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The Nitty Gritty

3 Sep

Day 4 of my adrenal recovery is about to come to a close, and I am already feeling better. I know that it has only been a few days, but my body is responding well to the small shifts I have made.

I have no withdrawal from gluten, I have been off that for months now. I have no withdrawal from dairy, don’t know how that happened since I could live off of cheese for every meal of my day. I have had a bit of withdrawal from caffeine. I had given up coffee for quite some time, but still drank tea. I recently started drinking coffee again and hadn’t realized just how much it was kick starting me in the morning. I really struggled this morning to get myself going.

I believe that some of my cleansing has had an effect on my gall stones. I had a major attack today and my breakfast didn’t last too long in my stomach. A gallstone attack can leave you vomiting and doubled over in pain. I can get rid of them naturally and have opted not to have them removed surgically.

I am eating a ton of protein, so many vegetables, a good amount of fruit, but not too much. I am eating lots of beautiful complex carbohydrates and drinking water. I also am partaking in any and every opportunity to sleep. Today I had the afternoon off, it was just my oldest son and I. We had been up since very early this morning and had lots of running around that we accomplished. The afternoon was all ours, so we napped for 2 HOURS. It was lovely and I felt so much better afterwards. I am in bed every night before 11am,and I wake every day at the same time. I eat breakfast within an hour of waking, and it always includes a protein, good fats, and small amount of carbs and NO COFFEE OR TEA AT ALL.

It may sound fairly restrictive, but it really isn’t. We eat delicious meals everyday and never feel that we are missing out.

Here is my new favorite dessert.

Mango Yogurt Treat

1/4 cup good quality low fat plain greek yogurt

1 mango cut up into bite size pieces



add the mango to the yogurt, drizzle with a small amount of honey and then sprinkle with cinnamon. Yummy and nutritious.

I have been struggling with one aspect of the ‘whole food, clean eating’ lifestyle I have now. I do not live near a Whole Foods or Trader Joes. The Farmers Market is an hour away with traffic. The local grocery stores do carry some organic fruits and vegetables, but they are very expensive. A year ago this wouldn’t even be a conversation. I definitely bought any thing I needed for my family at the grocery store, but times have changed. I can no longer afford to pay $6 for a teeny tiny container of blueberries, it’s just not a reality for our family in these times. We eat a ton of fruits and vegetables. I wash them as well as I can, but buying all organic is not in our means now. It does really wear on me, I want to provide all organics for my kids. I get really frustrated that in our country we make the healthy food out of reach for those who are struggling financially.

My children eat 3 square meals a day made from home. We don’t own a microwave and when we want to eat I prepare each meal from scratch. I have had to make the sacrifice that if I want my kids to continue to eat all the fruits and vegetables that they currently do then we just have to do the non organics now. I so strongly believe in all the micro nutrients that my kids get every day from eating a diet high in fresh fruits and veggies.

I know at some point in time I can change this, but I am grateful for the ability to feed my family.

I read this MindBodyGreen gratitude poster this morning. It spoke volumes to me and how I was feeling about being a good parent and providing a healthy life for my children. I realized quickly how lucky I am to provide for them at all.


It’s Me Again

25 Jul

Over the past two weeks I have not felt at all like myself. As I mentioned in my last post I am waiting for results to see if I have an auto-immune disease that is attacking my thyroid. I have recently, almost 5 months ago, given up meat again and was starting to think I was not getting enough protein. Then the doctor slams me with the order that I am to take ALL gluten out of my diet. There goes all the fake meat I eat. I thought I didn’t eat that much gluten, but when you really start to look it is in EVERYTHING!!!

The last week has been interesting, but here is the cool part. I didn’t go through gluten withdrawal or get sick from not having gluten. I am craving more veggies and loving inventing new salads. To my joy I have also found that my skin is completely clearing up, this is something I have battled for over a year now.

I started to worry could I be a vegetarian and give up gluten, could I have it all? Yes, the answer is yes I can. I have really enjoyed everything I have cooked this week and have plans to get all the protein I need from veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, and fish. I am happy and feel so good about what I am eating.

Here is the crazy thing, I feel a million times better today than last week. I feel like a new person. I feel better than I have felt in years. Yesterday was still a rough day, but today I feel like I got a whole new body. I don’t know if it is from not eating gluten, but I suspect that has a lot to do with it. I feel like a million bucks.

I normally don’t write huge amounts about food, although food is what my life revolves around, but I think this is really something to think about. How much do we really need gluten products in our life? Can we not make food that doesn’t have gluten in it? I give my kids almost all gluten-free products, but occasionally it is okay for them. I have been doing this for years for my son with PWS, but now I am looking at it through new eyes with doing it for myself.

I am here to tell you that there is a whole world out there, and it is just full of non gluten products for you try. I think would think about the possibility of gluten intolerance or sensitivity  if you have any problems such as acne, gastrointestinal problems, lethargy, rashes, and especially if you are anemic. Give it up for just 2 weeks and see what happens.





Here is a recipe from tonight.

Easy mixed green salad:

Mixed baby greens

candied walnuts

dried cranberries

goat cheese

grilled tofu (marinated in Bragg liquid aminos)

red wine vinegar

extra virgin olive oil


Take the salad add the dry ingredients and toss. Lightly add the oil and vinegar and toss again. Then add a few small dollops of goat cheese and top off with the grilled tofu.


I promise this is yummy and gluten free.

Happy New Year

1 Jan

It is finally 2012….

It was really quiet today in the house and I rather enjoyed it. Ok, well it was quiet today while Maddock, Blaise and Jona napped. I sat by myself looking up recipes, craft ideas, juicing and doing my nails. It was really enjoyable. I was not hung over, not in the least. I went to bed at around 9pm last night. I was up at 6:30am today and got a fresh start on a new day in the new year.

I really did reflect today on who I was 6 years ago. Prior to me moving to Georgia I was living in Northern California and living a pretty carefree lifestyle. I didn’t worry about my health or taking care of myself. I was living in the moment. I was working at a restaurant, going to school and partying lots and lots. There was always something to do and myself and my friends were always there. If you put the clock back 6 years I wouldn’t be getting up at 6:30am, I would be maybe going to be at that time.

I thought today about how different I am now, how much I have changed. There are still many things inside of me that are the same, still things that need working on, still vices that need to be worked out. As a whole though I really think I have come such a long way. Sometimes I look back and cringe at the person I used to be, I guess that I had to be her for a while before I could be the me now.

I am starting my 10 day juice fast/cleanse tomorrow. I am not doing it as some diet fad. I am doing it to re-train my brain on the foods that I am craving. Yes, I have a child with PWS. Yes, we eat really healthy in our house. Well, my kids eat healthy. I on the other hand, if and when I eat is not mindful and lately can be really unhealthy. I really need a change. I really need a reboot and a recharge.

So here I go on this journey to reprogram my brain. I just finally finished watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”

I think it is one of the documentaries that everybody needs to see. It is so motivating and inspiring.

I am also currently reading “Crazy Sexy Diet” written by Kris Carr. She is one inspirational sexy lady. Another really good inspirational book.

Here is a quote from the book:

Are you ready to live like you mean it? Are you ready to get out of your slump, over your fear, and plug into your Crazy Sexy potential? For those of you who are new to the Crazy Sexy concept, let me lay it out for you. Crazy = bold, out of the box, forward thinking, and status quo challenging. Sexy = confident, in touch, whole, passionate, and conscious. Sound good? Well, the Crazy Sexy red phone is ringing—loud and clear. Pick up, gorgeous!

Carr, Kris (2010-10-27). Crazy Sexy Diet (p. 1). Globe Pequot. Kindle Edition.

I just feel like it is time to make some serious shifts in my life.

I am not doing this as some New Years Resolution. I am doing this because I want to be healthy. I want to be active. I want to be full of energy. I want to heal my digestive system. I want to have a body that works well and insides that work harmoniously with each other.

Ok, so here is to new beginnings as a new healthy me. I want to see if the food-mind connection is really real.

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