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Friday, December 26, 2014

Vegan two weeks now and counting!!!! Entire family except two foster sons that still eat meat/dairy at school and at their home visits. But all four of us are Vegan -ish. (we have chickens and still use their eggs) Feeling very good and making delicious dishes we've found on Pinterest.


Cross Contaminated

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Went out to lunch Sunday with my mom and bought her breakfast on Monday. And got myself cross contaiminated. My throat is so sore, we won't even speak of the restroom issues and my glands under my ears are swollen/ body hurts.... and aching fatigue is in all my large head hurts so bad. Gluten is everywhere and I don't know why I expect to go to an ordinary restaurant and expect to be safe. I'm sure it was the hash browns, they probably cook them on the same area as everything else. emoticon

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CHRISTINALOVES 12/26/2014 5:10PM

    Thanks Ladies, when I get gluten at a resturant, it pretty much does feel like a bad flu, though it is the wheat. MSFROGGIE, the joint and brain fog are a true hallmark for me too. Feeling better now and went gluten free (hubby and our two kiddos) and have been eating and feeling better all the time. It's only been two weeks though I'm seeing the improvements.

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MSFROGGIE 11/18/2014 8:27AM

    It is scarey. Never know what is safe to eat.

Gluten bothers my joints and gives me brain fog.

Hope you feel better soon.

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HMBROWN1 11/18/2014 8:19AM

    There is a horrible cold/flu going around also. Feel better soon!

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KESTRYLL 11/18/2014 8:15AM

    That is going around where I work, I hope you feel better soon!

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Kids and Horses

Monday, October 27, 2014

So, that sums up my life the past few months. Having a 2 1/2 year old dropped into my lap in July was a surprise to say the least and has changed things up for me. We foster children and I have had some great wins with them lately, though also some things that still plague the household, and that are particularly stressful for me; though we are pushing through and dealing with it. Also have started to home school our two adopted children and they are thriving.... life is just changing up for me at the moment and I find that so many things really do come along and push me off of track and before I know it my fitness goals have been lost in a rest area somewhere along life's journey. It is then that I must turn around and go get them! And it seems to happen several times a year. I quit berating myself about it now; and just make a U-turn and go pick back up those goals where we left off.

If I restart Couch to 5k today- there are exactly nine weeks left in 2014 to get it done. That is actually a great motivator for me to push through; there are no weeks left to restart on! I can be that way with house cleaning too.

What has been awesome this year is have been teaching our adopted children to ride. We have no biological children, and I'm in my 40's, hubby in his early 50s & these were two of our foster children (adopted son in November & daughter in April). They are 6 and 8 years old and were from two completely different families; although it had been a hope of mine that they would love horses and want to ride, I didn't push it on them, and waited until they asked me to teach them to ride. And so, all spring & summer and now fall they have been learning to ride on the trails and are doing great. I will certainly look back on 2014 and remember that as the year I learned that our children love horses too and learned basics of riding emoticon

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WILDHORSEANNIE 10/28/2014 9:27AM

    Very cool.

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AUNTRENEE 10/27/2014 9:28AM

    You are an amazing person. My cousin and his wife were foster parents and adopted 4 kids from 2 families (the older 3 are brother and sisters and the 4th they've had him since he was 5 days old) and they have 2 biological kids. Your foster kids are lucky to have you in their lives.

I love horses. I have rode one since I was 2 years old in 1980 (I'll be 37 in December and it was summer of 1980 when I was on one) but I was on one with my dad's brother. They are beautiful creatures.

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Day 4 of Low Sugar

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

End of day 4 of low sugar and am loving it. Thinking I will have to cut out the gluten free bread (don't have it often anyway) and also way down on potatoes, though I am already avoiding them. I can just feel the subtle shift in my mood when I have things that turn to sugar quickly. The only thing like that not affecting me is fruit. Fruit boosts my mood and energy, potatoes and gf bread, does the opposite.

This is more a note to self than anything


And oh, by the way if you have not tried freezing grapes yet.... wholly cow-- they are AWESOME!!!!
everyone in the house is raving about them now and I can't keep enough of them stashed in the fridge :)

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CHRISTINALOVES 10/27/2014 8:27AM

    Have you tried Cashew butter and Cashew milk? I do love almond milk, but not almond butter so much. But Cashew butter is pretty good!

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RICKHANN 9/2/2014 11:26PM

    That's great. I've been working on lowering my sugar too, except from fruit.

I know fruit is boosting your mood, but I've read that eating non-glycemic foods with fruit also helps (for example, having almond butter with an apple).

Keep up the good work.

PS. Love your main page with the horses.

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JERICHO1991 9/2/2014 10:45PM

    I have froze blueberries, but not grapes. I' have to try that.

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Lumo lift a dud & SUGAR

Monday, September 01, 2014

I have to give Lumo Lift a one star for effort, though the thing is horribly inconsistent. Would try to slouch and it did nothing- at other times was sitting tall and perfectly correct and it would not stop buzzing. Don't waste your $$ on it.

On a brighter note, I am day 3 of being what I will call low sugar--- not no sugar. By low sugar I mean I am not adding teaspoons of sugar to my tea or coffee. I am not drinking any product with sugar added to it. No candy, no ice cream etc. What I know still has sugar in it that I have occassionaly are my low sugar Smuckers preserves with my Cashew Butter on Gluten free crackers. No sweet BBQ sauce- So, it's pretty low sugar, compared to what I used to be. On day three here I have added back in fruit and I feel from what I've read that if you eat natural sugar (in fruit) there is enough fiber in the fruit to slow the absorption of sugar and it doesn't have the same impact that eating sugar cubes in your tea has, or downing a mountain dew or donut has.

So, what have a noticed? Massively improved even mood. Even energy, skin is glowing now-- didn't know my skin could feel so soft or look so good. Also dropped to my lowest weight in years when 2.2 extra pounds dissipated. My hair is now growing emoticon and it has literally not grown in years. Not kidding or exaggerating. And it is filling back in. It has been so thin that you can clearly see my scalp. Not attractive at all. Only time I could fain confidence was to sport a baseball cap with rhinestones and a ponytail. (what little pony tail I could muster--- about the size of a sharpie in diameter. Now it is about as thick as three sharpies. No more aches and pains in my joints and my endurance is up. Hmmm.... and my morning blood sugars have been between 86-94. I am not diabetic, though it runs wildly in my family and I have monitored it occasionally to see how it affected my moods, and boy does it.

Well, I just wanted to let you all, whomever reads this. If you haven't taken a sabbatical from sugar, I did/am and am quite impressed with the benefits. Will try to keep you updated as it goes. Am thinking this is like going gluten free---- and will have to be a lifetime change for the benefit of my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

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    Thank you GrannieC1,
Isn't it ironic that everyone thinks of a sugar rush, when it's really a sugar collision? And avoiding it is the rush with no crash?? emoticon

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GRANNIEC1 9/1/2014 9:21PM

    It's hard to break the sugar habit. I am diabetic and have found since I started the SparkPeople 8 week diabetic challenge and really started watching my intake of sugar, carbs, and fats that I am also feeling better. Have a little more energy which is so wonderful, and my moods are more even. Hang in there!! You got this!! emoticon emoticon
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