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Easy, Crispy-Skinned, Oven Roasted Chicken

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. My life has been VERY busy this past month. I had to finish off school, get through finals, I graduated, and then I was traveling for a week. I’m finally back in my apartment with NO HOMEWORK! WOOHOO! 🙂 

I haven’t had much time to cook and I’ve been stress eating or celebrating eating which means lots of junk food (gluten-free) has been going down. I’m so happy to finally be able to relax a little and focus solely on treatment and eating right. I was originally planning to do a very strict elimination diet to try and figure out my tummy troubles but honestly I don’t have the willpower right now and I’ll be traveling around this summer so I won’t be able to stick to it. PLUS, I want to enjoy my last summer in Colorado so I want to be able to indulge every so often. BUT, I will be doing the Autoimmune Paleo protocol. I started today! You can read more about AIP here (Mickey Trescott) and here (The Paleo Mom).

I’m going to try my very best to stick to it but I know I may not be 100% until I reach my final home destination in August. I will also be keeping my diet very simple for the first few weeks as I adjust. This means I probably won’t have many recipes to share but I will share what boring meals I am consuming with you all. Although, lucky you guys, I already have a yummy, easy recipe for you: A basic roasted chicken. I had to share this because the skin came out so crispy and delicious! Too good not to share. I usually roast my chicken in a crock pot but my crock pot was occupied with bone broth so I oven-roasted my chicken and it is to die for.

ImageOMG look at that delicious skin and that bite that I already took out of the leg… 🙂

Ingredients:

1 whole roaster chicken (mine was about 3 lbs)

2 tbs. coconut oil

5 cloves of garlic, peeled

Sage and basil (or any italian seasoning blend you like)

SALT (the good kind, trust me, you’ll want to use that pink himalayan)

Preheat oven to 450 F.

First, rinse of your chicken and pat COMPLETELY dry. Place your chicken in the baking dish and rub the coconut oil under the skin and inside the cavity of the bird. Rub a little on top. Next, take your italian spices and rub them ALL over that bird! Cover it to your liking. Now, immerse your bird in salt. I’m being serious here, you want to salt that baby up. Rub salt all over the outside and the inside. If you think you have used to much, you haven’t, that’s perfect. Lastly, place your peeled garlic cloves inside the cavity.

Place your bird in the preheated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F. Take your chicken out and let sit for 10 minutes. Now, place the bird on a cutting board to rest for another 10 minutes. DO NOT TOUCH during the resting phase except to move the bird to the cutting board. 

While your bird is resting, you will be making a gravy. Take all the drippings from your baking dish and place them in a skillet or sauce pan (it doesn’t matter what you use). Bring to a simmer and add 1 tsp. of coconut flour. Stir occasionally until the gravy thickens some. Take the garlic out of the bird, chop it up and mix it in with the gravy. If you would like your gravy to be smoother, feel free to run it through a blender quickly.

Now you are ready to slice up your bird, skin and all, drizzle it in gravy, and devour it. Enjoy!

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Image Lunch time meal of roasted chicken and carrots. What could be better?

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The Mayday Project

May is Lyme disease awareness month and today and tomorrow there is a giant protest at the IDSA’s headquarters in VA. This protest is called The Mayday Project. I urge all of you to head over to their website and participate. You don’t have to be in VA or appear at the protest in person, you can still participate virtually. They provide a variety of ways that you can participate at home- all of them hammer the IDSA by some form of social media (Facebook, emails, phone calls). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a few moments to participate whether you have Lyme or not (it would mean the world!).

Here is there website again: http://www.themaydayproject.org


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Biotoxin illness not Lyme disease for me

Interesting/good video about the effects of mold.

Hope Beyond

As of yesterday and my second appointment with a biotoxin illness specialist, my hunt for healing will focus on biotoxin illness and not Lyme disease.  Perhaps you noticed awhile back that I changed the name of this blog?  Join me in finding “Hope Beyond” the challenges of today; for me this blog will always give the praise and glory to the Lord, Jesus Christ when victory comes . . .

I found a remarkable video on You Tube that summarizes mold and biotoxin illness.  Please look beyond the promo for his colleague’s book and his mentioning of “ME” or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.  I do not have ME although I understand that biotoxin illness and ME are similar, much like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have similar manifestations.  Now that my diagnosis is clearer, I will be largely following the treatment protocol of Dr. Richie Shoemaker at:  http://www.survivingmold.com as coached by one…

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