I did some baking the other day. From time to time my husband asks me to make him what he calls “Coconut sweet bread”. He’s from Barbados and it seems that’s something they traditionally eat around Christmas time. If I’m wrong about that forgive me. I’m just going by what my husband tells me. I think last Christmas was the first time he asked me to try to find a recipe on the internet and make it for him. Since then he keeps asking me to make it. I never did find a recipe that was simple enough for me to try so I did what I do best. I threw stuff together and conducted an experiment. I guess since even my son now asks me to make it from time to time the original experiment must have turned out okay.
So I attempted a gluten free, fibroid friendly coconut sweet bread the other day. Might have been on Saturday or Sunday, can’t remember. I was at least able to try a piece. It was edible enough. I wouldn’t say it was anything remarkable. They ate it all and that’s always good; but no one actually said it was good so I know it wasn’t great because if it had been my husband would have said as much. So I don’t think I’m at the point yet for recipe sharing; but I did take some pictures with the intention of writing about my baking session.
I call this a fibroid friendly coconut sweet bread; but that’s just based on my belief that the things I used are fibroid friendly. Since I haven’t consulted a nutritionist who is knowledgeable about fibroids and what’s good or bad to eat when you have fibroids, my “fibroid friendly” claim is not a matter of fact. It’s a matter of believing that the ingredients I used will not contribute to fibroid growth; but the belief is not based on any extensive research.
I used a gluten free flour to make my coconut sweet bread. The flour contains
- Garbanzo Bean Flour
- Potato Starch
- Tapioca flour
- White sorghum flour
- Fava Bean Flour
I mixed this flour with some milled golden flaxseed, splenda sweetener, some baking powder and baking soda.
After that I mixed together a banana, some almond milk, cinnamon and coconut flakes in a blender.
Then I poured this mixture in with the dry ingredients, added some egg substitute, and about a half to three-fourths cup of coconut flakes.
Mixed that up into a pasty batter, put the batter into a non-stick baking pan and stuck the pan into the oven at 350 degrees.
And 50 minutes later my “fibroid friendly” (?) “gluten free” (?) coconut sweet bread was ready.
It came out a bit flat; and I still can’t get it to come out smooth on top. It’s always cracked; but I had fun taking the pictures. I enjoyed the whole creation process. It was relaxing and it felt good to be doing something that I knew my son and husband were going to appreciate (provided it didn’t come out horribly). It was a nice little break from spending all day sitting at the computer working on this thing or that thing. I need more of these breaks throughout each of my days. I need to build a life. I was going to say rebuild but then I realized I never really had a life so it wouldn’t be a rebuilding. I have to confess though, I feel like what I’m trying to do can’t be done. I feel like this is it. This is my life. Where I am is where I will always be. I’m scared about both possibilities — failing and succeeding — whatever succeeding means. Because at the end of the day, you can’t avoid the more painful realities of life no matter where you go.
I’ve been drinking a lot of soy milk lately. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I’ve strictly been drinking organic soy milk; but I purchase it bought from the grocery store and I don’t know how much you can really trust labels on food products you get from a regular grocery.
Labels aside, it’s really hard to know if soy milk is okay to drink when you have fibroids. I’m not even so much concerned with whether or not it’s good or bad. I just want to know if it’s okay to drink it, meaning it might not help to shrink my fibroids but it also won’t help to grow them.
I do have some very real concerns that soy milk might be helping to keep my fibroids at their present size even if it’s not necessarily causing them to grow. I don’t find that I’ve seen as much shrinkage after my last few fasts as before. I have to admit, to make it easier to go the number of days planned I have been consuming some dairy based products. So it’s hard to know if to blame the soy milk or the dairy. I definitely feel like the dairy is more responsible for the slower rate of shrinkage than the soy milk; but it could be that both of these things have contributed.
As far as published material that’s out there, it’s hard to know what’s what. Some of the material suggests that soy is beneficial while other material suggest it’s harmful. Who can you trust in a situation like that? I certainly can’t decide that for anyone but myself and for me, I’m leaning towards discontinuing using soy milk simply because I can’t say firmly after using it that it’s helping and I do have some concern that it might be harming. Taking those two things into account I will have to try to find another alternative to dairy.
What I liked about the soy milk was that it’s packed with protein and I don’t have to add any gross tasting protein powder to my drinks to fortify them. I don’t particularly love the taste of almond milk and there’s very little protein in almond milk — at least in the ones I’ve bought from the store. When I’m avoiding solids I need to get as much protein as possible to avoid hunger. Soy milk has been great for that reason. But if soy milk is hindering my ability to shrink my fibroids then I’ll obviously have to stop using it and find something that doesn’t taste horrible to fortify almond milk with protein.
It’s such a serious pain in the backside to have so many limitations on what I can eat; but I guess giving up soy milk won’t be too difficult. After all, it’s not as if I was using soy milk all along and have such a great love for it that I struggle with the thought of giving it up. I only started using it as an alternative to dairy in an effort to stop feeding my fibroids things that make them grow.
I have wanted to try my hand at baking bread for a long time now. I love bread. Not necessarily the sliced bread they sell in the store. That I can do without; but from time to time I get to craving bread. I don’t eat as much bread as I would if I felt like I could eat bread freely.
Part of my plan for my life transformation attempt is to do a lot more cooking. The purpose of that is so that I can have more control over what I’m eating and also so that I can work towards improving the quality of my life. As it is I generally dedicate very little of my time to the care of myself and my family. I often don’t even make time to clean, do my laundry, do the dishes. Not that housework is something that improves quality of life; but a bright, clean, happy and healthy home surely does help towards that goal; and although my home is never necessarily filthy that’s only because we’re all so good at keeping to our corners. The living room will get dusty but we can go a year without it ever getting seriously messy and that’s not because I clean it. We’re just never in it because I work from an alcove just off the living room and need my “peace and quiet” so my husband generally watches the television upstairs in our bedroom and my son hardly ever comes out of his room. The atmosphere in my home, which I am responsible for creating, isn’t particularly warm and inviting; and I think that is something I need to make it a priority to change. I have allowed depression to control my life for way too long.
So one of the first things I want to do is finally try my hand and making bread. I’m thinking about doing that on Saturday. So I’m looking for easy bread recipes. From what I can tell bread is perfectly fine to eat if you have fibroids. Maybe not white bread — that seems to be on a good few lists of foods to avoid if you have fibroids; but you know how it is with these lists. There is so much contradiction.
What I want to do is try to find a recipe that uses an alternative to white flour and that does not use dairy. I don’t know if that is possible; but I will be looking around for some recipe ideas. Hopefully by the time Saturday comes around I’ll still be in the mood to try my hand at baking bread. My moods continue to go up and down; but I guess I need to be realistic about things. This isn’t something I’m trying to do to prove anything to anybody. I don’t need to be worrying about looking like a fool because I say I’m going to do something and I don’t do it. I need to keep reminding myself that this is not a game I’m playing in the hope of winning some kind of prize. I’m not going to wake up in a week a completely different person. I’m not going to undo a lifetime of bad programming in one year. This is a process. My moods will fluctuate. My motivation will be high one moment and low the next. It’s going to take a long time and a lot of work to achieve the balance I’m after.
The image of the bread is from pixabay.com
So today I decided to do a little baking experiment. I’ve been revamping Fibroid Life for a few days now and still in the process. I came across a post I wrote back in August 2012 (How exactly do you make raw chocolate cake and does it look or taste like cake?). I needed a picture for the post. My first thought was that I should try to make a raw chocolate cake; so I went to the Live Superfoods website to find the Cacao Brownie Cake Mix with Sprouted Super Flour that was referenced in the post. I quickly realized I would not be able to afford the mix. Maybe if it was a 32 oz package I would have gone ahead and bought it; but ten dollars for a 16 ounce bag of cake mix? That’s a bit steep for me right now. So I figured I would try to make some fibroid friendly gluten free brownies instead. By fibroid friendly I simply mean I am using ingredients that , as far as I know, will not feed your fibroids and make them grow.
Let’s start at the end
This is what my finished brownies look like. Also the above photo is a picture of the same brownies.
I’ve had to overcompensate with the photo touch-up because the picture didn’t come out very clear. But these are my brownies that I made today out of Hershey’s cocoa, gluten free flour, and maca powder, peanut butter and almond milk with a few spices thrown in.
Unfortunately they weren’t particularly good. At least according to my taste tester. I didn’t actually taste them myself because I am Day 12 into a fast right now. But this is what my taste tester said about my fibroid friendly gluten free brownies.
- A little bitter
- Sort of a strange aftertaste
- I like the effort (In answer to the question: ‘so you don’t like then then?’)
- They look like real brownies
- I might not be able to do more than one. After taste a little too much.
I won’t bother sharing my recipe since this first try was a failed experiment. After my fast ends I’ll try again. In the meantime here are some of the pictures I took as I went along.
Mixing the cocoa with Splenda
I’m not sure if Splenda is considered good or bad to use when you have fibroids. I’ll have to do some research on that.
Adding Gluten Free Flour to the mixture of cocoa, splenda, cinammon, maca powder, numeg
To my understanding maca powder, cinnamon and nutmeg are gluten free.
The brownie mixture with peanut butter and Almond Milk.
According to my research peanut butter is also gluten free. The almond milk used is labeled gluten free. Hopefully the label reflects the truth.
Why Gluten Free?
I suspect I might be gluten intolerant. I don’t know for sure but just in case, I intend to try to avoid gluten as much as possible. I won’t attempt to do a full on Gluten free diet because I don’t know for sure that I am gluten intolerant and that’s just something extra to worry about; but whenever possible, if it does not add unneeded complications, I will try to make gluten free food for myself and my family.
Over the coming weeks I will be doing research as I work on developing a fibroid friendly diet that will also be friendly to the men in life. One of the most difficult things for me over the years has been trying to maintain my health while having to cook for men who aren’t necessarily concerned with what they eat. If we had the money and I had the inclination I would just cook one thing for them and something else for myself; but we don’t have the money and I don’t have the inclination. So I have to come up with recipe ideas that will be fibroid friendly and yet good. I don’t think they care too much what they are eating as long as it’s good. It’s going to be quite a challenge.
Image courtesy of Piccolo Namek via Wikipedia
I’m closing in on the end of my 4th day avoiding solids. Like I said in a previous post, I don’t have a set number of days that I’m trying to reach for avoiding solid foods and drinking only juices. I’m just going day by day and not making any declarations about doing a juice fast. My goal is to try to regain my lost sense of balance and get back into focus. I’m already feeling more balanced physically. My emotions remain a bit low, but I feel mentally stronger even while not necessarily emotionally energized. I am able to get up and do the things I need to do.
So what’s the deal with the Is peanut butter okay to eat when you have fibroids question you might be wondering. Well, I have been putting a serving of peanut butter into my morning drinks to try to add some protein; but today I came across some material in which it was claimed peanut butter is one of the worst foods to eat. Peanut butter and popcorn apparently which is interesting because I was eating lot of popcorn just last week (the kind you have to pop in a pot on a stove) and I came to the conclusion that popcorn does not agree with my fibroid riddled system. Every time I ate the popcorn I felt extra uncomfortable not necessarily right after eating it. I felt like there was some toxic chemical reaction taking place inside my stomach and it left me feeling ill throughout the night. I’ve actually come to this conclusion about popcorn before and had stopped eating it. I don’t know if it really is bad for you in general; but I think based on how I have been left feeling after several days of eating popcorn every day, it’s not a good choice of food for me to consume, certainly not in excess.
As for the peanut butter, after reading that it’s considered one of the worst foods a human can consume, I started to wonder if it might be a bad idea to be putting peanut butter in my drinks, not because of reading someone’s article stating that it’s a food that should be avoided; but because reading the article made me realize that I did not know what impact if any peanut butter has on fibroids.
So I’ve done a little research, nothing intensive, to try to find out if peanut butter is okay to eat when you have fibroids. Here are summaries of some of the articles I found in case you might be interested in researching the answer to the question yourself.
This excerpt is from an article titled “Before removing uterine Fibroids and Endometriosis read this story”. It is by a writer named Dana Tate. I could find nothing about her professional expertise or personal experience with fibroids. This could just be an article that was written based on information in other articles. It’s just basically listing peanut butter as a safe food for fibroid sufferers to eat when needing to recover from low blood count.
It’s common for women suffering from tumors to possess a strong craving for ice, dirt, even powdered starch, these are signs of a low Hemoglobin. A low Hemoglobin ( the substance in blood that contains the oxygen) or ( low blood count) occur’s from massive blood loss due to heavy cycles. A low Hemoglobin left untreated can lead to blood transfusions, heart attacks or a stroke, It ‘s important for women who experience heavy cycles to take iron daily, exercise regularly, and eat foods that are rich in iron for blood building .
Leafy green vegetables such as: Greens, broccoli, spinach, okra, peas, romaine lettuce, avocados, cabbage, Brussels sprouts even peanut butter are rich in iron. Eating whole grains, seeds, nuts, fish and berries are healthy for the immune system. (Source)
Also found an article via livestrong.com titled “Foods That Help Shrink Fibroids”. In that article it is suggested peanut butter could aid in relieving and reducing fibroid symptoms, perhaps not alone but in conjunction with other fibroids friendly foods. This article was written by Jill Andrews who is said to hold a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry/nutrition.
Consuming a diet rich in healthy oils and nuts may help you relieve and reduce your fibroid symptoms. These foods are rich in vitamin E. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin E-rich foods can help reduce cramping and menstrual pain symptoms that are associated with fibroids. Good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils such as olive oil, soybean oil and canola oil. Nuts and nut butters are also good sources and include almonds, pecans and peanut butter. (source)
Of course there’s no way to conclude from two articles that it’s okay or not okay to consume peanut butter when you have fibroids. Like I said I have been using it to add protein and a little flavor to my drinks in the morning but I could always try to get some protein powder if peanut butter might be doing more harm than good in the long run. At least with the protein powder I won’t get the extra fat that comes with the peanut butter. The problem of course is that protein powder can be a bit on the costly side for someone on my nonexistent budget. I bought one a few months ago. It cost $25 and it tasted horrible. Hopefully I can find a better tasting protein powder that does not cost the earth.
Image courtesy of PiccoloNamek via Wikipedia
I have just had an apple oat strawberry smoothie. The taste didn’t blow me away but it was certainly a whole lot easier to get down than the green concoction I made yesterday. Just thinking about yesterday’s green smoothie is nearly as horrifying as the actual taste of the stuff.
I’m feeling more than reasonably okay at the present moment, which is to say I don’t feel weak and hungry or like I have too much sugar in my system. I’m a little sleepy and my left eye has a weird strain but otherwise I feel okay.
My stomach is still looking smaller and feeling softer to me than before I started this juice fast. Like I said in one of yesterday’s update posts, I can feel other components of my stomach where before all I could feel were the fibroids.
Apple oat strawberry smoothie
My Apple oat strawberry smoothie recipe can be found below. I’m just experimenting right now and probably shouldn’t presume to share recipes for my silly concoctions but hey…
Just in case you’d rather try some recipes from more established sources, I’ve looked up some smoothie recipes that are similar. Couldn’t find any recipes specifically for making an apple oat strawberry smoothie but I did find strawberry oat smoothie recipes and apple oats smoothie recipes
September 1 2012: I thought I’d update this post because I was reading it and realized I wrote it on the morning of day 14 of my 21 day juice fast and I’ve written in some other posts that I bailed on the juice fast on day 14. Maybe it was day 15 that I bailed but I do think it was on Day 14, so I have to wonder how a day that started out with me feeling “more than reasonably okay” ended with me overeating and deciding to give up on the juice fast. I can’t really remember what happened that day; but in checking another of my blogs it is clear I was very unhappy on this day. I was complaining about not knowing who I am and where I’m going.
Originally written 2011/06/26
It’s hard to know whether you’re coming or going when trying to find ways to treat fibroids. You go to one source and it tells you one thing. You go to another source and it tells you the complete opposite. Take broccoli for example. Some of the material you’ll find around the Internet, purportedly written by doctors, discourages eating broccoli if you have fibroids. Others recommend broccoli, those too supposedly written by doctors. So which is it? Is broccoli good or bad to eat when fighting fibroids? How do you decide who to believe?
It’s possible that both sides of the equation might be right to some extent. There could be components of broccoli that have the tendency to feed the conditions in which fibroids thrive and there could be components that help with hormone balance which could help towards eradicating the problem assuming fibroids indeed grow as a result of hormone imbalance. I’m no expert in science. It was my worse subject in fact so you’d do well to consult with someone who knows what they’re talking about; but based on the research I’ve done for my own benefit, my conclusion is that avoiding broccoli is not necessary as broccoli contains diindolylmethane (DIM) which is said to have the capacity to balance hormones. How much DIM broccoli contains I suppose would be the next question and does it contain enough to be of any benefit to women in treating fibroids, and is the hype surrounding DIM based on truth about its effectiveness or is it just another way for the industry to cash in on our willingness to try anything they can convince us will help up to get well?
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