millie says skip the cow but not the ‘milk’

skip the cow but not the milk. if a drop of dairy makes the eyes red, the skin itch, stomach curdle, bowels growl, keeps stool staying put or shoot out the yingyang, doesn’t mean milk is out of the question. many people are truly allergic to the protein casein found in cow, goat or sheep milk products, which can isolate socially and gastronomically. Others are sensitive to the lactose in dairy, not producing enough of the enzyme lactase to digest the carbodydrates in cow products. Options for this lactose intolerance include taking a supplemental enzyme called lactase, consuming lactose-free milks and milk products, taking goats and sheep milk products or turning to vegetarian-based milk substitutes. The benefits of going veG include consuming food items lower on the food chain, lowering inflammatory markers, reducing overall estrogen intake which benefits estrogenic conditions such as endometiosis, certain cancers, fibroids and BPH…and being able to look a jersey-girl in the eye with a clear conscious. slurp!

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“Raw Milk”

A tasty lactose-free, vegan alternative to dairy milk.

1 cup soaked almonds (can also use oats, soybeans, rice, hemp seeds)
(Soak in a bowl with water in the refrigerator overnight and rinse before using)
3 cups water
Optional 1 vanilla bean, seeds scooped out
Optional 3-5 soft pitted dates (or soak hard dates in water for 1/2 hour) or
other sweetener to taste such as honey, dark maple syrup, stevia

To make raw almond milk blend the soaked almonds with the water until smooth. Then strain the mixture through a sprout bag, cheesecloth, or strainer into a big bowl. Save the pulp in a container and use for deserts or smoothies.

Put the almond milk back into the blender carafe and blend in the vanilla seeds and dates or other sweetener until smooth. This milk will last in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days. Shake well before using.

Use for drinking, on cereal, in baking, in cafe au lait. Not a suitable substitute for breastmilk, but young children can drink it as long as all ingredients agree. Use as base for lactose-free yogurt. See my yogurt recipe.

Raw nog recipe: Blend in a banana and use a pinch of nutmeg to make a festive raw-nog.

Source: http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/almondmilk.html

millie says happy hallowe’en

pace the backdoor-trots. signs of increased peristalsis in absence of medical diagnosis include eruptive, disruptive, loose, watery, undigested, non-formed and explosive stools. many reasons may exist for decreased transit time including stress, virus, parasites, stimulants, history of medication use and food sensitivities. to curb Montezuma’s revenge bulk up with soluble and insoluble fibre found in psyllium husk, practice deep breathing exercises-10 breaths at 10x per day; replenish good bacteria with powdered probiotics-acidophillus and bifidus; remove aggressive dairy and other food or drug sensitivities; cut the coffee and cigs, take teas or capsules mades from herbs known to slow that spasm of the colon such as licorice, fenugreek and slippery elm. so no more need to rush to the cry of cock-crow. phewf!

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millie says decrease transit time

address constipation by increasing peristalsis. if transit time is running late then before resorting to laxatives encourage easier bowel movements lots o’ water; not rushing a bowel movement; weight bearing exercise, not bicycling or swimming, but walking, running, climbing stairs; massage from right to left over abdomen; magnesium citrate 500mg; soluble and insoluble fibre found in heavy slimy products such as apple pectin, pears, sesame seeds, oat fibre, psyllium husk and the following herbs to increase the the wavelike motions of the intestines cascara sagrada, beet root, dandelion and milk thistle. if the perfect stool seems unattainable then take the self test below to find out some reasons why.

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Constipation Self-Test

  1. do you feel fatigued, have low energy or muscle aches? yes = 1/ no = 0
  2. do you have a bowel movement less than 5 x per week on an ongoing basis? yes = 1/ no = 0
  3. do you strain to pass a stool? yes = 1/ no = 0
  4. do you pass dry hard pellets or stool that looks like toothpaste? yes = 1/ no = 0
  5. do you have an abundance of fowl smelling gas? yes = 1/ no = 0
  6. do you eat 30-50 grams of fibre per day? yes = 0/ no = 1
  7. are you unable to lose weight even though you are “healthy”? yes = 1/ no = 0
  8. do you take pain medication or anti-depressants? yes = 1/ no = 0
  9. do you drink at least 2 litres of water per day? yes = 0/ no = 1
  10. do you exercise at least 3 x per week? yes = 0/ no = 1

a score of 4 or higher may indicate you are suffering from sub-optimal colon health.

millie says question the coffee

question the coffee. small amounts of espresso or sips of coffee throughout the day on a full tum tum are at the far end of the consuption continuum whereas an extra large venti triple this shot’a that, at the top of the day, finds itself at the other end. the body digests and utilizes the caffeine as soon as its consumed so providing an overdose triple serving of caffeine and sugar energy to the blood stream is more likely to cause angst, edginess and a hypoglycemic low than is consuming small amounts of unsweetened coffee on a full stomach of protein and complex carbs; the healthiest best way to tolerate the looming mood and sugar dismounts. so enjoy an enlightened cuppa.

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note: if you have already stopped coffee GOOD FOR YOU! if too sensitive to coffee stick to grain coffee, oil processed or the “cringe” environmentally unfriendly swiss water process. skip the toxic regular style decaf.

millie says october 18

encourage digestion with castor oil.  Taken internally castor oil is a mildly toxic cathartic or strong laxative that causes violent spasms of the intestines subsequently expelling the bowels with violent force so much so that it can actually be used a last resort to induce labour in post dates babies.  Used externally however castor oil is a gentle stimulus for the immune system of the digestive tract.  peyer’s patches are part of the MALT system found in the intestines and make up anywhere from 60-80% of the immune system.  when stimulated with castor oil packs or a gentle rub of the abdomen with castor oil proper dexoxification is maintained in our bowels stimulating the immune system to fight off viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens.  Castor oil rubs can be done daily before bed on infants, children, pregnant persons without the use of a heat source.  Castor oil packs include a castor oil soaked cloth and a heat source such as not water bottle, warm towel or heating pad can be done daily on adults as a relaxing nighttime routine while pondering the immunity in our bowels….

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millie says october 15

let kids get sick. recently Tylenol, Dimetapp and other makers of children’s cold and flu medications have been taken off shelves due to adverse events and even deaths. giving Tylenol to suppress it trains the body over time NOT to mount a fever, prolonging the duration and severity of colds over time plus dosing child with liver toxic drugs not recommended for optimal elimination and metabolic function. while childhood fevers, a sometimes scary symptom of a cold or flu but not an illness itself, cause sleepless nights for parents, the benefits of letting children get fevers far outweigh the risks.

Fevers are a natural healthy response that elevate the core body temperature so that virus and bacteria can be cooked to death. mounting fevers between 38 and 42 degrees Celcius, up to 105 F help the child turn over immune system, help prevent diabetes 1, fight the virus or bacteria and actually provide a healthier immune system for the next time a pathogen is caught. In otherwise healthy people, the body also has a upper limit set point that will prevent a fever spike so high that the body actually self combusts. If child is burning, restless or uncomfortable with fever put in a lukewarm, tepid bath until the fever comes down a couple of degrees- about 20 minutes, and keep child bundled and comfortable with lots of fluids- water and herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint or ginger. while crying and complaining are normal signs, warning signs to go to hospital are a listless child, not able to move, willing to drink, able to pee, or be alert. Plus research shows that children who have febrile seizures are more intelligent than others.

for complete list of withdrawn products go to http://www.cbc.ca/cp/health/071011/x101125A.html#skip300x250

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millie says october 11

Eat beets! Related to spinach, chard and quinoa, these rich roots are superfood. Ranging in color from Crimson to striped to blush they are full of fibre and minerals, detoxifying to the liver, and sweet like candy. Though often shunned due to cultural aversion these are perfect company to a fall fest. Take them boiled, gently pickled, raw in slaw or juiced, a pesticide-free beet a day will keep the doc away. Add powdered beet to Gerolsteiner for a pretty pink drink and instead of red dye No.40 in birthday treats. so many surprises.

See inspirational photo by the dangerously wholesome Sarah Wendt. Peruse her gallery of good eating at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5761399047.

Heart Beets

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millie says october 3

clear the skin via the liver. fall cleanse time again and since it’s getting cold, better to drink warm teas than lemonade. Common Canadian weed, yellow dock, latin binomial rumex crispus conjures an image of a red man in a suit delivering teapots to rural windmills of young maidens to help clear up psoriasis, rosacia and eczema while gently cleansing bowel and detoxifying liver after a summer of merriment. recipe: Boil for 5 with burdock root, combine hot liquid with a handful of cleavers leaves, drink steeped for a wonderful liver cleansing and skin clearing tea. 1 litre per day for 10 days under supervision.
Yellow dock from Herbie’s Herbs site
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