Sunday, January 28, 2007

Cardamom-Fig Chicken

Cardamom-Fig Chicken

5-6 boneless chicken thighs
4 chopped garlic cloves
4 chopped dried figs
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp olive and/or sesame oil
1/2 tsp or more cardamom
1/2 tsp or less ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp or less ground clove
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp or less pepper
1/2 cup warm water

Chop chicken thighs into bite-size pieces; mix all other ingredients in a plastic bag or reusable plastic container. Add chicken to marinade mix; seal and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Bake in covered dish at 375° for 40 minutes. Serve over mashed butternut squash [rice or quinoa if your diet allows] and some fresh sliced pear.


To Be Perfectly Candida

When I went to the Energy Center for my initial assessment on Friday, I did an arm extension muscle test. This technique allows the tester to identify areas of illness or weakness by pressing to guage the resistance of the outstretched arm while barely touching other areas of the body.

There seemed to be varying amounts of weakness in all four quadrants of my abdomen, but when she touched my bellybutton, my arm just dropped. That, she said, indicates a serious sugar problem.

I trust this practitioner completely; I have known her for years. We had a great 1.5 hour session, and I made an appointment to return to the Center this Thursday to pick up the set of 9 Standard Process Supplements prescribed for my particular imbalances. The foods will cleanse and heal from liver to colon and way beyond. And, it takes as long as it takes.

Evidently my insides are highly alkaline, so I was urged to take home a bottle of Phosfood® to balance pH and better metabolize the concentrated foods in the Supplements when I get them.

In related news ... I will be finishing the Flagyl around the same time I start this natural protocol; I look forward to this transition!

Die-(off), Yeast! (Updated)

More information about my innards was revealed at the last GE appointment. One interesting find is an apparent Candida overgrowth. I wasn't warned of a die-off period, but I guess it has to go somewhere, and it doesn't go easily. This (in addition to the hidden sugars) could also explain the recent return of symptoms since starting Nystatin.

I was right. I was informed by another healer that Nystatin kills fungus at breakneck speed, but provides no mechanism for the corpses to leave the system. The result is a feeling of toxicity in the liver. Yuck. I stopped Nystatin on 23 Jan (original post above).