FAQ: Constipation: Can I take Magnesium and/ or fiber at the same time I take my Guaifenesin?

Magnesium will help with constipation and will not block your guaifenesin, it’s not a plant and has no salicylates to worry about :)

BUT! If you take a ton of it to help with constipation and end up with the runs, there is no guarantee that the guaifenesin dissolved properly to do its job.

Our advice is to take it an hour or 2 before or after you take your guai.

This is the same rule for any fiber type supplements you take like psyllium husk or flax. (flax should only be taken in small amounts as it’s a plant and can block, psyllium husk is just the husk from the plant, so it won’t block) These fibrous types expand in your stomach, in an effort to pull along other stuff in there that isn’t moving along as it should. (to put it nicely LOL :D)

This expanding can surround your pill and keep it from digesting. SO, the same rule applies with these fibers- take an hour or 2 before or after your guaifenesin to be sure that the guai has a chance to dissolve properly

Click here to see the rest of my Frequently Asked Questions: http://christinescozycorner.ca/the-nitty-gritty-of-the-guaifenesin-protocol-and-salicylates/

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BBQ’d Salmon (HG, SF, GF, Low Carb)

Fish bbqok, so this is one of those recipes that you throw together when you’re too tired to do anything else lol : )

Awesome thing about it? Turned out SO YUMMY!! YEAH for easy and yummy recipes!! :D

As usual, I totally forgot to take a pic as I was making it or in the pan. I only take pics when the food is awesome, and I had no idea I’d love this so much! haha! :D

Put a large piece of tin foil in a metal camping/ bbq’ing 9×13 pan, don’t curl it around the edges of the pan, you want to curl it around the fish later.

Smear couple Tbsp butter on the tin foil.

Place in pan the salmon and approx spices, sprinkled on thefish:

Sprinkle salt- about 2 tsp

1 Tbsp basil

1 Tbsp dill

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp garlic powder

Place sliced onions and peppers on top (we have these packages of pre-sliced, raw fajita peppers and onions in a package in our local grocery store. Worked perfect.:))

Gently fold the tinfoil around the fish so the whole top is open to the bbq smoke and yumminess, but the sides are well protected. It will get a little black around the edges, but that stuff is super yummy, don’t toss it!! :)

BBQ on high, for 30-35 mins on the top, back shelf.

Serve with some homemade tartar sauce and steamed broccoli served with melted butter and salt. YUM! :D

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Low Carb SF Pancakes

pancakes low carb, sugar freeThese are so much like the real thing, you won’t believe all the great stuff and protein in these pancakes!!! :)

I am on the Hypoglycemia Diet and it has made such a HUGE difference in how I feel that I’ve tried to stay as close as possible. But every now and then we just like some good old pancakes. Have you seen some of my other attempts? I have tried SOOOO many recipes for low carb and sugar free pancakes. I’ve come to the realization that a little carb is better than going out for pancakes and having TONS of carb and sugar! LOL :D

I started with those recipes using cottage cheese and then I tried the ones with the almond meal. And then there’s the ones with the Psyllium seed husk. All great ingredients, but not enough on their own. So I decided to try the soy flour. It’s a funny ingredient, because it dosn’t thicken sauces and graveys, until you add a tiny bit of regular flour, then you realize you used WAY too much soy flour and have to add more water, etc. haha!! :D

SO, that is how this whole pancake recipe got started. I wanted to use as little regular flour as possible, but still have it come out fluffy, not gummy like all the other recipes. But I also wanted it to have that yummy pancake taste mom always had! So, here you have it!

A little bit of all the good stuff in these babies and only 1/2 cup regular flour! Yes! You’re welcome! :D

serves 4 people with healthy appetites lol :) I always make a whole batch for me and my hubby and we have it for breakfast for 2 days, or he takes them in his lunch with sugar free peanut butter and sugar free jam. Hubby LOVES that! :)

Mix or whisk in large bowl:

6 eggs

2 cups milk (or about 3/4 c sour cream and 2 cups water- it’s all the dairy I had this time and they were great!

4 Tbsp butter/oil (we prefer butter)

once well mixed, dump on top and mix:

1 cup whey protein powder (plain, no flavor or sweetener, if yours is sweetened adjust recipe by skipping the sweetener)

1 1/2 cup Soy flour

2 Tbsp Psyllium seed husk

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 Tbsp xylitol

Once all is mixed till smooth, add in and mix well:

1 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder (stir into white flour before adding to rest)

1/2 cup regular white flour (can probably use whole wheat but I haven’t tried that yet :))

I use butter in my pan to fry these. on med-high. Wait to flip until around the edges the bubbles pop and don’t fill in. But don’t wait till it burns lol :) Adjust your heat accordingly :)

Serve with homemade sugar free whipping cream, sugar free syrop or some homemade sugar free Berry Sauce :)

These pancakes are SUPER filling fyi, all that protein and fiber will fill you up faster than you realize! :)

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FAQ: Does the Guaifenesin Protocol cause insomnia?

FAQ: Does the Guaifenesin Protocol create insomnia?

Easy answer: nope!

On the protocol, you will CLEAR every area you have struggled with in the past and will likely clear some areas you never even struggled with at some point!

When you have fibro and/or HG, many of us struggle with pain, or achiness, and this will worsen as you lay there. As you clear those sore spots will swell a bit. So that could make sleeping more difficult.

Another struggle is with every cell of our bodies are affected by the phosphate deposits. so, even the parts of our bodies that regulate sleep patters and cycles. Do you find you have the most energy at night? Find that you come awake as the day goes on? Wake feeling like you never slept? Yep, your body is all out of sync. Welcome to fibro. You will cycle this. Check out my post on Seasonal Affective Disorder and fibro for more on this.

Our hormones are also affected by fibro. AS we clear, our hormones can go through a bit of a crazy time.

Also, being so sick and doing so little during the day can make you restless so that you don’t FEEL like sleeping at night. Not to mention being on your computer staring at a super bright screen till late into the evening or night!

Depression is also something that can cause sleep issues! If you have fibro, then you’ve been sick for a very long time and you’ve seen so many doctors and done so many tests, it would make the healthiest person go a little crazy! Check out my post on: Encouragement and also check out: Depression.

These are just a few reasons that it might feel like the guaifenesin protocol could be causing insomnia, where in reality, the FIBRO is causing this and the clearing is exacerbating it as we get it OUT of our system and start to get better.

Hope that helps!

Fibro can also cause excessive sleepiness! Check out my post on this: Sleepiness and fibro

Click for link to: FAQ of the Guaifenesin Protocol and Salicylates

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HG Meal Plan #1

These are half strict and half lib. Stick to this plan and you will adjust to the huge change faster than going strict right away. ie- less cravings and huge hunger pains! Also trying to go with easier plans here for those with severe CFS. Feel free to mix and match for your day :) Check out my Recipes Tab at the top of the page for more ideas on Snacks, Mains, Sides, desserts, etc :)

Day 1:

Breakfast Shake at 9:30am (choose from list of yummy options) Will need cream, berries (strawberries for Strict) vanilla, pasteurized eggs/ protein powder. http://christinescozycorner.ca/protein-shake-recipes-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-lib/

Lunch at 12: Veggie souffle- use steamed/ frozen broccoli and lots of cheese, eggs and cream. See for recipe: http://christinescozycorner.ca/cheesy-souffle-hypoglycemia-diet-strict/ save some for lunch tomorrow.

Snack at 3pm: slice of cantaloup for strict diet (or other fruit on lib.) with 2 slices of cheese.

Supper at 6pm: Creamy Pork Chops: http://christinescozycorner.ca/pork-chops-with-creamy-rosemary-sauce-hypoglycemia-diet-strict/ with side of riced Cauliflower: http://christinescozycorner.ca/riced-cauliflower-gf-sf-low-carb/ and salad or grilled veggies: http://christinescozycorner.ca/grilled-veggies-hypoglycemia-diet-lib-or-strict/

save some for lunch tomorrow if no souffle leftovers. :)

Snack at 9 or 10pm: leftover shake (make extra and keep in fridge) and/or handful of almonds.

DAY 2:

Breakfast Shake at 9:30am (choose from list of yummy options) Will need cream, berries (strawberries for Strict) vanilla, pasteurized eggs/ protein powder. http://christinescozycorner.ca/protein-shake-recipes-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-lib/

Lunch at 12: leftover souffle/pork chop leftovers with salad.

Snack at 3pm: slice of cantaloup for strict diet (or other fruit on lib.) with sweetener and cream. (I use Whipping Cream, unwhipped)

Supper at 6pm: Baked Salmon: http://christinescozycorner.ca/baked-salmon-hypoglycemia-diet-strict-and-lib/

with Steamed carrots (can use leftover cream sauce from porkchops here) and coleslaw: http://christinescozycorner.ca/coleslaw-sf-gf-low-carb/

Snack at 9 or 10pm: Leftover shake/ vanilla custard with 1/2 cup berries: http://christinescozycorner.ca/custard-part3-hg-lib-lc-gf/

DAY 3:

Breakfast Shake at 9:30am (choose from list of yummy options) Will need cream, berries (strawberries for Strict) vanilla, pasteurized eggs/ protein powder. http://christinescozycorner.ca/protein-shake-recipes-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-lib/

Lunch at 12: Salad meal with seeds, cheese, boiled eggs, sugar free salad dressing. Click for more ideas: http://christinescozycorner.ca/salad-meal-recipe/

Snack at 3pm: leftover custard from night before with berries.

Supper at 6pm: Baked chicken with drippings (dont make the gravy at this point, wait the 2 months of perfect diet, still tastes good with the drippings. Add some salt and Thyme in there, yum! With Steamed cauliflower, and leftover coleslaw.

Snack at 9 or 10pm: Leftover shake/ almond shortbread: http://christinescozycorner.ca/almond-shortbread-cookies-gf-sf-hg-low-carb/

DAY 4:

Breakfast Shake at 9:30am (choose from list of yummy options) Will need cream, berries (strawberries for Strict) vanilla, pasteurized eggs/ protein powder. http://christinescozycorner.ca/protein-shake-recipes-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-lib/

Lunch at 12: Leftover salad from yesterday with leftover chicken instead of eggs.

Snack at 3pm: Leftover almond shortbread with slice of fruit/ berries

Supper at 6pm: Taco casserole: http://christinescozycorner.ca/taco-casserole-hypoglycemia-diet-gf-sf-low-carb/

Snack at 9 or 10pm: Leftover shake, and/or hand full of almonds.

DAY 5:Breakfast Shake at 9:30am (choose from list of yummy options) Will need cream, berries (strawberries for Strict) vanilla, pasteurized eggs/ protein powder. http://christinescozycorner.ca/protein-shake-recipes-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-lib/

Lunch at 12: Pizza omelet (stove top) http://christinescozycorner.ca/pizza-omelet-recipe-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-lib/

Snack at 3 pm: slice of cantaloup for strict diet (or other fruit on lib.) with 2 slices of cheese.

Supper at 6pm: Homemade BBQ’d burgers: http://christinescozycorner.ca/homemade-burgers-recipe-hypoglycemia-diet-strict/ with grilled veggies and salad

Snack at 9 or 10pm: Leftover shake/ Cream cheese muffins: http://christinescozycorner.ca/cream-cheese-muffins-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-lib/

DAY 6:

Breakfast at 9:30am: Protein pancakes: http://christinescozycorner.ca/low-carb-pancakes-gf-sf-hg/ With strawberry sauce: http://christinescozycorner.ca/berry-sauce-gf-sf-low-carb/ and whipped cream: http://christinescozycorner.ca/whipped-cream-hypoglycemia-diet-strict/

Lunch at 12: Leftover pizza omelet/ leftover burgers with salad.

Snack at 3pm: cream cheese muffins with slice of fruit/ berries.

Supper at 6pm: Meatloaf with bacon (YUMO) http://christinescozycorner.ca/sugar-free-meatloaf-hypoglycemia-diet-strict-and-lib/ with fried cabbage and carrot and onion (use prepared and cut coleslaw veggies)

Snack at 9 or 10pm: almond carrot muffins with butter

DAY 7:

Breakfast at 9:30am: left over pancakes/ breakfast shake.

Lunch at 12: Leftover meatloaf/ salad meal.

Snack at 3pm: leftover almond carrot muffins with butter

Supper at 6pm: Cheeseburger soup thick and creamy: http://christinescozycorner.ca/zippy-cheeseburger-soup-hypoglycemic-diet-strict-and-liberal/ With 1 slice of allowable bread with butter.

Snack at 9 or 10pm: leftover snack/ shake/ almonds.

As always, There are many who can not have one thing (dairy/ low oxalate/ other) or other, so feel free to mix and match what ever works for you. I personally always make enough for me and my hubby to eat a supper meal and have leftovers for supper the next day too. If you have a larger family, you will either need to make a new meal every night as I have shown or make more.

Hope this helps!

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Pulled Chicken Curry (HG lib, SF, GF, LC)

Chicken curryIn food processor, chop till very fine and fry in hot frying pan with 3 Tbsp butter for 3 mins ish :)

1 onion

1 Tbsp (approx.) fresh ginger root, sliced and peeled

3 garlic cloves (peeled of course lol)

2 Tbsp Curry powder (approx, to taste)

Sea salt (1 tsp, approx, to taste)

Into slow cooker on medium:

1 can diced tomatoes

2 chicken breasts/thighs/ whatever you have, browned in hot frying pan. (this does not require cooking the whole thing, just sear the two sides till brown. So, with your pan on high the whole time, don’t flip till a deep golden. Mine were frozen when I did this :D

And mine fell apart to kinda like pulled pork. We loved it!

Put all in slow cooker for a few hours, turned out AMAZING!! and easy peasy!! :)

Served with steamed cauliflower/ carrots and salad.

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Foaming Hand Soap (Salicylate free, dye free, fragrance free)

Foaming hand soap- Salicylate free, dye free, fragrance freeThis gentle hand soap made from my Wholesome Body Wash recipe!

Gentle but also a great cleaner. Hang onto your bottles to re-use, buy a refill for only $2.25!

Ingredients: aqua (distilled water), Surfactants (Amphosol, Bioterge), Oat Protein, Glycerin, Sea Salt, preservative

Foaming Bottle: $3.00

Refill: $2.25

To place an order, you need to contact me via email, Facebook or comments on here with your request. Shipping is expensive, so I mostly sell locally. But will make an exception for you if you ask! Just tell me what you would like and I can make an invoice and email it to you, you can pay via credit card or PayPal :)

And definitely check out some of my other natural, gentle products from Christine’s Homemade Creations!

 

 

 

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Wholesome Body Wash (Salicylate, dye and fragrance free)

Body Wash free of Salicylate, dye and fragranceThis one is my favorite product I’ve made so far… other than the sunscreen, I LOVE the sunscreen too! :D

My body wash is not stripping or harsh, it’s gentle but high-foaming! My mom loves it in her bath, I use it for my hands and as a body wash. Easy to add some fragrance if you like smelly soaps :) I prefer fragrance free.

Ingredients: aqua (distilled water), Surfactants (Amphosol, Bioterge), Oat Protein, Glycerin, Sea Salt, preservative

Price:

4 oz: $3.00

8 oz: 5.00

To place an order, you need to contact me via email, Facebook or comments on here with your request. Shipping is expensive, so I mostly sell locally. But will make an exception for you if you ask! Just tell me what you would like and I can make an invoice and email it to you, you can pay via credit card or PayPal :)

And definitely check out some of my other natural, gentle products from Christine’s Homemade Creations!

Soybean Sunscreen

Soybean Sunscreen

Superb Shampoo

Superb Shampoo

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Massage Therapy for folks with Fibromyalgia

A good friend of mine Victoria Mauck just explained this so perfectly, I had to share it with you in the hopes that even MORE people with Fibromyalgia would see this and understand better what goes on with massage. :)

I feel it’s really important that PTs and massage therapists NOT try to work out the things (phosphate deposits) they feel on us. They should just gently stretch the tight muscles! What they don’t understand is that they aren’t working on normal tight muscles and knots. When they press so hard on our lesions, it’s as if they are trying to dig into an open sore! The deposits won’t go away by digging into them. That kind of treatment will only make the area worse; the trauma of irritating the deposits can actually cause it to accumulate MORE phosphates. Trauma causes deposits and on us, deep massage is trauma. That’s why we hurt for so long afterwards. That’s the painful rebound effect. It may cause numbness at first as the area goes into shock, but there will be a painful consequence for most of us as the feeling comes back!

So, THAT’S why I’ve always hated massage therapy!! I remember one time a friend massaged the huge ‘knots’ in shoulders for hours and I literally couldn’t stand up afterwards, now I know he was massaging the lumps of phosphates back into my blood stream!

The Guaifenesin Protocol is really the only thing that will reverse your fibromyalgia deposits and give you your life back!

All that said, be careful with massage therapy, it can do more harm than good if they are trying to massage away phosphate deposits on a person with fibromyalgia!!

Click here for more info on: Frequently Asked Questions about the Guaifenesin protocol and Salicylates.

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Barren on Mothers Day… again

Check out my other posts on previous Barren on Mothers Days and how I am working through this!: Mothers Day

I’ve been thinking about this alot the past weeks and months. Partly about being barren and partly about being content.

I did this Bible study on contentment a few years ago, and at the time it had such a different meaning for me. God was working on my contentment in other areas of my life. Right now? I think God is teaching me to be content in EVERY situation, even being barren.

What does that mean, that it’s wrong to want kids? NO WAY! What it means is a heart-search of how much I trust God to provide everything I need, like He says He will. And this includes whether or not He gives me kids. His questions to me are: Am I trusting Him with this heart-wrenching hole in my life? Is HE more important to me than this want that I have? Am I content?

Seriously? sometimes yes, sometimes no.

I’m getting there, it’s certainly a process! And in learning contentment, this dosnt mean that I will no longer want kids, but that I trust God with this want and His future for me. Learning to be thankful in every situation.

Something that TOTALLY helps?

I look around, and everyone that I know well, has a heart-wrenching story. Something that tears at their heart and makes them hurt. My hurt is no different, just because it’s a God-given desire.

Here’s some that have been on my mind lately that would make Mothers Day awful for not just the barren:

A Mother, losing a child.

A Mother, missing a child who doesn’t care enough to keep in touch.

A Mother, wishing her child believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.

A Mother, wishing she had more children than she has/ wishing for a girl or boy.

A Mother, watching a child walk a dangerous/ unhealthy path.

These things makes me less focused on my hurt alone, and see the hurt around me. I have friends in all these circumstances and I’ve seen the tears shed over them, and the heart-wrenching pain they live through. Same as my heart-wrenching pain of not having any children. PAINFUL STUFF.

The important thing is this: What do we do with this pain? Ignore it? Internalize it? Lash out in anger? Ignore the world?

I want my pain to be used for something good. Maybe I can be a listening ear to someone hurting. Maybe God can use me to love and be compassionate to a Mother who is going through one of these horrible situations. Maybe God can change my self-focused thinking and my hurt into something for HIS glory and honor!

Now, at the same time, I don’t put myself in situations to make me so full of heartache that I can’t keep from internalizing the pain. Like church on Mothers Day. Yep, we don’t go anymore. The first hour would usually be ok, then as the service progresses and honor is given to moms, and I try to just think of my mom, it just gets harder and harder. Be the end of the service, when all the moms are given flowers and I stand there wondering if I’m allowed one, someone will come up and say something kind like “It’s ok, even people without kids can have one, go ahead honey.” UGHHHHH! That’s when I crack. And cry all the way home.

SO this year? My sweet hubby decides to give me something to look forward to for Mothers Day!! HOW COOL IS THAT?!

He’s planned a whole picnic thing! And not the type where he’s like, “lets do a picnic, what are you going to bring?” Nope, he’s got the whole thing planned! I just get to be excited and enjoy the day! YAY ME!! :D God has blessed me with MUCH to be thankful for!

What are some blessings you can revive your heart with today?

Check out my other posts on previous Mothers Days and how I am working through this!: Mothers Day

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