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I have had a couple of people ask about the recipe for the coconut flour bread that I am eating these days so I thought I would post it today. I originally found the recipe at Life As A Plate. I just found this blog not long ago and I am ever so glad that I did! I have made several changes though and thought I would show you what I do. Actually, my daughter usually makes this for me 😉 I think I’ve only made it once.

Coconut Flour Bread

I didn’t change much from the original recipe but I needed it to be dairy free. I used to use real organic butter in the bread before I realized I needed to cut out dairy. It was SUPER yummy with real butter! Now, I am using Earth Balance dairy free/soy free butter. It’s good that way too. Anyway, here is the recipe my daughter makes for me:

3/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup flax meal

2 Tbs. arrowroot

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. onion powder

1/8 cup sesame seeds (I leave these out due to tummy)

7 eggs (you can get away with only 6 eggs)

1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil (original recipe calls for 1/2 c.)

2 Tbs. full fat coconut milk (original recipe calls for sour cream)

Combine dry ingredients except 1 Tbs. sesame seeds if using.

Combine eggs and coconut milk (or sour cream) and beat into dry mix~then add butter or coconut oil.

Pour into greased loaf pan and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbs. sesame seeds if using. I use a small loaf pan~not a regular size but not mini loaf either~not sure what size mine is exactly because I’ve never measured it 🙂

Bake @ 325 for 40 minutes. I always cover mine with foil after the first 15 minutes to keep top from burning but your oven may be different than mine.

Let cool in pan for a bit then take out of pan and cool the rest of the way on cooling rack. Slice and enjoy! A BIG thank you to Life As A Plate~this bread has changed my life! 🙂

Okay, now I have a small confession to make.  I ‘cheated’ on my ‘diet’ last night! I ate a couple of things I wasn’t supposed to! Cereal has always been one of my favorite foods and when I’m tired and don’t feel like making anything else, I WANT CEREAL!! Why am I telling you this? Because I don’t want people to think that I have it all together and I never cheat!! I am not always the best at doing what I’m told to do to better my health 😉 I WANT to stick to the ‘diet’ that has been prescribed for me, but sometimes, I’m weak and cave. Any tips you may have would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

Hope you enjoy the bread recipe and have a great weekend!

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I know, Christmas is long gone, but I’m making a different kind of list. I’m back to Living Free after a long break! I have been blogging at Heart, Soul and Strength lately . That blog is mostly about health stuff, but I have found myself wanting to talk about FOOD!!

I am currently on a gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free (not even stevia), low oxalate diet! What a mouthful! So, the other day I was feeling completely overwhelmed by all of this and I thought ‘I just need to make a list!’. I started going through the low-oxalate food list and grain free cookbooks and writing down different possibilities for meals that meet all of my dietary restrictions. That way, when I feel lost and overwhelmed, I can just go to my list and pick out a meal~and KNOW that is it safe 🙂 Whew!

Normally when people go grain free, they rely more on nuts and nut flours, but I can’t do that because of oxalates. My stand by flour these days is coconut flour and I LOVE it! Anyway, I wanted to show you what I had to eat yesterday.

Spirulina smoothie with 2 boiled eggs

I had been stumped as to how to make a smoothie with NO sweetener of any kind. My fruits are pretty limited due to oxalates so no bananas in this baby! Then I remembered~coconut water! I used 3/4 c. coconut water, 1/4 coconut milk(canned), 1 tbs. ground flax, 1-1/2 tsp. spirulina powder, frozen mango and pineapple.

Lunch:

Chicken, mashed cauliflower, coconut flour bread w/ avocado

That’s not a very good picture, but I can assure you, it was delicious! I cooked the chicken in wheat free tamari and some herbs and had garlicky mashed cauliflower. The bread and avocado were just the icing on the cake 😉

Dinner:

Salad, beef and broccoli~chinese style and coconut flour bread

Again, terrible picture (gotta work on that), but tasted heavenly. I actually used deer tenderloin instead of beef. So, yummy! The deer and broccoli had sesame oil and lots of garlic. I planned on cooking cabbage with this, but ran out of energy. Never fear, this is a meal we WILL be having again!

My Dr. only wants me to eat every 5 hours and all of these meals kept me plenty satisfied until time to eat again 🙂 WooHoo!! Off to a good start on my ‘list’!

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I mentioned in my last post that I was going to give P90X a try starting on Monday. Just in case you’re wondering WHY I’m doing this–it is NOT to lose weight! I want to be STRONG, NOT skinny fat! Anyway, I was so excited about it, that I started on Sat.(the 7th). Today was Day 4 (86 more) and I am LOVING it!! One thing I love about it is that I don’t have to try to decide what to do on my own. I just get up, push play and GO! I think this is great for people like me that have NO idea what they are doing when it comes to strength training etc. I also really appreciate how Tony Horton makes you feel okay if you can’t do it all. I have been careful not to push so hard that I can’t move the next day. I have been sore, but not to the extreme that I can’t sit on the toilet–lol 🙂 Today was yoga and it was tough but felt wonderful! 

As for the food plan for P90X, well I didn’t even try to stick to Phase 1 which is pretty low carb. One thing I have learned over the last couple of years is, if I restrict any food group too much–I AM GOING TO BINGE eventually!! I am trying to stick to the Phase 2 plan as much as I can though. It is a 40-40-20 ratio (carbs, prot. and fat). 

Here are my eats from yesterday: 

best bowl of oats I ever did eat!!

You may have noticed they are a little on the green side–but it is NOT from my long lost friend spinach! I used this new protein powder that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! 

YUMMY stuff!

I had been using pure Spirulina in my smoothies and was pleased to find a protein powder that included it. There are LOTS of other goodies in this powder, but I won’t bore you with the details. I also got the Acai protein powder, but haven’t tried it yet. 

OMG! I almost forgot my yummy topping on my oats: 

put 1/2 Tbs. of this and 1/2 banana on my oats

For lunch, I packed this to take to the pool with me:) 

salad w/ venison roast, beans and lots of other yummies--dressing on the side

About three hours later, I had a peanut butter Think Thin bar–not pictured. 

When I got home, I was hungry again but not quiet ready for dinner so I had some plain unsweetened soy yogurt with 1/2 scoop of this protein powder–also not pictured. 

For dinner, I had a gluten free burrito with some chicken on the side topped with soy cheese–hit the spot! 

gluten/dairy free burrito w/ side of chicken and soycheese:)

 That picture doesn’t do this meal justice. Too bad I’m out of burritos. Oh well, I guess a trip to the health food store is in order 😉 

So there ya have it– a day in the life of a P90X convert. 

Better run now. I’m trying to be productive at home today. Cleaning other people’s houses for a living REALLY puts a damper on motivation to clean my own, but the dust bunnies are calling! Hope you are having a great week so far! 

Anything exciting in your neck of the woods this week?  

We are having my son’s (belated) 18th birthday party this coming weekend!!  Should be loads of fun! 8)

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While we were in Florida last week, my hubby ordered something that I was VERY skeptical about. I told him I don’t know how many times that he probably shouldn’t have ordered it, but the deed was already done. I was thinking there is NO WAY I would use what he ordered–until today. What I am referring to is the P90X system! Now, before you say I’m stupid let me just say that after watching a couple of the workouts, I am pleasantly surprised! Before watching, I was thinking this is going to be WAY too hard core for me. Also, how would I get my love of yoga in, and what if I couldn’t do it or if I push too hard. Well, from what I watched it IS pretty hard core, BUT Tony Horton stresses to do what you can and that’s enough! I like him better already 🙂 One of the things I am MOST excited about is he uses A LOT of YOGA–YEEESSS!!!! Even in the Cardio x, there were sun salutations. 

Another reason I am willing to give this a shot is to have something my hubby and I can work towards together. AND, honestly, I have been in an exercise rut lately. We are hoping to start on Monday, so if you don’t hear anything from me after that–you’ll know I died–lol!!

Changing the subject now, have you ever woke up starving but NOTHING sounded good? That happened to me this morning! I went to the fridge about a dozen times trying to see if anything seemed like it would hit the spot and–nothing. I finally just decided to go with a regular breakfast of eggs and yogurt even though I wasn’t really feeling it.

eggs, soy yogurt w/ sunbutter, 1/2 apple

That was all fine and good but about two hours later I needed 2nd breakfast.

green smoothie minus the greens:)

Since I am not doing spinach any more due to oxalates, I have been making green smoothies with pure spirulina powder. My life without spinach isn’t so bad afterall 🙂 I usually use water, 1 cup fruit, 1 Tbs. ground flax, sunflower seeds, maca powder, spirulina and raw stevia–yummy, and holds me for hours–usually. I have been drinking this and lots of fresh veggie juice since I have been home from vacation and it is really good for my tummy.

Oh, and look what I found at the health food store yesterday–SO excited!

Gluten/Dairy Free Burrito!

I know, it doesn’t take much to excite me! Sometimes I just crave a good burrito! This didn’t stay together very well when I cooked it, but it hit the spot!

see what I mean?--falling apart but oh so tasty!

I was also excited to find these little goodies:

Mini Raw Revolution Bars--how cute is that?!

I LOVE the Raw Revlolution bars but it takes me days to eat one. The mini ones are perfect!

Last but not least, I’ll leave you with a new ADORABLE picture of the babies 🙂 They are growing so fast! I could just sit and watch them forever. TOO CUTE!!

Aren't they the cutest?!

This is the BIGGEST one! Looks just like the mama:)

 Hope everybody has a GREAT FRIDAY!!! I’m SO glad my work week is over and now I have the next FIVE days off–Hallelujah 😉

Have you ever attempted P90X? If so, what were your thoughts?

Any new food finds lately?

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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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This blueberry frozen yogurt was my dessert after doing about 70 minutes of HOT yoga (at home) and then later going for a 3 mile walk. Whew! This was inspired by Polly’s “bloothie” that I saw on her blog today. Thanks Polly:)

blog pictures 5641 cup homemade coconut milk yogurt

1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries

4Tbs. vanilla protein powder

1 Tbs. raw honey

1 tsp. guar gum

I usually try not to use sweeteners, but I was using hemp protein powder and I thought it might need some help:) I put all ingredients in the food processor and blended until smooth. Then processed in ice cream maker until thick and creamy. You could definitely use a different protein powder, I know a lot of people don’t like hemp. This made two servings.

Okay, today was a SAD day indeed! See this jar? Do you know what goes in that jar? OATGURT!! Notice, it is EMPTY:(

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I am also O-U-T of spinach! Heaven forbid!! Oatgurt and spinach shortage on the same day! And, I was going to challenge myself to not eat sunbutter today. THAT DID NOT WORK!  Do you know where I’m going tomorrow? Yep, grocery shopping to get lots of yummy green spinach and I have oatgurt fermenting as I type:) I guess I might survive after all. For now, I am going to chill out as I have been rather HOT today:)

“I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” Psalm 86: 12-13

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I am going to try to keep this short and sweet today:) I have another HUGE cleaning day ahead of me. It has been another really hard work week and I’ll be SO glad when today is over. Tomorrow, I am going to the pool and vegging out!!

I wanted to share the recipe I use to make coconut milk yogurt. I’m not even sure where exactly I found this recipe–somewhere online.

blog pictures 470First of all, let me tell you that cheaper is NOT always better! The coconut milk I got at the Asain Market (the Renuka) for so much cheaper–not so good. It was pretty watery and it had kind of a grayish tint to it. I read in my coconut oil book that milk that color was not made with the best and freshest coconuts. Basically, it’s made with the coconuts that are left after all the best are picked over. Eeeww! I have tried several different brands of coconut milk and the THAI brand is the best. I have also found that the full fat stuff works the best. I tried the light when I was having a temporary relapse in my fear of fat:) Didn’t taste bad–just much runnier. Coconut milk yogurt will always be pretty runny though. I mostly use it for smoothies or over frozen fruit. Yummy!blog pictures 434To make the yogurt you will need three cans of good coconut milk (aka. not the cheap stuff:) I can only use two cans because my yogurt maker won’t hold a jar big enough for three. Anyway, warm your milk to about 125 degrees. I don’t really worry too much about getting it that hot. As long as it’s at least 100 degrees, you will be fine. If you do get it to 125, you need to let it cool to about 100 before adding in your starter. If your milk is too hot, it will kill your starter and then your yogurt would be lacking in good bacteria.

Next, you need to add 1-2Tbs. of honey. This is to give the good bacteria something to ‘feed’ on. If you forget to do this–well, you won’t have yogurt!

After the milk is cooled enough, take out about 1/2 cup and place in a small bowl. To that, add 1/4 cup good quality yogurt. Something like Dannon all natural plain unsweetened is good. Mix the ‘starter’ yogurt into the 1/2 cup coconut milk. Then you can pour this back into the rest of your coconut milk. Stir a little and you are ready to pour into your jar. Make sure the jar is sterile.

blog pictures 471You are now ready to place the yogurt into the yogurt maker.

blog pictures 472Having a yogurt maker is by far the easiest way to ferment the yogurt, but you can do it without one. I have read that a lot of people place it in their oven and leave the light on. I have also used a dehydrator before when I was making a lot of yogurt at one time. I was on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for a while and was making 4 quarts at a time like that. The main goal is to keep the yogurt between 100-110 degrees for 24-26 hours.

After 24-26 hours, place the yogurt in the fridge for a good while. I usually do it to where mine is ready to go in the fridge before bed and let it chill overnight. Making yogurt is NOT hard. You just really have to make sure the temp. is kept in right range.

Gotta run now:) Hope everyone has a fabulous day!!!!

“For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all he does.” Psalm 33:4

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