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Hubby and I went on a date night last night to a place called Bull and Bones. I had looked online before we went and it said ‘gluten free friendly’ so I thought this would be a great place to go! We got there and asked the waiter if he could tell me what was gluten free. He went to ask and returned and proceeded to tell me that all of their steaks were gluten free–duh, and all their ribs were gluten free if you didn’t get the b’bcue sauce, yada, yada, yada. Problem:1) I do not like steak–I may taste a steak once a year–or less! 2) You could not pay me to eat ribs–tried them–once¬† 3) was NOT in the mood for a salad or chicken. Actually, I wasn’t in the mood for ANYTHING on the menu!! So, what did I order–absolutely NOTHING!! I figured why pay anywhere from $12-$15 for something I don’t even want. Hubby got his ribs and fries and I sat and enjoyed my water. I felt very weird because everyone kept looking at me like I was an outcast! I have never done this before in my whole life, but I was glad I didn’t eat just for the sake of eating.

After hubby ate, we needed to find something that I DID want to eat. We went in an ice cream place, a chocolate store, and a smoothie place and still-NOTHING! Can you believe it? We made our way to the health food store across the street and I FINALLY settled on some millet and flax crackers and hummus. I could eat hummus anytime!

millet and flax cracker with hummus

That hit the spot and I had it again for lunch today:) I also did end up getting a piece of chocolate at the health food store.

umm--yumm!!

I was craving peanut butter, which is kind of weird because I never eat it, but I went with it. I had a few nibbles of this last night and few more at lunch today. I’m trying to make it last ūüėČ

Later, before we came home, I¬†got a small cup of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cups in it. This was at a¬†different ice cream place than we first went in. It’s called Cold Stone and they have the BEST chocolate ice cream!¬†I don’t know what’s up with the chocolate and peanut butter craving, but it sure did taste good! I was completely satisfied after eating what I really wanted instead of settling for an expensive meal that didn’t appeal to me. I am trying to learn to really pay attention to what my body is craving and I think it is helping me. I’m not as worried about food rules etc. and I didn’t feel one bit guilty over the ice cream!! I can have treats in moderation and there is NOTHING wrong with that ūüôā

Have you ever gone out to eat and then ordered nothing?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

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3 new babies:)

My cat Lyla had her babies while we were in Florida! She had three little cuties and she is being such a good mama ūüôā Now time to schedule a spaying!

I have had a VERY hard time getting back to real life since arriving home on Sunday afternoon–hence the no blogging. I want to say ‘THANK YOU’ for the supportive comments on my last post.

My vacation was total bliss but my tummy ended up a WRECK!! We ate out way more than I anticipated and even though I tried to eat ‘safe’ foods, you just never know what you are truly getting when eating out. I did however find a really cool place called Cosimos that had a full gluten free menu. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Look what I got:

and this: gluten free carrot cake

Gluten Free carrot cake!

This was by far the best meal I had while on vacation! I really splurged here with grains and dairy, but by this point, my gut was rebelling against everything I ate. So, I figured why not enjoy it 8) Hubby and I ate the leftover pizza for lunch the next day before hitting the road.

Here are some random pics of the week:

We watched the sunset almost every evening–breath taking!!

watched the sunset almost every evening-breath taking!

20 YEARS and counting:)

Twenty years and counting!!

 We really had such a great time and I am SO thankful we had the opportunity to go. But, back to real life means back to work so I better scoot.

Ephesians 5:31 ” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

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HI all my bloggy¬†friends!! I’m so glad I finally figured out how to get on my blog. I tried last night and had trouble logging in. I am in Florida and using someone else’s computer. Therefore, pictures will have to wait until I get home ūüė¶¬† That’s a shame because I had a¬†wonderful meal at none other than Whole Foods yesterday! If you don’t know already, we don’t have a Whole Foods anywhere near where I live so it’s a real treat when I get to go to one.

We arrived here yesterday around 1:30pm. We drove as far as we could on Friday until hubby got too tired. We stayed in a little rinky¬†dink motel and started again the next day. On the way down Friday, we ate at Mcallister’s. I got a salad with grilled chicken, cranberries, almonds etc. It was REALLY good!

Yesterday, my eating got screwed up a little just because of wanting to get here. We basically skipped lunch which is never good. By the time we ate, I was starving to say the least! That’s where Whole Foods came into the picture! Just for record, my meal weighed in more than my hubby’s! Told ya I was starving!!¬†We then had to go grocery shopping. I did get a few goodies at WF but not anything to feed us for the week. It’s so funny when hubby and I go grocery shopping together. We eat totally different! So, I pretty much get everything I need (a.k.a. LOTS of veggies and some fruit) and then he picks out what he wants (a.k.a. frozen pizza, chicken patties etc.) He did say he was going to eat salads with me for lunch though, so that’s a start ūüôā

After getting settled a little, we headed to watch the sunset on the beach. It was breathtaking!!¬† Can’t wait to show you all the pictures that we will have by the time we get home!

I got up and went for a walk/run this morning while he is enjoying some much needed¬†rest. He’s still sleeping–hence the time on the computer for me. I think I need to get out earlier tomorrow morning, because I’m tellin’ ya the humidity will get ya! I was SO tempted to take my shirt off!!

I’m getting ready to go have a green smoothie minus the greens! Spinach is a long lost¬†friend now due to it’s HIGH¬†oxalate levels, but¬†I can still have a green smoothie. I’m using¬†pure, raw,¬†dark green spirulina¬†powder. My kids say the powder is so dark it looks black! It is very good for you, high in protein and chlorophyll.¬†I plan on sharing more about this smoothie at another time.

Well, hubby is awake and that’s my cue to get off of here. I’ll be updating while here, but like I said–no pics until I get back. Sorry about that! I tried everything I knew last night and could not get it to work. I think I need to have the software for my camera on this computer and I don’t.

Later Tators ūüôā Have an awesome Sunday! Take time to recognize¬†the awesomeness of God!!

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Hello all you lovely bloggers/readers! First of all, I am officially 40!! My B-day wasn’t exactly what I had planned because I woke up with a TERRIBLE bladder infection! Wow–talk about PAIN ALL day long! But, I was able to go to a really cool vegetarian restaurant for dinner. By the way, this post will be picture-less because my camera battery is DEAD and I didn’t realize it until it was too late to charge it:( Anyway, I was a little a lot concerned about my hubby going to this veggie place. He is all about the meat and tators! After looking the menu over, he decided to get grilled Salmon with asparagus and roasted sweet potatoes–there’s his tators. He ended up LOVING it!! He just went on and on about how yummy it was. Well, he didn’t exactly use the word ‘yummy’, but he raved about it none the less. I got a tofu and veggie dish that was to die for! The waitress made sure it was gluten free and I ordered it without the rice. It had this amazing sauce that had kind of a peanutty taste but was a little spicy too. All I can say is YUM! I thought I might try to recreate a dish similar to this at home. I’m pretty sure Heather has a sauce recipe that would be great–like tahini:)

Okay, on to the ‘I think I’ve got it’ part of my post. I have been taking a break from blogging a bit lately. Part of my reason was to have more time for other things, but I have also really been trying to figure out what works for my body. Sometimes, when reading a lot of other blogs, I can get a little sidetracked from what is best for ME. I tend to follow the crowd more times than not and it was getting me in trouble. So, after less blogging/reading, I think I have a semi-plan that will work for ME. Here are the basics:

1- I have finally accepted the fact that my body can NOT handle grains of any kind! I know grains are not bad themselves and carbs are not bad. But, MY body does NOT like them no matter how much I tried to make it conform to what I wanted! Therefore, I am now on a totally grain free diet. I could tell a difference in TWO days of cutting them out:)

2- I have also learned that I can not do sugar of any kind–no agave, honey, etc. I have only been using Stevia and am a-okay:) I can have really dark chocolate though!!:) YeeHaa!

3- Fruits: cherries, blueberries, strawberries–okay all berries, green apples(tart), and very small amounts of banana every few days.

4-Veggies: all veggies except potatoes, yams, and corn. Do NOT do well with starches! Veggie choices are endless and I LOVE trying new ones!! Still juicing some and making sure I eat some raw veggies every day.

5-Dairy: the jury is still out on dairy! I have started introducing homemade yogurt that is fermented 24 hours the SCD way. Once it ferments that long it is virtually lactose free. I do a little Parmesan and other than that, that’s about it for now. I have mostly been making homemade coconut milk yogurt, but hopefully can handle the organic cow milk some too.

6-Protein: I have decided that a vegetarian diet is what feels best to me. I will have eggs occasionally because I feel like my body needs them. I have been back and forth about the whole soy debate and have decided that a little soy once or twice a week should be fine. I also do really well with beans that have been soaked 24 hours and had the water changed several times during the soaking. Soaking breaks down a lot of the starches and they are a good source of protein.

7-Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are also good sources of protein. I have found that I can do pecans and a smidgen of almond butter every now and then. I can make grain free bread from pecan flour that is really yummy! I also do well with sunflower and pumpkin seeds–and of course, LOVE sunbutter!

8-Fats: nuts/seeds, coconut milk, coconut oil, olive oil

9-Exercise: Can’t forget exercise! Yoga is what I LOVE best, but have found that I also like doing walking/running intervals. Nothing too long or strenuous, but enough to get my heart pumping. Usually, thirty minutes on the treadmill 3-4 days a week is what feels best to me. More than that really seems to bring me down physically.

I think that about covers it! I know this was really long, but it helps me to get it on ‘paper’. Hopefully, I will start posting some yummy grain free recipes soon:) Have a lovely weekend! I’m hoping I get to go skating tonight since I didn’t feel like it on my B-day.

P.S. Thank you SO much for your comments and support over the loss of my dog:) Still missing him like crazy!

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I have been having a blast lately! If any of you read Heather’s blog, you know by now that I was in Nashville last week.¬† What a TREAT! My hubby had to go to some classes for his job and I got to tag along. This is the first time since having kids that we got away for a whole week–alone:)

I want to back up first though and show you some hotel yoga from the weekend before while I was in Charlotte:

teaching my friend some yoga--in street clothes--in the hotel floor:)

teaching my friend some yoga--in street clothes--in the hotel floor:)

She's NOT dead--just learning to relax!

She's NOT dead--just learning to relax!

feels SO good to stretch

feels SO good to stretch

Okay, back to Nashville!

Enjoyed every minute with my hubby:)

Enjoyed every minute with my hubby:)

Got to spend a day with Heather--Thanks HEAB's!!!

Got to spend a day with Heather--Thanks HEAB's!!!

We enjoyed a 90 minute Vinyasa yoga class first. Then we headed to Whole Foods–my first time!!!

Whole Foods Heaven!

Whole Foods Heaven!

I ate here THREE times while in Nashville. My hubby is glad we DON’T have one where we live–he said he couldn’t afford it:)

After Whole Foods, we headed to Trader Joe’s–another first for me!

TJ's stash--had to refrain from buying the whole store!

TJ's stash--had to refrain from buying the whole store!

Sadly, these are almost gone:( They are YUMMO!

Sadly, these are almost gone:( They are YUMMO!

I also had my first trip to the Cheesecake factory:

Grilled Mahi Mahi with steamed veggies--fed me for two days!

Grilled Mahi Mahi with steamed veggies--fed me for two days!

Here are a couple of pics of the retreat center we stayed at(Scarritt Bennett):

Beautiful Cathedral

Beautiful Cathedral

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Loved all the stone buildings

Loved all the stone buildings

I’m glad to be home, but reality hit just a little too fast.

While I was away, I decided to relax more about my food–a.k.a. less raw.¬† I think the season is changing where my diet is concerned. Today, I ate about 50/50–raw/cooked. I’m just trying to have a healthy relationship with food–whatever that looks like. I realized while I was away how many ‘rules’ I have been trying to follow. Why do I have to be such a rule person?! So, trying to relax and rethink some things about my diet. One thing I DO know for sure is that I HAVE to stay away from sugar!! I ate too much while I was gone and it REALLY got to me. I also ate more grains and was feeling really out of sorts by the end of the week. That really makes me sad–no matter how much I try to tell my body that it likes grains–it just won’t listen!!

Tried a new dish for dinner tonight but will have to share that later. This turned out to be really long. Hope you enjoy the pics.

Question: Are you a ‘rule’ follower? If so, how do you ‘let go’ of so many ‘rules’?

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My hubby and I ended up going to Gatlinburg, TN for our over-nighter! We had a really good time, but I didn’t take a single picture of my food because it really wasn’t anything to write home about. I did learn a very important lesson though–THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN FOOD/EATING:) I seem to have forgotten that lately as I am trying to figure out how to get well. It seems that my brain has been overloaded with thoughts of what I can and can not eat. So, hubby didn’t want me to pack any food for our trip. That was a HUGE stretch for me! I did however manage to take along my Sunbutter and a little Gluten Free Sprouted Bread. I had taken the bread to my ND appt.(more about that another day) to see if she thought I could start eating some occasionally.
I mainly survived on salad while we were away–by salad, I mean very plain simple ones that my body could digest. Still not able to eat certain veggies raw. I realized while eating salads at restaurants that fresh organic veggies are SO much better and worth the price! We couldn’t find (due to time and fighting traffic) any really nice or unique places to eat, so that left us with pretty ordinary choices. My first meal(salad:) was at Shoney’s. Let me just say, it wasn’t even worth chewing. Everything tasted ‘dead’ compared to the fresh organic produce that I am used to having at home.
I also ate some of my bread and Sunbutter and we picked up a few things at Kroger. Saturday afternoon was extremely hot and I wanted ice cream!! The ND said I could start having a little agave and I already could have coconut milk. Do you know what that leads to? Coconut milk ice cream of course! We bought a pint and sat outside and ate the whole thing–so much for a little agave. Hey, when you have been living on non-filling, tastless salads–some ice cream is a must!
We walked around all the shops in Gatlinburg until about 3pm and decided it was time to get out of the heat. We headed towards home, but made a pit stop first to see this little beauty:
Reagan Rene'

Reagan Rene'

4 days old:)

4 days old:)

This is my cousin’s daughter’s baby. They live in Kingsport, TN which is where I was born:) These are the only blog worthy pictures I took while I was away.
All in all, we had a very relaxing weekend. I may not have had all the foods I would normally have at home, but I was content–even with tasteless salads. I was just glad to be with my husband and away from all the things at home that require so much attention and work. My tummy was out of whack by the time we got home but I was okay with that. I am really trying to learn to relax about my health and to enjoy life going on around me:) This trip was VERY good for me!
What was the highlight of your weekend?
p.s. For some reason this is not putting spaces between my paragraghs! Sorry if it’s hard to read:)

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My husband and I went out of town this weekend to celebrate our 18th anniversary. Wow! Eighteen years! We went to historic Lexington Virginia. One of my wishes for the weekend was to be able to travel without taking my own food. I’m sure many of you fellow Celiacs would agree that having to take food everywhere you go gets a little aggravating sometimes. So, we headed out Friday afternoon with no food except a protein bar I had in my purse. A friend of mine told us about a restaurant they had eaten at before that sounded really interesting. I love to go to places I’ve never been before and places that are one of a kind. I mean not like Applebees etc. that are all over the place. The restaurant was called the ‘Sheridan Livery Inn’. There wasn’t really a lot to choose from that was specifically vegetarian and of course there was nothing labeled gluten free. I saw a sandwich that sounded really good, but of course a sandwich has bread. I decided to order the sandwich without the bread. I think the waiter got a little confused by that request. The filling for the sandwich was grilled vegetables topped with cheese and a balsamic sauce. I don’t normally eat much cheese, but I figured I better just be glad to have something without gluten. I had sweet potato fries with my sandwich filling and they were really yummy! I will be making these at home very soon:)
After eating my main meal, the waiter brought out the dessert menu. I typically don’t even look at the dessert menu. It was so funny though that as soon as he sat the dessert menu down the word ‘flourless’ caught my eye. They had a chocolate torte on the menu that was Belgium dark chocolate and cream, but NO flour! I got so excited I could barely keep from jumping up and down. How often do people with celiac get to go out and find a dessert that is safe? I had to have the dessert! It was everything my taste buds hoped it would be. I asked my husband if he thought I could lick the plate:) Problem was, this was no McDonalds, so I refrained from looking like a desperate chocolate freak.

We went to another restaurant on Saturday for lunch that was also good. There I just had black beans and rice with homemade salsa and tortilla chips. This was good but it was also something that I have a lot at home. For the rest of our meals, we made do by picking up a few things at Kroger and there was a local health food store where I got GF cereal to have for breakfast. It was so nice not having to pack ahead of time for our weekend and I ate delicious food that I didn’t have to cook or clean up after. Traveling without food is not something I will get in the habit of doing, but it was nice to get away with it for one weekend.

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