Celery Root or celariac is root vegetable that looks pretty intimidating, but quite appeasing once you try it and a good whole food choice. This is an interesting vegetable for me and for whatever reason during the very toughest downs of food elimination, rejections and bad feelings about food, this one vegetable didnt seem to cause me issue. What a Great find. To be honest, before I started down the GAPS protocol in 2015, I had never heard of this. My Nutritional Therapy Practicioner suggested it to me as I was struggling with almost all vegetables and when I first saw it I indeed was intimiated. But glad I just figured it out as I went along.
I continue to cook this vegetable in new ways and it just keeps filling the gap for those missed foods for me. For those that stay away from nighthshades, this makes an excellent substitute for mashed potatoes! Just boil or steam it and mash it up in a large glass bowl. This is probably even more spectacular with a variety of spices, but does just right with coconut butter and salt. Try everything though. Mix it up and I guarantee you wont miss mash potatoes any longer!
Backing up to the things that we miss or have to sacrifice on our health journey. This is the hardest aspect of any food or diet changes really. Its especially rough when we deviate from the norm like eating fast food multiple times a week or popping something into the microwave. This requires you to really find and hold onto the reasons why you are doing this in the first place. Maybe it was something that you read that scared the hell out of you about disease. Or maybe you can faintly hear that voice of your innate intelligence telling you that something needs to change. Whatever it may be that brings you to your own crossroads of change, embrace it! Listen to it! It has your best interest in mind and will allow you to heal if you let it.
The biggest thing that I offer our clients is this perspective of dealing with chronic illness and what it takes, mentally, physically and spirtually to not only make immediate impacts on illness, but lifelong health. If you are struggling with making changes that stick or just overwhelmed by the massive amount of information out there. Please reach out to us to schedule a free one on one consultation to discuss how we can work together to begin or continue the healing process. Wish you all best of health!
Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey