Killer Brownies: gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free

How can a brownie truly be called “killer” if it has no gluten, grain, or sugar? A plain, dry, tasteless brown thing comes to mind. Because of my dietary sensitivities I’ve choked those down with tea and tried to smile. But lo, after much finessing of other recipes, I now present a gooey, sweet, chocolatey, satisfying wonder of a brownie.

The ingredients you don’t have, can be bought online through  Vitacost.

Alternate Life Brownies

Sugar free, gf, grain free

1 cups Almond Flour
1/4 c coconut flour
1/2 c shredded coconut
1 TB baking powder
1/2+ cup cacao powder
1 scoops protein powder
3/4 cup erythritol/xylitol combo
(powdered in coffee grinder)
2 tsp instant coffee

1/2 c cup softened butter (grass-fed Kerrygold at Trader Joe’s)
1/2 cup coconut oil melted–add last!
5 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup Lily’s stevia Chocolate chips (I get 3 batches from 1 $7 bag)
2 tsp chocolate liquid stevia

Instructions:
Mix all together
oven 350F
Undercook. 19 mins in glass 9×13
Store in refridgerator after 2 days
So good =😂🔺

These aren’t cakey, and will look nearly raw, somewhere between a soufflé and brown cheese dip. Not to worry. Enjoy!

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Diet for IBS-c

Hello, I thought I’d give an update on some new diet and medicinals I’ve been using to heal IBS-c symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a big, inflammatory response in the digestive tract. Its causes are many and uniqueness to each person make it difficult to treat. Its been years of experimenting.  I eat mostly paleo with lots of fats, and take VSL3 (an awesome probiotic– best price at Costco),  vitamin D.

Here’s my recent discoveries that are making a great difference for me:

turmeric + black pepper by Youththeory. You can buy it affordably at Costco or on my go-to Vitacost. I’ve been taking it for quieting the inflammatory response (morning puffy eyes) and brain fog. I take it 3x day when recovering from episodes that can last for days, where everything in my system is out of balance.

Here’s my biggest break-through for managing irritation and constipation caused by food sensitivities:

…drinking a nightly glass of 1/4 tsp of magnesium citrate, 1/4 tsp of calcium citrate, and 2 tsp of powdered magnesium. All three of these must be in powder form. I keep them together with the measuring spoons, and stir them into an 8 0z glass of warm water. It fizzes and is comforting before bed. I get all of these affordably at Vitacost.

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Here are a few things I’ve figured out about food, that may be true for you. In Ayurvedics (East Indian medicine) I am a dasha that cannot tolerate raw food. Vata. I can’t eat raw foods in bulk. Raw foods and Smoothies DO NOT work for my digestion and take me days to recover from. A small salad with cooked food like soup or meat is best.

Here’s what I eat that keeps me digesting, out of inflammation, and out of IBS episodes:  lots of different kinds of soups, homemade coconut kefir, warmed fruit with cinnamon, meat, stir fry vegetables, homemade Lara Bars, coconut oil and grass fed butter in large amounts with steamed veggies, nuts, almond butter, beef or chicken in lettuce wraps, lots of ginger tea, black tea. Almost no carbs at all. I have a great recipe for sugar/dairy/grain free brownies that I’ll post soon.

Those are my latest updates…. and I hope that these little tips and make a big difference for you on your journey to healing your gut!

Now back to painting…..

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9 experiments in painting faces

 

IMG_6437Here are two favorite quotes that reflect a little of the coming year for me. They may also reflect much of this past year:

 “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

2015 was the year I learned to paint faces, something that’s felt impossible my whole life. Very, very satisfying and fulfilling times just sitting at my easel for hours, painting, listening to podcasts, refining, refining, refining. Like meditating.  Sitting in a flow state for hours.  I’ve loved 2015 for that.  Many thanks to Christie Tomlinson, Mindy Lacefield, and mostly Misty Mawn.  Happy New Year everyone, thank you for your support of my artwork.