Archive | July, 2010

What would you do?

29 Jul

So, if you were averaging 7 exercise classes a week and eating very healthfully, please tell me what you would do.

The Prednisone has definitely made me pack on some lbs.  Only 2 weeks, and I am just plain chubbier.  Not huge fat…just chunkier.  (gross word, right)

Now remember, I can’t eat corn or gluten (wheat).  So it is not like my options are very large to begin with.

So here is my question…would YOU:

1) Starve yourself to avoid any extra weight?

2) Keep eating as healthy as always, and still allow yourself healthy dessert options?

3) Feel sorry for yourself b/c you are gaining weight without your control and therefore, eat more?

Because my MIND tells me that I am a hardcore #1.

My sad heart tells me I am a hardcore #3.

Yet I find myself as a #2.

The problem is that I feel guilty now when I have something like a glass of wine or coconut milk ice cream.  Like somehow I no longer deserve the fun, finer things in life.

People keep telling me I can control this disease if I just eat right.  *sigh*  I would love to know what right is for me.

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Is that light I see?????

28 Jul

I think I may be seeing light at the end of this flare’s tunnel!!!  It seems to be letting up a bit.  While I still have spells where I almost pass out while teaching, my other symptoms are lessening.  I still need a lot of sleep, but we are talking 30 minute naps as opposed to 2 hour naps.  I still get overheated, but it is only once or twice a day. My brain is still just as foggy (as evidenced by my falling down my stairs the other day, and all of the other blunders that are taking place) but my fevers are down.

I am hopeful!  Pray on, people!

Raspberry Banana Muffins (gluten free)

24 Jul

I woke up feeling sad that I have not cooked for my family in a long time the way I used to.  And lately, I don’t ever have my kids with me in the kitchen.  So while Luck mowed the lawn, we made brunch.  I am on a hunt for new, good, gluten free recipes.

I like to use oat flour.  I have found that it does not taste gritty at all, like lots of gf flours do…it tastes like you are eating white flour!  And is much healthier.

I am no photographer!  My post is not an attempt to be like PW…that, my friends, is simply a dream.  But I actually love evaluating recipes based on seeing all the ingredients together.  I can decide quickly if I will like it.

Sorry…Reid is still in his boxers here.  It is what it is.  🙂

This was Dani’s first time to actually cook on the stove.  After helping with the muffins, she took on the apple sausage.  I would post it, too…but it was not all that good. (SHE did a great job of flipping and heating, the actual brand of organic apple chicken sausage was less than wonderful)

Dry ingredients –
-2 cups gluten free oat flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1 cup raspberries

Wet ingredients-
-3 tbls oil (optional)
-4 tbls maple syrup (optional)
-2 mashed ripe bananas
-1 cup milk
-1 tsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350

Add the lemon juice to the milk and let it sit while you do the next step.
Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix the berries with the dry ingredients.
Mix the rest of the wet ingredients together and then mix them together with the flour and berries. Be careful so that you don’t overmix which will result in not so good muffins.

Bake for 40 minutes or more….ours took quite a while.

They are MUCH flatter looking.  Certainly not the picture of muffin perfection.  But who cares when they taste good?!?!

The verdict:  We really liked them!  I love that the only sweetener in them is maple syrup.  They have the goodness of oat flour, bananas, raspberries, & coconut oil.  I did not tell my kids they were healthy so that they would evaluate them fairly and both they and Luck gave them great reviews!

If your family is used to boxed muffins, this will let them down.  They do not have the high pitched sweet factor (not a real term, but you get my drift!) of pre-made or boxed muffins.  But they are hearty and delish!  The whole raspberries are sooooo good in there.  Gives them just the right tartness.  Next time, I will sprinkle a little natural sugar on top before baking to add that extra little touch.  Also, the original author of this used soy milk, cardamom, and quinoa flour.  Feel free to experiment for yourself!

Cut the CORN!

22 Jul

Today is my first day of being corn free.  I am allergic to both wheat and corn (and soy…but I hardly ever eat soy).  I typically don’t avoid them.  3 or 4 months ago, I gave up wheat (and all gluten) in an attempt to feel better.  Once I knew I had an autoimmune disease, I gave it up for good. It is certainly not advisable to eat something you are allergic to when your body is already attacking itself.  But I ignored the corn.

I had a fabulous dinner out with 2 friend last night at Chuy’s.  We drank margaritas, ate chips, and I consumed an amazing thing called the Chica Chica Boom Boom.  If you don’t know what it is, go to Chuy’s and eat it.

I came home with what I refer to as a corn stomach ache.  I get it all the time.  When you don’t eat wheat, guess what you eat?  All.  The.  Time.  Especially living in SA, we eat our fair share of Mexican food.  And not just eating out.  We have tostadas weekly.  And what is a weekend without some chips and guacamole?

So I decided not to be irresponsible anymore.  If I am allergic to corn, it is high time I stop eating it.  No, I don’t want to.  Will it help me feel better?  I certainly hope.  I want to give my body the best chance possible of HEALING.

What will I eat, you say?  I HAVE NO IDEA!!!!  Lots of brown rice, which I already do.  Lots of veggies and fruit.  Again, I do.  Oats.  And all the proteins and dairy I want.  How will I eat out?  Not really sure!

Warning:  Gonna vent here!  Don’t read if you don’t want to hear it!

I am trying to not be annoyed at how little I can eat, how much I exercise, and yet how I keep gaining weight.  Skinny people, hear this:  It may have something to do with how you eat…but you are BLESSED, genetically!  Blessed!  Enjoy it and please, please, please don’t look down at those struggling with weight and assume it is b/c the are lazy or have no discipline!

My future’s so bright….

21 Jul

Yep, thats right.  I gotta wear shades.

And a hat.  And sunscreen.  And pretty much be covered head to toe in the sun.  It is really cool looking,  right????

Here is the deal:  I have always sorta felt like a fraud wearing hats.  In my mind, hats are for the young or the really cute.  I have felt the need to excuse why I am wearing one.  Like, I just showered and did not have time to dry my hair.  Or I just worked out and need to run somewhere.  Or I am going to the pool.  But not, I am so cute, I need to wear a hat!  (see how weird I am?)

My sun sensitivity is off the charts!  My eyes kill me in the sun.  And evidently, you stay totally out of the sun if you have Lupus.  Being in the sun can actually send you in a flare.  Even if you manage to make it through that time out, you will pay for it later.  I don’t have skin spots from the sun.  Or the butterfly rash.  Yet.  Lets hope it stays that way!  But for some reason, the sun and Lupus are not friends.

The crazy part is that fluorescent lights can do it, as well.  Sometimes I will yawn profusely if I am in big time fluorescent lighting settings.  Or I will have major brain fog.  Once I walk out of that room, my sanity returns.  Well, MY version of sanity, that is!

So if you see me looking like I am going on a safari, just know that I know it is not the most fashionable look.  But it is MY new look!  Maybe someone will like it and it will catch on?  Or maybe my kids will just be embarrassed by me and learn to live with it?  Who knows!

And one more note…I am not feeling sorry for myself if you see me huddled in the shade alone.  If I DO go outside, it needs to be in the shade.  Even if all the cool kids are having fun in the sun, I will be chilling solo.  No worries, I would rather be outside and WITH my kids than inside and WITHOUT them.

My favorite summertime salad!

20 Jul

Adapted from Rick Bayless’ cookbook, Mexican Everyday

This is not a go to on a week night sort of a salad.  This is a company salad or a weekend salad when you have more time.  It is good for your body and tastes AMAZING!

Grilled Chicken Salad with Rustic Guacamole, Romaine, and Queso Fresco (he uses queso anejo, but I can’t find it!)

For the dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil, plus a bit more

4 garlic cloves, peeled and halved

2 Anaheim or Poblano peppers

1/2 c fresh lime juice

3/4 cup roughly packed cilantro

1/4 tsp pepper

salt

For the salad:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 sliced medium white onion

2 ripe avocados (I often use more)

8 cups Romaine

1/3 cup grated Mexican queso (I use queso fresco)

Heat oil in pan over medium.  Add garlic cloves and chiles and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft and lightly browned.  Pour the oil, garlic, & chiles into a blender.  Add the lime juice, cilantro, pepper, and a scant tsp of salt. Process until smooth.

Place chicken in a bowl and pour one third of the dressing over them, spreading it evenly to coat.

Grill the chicken and the onions indoors (over medium heat) or outdoors.  For onions, cook until they are well browned.  For chicken, cook until done.  🙂  Chop the cooked onion into small pieces and place in a bowl.

Pit avocados and scoop flesh in to the bowl with the onion.  Add another 1/3 of the dressing and coarsely mash everything together with an old fashioned potato masher or the back of a large fork.  Taste and season with salt.

Scoop sliced Romaine into a large bowl.  Drizzle remaining dressing over it and toss.  Divide among 4 dinner plates.  Scoop a portion of the guac into the center of each plate.  Cut chicken breasts into cubes and arrange over guac.  Sprinkle each plate with queso fresco.  Enjoy!

Accountable Kids

19 Jul

Accountable Kids

Here is the greatest system for kids doing chores around the house.  We are all a lot happier and get along a lot better when this is in place because it eliminates the need for me to ASK them to do the things I expect them to do.  They have to do it on their own.  It works and the kids love it!  Just thought I would share!

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