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Recipes and recreations of food from my wandering.

Chasing the Thigh Gap

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Haha, not really! I’ve never had a thigh gap; even when I was a hundred pounds back in the eighth grade. However, I am trying to heal myself of hypertension and Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve immersed myself in nutrition and paleo blogs for the last three weeks. There is so much information out there.

Three weeks ago I came across Dr. Terry Wahl’s book, The Wahl’s Protocol:  How I Beat Multiple Sclerosis. It is very well written, and such an encouragement that I decided to implement her protocol right away. By right away, I mean at lunch that very day–even though my husband and I were attending a Paul McCartney concert that evening. I had such a feeling of “I can do this” that I had to start right away.

I sat down and ate three cups of romaine lettuce, one cup of broccoli, one cup of radishes, one cup of carrots, and one cup of tomatoes (yes, that’s six cups). I figured I could eat the rest of my vegetables for dinner. I also decided to start avoiding gluten and dairy, so my favorite ranch dressing was out. In order to get all these veggies down, I needed a chaser which turned out to be two salmon filets. TWO! What was I thinking?

Fast forward a few hours to me with a raging headache in a hundred and ten degree weather trying to enjoy our date night. Needless to say, I was not hungry for dinner. My headache intensified in spite of all the water I drank. Right before the concert started, I ate a slice of Little Caesar’s pizza (yes, full of gluten and topped with tons of greasy cheese). After chewing and swallowing two bites, my headache immediately disappeared. I am sharing this because that is the first and last headache I’ve had in three weeks.

I had breast cancer twice. I’ve struggled with high blood pressure and weight and fatigue and acne and arthritis. I’ve chalked it up to hormones and “just getting old”. On day five on the Wahl’s Protocol, my blood pressure was 109/77 ( a few weeks before it was 198/125 on medication). On week two, I actually started running on the treadmill again. This week, I’ve noticed that my hair–which had been receding and solid gray along my hairline–is growing back all along my hairline…and all the new hair is black, and the gray hair seems to be fading back to black. This seems so crazy to me!

This is such an exciting journey I’m on! And I’ve learned how to incorporate all those veggies and leafy greens into all my meals. My goal is to get off of my blood pressure medication and my thyroid medication, but I’ve gone down a size in jeans already. So…a thigh gap may be in my future! Haha.

Waking up for Sammie

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We added a miniature Dachshund named Samantha to our family. She is an adorable Black and Tan, however, she’s not so adorable at 3:27 in the morning when she is barking in her kennel to be let out. Since I was awake so early, I decided to treat myself to chocolate chip pancakes.

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I use coconut oil in the batter. It makes the pancakes SOOOO delicious! Bonus: coconut oil has lots of added health benefits.

COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES

2 cups of all purpose flour
2 T. Sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup coconut oil

Mix dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients, and add to dry ingredients. Do not over mix. Pour onto a preheated, buttered griddle with a 1/4 cup measure. Sprinkle with about 8 semi-sweet chocolate chips per pancake. When bubbles form on top, flip pancake and cook for about a minute more. Serve with sweet cream butter and real maple syrup. I also ate pork links with my pancakes this morning, but have it with your choice of breakfast meat. It is totally worth the extra cardio I will be doing today. Makes 16 pancakes.

Enjoy your day!

A Healthful Start

A Healthful Start

I found a recipe for Broccoli Feta Omelets with whole wheat toast on health.com. Since I added lots of fresh spinach to the omelets, I decided to have slices of toasted challah bread instead of the whole wheat and roasted potatoes on the side. Keep in mind, I haven’t made any official resolutions besides a vague desire to get more vegetables into our bodies on a daily basis, SO this is definitely a healthful start to the new year.

Happy New Year!

It’s A Challah-day!

It’s A Challah-day!

This morning’s freshly baked challah loaves fresh from my oven.

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My Processed Lunch

Processed cheese, processed turkey, lightly salted potato chips, high fructose corn syrup masquerading as caramel, and one washed and sliced apple for lunch. It’s just one of those days. Happy hump day!

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Serious Comfort for Breakfast

I limit myself to one piece of cinnamon-sugar-sprinkled-buttered-toast with my bacon and eggs for breakfast. I saw this recipe on Pinterest months ago and was in need of some comfort this morning, so I whipped up a batch of this butter. It’s from the Pioneer Woman, and it really is all things safe, warm, and loving! I had FOUR pieces! I didn’t pause to take a breath or even a picture. The picture I included here was taken hours after consuming those four slices when I made another batch for my daughter. Here’s the recipe:

2 sticks of softened butter (I always have butter sitting out on the counter waiting for me)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
A dash of nutmeg
Slices of good bread (my homemade white bread was wonderful!)

Mix all ingredients together. Slather cinnamon-sugar-butter on your bread and bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

I would so be BFFs with Ree Drummond if I knew her!

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It’s Fall Y’all!

We picked up fresh donuts from our favorite local donut shop while doing early morning errands. We’ll be enjoying these with a cup of coffee whilst doing school this morning. Have a beautiful day!

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