Double Chocolate Paleo Scones

Double Chocolate Paleo Scones

I thought I would throw my own offering into the paleo baked goods recipe pool by giving a shot at creating my own. I got inspired to create a paleo version of a chocolate gluten-free scone made by a local coffee shop here in North Idaho that makes excellent GF chocolate scones. But alas they use a traditional GF flour which still includes grains like rice and tapioca. GF flours can also often use legumes.

For those of us following the AIP with autoimmune issues and grain sensitivities, these are still a no-no. 😕

Another challenge I have with many paleo recipes is many use almond flour, and almonds for me are a high allergen. That plus many AIP’s can’t/shouldn’t eat nuts…

Not that any recipe is perfect for all people, but hopefully this chocolatey cakey scone recipe will be useful and yummy to some of my fellow AIP/Autoimmune/Lymie/Mast Cell/Histamine/“_______” friends out there ♥️. Gotta say I think these are a success 😋

Preheat oven to 350.

1 cup coconut flour

1 cup cacao powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup organic vegetable shortening

1 cup organic honey

8 organic eggs (from hens not fed corn or soy)

1 cup organic chocolate chips (soy-free)

Mix dry ingredients well, add wet ingredients until well integrated, then stir in chocolate chips.

Place batter drop style on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for 12-18 minutes depending on size. Use toothpick if unsure of doneness.

GF

Paleo

Vegetarian

Eat in moderation, not a low calorie, low fat or low sugar food 😉

Why I’m grateful for the struggle

I’m just now waking up on New Year’s morning and although today begins a new year filled with possibility, blessings, and good things ahead, first I have to deal with a morning filled with a spike in inflammation and pain.

I had an amazing surprise for my birthday yesterday and was flown back to Seattle to spend a few days with my good friends, people I love like family. It was a wonderful relaxed evening and one of my friends even labored to make me a grain-free cardamom cake (my favorite). This morning (although there were no “major” cheats last night), my body is reminding me of it’s intolerance of normalcy, and well, eating in general :/

I’m not enjoying the feeling, mostly the fact that my face and limbs have enough fluid to sail a boat on…

But I digress.

Although I’m very uncomfortable physically and psychologically (I’m pretty self conscious of my layers of puff), I am also not dismayed and this present discomfort is small compared to past suffering, or what I know many others have to bear on a daily basis .

Lately I have been meditating on gratitude for the years of illness, for the struggles, the isolation, the lack of normalcy and the divergent path my life has gone down. I know It’s a strange thing to say I’m grateful, and I know I felt differently when I was in the midst of my worst years; the years of numbness and apathy, the years of neurological Lyme, the years of being in bed most of the time…..But I had to go through those times, get through the layers of treatments, of having hopes and dashed hopes, having health discoveries, having to make the climb if you will……

But more importantly it was the steps that God was taking me through in my spiritual journey; the stripping down and restructuring of everything I was, including my priorities and my paradigms. Fire cleanses.

Why am I writing this now?

Well I have to admit I don’t do as well in my spiritual walk when things are too easy. Not to say that my life lacks struggle (see the first sentences of this page), but that said I have been very blessed as of late with entering a good season of my life. I live in a new area I love, my living situation has improved and i have a wonderful new job working with great people. Now I certainly haven’t forgotten God, not even close, but I find I am not crying out to Him in need as of late, and I actually miss that.

There is a depth of relationship with the Lord when you are hurting, or scared, or have heavy burdens and don’t know where to turn other than to Him. There is a sweet place in misery where an intimacy with God can be cultivated. In these times you recognize Him as the All In All in comparison to the frailty of the world that is crumbling around you. That’s why I’m thankful. My roots have been anchored in dark and lowly places of desolation. Through many years and seasons past I think what God was doing in the toughest times (although for so long I couldn’t see it), was driving my growth down and deep and not up into the light. I think left to my frailty and the messiness of my own character, I would so easily fall into step with the world and be charmed and wooed by things that don’t last and offer only menial pleasures, and in the end starve the soul, if not for having lived in the valley for so long.

The writer of Ecclesiastes is spot on when he calls the treasures of the world vanities.

Where am I going with all this? I think what I’m feeling is that I’m entering a new season, a season where I get to put into practice all that I have learned (not that the learning or growing ever ends), and it’s time to practice discipline and obedience in my spiritual journey. Discipline is something I have always struggled with, at least when it comes to scheduling and organizing certain aspects of my life. The words for 2019 seem to be “gratitude” and “obedience”. It’s a theme God seems to be sprinkling me with here and there, little words from different people and different sources that together make a clear picture of what He is saying. When God tells you something He usually reinforces that message by giving it to you multiple times and in different ways to affirm the word.

I am happy to find that I am not fully contented in my present circumstances taking them at face value, it’s good that I want to keep moving forward as closely partnered with the Lord as I can be, to not put my time or relationship with Him on a sidebar, but to keep digging in deep even though I finally have some spring leaves in the light of the sun.

So, I will keep pressing on to try solve these autoimmune issues, the ones that still cause pain and challenges, I will enjoy and give thanks for the positive changes that are new in my life, and most importantly I will keep my focus on Jesus and my ears open to what He has to say in this season and the new commissions He has laid on the path before me.

Hello 2019, welcome.

Discouragement in the Midst of Healing

So it is days like today that remind me with a hard slap that I am still sick. Even though my horrible energy slump is getting better and I am doing some more things my body is still in a constant state of anger and intense inflammation.
I whine a lot on this blog about my water retention, but no joke my legs and butt look like fat suit Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal. I am very serious about this, it may be a downsized version but same effect. I carry around enough water that if I change directions too fast my thighs may end up at the other end of the compass than I am facing….
Okay, I know that was a lot of whining. So even though I am super strict with my diet I am thinking I need to get downright aggressive, meaning not even having those few times a month when I have a bite of this, a bite of that, because my body is just angry, can’t detox properly, can’t methylate, has poor circulation, and obviously has a great affinity for H2O.
I am by default with all my restrictions paleo+ , meaning I take it way beyond the basic paleo diet with restrictions, but I am considering looking into the GAPS diet and seeing what that is all about and really focus on gut healing.
Ok, that is all the energy I have for tonight. Tomorrow I resume the Lyme/Candida/Leaky Gut/Mold Biotoxicity/Methylation Defect…etc fight.

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Evening Treat

Was hankering for something chocolate and creamy on my way home from work.
I had seen a chocolate mousse recipe made with avocado earlier in the day, so I thought I would just wing it with my own..

1/2 avocado
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 packets truvia
1/2 dropper liquid chocolate stevia
1 cup goat milk kefir
3 ice cubes
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
(Okay so I ended up going for more of a frozen yogurt)
Stuck it all in the Vitamix and stuck it in the freezer. Would have been better if I had the patience to let it set, even so my 1/2 frozen yogurt 1/2 chocolate soup was still tangy, creamy, chocolaty and delicious.

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So What DO You Eat?….revisited

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So it has been a while since I posted any food from my uber strict diet. I am again prompted to post because I have been getting those questions again…”what DO you eat?”

For any newbies I am gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free, starch-free, …no processed foods or anything artificial.
So for tonight I am eating
Zucchini Coconut Flour bread (yum!)
With chimichurri, egg, and gingered carrots

Yummy Evening Treat

Invented a delicious night time latte;

Chamomile Latte

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2 bags chamomile tea
Vanilla liquid stevia
Egg Nog Ice Chips. (http://www.vitaminlife.com/product-exec/PNAME/Hand-Crafted-Candy-Tin-Egg-Nog/product_id/72267?gcsct=0ChMIgKW_nvrguQIVxk3mCh05HAAAEAA)

A great treat on a restricted diet

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I Have Lyme, So Why Do I Have To Avoid Gluten, Dairy & Sugar?

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I must saying being gluten-free, grain-free, starch-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nightshade-free, nut-free (except almonds), has made ALL the difference in both my healing and symptoms. Especially if you (like most Lyme sufferers) are also dealing with chronic candida, and then in turn Leaky Gut (compromised intestinal permeability).

Read this great post!

http://www.tiredoflyme.com/diet.html#.UhY8ED-NFFd

We All Blow It Don’t We?

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So it was at the end of the day and I was stuck in above pictured traffic…..(okay it was actually starting to move in that photo so it doesn’t look so bad)
Earlier in the day I did pretty okay with energy at work, but have been generally more fatigued this week.

So I had somewhere to go in downtown Seattle after work, and to make a long story short I sat in traffic a total of almost 3 hours round trip (thank you leisurely boaters for causing the close of the 520 bridge).
It was in this space of time that my body started to really shut down, I started to get so tired it was hard to keep my eyes open. Also when I get really fatigued something happens to the speech center of my brain, it gets harder to talk, and sometimes I will mumble a bit or have a hard time finding my words. Also I notice I can get a little noise sensitive, this seems to go with extreme fatigue.

Anyway, back to what lead to my naughtiness; In this state of fatigue…trying to stay awake…starting to get food cravings…with limited will power…and diminished brain function (have I made enough excuses?) I blew my diet for the second time in two weeks. Previous to these two instances I have been absolutely strict with “No Cheats For 8 Months”.

So I will confess to stopping at PCC for a burger, and then next door for a little frozen yogurt. This was wrong on SO many levels; I have sugarized, dairyized, glutenized, tomatoized, and soyized myself. The body pain, tingling, circulation problems and swelling started almost immediately. I am not sure what is worse, the symptoms or the guilt. I am SO upset with myself. Why I have been so strict for so long and now I am having weakened will power? I am scared too that I will have more weak moments, and I really don’t want to do that to myself.

I know my immune system is dealing with a bucket load right now, I really don’t need to aggravate the leaky gut, candida, sibo and immune response on top of everything else. As Lymies know this is not just discomfort for a day, I might be feeling this for 5 days and up to 3 weeks. For some reason this causes terrible pain in my fingers and wrists, also tingling, and my limbs going to sleep.

I am curious what other Lymies experience with diet upset…what are your symptoms and how long do they last?
Hoping I can stay stronger than today, combat food cravings and weakness.

We will persevere!

Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie

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So good news! I have been fruit-free for a while due to chronic candida and over active autoimmune response, but my doctor told me I could add blueberries back into my diet. My response, create new smoothie recipe:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk vanilla or regular
Approximately 2-3 cups cubed frozen zucchini
1/2 pint blueberries
3 packets Truvia (or to taste)
2 droppers liquid stevia (or to taste)
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp maca powder
1 scoop whey powder (pure unsweetened)
Natural unsweetened plain gelatin for thickness (optional)
Blend!