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Ruby Red Sauerkraut Cole Slaw

Ruby Red Sauerkraut Cole Slaw

Ruby Red Sauerkraut Cole Slaw

Tonight my youngest son asked if I would slice some cabbage for him using my mandolin so he could make himself some cole slaw. He said he would be willing to grill the burgers if I would do that for him.

Of course the cole slaw he was making would not be something I could eat, since it would contain store bought soybean oil laden mayonnaise, and sugar. I don't even like cole slaw that much but I thought maybe I would make some for myself, too. I asked for his ingredients, and based my recipe on his. Bear in mind these ingredients are all items I just happened to have already on hand, previously prepared.

Ruby Red Sauerkraut Cole Slaw

  • 2 cups or 10 ounces cabbage, shredded thinly (I made mine 1/8″)
  • 6 Tablespoons Ruby Red Sauerkraut (I call it Ruby Red Sauerkraut and it is simply sauerkraut made with red cabbage)
  • 4 Tablespoons Homemade Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt to taste

Shred or slice the cabbage. Place in a bowl and add in the other ingredients. Stir and allow to sit for about twenty minutes. Serves four. My son tasted it and said it was pretty good, but he prefers a sweeter cole slaw. He suggested that I add some honey [affiliate link] to sweeten it a bit.

If you read my blog regularly, you will know I have sworn off honey for the time being, so I chose to not take his recommendation, although you may wish to try adding just a small amount of honey if you like your cole slaw to have a sweeter taste.

Recipe: Ruby Red Sauerkraut Cole Slaw
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
This is a pretty pink cole slaw which includes sauerkraut so you get your ferments in for the day. 🙂
  • 2 cups or 10 ounces of cabbage, shredded thinly (I made mine ⅛" thick)
  • 6 Tablespoons Ruby Red Sauerkraut (sauerkraut made using purple cabbage)
  • 4 Tablespoons Homemade Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (preferably raw)
  • salt to taste
  1. Shred or slice the cabbage.
  2. Place in a bowl and add remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
You can use regular sauerkraut, but you won't have a pretty pink cole slaw.


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Kimchi, Ruby and Plain Sauerkraut

Graves’ Disease – My Diagnosis Part 1

UPDATE: October 25, 2011. My antibody test came back <0.51 which according to my doctor's office, and this site: ClinLab Navigator, my results are negative for Graves' Disease.

My diagnosis of Graves' Disease is based on the results of my blood tests which indicates my Thyroxine (T4) Free is high. The range is 0.82 – 1.77 and I'm at 1.85.

Synthroid is only T4, is a synthetic drug and is commonly the drug of choice for doctors to prescribe when a patient has hypothyroidism. I am opposed to taking Synthroid as I have heard for years it does not work well and leaves the patient with many symptoms of hypothyroidism. One of the first things I told my doctor is that I did not want to take Synthroid, but instead wanted to take Armour. Armour contains mostly T4 with some T3 which works a lot better for many people.

I was pretty shocked to hear that I have Graves' which is hyperthyroidism, since I have symptoms of hypothyroidism. I have thought for years that I had hypothyroidism, and here now I find that I have the opposite problem. And I learned that Armour would not be the medication that I would need to take.

I went in on Friday to have more blood taken as there is a third antibody test [Thyrotropin Receptor Antibody] that can be done which will tell us that I do have Graves' and it will allow us to monitor my treatment.

I'm learning for hyperthyroidism, or Graves', the treatment of choice is only T3. Since my body is not converting T4 into T3, I have to take T3 to get the T3 that I need to stop the hypothyroid symptoms. This is my best explanation in layman's terms.

I haven't had a lot of time to research, but I have been doing what I can and have been reading Stop the Thyroid Madness: a Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment which I would definitely recommend that you get a copy of if you think you have thyroid issues.

After my doctor's appointment I felt pretty bummed out because my doctor was unable to tell me why I don't have the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. She also stated that I do not have a reverse T3 problem. And yet with more research, I find that I do indeed have a reverse T3 problem. I will try to explain this a bit more in a later post. She did mention that she could prescribe T3 (which would be a product called Cytomel). This will address my reverse T3 problem. I was feeling frustrated that I have to be in this position, to either educate her, or move on to try and find another doctor, but at the Stop the Thyroid Madness site I learned that she is actually considered by their standards to be a “good doc” with a “bonus”. Here is their criteria. A good doctor:

  • willingly prescribes natural desiccated thyroid (or T3-only when you need to lower your RT3 levels)
  • uses the labs free T3 and free T4
  • is willing to let you dose by the elimination of symptoms rather than the inadequate TSH
  • And a real bonus is one who understands adrenal dysfunction and how to treat it

She does prescribe natural dessicated thyroid and T3 only. She does test free T3 and free T4. I know she doesn't go by TSH. She does understand adrenal dysfunction and has her own concept of how to treat it, but we differ slightly. She has told me several times already that she thinks I'm on a “pretty high dose” of HC. I say nothing, she doesn't push, she just makes the statement. I don't plan to stay on this dose for the rest of my life, and this amount seems to be working well for me.

So, I think I will just need to learn to work with her. It just feels stressful, although I did work up my nerve and speak my mind about needing to have some control over my treatment. She asked me if I had any questions on what my labs were reporting, and her choice of treatment. It was really hard to make myself say anything, but I finally said I did have a question. I told her that I would like to do some research and consult with my friends, and what was going to happen if I decided to do something different than what she wanted me to do? She said that was my right to do so. She was very nice in how she said that, completely calm and soothing. I responded, “Well, I can't write my own prescriptions though,” and she responded, “You'll tell me what you want to try and I will help you get that.” On that, I reached over and shook hands with her and said, “Deal.” She seemed surprised by my actions.

I left her office with the two products she recommended. This time it cost me $41 (the first visit I left with one product and I do not recall its cost but I could not use it as it lowers cortisol). When I got home I found these products will not be helpful to me. The first was a thyroid cofactor from a very reputable company, but the product enhances production of T4! If you have followed me thus far, you know I have too much T4, so I don't want to take something that promotes it. Also, it contains Ashwagandha Root, a product that is helpful to already strong adrenal glands, and we already know mine are in a weakened state. The second product was a brown bottle without any clue as to what it contained inside, and after I left the office I realized I should find out the ingredients list! It also contained Ashwagandha, among other things so I won't be taking that either. Unfortunately as it was to be used at bedtime to help me sleep. I was looking forward to trying it.

Also at the Stop the Thyroid Madness site they mentioned that naturopath's have a tendency to push the products that they sell in the office. So far this seems to be my experience. Armed with this information, I will try to be stronger next time and take the names of the products she wants me to take but to research them once I get home and see if they will work for me or not. A close friend of mine told me she just tells them she is on a limited budget and she will need to research the product first. This is a very real truth for me as we are in a bind financially.

Tomorrow I will tell you more of what I am doing. I was making one post but it was turning into a novelette.

Thanks for staying with me this far. I want to say if you think you have an adrenal problem, please look into getting a saliva test before you do anything else. Ideally you take six samples of saliva to get a good idea to how your body is functioning. These tests can be purchased online some starting at around $100.

Now, for a GAPS moment. I have been out of sauerkraut for the last two weeks! Shame, shame on me! I have just been so awful busy and tired and actually this weekend I have been worn out. I worked overtime at work again, and then on Friday I went six places! The bank, I got my hair cut, a thrift store right by the hair salon that I'd never seen before, two grocery stores, got my blood drawn and I got my old lab reports from my old doctor's office. I guess that's seven places.

I made a point to spend most of yesterday in bed and I slept well last night, but have been tired today. I did however, force myself to make three jars of sauerkraut. I usually like to use my mandolin but this time I told myself it was either use the food processor or I wasn't getting anything done. It was a much faster process, I was able to use a blade that cut the cabbage thinly like I prefer and I made a batch of one green and one purple cabbage, two green cabbages and a third batch that was supposed to be kimchi but instead was loosely based on the recipe since I didn't have all the ingredients. Here's a photo of the three jars in the cupboard:

Kimchi, Ruby and Plain Sauerkraut

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Day 102 Intro Day 14 – Day 9 of Stage 4

I seem to be stuck on Stage Four. It is because I have been SOOO busy! I still have to make nut bread, and I haven't had carrot juice since Sunday. It is just too much to do with having to work.

I was depressed yesterday and today. I feel less depressed tonight. I am also experiencing some clogged system, if you know what I mean.

I just wanted to pop by and say I'm still here, still working the GAPS diet.

My kefir grains (the milk ones) have begun to multiply FINALLY! I am now kefiring 3 cups of milk daily. I am not able to use the kefir, unfortunately. The chickens will enjoy it. I'm changing out the milk daily in hopes that my grains will multiply faster.

I have been making some awesome water kefir that I can't stop drinking. It is made with slices of fresh ginger [affiliate link] and it is fizzy. It tastes a little bit like 7-up or Sprite.

My cortido sauerkraut got finished today. It tastes so deliciously sour and salty!

I feel better tonight. I am tired. I have been feeling tired. The weekend was rough on me.

I haven't had a detox bath in days, so I better run and do that now.

How is your GAPS day going?

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Day 26

Oh my goodness. Today was quite a challenge. I brought leftovers from last night's dinner to work with me. The stir fry thing with beef. I actually brought two helpings but ended up eating half of it during the night.

Well, I didn't want to take out the time or risk my boss disapproving of my heating up my lunch on the stove, rather than use one of the two microwaves in the building, so I basically went hungry most of the day. Stupid move on my part! I have got to learn to plan better!

I only had about three hours sleep last night. Something had me messed up. Maybe the bean sprouts? All I know is I could not sleep. When I can't sleep, and the way I felt, it's usually because I'm hungry, but my body isn't putting out the right signals that I'm hungry. Like it's a blood sugar thing. I got to bed at 9pm and slept until midnight. I'm sure it didn't help that I napped yesterday due to the stress of the goat and her milk stone and all.

Anyway, woke at midnight, unable to sleep. I started trying to think of what I could eat if I got up, and finally decided on an avocado after laying there trying to get to sleep for about half an hour. I thought that would do the trick. But my stomach still felt not quite right. Sometimes, when it feels like that… it's a feeling like I'm still hungry, but I'm not really hungry? Anyway, one thing I've learned when my stomach feels like that, if I have a teaspoon of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar in water, and drink that down, it solves the weird feeling.

It didn't work last night. Finally I got up again, I think it must have been 1:30am and decided to warm up some beef broth, and I put some my leftover vegetables (I never did bother to remove the bean sprouts) and also I crushed a clove of garlic in the broth, and put in a tablespoon of butter.

That seemed to help satisfy my stomach, but I still couldn't get to sleep. I just laid there, waiting to get to sleep. Or was I asleep, and maybe just not entering REM sleep? At any rate, I do remember around 3:15 finally drifting into a wonderful sleep, only to be rudely awakened at 4am by my alarm.

For breakfast I had more beef broth (taken from a crock pot roast). YS stopped at Jack in the Box on the way to work, and I was totally okay with that. I have never liked chicken sandwiches from fast food joints. I'm always icked by the fake chicken and the real chicken breast well it might have some fat or gristle.

I brought almonds [affiliate link] and walnuts [affiliate link], just a handful of each. I had those at my desk, and one Clementine Cutie. I was starting to get stressed out and really grumpy by 10:30. Finally I remember I had brought some strips of beef with me in my leftover stir fry, so I picked those out and felt better for a while. By the time we were getting ready to leave, I was so hungry. I started eating my stir fry veggies cold. Well, they were just a bit colder than room temp and I had put a hunk of butter in with them, and so the butter was of course not melted, but soft enough to squish the whole mess. I was eating out of the bag (no spoon) and getting butter on my chin. ICK. This was on the drive home.

Oh, and one of my coworkers, a very lovely woman from Guatemala who will soon be taking the test of her citizenship, brought me a Guatemalan tamale. I told her truthfully that I wasn't eating masa right now. I think she was a little disappointed, and maybe surprised to learn I'm dieting as she has never known me to diet. Her doctor is always putting her on a diet. Then our boss gets into it, helping her with her diet plan. My poor boss, I was talking to her today about some of the foods I'm eating, and how I *am* getting plenty of “good” fats, like butter and coconut oil [affiliate link] and she probably thinks I'm nuts, wondering don't I know those are saturated fats and clogging up my arteries! I am sure that is what she is thinking. Boy, wait 'til she finds out I'm supposed to be eating liver. She LOVES liver. She'll love that because she knows how much I hate it. 🙂

Then YS wanted to stop at the grocery store on the way home. I had a lot of temptation with the foods, that will be another blog post altogether!

My wonderful husband milked the goats for me, so when we finally got home at 7pm <!!!> I was able to just eat dinner. Hubby cut up a crock pot roast and put it into a skillet in hunks with *hot* green chilies and onions [affiliate link] and garlic. I don't know but I think he had flour tortillas, he had already eaten dinner earlier. I decided to make my Avocado Mayo dressing, this time with less apple cider vinegar, less oil (we are all out of the cold pressed olive oil that my son got free). I dumped lettuce into a  bowl, dumped a few spoonfuls of the roast, put the dressing on top and half an avocado. It was pretty tasty.

Also, my radish sauerkraut is done! It has a nice sour/sauerkraut taste to it. The color went from being bright pink on the edges of the radishes to a muted pinkish-orange color. It is definitely done and ready to refrigerate. Hubby tried some, he says it's delicious.

Fermented Radishes

I thought I would pig out on a big bowl of salad but after not even getting halfway through I was done eating. I will put the rest up for leftovers tomorrow.

Here are before and after pictures of the fermenting veggies. The picture might not be too good. But in the before picture, the sauerkraut is a lime green color, while in the after picture it is more of an olive green color. The radishes have a red and white appearance in the before picture, while the after picture now shows all the radishes are the same pinkish-orange color.

Before and After

I put the regular sauerkraut in the fridge last night, and now that the radishes are done, they are also in the fridge. I anticipate it to take one to two more days for the Cortido to be finished.

Here is a treat I found today that I will be trying tomorrow – Mango Orange Smoothie from The Nourishing Gourmet. Oh my gosh, that looks so divinely delicious.

I should probably try to focus on having less fruits as the sweetness seems to be bothering my blood sugar, but this sounded and looked so delicious I just have to try it. I bought a mango tonight. Darn it, I had two beautiful mangoes picked out but there were so many people in line, and YS couldn't find what he was looking for, so we decided to go to another store that is usually cheaper. At the second store, the mangoes weren't as ripe, and cost a penny more. Well, I'm still going to cut the mango up and freeze it to try this tomorrow as one of my New Year's Day treats. Oh shoot! I only have ONE banana! Oh well, I guess that's how the smoothie blends! 😉

Oh dear, and these look to die for. $5 Dish: Scrumptious Pan Fried Apple Slices.

Yep. Some cravings definitely seem to finally be making an appearance. Wow, and I thought it was going to be easy.

Happy New Year's Eve!

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Day 21

I was up pretty late last night, after I finally got off the computer I took my “detox” bath. I didn't get into bed until after 1am. I used baking soda [affiliate link] last night. I used Epsom salts for several nights in a row, then vinegar and last night the baking soda. I am really loving these baths. I make sure to take something with me to read, I have a light set up over the tub since the bathroom is very dim over there. Then I just turn out the bathroom light and it's very cozy. I would use candles, but I don't like breathing what they put into the air, especially if they have any scent to them.

Today I had leftovers from yesterday. I slept until around 8am and then laid in bed for another hour talking on the phone with my mom. A luxury I have been unable to indulge in the last 8 or so years. However, since my back has stopped stiffening up, I can do things like that now. I was still tired, I guess, but didn't want to sleep any longer so called my mom to talk for a while to wake myself up. For many years I was a night owl. When we moved out to the country that all changed because I had to be to work by 7am. I had to leave at 5:30am to get there by 7am, so about three years ago I changed my hours to start at 6am and now the drive is only one hour. There is a marked difference in the amount of traffic from 6am to 7am.

On Wednesday, I went to Joann's, looking for some brown yarn to match the sweater my hubby bought me. I was hoping to knit some pockets and attach them to the sweater. It is a lovely brown, one of the long sweaters. Also no belt, so I thought I might just knit a belt too. I must have been there close to an hour, walking through the aisles, looking closely at every shade of brown. I ended up leaving the store empty handed, but the most incredible thing was my feet didn't hurt! I went to a grocery store once I got into town, and then I went to Walmart and walked around that big store, picking up a couple of last minute gifts for my family. My feet still didn't start hurting! This is nearly like a miracle to me.

I don't know if I have mentioned this yet, but I had noticed a couple of months ago when I get up in the middle of the night I moaned and groaned from the aching of my body and my feet hurting. I thought to myself how awful it must sound, like I'm an 80 year old woman, and I wondered if I could remember to stop moaning and groaning. Anyway, since I'm no longer in pain from *sleeping* and my feet aren't super sensitive when I walk on them, I am not moaning when I wake up at night.

My feet were so bad for a while, after the Taebo incident, that I had to wear shoes any time I put my feet on the floor. Even during the middle of the night to get up to pee!

Let's see, food for the day. I ate leftover standing rib roast. I ate it cold, it was rare and tasted sublimely, decadently delicious. I had a leftover piece of classic drop biscuit, it was good even dried out a little bit. I had an avocado. Trying to remember what else. I did indulge in taking a nap today.

For dinner I tried to make Elana Amsterdam's Salmon Dill Burgers from her book The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I don't like dill, and don't care for lemon zest, two ingredients called for in the recipe. I have tried over the years to add ingredients that I don't like to recipes, and end up not liking the recipes, so I usually leave them out. My patties didn't stay formed in 1/4″ inch chunks, so I will probably process the ingredients together if I try them again. Along with the salmon chunks, I had what was left of the Faux-tatoes and the Butternut Squash Puree. I also had about a tablespoon of Bubbies sauerkraut.

I think I'll take an Epsom salts bath tonight. I finished reading Dr. Campbell-McBride's and Baden's Gut and Psychology Syndrome and GAPS Guide, and am now reading The Hot Flash Club. I ordered Crazy Aunt Purl's second book Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You've Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time on Tuesday, hopefully it will get here on Monday. I didn't know she had a sequel! I also loved her first book Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split.

I am beginning to drink Bubbies sauerkraut juice, and eat a mouthful or two each day of sauerkraut.

I finally got around to starting a batch of sauerkraut. I did a pretty big head and it's only going to make about one quart! This is a half gallon jar. I don't know why but my cabbage never gets juicy enough to cover the cabbage so today I boiled some water, let it cool and added some salt, and poured in about half a cup so the cabbage would be covered nicely. It has to sit out for several days, and it is pretty cold in my house, so maybe even 5 or 6 days unless I can find someplace a little warmer. Maybe I'll think about putting it in the cupboard above the stove. I think I'll ask my hubby to pick up another couple of heads and maybe I'll also get another quart started, and also a batch of Cortido.


Well, I guess that is all for today.

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