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While we were in Florida last week, my hubby ordered something that I was VERY skeptical about. I told him I don’t know how many times that he probably shouldn’t have ordered it, but the deed was already done. I was thinking there is NO WAY I would use what he ordered–until today. What I am referring to is the P90X system! Now, before you say I’m stupid let me just say that after watching a couple of the workouts, I am pleasantly surprised! Before watching, I was thinking this is going to be WAY too hard core for me. Also, how would I get my love of yoga in, and what if I couldn’t do it or if I push too hard. Well, from what I watched it IS pretty hard core, BUT Tony Horton stresses to do what you can and that’s enough! I like him better already 🙂 One of the things I am MOST excited about is he uses A LOT of YOGA–YEEESSS!!!! Even in the Cardio x, there were sun salutations. 

Another reason I am willing to give this a shot is to have something my hubby and I can work towards together. AND, honestly, I have been in an exercise rut lately. We are hoping to start on Monday, so if you don’t hear anything from me after that–you’ll know I died–lol!!

Changing the subject now, have you ever woke up starving but NOTHING sounded good? That happened to me this morning! I went to the fridge about a dozen times trying to see if anything seemed like it would hit the spot and–nothing. I finally just decided to go with a regular breakfast of eggs and yogurt even though I wasn’t really feeling it.

eggs, soy yogurt w/ sunbutter, 1/2 apple

That was all fine and good but about two hours later I needed 2nd breakfast.

green smoothie minus the greens:)

Since I am not doing spinach any more due to oxalates, I have been making green smoothies with pure spirulina powder. My life without spinach isn’t so bad afterall 🙂 I usually use water, 1 cup fruit, 1 Tbs. ground flax, sunflower seeds, maca powder, spirulina and raw stevia–yummy, and holds me for hours–usually. I have been drinking this and lots of fresh veggie juice since I have been home from vacation and it is really good for my tummy.

Oh, and look what I found at the health food store yesterday–SO excited!

Gluten/Dairy Free Burrito!

I know, it doesn’t take much to excite me! Sometimes I just crave a good burrito! This didn’t stay together very well when I cooked it, but it hit the spot!

see what I mean?--falling apart but oh so tasty!

I was also excited to find these little goodies:

Mini Raw Revolution Bars--how cute is that?!

I LOVE the Raw Revlolution bars but it takes me days to eat one. The mini ones are perfect!

Last but not least, I’ll leave you with a new ADORABLE picture of the babies 🙂 They are growing so fast! I could just sit and watch them forever. TOO CUTE!!

Aren't they the cutest?!

This is the BIGGEST one! Looks just like the mama:)

 Hope everybody has a GREAT FRIDAY!!! I’m SO glad my work week is over and now I have the next FIVE days off–Hallelujah 😉

Have you ever attempted P90X? If so, what were your thoughts?

Any new food finds lately?

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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 😦  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 🙂

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 🙂 Have an awesome Sunday! Take time to recognize the awesomeness of God!!

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I AM POOPED!!!! My week is proving to be a challenge. Something happens when you know you are leaving for a week of bliss and you still have to get through several days of work! UGH 😦 I have to work a half day tomorrow and Friday and then I am out of here! Is Friday EVER going to get here?

I don’t know if I mentioned that we (my hubby and I) are headed to Florida-I mean I know I said we are going to the beach, but I didn’t say where. Of course I HAD to get online and see if there is a Whole Foods anywhere within driving distance. I’m willing to go pretty far, but I don’t think the hubby would like it. Anyway, I am happy to report that there IS a Whole Foods about 25 minutes from where we are staying. Twenty Five minutes is nothing when you live in the country like I do. I’m thinking anniversary dinner at Whole Foods–just kidding 😉 I WILL however eat there at least once and do some shopping.

I just got back from an appointment with my ND. We are trying some new natural stuff for my hormones etc. I haven’t really shared much about all that stuff but my OB/GYN had put me on Vagifem (even though I am not post menopausal yet). She said that it wasn’t absorbed throughout my whole body so it should be perfectly safe. After MUCH reading about it, I have decided I want to stop using it. I have nothing against anyone who chooses to use it, I just don’t feel it is best for me. I’m really praying that the natural stuff will do the trick.

We also talked about oxalates and how they may be affecting my female problems. I have been doing TONS of research about oxalates and found it very interesting that some people with digestive disorders tend to absorb too many oxalates. It’s amazing what all a defective gut can affect! Anyway, the verdict is–watch oxalates pretty closely, but can have higher oxalate foods occasionally. I also learned that if I am going to eat high oxalate foods, I should make sure and drink plenty of water before and after eating to help flush the oxalates out. I haven’t had spinach in DAYS!! I did have some raw almonds today but that was the only food relatively high in oxalates that I had.

Sorry this is a boring pictureless post, but I haven’t even been able to think about stopping to take pictures–just trying to get through my days!

FRIDAY WHERE ARE YOU? Can’t wait for some R&R! 🙂

I think I will have computer access while I’m away, but not sure how much time I will want to spend in front of technology. I’ll update a little here and there if I can. Have a GREAT rest of the week and weekend!!

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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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Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and I have been loving some new recipes! First of all, I am happy to say I made it through the holiday without even sniffing gluten or sugar! Yay me 😉 I was a little lot worried that I would not be able to resist all the traditional food. So, I made sure to take my own and basically stayed away from the large table of food at my mom’s. I have been learning more about the anti-candida diet and really prayed hard that God would help me stick to it! He answered my prayer 🙂

My Thanksgiving day started off with a yummy HOT breakfast–southwestern style. I have realized that I do much better with a BIG HOT breakfast–not cold and raw (more about that later). Here are a few I have been enjoying.

1 egg + 2 whites, cooked peppers, onions and black beans over spinach

More eggs, peppers, onions and black beans over spaghetti sqaush

Coconut flour pancakes with Sweet Almond Sauce--OMG!!

Did I mention I have a new BFF? I don’t think she knows it yet, but Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs is saving my life with this Anti-Candida thing!! Thanks a million Ricki! I still have SO many more recipes to explore! The recipe for the Sweet Almond Sauce is here and it is to die for!!

Lunch on Thanksgiving day was:

Kale Salad with Sweet Potato Fries

These recipes were also on Ricki’s blog🙂 I’m afraid sweet tators may be out for me for a while though–they make me crave sugar! UGH!

Dinner on Thanksgiving:

Anti-Candida Stew

Yet another wonderful recipe from Diet, Dessert and Dogs! I used quinoa instead of rice and I did put the sweet potato, but will probably leave it out next time. I took this with me to my mom’s and didn’t touch anything else. I KNEW if I took even ONE bite of the traditional food, my taste buds would go BONKERS and I would be in trouble!

Dessert on Thanksgiving:

Tofu Carob Pudding (sugar free:)

I’m still not sure that tofu works for me, but it was certainly better than eating sugar and gluten. Tofu doesn’t make my stomach hurt, but I have noticed some unpleasant reactions to it. I think it is worth eating occasionally, but I couldn’t eat it every day.

So, basically, Ricki saved my Thanksgiving. I LOVE the blogging world. We have never even met and yet blogs are SO helpful!

Just a quick note about the raw diet in my life. I went to the ND the other day and she and I both think it is best if I just concentrate on staying away from sugar and gluten. With my past eating history, too many rules was REALLY freaking me out! Food was VERY quickly becoming my enemy and I just can NOT go there again. So, I will eat raw when I want (like kale salad) and cooked when I want. I’m sure it will be more cooked than raw and that has to be okay–if for no other reason than to keep my sanity! Eating disorders are a powerful form of bondage that I don’t want any part of–EVER AGAIN!! I have to see food as fuel and as my friend,and I wasn’t seeing it that way when trying to follow so many rules. I am feeling MUCH better emotionally since coming to this place with my diet 😀 I know there are rules to follow on the anti-candida diet, but I think it is easier than trying to do mostly raw. I’m not much into raw eggs, but have been loving them scrambled for my breakfast!

Better run now. I think my daughter and I are going to try to go to a movie today and maybe do a little window shopping 🙂 Hope you have a blessed weekend!


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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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