No MPs Recipes: Berrymato Power Shot Smoothie (No Microplastics Diet)

To understand the thinking behind the Berrymato Power Shot Smoothie–or any other No MPs Recipe concocted in my effort to eliminate microplastics from my diet insofar as possible–it helps to know a bit of backstory.

Why? Because this No MPs Recipes cookbook is being tailored to my health needs and my tastes. You may find it useful or useless; we are not all the same when it comes to dietary details any more than we share the same fingerprints.

Caveat: The first two photos are not food oriented but medical and may gross some readers out. If your gag reflex is easily triggered, feel free to scroll down past those as quickly as possible, ignoring the images if you can

At the time of this writing (November 2017) I am 74 years of age and in generally excellent health, still willing and able to do a day’s work that would put many twenty year old men to shame. That said, my body does have its issues, being human, and one of those issues is a massively swollen group of lymph nodes. I first noticed the swelling in January of 2013, nearly five years ago. Between then and now, many protocols have been followed, several showing great promise but all failing in the end. Medical doctors have taken one look and run screaming for an exorcist…well, it seemed that way. Some insisted I must have cancer, specifically Hodgkins lymphoma. Those types usually ended up looking horrified when I would calmly tell them that even if I did, too bad so sad, but I would not accept treatment.

But then, I’ve never respected the AMA version of the medical profession a whole lot anyway, except when it came to surgery. An expert cutter? Yeah, I get that.

About two weeks ago, I finally decided to try a specific spiritual technique. When drifting off to sleep at night, I would ask my spiritual guide to “…please take me to where I can learn to heal the physical body.” I still hadn’t slowed down any, but my immune system was clearly not as powerful as it should be and the aesthetics were highly unsettling to others. Bluntly put, I looked like a troll had mated with a bullfrog and produced a lopsided frog-troll hybrid. A trollfrog.

A whole new take on Beauty and the Beast. Disney, eat your heart out.

Three mornings after starting the dream exercise technique, I heard three crucial words just as I was waking up: “Deconaminate the salt.”

The light bulb was on. A bit of online research uncovered the fact that our oceans have become thoroughly contaminated with microplastics, MPs, invisible bits of pigment, foam, fabric, and fragments. These little manmade horrors have been found in nearly every brand of sea salt, and even table salt comes originally from the sea in most cases. This convinced me of several things:

1. No longer could I dine out; I would need to learn to cook everything for myself, from scratch. Main dishes, salads, dressings, mayo, ketchup, pie crust…if it came from a restaurant or a store, it had “contaminated” salt in it. Ai-yi-yi! I would have to elevate myself from a camp cook to a chef, or close to it.

2. No MPs salt (completely uncontaminated, no microplastics at all) could be purchased from Utah sources, salt that used to be sea salt, all right, but from the Jurassic era. Unless the dinosaurs used plastics, that salt should be safe.

3. The scientists behind one major MPs study mentioned that there might be even more microplastics in our drinking water, so I’d need to be careful about that, too. Plastic bottles should be okay to drink from as it’s the slow destruction process over time that produces microplastics, not newly minted containers…but that was a guess.

After one week of following the new protocol, I had my first go-to recipe, the Berrymato Power Shot Smoothie…and I also had noticeable health benefits to record:

1. My heart arrhythmia, noticeable for the past 20 years or more, does not exist on this diet. In the “old days” my resting pulse rate (sitting at ease, no major stress) was usually between 68 and 72 beats per minute with at least one or two skips in there. Now that rate is 61 beats per minute, steady as a clock, no skips at all.

Wow. Love it, but I have to admit I didn’t see that one coming.

2. Digestion is much smoother. A mistake in a recipe experiment will produce a gut ache, but get it right and it’s out of sight.

3. Huge improvement in bowel movements. That took a few days to kick in but was well worth the wait.

4. Noticeable reduction in node swelling size. This is where the “may be gross” photos come in. There’s still a mountain of swelling to eliminate, but if there are dozens or perhaps hundreds of microplastics penetrating my body’s various organs as we speak, getting them all out of there could logically take a while. Years, even.

5. Immune system appears to be recovering.

That said, note the following differences between the Before and After pictures:

The monstrous swelling in front of the throat, just to the right of center, is greatly reduced. That’s incredibly important as that cluster was pestering my windpipe Before. After, not at all.

On the left side of my neck (your right as you view the photo), the convex curve between neck and shoulder is now a concave curve as swelling in that area has eased.

There are numerous other areas of reduction, especially under my right armpit, but that’s enough for the purpose of this post.

Before photo, taken on November 10, 2017.

After photo, taken November 24, 2017

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Now that we’re finished with the TMI part of this post, here’s the recipe.

BERRYMATO POWER SHOT SMOOTHIE

This recipe completely fills our Hamilton Beach Professional blender’s 40 ounce blender jar. The finished product feeds Pam and me for breakfast, usually 24 ounces for me and 16 ounces for her. Ingredients are added to the blender in the order listed (not critical except for ice cubes).

Hamilton Beach Professional blender. Not cheap but well worth the money. It has a 500 watt motor, separate programs for ice crushing and smoothie making, and even a cleaning program that really works.

+ 4 full sized ice cubes
+ distilled water to the 1 1/2 cup line
+ 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
+ 8 baby carrots (approx.), peeled
+ 1 smallish vine ripened tomato (not huge beefsteak tomato), cut in chunks
+ 1 handful of baby spinach leaves
+ 2 heaping tablespoons of organic light brown cane sugar
+ 1 cup Greek yogurt
+ 1/8 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
+ 2 cups frozen triple berry blend (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)

With lid in place, run CRUSH blender program to smoosh the ice.

Oops! I inadvertently used the CLEAN program to crush the ice this morning. It still worked!

After CRUSH program is complete, run SMOOTHIE program.

The SMOOTHIE program has run; yon Berrymato Power Shot Smoothie is done.

Pour and enjoy.

Note: I’ve made this either with the tomato or without it. I like the flavor better without it, but Pam prefers it with tomato and men need the lycopene in tomatoes . Plus, it’s runny without the tomato and quite thick with it, so it’s “tomato included” from now on at our house.

Post script: Eliminating all those processed foods for the sake of microplastics avoidance also sidestepped umpteen other not-so-good-for-you ingredients found in restaurants and stores. For instance, no longer do I need to read endless labels in search of high fructose corn syrup, msg in any of its forms, etc.

5 thoughts on “No MPs Recipes: Berrymato Power Shot Smoothie (No Microplastics Diet)

  1. I have most of the ingredients in the kitchen right now. We used the last of the spinach the other night. I don’t think we have some of the berries either. I have strawberries and blueberries, but not blackberries and not mixed. I will have to try it out. The tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin C.

  2. Very nice, and the information is fascinating. It looks like I’ll have to hunt down oregon salt.
    Fun Fact: last night we had a movie night and watched… yes, you’ve got it: Beauty and the Beast, the latest Disney version, which is awesome! So I got a kick out of your quick movie reference.
    What really surprised me is the quick results from your new diet! Of course, since microplastics are inert, and our white blood cells should be able to clean them out, it is logical that our bodies would clean them out noticeably when given half a chance. This could be the answer to my own health issues…. 🙂 and it’s a relatively easy fix: just substitute all the salt in the house and tell the wife we are testing a diet variation. 😀
    Big hug to you and Pam!
    Manny

  3. Becky: I’m not surprised you have nearly all the ingredients on hand. Except for the salt, we’re sourcing all of ours out of the downtown Deer Lodge Safeway.

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    Manny: Awesome, comment, thank you, but one note: The good stuff is salt from UTAH, not Oregon. Online, the easiest way to find it is to search either “Utah salt” or “Jurassic salt.” The shaker I’m currently using is labeled “Utah Red Jurassic Salt.”

    I like that movie, too. Pam hasn’t seen it but got all excited when I read your comment to her. Says she might actually enjoy that one. (Few movies can hold her attention.)

    The quick early results from the diet have certainly been gratifying as well as strong reinforcement to continue with the program. To square everything away completely won’t be a speedy process; there are bound to be certain MPs that resist leaving the body more than others. (Not to mention boo coo other toxins.) So far, the most startling result is the complete eradication of heart arrhythmia. The AMA mostly just throws up their hands on that one and the only consistent assistance I’d found previously was acetyl-l-carnitine with lipoic acid (supplement), which kept it down to a very low roar but did not eliminate it completely.

    This smoothie is fairly BURSTING with awesome antioxidant vitamins and essential trace minerals, all of which have to be adding immeasurably to the effectiveness of the diet. It’s not JUST about changing salt, that that’s a most critical first step.

  4. I have replaced most salt with herbs and spices. I get a lot of my herbs out of my garden and I get my spices wherever I find them. I bought a tower to grow herbs in and bought a large package of herb seeds, that are packaged in smaller packets. I used some and put the rest in the freezer. I wrapped the tower in plastic on the colder nights and open it up during most days. The climate here is wonderful for keeping them growing year round. Working on getting a small greenhouse, so I can have veggies all year round too.
    I bought heirloom, non-gmo seeds for vegetables too. I got them in a large packet of separately packaged seeds on Amazon, and it has a folder telling how to harvest your seeds and your herbs and keep them for up to 10 years. Just keep them frozen and they will last. I ended up using a lot of hotter spices to replace salt. I do not like hot sauce, but like herbs like cilantro to season my food.

  5. Good to see your garden is firmly up and running. Didn’t figure you’d use anything other than Heritage or some such, non-GMO anyway, for your seeds. And you’re certainly right about the climate.

    I may get to the point of replacing most salt with herbs and spices as you do. Not there yet, though. Neither Pam nor I care for hot sauce, either–bodies don’t react well to it, for that matter–except as a very small addition to a large recipe of “whatever.”

    There are several more of the No MPs Recipes that could be written up and posted even now, but surprisingly there’s only so much time in a 24 hour day. Need to keep creative juices flowing for the fiction sagas, too.

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