Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Recipes, Uncategorized

“Gerson Therapy Cookies”

About a year ago, I became a student of Traditional Naturopathic Medicine at Genesis School of Natural Health. I was interested to see that the first phases of the program dealt, in large part, with the issue of Cancer in the body. There is plenty of reason to be encouraged at how nutritional and life-style can reduce your Cancer risks and reverse the progress of the disease. As Naturopathic Doctors work with Alopathic Doctors, I am hopeful in the progress in overall wellness that can be make and at little to no cost to the individual seeking health and healing.

And it’s not just in the arena of cancer that this holds true. Hippocrates was being literal when he said, “Let your food be your medicine.” Real, organic, nutritious food really can be strong and powerful agents of healing. And so it is with the first book I studied while a student with Genesis: The Gerson Therapy by Charlotte Gerson and Morton Walker, D.P. M. This is the brain child of Max Gerson M.D. who, while a student, was looking for a way to help with his personal malady’s. What he landed on was a dietary protocol which seems to be at least, helpful and at best, miraculous. If you have a loved one who is seeking to heal Cancer, this book is a must read.

The Therapy is a combination of cooked and juiced fruit and vegetables. You would find, after following a daily (let alone weekly, monthly or yearly) Gerson diet would result in a vast remain of apple and carrot pulp. While some of the high end juicers approved by The Gerson Institute leave very little pulp behind, lets be realistic. Many, if not most, of us are using a more conventional juicer. This means that until one has the means to invest in the more high end juicer, they will, when following the Gerson Diet, have a LOT of pulp. Composting is an obvious option, but it seems a bit of a waste, when there is clearly so much life, health and good ol’ yumminess left in this pulp to just toss into the compost heap.

So, in an effort to make something good and something…good…I created this little treat:

Gerson Therapy Cookies is what I’m calling them, although they are in no way endorsed by the Gerson Institute. While they are free from that nasty white stuff, the sugar content is not really in the zone anyone would recommend from someone with Cancer of any other illness. But if you find yourself in a situation like mine, with a family member following the Gerson Therapy for healing and me, with a bunch of left over pulp, this may be for you.

The recipe is simple:

 

 

Gerson Therapy Cookies
Author: Shannyn Caldwell
Recipe type: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Corn-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Yeast-Free
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Serves: 24
Dairy-free, grain-free cookies made with carrot and apple juice pulp.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups carrot, apple juice pulp (made from approximately 4 carrots, 2 red apples.)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup liquid coconut oil (can omit if desired)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon black strap molasses
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla liquid stevia
  • 2½ tablespoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon allspice (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup flax meal
  • 2/3 cup organic oats
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped dried fruit (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 380F. In a food processor, place the juice pulp, pitted dates, egg, olive oil, water, and chopped pear or apple. Turn the food processor on until the mixture is well incorporated and smooth.
  2. Add the cinnamon, cloves, allspice, salt, vanilla liquid stevia, baking soda, baking powder, and flax. Periodically, stop the food processor to scrape the bowl with a spatula. Keep mixing the batter until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated. It will be very thick. Once the batter is mixed, scoop it into a large mixing bowl.
  3. To the mixing bowl, add the oats. You an also add chopped, dried fruit, if you want to. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, incorporate the nuts, coconut, and dried fruit into the batter.
  4. Liberally grease two mini muffin trays or cookie sheet (that contain 12 muffin molds, each) with coconut oil. Mold each cookie, by hand: using a spoon, fill each mini muffin mold, half way. Then, take a second scoop of muffin batter, and form it into a mound shape. ** The muffins in this recipe will not rise; therefore, you need to shape the muffins yourself before you bake them**
  5. Use your hands to help you to mold the muffins into muffin shapes.
  6. Place the muffin trays into the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Once baked, you want the muffins to be a deep brown color. After baking, cool the muffins on a baking rack. Let them completely cool before you sample them.
Notes
Juice Pulp – You can freeze carrot, apple pulp in 3-cup portions. When you’re ready to make cookies, just place the frozen juice pulp in a pan, and place it in the preheated oven. It will thaw in about 4-5 minutes.
Stevia – You can substitute 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar for the vanilla liquid stevia.
Storage – Do not store these muffins in a tightly sealed container. They are too moist. Just place them on a plate, covered loosely.

 

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Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Uncategorized

Sweet Ways to Lower Blood Sugar

It’s National Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Day!

My family tree has an over abundance of Diabetes- my mom, aunty, grandma and even great grandma were (are) all Diabetic.

Not this girl!

It was years ago that I was blessed to have a massage (I know, swoon) and at the end of the massage, I asked the therapist if he noticed anything that was out of line.
“Nope” he said, “All the bones and muscles are in right order, but you eat too much sugar, that’s why your back hurts RIGHT THERE” as he pressed into the spot on the right side of my middle back that ALWAYS hurt.

“What? What do you mean?” with a shrug of his shoulder he gave me insight that would change everything for me.  “That’s not a muscle hurting” he explained “That’s where your pancreas is. It’s inflamed. Don’t believe me? Cut out refined sugar for a week and see if you notice a difference.” He further explained that I didn’t even have to cut out all sugar, just the white stuff. Switch to raw sugar or honey, he said.

I did. And guess what! No. More. Back pain!

So let’s start there. If you have a pain in the right side of your middle back, cut out white sugar for a week and see if anything changes.

Beyond that, there is so much you can to to keep your body humming along, healthy and even with the worst genetic pool, be encouraged. You don’t need to receive the diagnosis plaguing so many in our Nation today.

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Here are a few simple things that you can do today to help your body stay healthy or even return to the health it was created for.

1-SAY NO to fake food! GMO foods are not real food. Even if your tongue thinks they are, your cells not better. Don’t eat them. Kick them to the curb! Corn, Soy, Canola oil are the most common offenders with any hydrogenated oil fast behind. Skip the fake stuff, including dyes and bleaching agents.

2-FEED Your Body the good stuff! Macro’s are key. Good fiber helps your body do the happy dance. They slow down the rate at which your body absorbs glucose and help detoxify your system. Some great fiber choices that are nutrient rich are Artichokes, Avocado, Nuts and Seeds (especially Chia and Flax) Healthy fats (like coconut oil) can help level out your blood sugar therefore helping out your pancreas. Good clean protein is also key. They work to slow the absorption of sugar. So, if you eat meat, get good grass-fed organics, wild-caught fish (which are packed with Omega-3’s to reduce inflammation) or reach for lentils or eggs!

3-MOVE Your Body! Studies show that as little as 20 minute of light exercise 5 times a week can help prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes.

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About 10% of the American Population has diabetes, including our kiddos.

How about we move that number down by moving our bodies UP and out for a nice walk and then a healthy plate of real, nutritious food. We can reclaim the health God gave us, one step, bite, choice at a time.

 

Shannyn Caldwell is a certified holistic nutritionist and author of The Healing Season.

Find her at http://www.thehealingseason.com

 

Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Homemaking, Recipes, Uncategorized

From the Healing Season Kitchen

Last month, we welcomed an InstantPot into our kitchen.

Honestly, pressure cookers have always scared me a bit, with stories circulating through our family history of explosions and spaghetti sauce on the ceiling. But when all of American exploded at Christmas with blog upon blog and photo after photo of happy/healthy mama’s smiling next to their shinny little cooker-bots…I BIT!

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that probiotics are a blessing for your belly, digestion and entire system. They are healing ninjas! I want an army of them!

Mostly, I wanted to be able to push a button that says “Yogurt” and then watch a tiny little miracle happen. And THAT’S exactly what I feel has happened.

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My Syrian grandma, Mary used to make her own yogurt. It was delish. Making is…GROSS, Grandma! But this…for realz, ya’ll. It’s “set it and forget it” goodness.

My husband says it’s the best he’s ever had. My son has requested I make it each week!

And…holy EASY Batman! So…if you are feeling adventurous or just want to up that pro-biotic count, this is for you.

I don’t know about YOU but for me, if it’s going into something called the “Instant Pot” it better be really, really easy. Dare I say Instant?

There are LOTS of recipes out there for homemade Instantpot Yogurt. So require boiling milk. Some require a thermometer! #aintnobodygottimeforthat. Because this is a coconut yogurt, no thermometer required! YES, LORD!

This is definitely easy.

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To create this Greek Yogurt textured pot of yummy, simply mix all the ingredients above (except the gelatin) together. Split the creamy goodness between your two clean ball jars and put them uncovered in your Instant Pot for 11 hours.  When your little pot sings it’s happy “I’m done” song it will read “Yogurt” on the display! That’s when you just pull out the jars, stir in the gelatin (or better yet, BLEND that goodness) and pop them in your refrigerator until they are cool.

And they are SO cool! I hope you enjoy this and thanks to the blogger at My Big Fat Grain Free Life for getting this idea started. (she doesn’t add the syrup so hers is a pure plain yogurt, while this is a tiny bit sweet)

Top with your favorites: Berries….MORE syrup? Have fun, sweet ones! Be well.

Shannyn Caldwell is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and founder of The Healing Season: Holistic. Wellness. Community! http://www.thehealingseason.com 

 

Christian Living, Grieving, Social Justice, Syria

In the Sob. On the Inhale.

 

“Put your right hand on your heart and your left hand on your belly and feel your breath.”

The class room in the community center was filled with little children, shoes off and lined up on yoga mats. They were refugee children from the crisis in Syria. They ranged in age from 4-12. They were the kids group. I got to teach them yoga yesterday and I think I’ll never be the same.

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“I’m going to teach you two words in English today,” I say as a translator shares…”Inhale and exhale. Inhale,” I say, taking a giant breath and filling all the corners of my lungs, motioning the balloon like nature of my belly and kidneys and ribs.”Can you tell them to breathe into their backs and feel their ribs draw apart?” and she does. And they do.

A little girl, braid over her shoulder and down to her belly button. The tassle like end of braid rises and falls with her breath. She closes her eyes.  A little boy in blue jeans and blue and green flannel hops on one foot and blows out air like he’s before a birthday cake. An older boy, maybe 10 who clearly wishes the kids could settle so he could find his breath tunes out the room-noise and finds it none the less. They have run for their lives. They have hidden at night. They’ve been sprayed with gunfire and bombs and chemical weapons. They have all lost everything, their homes, their homeland and their people. They have slept at refugee camps for over a year. And now, they are here.

 

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“Inhale and exhale.”

Arabic is a tough language. I’m trying to learn and so I practice “Inhale and exhale” in Arabic. Inhale: Zafar  Exhale: Shhq. I had learned a different word for “inhale”, aistanshaj. But the translators and children agreed. That wasn’t the right word.

That “inhale” meant “to sniff or whiff or inhale, while zafar…it meant to sob or inhale. Yes. Zafar. Sob. Inhale.

 

“Good,” I said as they softened onto gentle twists an searched for their breath again and she translated with near angelic grace with perfect eyebrows and tiger stripped hijab. Each inhale you grow taller. Each exhale you twist a tiny bit more” and the little ones grew taller before my eyes and spun their brave hearts open. “Good, inhale unwind. Bring your hands back to your heart and your belly.” A calm had fallen over the room, a joy, a peace. It was clear to everyone. To the medical students from Wayne and Michigan State who volunteering their time at this wellness outreach to the recent refugee of Metro Detroit. It was clear to the event organizers from Syrian American Rescue Network (sarn-us.org) who brought together nutritionists and grief councilors, an art therapist and me. It was most importantly clear to the children and their parents.

“Feel your feet on your mat. Feel the backs of your legs on your mat. Feel the steady support of the earth beneath you. Inhale that steady support into your heart.” and they closed their eyes inhaled peace and it was beautiful.

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An artist named Jason Gray has an album who’s title I love “Everything Sad in Coming Untrue”…genius, right? But I swear, it is. I am a witness. I saw hope crash in today.

I saw Jesus move. I heard him in the sob…on the inhale.

For more information on the monthly wellness outreaches to the Syrian refugee community through Wayne State and Michigan State Colleges of Medicine contact Dr. Ayesha Fatima, or to make a donation to support the refugee community as they resettled, http://www.sarn.us-org

 

Shannyn Caldwell is author of The Healing Season: How a Deadly Tornado Wrecked and Reshaped My Faith http://www.thehealingseason.com