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I'm pleased with the progress I've been making on changing life habits. Giving up things and doing new things is a challenge to me since I'm so used to doing things out of habit. I'm finally looking at changes as being in my best interest especially on an emotional level, not just the intellectual level. I have much less feelings of deprivation, and my new changes are turning into habits. Now they are things I want and need, not just hoped for. I'm also really embracing the concepts of one step built on another, baby steps are progress, and no time limit- only progress. I've decided mistakes are made only to educate me and are only a sidestep, not a change in direction. The more I learn about health the easier it is to make choices.

Member Since: 9/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 5,350

My Goals:
My goal is to lose about 80 lbs., and re-set my metabolism. I'm learning how to cleanse my system to renew my gut health, which I believe is the main avenue to health for me.

My Program:
I've stopped eating and do my best to avoid tomatoes, potatoes, and especially peppers because they cause an inflammatory response in my body. I've stopped drinking alcohol and pop. I'm using more fresh food and only rarely do fast food. I'm using herbs, spices, teas, and vitamins I'm also drinking more water and exercise by walking with my dog and riding my bike.

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I'm from Washington State and my name is Eileen. I'm married and have two grown sons. My husband and I are caregivers for my youngest son. (He's disabled).

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I like to bead (bead weaving and jewelry making), gardening, hiking and camping, to go fishing and to keep fish, (I have a 20 gal. freshwater tank). I love to read, sew, and cross stitch. I adore interior design. I enjoy going to garage and estate sales. I love to travel.

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  • v JUSTYNA7
    Tahihi thumbprint cookies (gluten free, vegan, high protein). One cookie (according to the recipe) has more calcium than 1.5 cups of milk. I'm including the posted nutrition but it depends on the size of cookie. The recipe makes "icecream scoop size cookies" which is pretty vague. I just know that most people can eat them and they are very satisfying as well as tasty and freeze/travel well so we take them on trips and give them to diabetic friends etc.
    Pretty much a "meal" for me as a Diabetic and very handy.

    Calories 281.49
    fat 14g
    cholesterol 0
    sodium 128.47
    potassium 227.5
    Carbs 35.17
    Fiber 4
    protein 6 g
    Sugar 12.77

    Apple butter (yum) or your choice of jam (I use a naturally sweetened raspberry)

    2 cups brown rice flour
    1 cup ground almonds
    1/2 cup ground pecans
    1 cup sesame seeds (I use raw unsalted)
    1 tsp sea salt
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 Tbsp. vanilla
    1/2 to 3/4 cup tahini (it can be thick or thin so you adjust as needed)
    3/4 to 1 cup maple syrup (Canadian so sorry if it is pricey where you live, but maple syrup has been shown to metabolize differently for diabetics than other sugars so I love it as my choice of sweetener. You could try other syrups I'm sure but maple syrup is quite healthy too)

    Mix all the dry ingredients well then add all the wet ones. Massage with hands to release the oils, until it sticks together. If too dry I add more tahini or if short of that I have used almond butter. You can add a little water if it is not forming a ball.

    I like to put parchment paper on my baking pan but they don't tend to stick anyways.
    The recipe says to use an ice cream scoop to form balls. I sometimes make large cookies that are a quick breakfast or snack on the run, but small ones are really nice for with tea or to give as gifts. Flatten the ball with a fork and then Use your thumb to make a hole in the middle (or the end of a wooden spoon if they are bite size cookies). Fill the hole with apple butter or jam. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes if they are small or longer if they are large cookies.
    13 hours ago
    hi! great blog about all the food allergies. wow--you have really made serious changes over the years! i'm impressed! it's not fun unlearning all those pathways that are a product of our modern lives--but at least we are slowly learning what is hurting us and why. good on ya!
    the carving is not all that difficult--the clay is soft, so i work from patterns that i lay on the waxed clay and then gently emboss with a stylus. then i use tools that are called "scraffito" tools, that are specifically for scratching designs into clay. some are tiny wires stretched across a frame, some are small knives or needles, some are spade or spoon shaped. i just got a lovely set of really GOOD tools for Christmas and i'm enjoying learning how to "operate" them.
    have a wonderful day!
    18 hours ago
  • v JUSTYNA7
    It is always nice when I see your posts on my blogs. I agree, the highlight was DD time yesterday.

    How is it going with the alergy/foods/skin? It makes me wonder if my dry scaly skin could be alergy related? We don't do much wheat/dairy/corn but I do indulge sometimes because unlike DH and DDs I don't have obvious reactions.. but my skin. Hmmm. Tests are offered at the doctors and maybe it is worth doing one. I have done an elimination diet but really noticed no difference but I'm not sure I was looking specifically at my little scales... which have spread to almost all my body. My Mom was the same so I figured it was just genes. Coffee has me wondering... making me dehydrated.

    You are a nice breath of sunshine my dear. I hope all is well. Justyna
    1 day ago
    good morning! let the baby boy chooks outside for the first time yesterday! they were very frightened at the idea, but a few of them screwed their courage to the sticking point and made it down the ramp and discovered----GRASS!!! supposed to warm this week so we will open the doors and help them get used to the idea some more.
    have a lovely day!
    1 day ago
    good morning! have a wonderful day!
    7 days ago
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