Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thé du Matin

I have so many tea blends that I enjoy but this one is one of my all time favorites!
Thé du Matin (morning tea in french) is a fragrant, flavorful and well balanced blend of green tea, aromatic herbs and spices...All organic!
If like myself, you are longing for the Fall, this tea will bring you a little autumnal foretaste ;).

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My Custom Diet - Update

How ironic is it that the more you detoxify your body by removing foods that make you sick, the more you get sensitive to other toxic foods...I guess finding the right diet for you is all about fine tuning ;).

Currently, I am:
  • Gluten free
  • Low grains/grasses to nearly grain free (I try not to have more than 1 serving per day...More than that feels like it's too much for my body. My favorites are buckwheat and wild rice ~ I like strong flavors.)
  • Low starch (Starchy foods seem to give me similar symptoms than gluten grains)
  • Sugar free (I only use natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar in small amounts. I use agave syrup only once in a blue moon, because it's not a liver friendly sweetener. Most of the desserts I have are fruits, fruit based or fruit sweetened...I plan on making some dry fruit syrups and see how my body reacts. I know manage to drink my teas without any added sweetener.)
  • Yeast free (I can't stand the smell nor the taste of yeast anymore and my body doesn't seem to like yeast anyway).
  • Nightshade free (The hardest part may have been to get rid off tomatoes since they are everywhere but since I realized how addictive they were, I found the motivation to stop eating them. I have found some very good no-tomato sauce recipes using carrots or butternut squash and beets (for color), with proper seasoning, it tastes about the same as real tomato sauce so I don't feel like I'm missing something. Potatoes make me sick within 24 hours. I've always had trouble digesting peppers no matter how much I loved them and eggplants give me a funny sensation in my mouth).
  • Soy free (Because it's a health hazard. I only have a little splash tamari once in a while)
  • Peanut free (Not that I'm allergic but I never liked the taste & texture, plus when you do a little research it's not such a great food...Sunflower butter has a similar taste and is more nutritious)
  • Few(er) eggs (I noticed that my belly doesn't agree with lots of eggs and surely not on a daily basis...I wonder if it has to do with the feed. For this reason, I will stick with pasture fed eggs and plan on trying duck eggs as well).
  • Few legumes/pulses (These can be hard to digest so I don't eat them too often and usually stick to a few "favorites" such as kidney beans, cannellini beans, azuki beans, lentils and peas/split peas...I find garbanzo beans/chickpeas very acidic)
At this point, dear reader, you are probably wondering (just like my mother did) : what is there left to eat? Well, there's plenty!

  • Nuts & seeds + nut/seed butters (I love making milks out of soaked nuts/seeds or butters ~ for express milks)
  • Fruits & vegetables (I particularly enjoy greens, members of the cabbage family, squashes & pumpkins as well as a few root vegetables)
  • Meat, poultry, fish, eggs (Preferably free range and grass/pasture fed)
  • Raw milk & dairy products (Great for homemade yogurt, whey and clabbered milk)
  • Homemade lacto-fermented foods and drinks (Don't neglect the good bacteria, you need them)
  • Miso (I use a soy free miso made with azuki beans)
  • Nourishing herbal infusions
My favorite ways of cooking & enjoying these foods are raw, steamed, boiled and oven baked.

I feel healthier, less aches & pains, less fatigue and more energy. I also have nearly no cravings (especially not towards junk and sugary foods) and experience less hunger due to the fact that I have a varied and nutrient dense diet (so I eat less that I used to). No more mood swings, cranky liver, pounding heart/tachycardia nor hypoglycemia either ;).

Monday, July 20, 2009

NEW DRYAD CREAM

This cream is inspired by the Dryads, which are tree nymphs/female tree spirits in the Greek Mythology.

My Dryad Cream is handmade with:
-Organic sweet almond oil
-Plum kernel oil
-Wildcrafted mango butter
-Unrefined beeswax
-Organic aloe vera gel
-Vitamin E (a natural antioxidant & preservative)

This cream can be used both on face & body and has a wonderful natural almondy scent with vanilla & caramel undertones. (See listing for more details).

Enjoy ;).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What's On My Food?

About pesticides in and on food items
http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/

3RD BI-MONTHLY BOOK GIVEAWAY/RAFFLE

Reserved to US customers placing an order in my Etsy shop between July 1st and August 31st, and who wish to participate to a raffle.
The book chosen for this giveaway is "The Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Cookbook" by Mable and gar Hoffman.
The winner will be notified by email on August 31st.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

July's Tea Selection: Tisane Indienne

This is a very tasty and exotic blend, inspired by Indian spices and flavors, that can be enjoyed either hot (during the cold months especially) or cold (it makes a refreshing ice tea).
Tisane Indienne is a 100% organic blend of cinnamon chips and peppermint.
Cinnamon has a naturally sweet flavor, so you might not need to sweeten this tea.
Enjoy ;)!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

"Cream of Coconut" for Breakfast

This Cream of Coconut makes a tasty, satisfying and filling breakfast...
This recipe is grain free, gluten free and dairy free (unless you choose to use milk).

Ingredients for 1 serving:
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp sweet potato flour
  • Natural sweetener of your choice (optional)
  • Fresh fruits, nuts, seeds...etc (optional)
Pour water in a small saucepan and set on medium heat. Whisk in the coconut flour and the sweet potato flour until there are not lumps left. Let the liquid thicken (it only takes a few minutes) until it reaches desired consistency. Add your sweetener and stir well.
Pour your Cream of Coconut in a bowl and enjoy as it is or add some toppings of your choice.

If you like it...
  • Thicker & richer: use raw milk, nut/seed milk or coconut milk instead of water. I like a combination of half water and half milk.
  • More fancy: use a cool/lukewarm tea or herbal infusion of your liking instead of water. I think a rooibos chai would be a nice choice.
  • More flavorful: add some herbs or spices of your choice. Vanilla extract would be a nice addition.
  • More chocolaty: whisk in 1 tbsp of cocoa powder before it thickens or let some chocolate chips melt.
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