Tuesday, August 26, 2014

28 years in the making...

My life's greatest accomplishment turned 28 at the end of July. He has a tender heart, a remarkable sense of humor, a passion for sports, and an amazing memory. Josh thinks deep thoughts, watches out for others, enjoys many music genres, and is a loyal friend. I'm blessed to be his momma!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I must be nuts...

Nut Smoothie before picture: layers of sprouted pumpkin seeds,
sesame seeds, cashew butter, hemp seeds, hemp milk, brown rice
syrup, sachi inchi seeds, organic cocoa powder, and a dash of nutmeg. 

14 Jul 2012--a day that will live on in infamy. My dear husband was doing some video work for a local nutritionist. Hearing about my health challenges, she wanted to meet me for a consultation. I had already begun consuming a heaping tablespoon of blackstrap molasses daily for an iron boost at her recommendation. At our meeting she said I could benefit from drinking a daily nut smoothie.

For long time followers of my blog I know you are screaming at your screens begging me not to try it because you know how well my other "I-will-be-so-healthy-it's-sickening" drink experiments have turned out. Yeah, next time yell louder because this Ninja blender of goodness became lunch!

Once I got past the consistency and slightly funky taste, it really wasn't bad. So that night I soaked more seeds preparing to do my body more good the next day. And that's exactly what I did. I could feel nutrients coursing through every cell. Well, that is until that evening when all that goodness came coursing right through...and not in a good way. Stomach cramps and diarrhea wracked my system.

My bowels felt like I had drunk the devil's drink of choice. This lovely development continued in waves for the next couple of days till finally the cramping subsided leaving me with the runs for over two weeks. My abdomen felt like it had been through 9 rounds with a meat tenderizing mallet. Oh, just writing about this makes my stomach start having sympathy pains.

My battered bowels finally began feeling better but my brain must have left the building. I decided to try again thinking I might have caught a touch of something that just happened to coincide with my ingestion of the nut smoothies. Besides I had invested quite a bit of money just to purchase all the ingredients (who knew hemp seed cost a small fortune--wow) and I didn't want to waste them.

They say insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. I am insane as they come I guess. This time the smoothie madness hit later that afternoon and diarrhea was my companion for the next ten days or so. Lesson learned.

So the next time I hear of a nutrition-packed drink that will change my life, I plan to run--so my bowels don't have to.