The Herxheimer Reaction: The Detox Storm Before the Calm

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The Herxheimer Reaction, or better known as detox, can be a real hassle when all that someone wants is to feel better. Detox symptoms range far and wide, these being a few: Fatigue, headaches, constipation, achy flu-like feeling, hunger, irritability, itchy skin, nausea, bloating, weight gain, sleep irregularities, stomach aches, and brain fog.

Detox is also different for every person, and some might have severe die off while others experience no symptoms whatsoever. That seems extremely unfair right? Well if you think about it, everyone has a different amount of bacteria in their guts, and everyone has a variety of different health issues caused by that “bad” bacteria! So, someone who has eaten fairly healthy their whole life most likely won’t experience as much die off as someone who has been on prescription medications for a good chunk of their life.

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Paleo “Fried” Okra

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OOOH my mouth is watering just looking at this picture!! Ok, so I am the healthy cook in the marriage. Luckily, my husband eats whatever I put in front of him! However, I can’t take credit for this one. Well some, but not completely.

My mother-in-law has a huge garden so we were given tons of Okra! My husband goes to the cabinet and pulls out flour and cornmeal, and I give him the look. You know, that “are you seriously going to do that?” look. He knows my philosophy of eating healthy in the house, and splurging occasionally when we go out to dinner. I don’t even know how those ingredients ended up in our cabinets, they probably migrated over from his apartment when we moved in!! See, I think you can take any recipe and make a healthier version of it. So, I gave him the look and he knew.

I handed him the Coconut Flour and Flax Meal, and a miracle was born. That miracle is now known as Paleo “Fried” Okra, and we’ve made it 5 times in two weeks. Yeah, it’s that good.

You’ll need:

  • Okra
  • Coconut Flour
  • Flax Meal
  • Eggs (1 or 2)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Gallon Bag
  1. Wash and cut the okra… this is a necessary evil! Then put them in the gallon bag.
  2. Beat one or two eggs and pour over the okra in the bag. I say one or two, because it really depends on how much okra you use. We never measured anything any of the times we cooked this, we just eyeballed it!
  3. Add 1 part Coconut Flour and 1 part Flax Meal. Same thing – we just added enough until the okra was covered. Shake the bag around! Here’s what ours looked like:

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4. Heat a good amount of Olive Oil in the pan and get it  reaaally hot. We usually put our settings on 7 or 8.

5. Add the okra and let it sizzle! Your mouth will start watering at this point.

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{Side Note: This was actually some that we made the night before and had it in the fridge ready to go. You can even freeze it and thaw to cook later!}

6. Be patient. Really patient. Flip occasionally. It will eventually get brown and crispy.

7. Sprinkle some Sea Salt here and there.

And then…. all of a sudden, it looks like this:

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And all the people said, “Amen.”

No really, it’s that good. Thank me later.

Always & Absolutely,

AJ