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blog pictures 835I tried a new grain free concoction yesterday. I found this recipe on the SCD web-site and then changed a few things. I have never really thought to put apples and egg together before, but really liked it. You can find the original recipe here. Here is what I did though:)

–cooked 1 green apple cut into small pieces (cooked in a little coconut oil-I also added a little water to the pan to help soften up the apple)

–added cinnamon and 1/4 tsp stevia

–after apple cooked until soft, I added 2 eggs and scrambled it all together

–when done, place in bowl and top with a dollop of yogurt and pecans

Another favorite of mine lately is this:

Coconut milk yogurt w/ frozen berries and pecan piecesI have been loving homemade coconut milk yogurt with frozen cherries and blueberries and then topped with pecan pieces. All I need to say about this is–YUM!

I did get to go skating last night. I still didn’t feel the best, so I would skate a little and rest a lot! Had a good time with my kids and hubby though.

Here are some pics of the fun!

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Me with my oldest son

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Me with my other young'uns

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My hubby and me-again:)

Oh, this was pretty funny. When we paid to go in and I was letting the lady put the arm bracelet on me, she said “You’re going to be brave and try to skate?” Uh, hello–I may be 40, but I’m NOT dead yet!! I DO know how to skate. The most challenging part of the skating was having to go to the bathroom–with skates on:)! My mom’s friend said I must be having a really hard time turning 40 because I wanted to go skating! What is wrong with these people? Am I supposed to stop having fun just because I turned 40? Good grief!!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Did you do anything fun? I’m learning that life goes by too fast to not enjoy it!

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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 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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I was just thinking yesterday about how much fun it would be to actually get to know who is reading my blog(if anyone). I know I get on here and ramble and it is probably more therapeutic to me than anything, but it would still be fun to hear from readers and get to know who you are. I love getting on other blogs and reading all the comments as well as the original post. It makes it feel more like you are really communicating with others that have similar struggles or interest. So, just thought I would see if anyone is out there reading my blog. I would love to hear from you:)

I saw the nutritionist yesterday. It went pretty well. I had only lost a couple of pounds which is pretty good considering all I’ve been struggling with this past month. I have decided not to do the genetic testing. One reason is because the Dr. bills are rolling in! Secondly, I could never go back on gluten and don’t feel like the test would make any difference in my diet. I spoke with another Dr. that I go to church with and he agreed that it was probably pointless to do the test.

I have also decided that following the SCD fanatically is not for me. I will still remain grain free, but I feel like SCD puts more restrictions on me than I can handle. Don’t get me wrong, I feel like the SCD is very beneficial, but all this diet stuff is not easy emotionally. I feel like I need to just figure out what works for me without me having to be so hyper sensitive about my food. Part of this is because of my struggle with anorexia in the past. I can’t afford to put such strict limits on ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ foods. I do know that I can NOT eat anything in it’s raw form right now. I also know that I can not handle grains. I can’t handle whole nuts, but can eat them some if they are ground up. I can’t eat plain dates, but yet I can eat a Lara Bar. I am slowly figuring some things out that seem to be helping my intestines to calm down. I will just keep plugging along with a lot of trial and error until I can finally get to a place where I know what I can and can’t handle. I would love to get to the place where I can just feel ‘normal’ about food and feel good physically.

This morning for breakfast I had some wonderful coconut flour pancakes with blueberries in them. Yum! I am getting ready to pack a picnic lunch to go meet my sister-in-law and all of her girls. It is a gorgeous day out! Enjoy it:)!

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Last week when I went to the Fresh Market on the hunt for Papaya, I also found this Farmer’s Cheese. I was so impressed that it actually said on the package that it meets the SCD guidelines. I have never seen anything that said that on the package. Today, I had some on celery with raisins. I really like it and it is a good replacement for cream cheese. Sadly, I am out of papaya now and can’t find any frozen where I live:( I guess I’ll make another trip to Fresh Market this week.

I still have not officially proclaimed that I am following the SCD, but I think I am. The thing is, I am following it with some minor ‘illegals’. The main thing I will not give up are my vitamins. I just simply can not afford to throw them out and buy SCD legal ones. All of my vitamins are gluten free and don’t seem to hurt me. When I run out, then I will buy SCD vitamins. Other than that, I am pretty much following the diet. I seem to be doing well on the goat yogurt and am not eating very much almond flour yet. I am also trying to eat more fruit this time compared to the last attempt to follow the diet. I got really tired last time on the diet because I don’t think I was eating enough legal carbs. I have also added honey into my diet instead of using stevia. I found local honey at my health food store yesterday for a decent price.
So far, I have seen a little improvement in my stomach issues. It’s really too soon to know if that is from the diet or the medicine the Dr. put me on. I have had some pain and ‘D’ this weekend though. I have not been quiet right since having the small bowel follow through on Friday. I drank the nasty Barium and the nurse said she would be back to get me in 30 minutes to take the first x-ray. The first x-ray was to see where the barium was in my system. Problem was, in 20 minutes, I was already running the the bathroom. In other words, it went straight through me! I read online that this test could take up to 4 hours and it went through me in 20 minutes. Wow! I haven’t heard from the Dr. with results yet but that just doesn’t seem normal to me.

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

Breakfast: goat yogurt smoothie w/ banana & peanut butter
Snack: trail mix(homemade)
Lunch: veggie fritatta, sugar snap peas
Snack: celery w/ farmer’s cheese & raisins
Dinner: will probably have a salad w/ chicken or tuna

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Back to square one

It has been exactly two months since I started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and as of today I am no longer going to be able to do it:( I saw my nutritionist yesterday and she and I both feel like the diet is not working for me. On page 68 of ‘Breaking the Vicious Cycle’, Elaine says “If you see no improvement after a one month trial, the diet will probably not work for you.” Not only has there not been improvement, I have had way more pain than ever. My energy level just kept plummeting and I have been in the bathroom a lot! I tried SO hard to stay positive about the diet and just kept telling myself that it would work if I just stick it out. I did somehow manage to gain 2lbs. despite all the trips to the bathroom, but I just can’t function when my stomach is worse than before I started the diet. I can’t figure out for the life of me why it seems to work for tons of other people but not me. I have done everything to make sure I was following it just right to no avail. So, I went to bed crying last night out of pure frustration and exhaustion. I am frustrated because I feel like I have to start all over at figuring out what works for my body and what doesn’t. When I began this diet, one of the main motivations for doing so was because I felt like my body was having trouble processing starches. This showed up more in the form of symptoms of sugar trouble than stomach trouble. I went to the Dr. back in Sept. to be checked for diabetes. As soon as I started cutting out all the GF starches I was eating, my diabetic symptoms went away completely! That’s when I began reading about different lower carb diets and stumbled across the SCD. It made sense to me as to why my body may not be breaking down the starches and I then began my journey on the SCD. My diabetic symptoms greatly improved but my stomach has paid dearly for it.

Where to now? Well, the first thing I am going to do is add Barleylife back into my diet. This stuff makes a HUGE difference in my energy level. I have gone off of it before only to go back to it after a couple of weeks because I see such a difference. Am I going back to all the GF grains in the form of breads and muffins etc.? NO! My nutritionist recommended that I just add a little quinoa or rice but not go overboard on carbs. One things for sure, I am eating lots of veggies and have learned a lot about carbs and starches. I will also continue making and eating the SCD yogurt. I have gone back to the goat milk yogurt though instead of the nut milk yogurt. I am doing really well with goat milk yogurt and I feel like it can only help my health. The nutritionist also feels like I need to stay away from all nuts and fruit for a bit as I seem to be having so much trouble digesting them. I am still not using honey at all either. I have been using a little stevia and will to continue to do so for a while. My basic plan for now–take Barleylife and a Calcium(have osteopenia) supplement daily, eat goat milk yogurt daily, eat lean meats, lots of fresh cooked veggies, and add small amounts of rice or quinoa. Who knows what may need to change from one day to the next? I sure don’t! I am also trying to walk everyday. I was jogging but had to cut that out due to lack of energy and I think cutting it out helped me gain a couple of pounds. So, I am back to a GF, much lower carb diet than before but no longer comletely grain free. I have to remind myself that God created this body and He knows what is best for me. I have to trust that He will give me wisdom as to how to best care for my health. In light of that, I can take joy in knowing that He cares for me and these last two months have just been a learning experience:)

I am in NO way against the SCD and I do believe that it helps many people with chronic intestinal issues.

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Patience is a Virtue

Since being on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I am learning a lot about myself. I have learned that I don’t have much patience with my body! I find myself getting very frustrated because my body just won’t seem to perform the way I would like it to. I am being forced to take it slow with certain foods and some days I just don’t want to do that:) I was SO excited to get two new cookbooks recently but the problem is, I can’t eat a lot of different things right now. I have not wanted to just introduce one new thing at a time, but want to be able to eat everything that looks good to me. In doing that, I think I am slowing down my progress. So, the last week or so I have tried to chill out a little. I haven’t been submitting my menus to the menu swap because to be honest there isn’t really a lot of variety in my diet right now. I am finding that I do pretty well on meats even after being vegetarian for a while. My body craves meat now:) I am practically living on butternut and acorn squash! I do okay with cooked carrots and greens beans and was actually able to eat cooked kale this weekend which I was very excited about. The rest of my family thought I was crazy. The wonderful fig and walnut bread in my last post is one of those things I am going to have to hold off on:(

I have also discovered that I have a big problem with yeast! I am cutting out all fruit and honey for at least two weeks, which ought to be fun on Thanksgiving:) I don’t usually look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. I love being with family, but it is usually pretty stressful food wise. This year, I am just taking my own meat and squash and am not even going to look at the rest of the food. I may make myself some almond butter cookies without honey, but I don’t know. As Thanksgiving rolls around, I am VERY thankful for my family, my Savior, and the food that I CAN eat. There is more to Thanksgiving than food, and that is what I am focusing on:)

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