Monthly Archives: August 2015

Pineapple, Lemon, Green Tea Gelatin Recipe & Gelatin’s Benefits

This is a gelatin snack I made for something to chew on during bowel cleansing the day before my colonoscopy this year. I use a grassfed Kosher beef gelatin, Great Lakes Gelatin (available on Amazon). They have a few types and the one you are looking for to make the firm gelatin snack is the red container. Whereas, the green container (the hydrolysate) will dissolve in liquids and not harden, so it can be used in water, shakes, drinks and smoothies as a healthy superfood boost, adding a little protein as well. It’s important to get gelatin that is from grass fed/ pastured animals in order to avoid contamination with hormones, pesticides and heavy metals.

Colonoscopy Prep Day


Today I am cleansing for my colonoscopy tomorrow. At this point, I don’t remember how many of these I’ve had, but now with over 15 years of UC (ulcerative colitis) under my belt, I’ve had my share of bowel preps and colonoscopies. Once you’ve had the disease for 10 years, you are scheduled for yearly scopes, and you quickly get over the fear that much of the general public has surrounding this procedure.

It’s pretty standard routine for any of us with digestive diseases, and it is interesting from this side of things to hear people complaining at age 50 when they need it for colon cancer screening. I have sympathy because, of course, I had a first time too, and I remember that. However, I was 20 years old then, and finally having a diagnostic test that could help find an answer after >3 years of symptoms; so, I was actually somewhat excited, despite my fears, back then. I know, it’s a hassle, you need a day (or two off) and a ride. The prep itself, in short, kinda sucks. But, it’s also not that big of a deal.

For those at age 50 and lucky enough to just need a colonoscopy for screening purposes: it’s a small price to pay to screen for your health,and I think that needs to be the central focus. If you’re like many people I talk to that are a combination of ambivalent, grossed out, freaked out and procrastinating making the appointment; know that it helps save lives, so try to just suck it up and schedule sooner than later!

For those who are in the midst of figuring out their digestive ails and may be facing a colonoscopy: you are suffering and are understandably afraid of what lies ahead, I hope what you find here will help you! My motivation for this website as a whole, and this post in regards to colonoscopy preparation, is to share any wisdom or practical tips from my own struggles to find health while dealing with chronic illness.

Grain Free Tortilla Crepe Wrap Recipe & Meal Ideas

I’ve tried quite a few grain free tortilla/wrap/crepe recipes, which have given me a good lesson in how to develop my own. This one is great tasting and holds up when trying to eat as a wrap with your hands, but also works just fine with fork and knife. The recipe can be tailored for sweet or savory dishes by making any kind of tweaks you’d like, whether that would be to add vanilla extract, stevia, chives or some minced herbs into the batter.

Basic Crepe Recipe:

Makes 1, 9-inch round crepe

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 TB Arrowroot Powder (Tapioca Flour ok too)
  • 1/2 TB Coconut Flour
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • Dash of Sea Salt

For the Pan:

  • 1 tsp-1/2 TB Butter


Kale Salad with Raisins, Carrots & Red Cabbage

I have a love/hate relationship with kale, as I’m sure many others do. I know it’s good for me, but sometimes it’s just hard to get down. Sometimes, it’s just easier to get my kale in by cooking it. It’s so thick and dense; I feel my body having a hard time digesting it sometimes.

That said, I have had many raw kale salads, typically when dining in natural food markets (eg Whole Foods, New Leaf, etc.), that I’ve really enjoyed. After many years of knowing the magical nutrient powerhouse that is kale, I am happy to report: there are several ways that I really enjoy eating it; one of which is this salad.

There are two main factors in creating successful (raw) kale salad consumption for me: