Miso and its soupless uses

When I started to tell my nutritionist about my symptoms, the first thing she mentioned was that I should eat more fermented foods. I asked what the heck is a fermented food. It turned out that I have already consumed some but only by accident (and mostly when I visited my parents because I never bought any food like that). Earlier, an other nutritionist also recommended one kind of fermented food but she didn’t explain¬†the benefits so I wasn’t very enthusiastic. Luckily, this new nutritionist explained the whys which always help me transition into a new diet, approach or lifestyle. I like learning new things. She said that it is not only good for my low level of stomach acid but it would help build up the gut flora and ease most of my symptoms. She also mentioned consuming miso which is a basic ingredient of the macrobiotic diet. And guess what, it’s fermented.

After I came home from the consultation I started to google the new foods she mentioned and right after I received my meal plan, I ordered the missing ingredients, spices, algas and teas. Miso, too. Well, it was almost a whole month ago but I haven’t tried miso yet. It’s time to start ūüėČ First, I was said because in my meal plan miso was used in the form of the soup and I’m not that big of a fan of soups. Today, I spent some time on the internet and collected some other ideas on how to use miso (link at the end of the post). But before the “how”, I want to collect the “whys”.

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BBC Food

 

Health benefits of miso:

  • contains all essential amino acids so it’s a complete protein
  • stimulates the production of digestive fluids in the stomach
  • can restore the beneficial probiotics
  • helps in the digestion (and assimilation of other foods) in the intestines
  • high in antioxidants
  • boosts the immune system
  • a good plant-based source of B vitamins (especially B12)
  • great source of iron, calcium and potassium
  • can lower the risk of cancer
  • improves bone health
  • supports a healthy nervous system
  • has anti-aging properties and can help in maintaining a healthy skin

The good bacteria and some health benefits are killed by heat so it is advised to add it as late as possible. However, the taste remains the same anyway so if your aim is “only” to eat something taste, add it whenever you prefer.

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Salad dressing

 

Recipes:

Make a spread using white miso, peanut butter and apple juice to thin.

Garlic noodles with miso (mushrooms and green onion)

Miso sauce spaghetti (avoid pork and use mushroom or vegetables instead)

Salad dressing

As onions for burgers 

“Cook your onions in a little butter until soft then remove from the heat and stir in a little miso to season. About a teaspoon or 2 is usually enough‚Ķ Let your tastebuds guide you.”

Pasta with miso, asparagus and walnut (Hungarian recipe inspired by 101 cookbooks)

Miso Rizotto 

Roasted teriyaki mushrooms and broccolini soba noodles

 

Diet motivation – wheat allergy

I’m not going well with my diet. At all. I have eliminated the dairy products, that’s a good thing but the other part of the diet is difficult. Mentally mostly. I don’t know why but I’m hurting myself with my unhealthy food choices. The instant symptoms started to fade but I still have to deal with long-term consequences. I should avoid gluten to ensure my guts are okay, I should avoid sugar, gluten, and milk to support the cure of insulin resistance and I should avoid wheat (because I have intolerance towards this, hence it’s a stress for me and hinders my healing with insulin resistance and fibroids), dairy products (intolerance, too), sugar and meat because of my fibroids. Oh, and of course, I should avoid gluten and dairy products because of my low thyroid levels.

And what have I done in the last few weeks? I eliminated dairy products 90% and with the 10% I added lactase pills to kill the strong symptoms¬†and sat back. Yes, my stomach ache and bloating are not constant but it’s still there every second day. And have I changed anything? No. I’m just sitting and waiting for the miracle. Okay, my workouts are better, I did yoga or pilates every day but I did not do any improvements with my food choices.

However, one of my friends have health issues too and she sent me a link (because of her problem) that showed a new (okay, for me it was new) approach about gluten intolerance and wheat allergy. And it was an epiphany. My gluten “inspired” symptoms are not only the bloating and my not-healing-from-fribrods&insulinresistance but others, too.

General wheat allergy symptoms (note, that I have already had a blood test that showed my intolerance towards wheat but I’m just a stupid girl and totally ignored when I didn’t have any bloating):

  • hives or skin rash
  • dry skin (yes)
  • nausea (yes)
  • stomach cramps (yes)
  • indigestion (yes)
  • diarrhea
  • sneezing
  • headaches (yes, not everyday, but most often than my usual once-a-year frequency)
  • swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat

And according to that new link:

  • exercise-induced anaphylaxis
  • bleeding of mucous

“Some people with a wheat allergy develop symptoms only if they exercise within a few hours after eating wheat. Exercise-induced changes in your body either trigger an allergic reaction or worsen an immune system response to a wheat protein.”

Symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity:

  • mental fatigue (known as ‚Äúbrain fog‚ÄĚ) (yes)
  • fatigue (yes)
  • gas, bloating, and abdominal pain (yes, yes, yes)
  • headache (yes)

And I had an epiphany. I often have nausea and I usually blame my insulin resistance for that. In the past few months (roughly the same period since I have serious stomach probmems and extreme bloating), I often have bleeding mucous. And I have dry skin. No matter how much I drink, how natural skin products I use, my skin is dry (okay, this may be caused by city centre smog because my skin is much better when I spend some time at my parents’). And most importantly, for a few months, I started to have serious bloating and stomach pain during my Pilates workouts. First, I thought it’s because the time between my meal and the workout is too short. Then I thought my breathing is not proper. Then I didn’t know what to think. But I usually eat something easily digestible before my workouts and these small meals usually contain gluten and wheat. So, maybe my stomach ache is so strong because it’s “exercise-induced”. Shit.

I was so stupid.

So blind.

I know, it shouldn’t be fresh news but most of my struggles are because of my diet. The ones that I would have never guessed that are because of that, too.

I will take my diet seriously. I swear.

This week was much better than last week, my workouts were okay, I did yoga, Pilates, spine caring workouts, mentally I’m much better. Next week will be about food changes.

This week I had better days with my diet than for example two weeks ago but I need much-much more improvement. I think, I really need a meal plan. Because that’s where I fail, I don’t plan my meals so I can eat only things I find at home or in the near takeaway food place.

Not good.

Not good at all.

This week I will plan next week’s menu.

My biggest achievements this week was that I found a new vegan whatever that I can put on my sandwiches. It’s quite expensive but tasty, I don’t regret buying it but honestly, it won’t be the main ingridient of my diet ūüėÄ

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yes, my dinner looks like two weird penises

That’s how I hit back

My week started perfectly, I found a yoga workshop that I totally wanted to participate. It was about yoga poses for digestive issues. I was extremely excited, I applied for the workshop, transferred the fees and everything. The yoga workshop supposed to be on Sunday. Saturday evening, at almost midnight, I received a message that the workshop is cancelled. I was hugely disappointed, okay, I was more than that, I was totally upset. I was talking about this workshop the whole week, how big a support it will be for me, a guidance, I could meet fellow dieters and yoga practicers. People with the same issues.

I was grumpy the whole day because I felt that nothing works for me. This week, some of my classes were cancelled (I’m a part-time teacher), two girlfriends cancelled our appointment so when the workshop I had paid for was also cancelled, I felt totally rejected. I know, I know, I should change my way of thinking… So my Sunday wasn’t the happiest day of my life but I wanted to start my week stronger. I decided to ask google for a help (I know, professional help would be good but… it’s better than nothing) and I started to search for yoga sequences for digestive issues. I collected many poses and printed the ones I liked. I build up my own yoga sequence that is good as a workout (oh, my butt, oh, my thighs) and can help with digestion, too. I found, twists are the best for digestive issues so I included them into my yoga workout today.

I don’t know¬†if it was good for my digestion at all but it sure was good for my mood. So I don’t care ūüôā I’m satisfied with today’s workout, I’m happy that I don’t feel rejected today.

I did the first part of the sequence 4 times, I think, it was a bit fast paced, I sweated and I had elevated heart rate and enjoyed every minute of it. The whole thing took me about 45 minutes.

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(unfortunately, food is not ideal today because I ate some leftovers from yesterday but… but I will make my healing kuzu tea in the afternoon. For the very first time)

Daily yoga and food

I’m trying with my diet but I struggle strongly. I don’t have enough will power. I feel week and I don’t think I will be able to do it without some support. I’m quite desperate nowadays.

The good news is that I feel much better now, no constant bloating (I mean, I’m bloated almost every day but I don’t wake up with a full bloated stomach in the morning), no constant stomach ache but I know I should really take my diet seriously. I can’t even complete a vegan diet, a macrobiotic one seems awfully far from me now ūüė¶

Other good news is that I found the biggest trigger food in my life: dairy products. They cause instant stomach ache and bloating a bit later. And constipation. I tried lactose pills, which help a bit, but not perfect. So, first of all, I have to concentrate on eliminating the dairy products.

So far, I have only had ONE single day when I was almost animal-product-free. That’s a start, I guess…

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Breakfast: dahl (red lentil soup)

Lunch: dahl that thickened to my surprise and carrot + oatmeal + sesame seed + phyllium husk mix PLUS my after lunch snack

Afternoon snack: wholemeal rolls with sugarfree jam

Dinner: semi-grilled vegetables with avocado cream (no picture, sorry, I totally forgot)

Aaaaaand, I also completed these two yoga videos which I enjoyed very much. It was good enjoyable to do and as an extra, I had sore muscles in my upper-back and butt on the following day. Suprising because I didn’t even feel the “butt workout experience” during the yoga session. This day was a good day, I hope, I can stay (or get on) the right track.

Yoga for the entrepreneur

I have just arrived home from my holiday, it wasn’t the best dietwise¬†but it was good for relaxation and to push me to a new start. Honestly, I think, I have a burnout syndrome.

I have a main job. And I have a side job. Then I decided to work on my online business because I want to get rid of my main job. The result? Succes? Oh, no, not at all. Rather feeling overwhelmed, overworked, over everything. Adrenal fatigue and long-forgotten illnesses rising (insulin resistance, low-thyroid, hyperbloating). Not a good thing.

My me-time was the last thing I ever thought of… Right before leaving for Italy, I went to discuss my health issues with somebody and she shared a very eye-opening thought: Have you ever thought about that you have so many illnesses nowadays because your body realised that it’s the only time you take care of it?

Have you ever thought about that you have so many illnesses nowadays because your body realised that it’s the only time you take care of it?

And yes. She is right. Totally right. I don’t even have time (or desire) to my hobby. Which is not complicated, it’s just collecting cookbooks. Not very time-consuming. I always suggest everyone to go to a massage therapist but when was the last time I visited one? When was the last time I was in a group fitness class just for fun? Why haven’t I met my friends for weeks? Why am I too tired to go out?

Now is the time for the change. If my health is not okay, I cannot make my business work either. If I cannot make my business work, I will never be able to get rid of my main job and I will float in the stage of burnout.

I started my journey with diet and mental support, now I want to take my diet to the second level and do a full month of 100% macrobiotic diet with healing teas and herbs and everything. I also feel that my current workouts are not for me now. Somehow I don’t enjoy the workouts I usually do, they don’t energize me so I decided to do 30-dayay yoga challenge. My own challenge, I will follow youtube videos from different instructors. Nothing serious, but a commitment to myself (but I’m happy if someone joins me and we can motivate each other).

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That’s me in Italy ‚̧ sunset, summertime, happiness ūüôā

 

I usually have two 60-70 minutes long workout (dumbells, kettlebell, TRX, bodyweight training) and a Pilates class in a week but now, I want to do yoga every day. Nothing serious, just something that suits my awfully hectic entrepreneur lifestyle. I will have two longer yoga sessions and 10-15-20 minutes yoga on the other 5 days of the week. I hope it will help calm me down or at least, the change of my routine will start a change in my life. Now I feel I’m BORED with my job, my workouts, my food. Everything. And I hate that I don’t have time for the job I want to spend more time on, I don’t have time (and patience for shopping) to create food I like. I need a change.

Baby steps.

I won’t go for the spiritual part of yoga, that would be too harsh of a change. Vinyasa yoga, power yoga, yoga focusing on body parts, yoga for digestion. Yes, maybe these.

Yoga every day.

I promise myself that I will do yoga every day.

EVERY DAY.

As an ease, today I did a power yoga session, it was just 30 minutes, it wasn’t the best workout of my life, it was too fast for a yoga, in my opinion. I’m still searching for a good yoga workout. Any recommendations?

Zucchini again

I have stomach issues and a sore throat and some fever as well, so I don’t really feel like eating (which is the sign of a serious illness¬†because I’m aaaaaaaaalways hungry :P) but a zucchini is so neutral that I can eat it any time. My meal was a small/medium portion of pasta (spelt pasta coloured with spinach) and some zucchini. Nothing special. Ugly and boringly green but quick again. And I like it. It’s just semi-grilled zucchini with parsley on the pasta.

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Fastest & ugliest zucchini and red lentils

It’s Sunday so I should have prepared a more complex meal but I’m ill so I don’t really want to spend too much time working. Because I don’t like cooking so spending time in the kitchen means working for me.

Yesterday, I bought some zucchini and carrots, so I steamed them and added some sesame seed to them, made some red lentil dip. Or something like that – cooked them and mixed them with two spoons of coconut milk, added some spices, and voli√°, my meal is ready.

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