I highly recommend this food dehydrator.  It is by far the best and a must have for healthy eating.  Most dehydrated foods are full of nitrates and other unsavory ingredients.  The Excalibur makes fantastic food and has a fabulous warranty.
  • Banana Chips (make sure they are very ripe - tastes like candy)
  • Apple Chips (try with cinnamon on top)
  • Fruit Leather (try using apple sauce)
  • Dog Treats (sweet potato, meat, etc)
  • Jerky (beef, venison, etc.)
  • Vegetable Spices (dry your veggies & put in a food processor)
  • Rising Bread
  • The options are endless

Browsing Archive: May, 2013

Cherry, Grape, & Avocado Smoothie

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Pre Diet 
Yummmmm!!!!  This was so good.

Cherry, Grape, & Avocado Smoothie

Use a full sized blender for this recipe.

  • 1 Avocado
  • About 40 Red Grapes
  • About 30 Cherries, pitted
  • Basically the grapes and cherries filled it to about 2/3 full
  • 1 tbsp Bee Pollen
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Hearts
  • 1 tsp Buckwheat, ground in coffee grinder
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp Flax Seeds, ground
  • Apple Cider (fill to 2" from the top)

Blend well in the blender.  Mine is a Cuisinart, 500 watts and it does a great job.

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Amaranth & Quinoa Flat Bread & Stir Fry Wraps

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
Wow, I didn't know how these would turn out, but they are really good.  Great texture, they roll well, and they're yummy.

A friend said that she had a lot of trouble finding a good flat bread recipe that was gluten free, so I was surprised when these turned out so well the first try.  I guess I'm getting good at making elimination diet recipes.

So, when I made this, I didn't have amaranth flour, so I ground up amaranth seeds in a coffee grinder (actually, I'm lying, I used my Cuisinart Magic Bu...
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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 21

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Well, I don't think I am ready to start reintroducing items.  Things were a little loose this morning, so I'm going to continue on.

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Lamb Loin

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Sunday, May 26, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
This is my first time having lamb and I have to say, it's rather good.

Lamb Loin

  • Put a bit of olive oil in a bowl
  • Add sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Add some rosemary
  • Pan fry until browned on both sides

Easy and tasty.

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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 19

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Hmm, I don't know what is going on today, but I am really gassy today.  It started around 3pm I think.  Not sure what would have caused it though.

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Sweet Potato Fries

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
These are sooo good and pretty easy.  My super fussy 3 year old even loved them.  So did my hubby.  Only the 6 year old wasn't a fan.

Here's how it's done.

Sweet Potato Fries

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  • Peel a big sweet potato
  • Cut into 1/2" strips
  • Separately, mix 1/4 c olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Lightly coat the sweet potatoes in the olive oil mix
  • Place sweet potatoes on a non stick cookie sheet, making sure that they are not touching
  • Cook for 15 mins, flip, cook for another 10 mins.


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Apple Chips & Leather - Just Apples & Cinnamon

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
These make such a great snack and are great for people with dietary limitations and those on an Elimination Diet.  Plus, my kids love them.

I recommend using the Excalibur Food Dehydrator.  It's by far the best dehydrator I have ever used.  It dries your food evenly and I don't even have to turn my food (maybe the odd thing, but usually not).  We usually make apple chips, banana chips, beef jerky, fruit leather, dog treats, and I'm really looking forward to making crackers and beet and sweet p...
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Zucchini Pancakes - Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
These zucchini pancakes are so yummy, you won't even realize that you are eating something super healthy. 

Zucchini Pancakes
- yields 5 pancakes

  • 1 Zucchini, shredded
  • 1 Carrot, shredded
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/8 - 1/4 c boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp brown rice flour
  • Olive Oil for cooking

Mix your ground flax with the hot water and let it sit until it thickens.  Preheat a frying pan to medium heat.  Shred your zucchini and carrots and mix t...

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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 17

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Wow, day 17.  I have to say, I'm feeling pretty good today.  Looks like I'm on my way to recovery.  I made some super yummy recipes today and yesterday, so be sure to see the recipe section for Zucchini Pancakes (so good) and Apple Chips (also very yummy and can be grabbed at anytime.

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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 14

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Nothing much to report today.  A little gassy in the morning, but after taking a trip to the bathroom that went away.  I know it's been awhile, but I'm pretty sure that is normal.

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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 13

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Monday, May 20, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Ok, so I don't know if this is still a withdrawal symptom or if something in my diet is still affecting me.  I am having some somewhat stinky gas all day today starting around noon and my bowel movements are a little sketchy.

Here's what I ate yesterday for supper:

  • Pesto Pasta (basil, onions, garlic, olive oil, zucchini, quinoa pasta (red & white quinoa & rice))
  • Beets

Here's what I ate today:

  • Smoothie (avocado, apple cider, blueberries, hemp hearts, bee pollen, buckwheat, chia, flax)
  • Salmon Cake (s...

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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 12

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Friday, May 17, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
It seems I messed up my days somewhere, so day 10 is actually day 11.

My body is still sore, but my gastrointestinal system seems to be feeling better.  I actually had my first solid bowel movement in a year this afternoon.  I'm so excited!!!

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Pasta Sauce on an Elimination Diet

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Thursday, May 16, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
I have been wondering for awhile how I was going to manage pasta sauce on this diet.  No tomatoes...SERIOUSLY?  I love having pasta once in awhile and with the new GoGo Quinoa pasta (white and red quinoa is my favourite), I really wanted some.  I remembered making a pasta sauce awhile ago where I roasted all of the veggies and it was really good.  I shared it with a friend and my husband and they both loved it.  My husband has been complaining about some of the meals I have made lately and he...
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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 10

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Thursday, May 16, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Wow, I hurt everywhere this morning.  The tops of my thighs are sore, my hand still feels inflamed, my neck is stiff, as well as my back.  This is crazy.

No bowel movement so far, but I have to say, I'm not giving off toxic gas anymore.  This is a definite bonus.  I'm really happy about this.

I should also take note that I've been extremely grumpy since I started this diet.  I don't know if I'm just frustrated at not being able to eat foods I love or if it's a symptom related to ridding my body...
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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 9

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Thursday, May 16, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Not too much going on today.  Things are still a little soft, but better.  I did have a strange thing happen to my hand though.  The top of it seems to hurt.  It's almost like the tendons are inflamed. 

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Withdrawal Symptoms - Day 8

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Things weren't too bad this morning.  My bowel movement was soft, but much better than 2 days ago.  I actually feel pretty good this morning.  Looks like I'm making some progress with this elimination diet.

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Amaranth Pesto

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
Mmmm, this is quite good.  I tweaked an old recipe and I'm pretty happy with it.

Amaranth Pesto

  • Cook 1 pkg. of GoGo Quinoa's Amaranth and Rice Pasta, rinse well after cooking

Put the following ingredients in a food processor and blend & chop well

  • 80g or 2 cups packed fresh Basil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 c hemp hearts
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Herbamare
  • 1/4 c olive oil

Saute separately in olive oil

  • Broccoli
  • Red or White Onion
  • any other veggies

When the pasta is ready, mix pesto with pasta, then add...

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The Sad Story of Milk

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Sunday, May 12, 2013, In : History of Food 
I've been doing a lot of reading about milk lately and it's rather sad what we have done to our food.  Milk used to be quite good for you.  When it is raw, it is full of nutrients and contains everything it needs to be digested by a calf and humans.  However, with pasteurization and homogenization, milk looses vital nutrients and enzymes, which we need to digest it properly.  This is why some people have become lactose intolerant.  They don't possess the enzyme necessary to digest lactose, wh...
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Snack - Salmon Cakes

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Sunday, May 12, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
This is a decent snack.  I think I could take or leave the sunflower seed spread, but it does add more nutrition, so maybe try it with and without and see what suits you best.

Salmon Cakes

  • Brown Rice Cakes
  • Salmon (I used canned in water, look for no salt)
  • Dill Weed
  • Sea Salt
  • Sunflower Seed Spread

Top the rice cakes with a bit of sunflower seed spread, then salmon, dill, and sea salt to taste.  

I was thinking the recipe above would also be good if you finely chopped red onion and mixed it with the sal...

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Withdrawal Symptoms Day 7

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Sunday, May 12, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
I consulted the friend that I am doing this diet with and she said that the detoxification length for this diet is 20 days, so I might have symptoms for awhile yet.

This morning I felt quite ill.  My stomach hurt, I felt nauseous, I had to run to the bathroom 3 times with diarrhea, I was gassy, and my neck rash was bothering me again.  It's 10am now and I feel much better now.

I also discovered yesterday that it's that time of the month, so I'm wondering if my blemishes and grumpy mood might be...
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Withdrawal Symptoms Day 6

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Hmmm, I thought withdrawal symptoms were only supposed to last for 2-5 days.  I guess that range needs to be a little more flexible.  I feel fine, but I did have an interesting bowel movement this morning and I'm still passing gas.  However, it is different.  It doesn't smell nearly as toxic and it has a whole new fragrance.  Still not pleasant, but better.  I did a little reading and it seems that what you eat, affects the smell of your gas, so I guess my change in diet has changed the smell...
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Withdrawal Symptoms Day 5

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
Well, I actually felt really good this morning.  It's 1:30 now and I just had this massive urge to eat my son's birthday cake.  It's just sitting there, mocking me.  It's a good thing I'm stronger than a silly cake.  I actually did really well last night when we were making it.  I didn't even taste the frosting to see if it tasted right.  I can't guarantee that it's good, but at least I didn't cheat.  I'm sure our guests will understand.  Besides, it's full of sugar, so how could it not be go...
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Delicious Turkey Soup on an Elimination Diet

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
This recipe is great for several meals.

First, cook a turkey.  Free range or organic is best, but use what you can get (just not Butterball).  When I did my turkey, I made a small mixture of olive oil, dried thyme, and rosemary and put it over the turkey, covered for most of the cooking, then removed the cover for the last 30 mins and basted.  It was really good.  I made a gravy after by adding Herbamare, more thyme, rosemary, black pepper, and thickened with tapioca starch (mix with a touch o...
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List of Products to Help You Complete an Elimination Diet

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
Sometimes it's hard to find products that you can eat on an elimination diet, so here is a list to make things a little easier.  I will be adding to this list as I discover new products.


GoGo Quinoa - Organic gluten-free and vegan pastas made of red & white quinoa, amaranth, and rice

        - I really like this pasta.  It's delicious.

Pastariso - 100% wholegrain organic brown rice pasta, gluten free, non GMO (includes bran, germ & endosperm)


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Greenish Smoothie

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
I call this a greenish smoothie, because when I think of a green smoothie, I think really green things like spinach, kale, etc.  I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but I quite like it.

Greenish Smoothie

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Mango
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh Cilantro
  • 1" peeled Cucumber
  • 1 cup Green Grapes
  • 1 tbsp Bee Pollen
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Hearts
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flax
  • 1 tsp Ground Chia
  • 1 tsp Ground Buckwheat
  • Cover all fruits and vegetables with Apple Cider
  • Add 1 cup of Water

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Staying Motivated

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
When I started the elimination diet, I fretted about all the fruits and vegetables and other foods that I couldn't eat.  Just a little overwhelming, since I eat these foods regularly.  So, I thought it best to stay positive and make a list of things I CAN EAT.  After completing my list, I definitely felt like I had more options that I initially thought.

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Day 4 Withdrawal Symptoms

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Thursday, May 9, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Wow!!!  I am starting to think that sneaking in a milkshake before this diet was a bad idea.  My toxic experience in the bathroom this morning was horrifying.  I guess it does take a few days for "food" (and I use this term loosely) to really go through your body.  This would explain why there seemed to be no pattern to my prior symptoms and what I had just eaten.  It's all starting to make sense now.  My poor intestines.

I am happy to say though, I felt pretty good the rest of the day.
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Slow Cooked Apple Venison

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
Finally, a good supper.  I modified an old recipe and it turned out great!!!  Phew, after yesterday's catastrophe, I was a little worried.

Slow Cooked Apple Venison

  • 3 Venison Steaks or any other cut
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • a touch of Herbamare
  • 1 carrot, peeled & cut into 1/2" slices
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled & cut into 1" cubes

Cook on low in a slow cooker all day.  When done, take out solid foods and pour liquid into a pot.  Cook on high on stove top until it starts to boil.  Meanwhile, mix 1...

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Day 3 Withdrawal Symptoms

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
This morning, I woke up feeling rather spunky.  I still felt a bit of carpal tunnel, but all in all, I was in very good spirits.  It was a beautiful day and life felt good.  So, why was I completely rude to the lady at the vehicle licensing center?  I have no idea.  For a brief bit, I felt irritable and grouchy.  Thank goodness I had the sensibility to apologize to her.  I realized how unreasonable I was being, so I tried my hardest to be normal.  I have to say, I am feeling much better now. ...
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Day 2 Withdrawal Symptoms

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
During the past year or so, I have noticed some carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist.  It tends to flare up when I am doing repetitive tasks on my computer.  I haven't had any trouble from it in awhile, but it started up again today.  I thought it was odd, because I'm not doing anything repetitive at the moment.

When I was reading The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook last night, it stated that eating foods that your body is sensitive to, can cause inflammation in the body.  So, it would make...
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Do's and Don'ts for Breakfast and Lunch

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
This morning, I made the worst combination ever.  It sounded good in theory, but was terrible.  I spend all morning trying to nibble at it.  Thankfully, my friend saved me with the most delicious Turkey Soup I have ever had (she is also doing the elimination diet).  I will definitely get her recipe and add it to this blog.

So, here is the offending combination:
  • Apple Sauce
  • Bee Pollen (I think this made it too tart)
  • Ground Flax, Chia, & Buckwheat
  • Quinoa Puffs (these are pretty good on their own...m...

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Day 1 Withdrawal Symptoms

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, In : Withdrawal Symptoms 
Well, I did know that there could be some withdrawal symptoms, but I was a little taken by surprise.  My son is still young and often wakes me up during the night.  So, as per usual, I was woken up at about 1am.  Usually, I just get up and I feel fine enough, assuming that sleep deprivation is normal.  This time, I actually felt kind of hung over.  It was so strange.  I had massive back pain, which for me, comes and goes, I was totally bloated, which I haven't experienced that in awhile and a...
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Sweet Potato & Zucchini Bake

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 
I make this recipe quite often with what I'm sure is an MSG filled vegetable seasoning.  But it's so good.  I decided to try a new product today and it's quite spectacular.  It's called Herbamare and it's just a blend of herbs and natural sea salt.  It's quite healthy (except for the salt, but at least it's sea salt), it has no MSG, and it's delicious.

Sweet Potato and Zucchini Bake

  • 1 Sweet Potato (peel & cut 1/2" thick)
  • 1 Zucchini (cut 1/2" thick)
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • Herbamare

Pour some...

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The Ultimate Smoothie for the Elimination Dieter

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Recipes & Meal Ideas 

Unfortunately, many of my usual smoothie must haves are a no no, so I had to do some improvising.  I'm sad to see my bananas, pineapple, orange juice, and agave nectar leave the mix, but I am experimenting with some new things.

Usually, I am all about avocados, mangos, hemp hearts, ground flax, ground chia seeds, bee pollen, and of course my eliminated items :(  So, I added some blueberries, raspberries, and I even tried something green....kale.  Now I don't suggest overdoing it on the ...

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PreConfessions of an Elimination Dieter

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Pre Diet 

Ok, so, when I decided to start this diet, I realized, I will have to cut out a lot of excellent foods for awhile....and I love food. 

So, the week before starting, I totally cheated.  I know I can't eat dairy, but I had a big milkshake yesterday and a big honking burger.  It was awesome!!!  And to my surprise, the expected cramps and explosion from the other end did not happen.  I guess all my avoiding of dairy, made things improve a little bit.  I'm hoping this diet allows me to have ...

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Reasons to Start an Elimination Diet

Posted by Pam Timmermans on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Pre Diet 

Taking the step to do an elimination diet is not an easy decision.  But, after having tests at the doctor's stating that I'm in perfect health, I have to wonder why I have so many odd symptoms.  The doctor suggested that it's dietary, but what exactly?

I have to say, my odd, extremely itchy neck rash that occurs once a year like clockwork is not fun.  The constant loose stools and horrendous gas is really quite embarrassing.  Not to mention that I'm an extremely social person, always do...

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