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.

Herbalist vs. Hashimoto’s


Well, I decided to drop the homeopath and I’ve decided to take my problems to an herbalist.  I just didn’t click with the homeopath and wasn’t sure that’s the path I was suppose to be headed, but the direction of the homeopath just didn’t feel right.  (If your new to this blog, you might want to also have a look at my other 2 pages to thoroughly understand where I’m coming from:  Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me and Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me THE DIET)

So i did some searching and found a very nice herbalist in Delaware.  Yeah it’s a little far, it’s over the bridge but the ones in New Jersey are even farther, they’re up in North Jersey.  So, I had a little discussion with my girlfriend Pam, and she decided she’d like to go also.  So the both of us went together.  We always have fun together no matter where we go and this trip was no different.

The herbalist sets aside an hour for your first visit and asks you what your problems are and what your goals are.  Of course mine is to heal my Hashimoto’s, them heal my gut, and heal my osteoporosis.  They’re my big three.  So then he has a long list of questions & symptoms check list to ask you based on the information I gave him and he comes up with a diagnosis.  His diagnosis is Intestinal Dysbiosis, how ’bout that, it’s a gut thing, just like I’ve been reading and saying, if your guts not healthy your going to get sick.  We need to have healthy guts.

So now what??  A 3 week detox with diet and herbs.  Luckily I’m pretty much there with the diet, just a few more changes:
Always Drink Plenty of WATER
Allowed foods:  all types of meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, cheese, butter, cream, oil, nuts, all vegetables, all salads, heathy low calorie sweeteners, low calorie fruits like berries. (Now remember, I’m dairy free, so cheese is off the list for me)
Restricted foods: bread, pasta, cereals, rice, sweet fruits, juices, sweets, sugars, candy, cake, snack chips, crackers, NO CARBS first 3 weeks
Dairy: all dairy products okay except if sweetened like ice cream or flavored yogurt.  Greek yogurt is good. (I’m diary free so won’t be having this anyway)
Oils: Using only high quality oils & fats are key to reducing inflammation: olive, sunflower, canola, evening primrose oil, fish oils, flax oil, borage oil, coconut oil.  Use healthy quantities unless you have a weight problem.
Fruits: you may use these low sugar fruits: grapefruit, fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries, pears, raspberries, lemon or coconut.
Vegetables: well cooked vegetables, asparagus, cucumber, celery, green peas, onion, broccoli, lettuce, okra, beans, green beans, carrots.  Eat vegetables freely.
Spices: cumin, ginger, salt, dill. Cardamom, fennel, chamomile or ginger tea, turmeric
Proteins: chicken, turkey, eggs, pork, beef, soy, fresh fish, cashews, almonds and all nuts except peanuts.
Oils: all oils are ok except for low quality oils.
General: especially avoid candy, cake, sugary sweets, chocolate, sweet fruits, and fruit juice and anything that tastes really sweet.  Also, ice cold drinks.  Avoid canned or prepared foods. No alcohol.
Oils: corn, crisco, peanut
Grains: breads, corn, potatoes, rice (remember, quinoa is not a grain so I can have it)
Spices: avoid very hot spices, cayenne pepper, chili, cloves and excess salt
Proteins: peanuts
Fruits:  avoid all except those listed
So this list isn’t hard since I’m already gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, caffeine free and preservative/artifical ingredient free.  Since this allows me all vegetables that they only need to be cooked, I’m still going to limit the goitregins & nightshades.
I am currently a week into this and have no complains.  The herbal multi vitamin did give me some nausea but I stopped taking that 20 minutes before eating, I take it right before I eat, no problems.  I have 2 more weeks to go and he said I should notice more energy after 2 weeks.  I did wake up pain free this morning so thats a plus also!
So, stay tuned!  Please ask any questions.


Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me THE DIET

Hello again!  I’m still researching and there’s allot of stuff out there, allot of conflicting things if you really research.  Of course, I am personally researching on how to naturally heal my thyroid, well actually heal my Hashimoto’s Disease which is an auto-immune disorder.  Most of the Hashimoto ‘diets’ out there lean towards the Paleo way, and thyroid ‘diets’ are different than Hashimoto diets, you’ll see some of the differences later on in this post.  Hoshimoto’s effects everyone differently and treatment needs to be individualized.  That being said, I’m going to personalize my ‘diet’ to me and my personal beliefs.  As I get into this new eating program, changes might be made, and if they are, you will know about it. For the time being, I will remain gluten free, which all the research I’ve done says to do.  I will also remain dairy free, and I will not cheat.  I do tend to be a little laxed in my diary free regimen.  I will add cheese some times and have had a frozen yogurt from time to time, but nows not the time to be laxed, I need to be disciplined.  I will also stay away from anything with additives or artificially created, which recently I went back to coffee with flavored creamer, yeah, that’s my downfall.  I will stop drinking coffee again and go back to herbal tea and I think I will focus on herbal tea with ginger.  So, I’m going to get back on track with the gluten, dairy & additive free regimen and now, here’s whats going to be new: First things first, I mentioned in my previous blog Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me that I deal with Young Living essential oils, so I pulled out my book Essential Oils pocket reference and looked up Hypothyroid (Hashimoto’s Disease).  Below is the page: 20140516-144457.jpg I highlighted some things.  Well, I don’t have all the oils currently in my possession, I had to order a few, so while I wait I’ll use the ones I have.  I’m going to use the singles (Ledum (currently out of stock), Myrtle, Myrrh, Peppermint, Clove, Lemongrass & Spearmint, and the way you use them is in layers, which is you apply one oil at a time, hence layering, that’s what I have highlighted.  Then, I’m going to again do the layering technique doing the Vita Flex points, which there is a method, and you can see that here on You Tube Vita Flex Technique.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Oh, as a side note, I’m also going to go natural with my body lotion, deodorant, face cream, shampoo & conditioner.  I already have been using just baking soda to brush my teeth and I have been oil pulling with sesame oil which I’m going to switch over to coconut oil. Next, the additions or deletions of foods from my current diet…..looks like mostly deletions.  Up to this point I’ve been eating pretty healthy with the occasional cheat or slip up.  My diet consisted of fresh fruits & vegetables mostly eaten raw, varied meats & fish and rice & quinoa.  So, I currently had a pretty extensive list of things that I can eat.  I am now going to eliminate: Sugar & Caffeine and possibly Oats:

  • Sugar and caffeine are the terrible twosome. These rascals can do a number on your thyroid by further stressing your system. When you have compromised glands, especially hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue, the last thing you want to do is amp your system with sugar, caffeine and refined carbohydrates like flour-based products, which the body treats like refined sugar.  (taken from Repair Your Thyroid)

I’m going to limit my intake of: Goiterigins (Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, turnips, rutabagas, brussel sprouts, strawberries & peaches) all of which I really love, of course.  From now on, I will only have them once or twice a week and they will be well cooked and I’m for right now going to eliminate strawberries completely, which saddens me, but if it works it will be worth it. Now, remember as you read below, my main goal is to heal my Hashimoto’s Disease, which should in turn heal my thyroid and my cholesterol.  So, as you read you’ll see somethings that I posted that are for thyroid, cholesterol or Hashimoto’s and during my research I’ve added a few other things to work on, like building my bones, etc.  You’ll see as you read on.

Taken from Repair Your Thyroid: Nutritional deficiencies play a significant role in thyroid dysfunction. While they aren’t the cause of hypothyroidism, not having enough of these micronutrients and minerals can exacerbate symptoms.

  • Vitamin D — Egg yolks, fatty wild fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut and sardines), fortified milk and yogurt, mushrooms, fish liver oils. It’s best to supplement with vitamin D, as since it’s nearly impossible to get everything we need from food sources. An adequate level of vitamin D is essential, as because it helps transport thyroid hormone into cells. (The standard minimum of 32 ng/mL won’t do it, as levels below this can contribute to disruption of hormonal pathways. Optimal vitamin D levels, I believe, are between 50–80 ng/mL.)
  • Iron — Clams, oysters, spinach, white beans, blackstrap molasses, organ meats, pumpkin seeds, lentils
  • Selenium — Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, tuna, organ meats, halibut, beef
  • Zinc — Oysters, sardines, gingerroot, whole grains, beef, lamb, turkey, split peas, sunflower seeds, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, maple syrup
  • Copper — Beef, oysters, lobster, crabmeat, mushrooms, tomato paste, dark chocolate, barley, sunflower seeds, beans (white beans, chickpeas)
  • Iodine — Primary sources: sea vegetables (kelp, dulse, hijiki, nori, arame, wakame, kombu), safe seafood; secondary sources: eggs, asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, summer squash, chard, garlic

NOW, that all being said, allot of what you just read is for healing your thyroid which is all and good, BUT even though my thyroid has issues, the issue lies within the Hashimoto’s Disease which is an autoimmune disorder.  So, if we now search out a diet for autoimmune disease, it says that all problems in the body start n the gut.  Which I do believe.  We eat, the food goes into our stomachs and into our intestines and then is distributed though out our bodies and what isn’t used is waste.  If our gut is clogged up, which most of us has some sort of leaky gut, if your not eating 100% healthy and haven’t done a cleanse and haven’t gotten your PH right, your gut is leaky.  So, an unhealthy gut is going to lead to an unhealthy body.  So, what do we do for a leaky gut? Change our diet, change our life style.  It’s not going to be easy, but it can be done. The most important thing I keep reading is go gluten free.  Now, you saw the foods listed above on the Repair Your Thyroid diet, not too bad right??  Here’s where it gets hard and confusing, the Autoimmune diet, check this out:

Foods to eat (taken from the Autoimmune Diet)

When confronted with this diet the fist thing people ask is what can they eat. hashimotos hypothyroidism dietIn fact you’ll be eating the way people ate for most of human history—there’s plenty of food that doesn’t come from a factory or an industrialized farm. Of course, if you have an intolerance to any of these foods, don’t eat it just because it’s on this list.

  • Most Organic Vegetables: including anise, artichoke, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, cucumbers, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, radishes, rhubarb, shallots, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, watercress, yams, zucchini.
  • Fermented foodssauerkraut, kimchi, pickled ginger, fermented cucumbers, coconut yogurt, kombucha, water kefir, etc. You will probably need to make your own or buy one of the few brands that are genuinely fermented and free of sugars or additives. Also, search for information about anaerobic fermented foods in air-tight containers. These ferments do not produce histamines that some people react to (including rashes, digestive upset, inflammation) in aerobic, or open, ferments typically using mason jars.
  • Meats: including beef, chicken, fish, lamb, turkey. Fish should be ocean caught with a low mercury content. Swordfish, most tuna, and king mackerel are very high in mercury. Select hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken, turkey, and lamb. Select beef that is grass fed, hormone free, and antibiotic free. Best choice are grass-fed and pastured meats from a local farm. Second best is organic. Avoid factory-farmed meats that contain antibiotics and hormones. For a source of good meat near you, contact your local Weston A. Price chapter leader, or order using the link on the Resources page.
  • Low Glycemic Organic Fruits: including apples, apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, peaches, pears, plums.
  • Coconut: including coconut butter, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, unsweetened coconut yogurt.
  • Noodles: shirataki yam noodles (sold in Asian grocery stores). Avoid the noodles that also contain tofu.
  • Herbs and Spices: including basil, black pepper, cilantro, coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sea salt, thyme.
  • Other: apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, olive oil, olives.

Are you confused yet???  Did you see the gloiterious veggies there?? There’s more:

Foods to avoid (taken from the Autoimmune Diet)

  • Sugars: including agave, candy, chocolate, corn syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, sucrose, coconut sugar, etc.
  • High Glycemic Fruits: including bananas, canned fruits, dried fruits, mango, pineapple, raisins, watermelon.
  • Grains: including amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, couscous, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt, wheat, wheat germ.
  • Nuts and Seeds: including almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds.
  • Gluten-Containing Compounds: including barbecue sauce, binders, bouillon, brewer’s yeast, cold cuts, condiments, emulsifiers, fillers, chewing gum, hot dogs, hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein, ketchup, soy sauce, lunch meats, malt and malt flavoring, malt vinegar, matzo, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, nondairy creamer, processed salad dressings, seitan, some spice mixtures, stabilizers, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein.
  • Dairy Products and Eggs: including butter, cheeses, cow milk, creams, frozen desserts, goat milk, margarine, mayonnaise, sheep milk, whey, yogurt (except coconut).
  • Soy: including edamame, miso, soy milk, soy protein, soy sauce, tempeh, tofu.
  • Fungi: edible fungi and mushrooms.
  • Alcohol: all alcohol.
  • Beans and Legumes: including black beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, soybeans.
  • Nightshade Foods: including eggplant, paprika, peppers, potatoes, Tabasco® sauce, tomatillos, tomatoes.
  • Other: canned foods, coffee, processed foods.

In the midst of doing this research and clogging up my brain with all these do’s and don’ts I came upon a book that I purchased last year called The World’s Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating.  I’ve had this book sitting on my end table for a year, its big and I didn’t want to put it away fearing it wouldn’t get used, well, one day it jumped out at me!  So, I picked it up and sat down with it.  Wow!  What a great book!  Full of great information!  If you want to know about the food your eating this is the book to get, I recommend it.  I found allot of useful information and the way it’s laid out in the book its very easy and there’s even charts!  I am going to post one the biochemical consideration chart, but in all fairness to the author, you’ll have to get the book to see the rest, but I’ll tell you about them.  You can click on the photos below to see them bigger.

These charts list fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts/seeds, legumes, dairy and fish/shellfish and break them down into groups for: food allergies, gluten intolerance, goitrogens, lactose intolerance, latex allergies, nightshades, oxalates, pesticide residues, purines, sulfites and wax coatings.  Very, very useful information.  Before the chart pages each group has a write up, again very informative. The areas where I have decided to work with are: gluten, goitrogens, calcium, fiber, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, nightshades & selenium.   You’ll see as I go on, that I really don’t have to add any other groups life say flavonoids, because all the foods that I’m going to list are in different groups, so I should be pretty well balanced.

I’ve also checked into the Paleo diet and as it might be for some of you, its not for me.   Throughout my research every time I questioned diet for auto immune disorders the Paleo way kept coming up, but looking at the items they want you to eat & not eat, and then information I’ve found out on what effects certain foods like goitrogens have, I don’t see how the Paleo diet would work.  You can see some of the items on the Paleo diet here, the Paleo diet is a hunter/gatherer diet, the believe back in the ‘caveman days’ that they only had the ability to hunt or gather their food, so they hunted meat and they gathered nuts and berries because thats all there was…yeah, right.  Funny thing is, that if anyone knows anything about the Bible, in Genesis, Adam & Eve’s 1st born son was Cain, was a farmer.  He grew crops.  You might remember the story of Cain & Able.  There was some jealousy there, Cain grew crops & Able kept the flock. Cain was jealous of Able because Able found favor with God and Cain killed Able.  You can read about it here: Genesis 4, if you have any questions feel free to ask.

I also did some research on correcting the PH of my body, because most of us our bodies, due to what are diets are based on, are acidic and our bodies were made and thrive on alkaline.  This plays a big part on our guts.  You can find a little bit of information here on Alkaline Diets, but there’s allot out there.

Okay, so ALLLLL that being said, here’s my list of what I’m going to eat, limit or eliminate and what their role in my diet is.  Please feel free to comment and ask questions.  I have allot of information that I haven’t shared and would be happy to.

My YES list of foods(remember: after doing my research, this is the plan I’ve designed for myself):

Asparagus: CalciumDietary FiberNiacin
Avocados: Calcium
Beets: CalciumMagnesiumManganese
Carrots: CalciumDietary FiberNiacin
Celery: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesium
Cucumbers: CalciumMagnesium
Garlic: CalciumManganese
Green Beans: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganese
Green Peas: Dietary FiberNiacin
Olive Oil
Romain Lettuce: CalciumManganese
Sea Vegetables: Iodine
Summer Squash: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Winter Squash: Dietary FiberNiacin
Swiss Chard: CalciumMagnesiumManganese

Apples: Calcium
Apricots: Calcium
Bananas: Calcium
Black Berries: Dietary Fiber
Cherries: Calcium
Cranberries: CalciumDietary Fiber
Grapefruit: Dietary Fiber
Grapes: CalciumManganese
Lemons/Limes: Calcium
Oranges: Calcium
Pineapple: CalciumManganese
Pomegranate: Calcium
Raspberries: Dietary FiberManganeseNiacin
Watermelon: Calcium

Cashews: Dietary Fiber
Pumpkin seeds: Dietary FiberMagnesium
Sunflower seeds: Dietary FiberMagnesium
Walnuts: Dietary FiberMagnesium

Black beans: Dietary FiberMagnesium
Split peas
Garbanzo beans: Dietary FiberManganese
Kidney beans: Dietary Fiber
Lentils: Dietary Fiber
Lima beans: Dietary Fiber
Navy beans: Dietary Fiber
Pinto beans: Dietary FiberMagnesium

Eggs: Iodine
Goat Milk: Calcium

I’ve done a little research on Kefir, so I might be adding this in to.

Cod: Niacin
Salmon: MagnesiumNiacin
Shrimp; IodineNiacin
Tuna: Niacin

Beef (grass fed): Niacin
Chicken: Niacin
Lamb: Niacin
Turkey: Niacin

Basil: CalciumMagnesium
Cayenne Pepper
Cinnamon: Calcium, Manganese
Ginger: Magnesium
Black Pepper
Rosemary: Calcium
Turmeric: Manganese

Limited Foods:
Bell Peppers: nightshadesCalcium,
Broccoli: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Brussels sprouts: GoitrogenCalciumDietary Fiber
Cabbage: GoitrogenCalciumDietary Fiber
Cauliflower: GoitrogenDietary FiberManganeseCalciumNiacin
Collard Greens: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Eggplant: nightshadesCalciumDietary FiberNiacin
Kale: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Radishes: Goitrogen
Rutabaga: Goitrogen
Sweet Potatoes: Goitrogen
Spinach: GoitrogenDietary FiberMagnesiumManganeseNiacin
Tomatoes: nightshadesCalciumMagnesiumNiacin
White Potatoes: nightshadesCalcium

Blueberries: nightshadesCalciumDietary Fiber
Strawberries: GoitrogenCalciumDietary FiberIodineManganese
Peaches: Goitrogen
Pears: Goitrogen

Almonds: CalciumDietary Fiber, Magnesium
Flaxseed: GoitrogenDietary FiberMagnesiumManganese
Peanuts: GoitrogenDietary FiberNiacin
Pine Nuts: Goitrogen
Sesame seeds: CalciumDietary FiberMagnesium

Mustard Seed: CalciumMagnesium

Here’s an article Other Foods Act Like Gluten for Hashimoto’s Healing, so that’s why I’m eliminating some and limiting others,  depending on how my body starts to react I may eliminate more.

Amaranth (Now, if you do a little research, you’ll find that Amaranth isn’t really a grain, but some label it a grain, same for Quinoa.  You can see an article here on Amaranth): Dietary Fiber
Brown Rice: Dietary FiberManganese
Buckwheat: Dietary Fiber
Quinoa (Now, if you do a little research, you’ll find that Quinoa isn’t really a grain, but some label it a grain, same for Quinoa.  You can see an article here on Quinoa): Dietary FiberMagnesium
Buckwheat: Magnesium

Eliminated foods:


Soy: Goitrogen

Cow Milk


All artificial ingreadients.

So there you have it.  It’s overwhelming isn’t it?? and this is nothing!  But this is where I’m stopping for the time being.  I’m going this week to get my blood work done so I’ll let you know how that goes when I get it.  I’m sure you have questions, and I’ll be glad to help anyway I can, but remember I am NOT a professional, these are just my findings and what I plan to do to try and heal myself.  Just remember that what I have listed may not be complete and you might find contradicting information, which I’m sure you will if you do research.

At least now, by looking at my list, when I use go to my limited list I can try and use the items with the most value to my body rather than those that have little value for me.  This again, is what I AM going to do.  By all means please share any information that you have and if you have healed your Hashimoto’s please let me know!

FYI, you can find some additional information and FREE downloadable eBooks here at Chris Kresser’s website, its all Free you just have to register.  Also, on his site you can read: Why Changing Your Diet is Always the First Step in Treating Hashimoto’s

Here’s a list of sites that I found informative:

Dr.Josh Axe  There’s a free download there also
The Gaps Diet – this is valuable information if you want to start healing your gut, just be careful if you have food allergies or sensitivities because this diet allows allot.
Hashimoto’s Diet: Keys to Success
Eating Out of Hashimoto’s
Hashimoto’s vs. Hypothyroidism: What’s the Difference?
Autoimmune diet
Alkaline Diets


Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease & Me

Hello everyone!  I know, I know, its been a while, and I apologize its my fault.  LOL!  It has to be my fault!  I’m the one that does the writing!  Well, there’s been allot going on and even though thats no excuse that’s the one I’m going to use.  We’ve been traveling and I have a health issue, which of course is in the title!  That’s what I’m going to discuss here.  I will be adding at least one more post not related to this one to catch my readers up on Buddy’s Flock and if I get time I will post some recipes for those who are following those.

Now, before I get to the nitty gritty, I really would love any input that any of my readers have on this subject.  I’m learning and I WANT to heal myself naturally and not go on any life time drug regime.  Just a reminder, I am a Bible believing Christian and from time to time in my blog I may insert a Bible verse or 2, I welcome any comments or questions that you may have on the Bible.  I believe that God wrote the Bible, and that the Bible is our handbook to follow, it gives us the answers that we need if we just turn to it and look for them, they’re there.  I also do believe that God gave us doctors to intervene medically when natural healing can’t occur, like with my cranial aneurysm.  I also believe, that in our present day circumstances that going to the doctor and getting a pill to fix our problems is an easy out, which if your turning to diet and herbs and research for natural alternatives isn’t going to be as easy but the end result will be way worth it.  Do we really need to be running to the doctor for every little thing?  I don’t think so.  But that is MY opinion, and in this blog, this is all my opinion, your opinion is yours, but if your searching or questioning or just curious, follow me on this up coming journey, I don’t know where its going to lead but right now I have at least 4 months to try and heal this problem myself, naturally.  I believe that God will ultimately show me the right path to follow if I pray and listen to what he has to say or show me.  (Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.)  Herbs and Spices are mentioned in the Bible 4466 times.  If this interests you, you can check it out here on the Bible Gateway.

Okay, so here we go.  A quick summery:  January 2013 I was at my GP’s office for a check up, the PA noticed that my thyroid seemed enlarged and she sent me for an ultra sound.  The ultra sound showed that I had a couple nodules and the plan was to just keep an eye on them.  Of course during that time I was dealing with the anerysm so I completely forgot about the thyroid.

After, the aneurysm was taken care of, I switched GP’s.  My new GP sent me for routine blood work which included thyroid and cholesterol testing.  My thyroid counts came back good except for my  Thyroid Peroxidase (Tpo) Ab and my choleserol  numbers started moving (results will be posted below).  My GP called for me to come into the office, uggggg, I knew this wasn’t going to be good so started doing some research (which we’ll cover later).  Needless to say, she wanted me on thyroid medicine immediately, saying my thyroid was shutting down and basically going to die.  Sent me away with a prescription, which I filled but never took.  The following day I had an appointment with my cartiologist (just so happened to have been scheduled the year before) so I took my bloodworm results to him, knowing he was going to want to put me on a statin drug, I was prepared to battle with him over that.  The battle was horrible, he did say for me NOT to take the thyroid meds and to make an appointment with a Endocrinologist as soon as possible, but for the cholesterol I needed to take a statin drug immediately, I let him think he won, and walked out with an RX in hand, which I never filled.

I came home from the cardiologist, did some research, found a Homeopath doctor about an hour away and made an appointment.  Went to the Homeopath and she ordered repeat blood work to see if the numbers were just a fluke or reality,  the cholesterol started to drop but the thyroid was even more crazy.  In the meantime, she put me on a detox/cleanse called BodyAnew Cleanse (it was once called a Detox) the cheapest place I found it is on Vitacost), which has helped with my fatigue.  Upon my repeat visit to the Homeopath she concurred that I needed to see the Endocrinologist and said that I had Hashimoto’s Disease.

Luckily I had made the appointment with an Endocrinologist up in Philadelphia, PA when the cardiologist recommended to, so the appointment was a few days after the trip to the Homeopath.  So off to the Endocrinologist I went.  The Endocrinologist concurred that I do indeed have Hashimoto’s Disease and explained to me that after looking at the blood test results and the ultra sound report that the combination of results shows it, but, I have time!  Drugs aren’t needed at this point, he says from the blood work that I have given him my thyroid is most likely working at 75%.  I am to get blood work done now and then again with an ultrasound of my thyroid in 4 months right before I have to go back to him.  So that gives me 4 months to see what I can do naturally.

So that’s the quick version.  Below I’m going to add my blood work and ultra sound stats to date, I know some of you want to know.   Also, below that I’m going to add my plan of action with links, also to date, as I research I’m sure I will be changing or adding something.  I look for any input of  useful information that has worked for others.

Tyroid Ultra Sound 8/8/13
3 small nodules 2 in the right lobe and 1 in the left lobe.  The right nodule measures 4 x 3 mm and is upper pole solid nodule, the other is 5 x 3 mm mid interpolar
The left nodule measures 8 x 4 x 4 mm and is upper poe solid nodule
The Endocrinologist says they don’t worry until they reach 10 mm.
Also the report says: Grayscale and color Doppler sonogram of the thyroid demonstrates normal-sized both lobes, with mild heterogeneous echotesture and normal vascular flow. (the heterogeneous, is the key word in diagnosis)

Blood work 3/4/14
Tsh – 1.370 Normal
Thyroxine (T4) – 5.6 Normal
Thyroid Peroxidase (Tpo) Ab – 297 High (Normal range is 0 – 34)
Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum – 1.8 Low (Normal range is 2.0 – 4.4)

Total Cholesterol – 278 High (Normal range 100 – 199)
Triglycerides – 75 Normal
Hdl (healthy/good cholesterol) – 98 Normal
Vldl Cholesterol Cal – 15 Normal
Ldl (bad) Cholesterol – 165 High (Normal range 0 – 99)

NOW, I did some research, none of which any of my doctors want to even take into account on cholesterol.  Seems there is a way to check your cholesterol ratio to see exactly how good/bad you are.  You can find the calculator here at How to Calculate Cholesterol Ratio.  When I followed the calculator for my Hdl you divide your Hdl into your Total, so 278/98 = 2.84 which is within the normal range which should be below 5.0 and if less than 3.5 is considered ideal.  The ratio for Ldl is done by dividing your Ldl by you Hdl which mine 165/98 = 1.69 and the value should be below 3.5 and ideally below 2.5  So according to this I’m good, (according to the AHA they don’t use ratios).

Also, doing research I found that when your thyroid is messed up it effects your cholesterol, again, my doctors don’t want to hear this.  Here is a little blurb of one of the pages I found: Millions of Americans are trying to lower their cholesterol through improved diet, exercise, and even cholesterol-lowering drugs. For some of these patients, thyroid testing and subsequent treatment for hypothyroidism can restore the body’s metabolism to normal and result in lower cholesterol levels and decreased heart disease risk. In some cases, they may even be able to, under their doctor’s direction, go off the cholesterol-lowering drugs.  Taken from: The High Cholesterol Thyroid Connection.  Do your research, there’s more out there this is just one of the links I found.

Blood Work 4/15/14
TSH – 5.120  High (Normal range 0.450 – 4.50)
Thyroxine (T4) – 6.7 Normal
Trilodothyronine (T3) – 103 Normal
Thyroid Peroxidase (Tpo) Ab – 454 High (Normal range 0-34)
Thyroxine (T4) Free, Direct, S – 1.10 Normal

Yeah my Tpo went up even higher!  I’m not a happy camper, even though my T4 Thyroxine went up to normal.

Cholesterol, Total – 231 High (Normal range 100 – 199)
Triglycerides – 82 Normal
HDL (healthy) – 71 Normal
Vldl Cholesterol – 16 Normal
Ldl (bad) – 144 High (Normal range 0 -99)

My total cholesterol along with my HDL and LDL all came down, I was hoping my HDL would stay higher.  So my ratio’s change too, 231/71 = 3.25 which is within the normal range which should be below 5.0 and if less than 3.5 is considered ideal.  The ratio for Ldl is done by dividing your Ldl by you Hdl which mine 144/71 = 2.02 and the value should be below 3.5 and ideally below 2.5  So according to the ratio’s I’m still good but I have work to do again.

What happened besides the fact that my thyroid is messing with my numbers, I got very confused when researching diet and thyroid and diet and cholesterol.  They don’t go together, they almost contradict one another.  Here’s a sample of what I mean:

Your Heart Healthy Grocery List (taken from: WebMD: Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center)

Fresh Fruits and VegetablesLoaded with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, fruits and veggies also have fiber, which lowers cholesterol and improves heart health. Pull them out first when you want something to eat. Remember, you need 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day.

  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Foods to avoid for Thyroid health (taken from Elephant Journal:Natural Ways to Heal your Thyroid)

Avoid goitrogens

“Goitrogens” are naturally-occurring thyroid-inhibiting compounds that are found in several species of plants and vegetables. Anyone experiencing decreased thyroid function would be wise to avoid the following foods:

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Rutabagas
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts

Okay, see what I mean?? All the things I truly LOVE to eat are on that list!  So I went into a little melt down.  I was in a state of confusion as to what I should or shouldn’t be eating and raw vs. cooked.  I had been eating way more raw than cooked, now looks like I have to move on to or back to cooked.  I also admit, I don’t eat allot of fish, its not that I don’t like it, I have no problem eating fish, its just that its not my favorite.  So I’m going to start eating some sort of fish 3 times a week, but I have to research and make sure what I’m eating is doing me good.

So, now that I know that I have Hashimoto’s Disease, I started to research that and I’m going to see what changes I need to make in my diet and possibly life style and I will blog as I find new things and change things.   I’m going to post some links here that I’ve found interesting and/or helpful.

Hashimoto’s vs. Hypothyroidism: What’s the Difference?

Funny thing, when I started researching on how to heal this naturally, first thing to come up is go gluten free!  Well, I’ve been gluten free, dairy free and preservative free for a year, but not strict and I was eating like 75% raw.  I was eating allot of the “goitrogins” which I LOVE now have to limit.  I, like allot of folks will tend to slip from time to time, vacations make it hard and even harder is eating at a friends or a party, at least eating out I can eat a salad.  Now, for the next 4 months I’m going to be strict and disciplined.

One other thing, I’ve decided I’m not going to go back to the homeopath doctor.  This is not anything I’ve read or heard, after a few visits, I don’t feel this is the road I’m suppose to go down.  I think I’m looking more for herbs and possibly acupuncture.  So that being said and giving it allot of thought and prayer, it struck me just this morning, that, I am already involved with Essential Oils, where do these oils come from??? Plants and herbs…. man, what a wake up call.  So I pulled out my essential oils book and found some oils that might just help me.  I am a Young Living Essential Oil distributer so this is where I get my oils they are therapeutic grade which is very important with oils.  (I am not here to sell you oils, but just to let you know where I get mine, I became a distributer to get my oils at a better cost.  If your interested you can check the Young Living here, you can even join if you wish, the cost is just spending a certain amount and your in)

Anyway, part of my healing process is going to be using the oils.  I will fill you in on that as soon as I make up my mind and place my order.  Also, as soon as I figure out my new eating regimen I will post that too.  For the present I’m just gluten free, dairy free & additive free, there is definitely more to come.

Please remember, I am NOT a physician, I am NOT suggesting this is for anyone, this is what I am doing for my personal being and I hope & pray that it works.  I really don’t want to have to go on meds for the rest of my life.

Shabby Chic Dinner Party

Flowers from a friend

Flowers from a good friend. She brought them to dinner this night for my birthday. They just went so well with my shabby chic theme. I put them in a lovely vase and added them to my counter.

One thing your going to find out about me and my hubby, is we like to entertain.  Dinner parties are our thing.

(Just a side note, 1 Peter 4:7-11 New International Version (NIV) says: The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.)

We have had close to 50 folks in our home at one time for a sit down brunch, but generally have dinner parties with 4 – 12 people.  We purposely made this room for entertaining, we also have a back door to this room which takes you outside onto our large patio with fire pit and large gazebo.  See, we like to have folks over!  If your like us, if you don’t have folks over, you don’t use the stuff!  So use it!

The table we have in our sunroom where we do most of our entertaining, we purchased at George’s Woodcrafts in Marietta, PA.  This table is fabulous, ours now has enough leafs for the table to open the entire length of the room and sit 30 comfortably.  If your ever in the Lancaster Pa area your not to far from Marietta, so go check George’s out, tell them we (Barbara & Harry) sent you!

Okay, I just want to say, if you’ve never had a dinner party before you should do it, its not hard, start small and start with what you know.  Another thing, if you are one of those people who only entertains on holidays, birthdays, or other family functions, that’s fine too.  One thing I do want to say, even if your only having your family over for dinner one night, use your good china, use your cloth napkins , use your tablecloth that you have stuck away some where.  You’ll make them feel special and it takes no more work, well, maybe just a little more work, you’ll have to do an extra wash load the next day, but, its worth it.  Trust me.  Get yourself out of your rut with paper napkins and possibly paper plates and go for it.  The one piece of good advise I can give you to help out is, make sure, your dishwasher is completely empty before your guests arrive, this will make for such a quick and easy clean up later.

As I’ve been posting recipes, I’m now incorporating the recipes into a dinner party post.  I’m showing how simple I do it them, with photos of my table set and food prepared and recipes.  Right now, for me, I’m challenging myself, because of my diet being gluten and dairy free, I try to make my menu where everyone is happy.  My family and friends love being my guinea pigs, so I’m truly blessed there, my hardest one to impress is my hubby, not really impress, feed……..he doesn’t like spicy and trying to convert him to gluten free isn’t easy, but he does give it a try and generally I get rave reviews from him, generally. 🙂

Okay, that being said, here we go.  This dinner party I held on August 25th, for some of our oldest and dearest friends.  There we’re 8 of us this night.

My table theme: Shabby Chic
I used 3 tablecloths, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 white with embroidery which my mother in law had made for me many years ago.  None of the tablecloths were big enough to cover the table alone, so I put the blue one at one end, the green one at the other end and covered the middle with the white embroidery one.  So, now I had a color theme to go with my Shabby Chic theme.  The best thing to start doing if your new to entertaining is, start going to auctions and yard sales and start picking up dish sets and linens cheap.  I have several sets now and still want more, but thats me, you don’t have to be like me, but I do like to have holiday dishes, I have a large set of white, a small set of black (which I can only use for 6, so I’m looking for pieces I can add to this set) I have a set with apples & cherries and green lattice on them which I got at ACME a few years back, thats a set for 16 I think,  I have several Christmas sets and a set that is cream color with gold stars I like to use for New Years.  My hubby just brought me home a box of linens from an auction that he went to that he got for $5.00!  It had several tablecloths, linen, yes, linen napkins and fabric napkins, what a find!  So, see, you can do this.

Setting the table #1 Setting the table #4 Setting the table #4 Setting the table #3 Setting the table #2

(click on any of the photos to see them larger)

I used my white dinner plates and mixed my blue and green table napkins every other plate with my white floral porcelain napkin holders and I used my green drinking glasses.  (Drinking glasses is one thing I still have to get more of for my glassware repertoire.  I definitely don’t have what I need right now, I do need a good set of clear, believe it or not, I don’t have one!)

Since shabby chic was may plan, I decided I wanted to use pint canning jars as my vases for my fresh flowers.  If you have a flower garden, put it to use.  Cut some fresh flowers for your dinner table.  So, had the hubby look some up for me, he found me the old blue ones which was way better than the clear ones.  I was thinking I was going to add food coloring to the water, now I didn’t have to 😉 What I did add to the water was underwater lights which you can get in Michaels.  Just twist them on and drop them in the water, they land light side up.  I turn them on and drop them in about 15 minutes before guests are due to arrive.  You can see them sitting on my table next to the flowers in the photo.  My Cape May Daisies are blooming big time right now, so I used them in my vases.  I decided 3 vases would be perfect for the table size and they were low enough not to be blocking anyones view, I hate that.


Crab Cakes, Twice Baked Potatoes & Corn and Bean Salad in Lettuce Cup, plated ready to serve.

My Menu:

Shrimp Cocktail (which my girlfriend Theresa, graciously offered to bring.  She does make good shrimp!) When Theresa offered to bring the shrimp, that’s when I decided on what my menu would be, the shrimp set the tone.

Layered Garden Salad

Layered Garden Salad

Layered Salad: I stole this idea from my girlfiend Pam, who served salad to us this way one night.  Made me feel special, so I use this allot.  Folks love it.  It’s easy.  Get yourself a truffle bowl, possibly 2 (1 you can use for dessert) and use them!  This salad was layered with romaine on the bottom, then cubed zucchini, then mixed greens, then shredded carrots, cubed cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts and cubed tomato and green onion sprinkled on top.
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette:  Made with olive oil (about a cup), red balsamic vinegar(about 1/3 cup), 2 cloves minced garlic, garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste and 2 TBL grated parmesan cheese.

Twice Baked Potatoes with a Twist

Twice Baked Potatoes with a Twist

Twice Baked Potatoes with a Twist: The twist is a decorative twist of mashed sweet potatoes on top of the mashed white potatoes.  The best thing about twice baked potatoes, you do them in advance, all you have to do is the second baking.  Which you make sure your second baking is on a cookie pan lined with foil for very easy clean up.  To make twice baked potatoes, you bake them first.  When their cool enough to handle you cut them in half, scoop out the potato, use the shell of the skin to scoop your potatoes back into.  Mash your potatoes, return to skin shells, dot with butter.  When ready put them back into the oven at 350º degrees for about 20 – 30 min, finish under the boiler to brown the tops.

Bean & Corn Salad in Lettuce Cup

Corn & Bean Salad in a Lettuce Cup

Corn & Bean Salad on a Lettuce Cup:  Anything served on a lettuce cup looks elegant in my book.  Nice thing about this, I did it ahead, had them made ahead on a tray in the fridge, ready to go.  Make this as you like it, very user friendly, I used can corn, canned black beans, canned chick peas, cubed fresh tomato, cubed fresh mango, chopped fresh cilantro.  Salt & pepper to taste, drizzle with olive oil & white balsamic vinegar.

Homemade Crab Cakes: I buy the premium canned crab when its on sale and have it ready to go for just such an occasion.  Crab cakes are not hard to make, made them up ahead of time, just like the twice baked potatoes, had them on a cookie sheet with sides, lined with foil.  I made these gluten free, I used some of the gluten free bread (below) and made my own bread crumbs in the blender.  I used: lump crab meat, gluten free bread crumbs, enough mayonnaise to make it moist and Old Bay seasoning.  With crab cakes, simple is better and NOT dry.  Mix altogether, scoop about 2 tablespoons or an ice cream scoop size, roll into balls, coat with bread crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to bake.  Bake in oil of your choice, I used coconut oil, in preheated 350º oven for about 20/30 minutes until brown.

Gluten Free Bread #1

Soft Sandwich Bread – Gluten FreeGluten Free Bread #2 Gluten Free Bread #3

Homemade Gluten Free Bread by Jeanne from ART OF GLUTEN-FREE BAKING – I followed Jeanne’s recipe and mixed it together in the bread machine.  I had my bread machine out already and my mixer wasn’t, so figured my bread machine was made to do this anyway.  I did NOT bake it in the machine, when it was done its mixing, I put it in my bread pan, let it rise, then baked it.  It was delish!  You can get the recipe here at the Art of Gluten-Free baking and she has the link on the page for using the bread maker if you wish.
Homemade Four-Grain Bread – I got this recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens Best Bread Machine Recipes book and made a change or two.  The recipe is below.
My Avocado Almond Joy Pudding (I’ve made this before, but not for these folks, so here’s the recipe Avocado Almond Joy Pudding)
Gluten Peach Blueberry Fruit Crisp (I’ve made this before also, but not for these folks, so here’s the recipe for Peach Blueberry Fruit Crisp)

We have a long granite counter top in our sunroom, perfect for setting dinner up buffet style, which I like to do when I have my table decorated nicely.  I do from time to time have a sit down dinner, this time, I decided on a sit down dinner which I plated and served.  I plated in the kitchen and my girlfriends helped to serve.  This was a first for me to serve this way, but it just seemed right.  I did put out extra on the counter for seconds.  So, the skies the limit when it comes to entertaining, do it your way, but do it!  Make your guests feel special, you’ll be glad you did.  Let me know what you do to make your guests feel special.

FOUR-GRAIN BREAD for bread machine 2 pound loaf size

1  cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 2/3 cups water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
4 teaspoons gluten flour (I’m assuming this is all purpose flour, that’s what I used)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast or bread machine yeast

Add all ingredients to your bread maker according to the way bread makers instructions tell you to add the ingredients.  I’ve had some bread makers that tell you to put the wet in first, the one I have now you put the yeast first then the dry, then the wet.  If available select the whole grain cycle, if not select the basic white bread cycle.

Healthy Chickens……

Are my girls healthy?? Are yours??  Good question……..

and the answer?????  I hope so, I think so, they look good to me, they’re acting good, so they’re good.  I hope.  Hummmm.

No, they didn't use it, they did drink from it though

No, they didn’t use the pool, they did drink from it though

Well, I’m assuming for the time being they are, they’re eating, they’re sleeping, they’re laying eggs, their hatching chicks, the roosters are that a word??? well, it is now! and their poop looks normal.  Yeah, their poop.  If you’ve been reading the backyard chicken blogs and Facebook pages like I have, you know its important to keep an eye on what their poop looks like.  If you haven’t been reading much, here’s a couple blogs I read most that you might want to read, Tilly’s Nest  & The Natural Poultry Farming Guide and then whatever I find of interest I pinterest it on my Backyard Chickens Pinterest Board.  Here’s a couple articles you can check out and get some of the scoop on poop:  The Chicken-Chics Scoop on Poop, the Digestive Tract Examined and Tilly’s Nest: Buzz off: Preventing Fly Strike.  I learned more than I wanted to learn, but good stuff to know.

With it being so hot this summer here on the East Coast in Southern New Jersey, its easy to get flies when you have chicken poop around.  So, I know there’s the pennies in the baggie ‘o water trick, that folks say works, but I haven’t tried, but what we did do, we added an osculating fan.  Worked like a charm!  Plus, it does double duty, not only does it keep the flies out, it cools the girls and that’s what its all about.  Keeping the girls cool and comfy.

Speaking of comfy, now that we have 2 farm kittens, they came with little pests of their own, they have/had fleas.  Well, don’t want my girls to get fleas, we’ve not had any problems since we’ve had our flock and don’t want any now.  But since the kitties are hanging out with the flock, which we want them to do, we have to get rid of and PREVENT any future fleas.  Well, today they kittens went to get spayed and while there they treated them for fleas, yes, I know, its a poison, I don’t like it any more than you do, but, I need them dead NOW!  Okay, that aside, on to natural stuff, I’m researching, kittens and cats are ‘allergic’ to citrus, citrus is good for fleas, so no go there, but herbs, herbs are good for a multitude of things including a fresh smelling hen house! Here’s one article that I’ve found by googling: Natural ways to get rid of cat fleas.

I’m all for a fresh smelling hen house, aren’t you??  Anyway, our hen house is dry, which is good, you don’t want a damp hen house, thats bad.  I have an herb garden…..well, I do have some herbs.

If you been following my blog you would know that last years gardening was a bust do to health issues, this year….. not much better.  We did some traveling during the month of June (yes, I’m going to post the photos, you’ll love them) but, May & June are good gardening months for me, not this year….once again….but theres always next year and this year isn’t over yet, better late then never, they say, so do I!  Anyway, if you check out the photos on my I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This blog you’ll get the idea of what I’m trying to say.   I’ll update here so you can compare, and right now, it needs work, I’m a tad behind….again.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is:  I HAVE HERBS! Herbs are good nesting material and the chickens are suppose to like them and they smell good and they keep away pests.  I was planning on planting mint all around the hen house anyway, because earlier we had a little problem with a couple rats and rats and mice and other things don’t like mint.  In case your wondering, we FINALLY caught the rats in live traps with hotdogs, thats after everything else didn’t work and we’re not putting poison out.  And yes, they are now in rat heaven.

Here are some articles to get you started if your not already:  These too are on my  Backyard Chickens Pinterest Board, and there might be more there, Fresh Eggs Daily – Nesting Box Herbs – Chicken Aromatherapy, The Chicken Chicks – Herbal Pest Control: Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion, Frugally Sustainable – Herbs for Chicken Health: How to Make an Herbal Feed Supplement for Backyard Chickens and Grit – Nesting Box Herbs – Chicken Aromatherapy.  So,  I went herb cutting in my yard and made a aromatherapy mix for my girls.  As you can see from the photos of my container herb garden, I really don’t have allot to sustain my kitchen and my coop (these photos we’re taken a while back and I do have more herbs than what you see here).  Yes, I’m going shopping.  I will be putting in way more herbs, possibly pulling out some of the other flowers and make my yard more ‘useable/eatable’ and lucky for me, one of our neighbors is farming the field in back of our house and guess what they farm??? Yup, herbs!  So tonight I went a peppermint cutting with their permission of course and cut more herbs here in our yard and the hen house smells real purdy!

So, are your girls healthy?? How does your hen house smell?? Do you have flies?? Any other pests?? What are you doing to control things??  Come on, share, we all need ideas, the more ideas the better.  What works for one, doesn’t always work for others, so the more we share, the more options we have.

Proverbs 27: 23-27 (New International Version)
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.