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My Take On Breakfast

October 15th, 2012 · No Comments


My take on the makeup of breakfast: never throw anything out – you’ll find a use for whatever someday – which is one reason you wouldn’t believe what my apartment looks like. I guess my philosophy is to let those who clean up after I’m gone do the throwing. But if they’re smart…  well OK, each to his own.
Humm, I wonder if green tea which is more than 5 years old is still good.

Now to the actual breakfast:
if you’re looking for a breakfast which will really do it for you
but without grains, this is it.
A non-cereal absolutely healthy breakfast
Woke up with pins and needles in one foot. I figured that this breakfast with all of the extras would take care of it.
 Not pictured here is the quinoa which I had as a substitute for cereal, and to wash it down, a cup of 5 year old green tea followed at intervals by cayenne pepper in hummus, a tsp of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in a glass of water, and finally a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. I’ll explain everything.
The quinoa (more of a vegetable than a grain since it is related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds) together with a lot of throw-ins made it one of the most complete breakfasts I’ve had in a long time. Will add a photo when I find my photo chip. In the mean time, thought the photo of my cat sleeping would suffice.
The throw-ins included some dried papaya (the reddish chunks you can see in your mind’s eye) which my sister sent to me in a gift basket almost a year ago, together with some apple slices, walnuts, pumpkin seeds topped off with 2 capfuls of maple syrup, a teaspoon of virgin olive oil, cinnamon, and turmeric.
One of the reasons quinoa is so great is because you can tell it’s done when the ‘seeds’ split apart and you have a lot of tiny rings in the boiling water. Most other things leave you in that undecided/indecipherable state until you… whatever you do to see if something is finished cooking. Unless you’re taking the time off of some recipe in some book, but then, if you live at a different altitude than the author, you’re in trouble.

Nap Time

The year old dried papaya has just been sitting there on the cabinet in the living room for about a year. The cat walks over it (hence the photo) every time she goes to her favorite sitting/sleeping/what-have-you place. Of course it’s still in the plastic container.   

The turmeric doesn’t really go with this dish but it does so much for you that it goes in anyway. Just to give an overview, turmeric is anti-inflammatory, provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis, is an antioxidant, lowers rates of many cancers, reduces risk of childhood leukemia, improves liver functioning, may provide cardiovascular protection through prevention of oxidation of cholesterol, may provide protection against neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. And this is just the beginning of its many other benefits.
And for those who like lists:
dried papaya
apple slices
pumpkin seeds
2 capfuls of maple syrup
teaspoon of virgin olive oil
lots of cinnamon
some turmeric
Vitamins: on finishing breakfast took 2 drops of D3 in water (even though I sat in the sun for about 12 minutes, but it is November and the sun’s distance means I probably didn’t get the most benefit from it), magnesium, vitamin C, herbal complex  (extract and powder of black elderberry, una di Gatto alkaloids and polyphenols, olive leaf, echinacea root, astragalus root (triterpene glycosides), licorice root (glycyrrhizin)), and all the other vitamins I usually take which are on hold because I’m out.
And after breakfast:
Cayenne Pepper in Hummus: taken about an hour after breakfast – lots of cayenne pepper mixed into a glob of hummus for everything cayenne will do for you. Chased it down with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. I’ve gone an and on about the benefits of cayenne in other posts so will not belabor it here.  
And then baking soda (soda bicarbonate) We’ve all been told of the things that baking soda can do – like all of its uses around the house in baking, cleaning, sterilizing, etc.

But we are not often told of all its other uses in health.
– Besides being an antacid, it prevents and dissolves kidney stones, and reduces urinary tract infections.
– Also, taking baking soda has been shown to be beneficial in reducing possible damage to kidneys as well as other negative health effects which can be caused by contrast agents which we take in medical imaging procedures such as cardiac angiography, CT scans or MRI.,
– Further, a truly amazing study showed that baking soda reduced cancelled reliance on kidney machines for kidney disease patients. Simply taking sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), according to a research study at the Royal London Hospital, may be useful in relieving kidney patients from the need to use kidney machines, and demonstrated that it drastically slowed the progression of kidney disease. 

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