Emerging

I posted these on my Facebook page already. So those of you who are already following me over there, Sorry! Its just me again….again…if you are sick of me, then move along…

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I just wanted to get this on my blog too. The progress I am having lately has been very much in inches being lost and next to no pounds being lost. This last month I lost 3 pounds but 5 inches. It is hard not to be disappointed when that scale doesn’t freakin move. But when that measuring tape does, it makes up for it and then some.

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It is an amazing feeling knowing that I am building muscle and losing fat.

It is even better seeing those muscles start to show.

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I smile every time I look in the mirror now.

Instead of sucking in, twisting, pulling, and feeling defeated, drained and angry. Then looking away and walking out sad and hopeless.

Now I look, and see more of the real me every day. I am amazed at the revealing of my real frame, relaxed, I embrace myself, I smile, feel full of everything wonderful, and walk away happy, grateful, and peaceful.

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Who knew?

I started adding lemon to my water recently. It really seamed to help me wake up and feel great. For about three days. Then I started to experience some symptoms that I have had for years but have now worsened. Headaches, tiredness, crankiness, watering eyes, running irritated nose (I have to put coconut oil inside my nostrils all the time because they are so dry and hurt so bad), heart fluttery things (I know there are names for this, but I call it fluttery things. It actually feels like it stops and then beats hard. scary.), faint feelings, panic attacks (though, way less now), painful periods, and my constant friend, “irritable bowel syndrome” (That is what I was diagnosed with because doctors don’t know what else to tell me). I really had no clue what to do, because here I am doing everything I possibly can to be as healthy as I have ever been and these things still happen.

Today, after happening upon an article, and then doing some online research, I am 100% sure that I am histamine intolerant.

First of all, WHERE THE FUCK HAS THIS INFO BEEN?

Second, SERIOUSLY?

And third, WHAT THE FUCK?

And just let me stop you right now, because I know what you are thinking. No, I don’t need to pay a doctor to do worthless tests to prove me right. And I am not a hypochondriac. I have complained of these symptoms for YEARS and I have asked doctors in the past, and they never know anything helpful to tell me. And I can understand that, because at first glance, the symptoms do not seem to even belong together, let alone have to do with food. And if I can fix this on my own, then AWESOMENESS right??!

Why did I think I would get away with a complete lifestyle change and be happy and healthy forever The End?

Oh, and do you want to hear the best part? ALL of the foods that are a STAPLE in my diet that I FINALLY got used to and happy with are high in histamine. Not even kidding. Lemons are one of the triggers. This explains the symptoms being worse lately. So, step #1 = goodbye lemon water.

But, It is not all bad, if I can feel better.

I am grateful that I am a person who handles big changes like this easily.

I am grateful for the motivation to learn about this and share it. Apparently not many people have to deal with this or KNOW they have it.

I am excited to be able to finally, hopefully put a stop to all of these symptoms. You have no idea how excited I am to see if this works.

I am starting now. I will be eliminating all of the triggers for a few weeks and then I will add some of the food with a lower level of histamine back in and see what happens. Because this girl will be needing some chocolate….just sayin’.

I will be continuing to learn about this and I am happy to be able to incorporate this into my Wellness Coach training. As I learn more and find more nuggets of truth I will share them here and on my Facebook page.

The recipes and information I will be adding here will include these changes and I will keep you updated on my journey.

Again…..


My Minestrone Soup

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You know I love a good soup, anywhere, anytime. Some more than others. Minestrone is one of my favorites. I love the Italian taste that Minestrone soup has. Only thing I didn’t want in it was the noodles.

Awesome thing about home made soups, I can make them however I want!

I threw this one together in about 5 minutes and let it simmer for about 2 hours.

Bam.

Healthy dinner.

And they all loved it.

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  • Water
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Cannelloni Beans
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 4 tomatoes
  • Huge handful green beans
  • Huge handful kale
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Ground pepper

I literally just chopped everything up and added it to a pot where I started boiling a container of broth, water to make as much soup as I needed for my family, and the amount of tomato sauce that I thought looked right. Then added seasoning until I liked it and simmered it.

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When I say, this shit is easy, I mean it. And it really does require you to be present and involved with the food, because you want to make sure you add what you need for it to taste good to you.

I hope you add to this and make it your own.

And enjoy!!!!

 


Chocolate Chip Cookies Thank God

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Sometimes you seriously need a damn chocolate chip cookie.

I am so grateful for the recipes out there that use real whole food to make them. For these, I used the one in The Wheat Belly Cookbook.

This book, along with the original Wheat Belly book have helped me so much to identify some of my biggest issues with not only weight loss but illness.

Almost every day I come across someone who swears that they can not live without wheat/grains and could not lose weight without it. Kudos to you. I am not one of them. I am grateful that I don’t have a severe reaction to wheat like some people, but it is for sure not my friend. So, this book was a wonderful help to me.

Though wheat is not my friend, I LOVE me some bread, cookies, cakes, doughy goodness yum. The cookbook has recipes for all of these! So far I have only tried the cookies, but if the bread is anywhere near as good as these cookies, then I am going to be good to go.

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I even ate some of the dough. Do you know how long it has been since I have eaten cookie dough? Yeah…. It was amazing.

Considering the disaster that I made of my first attempt to make another recipe of cookies, I kicked ass on this one. I feel like I am learning to bake all over again. Which I am. I put in years of baking experience, and perfected all of the things I made. Then I had to forget it all and learn all over again.

But I am happy to.

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My facebook page

For those of you looking for a little more, I share all kinds of wonderful things on my Facebook page.

I am on and off of that thing all day long. It is nice, because I can quickly share anything I find interesting or helpful. So, if you would like to see more of what I do on a daily basis, and lots of cool recipes and info, go “like” my page!

I hope every one has a wonderful, happy, healthy weekend!

 


Roasted Chicken Dinner

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I don’t know why I didn’t ever make this before I started the lifestyle change. It is truly delicious and doesn’t feel even close to what you would think would be a “healthy dish”. This is the kind of dinner that encourages me to continue to embrace the way I eat now. It is easy and healthy and filling.

What you need:

  • 1 whole, organic, pesticide, antibiotic, and everything yucky, free chicken
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat bottom of large baking dish or roasting pan with olive oil. Rinse chicken and add to the pan. (I like to cook mine breast side down. You do you 😉 ) Chop sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic and toss around chicken. Cover with olive oil and salt and pepper and rub into chicken. (Feel free to add any other seasonings that you like.) Bake for about 1 hour 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

If you have left over chicken, this would be great to add to a stew, soup, salads or sandwiches.

This never happens in my house.

 

 


Resolution

I don’t really believe in “New Year Resolutions”. I believe in “when you realize you need to change, then change.” That can and does happen whenever it needs to happen. Not when the calendar says it should.

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I started my lifestyle change in the middle of July 2012. It felt like someone flipped on a light switch. I tiny one like an ember, that I grew into a fire ball.

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I started my new business in December 2012. Something I realized was meant to be and all I had to do was bring it into reality. I nurtured it and it grew and continues to grow.

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I am open to the possibility of change, growth, and prosperity.

I am open to it happening when it needs to happen.

I am grateful for everything that has already happened and everything that will happen.