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Happy Thursday morning! I can’t believe it’s Thursday already, but I’m glad because that means tomorrow is Friday! That means I don’t have to work tomorrow 8)

I called this post ‘No More Hiding’ because for a while now, I have just been putting along like I am doing grand, when in reality, I have been sliding down the slippery slope of my old obssession with weight and bad body image. I have decided that it is high time I just be honest and admit, I HAVE REALLY BEEN STRUGGLING!! From now on, I plan to just be myself– for better or for worse!

The last few days have been pretty busy and I have still been working on sticking toย my goals that I listed in my last post, but I forgot one. It’s a VERY important one too! I forgot to put on my list–DO NOT WEIGH EVERYDAY!! That can get me back into bondageย with food and weight issues faster than you can say ‘Bob’s your uncle’ and I unfortunately had been going down that road. So, my goal is to weigh once a week–or every other week would be even better. I know some people don’t believe in weighing at all, but I’m not ready for that yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m going to see my nutritionist next Friday. I haven’t seen her in over a year and am looking forward to it. I just feel like I need some help getting my head on straight as far as what is best for my body and health. I am also having to step away from reading as many blogs for a while. Sometimes, the more I read, the more confused I get. I put VERY high expectations on myself and then beat myself up if I can’t meet them.

I have also started an online Bible study called ‘In His Image’ that really focuses on finding acceptance and satisfaction in Christ instead of a certain weight etc. AND, I have ordered a book called ‘You Are Not What You Weigh’. I have read this book before and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever struggled with body image etc.ย I am obviously trying to be very proactive in my fight against old habits! I think if we just sit back and let things slide–we get into BIG trouble!

1 Timothy 1:18-19 says, “I give you this instruction… so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.” I am trying to fight the good fight and hold on to faith instead of clinging to the worthless idol of being a certain weight.

Okay, so that was my honesty for the day–now on to some food!

I had the BEST brunch the other day. I bet ya’ll didn’t know that I LOVE burritos! Well, I do. I started out planning to make a tofu and potato hash and it turned into a black bean and potato hash instead. I adore anything with black beans so this really hit the spot!

black bean and tator hash

I shredded a few red potatoes in the food processor and placed them in a skillet with a little oil. Then I added onions, red pepper, zucchini and 1 can black beans. Then I put some of this mixture in a warm brown rice tortilla with a little salsa and pepperjack flavored soy cheese.

my burrito:)

That was the BEST meal I have had in a long time! I am discovering that there are certain types of foods that really get me in the mood to cook, but more about that another day ๐Ÿ™‚

Gosh, I better go! It’s not Friday yet, which means I DO have to work today! Hope you all have a fantabulous day ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and I have been loving some new recipes! First of all, I am happy to say I made it through the holiday without even sniffing gluten or sugar! Yay me ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was a little lot worried that I would not be able to resist all the traditional food. So, I made sure to take my own and basically stayed away from the large table of food at my mom’s. I have been learning more about the anti-candida diet and really prayed hard that God would help me stick to it! He answered my prayer ๐Ÿ™‚

My Thanksgiving day started off with a yummy HOT breakfast–southwestern style. I have realized that I do much better with a BIG HOT breakfast–not cold and raw (more about that later). Here are a few I have been enjoying.

1 egg + 2 whites, cooked peppers, onions and black beans over spinach

More eggs, peppers, onions and black beans over spaghetti sqaush

Coconut flour pancakes with Sweet Almond Sauce--OMG!!

Did I mention I have a new BFF? I don’t think she knows it yet, but Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs is saving my life with this Anti-Candida thing!! Thanks a million Ricki! I still have SO many more recipes to explore! The recipe for the Sweet Almond Sauce is here and it is to die for!!

Lunch on Thanksgiving day was:

Kale Salad with Sweet Potato Fries

These recipes were also on Ricki’s blog๐Ÿ™‚ I’m afraid sweet tators may be out for me for a while though–they make me crave sugar! UGH!

Dinner on Thanksgiving:

Anti-Candida Stew

Yet another wonderful recipe from Diet, Dessert and Dogs! I used quinoa instead of rice and I did put the sweet potato, but will probably leave it out next time. I took this with me to my mom’s and didn’t touch anything else. I KNEW if I took even ONE bite of the traditional food, my taste buds would go BONKERS and I would be in trouble!

Dessert on Thanksgiving:

Tofu Carob Pudding (sugar free:)

I’m still not sure that tofu works for me, but it was certainly better than eating sugar and gluten. Tofu doesn’t make my stomach hurt, but I have noticed some unpleasant reactions to it. I think it is worth eating occasionally, but I couldn’t eat it every day.

So, basically, Ricki saved my Thanksgiving. I LOVE the blogging world. We have never even met and yet blogs are SO helpful!

Just a quick note about the raw diet in my life. I went to the ND the other day and she and I both think it is best if I just concentrate on staying away from sugar and gluten. With my past eating history, too many rules was REALLY freaking me out! Food was VERY quickly becoming my enemy and I just can NOT go there again. So, I will eat raw when I want (like kale salad) and cooked when I want. I’m sure it will be more cooked than raw and that has to be okay–if for no other reason than to keep my sanity! Eating disorders are a powerful form of bondage that I don’t want any part of–EVER AGAIN!! I have to see food as fuel and as my friend,and I wasn’t seeing it that way when trying to follow so many rules. I am feeling MUCH better emotionally since coming to this place with my diet ๐Ÿ˜€ I know there are rules to follow on the anti-candida diet, but I think it is easier than trying to do mostly raw. I’m not much into raw eggs, but have been loving them scrambled for my breakfast!

Better run now. I think my daughter and I are going to try to go to a movie today and maybe do a little window shopping ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a blessed weekend!


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Here are some things I am learning:)

1-I need to start a strict anti-candida diet! The ND is going to have me do a test that we send off that tells how bad it is and what strand of yeast I have. We can then proceed to treat accordingly with herbal/natural supplements. Main point-I have severe candida!!

2-I learned today that green monsters without ANY fruit are REALLY nasty!! ‘Nuff said! That also means I learned that breakfast on high raw, anti-candida is going to be tricky! Any ideas?

3– I learned that I like raw rutabaga blended with garlic, olive oil, salt etc. These were supposed to be patties, but didn’t quiet work the way they were supposed to. So, I learned that they make great croutons!

This is my salad I packed for lunch today. It had:

romaine, english cucumber, yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes, carrots, sprouts, sprouted black quinoa, and broken up rutabaga “patties”

4-I learned that raw broccoli is NOT my friend. I didn’t take a picture. For snack today, I had raw broccoli with some black bean dip.

5-I learned that I LOVE Gena’s BEST. SOUP. EVER.!!

BEST.EVER.SOUP  I do not typically like raw soups at all, but this one, well it was a different story!

6-I then proceeded to learn that butternut is probably not good for candida. Not sure about that though. Raw foods have less sugar and carbs than cooked food. Any info. here?

7-I learned that chia pudding has a very weird texture that I’m not sure I like.

Raw cocoa chia pudding

I tasted this and stuck it back in the fridge. Will taste again later:)

8-I learned that this is my favorite raw meal so far:

Raw bread with tomato, sprouts and raw cheese with coleslaw

9-I learned that cheese is a no-no for anti-candida diet:( I rarely ever have it, but it’s nice every once in a while. So long cheese!

10-I learned that functioning on VERY little sleep is TORTURE when you have to go clean someone’s house!! I NEED SLEEP!!!

There– I learned at least TEN new things today!! Never too old to learn!:)

Have you learned anything new today? I also learned that I can’t spell or type very well today!LOL!

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Okay, so I have been on the computer a lot more lately. Why? Well, basically because when Iย  am not feeling well, I just veg out on the computer. It beats lying in bed all the time:) My lovely B-day present (a.k.a. bladder infection) is still hanging on for dear life! I’m some better, but not 100% and the meds. make me feel puke-ish (sorry). So, here I am on this lovely rainy Tuesday morning:)

In one of my recent post, I was sharing my new eating plan that included cutting out grains and high starch foods. Well, that is all fine and good, but I am finding that getting enough carbs is tricky. There is a fine line between too much and not enough. With no grains and low GI fruits etc., I have to be careful that I don’t let my sugar drop. I have had terrible experiences with low blood sugar and it is quiet scary! So, I am going to try (that is the key word:) adding a little more banana and maybe some higher starch squashes to my plan. I also think more beans might help. I have black beans cooking now that I soaked for over 24 hours (changing the water frequently). I love black bean soup!

So, in trying to find that fine line between too many carbs and not enough, I would love to hear if you have any tips or ideas! Are any of you low-carbers? If so, how do you keep your energy up? I am not calling myself low-carb, but basically when you can’t eat grains and sugars–well, that kind of makes it low-carb:)

Okay, on to the fine dressing! I finally tried tahini dressing! I got the link from the lovely Heather and I’m so glad I did! I think she got the link from Mama Pea, who got the recipe from I forget where! Oh, here it is at Cheaty Monkey! Anyway, thanks to all involved:)

blog pictures 858I had the fine dressing over stir fry veggies with edamame beans, served over spinach. It was SO yummy and satisfying. I didn’t even need a piece of chocolate after lunch!GASP! Don’t worry, the chocolate came later. I had to leave the vinegar out of the recipe because I don’t do well with vinegar, but it was still very tasty. I found it interesting though that I didn’t really care for the tahini on it’s own and I didn’t like the dressing just on baby carrots. LOVED it on my salad though!

I finally felt like getting on the treadmill this morning and then did a 20 minute yogadownload. They have some new classes to offer that you might want to check out if you like yoga.

Also, check out Katie’s Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness! Not to mention, she has some yummy babies all over her blog:) The more you click on her blog, the more money she can raise for charity–SWEET! Heather is also having a give-away that involves Katie’s efforts. Check them both out!

I want to leave you with something funny that may gross all you foodies out! My daughter was helping my mother-in-law clean this past weekend. She always finds it amusing to count how many cake mixes etc. that her granny has. Here are the stats:

57 cake mixes

11 boxes of brownies

47 jars of peanut butter

25ย  pounds of powdered sugar

30 cans evaporated milk

20-30 bags chocolate, peanut butter etc. chips

tons of splenda

I’ll stop there–but, HOLY MOLY!!!! Does that just make you cringe:)? If they ever got snowed in, they could just live on cake and peanut butter!

Have a great day!

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A good friend of mine gave me this recipe for Black Bean Burgers and I am just now getting around to sharing it. Before I had this recipe, I was buying gluten free veggie burgers(Sunshine Burgers). It was so nice to have something in the freezer that I could make quick and easy. I have stopped buying veggie burgers since getting this recipe. I make the black bean burgers and put them in the freezer for a super fast dinner or lunch. The best thing about these burgers of course is the taste. They are also easy to put on a grill without them falling apart. My husband has been grilling quiet a bit for himself and my kids. Since I am not a meat eater, it is very convenient to have something he can put on the grill for me:) When I freeze these I put a piece of parchment paper between each burger so they won’t get stuck together. This recipe makes about 8 burgers which is nice because they last me a while. Enjoy!

1 lg. onion

4 cloves garlic(pressed)

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 cup carrots(I used shredded then chopped them to have smaller pieces)

1-2 tsp. chili powder ( I used 1Tbs.)

1 tsp. cumin(I used 2) I love chili powder and cumin!

1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can northern or pinto beans(drained and rinsed)

1-1/2 cups GF oats (I put mine in blender to make it smaller pieces)

2 Tbs. dijon mustard

2 Tbs. wheat free soy sauce

1 Tbs. ketchup

1/4 tsp. pepper

In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in olive oil for about 2 minutes. Stir in carrots, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for about 2 minutes more or until carrots are tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, mash beans well. Stir in oats. Add mustard, soy sauce, ketchup, pepper and carrot mixture. Mix well and shape into 3-1/2″ patties. Fry in skillet, grill or bake until heated through. I usually cook mine in a skillet and then freeze. Sometimes I will have one fixed on the grill after it has been frozen. I topped mine with salsa and a little tofutti sour cream the last time I had one. I have also enjoyed them on a GF english muffin.

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