Monday, December 8, 2014

My Breakfast Egg Nog

I am sipping my new favorite hot drink, an egg milk drink with coffee flavor. I know it sounds terrible doesn't it but it is surprisingly fantastic. I am trying to kick my sugar and gluten intake to improve my chronic inflammation in my crochet arm. And it does help, believe it or not.

Of course my pain is not just because of the crochet, I first developed problems when working as a graphic designer in my late twenties. All those thousands computer clicks a day and bad position at the desk simply wore out my arm. When adding hours of crochet to it in 2009 it all came back and has pretty much never left (read more about it here and here) and even if I do crochet stretches and exercises to prevent the pain, the inflammation itself seem to not want to go away. It is hard to let your working arm rest completely for a longer time period.

So I decided to try something new. Change of diet. I've heard about people who have done it and kicked their chronic pain in no time. My friend Emma is a nutritionist and specialized in LCHF (Low Carbs High Fat) and she has helped me to make my new path.

I am crap at diets, I love food and especially sweet cakes, ice cream, cookies and desserts. I'm a sucker for pasta and bread. And even if my Jay is a fabulous high end chef who makes incredibly healthy food with a total love for vegetables and inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, I do snack away on anything unhealthy as soon as I get the chance. Yes, this is going to be a bit of a challenge indeed. Cutting out not only the carbohydrates and gluten but the sugar also???

I've tried this
before but I always give up after a week or two. But when going back to Emma to get a bit of a pep talk she inspired me to give it a serious chance once again. She told me I need to do this for at least a month or two to develop the change that I want. She told me to stop thinking about all things I can NOT eat and instead focus on things I love that from the start are free from wheat products or low in sugar. Starting there, I can substitute the sugar and the gluten with simple alternatives. Aha! Suddenly I could write down a list of things I love and see that there are things I can still enjoy and that can give me that "fix" I am missing at times. Suddenly I felt that I can do this and I don't need to exclude every treat. Just be more aware.

Always when meeting up with Emma we cook something small; pancakes, chocolate balls, ice chocolate nibbles, bread... This time we made egg milk. Or maybe you call it egg nog.  I was very skeptic... Drinking raw eggs. Yuk! I'm not Rocky Balboa. But it is so yum!!! You can not believe.

It tastes like the smoothest Cafe Latte and you get everything you need for a great start of the day. So here is the recipe. If you are the person who hates eating breakfast and always starts your day with a coffee to go, this is the way to start in a more healthy way.

Kärlek
Annette




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13 comments :

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pupDVbec2s

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  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pupDVbec2s
    Irene Grosjean naturopathe

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  3. I feel the same way as you do about raw eggs! However, the Egg Nog recipe uses boiling water when mixed, so this will surely cook them somewhat!

    Emma's website looks interesting and she's in Lausanne too!

    Out of interest, I've just finished a 3-month trial of a gluten and dairy free diet. It was also to see if it helped some inflammation in my joints which I have experienced this year. It did help and I lost nearly 3 kg as well! (Nice side effect!) Now I'm introducing gluten gradually and a little hard cheese, 30 grams at a time, to see how my body reacts. Christmastime will be a big test and temptation!

    It was great meeting you at the Christmas Gift Fair this morning in Lausanne!
    Sandra x

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  4. Not the egg nog I was thinking of, sounds interesting. Good luck with the new diet, I need to do the same, I'm such a sweet hound. ;D (This time of the year doesn't help either.)

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  5. Annette, I hold your fingers:-)
    Hold on, it certainly helps!

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  6. Good for you on using nutrition to feel better! I did a Paleo/Primal diet for a little while and felt just amazing..I still primarily eat that way and I just feel so much "clearer" and energized without all of the gluten and sugar I was consuming. Good luck!

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  7. What an interesting post. I have debated trying to cut out sugar and reduce carb and gluten intake in our house but it feels such a huge step. I love the idea of making a list of what you can have and focusing on the positives too. Such an obvious thing but genius. I wish you luck with this and I shall be watching with real interest. Please do keep us updated.

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  8. I really hope that the change in diet helps with your arm. I always find that once I get a couple of weeks into a diet it's far easier to stick to. Once you're used to it, and in the mindset of "I don't eat that" it's not difficult. So I do hope that you're able to keep going and that you get a positive result.

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  9. Annette,
    You might try wearing a copper bracelet on that wrist. My mother-in-laws index finger & thumb were practically immobile. I bought her a bracelet & it did wonders.
    Susan

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  10. How interesting. I'm a rubbish dieter myself and always far too attracted to the things I shouldn't have. I like this approach though, something I will have to think about as some time soon I am going to have to get back on the band wagon. No running lately either - it's not good!

    Good luck with it, I hope you can stick to it and also see some change in your arm pain, that would be amazing.

    S x

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  11. I've never tried egg nog but this would be a good way to use up the eggs we get from our hens - we always have lots.

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  12. Keep up the good work Anette, you can do it and you will get rid of that pain so you can crochet and crochet and crochet......

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  13. Hi Annette, I too am crap at diets, and I need to lose loads of weight for my overall health. I love the idea of concentrating on the delicious things that you *can* eat rather than agonizing over what you can't. Such a simple thing, but I can see how it would help with the mindset. Thankyou so much. And lots of luck and healthy vibes for your ongoing progress.
    Jillxo

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Kärlek
Annette

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