DIY Gummies

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I have been diagnosed with IBS, leaky gut & possible candida overgrowth & SIBO for several years now, alongside stage 4 Endometriosis. The healing process has been beyond difficult. I have made very few advances, despite multiple specialist appointments. In fact, it feels like no matter how I approach this situation that I always encounter setbacks instead.

I have found that adhering to a very strict diet has been one of the only things that has helped, even though it is very difficult and time consuming. I used to feel like I was going to puke every single day and my intestines ached so severely that my mobility was negatively impacted. This was occurring even after I eliminated all gluten and dairy from my diet. So, I decided to pay for a Food Sensitivity and Reaction Blood Test that measured the amount of antibodies my body made per individual food (aka which foods were causing more inflammation in my body). The list was very long, I was restricted to a few vegetables, even fewer fruits, coconut & meat.

I have now been following that strict anti-inflammatory diet for almost 3 years. I do feel better, I don’t feel like I have to puke at all anymore, however my intestines are still quite sick. This summer, I have been trying to introduce more items into my diet that will help them heal. Grass fed & pasture raised gelatin is one of the things I have introduced. Gelatin (as long as it is grass fed and pasture raised) is good for your intestinal health as well as your joints, hair & skin.
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I decided to try making my own gummies with gelatin because it is a very easy way to introduce more gelatin into my diet (in a very delicious way). Here is how I make my own gut-healing gummies:


DIY BLUEBERRY & LEMON GUMMIES
AIP/Paleo/Autoimmune diet approved
(discovered on the Primal Palate)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh organic blueberries
  • 4 tbsp grass fed & pasture raised gelatin

Instructions

  1. add the lemon juice and the blueberries into a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. stir often and cook until the lemon juice is steaming and the blueberries are plump and have turned the juice dark purple
  3. remove from the stovetop and let cool for a few moments
  4. add into blender and blend until smooth
  5. add in 4 tbsp of gelatin into the blender and blend again
  6. pour into a glass and use a food pipette to fill the molds OR pour into a flat glass container and set in the fridge (either 1 large container or multiple small ones)
  7. after about 1-2 hours, remove the gummies from the molds OR cut them out of the glass container and put them into a glass container to store them in the fridge

DIY STRAWBERRY COCONUT GUMMIES
AIP/Paleo/Autoimmune diet approved
my own recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 can of organic coconut milk (with no fillers)
  • ~1/2 cup organic strawberries (cut in halves)
  • 5 tbsp grass fed & pasture raised gelatin

Instructions

  1. add the coconut milk & strawberries into a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. stir often and cook until the coconut milk is bubbling slightly and the strawberries are soft
  3. remove from the stovetop and let cool for a few moments
  4. add into blender and blend until smooth
  5. add in 5 tbsp of gelatin into the blender and blend again
  6. pour into a glass and use a food pipette to fill the molds OR pour into a flat glass container and set in the fridge (either 1 large container or multiple small ones)
  7. after about 1-2 hours, remove the gummies from the molds OR cut them out of the glass container and put them into a glass container to store them in the fridge

These are then good for about 3-4 days in the fridge (trust me, they do not last that long).
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These gummies make an excellent snack, just ensure they stay cool (keep them on an icepack if you are removing them from the fridge) as they will melt if exposed to heat. I am now eating them with every meal in place of dessert – they are just so delicious. My favourite are the coconut strawberry gummies! I bought my molds off of amazon & ensured they were food-grade safe silicone, 100% BPA-free, FDA approved and that they came with pipettes/droppers!
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Hope you love these as much as I do!

Tiara

The Pack is Back

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The fanny pack is back! When I brought this fanny pack home from one of my thrifting outings & showed it to my parents, I thought it was quite funny when my dad said “Hey, that is exactly like the one I used to have!”

I wish I would have had a stylish fanny pack for when I went to Norway, it would have made things so much easier! Today I am sporting a microfibre-free outfit by wearing all natural materials! I thrifted these white pants, originally they were huge flare bellbottom jeans and to make them more modern I cut and sewed them to look like jeans that are more in style today – it was ridiculously easy!
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Jacket: Zara (similar) {100% real leather & silk liner} / Sweater: Hazlewood Vintage {100% cotton} / Jeans: thrifted {100% cotton} / Fanny pack: thrifted {100% real leather} / Shoes: Last Shoes {100% real leather & handmade in Canada} / Necklace: Elizabeth.Lyn Jewelry {handmade in Saskatoon} / Sunglasses: Tres Noir Eyewear {handmade frame}
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– Tiara

Total Tea Addict

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I guess it is pretty obvious that I am a total tea addict when my first post on my blog is about tea! Lately, I have been obsessed with peppermint tea! Peppermint tea is delightful alone or with honey & it is also quite beneficial for your health. Peppermint is known to aid in relaxation, reduce inflammation, help with stomach digestion and works as an immune booster. I drink peppermint tea every day!

The ingredients in most peppermint tea mixes are also beneficial to your health:

  • Spearmint: aids in minimizing headaches and stress.
  • Tarragon: aids in regulating metabolism & digestion.
  • Lavender: relieves stress and inflammation & helps to minimize bloating.

In addition to all these natural health benefits you also get lots of antioxidants to improve your overall health! As a sufferer from IBS, chronic anxiety & depression, I can personally tell you that whenever my stomach or intestines are troubling me, I drink peppermint tea & it helps to calm them down! Peppermint tea is also a low FODMAP and great for other gastrointestinal disorders or diseases. One caution is that since peppermint tea is so relaxing, it may be too relaxing in some people and cause your sphincter to relax and allow stomach acid back up into the esophagus (so for people who have heartburn, avoid peppermint tea).

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Now, let’s talk about the most sustainable ways to enjoy tea! Purchasing your tea in loose-leaf form in a metal reusable tin is the most environmentally-friendly option. This is because you can keep reusing these items and there is no garbage for you to throw away! Also, most teabags have some percentage of plastic in them, immediately making them unsustainable. Next, you will need a reusable tea infuser. I would recommend a completely metal option as well, just because it is safer to use and will last longer (and can eventually be recycled). Lastly, you will definitely be needing a reusable mug. A reusable mug is needed when you are leaving the house or when you are out & about and purchase tea. I have a reusable mug at home and another one in my car. Some examples of what I am suggesting are: this reusable metal infuser, this loose leaf tea, this cute reusable tin, and this mug. This mug actually keeps tea hot for an insanely long time. All of these items are easy to wash, using reusables is not a hassle whatsoever!

I hope you enjoy tea as much as I do,
-Tiara