Prince, Herxheimer and general malaise

Were you affected by the passing of Prince?


I was, and continue to be.

Hello beautiful people. Many of us grew up dancing and partying like it was 1999. There are so many of his songs that hold great memories for me. They take me to a time when life was a little simpler and carefree. A time when I had enough energy to dance all night into the wee morning hours and still have the fortitude to get up by 6 am and start it all over again. Those days are gone and that’s probably a good thing. And even though I still dance, nowadays I am in bed and asleep before midnight.  Prince’s passing really had an effect on me. Maybe because he was just a few years older than me? All I know is that it really made me stand up and take notice and question my mortality. I loved his talent, his music, his androgynous look and his honesty. Even now when I hear Purple Rain I get sad and feel a knot in my throat. Goodbye Prince, if there is a heaven, you are in good company and I bet the music is really good there.


Spring Cleaning

After hearing the news of Prince, I just didn’t feel like do anything, I was uninspired and depressed. Normally I create every single day, it’s my outlet, it’s what keeps me going! But every time I would paint, all I made was a mess.

So I decided not to push it, after all why put that ‘sad’ energy into my work?

Because of the “blue funk” I was in, I decided to take some “down time” to recharge my batteries and undergo a spring cleaning, both physically and emotionally.  Over this past winter I gained some weight and have been feeling lethargic, I’m sure they both go hand in hand. I also have a congenital lung condition that is slowing me down too. So I decided to eliminate dairy from my diet and that’s hard because I like eggs and love cheese. And I really, really love cream in my coffee – I can’t drink it without it, so now I’ve given up coffee too!  After doing some research in one of the books I live by “Healing with Whole Foods”, I’ve also made a few other adjustments to my eating habits, so basically no dairy, no sugar, no starchy foods, no fun. Just kidding, while I say no fun – what I really mean to say is that because I’ve been making these changes to my diet, my body is detoxifying and experiencing several ‘healing crisis” or Herxheimer effects of the die off of toxins.

Books on healthy eating and Chinese Medicine
Two books that I live by, both rooted in Chinese Medicine – “Healing with Whole Foods” by Paul Pitchford and – “Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine” by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold. The “Healing with Whole Foods” book also incorporates Ayurvedic principals.


I love these two books, both packed with practical nutrition as seen through the eyes of Eastern traditions, yet replete with scientific data.

As a Taoist, I find these books extremely helpful in balancing my way of being, by eating and COMBINING food properly. Food is medicine and health is wealth.

I am feeling a bit better these days. A good spiritual practice helps keep me grounded and my energy positive (despite all that political rhetoric). Soon I’ll be ready to put good, positive energy into my paintings and that positive energy will get passed onto the art collector who buys my work. I know it may sound ‘out there’, but hey, that’s just how I roll.



This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Laura (Createarteveryday)

    Amen! A few years ago, I found out that gluten was slowly killing me. So now I’m gluten, dairy and corn free (GMO corn was another culprit). Mostly sugar and grain free too, I find that limiting those things helps too. I’m really glad you’re making changes and seeing some good things come from it. I totally feel you about the energy in our work being passed on to the next owner. I hope to open a shop this year and I’ve been thinking a lot about that……I really do think people feel our emotions in our work and it’s important for us “sensitive, recycler” types to send out as much good energy as we can. I do think those ripples matter. Congratulations and continued detoxing to you! You may want to google “300 symptoms of gluten intolerance” and see if those symptoms are ringing any bells. I learned from a holistic doctor that gluten can be the root of just tons of evils. Peace & health & creativity to you, Deb. <3

    1. Deb B

      I’m amazed that you were able to transition to a diet like that Laura. I have long suspected that I might have a gluten intolerance, but right now I just want to get through this transition. It sucks, because I’m Austrian and we love our food and wine, so this is hard. Today, has been a rough one, feels like I’ve been run over by a Mack truck that backed up and hit me again. I know it will get better, but damn…. Thanks for the well wishes, it is much appreciated. I feel like I have some support as I go through this, so thank you for that. Hey, what kind of shop are you opening this year?

      1. Laura (Createarteveryday)

        Anything I can do to help, you just say the word. One site that really helped me was and also the Whole 30 book. Elana has several cookbooks and most libraries have those; they’re great resources, too. I’m thinking about an Etsy shop and a Society6 shop, but I’m sure open to suggestions, as I’m not totally sold on any of them! I wish you the best. I know that Mack truck feeling – that was pretty regular for me when I was on gluten. I was told gluten and dairy are the most common problem foods. Let me know if I can help you with anything, Deb.

        1. Deb B

          OMG, her site looks wonderful, I’m hungry… As for shops, I like RedBubble too, u might want to add that one to your radar… Etsy has changed a lot, i used to have 2 shops there, it’s not like it used to be, but that’s just my experience… S6 isn’t bad. I’m sure everyone has their own opinions though, because what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. Best bet, splash it out there and see where you get the most eyes! Thanks again for the link, & the good vibes, I really, REALLY appreciate it. Have a super weekend!

          1. Laura (Createarteveryday)

            Thanks so much, Deb, and let me know if you need anything. I know what you’re going through. Art will be a guiding light through the passageway to health for you, I have a strong feeling about that!

            1. Deb Breton

              Thank you Laura, I appreciate that!

          2. Laura (Createarteveryday)

            Oh, and thanks for your feedback re: the shops as well. Much appreciated. Have a good night.

            1. Deb B

              Have a great week Laura, I’m enjoying your painting a day in May! 🙂

              1. Laura (Createarteveryday)

                I’m so glad, thank you, Deb. Hopefully, I’ll extend through June and I may focus solely on watercolor in July. We’ll see! Thanks for your encouragement, as you know I’m a huge fan of yours!

                1. Deb B

                  Oohh, looking forward to your new creations then Laura! It seems we are BOTH fans of each other

                  1. Laura (Createarteveryday)

                    Looking forward to yours as well!

  2. karengadient

    I’m dairy free, egg free, and meat free (much less limiting than it sounds–I’ve become a more creative cook and foodie in the last few years). I love cream in my coffee too, but I use: or organic soy milk. A few options for cheesy stuff: or or or (Miyoko also has wonderful cookbooks on how to make your own cheese and other staples; you can find her books on Amazon).

    Making changes in your diet is worth it, detox and all. My health and energy have improved tremendously since since changing my diet.

    1. Deb B

      Holy crap, how did you do all that? How long did it take you to transition to this new diet? Did you eliminate a certain food, then the other, etc – or did you quit it all? I was a vegetarian for many, many years, but when my mom passed I began eating chicken again. I also used soy creamer in my coffee and I still use Field Roast and Quorn products, but the Quorn has egg, so I am looking for alternatives. I tried the sodelicious coconut creamer in coffee, didn’t do it for me. However in Chai tea, that’s another story, YAY! Do any of those cheeses melt? I forget which brand we used, but I tried to make a ‘quasi’ grilled cheese and it was horrible. The Miyoko looks awesome – especially since my book calls for ONLY fermented nut butters – no others, so I hope we can find it at a store nearby. We’re going shopping this evening and will look for these. Thanks a bunch for the links Karen, I need all the help and support I can get – it’s been rough… Have a great weekend.

      1. karengadient

        I had already not been eating much meat, due to migraine reactions to nitrates/nitrites and other things in meat and fish that just made me feel like crud. I kept a food diary and eliminated dairy and eggs over time. As I’m the cook in the house, my husband went along for ride, but now he eats this way even on business trips. We have both gone down to healthy weights and have lots more energy–plus I’ve gone from multiple chronic health issues to having no issues at all.

        Takes a while to lose the addition to cheese, but it’s worth it. I make my own cashew cheese, but we love Daiya cheddar (our favorite) and Field Roast slices for grilled cheese sandwiches. Our favorite shredded for pizza (outside of my own cashew cheese) is Follow Your Heart, but Daiya can be good too, if you like a tangier flavor (skip Trader Joe’s–it’s awful, weird texture) . If you like eggs, Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg is awesome–makes a great scramble or omelet or even quiche or frittata. Our favorite mayo is Just Mayo. We primarily use WestSoy soy milk for coffee, tea, and cereal. Silk makes a good plain yogurt that’s great for smoothies, curries, and sauces. I’m sure I could list on and on. I also have a zillion cookbooks. Besides Miyoko, I heartily recommend every single one that Isa Chandra Moskowitz has written. Have fun!–and it actually IS fun, once you get past any detox. 🙂 Oh, and: my collection of pinned recipes!

        1. Deb B

          Karen, that was inspiring and helpful beyond words – thank you. Since eggs are another favorite – we love quiche – I got excited to read about Follow Your Heart, so excited to think that I can make a quiche again!!!!! The Miyoko’s is expensive, my wife is in the midst of a career change, so we will wait to get that 🙂 The Healing with whole Foods book encourages cultured/fermented foods. Since Miyoko’s is cultured, we would save money by not buying probiotics! Hmmm… The Vitamix came with a recipe that included cashew cheese, of course that is what we’ll try next. Your Pinterest Board is friggen awesome!!! I just printed the General’s tofu recipe! I’m headed to Amazon next to score on one of Chandra Moskowitz’s cookbooks.
          Geez, I haven’t been this excited since I was a pescatarian many, many moons ago! This past weekend had me feeling better than I have felt in about a month, so yippee, it’s happening! Once again thank you Karen, thank you, thank you. You are so thoughtful to take the time to share your wealth of knowledge here and I am grateful to you.

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