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I was so temtped to call this post ‘O Happy Crappy Day’! My day started bright and early at 4:30am when I woke up and could not go back to sleep. By 7:30 I already felt like I had put in a full day’s work! I chose to skip my morning walk because I had two houses to clean today and my poor little SamsonΒ  has been under the weather yesterday and today. I think he is on the mend, but if he isn’t better by tomorrow, we shall take a trip to the vet.

Thankfully, my day got better as it went and I actually took pictures of all of my food today–well almost. At 6:30am I was STARVING but I didn’t want to eat my real breakfast then. So, I had my last piece of ‘More Than A Meal Bar’. I am going to figure out a way to make those suckers–they are $7.50 a piece and I ate mine way too fast–4 days πŸ™‚

For my real breakfast I ate:

1 egg + 2 whites, almond flour zucchini muffin

I got the muffin recipe from the book ‘Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program’. I really like that book and I LOVE the muffins.

After cleaning a house for an 86 yr. old client whom I have become pretty fond of, I came home for lunch and had this:

salad with canned salmon

I found a new dressing the other day that I used for the first time today.

I am NOT motivated to make my own dressing and was really pleased with this gluten free roasted garlic dressing!

Oops–almost forgot my dessert!

coconut macaroon and square of dairy free dark chocolate

I don’t think a day EVER goes by without me having something sweet! I think every tooth in my mouth is a sweet tooth!

After lunch, I went to clean my brother’s house–which is brand new and makes me want to live there πŸ™‚

For snack, I had a little problem with my yogurt.

I was going to eat the WholeSoy yogurt and when I tasted it, it was awful!! I think it was spoiled even though the date was still good. I hate it when stuff like that happens. So, in the trash it went and I ate the rest of my Wildwood yogurt. I like the Wildwood and it is what I normally eat, but I found the other on sale–now I know why! I have gone back and forth about the whole soy debate, but having to be dairy free,Β I have decided that a little soy is not going to kill me.Β Β 

soy yogurt w/ 1/2 scoop protein powder, blueberries and almonds

I used Healthy ‘N Fit egg white protein powder in strawberry passion flavor. I REALLY like that brand of protein powder! It is ONLY sweetened with stevia which is aΒ huge plus in my book!Β I had vanilla ice cream flavor before and just recently ordered the strawberry.

By dinner time, my early morning was really getting to me! I almost fell asleep driving home. I was too lazy to fix anything difficult–so this is what I had (while trying to watch a netflix movie that refused to load):

all natural turkey burger w/ zucchini and squash

I really wanted something else a little while after dinner, but I have gotten in a bad habit of eating too late in the evening. It is usually NOT because I’m hungry but just because I want to munch. I am trying really hard to stop eating by 7pm. Of course, if I’m really hungry I will eat something else, but I think my belly feels better when it isn’t full at bedtime.

Β That is a pretty typical day for me–most of the time. Sometimes, I eat some grains, but I don’t really do well with them. My ND suggested that I have 1 serving of grains every three days. Yeah right! If I have grains, I only want more grains. Then I feel icky, bloated and depressed!

I have dishes calling my name, but honestly, I think I am ready to crash! Hope you all had a wonderful day 8)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28

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I am home alone this afternoon! I think a nap and some yoga are in my near future. I just had to get on here and share whatΒ  a GREAT sermon we had at church today. The message was about abiding in Christ (John 15:1-5). I came away feeling very encouraged because I don’t have to strive and struggle in my life! Whew! I just need to abide in HIM and I WILL bear much good fruit πŸ˜‰

I do have a couple of meals to share with you, but will keep it short and simple.

First, I made (almond flour)Β sugar free chocolate chip scones yesterday that were to die for!

I started out planning to make cranberry scones by adapting a recipe from ‘The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook’ by Elana Amsterdam. Somehow, they turned into sugar free chocolate chip scones–I have no idea how that happened, but they sure were tasty.

Then for dinner last night (and lunch today) I found a new favorite!

This is spaghetti squash with green onions, red pepper, diced chicken breast and a teeny bit of montery jack cheese. I don’t normally eat cheese, but I think I’m okay with a couple of tablespoons πŸ˜‰

Okay, so maybe I have two new favorites! I have been eating this salad a lot latey too!

Spinach, romaine, broccoli, red peppers, green onions, organic canned chicken with avocado. I usually also have a few baby carrots on the side. Makes a perfect quick, simple lunch!

I’m still in awe at how well the ear staples are working for me. I’m not craving sugar and am feeling better than I have in ages!! I guess if God can use a donkey(Numbers 22:21-32), he can use ear staples πŸ™‚

I’m off to take that nap now!

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Well, the holidays are over and time to get back to ‘normal’ life–whatever that means. We had a fabulous Christmas but I don’t have any pics loaded on the computer yet. I have been extremely lazy about getting on the computer. My favorite gift that I received was a Wii Fit Plus from my hubby. I LOVE IT!! I also got some Christmas money and got the Wii Active. I quickly learned that the Wii Active can kick my tail!! It is more of a workout than the Wii Fit–although the Wii fit can burn some booty too πŸ™‚ Anyway, I am currently pretty daggone sore from them both!

I thought I probably should get on here and kind of explain why I haven’t been blogging for the last few weeks. It really had little to do with the busyness of the holidays. After reading this post by Heather, I thought that I too should be able to be honest on MY blog. Ya see, I kind of stepped back because I have been feeling like a hypocrite or a lunatic–which ever one is worse. I say that because of the fact that my diet is EVER changing and confusing. I say I’m doing one thing only to find that it doesn’t work for me. Every time I think I have something figured out–I realize that I don’t. Then I feel all this pressure to stick to what I said–EVEN IF IT’S NOT WORKING!! So, that is BAD, right? Yeah!

This past year has been one of the most confusing where my health is concerned. I loved what Heather said about labels and gave that a lot of thought. Thanks Heather πŸ™‚ I am NOT labeling myself anymore. I am NOT vegetarian(for real), high raw, vegan, low carb, macrobiotic yada, yada, yada!

I DO, however, HAVE to stay away from gluten due to Celiac and I HAVE to stay away from things that feed my candida.Β  I have tried way TOO hard to force my body to do one thing or another and it has been miserable!! This past week has been so freeing because I am eating what sounds good–as long as it’s not going to worsen my health. Last night, I had cooked cabbage and onions with ground deer meat that I seasoned with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and paprika(sorry–no pics–I gobbled it up!). It HIT THE SPOT!! Gasp, I ate deer! Yes, my hubby is a hunter and that is something I have never felt comfortable enough to share on my blog due to all the veggie fanfare πŸ™‚ That’s all I’m sayin’ on that note. So, I am eating meat again and feeling SO much better. I DO think that some people just don’t thrive on a veggie diet and I’m learning that I’m one of them.

Along with the meat in my diet, I am mainly eating eggs and tons of veggies. This seems to be helping my yeast some and for that I am SO grateful. It’s NOT about labels, but about finding what will make me well!! I am also HAPPY πŸ˜€ to report that I am eating some almond flour and doing okay!! You have NO idea how happy that makes me!! I got ‘The Almond Flour Cookbook’ and have made several things out of it. Of course, I have to tweak and use stevia instead of agave due to the candida, but it’s working.

Last but not least, my hubby has agreed to eat whatever I’m eating with a few exceptions–a.k.a he is eating cheese and I’m not–little things like that. It has made life SO much easier and he’s losing weight to boot πŸ™‚

Sorry about the picture less post. I’ll be a little more prepared next go around πŸ™‚ See ya!

Lots of smileys in this post–that is a good thing!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Hope you’re smiling today!!!!

VERY IMPORTANT P.S.–HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HEATHER!!!!!! I think this day calls for some protein ice cream!!

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I have decided that pancakes are in order, not just on Sundays! I have had pancakes for the past three mornings!

My first set of pancakes was on Saturday:

Coconut Flour pancakes with Sweet Almond Sauce

The Sweet Almond Sauce is on Ricki’s blog, here. The recipe for the coconut flour pancakes is:

1/2 cup canned coconut milk

2Tbs. coconut oil

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. vanilla (I never use it because I don’t care for it much)

1/8 tsp. salt

3 Tbs. packed coconut flour

1/8 tsp. baking soda

Warm coconut milk and oil a little if your coconut oil is solid. Then I simply throw everything in the blender and give it a whirl. Easy Peasy! Fry as usual.

I couldn’t find the blog that I originally found this recipe on. It was called Starch Free Recipes, but when I went to look it up, it was not found. So, I figure it’s okay for me to go ahead and share it with you with much thanks to the original blogger!

Then on HEAB’s traditional pancake Sunday, I had these:

Heather's protein pancakes with carob Sunbutter sauce

Heather’s Protein Pancake recipe is here and pretty yummy I might add. I Β  always look forward to seeing what kind of pancake creation she will post each Sunday. This time, she posted (a day early) pancakes with Mole sauce. I had every intention of making the Mole sauce, but I didn’t have any instant coffee. I ended up making Carob Sunbutter sauce. DELISH!!

I basically followed the Mole sauce recipe without the coffee. I added unsweetened almond milk to make it the consistency that I wanted. That looks like a ton of Sunbutter on my pancakes, but it only had 1 TBS. in the sauce–not that I’m worried. It just looks like half a jar of nutbutter there πŸ˜‰

Today I had:

Pecan Flour pancakes with eggs

That isn’t the best picture, but trust me these pancakes were REALLY good! I got the recipe on Diet, Dessert and Dogs. The original recipe called for almond flour, but I don’t do well with too much almond flour or almond butter. I had pecan flour on hand and they turned out great! I just topped these with a little Smart Balance and had eggs on the side.Β  Just a side note here–I used to have this horrendous fear of eggs!! Back in the ED days, I was SO afraid of the fat in them. Now, I am eating them (1 egg + 2 whites) almost every day! LOVE them and they make me feel GREAT πŸ˜€ Anyway, these pancakes had the perfect amount of lemon taste. Next time, I may add poppy seeds and have lemon poppy seed pancakes!

The cool thing about all of these pancakes on this post is that they are ALL sugar free and grain free!! WooHoo!! They fill me up and keep me satisfied for hours!

What is your favorite pancake recipe? I think next on my list may have to be German Chocolate pancakes like I saw near the bottom of this post on Cindy’s blog πŸ™‚ Mmm, can’t wait!

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Today is a very special day for several reasons. First of all, it is my blog’s one year anniversary! Secondly, I have a give away for you! But, I think the most important reason is because of a little girl I want to introduce you to.

I have been thinking a lot the last couple of weeks about how blogging has benefited my gluten free living SO much. There have been tons of yummy recipes. I have learned more about food than I ever thought possible and I have met some new friends. Before I found the blogging world, I sometimes felt very alone in this journey to live free of gluten and other foods I can’t tolerate. Granted, there are still days that are hard and I still get discouraged. Unexplained pain day after day can take a toll on a person’s peace and joy. A couple of weeks ago, I was having a particularly hard time and found myself grumbling and complaining in my heart a LOT about my health woes. That’s when my mom forwarded something to me that really blessed me.

I want to tell you about a little girl that I go to church with that just simply amazes me! I wish I had a picture of her (she is a doll) but I don’t. Anyway, her name is Marissa and she is 9 years old. This child has been sick pretty much her whole life! She has ulcerative colitis and celiac. The most recent health scare for her and her family is the possibility of diabetes. She has been in and out of the hospital numerous times even this last year. But, EVERY time I see her she is smiling. Her mom said that she never complains or asks ‘why’. She never gives the Drs. a hard time and even thanks the nurses when they take her blood over and over again! The last time she was in the hospital, she posted an entry on her new blog without her parents even being aware of it. This post is what really made me think about how grateful I should be for my life–even in the midst of difficult health issues.

Hi i’m issa and i have celiac and colitis and have a chance to have diabieties. I’m actually in the hospital because my blood sugar was 708. thank the lord i went down to 135 today we are praising the lord that i’m still ailve and my blood sugar is down. we have such faith and trust and strength in god. because he is our savior and our might. i’m still a normal kid and run dance & play. my life can be hard but i still have faith in him. isn’t it amazing how he can do that. he can heal anyone and anything. it was so dissapointing. last night i was on the computer listening to music and dancing. my sister had tears in her eyes and said that my mom wanted me upstairs and i went upstairs and she said sweetie we need to go to the hospital my blood sugar was high. and my sister had a friend over. it was so awful but i’m probably leaving tomorrow. so praise the lord! gotta run by issa

Isn’t that the sweetest thing you have ever read?

Matthew 21:16 “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise”

I wanted to share this with you to show the simple faith of a child. That’s the kind of faith I want to have:) I also want to ask those of you that are Christians to please pray for Marissa’s health. Also, pray for her parents as they care for her. Pray for strength and faith for them all:)

Okay, are you ready for the give away? In light of the fact that I can no longer eats nuts and to celebrate my first year of blogging, I am giving away 2.5 lbs of almond flour! There are a couple of ways to get your name in the hat.

1. Leave a comment on this post for Marissa/family. I’m sure they would read every one of them and appreciate them.

2. You can get your name in a second time for subscribing to my blog and leave me a comment telling me you did so. If you are already a subscriber, let me know.

Please leave comments for Marissa even if you are not interested in the give away:) I know how much comments encourage me so I’m sure a 9 year old would be blessed!

I will leave this give away open for comments until Friday(the 19th). Make sure you don’t miss out!

Excuse the font confusion on this post. I can’t get this stupid thing to work right!:)

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