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I am home alone this afternoon! I think a nap and some yoga are in my near future. I just had to get on here and share what  a GREAT sermon we had at church today. The message was about abiding in Christ (John 15:1-5). I came away feeling very encouraged because I don’t have to strive and struggle in my life! Whew! I just need to abide in HIM and I WILL bear much good fruit 😉

I do have a couple of meals to share with you, but will keep it short and simple.

First, I made (almond flour) sugar free chocolate chip scones yesterday that were to die for!

I started out planning to make cranberry scones by adapting a recipe from ‘The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook’ by Elana Amsterdam. Somehow, they turned into sugar free chocolate chip scones–I have no idea how that happened, but they sure were tasty.

Then for dinner last night (and lunch today) I found a new favorite!

This is spaghetti squash with green onions, red pepper, diced chicken breast and a teeny bit of montery jack cheese. I don’t normally eat cheese, but I think I’m okay with a couple of tablespoons 😉

Okay, so maybe I have two new favorites! I have been eating this salad a lot latey too!

Spinach, romaine, broccoli, red peppers, green onions, organic canned chicken with avocado. I usually also have a few baby carrots on the side. Makes a perfect quick, simple lunch!

I’m still in awe at how well the ear staples are working for me. I’m not craving sugar and am feeling better than I have in ages!! I guess if God can use a donkey(Numbers 22:21-32), he can use ear staples 🙂

I’m off to take that nap now!


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Hi everyone! I can’t believe it has been at least a week and a half since I last posted!! Man, time flies when your having fun busy. This post may be a little random because I have several things to share that are not related to each other at all 🙂

The first bit of interesting news is that I got my ears pierced stapled! No, I am not some kind of hippy or anything. These staples are a form of acupuncture that you leave in. You can read about it here.

If you read about ear stapling, you would see that a lot of people do it to try to lose weight. That is NOT why I had it done. It is not just for weight loss. My ND recommended it to help balance my hormones and energy and to help with sugar cravings. She obviously thought it would be very beneficial to me because she did it for FREE! I probably wouldn’t have had it done if I had to pay for it, but I figure if it’s free it’s not going to hurt to try. At least I know she wasn’t just trying to sell me something 🙂 Speaking of hurting, you may be wondering if it hurt. Umm, yeah! Not extrememly bad pain, but enough. It hurt worse after it was over and they (I have one in each ear) were very tender for several days. The worst part was when I would forget they were there and go to scratch my ear! NOT good! I also had some trouble sleeping with them in the first couple of nights.

So, today is day seven since having this done and what have I noticed? The first thing I noticed was a decrease in depression! That alone is fabulous! Then I started to notice an increase in energy–woohoo! I kept wondering when the sugar cravings would improve. The first few days I could still be very tempted by sugar.  On about day 4, I noticed a dramatic improvement in my cravings! THAT IS A MIRACLE!!  You guys probably have NO idea the struggles I have had with sugar cravings. That’s not something I really talk about on my blog. All in all, I think the staples are helping me and it was worth the momentary pain 🙂

Okay, enough about my ears! I have been following a low-carb diet due to candida and I was SO excited to find this new protein powder yesterday!

This is Healthy N’ Fit protein powder and it is 100% egg white protein. What made me so excited about this powder is the fact that it only has stevia in it for a sweetener. So many other protein powders still have fructose etc. in them! It is also loaded with amino acids. How does it taste? YUMMY!! I had my first smoothie with it this afternoon.

This is a spinach smoothie with almond milk, a few frozen cranberries and 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt added in. Perfect! Now, I know there are a lot of Jay Robb fans (Hi Heather🙂 out there, but this stuff is cheaper! At my Kroger, Jay Robb is $22.00 for 10 servings. The Healthy N’ Fit was $35.00 for 34 servings!! I have to go with the cheaper! I have never tasted Jay Robb due to the cost, but I really felt like this was worth it.

I have been feeling great on a low-carb diet (and the staples:)! I am doing yoga some and some other workouts–like the FIRM. I really want to feel stronger! I think I am what a lot of people would call ‘skinny fat’. I’m at a low weight, but don’t have a lot of muscle. Hopefully, my diet and exercising will help me gain some of the muscle I lost when I was struggling with an eating disorder. I have been thinking about doing the P90X workouts. I’m not trying to get ‘ripped’ or anything, just stronger with less fat and more muscle. Anybody ever done those? What were your thoughts? I really don’t want to kill myself! I am also wondering if I do harder workouts, will it make my weight go up due to gaining muscle. If it does, that’s okay, as long as I know it’s from muscle and not overeating or gaining fat! Would appreciate your input 😉

This post is getting pretty long, but Clare gave me a sweet blog award about two weeks ago and I am just now getting to it!! Terrible, I know! I am supposed to tell 7 random things about myself so here goes.

1-I am pretty OCD about some things but not others. For ex. I HATE crooked pics, open cabinet doors and I CAN NOT buy something that is dented!! But, as for keeping my house spotless–I gave up on that years ago!!

2-I have homeschooled my (3) children most of their lives. MANY ups and downs on that one–mostly ups though 😉

3- I LOVE animals!! We have three dogs, two cats and two turtles (those are my daughter’s) I think she loves animals even more than me!

4-I am a book addict!! Mostly cookbooks, as you know if you have been reading my blog long.

5-I LOVE fried okra, but sadly can’t eat it anymore! Hey, maybe I can make it and coat it in almond flour!

6- I HATE beets and kombucha!

7-I was born three days before my brother’s first birthday. I bet he thought that was the WORST present EVER!

Thanks Clare for thinking of me. I give this award to anyone who has never received it before 😉 

Sorry this post was SO long! I’ll try to post more often so this doesn’t happen again. I really like to keep it short and simple 🙂 

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Okay, so I have been on the computer a lot more lately. Why? Well, basically because when I  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

25  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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I have fallen a little behind in my blogging lately. I have had some health issues going on that have kind of kept me pre-occupied. I finally went to the Dr. Monday and was actually checked for Diabetes. I had so many of the symptoms that even the Dr. was pretty convinced that it is was a possibility. The good news is-I DON’T have Diabetes. The bad news-not knowing what IS going on with my body. I have been playing with my diet a little and doing a LOT of research about different low-carb diets, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the No Flour/No Sugar diet and The Schwarzbein Principal. Now, I have NEVER bought into the low-carb craze for weight loss. I successfully lost 30 lbs. when my daughter was about 2 and I did not restrict carbs at all. I do see that cutting carbs can cause weight loss though. I lost weight last week without meaning to and am now trying to figure out a good balance in my diet to get to a healthy weight(I am currently underweight). The only reason I am looking into low-carb is because I am noticing a difference in how I feel. Due to my health concerns, I have also added meat back in. I know I said a few weeks ago that I just couldn’t do it, but I felt like I HAD to get more protein and that it needed to be animal protein. For the past week, I have been eating no sugar and no flour and adding lean meat, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese etc. I have made a couple of recipes with almond flour and have been extremely pleased. I have been using Stevia for a sweetener. I am feeling better each day. My energy crashes that were almost debilitating have reduced significantly.

So, in light of all of these changes to my diet, I have not been very creative in the kitchen. I am highly dependant on finding recipes already laid out for me. Any major change in diet takes a while to get used to. I am looking forward to feeling more confident in how to feed my body in the healthiest way possible. I am realizing more and more that I am the only one that can really be responsible for the care of my body. I am also realizing that what may be good for someone else may not be good for me. This is very freeing to me! I don’t have to follow so-and-so’s diet, but I need to do what is best for ME. I’m anxious to learn more about how to cook with no flour or sugar:) Hope all is well with you readers out there!

I did not put links in this post but there is plenty of info. online if you are interested in any of the “diets” I mentioned. I’m warning you though, it can be mind boggling and really hard on the eyes to do as much reading on the computer as I have done:) Have fun!

Additional note: I felt like I needed to come back to this post and explain that while I mentioned that I am not eating flour or sugar, I am not necessarily following ‘The No Flour, No Sugar Diet’ by Dr. Gott’s. I am gleaning from all that I am reading and researching and taking what I think is best for me and leaving the rest. It’s like a trip to the grocery store–you buy what you need and leave the rest on the shelf. Figuring out what is best for our individual bodies is a process. I am focusing on one day at a time and may need to tweak things as I go. I also realize that there are MANY vegetarians and vegans that are perfectly healthy, but for some unknown reason, my body did not seem to thrive that way.

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