Archive | July 2014

Herbalist vs. Hashimoto’s Take 2


Wow! 3 weeks went by quick!  I goofed up on my diet ever so slightly twice, was with salad dressing, I didn’t look at the labels and yes….ingredients….sugar….. ugggg.  I don’t use allot of salad dressing, at home I used olive oil and balsamic, so yes, I was out, and when I’m out, I generally order salads, but, it never ever crossed my mind that the salad dressing I had ordered would have sugar!  Anyway, like I said, I don’t use a whole lot of salad dressing, so I’m sure, it was a minute amount.  Other than that I did great on the detox diet, I lost 7 pounds!

So now what??  On Tuesday we went back over the bridge to the herbalist. If you are just joining my blog for the 1st time, you might want to refer back to Herbalist vs Hashimoto’s.  My girlfriend, Pam is just trying to get healthy, I’m trying to heal my Hashimoto’s, my gut and my osteoperosis.

Oh, I’m sure your wondering, because after reading my first post and reviewing this one I’ve noticed other than diet I didn’t say anything about herbs! LOL!  Yes, I am going to an herbalist, so there should be herbs and YES, there are plenty of them!  I am taking herbal supplements before breakfast a total of  13 pills, a pill at lunch time, 12 more before dinner then a few more before bed.  So, if you think that getting enough water into your diet is hard, its not by the time your done taking all these supplements! 😉

The diet is healing my gut, and the healthy gut & the herbs are working to heal my Hashimoto’s and now we’re working on my Osteoporosis.  Like I said earlier, I lost 7 pounds the first 3 weeks, I should hopefully loose a few more in these next 5 weeks, if I loose 5 more pounds I’ll be extremely happy.  But, my main goad is to heal my body, I didn’t go to the herbalist to loose weight, but since I gained weight with the Hashimoto’s I’m happy to loose it.

I am feeling better, I don’t wake up tired and I don’t wake up in pain, so something is definitely working.

Okay, so for Pam & I, the diet changed.   For the next 5 weeks, 5 days of those weeks, we will continue eating primarily lean meats, fruits & vegetables.  We can start adding back healthy carbs (fruits, whole grains, etc.) as long as no gas or bloating recurs. As the dysboisis goes down, we should be able to tolerate some whole grains being added back in.  If not, then we may have a gluten sensitivity.  So, the best way to add new things back in is to alternated, if we add a grain one day, we don’t add a fruit that day so we can see how our body reacts.  So to help us out, he gave us a sample of the Mediterranean Diet which is a modern nutritional recommendation inspired by the traditional dietary part terns of southern Italy, Greece and Spain. (See below)

On the 2 remaining days, which should not be back to back and can be any days we decide (thank goodness), we avoid ALL carbs and cut calories to 500 (only 1 meal a day)…UGGGGG! Drinking 2 glasses of water before the small meal.  Eating only lean meats, low calorie fruits and vegetables (no breads or carbs at all on these days).  This is called the Two-Day Diet. (see below)

Mediterranean Diet
* High consumption (almost every day) of olive oil, legumes, nuts, unrefined whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables & spices. Side note:  I really don’t think at this point I’m going to try gluten, I did add corn back in, after all, I’m a Jersey Girl and Jersey Corn is in season!
* Moderate to high consumption (3-4 times a week) of fish, but since he has me on fish oil this is not necessary & I can use chicken or turkey instead.
* Moderate consumption (2-3 times a week) of dairy products (mostly as cheese & yogurt), poultry & wine.   Side note: I’m still dairy free, so I’m not sure weather or not I’m going to add these in, if I do, I will probably stick to the hard cheeses like parmesan as these are supposedly best tolerated if your lactose intolerant.
* Low consumption or red meats (only once a week)
* Very low consumption of refined sugars, junk foods and highly processed foods (less than once a week) REMEMBER, this is for the Mediterranean Diet, we are not allowed this right now.

Suggestions for the two-day diet:
* Plain Greek Yogurt (low fat) – 1 cup = 120 calories
* 4 oz lean meat – 200 calories
* 2 medium eggs, soft boiled – 160 calories
* 4 oz fresh or baked fish (not fried) – 135 calories for cod, catfish, flounder, clams & mackerel, 200 – 225 calories for salmon, halibut, tuna
* Blueberries, strawberries or raspberries – 1 cup = 60 calories
* Fat Burning Soup (click here for recipe) – 1 cup = 65 calories
* Protein Bars or Protein Drinks = as on the label
* Meal Substitute (like slim fast) = per label
* Medium salad with low calorie dressing = 300 – 400 calories

No sugary foods, very fatty foods or junk food.

NOW, you know that I’m gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and additive free, so some of that list is not way going into my mouth.

At this point I am allowed to try gluten to see if I’m intolerant, but I’m not ready to take that step yet.  As for dairy, they say if your dairy intolerant you can handle hard cheeses, so I do from time to time have some parmesan cheese, not much.   Protein bars or protein drinks I won’t use store bought only something that I would make, and slim fast forget it.  As for the salad, the salad really doesn’t contain much calories, the dressing does!  So, for the days of my ‘fast’ I just use basaltic vinegar which is very minimal in calories.   Since I have a hard time at night, yes, I’m a night time muncher, I don’t ingest all my calories at dinner, I save some out and eat blueberries at night watching tv.  I’ve now completed 2 of these ‘fasts’ and for dinner I have the cod, fat burner soup, romaine lettuce & strawberries with basaltic,  sautéed zucchini,  Which was only like 300 calories and I was stuffed!  Which then allowed me to have blueberries & strawberries later.





Basic Fat Burning Soup


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I got this recipe from my herbalist.  The reason will be in my upcoming blog which will be titled: Hashimoto’s vs The Herbalist Take 2.  As soon as I’m done writing it I will link it.  Makes approx. 13 – 1 cup servings.

This soup is approx. 65 calories per 1 cup serving.  For the next 5 weeks I’ll be using this soup 2 times a week, again the explanation will be on Hashimoto’s vs The Herbalist Take 2.

2 – 35 oz cans of diced tomatoes
6 large green onions
1 bunch celery
2 green peppers
Lots of spices to taste, salt, pepper, parsley, etc.  (whatever you like, I used fresh basil & chives too) NO SUGAR!

Cut vegetables into small to medium pieces and cover with water then add the diced tomatoes.  Bring to fast boil, boil for approx 10 min.  Reduce to simmer and continue cooking until vegetables are tender.

At this point its ready to eat.  I personally don’t like celery, so I used my immersion blender and pureed it.  Then sprinkled a little more fresh basil and chives on top.

Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


from the Betty Crocker Site (click here for the original recipe)

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The recipe on the site is for a 9″ x 13″ cake.  Mine is a half of sheet cake size, so this is a recipe for that:


1 cup butter or margarine, melted

3 cup packed brown sugar

2 cans (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, juice reserved

1 jar (16 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained

3 box Betty Crocker white cake mix

    Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box


  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In 1/2 sheet cake pan, add the melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place 1/2 cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices; press gently into brown sugar.
  • Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 3 cup. Make cake batter as directed on box (I mix 2 boxes at a time, so I mixed a double batch, then a single batch), substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.

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  • Bake 42 to 48 minutes (44 to 53 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Store covered in refrigerator.

Mama Reds is Broody! & Meet the New Chicks!

Well, last you heard one of my young hens went broody, she did really well at sitting, but sometimes was off the nest too long for my liking, well over an hour a few times, more like close to 2 hrs.  So, I was nervous that nothing was going to hatch, I tried to candle them but couldn’t see anything, and 1 egg did break which took her to 4 eggs.  On the day that they we’re due to hatch nothing happened, uggg, so I texted (is that a word??) a friend, Christine, who has allot of chickens and hatches some in an incubator at times, to see if she if she had any very young chicks.  She said yes, I asked her how young, she said just hatching!  WOW!  I asked her if she had any to spare she said yes!  So, that evening we went out to her house and got 2 newly hatched chicks and brought them home.  I stuck them under my mama with no problems.  Next morning I went out to check on her and offer her a little feed and water and the 2 new kids on the block came out to her calling them.  Curiosity got me and I had to look under her to see if there were any new chicks, No. 😦  So I pulled out an egg to look at it, no pip, listened, no peeping, put it back, pulled out another, no pip, but peeping!  So I put that back and left the other 2 alone.  I really don’t like to mess with the eggs when their that close to hatching.  Later that day I went back to check on her and couldn’t bear it any longer, lifted her check to have a little look and there were 3 new chicks!  Yeah!  The one egg never hatched.  So mama has 3 hatched chicks and 2 adopted chicks, 5 in all! And here they are!

As you can see, poor Goldie has taken on the role of Great Auntie Goldie who has come to help the new mom rear her chicks.  If you remember, Goldie lost all her chicks in June to a killer skunk (see Sad Day In the Chicken Yard and Help This Is What Killed Our Chicks), Goldie has been back with the flock, but just not acting right, I’m sure she’s probably going to go broody again, but maybe now with these new chicks maybe she’ll just help with the rearing and be okay.

2 broodies

In the meantime the day before these chicks hatched Mama Reds decided to go broody, her eggs are due to hatch July 30/31 and she is sitting comfortably on 10 egg.  She’s an old pro so 10 eggs should be no problem for her.

In the meantime, I want to give you a quick update on the additions to the flock we made on June 18th (see New Additions to Buddy’s Flock)   I’ve finally named them, mama is Fannie, the chicks are Lucy & Ethel, I think you can tell by the pictures which one is Lucy (the that has more red).  Last night they moved up to the big girl roost.  Mama is getting ready to let them grow up, she is already back to laying.  I find that sad when the mom leaves the chicks, the chicks are so confused.  How do you feel when your chicks are left by the mom??