Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Review)

It seems like just about everyone has been posting and or talking about cauliflower crusts. Have you noticed? Well, I finally got around to trying a recipe.

There are lots of recipes circulating around the Internet, but in the end I decided to try Love & Lemons vegan version.

The crust out of the oven and ready for toppings:
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Since I was making this pizza for my husband I topped it with mushroom and tomato marinara and Daiya. You can top it with any vegan combination you can think of (pesto, nut cheese, veggies, et al.).

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It came out slightly too moist (I think because I used the whole head of a large cauliflower, which was more than what was called for), because of this it did not slice up perfectly. Other than that the taste was fantastic. I asked my husband if he could guess what the crust was made out of. He couldn’t. He guessed all kinds of flour/grains, but not cauliflower. After I told him what the crust was made out of he smiled and said, “I should have guessed it would have been a veggie!”

I will have to work on getting the texture right, but overall I would call this recipe a hit. Both my husband and mom liked it! My husband, as he was happily scarfing down his pizza, was telling me all the different toppings he would like to try on it. With a crust this healthy I will happily oblige.

Recipe notes:
-  I made (and recommend) the vegan /flax ‘egg’ version
-  I was out of onion powder so I put in more garlic powder
-  I also added more nutritional yeast (my hubby loves nutritional yeast)

If you haven’t tried cauliflower pizza crust yet you should. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Enjoy,

Treesa

Kale Chips (that turn haters into lovers)

Several years ago, when I first started eating a high-raw diet, I tried kale chips. I had to. Everyone in the ‘raw food world’ seemed to praise kale chips. As it turned out, I hated them. I hated every recipe I tried. Finally, I quit trying.

Fast forward a couple years – to the day Michelle K. posted a kale chip recipe at Raw Food Rehab. Had I not been a huge Michelle K. fan already I probably would have bypassed the video. I’m so glad I didn’t, because Michelle shared that she too had tried several kale chip recipes and also didn’t like them until she made this recipe. So, I bravely gave it a try. That was several years ago and it remains my all-time favorite, go-to, kale chip recipe.

Thanks to Michelle (and Penni’s) recipe, I went from a kale chip hater to a kale chip lover!

Here are my kale chips going into the dehydrator:
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I ate ‘em all before I remembered I should have taken an after shot.

You can watch Michelle’s video and access her Addicted to Kale recipe here!

My notes:

-  I always make a double batch!

-  I use wheat-free tamari instead of Braggs

-  I like to sprinkle a little extra nutritional yeast on top

If you’ve been a kale chip hater, give this recipe a try!

Enjoy!

Treesa

Gratitude List: Favorite Bloggers & Websites

Q.) What’s a girl to do when she can’t leave her room?

A.) Hubby hooks a projector up to the computer making my entire bedroom wall my computer screen so I can enjoy (and be entertained) by my favorite bloggers and websites!

Literally, I have spent the last several months stuck in my bedroom recovering from surgery. I probably could have gone crazy if it was not for my favorite bloggers and websites.

So today I am rolling out my gratitude list to the following people/sites that lifted my spirits these past several months.

I am GRATEFUL for (listed in no particular order):

The Wooden Spoon: My favorite new blog discovery. Amy’s posts are divine and I can easily get lost in her pictures!

Keepin’ It Kind: Kristy posts some seriously yummy recipes. Really enjoyed her recent (blogged about) venture to NYC!

Ginger Is The New Pink: I’ve been following Lauren’s blog, and her healing journey, for several years so stopping by here is a must to see what is new!

And where I have spent the bulk of my time, while I’ve been stuck in my bedroom healing? Pinterest! Seriously, the best site ever! Are you pinning? If so, let’s connect!

I’m so grateful for all of the inspiration and great people that can be found at the click of a button!

With Gratitude and Love,

Treesa

Who is inspiring you these days?

Catching Up & Moving Forward

This post has been a long time coming. When I wrote Personal Guidance System I had no idea I was about to take a six month sabbatical. I had just hit the six month mark on the Gerson Therapy when life took a turn I could not have foreseen.

Look At The Stars by Kayla Gordon

First, I was having problems on the therapy (full details forthcoming in another post). Then my husband was laid-off. Finally I was about to have multiple, and unexpected, surgeries. Every sign in my path made it clear that I could not continue the Gerson therapy beyond six months. To say I was devastated would be an understatement, and yet I also felt proud that I was able to do it for as long as I did! It is a hard, yet remarkable, program and I learned so much about myself while on it. Over the last several months, since Gerson, my nutritional healing protocol has ebbed in and out of different therapies. The one constant being my unwavering commitment to nourishing my body to wellness.

I don’t mean for this post to be so nebulous. I just wanted to let you all know that I am still here, still kicking, and still working at the office of healing! I’m not quite up and on my feet yet (both literally and figuratively), but hope to at least be able to post once a month or so until I am strong enough to return FT.

I promise to share the details of this wild ride moving forward.

Thinking all the best of you…

All love,

Treesa

Personal Guidance System

We all know about Global Positioning Systems (GPS), right? In fact, many of us own one and use it regularly. We all too often forget, however, that we also have our very own Personal Guidance System (PGS)?

Our Personal Guidance System is the inner barometer that tells us when we are on track and when we are not; when we should do ‘this’ or when we shouldn’t. It guides us through life, if we listen and let it.

Sometimes, when there is a lot going on, the gage on our Personal Guidance System can become more difficult to read. In times like this it’s time to plug back ‘in’ and recharge our system. That’s exactly what I am needing at the moment. Appointments, tests, new specialists to work with, therapy modifications, et al., have left me feeling worn and my inner barometer a bit out of focus.

So, I’m plugged in and recharging my Personal Guidance System (PGS).

I’ll be back soon.

All love,

Treesa

Q&A – The Gerson Therapy

Over the last couple of months I’ve received a few questions about the Gerson Therapy, which I will attempt to answer here.

Please note I am simply a girl on a modified version of the therapy. In no way, shape, or form do I represent the Gerson’s, the Gerson Institute or a professional practitioner of the therapy, so my responses are simply my own understanding of the therapy.

How do you make oatmeal, Gerson style?

Sorry I failed, originally, to list the basic oatmeal recipe on the primary Gerson recipe post. I have since amended that post to include this recipe.

This is how I make the Gerson oatmeal:

The oatmeal is made using 1 cup (you could use up to 12oz) pure water to ¾ cups (you could use up to 5 oz) oats for a single serving. Bring the water to a boil and then quickly reduce the heat, put in the oats and softly simmer for six or so minutes, until ready. You can add a bit of fruit (albeit no berries on Gerson, sad but true) and up to 2 teaspoons of maple syrup if you’d like. I typically make it with 1 tablespoon pre-soaked raisins and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

If you’re not on Gerson you could substitute the water for fresh nut milk and add in berries…healthy and yummy!

Why are certain herbs and healthy foods like berries not allowed on the Gerson therapy?

This is a difficult question for me to answer, as I am still curious about what is and is not allowed myself. I wonder why onion and garlic (both powerful culinary medicinals) are allowed and used daily, while ginger (another powerful culinary medicinal) is not.

Why is mint (an aromatic) used in several of the recipes in Healing The Gerson Way, while a large list of other aromatics are forbidden because of the very fact that they are aromatics? Hum. That makes no sense at all to me.

What I can say is that there is a definite rhyme and reason to what is and what is not allowed, even if it seems contradictory. For example, at one point I had a tiny bit of avocado and my body screamed NO. Avocado is not allowed on Gerson because it is high in fat, which although healthy makes the liver work harder than is needed at this critical healing time. I also tried a smidge of ginger and my body again said a big NO; it was way too strong for my system.

So all I can say is after seventy-five plus years of treating people with serious illness the Gerson therapy is the way that is is for a reason. They know what works and what doesn’t.

In regards to berries, it my understanding that some people have reactions to them and so in effort to make it easy they just have everyone stay away from berries while they are on the therapy.

Did you stay at the clinic in Mexico?

No, I didn’t. I am not able to travel so I never really had the opportunity to even consider it. I am doing the therapy from home, right out of the gates…like many.

How are you responding to the therapy?

It’s been a mixed bag really. I’ve experienced some healing, but I have also run into some difficulties that have resulted in me making some necessary modifications. I will share more about this in an upcoming post and will eventually put up an in-depth progress report post as well.

I didn’t think the Gerson therapy was an option for people with a brain illness?

It is an option, but depending on the type of illness in the brain that you are referring to some have lower rates of success. That said, it is my understanding, after reading numerous testimonials on the Gerson therapy that some (even with brain tumors) have healed completely while others have improved greatly. I think those are pretty good odds given the dismal statistics of healing brain illness even in conventional medicine.

The main thing that makes healing illness in the brain difficult is the location itself. Being encapsulated within the skull limits inflammation (a normal healing response) and what inflammation does occur creates pressure within an already tight space, which can cause greater problems and risks. This is the difficulty I have had. As the pressure increases in my head I develop speech, vision, hearing and even memory problems. I will talk more about the modifications I have had to make to the Gerson therapy, in order to deal with some of these challenges, in an upcoming post.

I would just add, if you or someone you love has a brain illness I would not rule out the Gerson therapy as a means of healing and or helping. I would suggest contacting the Gerson Institute for support.

How much is the Gerson therapy costing you per month?

A lot. There is no disputing how expensive alternative, and nutritional healing therapies in particular, can be. Fifteen pounds of fresh produce a day, plus supplements, adds up quickly. If you are not able to grow any of your own produce to offset grocery bill costs then you’re looking at a very heafty bill. Not including ALL of the start up costs associated with this therapy, I spend around $1,600 – $2,000 per month on Gerson related costs alone. This of course is on top of the grocery costs and other needs and expenses my family has.

It is a hardcore program in ALL respects (physically, emotionally, financially, et al.). It is worth every penny spent to restore one’s health, but it definitely takes a lot to make it happen. Everything we have (literally) is going to fund my healing therapy. It takes a true commitment to pull it off (for spouses too). I am blessed to have my husband and mom’s unwavering support. I simply could not do it alone.

For more information

The Getting Started page on the Gerson website has a cost estimate pdf worth looking at if you are deciding whether or not to do this therapy.

Also, the FAQ page on the Gerson website is very helpful and thorough. Check it out if you have lingering questions about the Gerson therapy!

I hope this answered all of your questions. If not, you’re welcome to contact me.

Wishing you a wonderful day,

Treesa

Tomato & Herb Sauce

Having an abundance of fresh, summer tomatoes has inspired many kitchen apothecary creations this week. One such creation was a tomato and herb sauce inspired by a favorite cooked recipe I use to make every summer, all summer, in my pasta eating days.

This is a very easy recipe that lends itself perfectly for all sorts of fun variations. It could easily be a cooked sauce, a sauce you set out in the sunshine (covered of course) to warm it and infuse the flavors, or raw as I made it. It would also lend itself nicely as a picnic or potluck meal. In fact, if you put the sauce on top of your zucchini noodles before heading out to your picnic or potluck, by the time you eat it it will taste like a yummy cooked meal. Easy, versatile, and so tasty!

This is also a recipe that, with slight variations, would be a suitable side-dish on the Gerson therapy.

Tomato & Herb Sauce
serves 2
1 cup yellow cherry (or grape) tomatoes, washed, cut in half
1 cup red cherry (or grape) tomatoes, washed, cut in half
3 large cloves garlic (or to taste), minced
½ – 1 tsp sea salt (or to taste) [omit on Gerson]
1 tsp dried marjoram (or 1 Tbl fresh)
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped [omit on Gerson, can replace with parsley]
1 Tbl olive oil [omit on Gerson or replace with *flax oil if keeping this dish raw]

-  Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir well to combine.
-  Ideally, let sit for several hours to let the flavors combine.
-  Serve on zucchini, kelp or other veggie noodles.
-  Garnish with Brazil nut ‘parmesan’ (4 Brazil nuts + 1 Tbl nutritional yeast   processed into a fine meal) or hemp seed.

Enjoy!

Treesa

Note:
*Don’t heat flax oil, it will destroy its valuable nutrients. Flax oil is not a cooking oil. Only use in this recipe if you are keeping it raw!

Serenity Trigger & Stress Management

Do you, like me, get derailed by stress?

One thing I have not done well in my life is manage stress. Don’t get me wrong it is not for lack of trying, rather, I hadn’t found anything that truly worked for me when I was really stressed. Meditation is a common antidote to stress, but when I am stressed I don’t really get to the place that allows me to experience its benefit. One thing that has helped me, however, is having a serenity trigger.

Essentially, a serenity trigger (which could be a place, object, memory, et al) helps you change your response to stress by moving your thought(s) away from outer chaos to an inner calm. I imagine it would be akin to the calm some people might be able to reach through meditation.

My serenity trigger is a Sequoia grove. When I close my eyes and think of my favorite Sequoia grove I can literally start to smell the giant trees. I can breathe in the fresh air. I can imagine myself sitting against a giant Sequoia, as I lean my back into her trunk I can feel her energy. I feel warm, embraced, protected, cared for. These trees are my heaven on earth!

Any time I need a reminder of my heaven on earth I just turn my thoughts inward and go to the Sequoia grove. I cannot even tell you how beneficial this has been for me. While it does not always zap me free from stress, it can take the level of stress I am feeling down several notches. That is a huge benefit, especially for someone like me who is highly sensitive.

Funny thing is, nearly every time my mom (aka: extraordinarily gifted massage therapist) gives me a massage she leads me through a visualization to a place in nature where I feel connected, safe, comfortable and nourished. By doing so, my body relaxes and reaps greater rewards from the massage. Ironically, I never tried doing this outside of a massage until I learned about serenity triggers. Go figure.

An integral part of my healing journey has been acquiring the tools that actually work when I feel stressed, as I have poorly managed stress throughout my life.

Here are a few tools straight from my own healing toolbox that are most helpful when stress and or life is getting to me:

…or when all else fails, pop some bubble wrap!

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What tools do you use to manage stress?

Photo Journal Update (3)

We’re enjoying blooms, blooms, and more blooms (inside and out)!

Emma decided to cozy up in the hanging basket planters that are sitting, temporarily, on the table. See the blooming violet and peace lily?

The ‘kids’ (Belle, Chance, Emma) taking an afternoon nap on my desk!

We now have tadpoles, froglets and frogs…oh my! In fact dozens of little-itty-bitty frogs are hopping all around our yard now. Can you see all three stages in the picture?

In the kitchen…

Well, you know what I am having these days…juice, juice and more juice. My hubby on the other hand gets to venture beyond his daily green juice and so I thought you might like seeing some of the eats (and recipes) he’s been trying lately!

He had a chickpea (eggless) omelette with spicy eggplant crisps, which he really liked! This would be a really easy car camping meal and I think it would even work well for backpacking except it might be too low in calories to serve as a meal in and of itself for any hardcore trips.

He also had a smashwich, which is smashed chickpeas and avocado on sprouted bread with lettuce and tomato.

Last but not least I leave you with what got me laughing this week (thanks to Pinterest)!

Enjoy your weekend,

Treesa

Questions to Ponder

Two posts in one day, wow, that’s unheard of. Sorry to fill your in-boxes twice today. Not only do I have help with my food medicine prep today giving me some time for ‘other’ things, I am also feeling inspired by what I found in my own in-box that I wanted to share.

There is nothing like having a few powerful questions to ponder, don’t you think? Well thanks to a couple of my favorite blogger’s/blogs, I’ve been marinating in a few doozies the last couple of days.

Since they are just too good not to share, I’m posting them here for you!

“Are you more loyal to your fears than your dreams?” from July 31, 2012 Wellness Warrior post, How to Open Yourself Up to Receiving More in Your Life

What are your soul vitamins? From July 31, 2012 Delve Spot post, Soul vitamins: nourishing your wellbeing + my faves

What’s been on your mind this week?

All love,

Treesa