IRON INFUSION

I recently found myself anaemic and after having a high dose iron infusion, slowly administered via a drip, I feel much better. However, I am very conscious of not letting my iron stores get so depleted again.
This meal is my own kind of iron infusion…

SPRING LAMB CUTLETS ROASTED WITH GARLIC AND ROSEMARY served with mixed greens.

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YOU WILL NEED:

Note: determine quantities depending on how many you are cooking for.

Lamb cutlets or chops
Garlic
Rosemary (fresh or dried)
Olive or coconut oil

Leafy greens (I used a mix of kale, silver beet (swiss shard) and spinach)
Green beans
Red onion
Lemon
Avocado
Sea salt, cracked pepper

HERE’S HOW:

* Preheat oven to 200 dc (390 DF)
* Place cutlets in an oven proof dish with whole peeled garlic cloves, (gently smashed) scattered rosemary and sea salt and cracked pepper.
* Drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil

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* Meanwhile, chop red onion, de-stem and roughly chop leafy greens and top and tail the green beans.

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* When your lamb is browned to your liking (about 30 minutes depending on how many are in your dish) take it out of the oven and leave aside to rest.

* Gently sautΓ© your veggies

* Serve with avocado and dress with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. In addition to its delicious flavour, the vitamin C in the lemon will help your body to absorb the iron.

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Enjoy the goodness πŸ™‚

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6 thoughts on “IRON INFUSION

  1. I had an iron infusion recently too: totally enjoyed sitting in a chair for 3 hours with a book! I feel WONDERFUL now, but then I was severely anaemic, so the contrast is amazing. Are you having tests to find out why you are anaemic? I have had a test for coeliacs, had a colonoscopy, gastroscopy, and various blood tests. All clear so far, more blood tests in a month to see if iron levels have gone down again… if so, more internal tests. Sigh. My doctor doesn’t think it is diet that is the problem, but I have been much more careful with what I am eating ever since, so thanks for this!
    Oh, and apparently drinking cups of tea with a meal is a no-no, as the tannins block iron absorption.

    • Mine took almost 7 hours jo! I loved it too, I dozed all day in peace and quiet πŸ˜‰ unfortunately my doctor hasn’t done nearly as many tests as I’d like but I do get very heavy periods which she has determined a the cause. The only solution she has offered though is the pill or other birth control methods which I’d really rather not use. This put it back into my hands and the more I read, the more I am convinced I have poor gut health (a result of heavy smoking and consequently many many courses of antibiotics throughout my 20’s, as well as other factors like yo yo dieting over the years, high grain consumption etc…) which despite quite a healthy diet is preventing me from absorbing nutrients. I’m currently following a GAPS based diet (gut and psychology syndrome) which basically involves repairing the gut lining and increasing good bacteria by removing all grains, most dairy to begin with and all starchy foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes and bananas. The idea is that in time you can gradually introduce most of these foods back in. It also involves a lot of bone broth which I always make anyway and adding cultured veggies and other probiotic foods in. In almost 3 weeks I’ve definitely noticed some weight loss, my skin and eyes are brighter with the bags below them greatly reduced and my sinus allergies have improved a lot. I’m also not as tired and foggy. I’m beginning to feel good πŸ™‚ hope you get to the root of your cause. I will continue having regular blood tests and blog about any success with the GAPS diet. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. Yes, I’ve been on the iron increase too, though my go was pretty conservative and started with supplements for three months before going the infusion route if I need it. I’ve also had lost of blood tests for coeliacs etc and need to do a test for Chrohn’s and bowel cancer (scary!). I’ve increased the red meat too. I did get a diagnosis of pretty bad irritable bowel syndrome as well (which I had suspected for ages) so now need to work out what triggers that – apart from stress, that’s the big one. I was hoping it was diary, which definitely is part of the story, but clearly not the whole thing. And in among all this I moved towns so now need to find a new GP, explain all this to and then do the rest of the tests, see a dietitian and maybe a natropath.

    Anyway, I’ve gotten side tracked. What I came on to say was that this looks delicious.

    • Thanks barb! It was delicious if I do say so myself πŸ™‚
      Glad you’re looking into your health issues. Getting my iron levels back up made a huge difference to my quality of life but yes, it’s keeping them up there. I’m surprised your doc gave you iron tablets if you have ibs as there is a likelihood that your gut (if already compromised) will struggle to absorb this iron. Plus it can take months go build your stores up if they are already really low.
      You may find GAPS an interesting read. For me it made a lot of sense. I’m probably eating a diet somewhere between GAPS and paleo but ultimately they both involve removing foods that irritate/inflame the gut. My original intent was to remove them for a couple of weeks then reintroduce them slowly (like an elimination diet) but I’m not missing the grains at all and the only dairy I’d been eating regularly was Greek yoghurt and occasionally cheese. GAPS encourages introducing homemade yoghurt back in so good motivation for me to finally try making my own. Think ill just stay grain free for now. Feels right for my body. Enjoying getting into the cultured veggies too – have been buying them from a lovely Greek woman called kitsa (a gaps specialist) but expect there will come a time soon when I attempt my own!

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