Making Those Necessary Food Changes

173674950How to eliminate problematic foods gracefully and thoroughly but still feel satisfied.

When we try to heal, especially from a chronic, longstanding condition, it is often beneficial or necessary to eliminate certain foods from our diet, at least for a while.

Usually this evokes thoughts of deprivation, of removing beloved foods. Rather than an attitude of deprivation, a more helpful concept is of replacing problematic foods with more appropriate ones.

For instance (depending on what you can tolerate):

Bread – wheat can be replaced with rice flour or other alternative breads.


  • pizza – pesto sauce rather than tomato based
  • french fries – home baked sweet potato or yam fries (see below)
  • hot sauce – often tomatillo based; green salsas are ok


  • coconut kefir rather than cow dairy kefir (see
  • some tolerate raw cheese compared to regular cheese (Trader Joe’s has inexpensive ones)
  • almond, rice or coconut milk rather than cow’s milk

Pancakes – yummy savory zucchini/rice flour pancakes (see below).

Tortillas – brown rice flour tortillas have a wonderful texture when cooked.

Ice Cream – Coconut Bliss, sorbet, or frozen banana ice cream (see below).


*** Let’s share our favorites! ***

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1 – 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • Salt and mustard powder

Toss wedges with oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and mustard powder. Lay in a single layer in baking dish and bake at 400* for 45 minutes or so, until browned and crispy-edged.

Savory Zucchini Pancakes

  • finely grate 1 medium to large zucchini
  • stir in 2 eggs
  • mix in 4 – 6 Tbl rice flour (for these I much prefer the texture of grinding my own from uncooked brown rice in a coffee grinder until fine)

Fry in oiled pan as you would a pancake. Flip when first side is toasty browned. Salt while cooking. Can vary proportions to make it eggier or doughier if preferred. Can add chopped onion, herbs or cheese for variety.

Banana ice cream

  • Peel ripe bananas, break into 1” chunks and freeze until solid in a freezer bag
  • Blend in blender or run through a Champion juicer if you have one

Be amazed at how thick, creamy and sweet it is!

Brown Rice Pie Crust (for double crust pie)

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • ½ tsp salt                                   mix and add butter with pastry cutter
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten                 mix and add to above
  • 2 Tbl cold water

Roll out each half of the dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper and flip into pie pan. Repeat for top crust.

What is your favorite “substitution “ recipe? Let’s share our tricks!


About Dr. Kristin Killops

Faced with a prolonged and near fatal illness at age 19, Kristin found herself launched into the broad landscape of medicine, from experimental bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy to individualized nutrition and psychic healing. Kristin survived to make medical history and live a normal productive life, including giving birth to four healthy children despite being sterilized from extensive chemotherapy. Her story, featured in Dr. Andrew Weil’s book, Spontaneous Healing, demonstrates the body’s tremendous capacity to heal even in extreme conditions and the miraculous transformations energy healing can have. Kristin became a Naturopathic Doctor in 1985. She later discontinued naturopathic medicine to become an energy healer and trained in Reconnective Healing, BodyTalk, Neuro-Emotional Technique, EFT and counseling. During this time, Kristin also embarked on a deep spiritual journey which led to profound inner transformation and opened the door to more subtle energies and a unique healing gift. When she discovered Quantum Techniques, she knew she had found her calling. It is a highly effective healing modality which seamlessly weaves together the key components to health and all that she is passionate about; energy work, a wholesome lifestyle and emotional framework, removing the toxin load from the body, spirituality and the advancement of consciousness. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon.

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