Eating to clear the head..
Jul. 8, 2012 12:48 pm
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 8:03 am
When we moved to the PNW three years ago, I was of the mindset my allergies would clear. We were leaving behind the smog, heat and Santa Ana winds of Southern California.
My allergies did not leave me- they changed. For the worse. During spring, my sinus passages ache and feeling dizzy is a day to day occurrence for me. Because the sensation of dizziness is so acute, I often suffer slight panic attacks as I constantly am feeling
like I might faint. I never have, mind you. Never even come close- its the feeling that causes the concern.
Sounds crazy, right? I thought so too. I have been to every doctor, ENT, you name it and none of them had answers. Allergists have never been able to pinpoint just what I'm sensitive to, so it could be any number of things. Their solutions have to put me on
medications which, for various reasons, I shy away from. I prefer homeopathic means for cures whenever possible, so I spend a great deal of time researching solutions.
Recently, I read an article regarding symptoms similiar to mine triggered by heavy metals. Heavy metals can come into our bloodstream in a variety of ways and not all are toxic. There are ways to cut back on them in the kitchen and improve your eating habits
Cutting back on canned or processed food is the first way. Many of us on AR like to make our own food, anyway, but the less overly processed food you can eat, the better. I know for me, personally, I won't be able to eliminate every single processed food
but what I have started to do is just pay more attention and make better choices. Grapes vs the BBQ chips I would really like to gorge on . My motivation is to remind myself of the suffering I've been through and wouldn't I do everything to make it better?
Another idea is to cut back on fried foods. Ouch. I LOVE fried food- growing up, the one thing my Southern did without any competitors was fry food, especially chicken. But.. here again...I know I won't give it up ENTIRELY. Just cut back and when I do fry-
it will be a treat.
As far as food goes to put into your diet, I found out cilantro and parsley are two green herbs which help cleanse out the heavy metals in your blood. Citrus, particularly lemon, is also a good cleanser. Whole nuts, such as pine or brazil, work well as a cleanser-
they need to be soaked first to release their enzymes.
To get some of this into our diet, we smoked a Chicken in the grill last night (no frying here!) and I made a large salad of mostly homegrown goodies. I also made a pesto of cilantro and parsley that was wonderful on sourdough chunks (Recipe below). Give
it a try and if you have any similar stories or recipes, I would love to hear them!
Cilantro and Parsley Pesto
1 cup fresh parsley (I like Italian Flat Leaf)
1 cup fresh cilantro
2/3 cup olive oil.
Process these three together first to make a thick paste, then add:
2/3 cup pinenuts (you can also use a combo of brazil nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds)
3 large garlic cloves
3 TB Lemon juice
A large pinch of kosher salt (taste after and if it needs a tiny more, add more)
Process everything together until mostly smooth and a light green color. Can be used as a dip, spread on crackers or even mixed in an omelet.
Happy head clearing! I'll let you know in a later blog how my process is going!