End of my detox. Now what?

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I just finished a 21 day Standard Process detox. I wasn’t perfect. I had a couple of coffee’s with cream around the time my grand baby was being born and two meals out with wine around that same time. But I’m proud of myself because it was hard! Dairy is not my friend and that makes me mad. I am hoping to work on my gut bacteria and change that.
I did this detox because I was having health issues. Arthritis symptoms in my hands and arms (intense pain) and hives. After the first week (yes it got worse before better) it went away and I only had one more outbreak of hives at about a week ago. I lost a couple pounds and some inches from the loss of inflammation. I was obviously toxic! This is why I always recommend cleanses as a starting place when you have health issues. I still have some hormonal work to do, hot flashes are back! lol
Like with most cleanses organic-zoneit definitely gets me back to what’s important. A whole food organic diet and more important for me, eating more then once a day. For me the struggle is staying out of the restaurants and making food that I will eat. I don’t eat a ton of meat like Tobias. And with cooking for him and for a living, sometimes I don’t want to make myself food. The soups I ate these last three weeks worked perfect, so I will try to carry that on. Also, absolutely loved the Standard Process protein shakes and fiber. I will keep those as well.
Eating is one of the ways we take care of ourselves and love ourselves. I feel like we as women and moms are giving all of ourselves everyday, we forget to take care of ourselves. Sometimes for me it feels selfish. I want to try and be better at this! XO

Baked Oatmeal

IMG_8857Baked Oatmeal by Heidi Swanson

revised by BSV

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup cashew pieces toasted

1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups your choice of milk, I’ve used water too

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 large egg

3 tablespoons melted (cooled a bit) butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2-3 ripe bananas

1 1/2  cup of berries (can use frozen)

Option: I add 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the over to 375 degrees. Butter the inside of an 8 inch square baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients and set aside.

In another bowl whisk all the wet ingredients together.

Arrange bananas in a single layer a the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the berries over the top. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Make sure the milk moves through the oats. Top with remaining berries!

Bake for 35-45 min.



Bone Broth for Detox

My absolute favorite Bone Broth recipe is from Nom Nom Paleo, check it out here. I just made my third batch yesterday. I have been using the broth for the soups I’ve been making during my Standard Process 21 Day Detox. Day 5 and I am starting to feel better! Here’s a bit of great information from the folks at Paleo Leap!


Benefits of Bone Broth: Detox

Glycine also helps in detoxification – the actually meaningful kind, not the ridiculous nonsense about unspecified “toxins” and the necessity of removing them by embarking on long fasts or juice cleanses. None of those special cleanses are necessary, because your body has its own detox system: your liver. Glycine gives the liver a hand up in removing anything dangerous from the body – for example, in one rat study, rats fed glycine showed significant improvements in recovery from alcohol-induced fatty liver disease compared to rats that weren’t.

Glycine is also necessary for the synthesis of glutathione and uric acid, the body’s most important endogenous antioxidants. As described in the article on antioxidants, boosting production of the endogenous (internally produced) antioxidants is much more useful for reducing oxidative stress than taking Vitamin C or other antioxidant supplements.

Yet another detox-related benefit is that glycine helps clear out excess methionine, another amino acid found in large quantities in eggs and muscle meat. Methionine is an essential amino acid, but too much of it can raise blood levels of another amino acid called homocysteine, and the process of breaking down homocysteine increases the body’s need for B vitamins (thus increasing the risk of B vitamin deficiency even if your intake is adequate). Glycine from broths and cartilage can help break down homocysteine without the need for B vitamins. This is a perfect example of the wisdom of traditional cultures in eating every part of the animal: the proteins in the muscle meat and the proteins in the connective tissue balance each other out for optimal nutrition.

Meal Prep Example!

Happy New Year! I wanted to share a Meal Prep example with you. My client today is a 3×4. She feeds her family of five and she says her meals usually stretch to more then three meals. I offered up (menus are custom to your dietary lifestyle) Broccoli and Potato Soup with rolls, Fiesta Beans with tortillas (for a light meal) and Prosciutto wrapped rosemary, garlic and asparagus stuffed chicken breast. Her total spent for almost all organic, was $142. Thats approximately $9 a serving!

For $9 a serving I planned her week, grocery shopped, came to her house and cooked (smells amazing when you get home), cleaned, plated and put away all the meals in her fridge. I left her my personal receipt along with her market receipt. There will be a check waiting on her counter when I come for next weeks meals!

Easy Peasy! Let’s get you back to the home table! IMG_8396



I received this text from a client the other day…”Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For what your do. Just got home from a busy day at work and I’m enjoying a nice meal with my kids stress-free and we appreciate you so much”.

This is exactly why I started this business! I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives when it came to meal times at the table!

Let’s get YOU back to the home table! XO




A new fantastic restaurant in town!

We had our annual girls Christmas Dinner last night at Armando’s Gallery House. It was the first time I had ever been there and he’s only been open a bit. Absolutely fabulous. Not only is Armando himself approachable and inviting but his food was delicious! Click HERE for pictures of our fabulous three course meal!

The restaurant is full of his rare and stunning art and his desserts are his own unique creations! So beautiful and entertaining. I have heard he plays movies too! On our night the movie screen was a fish bowl full of beautiful colors and images. A must see!



UPDATE ON TOBIAS: Tobias’ current diabetic life. He is within range. 💉Blood sugar tests 8-10 times a day. One of them I do at 2 or 3 am, depending on if he’s done with his homework at 11 or 12. Insulin, 2 types @ 2-3 times a day about 9-11 units. We just got back from Virginia’s, he still has a strong virus in his body. We will concentrate on healing the virus, while strengthening his  adrenals and pancreas. With finals approaching, rest will be top priority!

Adding Insulin to our Tool Bag

The first thing I told myself when I started this journey with Tobias almost fifteen months ago, was that I would tell the story as it unfolds. No matter what happened. When I was looking for natural healing online support a year ago, there weren’t many stories out there. And some of the ones I did find dropped off after insulin was needed. I want to put our entire journey with diabetes out there, a journal of sorts. I hope it helps someone.

Not sure how or where to start this. I’m feeling a bit broken hearted and trying to stay positive.  Mis Joelle started her Instagram day today with the sentence “Fear isn’t real”.  So I will use this as my courage to write this.

We went 407 days without insulin. Managing Tobias’ Type 1 Diabetes through diet and exercise. We use a strict Paleo diet, supplements, essential oils, chiropractic care, massage, a nutritionist and a team of doctors. We had a completely Paleo Thanksgiving on November 16th. It was lovely how (most of) the family pitched in and stayed true to the Paleo site I had included in their invitation! With all that cooking and planning of this feast I failed to actually watch how many carbs Tobias’ was eating. He started his next day in the high 200’s and then it was 384. That’s where I drew the line. It had been our highest number ever and I knew it was still climbing.

The problem is we don’t have any idea what is happening to his body when he is over his MD prescribed zone of 80-150. For every article about how he’s doing damage to his organs, I can find you an article about how people live in the 300’s without any damage. And then people talk about the dangers of going high then crashing. The highs and lows. Well, he’s never had many lows….So???

Anyway, our gut instinct was that 384 was too high and with much deliberation we choose to take a unit of Humalog. (We always kept the thought that we would use insulin as one of the many tools in our bag.) He came down immediately for the rest of that day and until 3pm the next. Then he was back up into the 200’s. We were able to get those down with diet and exercise within a couple days. But then he got sick on November 19th.  A bad cold with green mucus and a sore throat. He wasn’t with me the first three days of it, but once I got him back I attacked it low carb as usual with bone broth, soups, echinacea, turmeric and ginger tea and supplements. He even exercised when he felt better after a couple days of lying flat (snow ball fights and ice skating!). Nothing worked. He was still in the high 200’s. Climbing to 301.  Was it the temp outside? Was it hormonal? The cold? We were wondering why this sickness was taking so long to heal! And then today, still under the weather,  he was 364. So, another shot. This time a unit of Lantus to see if we can help his pancreas while we fight the end of this cold.

I am disappointed we are at this point but thankful for Virginia Irby for keeping me grounded. I will be up tonight checking on Tobias’ numbers, making sure he doesn’t go too low. So far it is as it says, slow acting. We will of course continue as before, hoping to use food not insulin. We will be starting the Gaps Diet Friday, keeping our hearts and minds open to good health and healing!

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Squaw Valley!