doing some reading I have realized that people who have SIBO have issues with probiotics. I’m not 100% sure I have SIBO but if I do, do I have to get my SIBO under control before I can start to tolerate probiotics again? Is there probiotics I can take that won’t bother me? I don’t want to not take probiotics, I really think that some are better for me than others but which ones?

I’m testing out fermented foods right now and while I thought that I would have issues with dairy KEFIR, it doesn’t seem to bother me so long as I take a digestive enzyme when I drink some KEFIR. Maybe the store bought isn’t as strong as making my own, maybe it is and there’s just no lactose in it because it’s being fermented. I know I have a lactose intolerance and possibly even CASEIN. The other day I had Kefir and didn’t take a digestive enzyme, it didn’t seem to bother me. Do you think that it’s possible that having KEFIR is helping cure my lactose/dairy intolerance? I have taken the KEFIR everyday for the past week and it seems to be tolerable to me, not like the probiotics I was taking.

I have also tried water kefir and it seems to cause quite a bit off issues with inflammation(sore joints all over my body), but I also have a sugar intolerance and you have to put a bit of sugar in it for it to ferment properly. Maybe I have to let it ferment longer on the 2nd ferment so there’s less sugar? Maybe I just don’t have enough grains yet to get it fermenting properly because the water still tastes sweet. I’ve never tried water Kefir before so I have no idea how sweet it’s suppose to taste. I’m experimenting with longer 2nd ferments and trying to get my grains healthier looking so they ferment better. I’m going to give it a few days for my symptoms to clear up and let new ferments brew and we’ll see how it goes. I might have to stop with the water kefir for now and stick to the dairy kefir, we’ll see. – Side note sugar usually caused my inflammation in the joints so I can tell I’m having too much sugar.

Another thing I am going to try is fermenting vegetables, this will introduce a whole new set of probiotics into my system and maybe it will help me enjoy vegetables a little more than I do now. I have always had a craving for tart foods, I love the taste of dairy kefir with a little ferment strawberry in it. I actually craved vinegar when I was a child, maybe this is because I needed more fermented foods, I always never understood that craving. I like sour tart foods so it stands to reason that fermented vegetables might please my palate more than the raw or cooked variation? I have no clue, but I’m going to give it a try.

Today I’m going to head out and buy an organic green cabbage. Apparently this is the best vegetable to start with when starting wild fermentations. It will be used to create a brine to start fermenting other vegetables, once it’s done fermenting I can store it in the fridge and use that with each new ferment. You can use whey or starter cultures from a kit but to me this seems unnatural. Rather than having the vegetables natural bacteria fermenting properly you’re fermenting whey bacteria which is completely different, I also heard that when you ferment vegetables with the whey cultures that the vegetables aren’t as crisp and get slimy.

Wild Fermentation is actually quite basic. I am going to ferment the cabbage by creating a sort of cabbage juice which is literally pureed cabbage, water and salt. That juice are used in future ferments to create fermented pickles, carrots, sauerkraut, kimchi etc. I’m not a huge fan of cabbage but I don’t mind sauerkraut that much, so I’ll give it a shot. I have no clue how fermented carrots or other fruits/vegetable would taste like but who knows, maybe I’ll like it. I just hope it doesn’t bother me like the probiotic pills do. I really think it’s important for me to get my gut healthy again and eating fermented foods is the best way to do this. I just need to be careful with how I go about it as my stomach is very touchy these days.

Another thing I really need to do is cut out sugar more. Very hard to do around Halloween let me tell you, those stupid candies are everywhere! I also came to the conclusion that I need to avoid gluten the best I can. It’s really not worth eating at all. I suspected that the gluten was causing my stomach pains because I was having a bit too much of it lately. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I talked to my doctor to see if I could get a biopsy done to rule out celiac. I did the blood test years ago but then I don’t think I was eating enough gluten to tell, there’s also 50 different (proteins?) that can be markers when tested for celiac but the blood test only tests for 2 of them so it’s possible I still have it. The biopsy was my next option, I really hated the idea and didn’t realize that I needed to still be eating gluten to take the test. The doctor told me I needed to be eating it everyday for the next few months before the test, I looked at her like she was crazy. Day 1 – I tried eating it and felt awful, I called the office the next day and told them to forget it, I don’t want to take the test. I’ll just avoid gluten. So I may never know if I have celiac.

Why would I want to know? When you have celiac you have to be careful, even the littlest bit of gluten will cause damage. This means keeping it away from your food, cross contamination from things like utensils, cooking pans or even toasting gluten-free toast in a toaster can cause a reaction. I rarely ever eat out in a restaurant so I take it as a treat and eat what I want. I don’t want to be taking the chance if I am celiac of causing damage but now I’m not as careful because as far as I know I don’t have it, I have gluten intolerance and it just isn’t the same. You don’t feel great when you eat it but you don’t get the damage like you would if you were celiac. Just something that would be good to know.

For people who don’t have gluten intolerances or Celiac it really truly is hard for them to understand just how difficult it is to stay away from the stuff, it literally is everywhere you look. It is incredibly hard to buy something because it is hidden in ingredients and because labelling doesn’t always say whether it’s gluten-free or not I’m basically confined to making my own foods. When all my foods are cooked by scratch I know what is in my food, I feel better, I digest foods better, I don’t get sick as often and honestly it tastes better. BUT it is sooooo incredibly time-consuming. I don’t get to relax on the weekends, I spend most of my time cooking and prepping foods for the week ahead. It’s not just myself that eats this way, so does my daughter. The food is so much healthier for her.

When she started daycare at a new school this summer, her old daycare the caregiver would prepare her foods for her and freeze them like I do. I would also bring foods sometimes that I had extra of and she would feed her those. It was great, Emilie was eating healthy and I didn’t always have to make her meals during the week for snacks and lunch. We switched her to a new school for a few reasons – first of all it’s a French school and I think it’s important that she learn the language. The class has more kids than the small daycare which only had 2 other children and it was a bit cheaper.

Now that she is at the new school, they have catered meals (lunch and snacks) and while they do their best to accommodate Emilie’s intolerances they don’t do much in terms of nutrition. I was finding that she wasn’t eating barely any vegetables and every meal they gave her gluten-free breads/snacks, none of it was without some sort of gluten free bread. What’s so hard in cooking vegetables, some meat and giving her a piece of fruit? Anyways within the first week at her new school I found that she was having temper tantrums more often, this is also when she was getting more candida infections and the UTI ,so I was trying to figure out what it was she was eating that could be causing it. Some nights she would complain of sore stomach and would be in lots of pain. I had no idea what the problem was because while they did sometimes give me a menu for the week, they couldn’t tell me what exactly the ingredients were with each meal. The meal plans were in French also which made it difficult to translate for me, I know some French but not enough to understand each meal. Her temper tantrums I assumed were because she was learning it from other kids, but they had increased to 2-3 tantrums per day. She’d have one in the morning, getting her ready for school, one on the way to school in the car and bringing her into the school, sometimes one when I picked her up and sometimes one again when I put her to bed. That turned into lots of sore arms, tired mommy and tons of bruises for me and her, she’d kick so much she’d hurt herself in the process.

I decided I was going to have to do something about the food – not because of the tantrums just because of the sore stomach and problems with going to the washroom, rashes on her bum, gosh poor kid. It was all signs to me that something she was eating was bothering her.

It’s been about a month or a bit longer since I have provided her meals and snacks to the school. Within a few days her tantrums went down to none, she would maybe have one a week but they weren’t nearly as bad as before. She rarely kicked and screamed and dropped to the floor, having to pick up a 35 lb kid like a sack of potatoes(kicking potatoes) and walk her into the school. Not anymore, she is back to her normal fun-loving self. She’s still defiant and loves to use the word no quite often but I have rarely had to put her in time out since. Her rashes are gone, her infection now that the dairy has been taken away and she’s eating less sugar/gluten free breads are gone.

Why didn’t I do this sooner? I had no clue the tantrums were related to the food, and I really didn’t have the time to commit to cooking even more food. I realized I had to shift my priorities a bit and commit that time to preparing her food and it is very worth it but to all my friends and family, I’m sorry I just don’t have time for much else these days. it’s exhausting and I don’t know how I’ll ever manage if I have another child but I’m sure I will. It’s her health and seeing her healthy and happy, it’s worth it. Plus I really just don’t like the kicking and bruises :)

To those who come and visit me, my house is a bit messier than before and my laundry and dishes aren’t always done and put away. While it annoys me that I can’t do everything I also realize, she has food in her tummy, she has clean clothes to wear and while I’d love to clean up the mess, it really is going to be messy again in 10 minutes so really does it matter all that much, the floors are swept less often, the bathroom isn’t cleaned as often but for now I’m ok with it. It won’t be forever and when Emilie gets older I will teach her to cook, I will teach her to do her own laundry and help clean the house, she will have her chores to do and this time in my life while it’s hectic, it’s not always going to be like this. I’m doing something that isn’t easy but it is also teaching my daughter just how important health is, it is something that you can’t take for granted.

When I was growing up I just assumed that it didn’t really matter what went in, I am paying for that now. I realize now how wrong I was. What good is it in learning hard lessons in life like that one, if you can’t share your mistakes with your children. The food that goes into your stomach, does matter, the quality matters. It’s important to know what you are eating, to know how to make your own meals, to eat real food. If anything in my life that I teach my daughter this is one of the incredibly important ones because to me, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.

I tried the SIBO diet with Paleo Dietitian Aglaee Jacobs and while it did work I found the longer I was on it the worse I looked, I mean I didn’t look healthy so I think I was missing some key nutrients.. probably because of the lack of mix in veggies and probably not enough iron, two things I find hard to get enough of. I have found another book that I’m reading right now and once I’m done I will try out. It’s called the Paleo approach written by Sarah Ballantyne. Reverse autoimmnue disease and heal your body.

I have long suspected that a variety of my health problems are all related to autoimmune disease for example gluten intolerance – though I suspect celiac disease, vulvodynia/vestibulodynia, low blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) and a few deficiencies such as low iron. Irritable bowel (IBS) I was diagnosed with which I think is actually a few intolerances all wrapped into one. I have managed my IBS by staying away from most grains and dairy.

When I eat gluten I get pimples and welts under my skin, on my head(head gets itchy) and I get head aches(usually the following day). My gums start to swell and get red and bleed, sugar also causes me a few of these problems as well as bladder/urinary tract/yeast infections. Both sugar and gluten cause my vulvodynia to worsen. I also have a variety of other foods that I eat and cause me to feel bloated including dairy(lactose and casein flares my IBS) bananas and potatoes(both white and sweet) cause bloating.

This to me sounds like my immune system is fighting off things it shouldn’t be fighting off, it’s thinking that these foods are intruders, bad things that my immune system attacks when it enters my body. I have suspected SIBO and though it seems much better since my SIBO diet I tried a year ago. I did hemocode intolerance test through rexall pharmacy after doing the SIBO diet (should have done it before). The SIBO diet really limited the foods I could eat and also the nutrience I was getting. I found it hard to figure out what I should introduce back into my diet. I had no clue where to start and got frustrated and just went back to the way I was eating before rather than trying to continue.  I am actually still reading Aglaee’s book – Digestive Health with real food but I wanted to go a bit further than this and try to learn more about the effect of nutrition and auto immune disease. I think all my problems are linked to this. Since through my research it all seems to link to this conclusion.

I believe it all started with an infection in 2004 – tuberculosis. Following 9 months of very strong medication. While taking the medication I started having problems – urinary tract infection/yeast infection. I was taking medication to help with the infections every couple months while I was also taking the medication for tuberculosis. Now I wish I hadn’t.

Since then I had to stop taking birth control pills which seemed to worsen my vulvodynia almost immediately when I start taking them. (it took 2 years and numerous doctors to get the vulvodynia diagnosis) I believe not only did i screw up my hormones from years of using the pill I also screwed up my immune system while fighting tuberculosis and taking round after round of medication to get rid of what I thought was infections but likely was SIBO and intolerances to food I had developed.

I’m still figuring all this stuff out almost 10 years later, I went gluten free, then paleo. When I was pregnant I found it incredibly difficult to stick to the paleo diet. My stomach turned at the thought of meat and veggies, I couldn’t stomach most paleo foods, coconut oil/milk, nuts and seeds and since then I have been struggling to get back into eating more paleo, getting away from sugar and gluten that seems to creep back into my diet now and then.

I’m one of those people who when stressed eats and this past year has been the most stressful year ever, things are now getting back on track and I’m looking to get my health back on track as well. It’s a struggle and anyone who is going through the same thing or something similar would agree, it’s not even the least bit easy. I’m taking it day by day, learning and trying to find the energy to make a plan to get my health back to what it was before my pregnancy. A few notes I’d like to mention:

– While getting the IBS diagnonis, my doctors told me my symptoms were all in my head – until the IBS diagnosis

– While getting the vulvodynia diagnosis, my doctors told me it was all in my head. It also took 5 years to get this diagnonsis – which up until the diagnosis I was getting regular prescriptions for yeast/UTI/bladder infections

All my symptoms – so far – for all my health problems aside from low blood platelet levels I have managed to improve from changing to the paleo and sibo diet. I am heading back in this direction and am hoping that the autoimmune protocol will help me as well with the low blood platelet/easy bruising and shins that look like I have been kicked a million times. My gums bleed easily and my shins just never seem to heal. I get a bruise and it still looks like my bruise is there years later. Oddly enough if I get a cut, needle or anything that draws blood I don’t bleed for very long, barely at all. When I had my appendix taken out – which I think is related to my gluten intolerance/celiac – I was told they had a hard time diagnosing my appendicitis because of my low white blood cell count, typically if you have appendicitis you have high white blood cell count because your body is fighting off the infection, you also usually have a fever, which I didn’t. Though I rarely get sick and when I do it doesn’t last very long…so the low white blood cell count seems weird as well as low blood platelets. (something I need to research further)

Wish me luck, I’ll keep you all posted.

 

Want to know which Paleo books you’ll be seeing on store shelves for the month of July? Quite a few actually, all of them COOKBOOKS. Who can’t use more recipe ideas?

Paleo Recipe Books – New Releases!

Paleo Cookbooks July New Releases

July 2, 2013 – Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that respect the WHOLE HOG by Aimee Buxton, Matthew Mccarry, Stacy Toth – PRE-ORDER HERE

July 23, 2013 – Everyday Paleo around the world – Italian cuisine by Damon Meledones, Michal J. Lang, Sarah Fragoso – PRE-ORDER HERE

July 29, 2013 – Paleo Cookbook for Dummies by Kellyann Petrucci – PRE-ORDER HERE

July 30, 2013 – Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go by Diana Rodgers – PRE-ORDER HERE

July 30, 2013 – Against All Grains: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker – PRE-ORDER HERE

Any of these books on your wishlist? Beyond Bacon is on mine! I’m on a pork kick right now, can’t get enough of it and I’m always up for new ideas on how to cook and prepare it! Like this post? Make sure to share it with your friends on Twitter or Facebook!!

I was editing a video at the Ottawa Sun about a month ago (CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO) and I was thinking the entire time, wow finally a bit of change here in Ottawa.

street vendor

Ottawa Sun photo by Darren Brown – click photo for story

A new street vendor program was launched in Ottawa this year.. Now what is cool about this new street vendor program, it has opened up a certain amount of new spots in the city for unconventional type food carts. Not your regular Poutine and hot dog food carts you usually see in the downtown core… you can now also find a unique variety of street vendors, who are offering MUCH healthier food such as fish and seafood, rotisserie meats, soups, Asian meals and even a Korean Food Cart.

To me, it’s a step in the right direction, it gives healthier options for someone who works downtown and is looking for a quick meal.

Eating paleo usually means you cook your own meals and bring them to work or eat out at the same restaurants that have edible options, likely not 100% paleo but close enough.

Paleo food trucks.jpgsIt’s hard and we don’t always want to pack our meals EVERYDAY!! Having options is a nice change and I totally welcome it! None of these food carts are 100% paleo, maybe one day we will have a food cart that is paleo like the Caveman truck in Indiana.. OR the Not So Fast! Truck in San Diego OR the Cultured Caveman Truck in Portland, Oregon OR the Outside the Box Food Truck in Renton, Washington  … MMMMMMM!

For now this is a good start… and if I had the money, the time and the ability to create fantastic meals IN A TRUCK, like these guys, I would TOTALLY open up my own Primal truck here in Ottawa.. I can cook but I can’t create.. So if there’s a Chef out there in Ottawa who is looking for a new challenge, something different and popular for next years street vendor options ;) hint hint, nudge nudge..

BTW – Ottawa isn’t the only Canadian City that is moving in this direction, others are considering doing adding new street vendors and even pilot projects are starting to pop up such as 2 new Gourmet Food Trucks in the York Region, Newmarket area.. one of which is a LOW Carb Food truck called Wickedly Sinful that will be opening I believe for the Canada Day weekend. They will have gluten free options, using coconut and almond flour but will not be 100% Paleo.

Why I am telling you about street vendors is because one of the vendors from the Gongfu Bao cart in Ottawa(sorry not Paleo or gluten free) was talking in his interview(which didn’t make it to the final cut) about getting his cart up and running using crowd-funding at Indiegogo.

Up until that point I had never heard of crowd funding. So I immediately went to Google to look it up and see what it was. The first thing I thought was, this is brilliant. So many times I have heard of people with amazing ideas, ideas people would love to get behind and just no money to get it off the ground. Crowd Funding is actually putting your idea out there and asking people to help you fund it so you can make that idea a reality.

That’s what this street vendor did, he asked people to help fund the price of his street vendor truck and it helped him raise some money to open up shop truck! I think this is a great idea and I will certainly promote on my blog anyone who is willing to take on the task of opening up a restaurant, starting a paleo/primal business or even creating a movie or TV show that is paleo related. With that being said I would like to start off by promoting this..

The crowd funding for this project opens up on Indiegogo in July. Once I see the link I will post it on my blog!

If you have a project that requires funding, it is Paleo/Primal and you have posted it to a crowd funding site, let me know. I’ll advertise it on my blog! I fully support anyone who is getting the word out and making this world a healthier place, in whatever way that may be!!! Especially if it’s CANADIAN!! Once my new website launches I will post this on there as well!!! More on that coming soon. :)

It has now been about 2 1/2 weeks following the SIBO diet, my gosh this is hard! I’ve had a few days where I ate foods I shouldn’t have eaten, most of those days it was because I was out and about and got really hungry and no healthy food was available. I didn’t actually think I would be out so long(in most cases) so I didn’t bring any snacks with me, though I’m finding it hard to find convenient snacks to bring with me other than a cup of soup(bone broth with chicken and a few veggies) or kale chips.

I actually have noticed that days that I end up eating something I shouldn’t, especially if there’s quite a bit of carbs in it (usually I end up eating some form of potato, chips or fries)that usually sets off a stomach upset, almost immediately.. I even had Swiss Chalet the other day and opted for the fries instead of salad.. shouldn’t have done that, I know.. but as soon as I ate it my stomach immediately was mad at me.

It’s funny how when your stomach reacts to foods like that, those foods no longer seem so appetizing.

Seriously, like my tummy had never had a few fries and rotisserie chicken before?! I caught my stomach off guard, it didn’t expect something like that and I had stomach and gas pains the rest of the night.

I think that’s a clear sign that I’m on the right path, I’ve never reacted that way to fries and chicken.. The bad bacteria takes advantage of any little bit of carbs you have and uses it to stay alive.. it also produces gasses as it digests the food.

So there ya have it.. I have evil mean bacteria in my tummy.

I know I’m healing and I know it’s going to take time but I have NO IDEA how long it will take and when I’ll be able to introduce foods back in again. maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months.. I really don’t know. All I know is I miss food.. there’s a certain comfort in food even when you are eating paleo, you get use to having a little piece of dark chocolate or a paleo muffin as a snack, an apple or banana on the go. I always had a feeling that I should avoid the sugars, even in fruit but I really didn’t know it was going to be so difficult. I never thought in a million years I’d miss eating a banana.

I remember not that long ago, 2007 I was 215 lbs and I was eating out at restaurants everyday, a deep fryer on my kitchen counter at home. I wouldn’t bat an eye drinking pop for lunch and supper, everyday. I would go to the store on weekends get a bag full of candy and pick up a movie, order a pizza and have a night in. I really didn’t know the damage I was doing.. and honestly thinking about it now I wonder what took me so long to figure this all out. It makes so much sense to eat real food, getting nutrients to fuel your stomach.. how could I have possibly thought that eating candy and a pizza was giving me any sort of nutrition.. and in my head I would think, well I’m eating pizza, it’s good for you. It has grains, vegetables and meat.. how is that not good for you? WOW!!

I really can’t believe that was me, that was how I thought and that really wasn’t all that long ago..

The food I eat, it’s the exact opposite of that person in 2007. I am still struggling to heal all the damage I have done from the past 30 years of eating crap everyday, I hope it doesn’t take 30 years to fix it..

Today I was actually feeling pretty good, so I thought it would be a good day to start back at the gym.. I did 45 minutes on the treadmill.. not too fast but not slow either.. a nice brisk walk. I figure if I can get a few walks in during the week, it’s a start. Up till now I haven’t had the energy, so it’s nice to see that it’s coming back, even if it’s just a little.

I kind of look at this phase of the SIBO diet the same way I looked at pregnancy. My body is working very hard to CREATE – not a baby but new cells, heal and replenish nutrients in my body. It drains you to make a new human-being inside, just as much as it drains you to heal. Feeling tired, exhausted is your body’s way of telling you to take it easy, it’s busy doing it’s job, my job is to listen.

I will continue taking it easy with the exercise and I know when my body is ready it will tell me by giving me the energy I need to do more… I know the feeling, I had it before and I know it will come back eventually. I just have to give myself time and be patient… even though it really really sucks!

** update on vulvodynia, well it’s not flaring up, so that’s a good thing but still not gone so I’m sure it will take much more time. I think the last time it took a few months after changing my diet for it to get better. It’s funny because the last time, all I did was cut out gluten then sugar. I still ate fruit but not lots and it got better.. this time it’s a little more difficult to get rid of. We will see but I haven’t had any gluten at all since early February.. that I’m sure is helping me heal!

For more information on SIBO, what it is, what causes it and how to get rid of it you can check out this site

I had mentioned last week that I was going to post an update on what I am up to soon.. well here it is. Now what I have been thinking about is probably what a lot of people in the Paleo world are thinking about, how do I learn more?

I love learning about health and Paleo and I would LOVE to have some sort of nutrition background to help me when doing nutrition consultations. (I have done a few for family and friends but not clients, yet) Now the problem I have is that I can’t find any institution anywhere that gives a certificate or diploma course for Paleo. Now it’s slightly understandable since Paleo is a new thing but is Paleo all that new really? It’s evolutionary nutrition, seriously why aren’t there courses on this? I haven’t been able to find much and I’m actually a little shocked that there’s not more out there for people who want to do the exact same thing as I do.

So what’s my plan?

Right now I’d like to create a service for people who are looking for help to get started with Paleo for a small fee. First I’ll tell you what I’d offer then you can suggest how much you think those services would be worth.

This is something that I have done for friends and family members but I thought maybe it can help me raise some money to take some more courses.(More about that in a minute)

PALEO CONSULTANT/MENTOR/BUDDY/PAL

I will work with people for 30 days or longer depending and I’ll teach them about Paleo and how to eat. I created a very detailed FOOD form that I get people to fill it out. It tells me what kind of foods they like, what ways they like certain food cooked, what foods they have never tried but are willing to etc.. when they send it back I write up a meal plan for the month along with recipes of foods they like(since they filled out the form) I work with them during the 30 days to help them get started. Since I have researched Paleo for a few years and I have helped others start eating Paleo I have enough knowledge, resources that I can help people through the very bumpy beginnings of switching to eating a new way..I know how hard it is to change the way you eat and I know how hard it is to go from eating out ALL THE TIME to eating more meals at home and using foods you may not have even heard of before.

The thing is at the beginning, it’s new, people get confused and it really is hard to find all these new recipes and foods you like but I know I can help and I love to help! I have the resources, I know where to look and I have recipes on my computer for thousands and thousands of different meals/recipes that I can share. I can help answer questions you may have. Everyone needs some sort of support system when starting something new.

ONCE I take more schooling I’ll have more knowledge to offer my clients but the thing is right now I can personalize this for each individual person who needs the help all for a low cost and I can work with them, motivate and support them along the way. Kind of like a Paleo Buddy..

Resource page – what I’d like to create(shortly) is a resource page on my blog, these are all the books/blogs/websites/doctors etc Things that might already be on my blog and things I’d like to add. Easy to find, easy to look up.. If you are searching for info it can help guide you- It will list all the books I used so far to learn Paleo as well as ones that are on my TO READ list.

I will update my ABOUT ME page as I take new courses, so I can list that info there.

HEALTHY HAPPY & WISE <— I’m always working on the WISE by learning

I’m always looking to learn more about Nutrition. I haven’t taken it in school and everything I have learned so far are from books, blogs and research papers so I’d love to actually take some courses, preferably online since it would be too difficult to attend school at this point in my life.

What I want – a course that gives me the chance to become a PALEO nutritional consultant or a title that gives me the opportunity to teach others but I want Paleo or traditional foods to be tied into the course. I don’t want to be in school for years, I can’t go anywhere because I have a young family so I’d have to do it online. If I can find a good quality course that takes 1-2 years to complete that gives me everything that I want then I would do it in a heartbeat.. but I haven’t found one.

OPTION A

What I have found.. there’s a University in California, called Hawthorn University.. I have never heard of them but they actually have tons of courses that are based on Weston A Price’s teachings.

NOTE – If you haven’t heard of him Weston A. Price is a doctor, actually a dentist but shifted his interests to nutrition in the early 30’s. At the end of the 30’s he published a book that detailed his travels around the world while studying the diets and nutrition of different cultures. His conclusion from his studies was that a modern Western diet(processed foods, sugar, flour and processed oils) cause nutritional deficiencies that are the cause of many health and dental problems. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats. The Weston A. Price Foundation was co-founded in 1999 by Sally Fallon and nutritionist Mary G. Enig to disseminate his research. (info found on wikipedia and Weston A Price Foundation website)

Hawthorn University has Masters and Doctorates, none of which I’m qualified to apply for since I didn’t go to University. Plus they are VERY long to complete and VERY expensive. They do however have Certificate courses.

One of the courses I’m most interested in at Hawthorne is the Nutrition consultant. It is a HUGE commitment, they give you 32 weeks to complete it and it’s a lot of money over $4200. I am just not sure I want to commit that much time/money to this at this point now. The other course is Wise Traditions Nutrition Certificate which would be interesting to take but I wouldn’t I wouldn’t get a nutritionist consultant designation.

OPTION B The other route is to take courses to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist that consist of taking a few courses that I don’t care to learn about such as Vegetarian Nutrition. There’s a school that has ONLINE courses(what I was looking for) called Alive Academy, it’s based in Canada which is a bonus. They have a Nutritional Consulting Diploma Course which is 7 courses total. If you complete the course one by one you have a max amount of months to complete each course. If you pay all at once you are given 18 months to complete all the courses but most people complete them all in 12 months. It’s also cheaper than the Hawthorne Option, less time but not giving me more of the traditional nutrition courses like Hawthorn does. $1800 for the courses all at once or almost 2000 if I do them one at a time BUT I will become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist(CHN) when I complete the course and can also apply(write exams) to become a Registered Nutritional Counselor (RNC) and/or Certified Natural Health Practitioner (CNHP)

OPTION C Alive Academy also has a course called Sports & Fitness Nutrition Certificate. It is a total of 3 courses, it’s even cheaper, will take less time than Option B but once I complete these 3 courses I will be a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant(CSNC) and if I take an extra course on Vegetarian Nutrition(you can see where I have a problem with this) I can apply, write an exam to become a Registered Nutrition Counselor and/or Certified Health Practitioner. This is the quickest and easiest and cheapest route at this point but is still not getting me what I want to learn exactly.. well some of the courses are but the Vegetarian Nutrition isn’t something I want to learn about.

Option D There’s an option with both schools to take courses individually(as far as I can read).. so what I was thinking is I can take the courses I think I need or the courses I want to learn more about and mix and match, a bit from here, a bit from there but this will get me no title designation.. OR I can can do the basic courses from Alive Academy to become Certified sports Nutrition Consultant then either continue on and finish the courses to become a RHN there and/or go to Hawthorn and take courses individually there. The ones I would like to take..(have to look into this to make sure I can take courses individually from the Nutrition Consultant /Wise Traditions courses.)

As much as I would love to do Option A and take the Nutrition Consultant course, right now I don’t see that happening. Option D is actually what I’m leaning towards. It will combine a few courses I don’t want to take with ones I do but the way I see it, I will likely run into clients who are vegetarian and wanting advice so if I take the Vegetarian course I will have a better understanding of this, I can follow it up with the WISE Traditions course from Hawthorn which has a specific course on the Myths and Truths about Vegetarian Diets.

I hate decisions like this! I’m kind of confused on what I should do on which courses to take. I did some research though and Hawthorn University worked with Weston A Price Foundation to create the courses at the school. I found this on the Weston A. Price Foundation Website ( I had to check it out, just to make sure) So that’s a good sign! You can find this at the following link towards the bottom of the article, before comments – http://www.westonaprice.org/health-issues/what-should-i-do-to-be-a-nutritionist

All I know is I will never stop learning, I will never stop teaching.. that is a promise!

Please let me know what you think, what do you think I should do? Do you know of courses that exist that are Paleo that I can take that can help me on my journey? Do you think offering help to people who are struggling with paleo or wanting to start paleo and don’t know where to start is a good idea? How much do you think I should charge for these services if I do? If you have ideas or suggestions I’d love to hear them. Help me make a decision!