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Chocolate Cake 2

Chocolate Cake 2

Gluten Free, Coconut Flour

Preheat oven to 350.

Cut wax paper to line the bottom of two round pans.

In a sauce pan,

1 cup butter, melted

1 cup cocoa powder, mixed into the melted butter

In a mixing bowl,

9 eggs and 3 egg whites (save the yolks for the frosting)

2 cups Birch Xylitol

Mix well and add:

½ cup milk or coconut milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Mix well and add:

1 cup sifted coconut flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

Mix well and then, add the butter and cocoa mix from the sauce pan and mix well again.

Honestly, to get it to mix well, I had to put the batter in the blender because for some reason it didn’t mix well and looked multi-colored.  One time, I left it multi-colored.  One time, I put it in the blender and I think the one that went through the blender looked better and had a smoother texture.  Both tasted good, though, so it may just be the visual affect! J

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pans on a rack for 20 minutes and then, remove from pans and let it cool completely.

Top with frosting of your choice.  One of the frostings we do needs egg yolks.  If not doing that frosting, simply put 12 eggs in this cake, instead of reserving the yolks for the frosting.

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Chocolate Cake 1

Chocolate Cake, Gluten Free

4 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1½ cup birch xylitol

2 large eggs

4 egg whites (reserve yolks for frosting)

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

¼ cup oil

½ cup water

6 drops Vanilla Crème Stevia

Preheat over to 350.  Line with wax paper and grease two  9 inch cake pan with grapeseed oil.   In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.  In a medium bowl, combine xylitol, eggs and vanilla extract.  Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined.  Scoop the batter into a prepared cake pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool in pan 1 hour, then serve.  (You can make this in a 9X13 pan.

Frost with one of these:

Heavy Cream, whipped and sweetened with Vanilla Crème Stevia

Chocolate Frosting listed with the Black Forest Cake

Chocolate Frosting, Hannah’s concoction

I made this the first time on Father’s Day, 2011 and topped it with the frosting for the Black Forest Cake, minus the cherries.  Terry liked it and I was thrilled to have a decent looking and tasting chocolate pie.

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Coconut Flour Waffles

Coconut Flour Waffles

6 eggs

1/4 teaspoon stevia

1/4 cup coconut milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

7 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil

4 Tablespoons mashed banana

1/3 cup sifted coconut flour

1/3 cup pecan meal

Mix all the ingredients in a blender  except the coconut flour and pecan meal.  When it is well mixed, add the coconut flour and mix well and then, the pecan meal and mix well.

Bake in a waffle iron until brown.

We serve ours with some kind of fruit.  My favorite is fried apples with cinnamon and stevia, but the last time we had this, we had blackberries warmed on the stove sweetened to taste with xylitol and stevia.  After they got warm, I mashed them with a potato masher so the sweeteners could get inside the pulp.  Then, we topped the whole thing with fresh whipped cream sweetened with Vanilla Creme Stevia.

My husband has NOT cared for my non-grain waffles until this one.  He really liked it and told me to be sure to remember what I did, so we could do it again.

I plan to add blueberries to the batter the next time I make these!

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Years in Captivity

Early Childhood

I was born in 1953 to parents who were 18 and 17.  I was the first of three girls born in three years.  Five years after I was born, my mom had my first brother, so by the time she was 22, she had four children.  We were all bottle fed.  My life was pretty typical for Americans post WWII.  We went to school and church and ate pretty much what everyone else in the nation ate.

We ate the standard American diet. My parents did the best they knew to do and like most Americans, we loved desserts. I don’t remember eating out much, but we ate white bread, margarine and sweets for birthdays and every special occasion.  At my grandma’s we had dessert at least once a week when I was young and more often as the years passed and money got better.

I remember getting vaccines.  I also remember having constant episodes of tonsilitis and multiple rounds of antibiotics.  I slept propped up and sucking on peppermint candy to quiet the constant coughing.

When I was about 8 or 9, I fell down my grandparents’ back porch stairs during an ice storm.  I went down bouncing on my tail bone.  It hurt for some time, but back in those days, we had never heard of chiropractors and we couldn’t afford to go to one anyway.  Within a year of so of the fall, I was hit in the head with a baseball bat during recess at school.  I had a concussion and stayed several days at my grandma’s house eating saltine crackers and drinking Coca Cola.  My young parents were financially strapped, so we kids loved going to Granddaddy’s and Grandma’s house, where we had ice cream, soda and all kinds of sugary treats.

High School Years

My parents divorced during my Sophomore year in high school.  I attended Wichita Falls High School my Freshman and first half of my Sophomore year.  Then, I finished my Sophomore year in Amarillo.  I did the first half of my Junior year in Simi Valley, California, then, returned to Texas and finished high school in Fort Worth.  I ate the typical school food and I remember that last year of high school that I drank Coke when I was thirsty,  even in the middle of night.  I never drank water. By the time I was a Junior in high school, I had on and off back and foot pain.

College Years

During college, I lived in the dorm and ate in the school cafeteria.  They served high carb and minimal protein meals.  They served macaroni and cheese as a main dish.  Many of us made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches after supper to take back to the dorm.  These were full of sugar and on white bread.  I burned an ulcer in my stomach by taking aspirin without eating and spent a year drinking milk shakes for my gut pain, per doctor’s orders.  This, too, was high sugar. Since the doctor ordered it, I was given one every evening by the college after supper, to “coat my stomach” before bedtime.

Marriage and Family

Shortly after I married in 1980, my foot pain became my constant companion and my back began to hurt.  My allergies had gotten terrible, too.  I was tested in 1981 and it was confirmed that I am allergic to every tree in North America, tobacco, cats and more things than I can recall.  In 1982, I began to see a chiropractor.  I got some short term relief from pain. In 1983, I had my first child.  I spent many hours studying birth and babies. I had homebirth and breastfed extensively. well into toddlerhood.  In spite of that, my son had many allergies, too.  I had no idea that vaccinations compromised the immune system and so, he was vaccinated.  After vaccinations, he had pneumonia and ear infections, though I didn’t connect the two at the time.

When I was pregnant with my daughter born in 1987, I was sick with terrible reflux and projectile vomiting almost 24 hours a day the entire pregnancy.  I slept in a recliner because the reflux was so bad that laying down was not an option.  I ate way too much sugar during that pregnancy and my daughter was born with reflux and when we had her vaccinated, she had immediate yeast infections.  I began to have breast infections and I thought she had given them to me.  It never crossed my mind that the vaccinations had caused her issues or that I was really the carrier of the yeast/fungal issues.

I had two more sons and with each pregnancy, the yeast/fungal symptoms got worse.  When Hannah was 6 and Daniel almost 1, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.  That was the summer of 1993.  By then, I had obvious short term memory loss and Hannah was suffering from severe dyslexia.  I finally began to connect the problems we were having with vaccinations, but I thought vaccinating was required by law and so I kept on, but added homeopathics to counter the side effects.  I began to take colonics and I went on the yeast/fungal eating plan.  Daniel’s yeast issues resolved within two weeks of me changing my diet.  I started feeling better and got my thinking cleared up.  I stayed sugar free, carb free and high protein for over a year.  When Terry’s mom died in May, 1994, we began to go back and forth from Louisiana to Oklahoma every six weeks and I quit trying to stay on the yeast/fungal eating plan.  It was easier to just eat fast food on the road and I sure didn’t want to make an issue of my food when we were with extended family, mine or his.

Moving to Oklahoma

I stayed fairly well for a season, but then, I went and stayed with my grandma in Wichita Falls for seven weeks to take care of her for knee replacement surgery and physical therapy.  She ate out at least one meal a day and her home was full of Little Debbies, Snackwells, soda and candy.  I gained weight and so did my son, Josiah.  By the time we moved to Oklahoma in December of that same fall, 1995, I was thoroughly addicted again to sugar and carbs. Our extended family, both in Texas and Oklahoma ate the standard American diet, which is sugar and carb laden and so my health declined rapidly when we moved and began to spend more time eating with extended family.   I had a miscarriage in July, 1996, and the natural grief and depression that followed was increased greatly by the yeast/fungal overload.

Early Menopause!

The miscarriage sent me into immediate menopause with hot flashes and night sweats at the age of 42!  I suffered for years with menopause symptoms before being introduced to progesterone cream.  While getting my menopause symptoms under control with progesterone, the pain in my back gradually increased over the years and by 2000, I was hurting all over and I was so out of balance that one leg was visibly shorter than the other.  In the fall of 2000, I discovered upper cervical care and the severe stabbing pain in my lower back was lessened for a season, while the pain in my muscles continued to get worse and worse.

I knew from past experience and from numerous resources that my pain and short term memory problems could be eliminated by diet, but I got into a vicious cycle.  I was in pain, so ate emotionally.  I even had myself convinced that I “deserved” to eat the sweets and carbs for comfort, because I was in such pain.  The more junk I ate the more the pain increased until I finally had a frozen shoulder and could no longer drive.  For at least ten years, I took weekly massages just to survive.  The massages loosened the frozen shoulder, but the pain continued to be with me all the time.

Partial Diet Changes

Periodically, I would go a few weeks sugar free and carb free, but I failed to read labels and I was getting hidden sugars and chemicals in many foods.  I gave up desserts, potatoes, grains and yet, I still craved.  I took herbs and other supplements to kill the fungus, but I kept craving sugar and carbs.  That was because I was getting it in meats, broths, condiments and many other foods that I didn’t suspect.  Plus, I didn’t understand back then that grains convert to sugar, so I allowed myself to eat some grain at least once a week and thought as long as I kept the amount low, all would be well.  When I decided how I would eat, I based it on what I knew about diabetics and since they are told they can have limited daily carbs, I thought I could, too.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

When I made a commitment once and for all to change to a healthier lifestyle, my life began to change.  Just as Dr. Davis of WHEAT BELLY fame says, the weight and illness greatly decreases when we eat right.

Resources

Since August of 1993, I have read numerous books about Yeast – Fungus conditions.

The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough  by William C. Crook, MD

The Fungus Link, Volumes 1, 2, 3 by Doug Kaufmann

The Germ That Causes Cancer by Doug Kaufmann

Conquer Candida–Restore Your Immune System by Jack Tips, ND

Sugar Blues by William F Duffy

Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton

Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

Most libraries have these books, but they are worth owning.  Most are available in health food stores and online.

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Struggles!

Dear Friends,

Being sugar free has become the easy part of my new lifestyle!  The conviction God has given me and knowing all the bad things sugars and artificial sweeteners do has totally removed the temptation from my life.

On the other hand, staying totally grain free is not so easy.  The yeast fungus diet instructions actually say you can add back whole grains sparingly after you have completed the maintenance time.  Even so, for the most part, I have stayed off grains and kept my diet VERY low carb.  I eat chipless nachos and crustless pizza.  I eat romaine wrapped hamburgers and skip bread of any kind, even homemade sourdough, 99% of the time.

Between Christmas and New Year’s life was hectic.  We got together with friends and I ate crustless pizza and felt great.  However, I gave in and ate some cheese nachos with 100% stone ground corn chips and New Year’s Eve, I ate popcorn covered in real butter.  My family wanted air popped popcorn for New Year’s Eve.  I LOVE buttered popcorn and I decided it surely couldn’t hurt me to eat it just one time.

THINK AGAIN!!!!

I haven’t felt “bad”, but I craved carbs for THREE full days after I ate the nachos and the popcorn on New Year’s weekend!   Three days of feeling unsatisfied and pondering all day long, “What can I eat?”

I haven’t had cravings like that for months and months!  I thought I was just restless and maybe it was just because I was busy and hadn’t eaten regular meals, but I spoke to a friend today who is also sugar free and low carb and she said that she ate nachos this past week and it made her crave carbs, too!

(FYI – I drank Young Living’s Slique Tea consistently during those three days and it usually makes me feel full and satisfied, but not so after indulging in corn chips and popcorn!)

So, my conclusion is this:  maybe some people can throw in grains occasionally after being on the yeast fungal diet and not be harmed, but after all these months, the grains still affect me negatively.  They make me lethargic and they make me crave foods that I KNOW intellectually that I do NOT want.

Next time my family wants popcorn, I will eat salted nuts as a substitute.  Next time they want nachos, I will stick to my chipless nachos or just eat cheese and apples or apples and almond butter.

Grains are still affecting me and maybe they always will.  I would be sad, but I know that the LORD has given me wonderful alternatives.  I don’t have to have grains now that I have learned to cook with almond flour and coconut flour.

I do miss chips and one day, I am sure the LORD will show me a good substitute or take away the desire.  For now, I can eat carrot sticks, celery sticks and apples for crunch!

I do KNOW that I do not want to be lethargic or waste my energy craving bad foods.  I want to be focused on giving the LORD glory through ALL I do, even what I eat!

I am working on the story of my life’s diet and how I ended up here.  Pray for me that I will finish it, so I can share it with you and so I can continue to be accountable to stay the course.  In the meantime, I hope the fact that I have had struggles will help someone to overcome their own difficulties in changing their eating lifestyle.

The key to success is that I listen to my body and STOP eating things that affect me negatively.  By God’s grace, I have learned a lesson and pray He will remind me and keep me on the path to health and wellness!

To God be the glory!

Jesus Christ is the LORD of my life and even my eating!

Ladonna

 

 

 

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New Year = New Beginnings! Day 542!

Happy New Year!

Every day in the LORD is a chance for a new beginning, but there is something so uplifting about the start of a new year with a new calendar and a new opportunity to go at life with a fresh start.  Some call it a clean slate!

I just realized that this is the start of the second calendar year for me to be sugar free!!!  I have gone 1 year and 177 days without sugar, msg and other processed foods.  That is 542 days!

God has been faithful and gifted me with friends who have helped and as a result, I am much more confident in my cooking and eating this way than I was a year ago.

Thank you to all of you who have tried my recipes and helped me tweak them.  Thank you to all of you who have cheered me on.

I haven’t mastered this new lifestyle yet, but I am sooooo much better at it now than a year ago.

I praise God for the great success and the improvement in my health.  I could not have done it without His gift of conviction and His power and strength.

Many times I have had to stand alone, but He has always been with me, even when I felt out of place among family and friends.

I am so thankful that He opened my eyes to the reality that my body is the TEMPLE of the HOLY SPIRIT and convicted me that I should eat with purpose for His glory!

I ended the year 2011 better at all this than I started it.  I have a better start on 2012 than I had in 2011 and I will end this year better and stronger than I am starting.  By God’s grace, I will continue to grow in Him, as I learn  new ways to eat and live for His glory.

Thank you, my friends, for joining me in this adventure of a lifetime!

We CAN do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens us!  Yes, even give up sugar and other unhealthy foods and habits!

God bless you with His presence and power in 2012!

Ladonna

 

 

 

 

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