When does the sugar craving stop?

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I visited a naturopathic doctor last week, and amongst other treatments, she suggested I go on a no yeast diet. That means, that for the month of February, I can’t have any sugar at all!

I’m on day three, and the sugar cravings are just getting worse! This is torture! I don’t think I have ever been three days without sugar in my life. Well, perhaps when I was first with the girls in Ethiopia. But I was too busy and sleepless to notice. Then I lost 15 pounds lugging around those two little girls and not eating sugar. Perhaps there will be a side benefit of this horrible craving!

But to back it up a little, some of you know that I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is not just sore joints. It also is extremely sore tendons, and getting really tired quite easily. Now, I have always been a super high-energy person, so I don’t look like a low-energy person now. My husband says that I am simply more of a normal person now. But I have way less energy than I used to.

Because it is an auto immune disease, I get sick very easily. But I have been getting sick so often over the last two years, that there really is something wrong besides rheumatism. Aside from the sinus infections, which were mainly caused because my dog broke my nose, I also have frequent ear infections and lung infections. I really can’t get cold without getting some kind of infection. And I certainly can’t fly without getting and infection. That’s why I got a tube put in my ear, so I can go to Ethiopia , etc.

So the natural pathic doctor suggested that we first try to treat the underlying infection. I have to take probiotics, and antiviral medication, and be on the no yeast diet. So that means no sugar, no dairy, no mushrooms, no yeast! Which also means I can’t eat bread or crackers. Yikes. For the while month???

I already eat too much dairy, so that’s not a big deal and I knew I was supposed to be changing that anyway. But no sugar is really tough. Stevia just doesn’t cut it!

For anybody who has gone sugar-free, how long do these cravings last? I don’t know how much longer I can take it!

Beehive: Ghanian flat thread plaits

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That is admittedly not a fancy title for a very fancy hair style. Perhaps you have a suggestion for a better title for this lovely hairstyle?

Basically, it’s super simple – you just part the hair and then hold it down. Use some braiding thread or matching yarn (as I did and you just “sew” the hair together. Obviously you are not piercing your kids’ scalp! but rather, you just weave a yarn needle under and over and under and over the hair all along the parted hair, picking up more hair as you go.

If you click on a picture below, it will show you a much bigger detailed picture.

… This style took me only 50-60 minutes on Sugar, and it lasted about a week and a half. If I do it again (and I will!) I will just do smaller parts and it will last longer. It’s also a nice break for the scalp and hair from braiding… there is no pulling at all with this style.

Chocolate Bread Pudding


Ok, so first you have to put on Carla Bruni or some other delectable music. This really makes you feel legitimately self-indulgent.

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  1. Buy some awesome chocolate rye bread. We get ours from Okanagan Grocery, who makes this slightly sweet dark rye with a big slab of dark Bernard Callebaut down the centre. IF you can’t find chocolate bread, buy some regular dark rye and some chunks of dark chocolate to sprinkle around.
  2. Chop up bread in inch sized cubes. Cubes is a liberal way of saying bits. Try not to squish it.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup melted butter over the bread and toss. Set into a buttered casserole dish.
  4. Use the same bowl – less dishes! Beat 5 eggs, add 1 tsp sea salt and 1 cup of some kind of sugar – I used a mix of brown and organic raw cane sugar for this batch. Grate an orange’s rind in, and add 2 tsp of vanilla. A little tipple of booze makes a nice substitute for the vanilla. Try it! It doesn’t look pretty, but trust me – it will taste good.
  5. Heat up 3 cups of milk to warm/hot, and slowly add into the eggs while stirring with a whisk. Spice and I are lactose intolerant, so we just whip up a batch of powdered milk whenever we bake, since we don’t have the stuff around the house everyday. (Except when Grandpa is here.)
  6. Pour over your bread and bake for 30 minutes at 350 or so until the custard is hot. Let cool a bit to warm, and sprinkle icing sugar over top for special effect.
  7. Dig in!

Enbridge No More – Idle No More

Friends now that we are big supporters of the Idle No More movement. Not because we have friends and family members who have indigenous and Métis heritage, but because we think respecting treaty rights is just and the country’s most powerful tool against industrial environmental destruction.

Still not sure why we are going?

  1. Omnibus bills like the one passed late last year include all sorts of legislation with a budget bill. this means the MPs, even those with the best intentions, can’t vote against the legislation since it’s wrapped up with their party’s budget. So last budget bill, we saw massive changes to immigration laws, criminal law, and most importantly, a shredding of our environmental protection laws. The navigable waters legislation, the environmental review process – all chopped up, slid into a budget bill. It’s just not right.
  2. Not only is the Enbridge project an environmental disaster waiting to happen, and it extends the reach and catalyzing more oilsands development, but the project process has also ignored First NAtion treaty rights, and ignored the protests of vast numbers of British Columbians. It has to be stopped.
  3. Worse even than Enbridge is the Canada-China trade agreement that ight be ratified any day. If this agreement goes through, for 31 years we won’t be able to increase environmental protection rules or even stop a Chinese project if we want to, because we’ll have to pay massive fines to the People’s Republic of China. This agreement has massive, long-lasting implications for every sector in Canada, from agriculture to high tech (not just oil and gas) and curbs our rights to manage our own natural resources, putting the needs of the People’s Republic first. A 31 year deal to sign our rights away? It’s can’t happen.

I encourage you all to call your MPs, especially your Conservative MPs. We have a very nice man (Conservative MP) who listens to his constituents… and honestly, the Conservative MP base is the only power to stop the Canada China agreement.

As for Enbridge and Idle No More – show you opinions publicly! Let your voices be heard. Support our First Peoples to help the rest of us.

Letting Go….

I’ve been blogging for 6 years now… our blog chronicled moves, our family zoo, passing of loved ones, seeing our girls for the first time, traveling to Ethiopia and other locales, and most importantly – 3.5 years of life with our girls. Three weeks ago, the blog imploded and we lost it all.

It shouldn’t be a big deal; but it was. We lost a journal of our family, our friends, and our girls growing up. I tried everything I could for a few weeks to recover it. The memories, the pictures and the thoughts. But it wasn’t to be.

I wasn’t sure if I should still keep blogging. After all, it’s work. Taking pictures, writing, editing. But I enjoy it. So finally I asked my girls. “Sugar” and “Spice” were very sad that I couldn’t get that journal back… they liked knowing that there was a record. But they asked me to keep blogging anyway – to show Nona and the rest of their family what they are doing. And to start that journal anew.

So I’m letting go – of those 6 years. but I’m also looking forward to many more. After all… life is in the moment. Let’s share it.