A few years ago I started doing a ton of research on how I could stop my immune system from killing me. I wound up purchasing a myriad of books ranging from cookbooks to self-help books and even books by authors telling their own stories on how they cured themselves. I was on a mission and came across some really great books that helped me get my mind in order. I will have a post in the future which outlines everything that I’ve done to keep myself healthy. For now, you can read about one of my favorite books that I keep on my kitchen shelf.
The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum, M.D.,M.P.H. is the one I’ll be covering today. You can see my review below as well as my favorite recipe from the book which I make all the time.
The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum is one of a myriad of books I purchased after I was diagnosed with not one, but two serious autoimmune disorders. I was on a mission to cure myself and this book was just one of my tools.
The book is a doctor’s 4-step plan to overcome autoimmune disease. The author, Susan Blume, was suffering from an autoimmune disease and shares with readers what she believes are the answers to living a healthy life after autoimmune disease.
The four step plan includes:
- Using food as medicine – I believe this is a proven method in my own case. The author offers self assessments for foods that can trigger issues with our bodies and helps create a plan for discovering these food sensitivities. She also covers the “good stuff” and highlights a healthy diet by telling readers what they should eat with recipes included.
- Understanding the stress connection – It’s no surprise that in our world, people are stressed. It’s known to cause scads of issues including some less serious symptoms like fatigue to more serious diseases like autoimmune disease and cancers. The key is removing the inflammation from our bodies by destressing our lives, something many people could benefit from. How stressed are you? Take the self assessment to find out your stress number. This section includes some recipes to help counteract stress as well.
- Healing your gut – This section covers the importance of intestinal bacteria and what happens when your flora is out of order. She covers leaky gut and how we can heal our digestive tracts. There are more self assessments and a treatment program included with recipes.
- Supporting your liver – In this section you will learn all about toxins and how our livers simply can’t keep up with the amount of toxins we ingest everyday from our skin, breathing, eating and drinking. The author covers some of the most problematic toxins and discusses how to remove them from our bodies. Another self-assessment is offered which will help you discover if you’re dealing with toxic overload.
This book, in my opinion, would be good for anyone suffering disease in general. The steps that she outlines including healing the gut and supporting the liver can make anyone feel better and will also help to ward off disease before it strikes. I love most of the recipes in the book and use them on a regular basis. My rating on this one is:
Now for my favorite recipe in the book…
-North African Red Lentil Stew-
Here’s how I do it…
I use my Vitaclay cooker. You don’t have to use a Vitaclay and this recipe isn’t meant for it, but it works perfectly for me. If you’re interested in purchasing a Vitaclay cooker, you can find one HERE. It doesn’t just work as a slow cooker for soups and stews, it also makes yogurt and cooks rice perfectly. You can watch this video to get a close up of the Vitaclay and see what comes with it.
The difference in the way I make this recipe is mainly that I add more carrot, onion and garlic. I like a lot of flavor and prefer more of a stew consistency. I also use regular green lentils because they’re easier to find. Of course I always shoot for organic ingredients.
Chop and peel your garlic, onion and carrots. I don’t even peel the carrots as they’re organic.
Put some oil in a pan and heat it up. Add all your chopped ingredients and saute with two tsp. of cumin. Add in some salt and pepper to taste. I don’t measure these. I do use a healthy salt like the one shown which contains minerals. This particular salt can be purchased at Costco or online.
Stir it around and saute it for a few minutes.
I have my Vitaclay set to slow cooking which will cook for a few hours. I used to cook the vegetables in a pan and then put them into the Vitaclay, but it’s just an extra dirty pan to clean.
Add in your stock or water. I used a combination of both because it’s what I had.
Add in your lentil and stir it all up.
I cover it and cook it for about an hour and a half or so. You can program the Vitaclay to cook for whatever time you prefer, but I just leave it at the two hour mark and check it at an hour. If you’re using the stove method, I’d keep the heat between low to medium. You just want to keep it simmering pretty good. If you have the heat on too high, the lentils will burn to the bottom of your pan.
I was hungry while waiting for it to finish cooking and made myself some fresh grapefruit juice. It’s not a recommendation in the book, but I love this juice and it’s super healthy.
At this point, it’s ready. One hour and forty minutes later.
Add in more salt and pepper if preferred. Serve it with some organic corn chips if you want to. Sometimes I do, other times I just eat it as it is. Sometimes I use the lime wedge an other times I don’t. It just depends on what I have at the time. It’s good both ways.
An easy way to store it is in Mason jars. I’ve stored it for up to three days in the fridge.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave comments or suggestions below…