How I Survive the Holidays

So if you are like me and have a keto LIKE, NO SUGAR diet, the holidays can come in like a storm and wreck havoc in your life.

I have a few fail safe recipes and ideas that get me through this time with my family and health on track.

  1. Have a plan
  2. Shop ahead of time
  3. Stock your pantry well
  4. Freeze extra snacks in travel containers
  5. Always bring extra to the party
  6. Did I say plan ahead???

I always have a stocked pantry with items that I can whip up a delicious desert to take along.  I try to stock my freezer with a variety of grab and go sizes for on the go.  And when going to a potluck, I make 2 trays just so that I can have a back up in case my 1st tray is devoured before my family gets the chance to dish up.

Here are some of my go to items.

  • Carob chips, great for cookies
  • Medjool dates (dates and almond or pecans make great graham cracker crust replacements and fill with fresh fruit sprinkled with cinnamon)
  • Almonds and pecans
  • Almond flour
  • Eggs
  • Almond butter or I make my own in my Vitamix
  • Grass fed butter
  • organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • organic peanut butter
  • unsweetened cocoa ot carob powder (or more to taste)
  • raw honey (or less to taste)
  • Saigon cinnamon
  • 1 pure vanilla
  • Himalayan sea salt (optional)

In my KitchenAid I can whip up a batch or two of healing fudge in 20 mins and it freezes fairly well a day or two ahead.

I can blend up some pecan and dates into a crust in my Vitamix and press into a pie plate and toss some strawberries inside and sprinkle cinnamon on and chill or freeze in 15 to 30 mins.

Easy crust

  • 1.5 cups medjool dates
  • 1.5 cups pecan
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries or other topping.
  • Dash of cinnamon

Mix in a Vitamix and press into pie place

 

There are plenty more but these are the quickest and best that I have found that really get me through the season .

Plan, prepare, and party….

I have come along ways since my first sugar free Thanksgiving

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Black Drawing Salve

Our newest addition and what a great product for every first aid kit…

WKM Black Drawing Salve

*coconut oil, *olive oil, local beeswax, mullein leaf, calendula, poke root, marshmallow root, chaparral leaf,activated charcoal, bentonite clay, local raw honey, lavender essential oil *-Organic

Assumed Benefits of Ingredients

  • draws and pulls bacteria, poisons, chemicals and other micro-particles to the surface.
  • Poisonous bites, insect bites and stings
  • Disinfects some wounds
  • Revive and heal skin
  • Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and possibly kill staph
  • Heal wounds, soothe eczema, antiseptic
  • Chickenpox, pain and arthritis
  • Skin protectant and repair skin barrier
  • Burns
  • Mastitis, lymph cleanser, aids in inflamed mammary glands, testicles and throat

MORE DETAILS:

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Bentonite clay has the ability to remove toxins and infection from the skin, and can revive and heal skin in a variety of ways

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Tamiflu-Renal Impairment

After many years of issues and then digging.  I discovered this to be the beginning of my Renal Impairment.

 

TAMIFLU Partial Insert Below from the FDA

Data are available on plasma concentrations of oseltamivir carboxylate following various dosing schedules in
patients with renal impairment [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Treatment of Influenza
Dose adjustment is recommended for adult patients with creatinine clearance between 10 and 30 mL/min
receiving TAMIFLU for the treatment of influenza. In these patients it is recommended that the dose be reduced
to 75 mg of TAMIFLU once daily for 5 days. No recommended dosing regimens are available for patients with
end-stage renal disease undergoing routine hemodialysis or continuous peritoneal dialysis treatment.
Prophylaxis of Influenza
For the prophylaxis of influenza, dose adjustment is recommended for adult patients with creatinine clearance
between 10 and 30 mL/min receiving TAMIFLU. In these patients it is recommended that the dose be reduced
to 75 mg of TAMIFLU every other day or 30 mg TAMIFLU every day. No recommended dosing regimens are
available for patients undergoing routine hemodialysis and continuous peritoneal dialysis treatment with endstage

 

FULL INSERT FOR TAMIFLU
renal disease.

Help, my kidneys hurt!

After going through kidney stone removal in the ER a few times and also passing them at home, I thought I would share a few quick tips on how to manage the pain and how to know when to see the Dr.

3 Things to do while deciding what to do

 

KIDNEY BLASTER DRINK

I do this 5 or more times a day when I feel any pain in kidneys

  • Avoid Further Dehydration
  • 5 x 16 oz of water (2-3 times more than normal)
    • 1 Lemon squeezed in water 16 oz
    • 2 TBSP Olive oil
    • 4 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 2 TBSP Honey
    • 3 TBSP Molasses

This is How I Start My Day…..

Lavender Rub

Topically Apply over Kidneys as needed

  • 1 drop Lavender and or Juniper Berry essential oil
  • 1 TBSP Coconut oil

 

Find ways to reduce stress

 

 

Healing Honey

I discovered this amazing remedy by trying to use up extra ingredients I had around.  I threw them altogether and let them sit a while.  Then when I needed extra garlic it was easier to get in the kids or myself.

Healing Honey

  • Local Raw Honey
  • Raw Garlic Cloves
  • Minced Ginger Root
  • Minced Turmeric Root

Peel and dice all ingredients and fill a small, medium or large mason jar and pour honey over til you cover the ingredients leaving 1/8 ” head space.  Cover lightly with a lid.  In 12-24 hours add more honey til jar is full.  The mix will somewhat ferment.

Once runny, store in a cool dry place or refrigerate for longer keeping.  I have had mine over 6 months.  If using metal canning lids you may consider a piece of parchment or waxed paper to reduce rusting lid around the ring.

 

Take a spoonful or more as needed for any and all symptoms.

Great for illness, parasites, infections, sore throat, GBS, headache, pain and inflammation, cold or flu, and more