A few weeks ago I went to the Acupuncturist to help me with joint pain and some GI issues. I had been constantly feeling bloated after eating, which for anyone who has not experienced this you are one lucky duck! During my visit I found out that I am gluten sensitive and have a dairy allergy. This all made a lot of sense to me and cut it out immediately from my diet. It has been three weeks and I can already tell such a big difference. I have always thought that all my joint pain arrived because of a short career in competitive gymnastics when I was younger. (I call it a career because if you’re not familiar with competitive gymnastics, you train 20-25 hours per week.) While, I am sure that some of the joint issues came from this I think (or at least am hopeful) that a great deal of it came from my diet. So it is my new mission to find a way to lesson my joint pain through dietary changes and hopefully be able to help others with similar issues.
Eight years ago when I was trying to figure out the problem, the doctors ran every test possible and came up dry. They never once thought to look at my diet and to their defense I didn’t either. I can only hope that doctors today are now being trained on the effects food can have on the body when they are not compatible. On the flip side, I now have the knowledge and firsthand experience to be able to supplement the doctor’s expertise to really help individuals in all aspects of their lives.
So in short I do not take back what happened. It gave me a very unique perspective and a boatload of information that I never would have searched for otherwise. Here is a pancake that is sure to leave you feeling well nourished with a happy belly! I did not measure anything, but will give you rough estimates to play with.
1 C Almond milk
4 heaping spoonfuls Buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp. vanilla
1 Tbs. Raw honey
1 medium sized banana
1 tsp Maca Powder
2 tsp. Carob powder
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Hemp Seeds
Pinch of salt
Cinnamon to taste
Warm a pan on medium-high heat and add a tsp coconut oil to it. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Pour desired pancake size into pan, wait for bubbles to form in the pancake before flipping.
Top with banana, raw honey, and cinnamon!