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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 Samson  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 🙂

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 🙂

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, I have decided that a little soy is not going to kill me.  

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 a huge plus in my book! 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.

 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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finally found kabocha squash! I have been meaning to go to the Asian market for over a week now and I finally made it today. I was SO happy! The funny part was, I couldn’t read half of what I was looking at! I also found coconuts, mung beans, and coconut milk(at least I knew what those were:). The coconut milk is what I use to make my yogurt. I couldn’t believe how cheap it was at the Asian Market. It was only $1.49 a can. I pay over $2.00 a can at Kroger. WooHoo. I know where I’ll be visiting more often.

I’ve had some pretty yummy eats today!

blog pictures 399My day started off with my usual green smoothie:) I keep thinking I might do something else for breakfast, but then I think–why? I love green smoothies!

blog pictures 214For lunch, I packed some Guacamole Chicken Salad and had it over raw spinach. I am praying that my tummy behaves itself with eating raw. I need salads! Raw hasn’t worked for me for a while, but maybe-just maybe-today will be different.

blog pictures 406For snack (#1), I had a sunbutter bar. These are gluten, nut, egg, dairy and everything else free but they are yummy for my tummy!blog pictures 401For snack(#2), I had 1/3 cup oatgurt in the bottom of my almost empty sunbutter jar. I don’t always need two snacks in the afternoon. When I clean two houses in one day, I get really hungry though!

blog pictures 402All gone! That is SO NOT fair:) I don’t even have another jar!

I bet you can’t guess what I’m going to have for dinner? I will definitely be trying that squash everyone has been raving about:) I will probably have one of my veggie/bean burgers that I made the other day.

Now, I have two coconuts to deal with. I have never bought fresh coconut before but can’t wait to try it. I will most likely recruit the hubby to help. What are your favorite ways to use coconut?

Hope everyone is having a GREAT week!

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blog pictures 397I was in the kitchen pretty much all day yesterday with my lovely daughter helping me!  I have a very busy next few days so I wanted to get some things made ahead of time. First of all, I am happy to say that I have been able to put oatgurt in my smoothies without having tummy issues–so far:) I’m thinking the oatgurt is good for my digestion becaue it is fermented and pretty much already ‘digested’ for me. Yummy! It really helps keep me full longer than a smoothie without it. I use gluten free rolled oats instead of oat grouts and it works perfect.

blog pictures 360After my breakfast smoothie, I got a chicken ready to roast. This is not just any old chicken! This chicken was raised by a young teenage boy at my church. There is NOTHING added–hormones, antibiotics etc. He raised them with a movable pen so they got fresh grass to eat every day. This took a tremendous amount of work and I am so thankful to have a ‘clean’ chicken.

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Then it was time to get my first batch ever of homemade Sauerkraut started. Why am I making sauerkraut? Well, I’m not sure. I don’t know if I will even like it but I am learning that fermented and sprouted foods are good for my tummy.

blog pictures 370My mom always told me not to play with my food, but this was fun! I had to squeeze the coleslaw after adding salt to release the juices. This is what makes the brine for the sauerkraut to ferment in. It will take about a week for it to be done and I’ll have more on it then. Stay tuned!

blog pictures 328Time for some sprouts! I sprouted mung beans a few days ago which was really cool.

blog pictures 336I mostly ate them with cooked veggies and chicken. I had some left though that were going to go bad if I didn’t use them. So, I made veggie burgers with sprouts.

blog pictures 386These weren’t done yet, but they turned out perfect! I will post the recipe for these later. These ‘burgers’ were the sturdiest veggie burgers I have ever made. Sometimes homemade veggie/bean burgers don’t want to stay together to well.

blog pictures 384My daughter had fun getting her hands in the mix! She is such a blessing:) She loves to cook! Of course, she doesn’t eat a lot of what she cooks(picky, picky).

blog pictures 390She also made this fabulous looking peach cobbler–which I am very sad that I can’t eat. Her dad will love it though!

I really wanted to make some coconut flour muffins, but I was pooped after all this! Maybe I’ll get to that this evening. I haven’t had a muffin in a while because I have cut out eggs. I tried adding eggs in last week for breakfast (scrambled) and I had some issues, so we’ll see.

Now, for my verse of the day. I was going to have this on a seperate page, but then realized that it doesn’t seperate them by date. I’ll just leave it here for you:)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm  73:26

I’m glad to know that even when my flesh fails me, God is my strength!

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A New Love

No, I haven’t found a new husband, but I have found a new veggie that I love! I am embarrassed to say that I had never tasted brussel sprouts until now. I like trying new things because that is the only way to broaden my taste buds and get the benefits from lots of different foods. I eat so many vegetables now that I wouldn’t have touched before being diagnosed with Celiac. I guess being diagnosed made me start thinking more about what goes into my body. This month is three years since going gluten free (even though I’ve cheated at times). Before Celiac, I had never tasted an avocado, acorn squash, tofu, edamame beans, quinoa and of course the brussel sprouts. The list of ‘new’ foods since my diagnoses could go on forever. I definitely eat more variety and healthier than I used to. Anyway, I bought a small amount of brussel sprouts and really didn’t know what to do with them. One of my favorite ways to fix veggies is to roast them in the oven so I figured that would be a good way to try these little green cabbage looking veggies. I cut up a whole onion, cut the brussel sprouts in half, drizzled a little olive oil over them and bingo–they tasted amazing! Oh, I almost forgot, I sprinkled some healthy walnuts on top to. I don’t know if my husband has ever tried brussel sprouts but he wasn’t really interested in them. That just meant more for me:)

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading a couple of books about ‘clean eating’. One is called the ‘Eat Clean Diet’ and the other is ‘The Healthiest Meals on Earth’. Both of these books have really motivated me to fine tune my diet. I am once again excited about cooking after several months of having no interest in the kitchen. I have been looking at mouth watering recipes and reading a lot of good information about the benefits of certain foods. One thing that I have learned is that it is normal and actually good for me to eat 5-6 smaller meals a day. I have heard that before but never really thought much about it. I have never really given myself permission to eat that much. So, over the last couple of weeks I have been eating about every 3 hours and I can’t even believe how much better I feel! I have been able to increase my exercise and I feel satisfied when I eat this way. I think this is what my body has needed for a long time. Eating ‘clean’ foods and eating often feels more natural to my body than anything else I have ever tried. I am learning to nurture my body instead of trying to force it to do the unnatural.

Hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying some new foods!
Sorry the picture of my beloved brussel sprouts is so poor:( They were really tasty though!

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