Thank you Thomas and Karen.
I will try the bison. I'm still working on keeping my alkaline balance around 7.5 and so far it seems when I add meat I get out of whack for the day.
I will say that their burgers looked really really good and oh my, they smelled great cooking on the grille' when they were cooking.
I thought to myself that I am definitely getting better because 4 months ago I had no appetite and food did not smell good! It felt great be outside, great to be with my family and great to feel somewhat normal around them.
A " sneaky substitute " sounds like a plan!
I definately am going to try some of the other bread recipes, The buns were my first and my body reacted well.
One thing I've realized in these past few months is that for me, variety in the foods I eat and the way they are prepared helps me feel more normal, especially since I I will be eating this way as far in the future as I can imagine.
I like to cook and I'm excited about trying new recipes.
I felt safe being with everyone outside and am not quite sure how we'll handle the holidays indoors, but I'm not going to worry about that right now.
I can tell I am getting better every day. I feel better and see that I am healing. Everything is working together to make me well.
Thank you Thomas for the encouragement. I am going to win this war. Not fighting is not an option.
I believe this protocol works.
Karen, I love the idea of starting a thread for the holidays and parties. Being with others is so important in fighting this battle.
Loneliness is not our friend!
Having some fun foods and alternatives for holiday recipes will help to keep the sense of normalcy that is so important as we integrate this protocol into our daily lives.
In the beginning I ate the same stuff every day because I didn't know what else to eat and I didn't feel well enough to cook very much.
I had to stop thinking and eating like I was on a diet.
This is not a diet. This is a life altering change in our eating habits, I cook differently today and I eat differently today.
I expect that I will be eating this way for the rest of my life. I might as well introduce some of these new recipes to my family and friends...Smile!
Thank you for posting this information. I struggle so much trying to stay connected with my family; especially my grandchildren for fear of this disease. It sounds like you had a great family day and even ate healthy.
Please contininue to keep us updated on your new family traditions. It makes me hopeful!
God Bless you on this journey. I pray for you to cross that finish line a winner.
In Christ Love,
Brenda...I'm SO glad you have figured out a way to stay connected to your family! That alone will take away so much stress, and we all know that stress is not our friend.
Your post has started me to think about how to make some protocol friendly "party foods" for the upcoming holidays.
As soon as I come up with one, I'll start a thread under that topic and add to it as I figure out more.
Hopefully, others will join in and we'll all have something to look forward to on the holidays!
It is very good that you are fighting for the normalcy that you enjoyed with your family prior to this challenge. Please don't give up on this fight.
Your mental and emotional health has as much as anything to do with your health and of course happiness. Happiness and contentment are strong enemies against this challenge. If you can keep up this attitude and approach along with the sum of the parts I strongly feel you will overcome this monster.
Keep up the good fight.
Try bison hamburger. The grass fed kind is a little more expensive but is usually a hit and is a sneaky substitute. At least you might be able to enjoy a burger with the family even if only your burger is bison. There are also recipes for quinoa bread which do not cause a reaction for me.
I hope this helps. Have a great week. Be well.
As far back as I can remember, all our family celebrations and holidays have involved cooking, food and eating. I'm not just talking about big holidays like Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving but pretty much any time we all get together, food plays a big role in get togethers with my family.
Barbecue's on the weekends, chips and dips on game Sundays, family meals after church on Sunday's. You name an occasion to get together and we will come up with a way to do it with food!
That was until I changed my dietary and eating practices as a result of this disease. My family hasn't been supportive of me changing anything at all regarding getting well from this disease and that included changing anything at all about out family get togethers.
Frankly, my grown children all expressed the "delusional" opinion that so many of the medical professionals agree upon. Their lack of support, my complete change in eating habits and even my fear of exposing them to the possible contagious nature of Morgellons has caused our family get togethers to come to a screeching halt.
Last weekend I invited myself to my oldest daughters house and asked her if she would mind if I brought the ingredients to make some bread that I wanted to try for hamburger buns, Instead of worrying that my kids or grand kids might catch something from my house or me, I went to their house.
I brought kosher ground beef for hamburgers on the grill and all the ingredients for Carrie's hamburger buns, I also had premade Karen's coconut "bacon". All the kids and grandkids came over and we hung out in the back yard. They all had french fries and I had the sweet potatoes fries listed in the Forum under Recipes.
When everyone was making their hamburgers, I made my bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich on the homemade bun and my two of my grandkids even used Carrie's buns for their hamburgers.
One of my daughters ate the all the leftover bacon. I had so much fun! As I was leaving, we all decided that we needed to do this again.
I "accidentally " left all my ingredients to everything at my daughters house so I don't have to bring them back the next time we get together. So, our family got together this weekend and we started a new tradition.
We didn't get together at my house, we went to my daughter's. I played with my grandkids and read to them and although I didn't let them sit on my lap or give me great big bear hugs, they know I love them, Some of us ate Carrie's buns and some ate Kroger's. Everyone had french fries. Everyone tasted Karen's coconut "bacon" and my daughter and I loved it. I brought the hamburger meat for the burgers and everyone laughed because I didn't eat a hamburger.
I told them I will one day and I will, just not yet! Best of all, we talked about how we can keep getting together, even if we have to change things up a bit to do it!
No one said I was crazy. I guess my family has decided that like it or not, the changes I have made in my life are here to stay.
It was a wonderful weekend!