Well, I said I was going to do it…..and, I did. I ate gluten! Actually, I ate a slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted 100% Whole Grain Bread.
So, those of you who have followed me for awhile know I’ve been rebelling against restrictive diets over the last couple of months. You just may not know the full reason for my change of direction. And, for those of you new to my blog, I’m afraid you’ve found me during a time of transition. I’m now going to take some time to explain myself, because I’m breaking the chains of restrictive diets.
After almost two years on strict AIP paleo, I was successful in putting my lupus into remission. I went through both the elimination phase and the reintroduction phase of the AIP, over the course of 31 months. Upon reaching remission, I remained on a paleo diet. During this time, I did still experience some psoriasis symptoms and many food intolerances and allergies (or what I was told were allergies). Although I was in remission of my lupus, I still struggled with lots of food reintroduction issues. It was annoying to say the least.
Typically, during this time of year, I put out a post with a roundup of great holiday recipes. Well, there are a lot of food bloggers doing that already. Instead, I decided to give you a recipe for my personal holiday stress-reducing tonic. After all, many of us could sure use that, instead of another way to cook sweet potatoes.
In the real world, the holidays are often a stressful time for many of us. We get caught up in a flurry of gift buying, food preparation, budgeting and goodness knows what else. Sometimes, we are forced to deal with toxic or negative family members, we try to avoid during the rest of the year. There is not enough wine in the world to help you through a holiday meal with one of these people. LOL! Instead of reaching for the alcohol, give my holiday stress-reducing tonic a try.
A few words of warning about my holiday stress-reducing tonic: (1) Only drink one cup, until you know the effects on your body. If you notice sleepiness, instead of calm, reduce the amount of Valerian root. (2) Don’t drive, until you know the effects on your body. Should you become sleepy, you don’t want to be behind the wheel of your car. (3) Don’t use more of any herb than I’ve directed. More is not always better when you’re taking herbs. Some can have negative effects in higher doses. (4) Drink your tonic about 20 to 30 minutes before stressful activities (or stressful people’s arrival), to give the tonic time to move into your bloodstream. Enjoy your zen!
Also, I wanted to let y’all know about the Black Friday weekend deal I have going. If you purchase my ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide at http://bit.ly/STFBUNDLE, you get my AIP Paleo Cajun Cookbook for FREE with discount code: BLACKFRIDAY16. The discount will only be given through the bundle link http://bit.ly/STFBUNDLE. You must enter the discount code in the appropriate box and click update cart at checkout. You will then get both ebooks for only $6.99. Offer expires 11/28/16, at 11:59pm CST.
My Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide is not just a fitness guide. There are tons of tips to help you reduce stress, get better sleep, and make batch cooking easier. These are all tips we could use around holiday time.
I wish you all a happy, healthy holiday season. Remember to take lots of deep breaths, do a little yoga, and drink a cup of Holiday Stress-Reducing Tonic.