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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 🙂 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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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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