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My NEP 8

My New ‘O Blood Type’ Eating Protocol

(GLUTEN FREE, GRAIN FREE, DAIRY FREE, STARCH FREE, FRUIT FREE, PALEO, KETO)

Today, I feel good physically and emotionally, so I am very grateful and HAPPY :) They say if you have your health, you are a billionaire. God forbid, if you have ears but can’t hear, have eyes but can’t see … wouldn’t you give millions or billions (assuming that you have it obviously) to have those senses. I already have them, so I should be very thankful for this wealth that I have been granted and I should take good care of them (my physical and mental health). I did not do enough in the past, because even though I knew gluten or sweets were not good for my body, I LOVED the taste or the fake pleasure it gave me, so I continued to eat. I did not exercise, had a very sedentary life style because I was lazy. Now, I HAVE TO do them because my body is not able to tolerate it anymore, it is overwhelmed with the toxicity, inflammation, stress. I thought I was eating healthy, organic but I did not pay attention to my body’s signals. Even though I am eating healthy, why do I keep gaining weight every year? Why do I feel more tired, no motivation even depressive sometimes? The signs were there but I did not listen to them. At last, when these signs turn into a big health issues that makes me end up at a doctor’s office, then I do what I NEED TO DO for my health. Now, of course, I can not expect the decades of damages reverse in few months, that would not be realistic but I believe that human body is soo amazing and can heal, if God wills and I do my part. I learned that even though I eat clean and organic foods, if the food is not good for my body, it can be toxic to my body. If I was allergic, it would be very obvious but there are cases where your body can be sensitive to those foods or they can be mucus forming, inflammation causing to your body which are not good for your health. That is what I learned 25 days ago and changed my eating accordingly. Well, actually what I am doing right now is more like an elimination diet that we removed everything that can be damaging based on my blood type and physical symptoms (health issues). I weighed myself this morning and I lost 10 lb in 25 days. I did not believe it and got on the scale second time and Yes, 10 lb lighter ME! yayyyy

Few days ago, I was listening a podcast and I learned that human body has 200 trillions of cells and everyday millions of our cells die and millions of them renew itself . There is only one organ that always has the same cell numbers and never changes: Our brain cells. Everyday it does not matter how many brain cells die, new ones are created making up the same number. But the only enemy is ALCOHOL. It is the only factor that can reduce the brain cells number. When we drink alcohol until we get drunk, the damage that it makes to brain cells are not reversible. I don’t drink but I felt bad for those who does and I actually see this in my close circle. Yes, they may be older but still why? I can live may be up to my 80s, 90s or 100s (my great great grandmother that I’ve been named after lived until 105 years old) but why not with a great mental and physical health so that I can enjoy my life until the very end. Why be dependent on anyone? This part is very important too. One of the reason that I would like to be very healthy is I do not want to age badly and be dependent on anybody else: don’t want to be burden to anybody. I also want to enjoy the life. There are lots of things that I would like to do while I can. I don’t know how long I will live, but I would like to enjoy every day that I have left and work towards my dreams every day.

I was not really feeling all that well for 3-4 days physically and emotionally. When I am not well physically, It affects me emotionally and rationally too. I become agitated, pessimistic, depressive, ungrateful, bitter… I guess you get the idea. This is not in my hands though. It is a chain reaction. Anyways, those days are over now, in the last few days I feel much better. I am soo happy and express this to my husband and obviously he is very happy too because my misery effects him too. That is why he is my biggest supporter to get my health back and in the mean time his health too.

Now, let’s look at what I ate today.

Today’s Menu:

Breakfast: Leftover Chicken Soup

I, sometimes, do not want to eat eggs in the morning. In those days, leftover meals are great option.

Lunch: Leftover almond meal & coconut flour crusted carrots, zucchini and cauliflowers.

Last night, I wanted to make something different as a side for my baked wild salmon. I’ve put my usual vegetables; asparagus and broccoli on the same tray but on a separate tray I prepared the crusted vegetables. I simply mixed the 3 tbs almond meal and 3 tbs coconut flour with some spices (paprika, salt, fresh thyme. You can also add black pepper and cayenne). I whisked up 2 eggs in another shallow bowl. I dipped the vegetables in eggs first than in the meal/flour mix and spread on the parchment paper lined tray. My cauliflowers were in very small pieces, so I mixed the leftover eggs and meal/flour mix and combined with the cauliflower pieces . I’ve put spoonful of the mixture (4 rounds on the tray in the picture) on the tray. I drizzled some oil over them. It took a little longer to cook than the salmon but we still ate them afterwards. The salmon was already in the oven for 15 minutes by the time I finished the prep of these veggies.

They were tasty but not crunchy. Ohhh, if I could use parmesan cheese, they would be really crunchy and tasty but oh well. I prepared my plain yogurt sauce (almond milk yogurt and minced garlic with lots of salt) to dip in.

You can see that two of the salmon has black peppers on them, for my hubby and the other one is mine. Common preparation was: lemon juice, salt, drizzle of oil, paprika, turmeric and a little bit of cumin. I drizzled oil on the vegetables (asparagus and broccoli) and salt only on asparagus. Put in preheated oven (400F) for 25 minutes and it is ready. We like well done.

I prepared lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and oil dressing for the broccoli and drizzled on it when we were eating. This is my go to meal when I do not have any prepared food.

Dinner: Ground lamb sautéed with onion and spices, mixed with organic baby kale right before serving. My husband did not want kale ad spaghetti squash so he cracked 2 organic, grass fed eggs on his ground lamb+onion. We usually eat this for breakfast but he wanted to eat it tonight as dinner.

Left over spaghetti squash.

Vibrant green salad made with finely diced red onion, cucumber, parsley and avocado dressed with lemon juice, salt and drizzle of olive oil. Lately, I love this kind of finely chopped salads eaten with spoon instead of fork. Below you will see similar salad to tonight’s.

Here is my secret to this Vibrant Green, Refreshing Salad:

Base is always same:

  • Finely diced red onion or sweet onion
  • Finely diced cucumbers
  • Minced garlic if you want to eat that day
  • Lemon juice, olive oil, salt

Then you add finely sliced greens. In the picture it was organic Arugula and organic Spinach. I use whatever I have at home. Tonight it was parsley. Other days, I use kale, watercress etc. You can use only one green or mix in as many as you want. I think this is a great way to eat your dark leafy greens.

Well, it is time to wind down for me. I will drink my ginger tea and have my beauty and health sleep. Did you know that the sleep between 10 pm and 3 am is the most important time for your body?

Sleep well, sweet dreams!

Foundational Basics For Healthy YOU

We all want to be healthy and live a quality life. Here are 10 foundational basics to have a healthy body and mind.

  • Eat a healthy diet of whole organic foods. Avoid foods that you are sensitive and/or allergic to.
  • Drink plenty of clean/alkaline water. You can put some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in your water.
  • Manage your stress (sleep, healthy diet, exercise, Emotional Freedom Technique ..)
  • Exercise regularly. Don’t start an intense exercise program if your body is not up to it. Otherwise you give up. Start within your ability and gradually increase the intensity, length of time. The key point is consistency. Exercising five times a week for thirty minutes is much beneficial for your body than three times a week for an hour. If necessary, start with fifteen minutes and increase gradually.
  • Eat plenty of raw vegetables and fruits. If they do not appeal you all that much, find a raw cafe and try their food. Their salads, desserts (made from raw nuts and fruits) are delicious, you will see.
  • Get plenty of sleep. If you can not sleep well, try to find out the reason. Your body may be trying to give you a sign. Are you taking too much caffeine, do you have thyroid problem, too much stress etc.
  • Get safe and appropriate sun exposure to optimize your vitamin D. If the weather where you live doesn’t permit, you can have your vitamin D levels tested and have supplement if needed.
  • Optimize insulin* and leptin* levels through minimizing your sugar, processed food and grain carbohydrates and replacing them with healthy fats such as butter, animal fat, coconut oil, avocados, seeds and nuts.
  • Limit exposure to toxins of all kinds (food, air, cleaning chemicals..).
  • Consume healthy fats and avoid processed fats like nearly all commercial vegetable seed oils that are high in omega-6 fats.

While we are trying to change our lifestyle to have a healthier life, it is important to be happy, not under too much stress. I know from myself that, if i try to change a lot of things at once, it stresses me out, i become unhappy and i give it all up . So try to change your habits (if you need to) to have above mentioned basics by doing one at a time; start with one and add one more every week. If one of them is harder to adjust, wait till you get used to it and than add a new one.

My mom always says:

Stressing out/ worrying/ being unhappy is much worse for your body than what you have (health issue) or do (ex: eat unhealthy).

*For more information please see these titles in HEALTH TIPS section.