Monday, January 09, 2012
My family loves each other. My family loves each other.
I have to keep reminding myself of that over and over, because some days...
Not so much love is floating around.
The loss of sugar, bags of chips, and white bread has got the teenagers in a snarly mess some days.
The girl wants sweet things to put in her lunch, the boy wants something to munch on after school. Something remotely normal, is how he put it.
So on Pinterest I found a recipe for almond and coconut flour dark chocolate chip cookies (no white sugar in these!).
I was a little worried about the response from the kids, but to my surprise it was a huge hit!
What is nice about these is that they are filling.
Where my son used to polish off half a bag of oreos in one sitting, he was happy with just two.
When you eat primal you are not as hungry, and the almond and coconut flour are full of fiber, filling you up more quickly.
Another new food my family was happy to eat, yay!
Here is the recipe, let me know if you try them.
2 cups almond flour (1 heaping cup of nuts make 2 cups)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of butter (or coconut oil)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped dark chocolate chips
I mixed it all up and made small cookies on the baking sheet and baked at 375 for 12-16 minutes (till the edges browned)
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Today my husband was craving chips or crackers...something to dip his cowboy caviar out of the bowl with.
I have a primal/paleo recipe for crackers, but have just never tried it.
I keep thinking these things are going to be so weird and hard to make but time after time it's easy and quick!
I am so thankful I read The Primal Blueprint.
I look at Marksdailyapple everyday.
I search Pinterest for new and different ways to keep my family happy and on this journey to end our addictions.
Try this recipe...you won't be disappointed.
1 cup almond flour (1/2 cup almonds pulsed to powder)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp salt
whatever spices you love...throw them in
1/8 cup of olive oil (or whatever you like)
Mix with a spoon and then squish with your hands (see it's fun!!)
roll it out thin between two pieces of parchment paper
Bake at 325 for 12-20 minutes until they brown to the level you like.
Let me know if anyone tries it, and your thoughts.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
I have to say our teenage kids are being pretty good about our new way of eating.
Both understand that putting processed, chemical laden food into our bodies is what has gotten us all bigger than we should be, and will lead to health disasters down the line.
Still, they are teenagers and they were starting to baulk at one more piece of fruit for a snack.
I found a recipe on Pinterest for natural energy bars.
My husband and I put these together while they were at school, wrapped them up and made the presentation when they got home.
I handed my daughter one saying the magic words...it has dark chocolate in it.
She ate hers...no problem! The boy on the other hand waited till she had not vomited or flopped to the floor writhing in gastric pain.
So he nibbled on an end...then he took a real bite..."not bad!" he said.
That's when I let it fly they was a pound of prunes in those bars.
These was swearing (they go to public school) and threats to vomit, but no one did...and now that I have made a third batch, I guess these are a hit!
I hope you like them too...and hopefully with less drama :)
1 pound whole pitted prunes
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chopped or chips
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup coco powder (I used dark)
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp natural peanut butter (I used organic almond butter)
I pulsed the almonds down to tiny bits, added all the dry together, and then pulsed the prunes down to complete mush in my food processor.
I put it all in the food processor and pulsed it a few times.
Put it in a loaf pan lined with wax paper, put in the fridge for 2 hours.
I cut them into little squares and wrap in the waxed paper.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I have been a carb and sugar junkie for at least 40 years.
Growing up on Captain Crunch and Poptarts did not make for a tiny little girl.
But now that I am 45 I am begining to grow up to be a smart human.
I am learning to make choices of food that come from nature and not a factory.
Last night I cracked open my first spaghetti squash.
I took a recipe from Pinterest that I liked, followed it, and low and behold...one more vegatable I am willing to eat...no...wanting to eat! It was great!!!
I enjoyed this first one just like I would have with carb loaded pasta, with sauce and a bit of parm cheese.
Next time I am going to save the seeds and roast them to top my batch of spaghetti squash with pesto, diced tomatoes, and black olives.
I hope you try a new food this week and love it too.
Monday, January 02, 2012
That my friends is what 100 pounds of fat looks like...and it's inside of me...holy crap!
I have lost 80 pounds once before, and let it come back...plus some.
I keep trying to do this but have just seemed wishy washy about it.
Why do we do this to ourselves, over and over and over again?
My beautiful (normal sized) mother was rushed to the hospital the week before Christmas. She had collapsed at work, they thought it was a stroke or heart problem. Very scary for my family, but mostly for me. My mom is my only parent, and at 63 I thought I had no worries that she would go anywhere anytime soon.
And then this happened.
All the symptoms she was describing to the doctors, I was having at the same time too. Now I was scared for both of us. I just had not collapsed from mine yet.
Test after test was done, and after 3 days in the hospital they let us in on the results.
She was fine.
It was most likely stress.
We were so happy that there would not be any invasive surgeries right before Christmas, but at the same time...really?
Stress can knock you off your feet?
I had time in those three days that we were locked like prisoners in that hospital to really think about what was going on in my life to make me so stressed...to feel so bad...to keep me from caring so little for my health.
I am 275 pounds.
I won't live to be 63 if I don't wake up. Come out of my carb and sugar coma.
Get off my rather huge bottom, live right, and care about what is really important.
I am praying that I have the inner strength to keep this going.
I am eating primal, reading as much as I can about what food does inside my body and why to eat it. How much to eat and drink.
I have over 30 exercise DVDs and I have been strong enough to just push play...and do it.
Look for me on January 26 because I am going to post my first weigh in and pictures.
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