GAPS / SCD Diet, Cancer and Fungus

A big thanks to everyone for their kind words of support over the past week or so since we found out that my mother has cancer in her pancreas. 🙁 Sorry I haven’t been communicating this last week, we got the news and then had to get our taxes done, which was a bit pain in the neck. We are also taking a trip to LA this month, so I am trying to get my garden and everything else in place before we go. I have been thinking about cancer as a result so these ramblings are what have been fermenting in my mind of late.

When food, the body, the heart, and the mind become perfectly united with nature, a natural diet becomes possible. The body as it is, following its own instinct, eating if something tastes good, abstaining if it does not, is free. -Masanobu Fukuoka

Yesterday, at the laundromat, I managed to read a few more of Masanobu Fukuoka’s essays in what has been dubbed ‘the little green book,’ The One-Straw Revolution. I got into the section on what he calls ‘natural diet.’ He lays out in a clear and beautiful way a description of the importance of the relationship of nature and mankind and how this relationship is developed through eating and farming/foraging. I got so excited by it that I have pulled out my favorite excerpts here. I feel that this SCD/ GAPS diet we are on is helping me to regain the sensitivity of a natural person who is in tune with their instincts, that Masanobu Fukuoka speaks of. Please take a minute to read the sections I pulled out, very profound, it shows the importance of food for creating a natural and peaceful culture for our world.

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Aromatic Raisin Chutney

This recipe has developed over the years from Sally Fallon’s recipe for raisin chutney in her wonderful cookbook Nourishing Traditions.

  • 3 c organic raisins
  • 1 t red chili flakes
  • 1/2 head garlic, crushed
  • 2 T coriander seeds
  • 1 T cumin seeds
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 T fenugreek seeds
  • 2-3 cardamom pods (remove shell)
  • 1 T black mustard seeds
  • 1 T black peppercorns
  • 1 t ground turmeric
  • 2 inches ginger, grated
  • 2 t Himalayan salt (sea salt)
  • 1/4 c whey
  • 1/2 c non-chlorinated water

Method:
Soak raisins in warm water for at least an hour. Peel and pound ginger and garlic in a mortar and pestle. Place the whole spices in a pan and dry roast until the aroma rises from the pan. Process until well ground.

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Crab and Pumpkin Quiche

I was meaning to post this recipe a while ago. This is a delicious recipe which I made for the GAPS diet we are currently doing. This quiche is excellent in this Parmesan and Pumpkin Seed Crust. My Uncle caught these crabs himself off of Whidbey Island. This recipe is especially fantastic with fresh wild crab caught by someone you know!

Makes one 9″ quiche

  • 1/2 crab’s meat (or use 1 tin crab)
  • 1/4 roasted pumpkin diced (I had leftover roasted pumpkin, which was lucky because this is a great combination!)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 c home-made yogurt
  • 1t salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 c zucchini, grated
  • 2 toes of garlic, minced or mashed
  • 1/2 – 1 c cheddar cheese, grated

Method:
Make a crust (I really liked the Parmesan-Pumpkin seed crust, recipe here), but feel free to make your own favorite crust. If you are using the pumpkin seed crust, let it cook for about 5-10 minutes before adding the filling.

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Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay has been a real life-saver for me. I am blown away by the powerful detoxing abilities of this clay. I don’t remember where, why or when it was that I first started using bentonite, but I do remember the first place I ever heard of anyone eating any kind of earth was when I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques. I remember being quite shocked by the idea at the time, but I think it did make me more willing to try bentonite clay originally :-).

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Anise Hazelnut Torte

I picked up a bag of shelled hazelnuts and soon found they are very easy to shell using a morter and pestle. After soaking the nut meat overnight I roasted them in a very low oven. The following recipe is what resulted next: 1 1/2 c hazelnuts (ground) 1/2 c almonds (ground) 1 T anise (ground) 3 T butter, softened…

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