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Sunny Sunday and things going well

Saturday, September 06, 2014

First, the big news- the rest of the nodes that were removed from my fiance came back clear. No more cancer! He will be monitored regularly to catch any suspicious activity early, but for now, things are looking up. I want to say a big heartfelt thank you to all of you who prayed & gave encouraging words. He will still have a drainage tube for awhile, but that is a minor thing compared to what could have happened.

Today the sun was out and shining when I woke up. We had stormy weather the past few days, but today is so nice weather wise. For breakfast I had a chicken and veg omelet from the place we have been getting paleo meals from.

Breakfast this morning- omelet, kumera & avocado puree


Lunch today- warm shredded beef Vietnamese salad


For dinner I will be cooking something for all of us. Still not sure what everyone will be in the mood for, so I will have to see. I also have a can of pumpkin I want use. I loved Jody's Pumpkin Bake, but I want to try something new. I did try a pumpkin pound cake (low carb recipe), but I wasn't fond of that. I am open to suggestions, and I plan to check out some recipes this evening. Even if I don't try a suggestion right away, I might try it later on down the road. I do love pumpkin and spices. It just reminds me of home. Well the sun is shining down, beckoning me to enjoy it. I think I may have to take a walk and just celebrate being alive and having my family and friends to enjoy life with. I wish everyone a splendid weekend.
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LIFENPROGRESS 9/8/2014 8:13PM

    "By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you've achieved - and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses - you actually can enhance everything about you.
Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments."
~ Jack Canfield ~

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/8/2014 7:48PM

    Pretty omelet!

I'm so happy about the clear nodes. That's wonderful.

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WOUBBIE 9/7/2014 8:29PM

    Thank God! May your fiancé continue to heal and both of you look forward to a long and happy life together!

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TWESTEN1 9/7/2014 10:05AM

    I am thrilled to hear this!!! That is so fantastic and I know you all must be so relieved! Big hugs to both of you :)

Your meals look delish - as always! As for the pumpkin, I love the pumpkin bake too. Yum. I follow "friends of low carb" on Facebook and they post recipes every day and I know I've seen some pumpkin ones lately....obviously it's that time of year! If I see any that really grab me, I will pass them along to you.

Btw, I loved your comments on my recent blog. You have such a positive & beautiful outlook on life and I love that. Unfortunately many people do not :(

Enjoy the new week ahead. I truly am happy for you & your fiancé!

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KITT52 9/7/2014 9:17AM

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/6/2014 10:45PM

    That is great news so happy for you emoticon

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MAUITN 9/6/2014 10:40PM

    And our prayers continue for healing and strength.



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UGH... rainy weekend and yesterday's meals

Friday, August 29, 2014

I woke up to cloudy skies, rain and colder temperatures this morning. It had been nice, warm and sunny all this week, but now we are scheduled for a rainy weekend. I know some of the US is in drought, I wish we cold send some of this rain to them. Spring starts next month for those of us in the southern hemisphere, I am looking forward to the beauty and bounty of Spring.

As was planned, I fasted from dinner Thursday night, until lunch Friday. Both meals I ate were the freshly made meals we pick up a couple times a week.

Fri. Lunch Picked Up: Chef Salad with flax seeds, I added ranch dressing later


Fri. Dinner Picked Up: 3 meatballs, baked egg, pesto, kumera & sauteed veggies


I also had a coconut cream pannacotta for dessert from the same place that makes the meals. No fasting for this weekend. I also plan to get my walks done on the treadmill this weekend since the weather is yuck. I do hope everyone has a great day and may your weather be perfect for you.
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MAUITN 9/3/2014 11:54AM

    Looks yummy!

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TWESTEN1 8/30/2014 11:14AM

    Good for you! Glad you're walking & eating so well. Your body will thank you!

We had an incredibly wet June & July. August wasn't too bad. We live on top of a mountain and I believe the rain clouds just gather right over us ALL the time :) Enjoy your weekend despite the weather!!!

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KITT52 8/30/2014 5:25AM

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PINKEUROGIRL 8/30/2014 1:33AM

    Tasty!

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JAMBABY0 8/29/2014 11:21PM

    looks yummy thanks for sharing

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My Food Plans For The Next Month

Friday, August 29, 2014

As some of you may know, I do intermittent fasting. Usually I do it a couple days a week, every week. This week was different. Because I was having to get up early and drive my fiance to appointments, I was skipping breakfast everyday. It wasn't an issue since I am used to fasting for 16-18 hours easily. This was different in that I was doing it all week as opposed to alternate days. My body did fine and my doctor has no issues with my fasting between dinner & lunch as long as I eat healthy and my blood work remains good. So I decided I will intermittent fast Mon-Fri. eating a nice healthy lunch and dinner on those days. Weekends I will eat normally, with 3 meals and a healthy snack if I feel inclined. I will skip the fast days if I am sick or if I feel really ravenous (sometimes we get those days), because I believe in taking cues from our body.

Paleo muffins, coconut cream pannacotta & banana chips w/ almonds


Above & below are just 2 samples of the paleo meals we pick up 3 times a week in town.

Wilted greens, spiced apple sauce, mashed pumpkin on top of curried beef



I don't eat paleo strictly, since I enjoy butter, cream and cheese. But we decided we really wanted to improve the food we ate without me having to spend too much time on preparation & cooking instead chores, errands and running people to their appointments. The meals do cost a bit, but we think they will be worth it. I supplement them with home cooked meals like below.

Homecooked- Roast chicken w/ olive oil & herbed quinoa


So my plans for Sept. and the last few days of this month are:
*Intermittent fasting M-F
*Eat normally on weekends (normal doesn't mean binge)
*Focus on more whole foods with minimal processing
*Daily walks

That's it in a nutshell. Also I wanted to pass on this great site for low carb recipes I have been using the past few weeks.
peaceloveandlowcarb.com/recipes
There are some really good, easy, yummy recipes there. I have my eye on a modified version of her Shepard's Pie sometime soon. I hope some of you enjoy her site. Anyways, I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 8/29/2014 9:09PM

    Sounds like you are doing well and you meals always look so yummy. Thanks for the info too. emoticon emoticon

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MAUITN 8/29/2014 10:00AM

    Thanks for encouraging me to Make A Plan! emoticon

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TWESTEN1 8/29/2014 8:22AM

    You are going to great - I love that you have it all planned out!!! Fabulous :)

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KITT52 8/29/2014 5:59AM

    thanks for the site

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/29/2014 1:58AM

    emoticon for posting !
Lots of emoticon food ideas !

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NZ Daffodil Day & Reasons to Celebrate

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tomorrow is Daffodil Day in NZ (I think the US discontinued it, but it is still a big day here in NZ). It is a day to raise awareness & funding for cancer research. Each year since I have been here in NZ, I have always donated. This year, with my fiance's own diagnosis it hits closer to home. I already donated earlier this week and I plan to get some daffodils tomorrow to celebrate his homecoming from the last operation. Speaking of...
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His operation went smoothly, and all the prayers and support from my Spark Friends & Teammates were greatly appreciated. He went in early last week, came home last Friday. He had to have all the lymph nodes under one arm removed. This was because when they did a wider excision of the second cancer, they also took 3 lymph nodes to test and found a trace of cancer in one. That is why he had the removal of all the nodes in that area. It will be a few weeks before we get the results back, but regardless off the results, it is hoped that this operation will increase his odds of survival. That is a good thing. This past week he has been home recovering. He has a drainage tube that will be in there for 2 months, but all in all he is doing great and we hope that his wellness and health continue.

It has been a busy and hectic past 6 months for us, but we are hoping things will now settle down to a slower pace and let us focus on our health and his recovery. To this end we have also decided to order from a service that makes fresh paleo meals. It is a bit expensive, but we are sharing the meals and supplementing them with cheap, but healthy food I fix at home. He also has lost 14 lbs since his first diagnosis. I am so proud that he is fighting to make himself as healthy as he can. I just need to get my butt moving & losing weight too.
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Reasons to celebrate:
*He made it through the operation
*He is safely home recovering
*He lost weight (he is overweight)
*We have a chance at many more years together
*We have family, friends, Spark Friends & Teammates that care
*We are eating more healthy
*We have today... and that is reason to celebrate.
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Thanks for all the support. I wish you all a wonderful week and a beautiful weekend filled with family and friends and lots of smiles and sun.
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KITT52 8/28/2014 4:03PM

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TWESTEN1 8/28/2014 8:50AM

    I am soooo happy to read this! Buying the meals sounds wonderful ~ I'm sure that will be a big help, though I also think you do a great job cooking :) How great that he has been losing weight too! I do hope he is feeling okay... recovery can be so tough, but with your cheerful self by his side, I am sure that is helping him so very much.

We did use to have the daffodil day ~ I wonder why they stopped it? I think it's wonderful to support & give back... we've all been blessed and like you said, when it hits home it's even more important!

I will continue to keep you both in my prayers. Sending hugs & love your way!

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MAUITN 8/28/2014 3:13AM

    Daffodils are so happy looking. Great post and I’m wishing for you two a healthy and happy future.

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Chia Seed Popsicles and Low Carb Cheesecake Muffins

Sunday, July 06, 2014

So I made a few low carb snacks for the week ahead for my fiance and I to eat. One was chia seed popsicles. You just use any liquid you find refreshing- tea, juice, flavored water (natural or artificial) etc... and add some chia seeds and freeze in popsicle molds. You can have iced tea chia pops, or even iced coffee ones, or even some lemonade one with fresh lemon juice, steiva and chia seeds. They make a nice treat and an easy way to get chia seeds into your diet.

The next thing I made was low carb cheesecake muffins. These are great hot from the oven, but also taste great cold the next day out of the fridge. I have added berries or cocoa powder to them when I have made them in the past. These were just the standard version. You can find the recipe here: www.apinchofhealth.com/forum/vbb/sho
wthread.php?5632-Low-Carb-Cream-Cheese
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. I used vanilla flavored stevia in my version, and one egg, one pack of cream cheese and cinnamon to taste. It made 8 muffins.

LC Cheesecake muffin ingredients- but only 1 egg... not 6!


Cream cheese & egg mixed first, then I add the stevia & cinnamon and mix again


Into the muffin cups, boy do they look yummy!


Fresh out of the oven


The house smelled wonderful as they cooked and they tasted great too. I stuck the rest in container in fridge for enjoying later in the week. They are quick & easy to make. As I said you can add berries, cocoa powder, flavorings or even nuts to give yourself some variety. Anyways I want to wish everyone a wonderful week. Stay focused and stay on track because we are all worth it.
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KITT52 7/7/2014 3:08PM

    looks good
where do you find vanilla stevia??

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WOUBBIE 7/7/2014 12:23PM

    Great looking food! It makes it so much easier to stick to a plan when it tastes divine!!!

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SMITHKRISTI 7/7/2014 9:09AM

    I have made them before and they are terrific!!
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TWESTEN1 7/7/2014 6:39AM

    Those muffins look amazing... I think I'll be making a batch when I get home from work tonight :) Thanks!

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JAMBABY0 7/6/2014 9:19PM

    good for you and thanks for sharing

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