Warning! This doesn’t look pretty! Alas it tasted good, and was a healthy start to my day. Here is the recipe:- Breakfast Quinoa
I cooked 1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup almond milk. Once cooked I let it cool then put in the fridge. The recipe makes 2 portions. This morning I had 1 portion, mixed a little more almond milk in and microwaved it for a minute. Then added some cinnamon and ate it with some greek yogurt and unsweetened apple sauce. This filled me up! It felt strange eating quinoa for breakfast, but since I’m trying to eat grain free I will need to get used to it. I did enjoy it.
I decided I’ve had enough of my allergies. Its been years of dealing with dustmite/pollen allergies. It drives me nuts, and at its worst I feel like I have a cold all the time. People ask me all the time if I’m unwell – “no. its allergies”. I’ve been doing some research and it seems that changing my diet for 6 months is going to be key in sorting this out the natural way. I’m willing to do it. Until now I’ve controlled it with over the counter drugs. I try to limit them to 2-3 times a week and only having them on bad days. I have been doing that for years and its not going to be sustainable long-term. The side effects of these over-the-counter medicines worry me. I really want to get on top of it somehow, or lessen the effects of my allergies the natural way. Seeing an allergy specialist is a last resort.
So here are some changes I’m going to make:-
- Diet. 90/10 rule. No refined sugar. No processed food. No grains. I did no sugar/processed for 80/20 for 2 months. I also did no grains 100% for 2 weeks last month. So I can do it. Keeping full on other carbohydrates is key for me. 90/10 is doable. The “10” is for when we go to other people’s house for dinner. So once a week I might have a meal that is compromised – but thats doable, and I will try my best to keep that as close to my diet as possible. Eating out is pretty easy these days – there are always salad/meat options at restaurants.
- Organic vege/fruit, milk, eggs, meat where I can. The dirty dozen!
- We use too many commercial cleaning sprays in our house. Its time to ditch them and use natural cleaning methods. Also natural laundry detergents. My skin gets so itchy. Last night I made a cleaning spray using 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar. I think all of the toxic sprays might affect my asthma and allergies.
- Vacuuming and dusting my bedroom really well each week, moving furniture and really getting it spit spot clean.
- Using my neti-pot every other day to get pollen out of my sinuses!
- Taking a probiotic every night (good for allergy sufferers!)
Hopefully all of these things can help. If I went to a nutritionist I would probably be told to do all of these things (plus cut out dairy). I’m not up for cutting out dairy at this stage as I simply don’t consume a lot. I have maybe half a cup of milk each day and 1 serving of greek yogurt. I will report back!