Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Anniversary Crawfish Lunch

Jesse and I celebrated 16 years of marriage last week! I had some boiled crawfish tails in the freezer and knew I wanted to use them to make something special. Our anniversary was the perfect time :)

I looked at a few different creamy crawfish pasta recipes and decided to make up my own. Big surprise ;) The taste of the crawfish really comes through!

I used leftovers from a crawfish boil, so the tails were seasoned really well. If yours are not preseasoned, don't forget to spice them up!


16 oz pasta, cooked (I used spaghetti, broken into 1/2 inch pieces)
1 stick butter
3/4 c. chopped onion
2/3 c. chopped red bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped celery
2 chopped green onions
2 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
3 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 lbs cooked crawfish tails
2 c. heavy cream

Melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, red bell peppers, and celery. Cook until almost soft. Add green onions and garlic. Cook for a few more minutes. Mix in crawfish, cream, and parsley. Heat through. Combine with pasta.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Night

I took it really easy today. Lunch was the precooked steak strips, rice, beef broth, and some cheese, all mixed together. I enjoyed a Ghirardelli 72% for dessert :) Supper was canned chicken mixed with rice, butter, and parsley, buttered peas on the side. And another chocolate :yum The chocolate tasted so good today!

Late this afternoon I had another BM. It was round 1 of the concoction working its way through. There was some gritty stuff in the toilet. Based on last time I know I dissolved a stone, I'm pretty sure that was the remnants of the stuck stone :)

My stomach feels like round 2 is coming. Eventually :p

For now, I'm thankful that I can eat regular food again! Hopefully in the morning I'll be okay to drink a cup of coffee. This is the third day in a row without caffeine and I miss it! No withdrawal symptoms though :) I was a little surprised I didn't have so much as a slight headache!

Friday Morning

After I got the concoction down, the rest of the night went pretty well :) I put on some quiet worship music and read on my nook for the hour. When my timer went off, I sipped some mint/green tea. I had minimal heartburn and nausea. Phew!

I slept through the night. Woke up earlier than I hoped but thankful for the sleep I got! Not long after I woke up I had a BM. It was a little loose but almost normal. I know there's another one coming, and that one WON'T be normal :p

After the BM, I was pretty nauseous :( Thankfully it passed before too long. Until I walked into the kitchen... The juiced lemon carcasses were still on the counter. I got one whiff of them and started gagging :( Jesse came and put them in the trash for me while I turned on the ac fan to help dissipate the smell.

My stomach feels yucky. I know that big, bad BM is coming. But I can happily (and thankfully!) report that I can no longer feel the stone :) There's some lingering soreness where it was but that's it!

So far today I've just eaten a banana. I bought some precooked steak strips and romaine for today, but I don't know if we'll have that for lunch or supper.

I'm really encouraged that 1. I don't feel the stone, and 2. I tolerated the concoction really well once I got it down. Supposedly, the more toxic your body is, the worse your body reacts to it. Last flush was pretty bad. I thought this one would be too since my body was so rundown etc.

The fast/juice was rough :( But I'm not feeling too bad today, all things considered. I feel the effects of the fast. I'm a little nauseous when I stand up but that's from lack of food. I have to remind myself to go slow with food today. And fairly low fat.

I'm so glad it's over...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

In Progress...

I got the concoction down. Barely. I ended up having to alternate 5 gulps with a few drops of Sprite till it was gone. I started gagging before I even started drinking it so I knew it was going to be rough :(

My hour has started...


1. I wish there was a way to tell how sweet the apple juice was before I bought it. That way I could get the most tart one. Drinking this much sweetness is just disgusting to me! Today I've had to chase it with a sip of water almost every time I've drank it. So glad it's done now!

2. My mineral balance was off last night. When I did my neti pot, I could almost taste the salt in the solution. I'm sure it's not much better today...

3. One positive about all this - I'll get to try out the lemon squeezer I bought a couple months ago for the first time! Gotta find something to smile about in the midst of all this ;)

Where Did THAT Come From?!

Tuesday night I had my first gallbladder attack since March 2010 :( It wasn't terrible, but it definitely wasn't pleasant... I don't know what brought it on. I ate normal. I'm guessing it was just a perfect storm in my body - a month plus of major stress, lack of supplements, having a cold, time of the month, etc. It started with my stomach hurting, then after a while I knew it was my gallbladder. Late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning I could feel the stone in there.

Wednesday morning I headed to the store to get 2 days worth of apple cider. I was happy that they have the half gallons in the produce section this time of year :) Much cheaper than having to go to the health food store for it! I got my 64 oz in yesterday without too much trouble. I didn't eat anything. The thought of veggies without butter or OO was NOT appealing :p It was a rough day. Still sick with the end of a cold, no time to mentally prepare, not much sleep the night before...

This morning (Thursday) we had a home visit with Ethan's social worker. It was nice because it kept me mentally occupied for part of the morning. Physically I felt better earlier today than I had Wednesday. It helps knowing the worst of it will be over tonight! I've spent most of the day on the couch wrapped in my Snuggie. I ate a can of green beans earlier but that's it.

I need to go to the store in a bit to get the ingredients for the concoction and a few other things. Including whatever I want to eat tomorrow. Which means I need to figure out what I want to eat tomorrow :p

I'm definitely missing protein! But I'm more than that I'm missing fats. I think the fats are one thing my body really needs to function optimally. I was eating fairly high protein before so this is the first flush where I've had the opportunity to miss fats.

I was hoping to dissolve this (small) stone and get it out without doing the actual flush (and avoid the concoction) like I did a few years ago but it looks like that isn't going to happen :( But I was planning on doing a flush in November anyway. I didn't want to do one yet for various reasons but my body had other ideas...