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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 on a journey lately to find out what things may be triggering pain in my gut and I have at last pin pointed at least one thing. I am SO SAD to say that I can NOT eat nuts anymore! I had no idea how hard it would be to give up these lovely little crunchy morsels. I LOVE almond butter and just munching on nuts. I love nut flours and nuts in muffins etc. I could just about eat nuts any old way. But, not anymore! I tried soaking and dehydrating them and that didn’t work either. So, I am bummed:( No more almond butter on banana or almond butter sandwiches. At first I thought maybe it was just almonds. I cut them out and was eating pecans with no improvement in my tummy. I cut out ALL nuts and began to feel some relief. I then soaked some pecans and tried them again without success. I don’t think nuts are the only offender, but they are probably the biggest. You know the really sad thing? Before I realized this, I had just ordered 5lbs. of almond flour AND 5lbs. of pecan flour!! I was eating pretty much grain free and was wondering why my tummy just kept getting worse. Oh bother!

I am also cutting out eggs which is making things even trickier. I can’t eat a lot of carbs/grains and am having a very difficult time figuring out what I CAN eat. No raw foods, no eggs, no dairy, no gluten, no nuts, no red meat, no tomato sauces, no corn…The list is overwhelming! My hubby did find some bread that is egg/dairy/gluten free and pretty low-carb. It has 4 grams of protein per slice and doesn’t have a ton of weird ingredients in it. Now, to figure out what to eat on the bread:) I am trying Sunbutter and am hoping that my tummy agrees with that. It taste pretty good too.

I have realized over the last couple of days that I can’t think about any certain diet. It’s not about low-carb for the sake of saying I’m low-carb. My body doesn’t seem to process carbs very well, but I am not following low-carb because it’s the ‘in’ thing to do. I get carbs through fruits and cooked veggies and a ‘few’ grains. It’s not about staying totally grain free if that isn’t what works for my body. I found myself wanting to stay totally grain free because I got it in my head that that was better some how. You see, I have tried EVERY diet in the world and have gone by what everyone else thinks is the ‘best’ diet– low-fat, low-carb, grain free, vegetarian etc. I do think the fewer the grains, the better. But if all I can eat is a good quality piece of bread WITH grains, then that is what I need to eat. I don’t know how to stay grain free with no nut flours, eggs etc. I just need to figure out what works for MY body and it is taking a LONG time and is becoming pretty frustrating.

Thank you for listening:) I know I am rambling a lot today. I guess I just need to vent and get this sorted out in my head.

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