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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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If you read my last post, you will remember that I was not too thrilled about going back to a high raw diet. I am doing this at the request of my ND, although I do feel better eating this way. Anyway, it has been 5 days since I went back to high raw and I’m not dead yet:)! I have actually found some recipes that I really like and am feeling more satisfied. I’m trying not to worry about doing everything perfectly and I think that is helping. I am also trying to plan ahead a little better. I just wanted to post a few of the things I have been enjoying over the last few days.

First, is my first attempt at raw bread! I really was surprised that I like it-a lot! Today, I had a piece with a little raw almond butter and frozen blueberries.

blog pictures 860I got this recipe out of this book. I changed a few things and don’t even remember exactly what, so I’m not going to attempt posting what I did. All I know is it is much better than I anticipated!

Next up is a yummy coleslaw out of the same book. This is currently my new favorite book by the way:)

blog pictures 863Sorry the picture is VERY dark–oops! I loved this slaw! I pretty much followed the recipe except for one thing. The recipe called for cumin–which I LOVE–but I also added a touch of cinnamon. If you have never paired those two spices together, you should give it a try.

Next up, a treat from my hubby:) We were at the health food store the other day and he was so kind to buy me some raw cocoa powder. I wouldn’t buy it for myself because I see it as not essential, but it sure is nice to have a treat.

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You may be wondering what I made with some of this yummy stuff. Well, I was SO pleased today when I found a whole page of Low-Sugar Treats on Gena’s blog. THANK YOU, THANK YOU GENA!! I think you have saved my life! I made Carob Cocoa-Coconut Sweeties(on the Low-Sugar Treat page).

blog pictures 861Now I have a low-sugar version of Katie’s fabulous looking Fudge Babies!! Oh, SO excited! Don’t forget to stop by Katie’s blog to help out with Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness!

Other than these new treats:

I have been eating lots of salads, juicing, green smoothies and some cooked spaghetti squash and a little cooked quinoa. I know I said here that I was cutting out ALL grains, but the ND wants me to try quinoa some.

All in all, this high raw thing hasn’t been so bad after all. I just need to stay positive, plan ahead and try new recipes:) I am trying to focus on what I CAN have, not what I can’t have. And just a little side note–I AM feeling a little improvement in my gut and my energy levels. My stomach has NOT been hurting these last several days–YAY! Hopefully, the better I feel, the more motivated I will be to eat right:)

Have you ever tried something new that you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving it (a.k.a. like me with the raw bread:)?

P.S. I don’t know why the lighting was so bad in all of these pics! Will try to put more appealing pics next time:)

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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 have had an extremely long and hard work week. I have been cleaning a new construction home that my brother built. I also had my regular clients to clean for.  So, I am wiped out!! I don’t know why, but when I work really hard like that–I usually always end up eating bad. I do okay during the day and then–boom! I feel like I haven’t eaten in a week and I want to eat everything in the house. And yes, that includes gluten. Daggone it! When will I learn?  So, I am fessing up to blowing it tonight. I then proceed to take a stomach pill so that I can be knocked out for the night without too much pain. Stupid, I know! Okay, I got that off my chest:)

My hubby helped with my two coconuts I got the other day. We made a royal mess!

Here is what you don’t want to do when cutting a coconut!

blog pictures 412OUCHIE! You can see the mess on my counter. I have coconut water in the fridge and I froze the flesh until I can decide how I want to use it. It was fun to buy a real coconut and break it open etc., but as you can see, I am not very good at getting the meat out without injuring myself.

Now for something a bit sweeter.

blog pictures 417I have recently discovered a new love! I have never been a huge cherry fan–until I bought frozen ones. Yesterday for snack, I put some cherries in a bowl with 1 Tbs. dark chocolate chips and 2Tbs. coconut milk. That was the best treat I have had in a long time!

blog pictures 420Look how the coconut milk freezes onto the cherries! It’s like ice cream–only not. Have I been hiding under a rock to have just now discovered this?

blog pictures 427Another yummy (and legal:) thing I ate today was oatgurt with 1/2 banana and 1 Tbs. sunbutter. I went to the health food store yesterday and got more sunbutter and gluten free oats. We are back in business! I have figured something out though that I’m not all that happy about. I have discovered that when I eat very many carbs (aka. banana w/ oatgurt) it makes me crave more carbs. That’s usually where the cheating with gluten comes in.

It seems like the only grain that I am able to eat these days is the oatgurt. I usually have it with plenty of protein though so it doesn’t make me want to binge. I’m guessing that banana and oatgurt is not going to happen anymore. I do fine eating oatgurt without all the sugar in the banana. By the way, I will be forever grateful to Heather for introducing me to oatgurt:)

Okay, I think I’m rambling. It is way past my bedtime and I am beyond the point of exhaustion. Tomorrow, I am planning to do some yoga first thing and then really focus on feeding my body good wholesome foods–no gluten!

Oh, just a funny note about how my yoga practice is going. I am pretty new (3 weeks or so) to yoga. Well, last night, I had the bright idea to try a headstand against the wall. I think my brain was on vacation. Anyway, I got up and it felt good all over–except my head!! I thought my head was going to cave in! I think I’ll stick to shoulder stands since I can actually do those without any major malfunction:) I am LOVING yoga though. I think it is really helping my digestion and helping me to really listen to my body. Now, if I would just quit listening to my brain when it has stupid ideas–I might be alright:)

I’m off to bed now. Happy weekend!

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4: 8

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I had a really busy and hard cleaning day today. I woke up at 4:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep, so that made my day even longer. After cleaning two houses and being up since 4:30, I was feeling like death! I came home and made it from the car to the bed. My husband works nights and he was still sleeping, so I climbed in by him and took a little cat nap. Boy, it’s amazing how a little rest can make you feel so much better. My daughter(13) was so sweet to cook dinner for the rest of the family tonight. She made chicken with some yummy seasonings and coated in bread crumbs and then baked it. She also made Mexican Rice. While I was resting, she came in my room and told me she was getting ready to cook dinner and for me not to get up. She then kissed me on the cheek and was off. I am so blessed to have her and my boys:)

Okay, now on to MY dinner! I was craving something really soothing and ‘treatish’. I had seen this pudding recipe on Gluten Free Goodness and thought it sounded interesting. I never would have dreamed of putting avocado, banana, and chocolate together! I was very skeptical and was really making it out of curiosity. I was amazed at how good it tasted. I changed a few things about the original recipe. I used a frozen banana which made it VERY creamy and thick. I also used carob instead of chocolate as I am trying to cut out chocolate. I have never really used carob, but in times of desperation, it works:) Anyway, here is what I did. Make sure and check out Cheryl’s blog for some really good recipes!

Carob Banana ‘Pudding’:
1 frozen banana
1-1/2 ripe avocados
1/3 cup carob powder
1 Tbs. honey
4 tsp. coconut milk
stevia to taste(or more honey)

Process in food processor until smooth and dig in:) This pudding is really filling!

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Gluten Free Goodness is hosting the menu swap this week. The ingredient for the week is raspberries. I made a blueberry/raspberry cobbler last night before I even knew raspberries were the ingredient for the week. How convenient! The cobbler was simple to make and tasted wonderful. I have been craving a good cobbler for a while. The original recipe was for a peach/blueberry cobbler that I found in Eating Well. I am not crazy about cooked peaches so I changed it to raspberries. Here is the recipe:

3 Tbs. unsalted butter (I used vegan butter)
3 Tbs. canola oil (I used 2Tbs. smart balance oil)
1 cup sorghum flour
1 tsp. guar gum
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup reduced-fat milk (I used soy milk)
1/2 cup sugar (sucanat)
1 pint fresh blueberries (or frozen)
1 pint raspberries (I used frozen)

Preheat oven to 350. Place butter and oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet or a 9×13 baking pan. I used a stoneware 9×13 dish. Heat the oil and butter in the oven until melted and fragrant. Combine flour, guar gum, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Add milk and sugar and mix well. Add the melted butter and oil to the batter mixture and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the hot pan. Spoon fruit evenly over batter. Bake until top of cobbler is browned and the batter around the fruit is set–about 50 minutes. Remove when done and cool on wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Serve warm.
If you want to use peaches the original recipe calls for 3 ripe but firm peaches pitted and sliced.

Now on to my menu for this week:) For some reason I am on a black bean kick lately. For today I made Yam and Black Bean Burritos. This combination sounded a little strange to me at first but it was really good. I will try to post the recipe soon.

Monday: Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

I love breakfast for dinner
Tuesday: Quinoa Waldorf Salad, green beans
the rest of the family will also have salmon

Wednesday: Red Beans and Rice

Thursday: Pizza night–I will have homemade GF pizza while the rest of the family has regular.

Friday: Grilled Eggplant and Onions on GF english muffin
rest of the family will have burgers

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