Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sweet tooth.

This post is not about decorating for Valentine's day,
but I pulled some photos from my blog archive to honor this sweet holiday.

Anybody who's followed my blog knows that I have a sweet tooth.

Mmmmmmm.  Buttery, sugary, melt-in-your-mouth caramels.

Chocolate is my favorite.

Eating a gluten free and dairy free diet hasn't cured me of my hankering
for something sweet.  In fact, I've concocted a few recipes without
those ingredients that are mi-t-fine, if I do say so myself.

The holidays are especially difficult for me.   It's a slippery slope when baking and
cooking for others.  This year I lost all self-control and found myself
gobbling down cookies, fudge, candy, name it, I ate it.

A few weeks ago I went in for my yearly physical.  Eating a modified Paleo diet
 for almost 3 years has all but cured my IBS, but I still have a number of 
inflammatory/autoimmune symptoms that are troubling.  My doctor told me my lab numbers
 are excellent, but then she asked me the million dollar question.

How much sugar do I consume?
   Ehem......I had to fess up.

I eat a lot of sugar.

So, she challenged me to do The Whole 30.
30 days.
No sugar.  No artificial sugar.  No natural sugar.  No bacon or sausage cured with sugar.
No butter.  No grains.  No corn.  No legumes.  Yada yada yada.

I've already given up most of the prohibited foods, because I've found they're
my IBS triggers.  My lunch and dinner will remain relatively the same,
but breakfast is another story.  I tried the Whole 30 a few years back
but I failed miserably because although I love veggies,
I can't quite get my mind around eating them for breakfast.

What that means is, more Cheerios for breakfast!!!!!

Well, I've started the Whole 30.

On day 3, I was in tears trying to choke down my veggie egg bake
with 5 (yes 5!) veggies.  Spinach, broccoli, zucchini, and red and green peppers.
For breakfast!

I was ready to call it quits.


  I noticed that after only a few days of no Cheerios (the only grain in my diet)
my stomach was almost flat. I really thought I was okay with eating gluten free cereal,
but obviously not.   Maybe I  can do this!

I entered day 4 with a new attitude.  In desperation, I found a Whole 30
compliant sweet potato and apple dish with eggs and coconut milk that
when eaten hot with almond milk, is similar to oatmeal.
(I undercooked my sweet potato for more texture.)

The recipe can be found here.

A half serving of this makes my half serving of
Oscar's Mean Green Compost Casserole (what I call that thing on my plate)
almost palatable.


 ( The recipe can be found here. )

I try to avoid chewing it, which is against all rules,
but it's the only way I can force it down. A cup of coffee helps, too.

Black coffee and tea are allowed.

I'm not doing the Whole 30 as a fad diet, although weight loss is a fringe benefit.
I truly hope I reap enough benefits to keep me on track
 with healthy eating habits for life.

It's not easy, but I'm taking it one step at a time.

I guess you could say I'm my newest fixer upper.

9 days down and counting!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Valentine's Day!

If you've got issues of your own,
here are a few books I've read to help me on this journey:

A special thank you to my life coaches, Julie and Megan,
for inspiring me and helping me to see the humor
 when I get overwhelmed by it all.
xxoo, Mom

Monday, January 30, 2017

Skip to my loo.

I made a list of things I want to complete before summer
and I've already crossed off number one.

It may not sound like much of an accomplishment,
but just imagine giving 6 of these chairs (1,000,000 spindles)
 2 coats of chalk paint.  Yeah.

This was the first thing on my list after I saw how bad they looked
when I set up my dining room for Christmas dinner.  They were all
different shades of white, and 2 of them had just a coat of primer.
There are only 2 chairs alike, but now at least they're all the same color.

August 2011
Our dining room in my early days of blogging.

What a difference a few coats of paint can make!

Since I had paint left over,
I gave the two dressers and drop leaf table their first
coat of paint and this is how they've sat for 2 weeks,
because I'm already onto a new project.
(I've completely given up on being focused.)

Number 2.  he he
  We are on day three of wallpaper removal.

I hated the wallpaper (already removed in this photo) in this bathroom from first sight,
but it's taken me over 12 years to tackle this project,
because I knew exactly what to expect.....

.......hours of scrubbing to remove wallpaper glue, followed by sanding,
priming, and a skim coat of mud on the plaster walls.
  Messy, messy, messy.

This photo is from a thousand years ago, and it's hard to tell,
but the wallpaper was a faux sponge paint purplish pinkish beige.  Yuck.
It clashed with the tile that I'm not fond of either and I'm currently
researching the pros and cons of painting the ceramic wall tile white.
 The truck is going bye-bye, along with all my turquoise thingies.

The beige floor tile is staying.

We installed the reproduction medicine cabinet, pedestal sink, and new toilet,
so it's just the walls and window trim that need work....
and the window that was installed a number of years ago will finally be painted.

All work and no play make this Ranger cranky,
so in the evenings I've been working on this......

 Making the squares is fiddly work, but crocheting them together
is sort of like putting together a great big puzzle.
It's very relaxing to do after a long day at work.

I'm pretty sure somebody in this house would rather see a different
sort of spread on the dining room table, but since it's
temporarily out of commission, I believe we'll be dining out tonight.

Works every time.  :o)

Thanks for visiting!

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