Wild Blueberry Smoothie

One of the things that got me into trouble with oxalates in the past was my morning smoothie.  I would make it with nut butter or hemp protein powder, toss in a couple of very large handfuls of spinach and blend it all together with almond milk.  That would be about 1,000 mg of oxalates per smoothie.  Considering I’m down to 50 mg a day that is an enormous amount of oxalates to be pumping into my body.

Since beginning a low oxalate lifestyle (LOL), I thought I would have to give my morning smoothie up.  I simply needed to be more thoughtful in how I put it together.  Switching my spinach for romaine lettuce was key.  Romaine is very low in oxalates.  I stopped using almond milk and switched to flax and coconut milk.  I actually like these two options better.  Blueberries are some of the lowest fruits for oxalate content.  Bananas are also low, which I use here to sweeten this smoothie.  Enjoy!

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Meditation Monday’s: Heart Beat Meditation

Welcome to Meditation Monday’s!  Each Monday I will create a new video for you to meditate with.  I draw from many different meditation technologies to bring you a variety of breath, mudra, guided and kundalini yoga meditations.   This first in the series is adapted from the Kundalini Yoga tradition.  Enjoy!

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Spinach Was Making Me Sick

A young girl makes a face at a plate of spinach.I’ve been hesitating to talk about this because, quite frankly, it sounds crazy and is just a bit controversial.  I’ve known for quite a while that something was off in my diet, but I wasn’t sure what it was.  I wasn’t sick, but I had some pain that didn’t make sense to me.

About six years ago I started eating a low carb paleo diet due to blood sugar issues.  I immediately felt better and my blood sugar stabilized.  I’d gradually tapered off eating meat and leaned heavy on nuts and seeds for my daily protein.

In the past year, I had developed pain in my right side (and in my heart) and thought it was because I didn’t have a gallbladder.  It had been removed years before.  I went to an allopathic doctor and even had an ultrasound, a gazillion blood tests and everything turned out normal.

The doctor said my heart beat was a little off, but didn’t see it as a cause for concern.  I honestly thought the heart pain was due to the loss of a relationship years before and I just needed time to heal emotionally.

I finally went to see my naturopathic doctor, and he was able to diagnose the right side pain as a weakness in my kidneys.  He recommended some dietary changes and put me on hydrangea tincture to dissolve stones and help support the kidneys.

Being me, I took to Dr. Google and started researching how kidney stones are formed in the body.  It is mostly diet related, specifically foods high in oxalates.  All of the foods I had been living on for years are the biggest offenders.  Nut, seeds, beans, spinach, kale and my beloved chocolate are all high in oxalates.  Most people can pee the excess oxalates right out of the body.  I was eating these offenders in excess, and my body couldn’t get rid of them fast enough.  So, it stored them in my tissues, joints, organs, bones, and skin.  Yes, everywhere.

My morning smoothie would consist of one or two tablespoons of nut butter, or a hemp protein powder, super green powder, two big handfuls of spinach and almond milk to mix it all together.  That is about 1,000g of oxalate right there.  And, that was only breakfast.  Don’t even get me started on all of the recipes I’ve posted over the years.  Most of them are high oxalate offenders.

I DID IT ALL WRONG!

It was suggested in the research to find out if oxalates are an issue simply reduce the amount you are eating.  If your body has a reaction, then you are fucked.  I mean you probably have an issue.  What I didn’t hear was to do this slowly.  If you are eating 3,000g a day of oxalates, reduce it incrementally over several weeks until you average 50g per day.  Well, I didn’t do that.  I went all in and reduced all of the high oxalates from my diet.  I went down to 50g a day right away.

The first few days were fine.  No symptoms.  I felt fantastic.  Then. . . dumping began.  Dumping is a term for when the body begins to release the excess oxalates from the body.  You feel like you’ve been beaten to within an inch of your life.  Every. Part. Of. Your. Body. H.U.R.T.S.  And, not just for a few days.  I’m a month into this now, and I still hurt.   But I am better.

I’m not going to explain the science behind all of this here.  There are smarter people than I who have been doing so for quite awhile now.  I will give you links to their info below.

WHAT THIS HAS TAUGHT ME

  • Listen To Your Intuition –  My intuition had been telling me for quite awhile that nuts were becoming an issue.  I didn’t listen because on some level I didn’t want to have to change.  Don’t wait until you have no choice.
  • Slow Down – I am one of those people who is always going a hundred miles an hour.  Nothing has slowed me down like this has.  It has helped me to see that doing one thing at a time or simply doing the next thing in front of me is enough.
  • Think Outside The Box – I’ve really had to completely change how I eat which has inspired me to create new recipes.  I see creating a low oxalate cookbook in my future.
  • Addictions Keep You Stuck – I had developed some unhealthy addictions around food and technology.  Instead of watching hours of Netflix a day I have been reading instead.  I am not sure how this correlates, but I know it does.

IN CONCLUSION

At the beginning of my oxalate dump, I could barely move my body.  I was spending my days either in bed or on the couch.  Exercise was out of the question.  Here I had been eating what I thought was a healthy diet for so long only to find out I wasn’t eating healthy for me.  That made me cry.

Now that I am past the grief I am hopeful.  My body is getting better every day.  I know there is a way to go yet, but I am positive that in the long term my body will thank me for the pain I am causing it now.  This crazy experience has changed so many things for me in such a positive way that I am incredibly grateful it happened.

RESOURCES:

This really is the best oxalate talk yo will ever see.  Once you get past the moderator (on the left) you get to hear Elliot Overton talk everything oxalate.

 

Sally Norton is a Health Coach who has a very informative website about oxalate poisoning.  You can find her here.

One of the best resources I have had is the TLO (Trying Low Oxalate) Facebook group.  It is helpful to know you are not alone on this journey.

 

Maple Pumpkin Seed Butter

If you are like me and exploring a low oxalate diet you really miss nut butter.  Since nut butter was the foundation of so many of my recipes in the past I had to come up with something to replace my almond, cashew, peanut butter and tahini.  Enter Pumpkin Seed Butter!  Here is one of my takes on an old classic.

Gentle Reminder:  Even though pumpkin seeds are low in oxalates it is easy to overdo.  A little dab will do ya’!

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I Was A Drunken Monk

9d3cb45da35d4cef13ab59d50077a500--modern-paintings-beautiful-paintingsMany years ago, on an Easter Sunday at the Saint Paul Cathedral, I had my first past life memory. I was watching the priest and his altar boys coming down the aisle swinging an incense burner from side to side. In the moment that the scent of the incense reached me everything changed. I was no longer seeing the church or the people sitting around me.

I saw row after row of grapes growing on vines in the Italian Countryside. The day was warm without a cloud to be seen and, the sun was low in the sky. I saw all this as if I was in a theater watching a movie.

In the next scene, I was a big, round and very fat monk who was checking on the grapes to see if they were ready for harvest. I could tell that I was happy in my life as a monk and a master winemaker. I sensed that I indulged a great deal in the wine I made. I was neither old nor young, but my hair was still brown and was cut in a tonsure as the monks wore in the Middle Ages.

All of this information came in just a flash of knowing. It couldn’t have lasted more than a few seconds. This memory happened over 25 years ago, and I still remember it as clearly as if it was today. This experience made me a believer in the theory of past lives. Since that time I have had many other “memories” come to me in many different ways. We will be exploring some of the ways to retrieve memories in the April past lives playshop. I hope you can join me.

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Folding Laundry

Folding-LaundryFolding laundry is my least favorite domestic chore. I usually call a friend while I fold and put everything away or listen to a podcast — anything to distract me from the task at hand.

Today I took a different approach. I decided to be present for the experience. As I lifted each item of laundry out of the basket, I felt the texture and the heat of each piece. I was aware of how jeans hold heat more intensely than a sock. I noticed how washcloths are rough, and napkins are smooth. And the smell of fresh laundry is a delight.

Instead of being a “chore” it was a joy-filled experience. Now, to take that presence into other areas of my life.

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Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Hash

I am continuously looking to make wholesome meals in the quickest way possible. And I especially like it if I can make everything in one pan.  This is an easy one-pan meal that only takes a few minutes to prepare.  You can swap out the sweet potato for frozen hashbrowns to make this even simpler.

I have been adding riced cauliflower to my hashbrowns for awhile now to cut down on the carb load.  I have seen other brands now make different flavored riced cauliflower mixes in the freezer section of your favorite grocer.

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  • 1/2 shredded sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup trader joes cauliflower stir fry
  • Small red onion, sliced
  • 1 tbs of Tuscan herb olive oil
  • Season salt

Sautee red onion in olive oil.  Add sweet potatoes and cauliflower stirfry.  When vegetables are soft and slightly crispy make a well in the middle of the hashbrowns and add an egg. Cover the pan and steam the egg until it is to the desired doneness.  Enjoy!

 

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Are You Living In a Fishbowl?

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Image by:  Ciro Marchetti

Are you living in a fishbowl? Often the walls we have erected around us may feel safe, but there is no room for expansion. When the walls are glass, it is even harder to recognize how limited we have become. We can see out, and others can see in so we think we are out there in the world, but love cannot touch us on either side of the glass.

 
Are you ready to crack the glass and swim out into the vast ocean of life? Know that it is o.k. if you are not. The first step is the willingness to see your bowl. From there the Universe steps in to help. You are never without support.
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Intuition vs. Knowledge

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I have been struggling with finding the right and perfect diet for my body.  This is not a new struggle.  I’ve been exploring this most of my adult life.  If there is a diet out there, I have tried it. .. and failed.

I get a new book on the latest fad diet and inhale the information.  I go down the youtube rabbit hole and ultimately feel frustrated by all the conflicting information.  

When tuning into Guidance this morning, I got that knowledge leads us to intuition but it is not the end result. 

Being armed with knowledge can actually get in the way of hearing our intuition.  So my answer this morning regarding my diet is to eat more veggies.  That is the one thing all of these diets I’ve been researching have in common. 

Disclaimer:  I am not looking for a weight loss supplement so no solicitations please.  My journey is to find the best way to eat for my body for optimal health.

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