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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

Whole30 starts tomorrow, Monday, I'm writing this on Sunday.

This round I'm doing something different... I'm not free basing potatoes. I'm going to attempt to keep this Whole30 as Keto as possible so that I can lose weight while I'm trying to rule out a gluten sensitivity.

I actually had Johnny's Pizza and Ice Cream last night as my "last meal" before starting and woke up with my rash burning even more than it has been and having more spots on my arms. Super sad face. I'm going to break down and finally make a doctor appointment tomorrow.
[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with Grilled Asparagus & Green Onions

Wednesday - Grilled Chicken with Roasted Green Beans

Thursday - Roasted Chicken & Root Veggies (good thing I didn't but all the carrots now that I'm thinking about it)

Friday - Nachos 

Saturday - Making up one of those meals I didn't get to last week

Sunday - Orange Chicken with Cauliflower Rice



Friday, April 21, 2017

Five On Friday

What's new with everyone this week? Here's what's been on my brain. 


1. I recently read someone that antihistamines cause an increase in hunger and has connections to weight gain. Every bell in my head nearly burst at that concept. Y'all,  I've honestly never had a problem with maintaining a certain weight until about a year after we moved to South Louisiana. Around that time I couldn't figure out why I was non stop sick and had a doctor that wouldn't allergy test me, he just said everyone here feels like that. Take Zyrtec every single night for the rest of your life... um 10 lbs that refuse leave and 5ish years later. That was an awful idea.

So I've quit antihistamines. I'll take something when I absolutely need it, but a nose spray every night and Zyrtec, never again. I'll die first.

Until death appears, I'm going to be using some of my Eden's Garden essential oils. I had a lot of success with diffusing peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus to get rid of a post nasal drip so that will be my new protocol. I'll keep y'all updated on how that goes.

2. Five Parks Yoga on YouTube is the bomb dot com. Here's my favorite power yoga flow I've been using, they have longer ones, but between toddler and after work needs... an hour is a no go.



3. Has anyone had experience with what they suspected to be a gluten sensitivity? I'm crossing my fingers this weird rash that has come back is allergy related and not food.

For the love of all that is good and holy please don't take away my cake!

I hadn't had a breakout in a long time, I ate like 80% Paleo for years, and then after doing Beach Body and adding wheat back into my diet I've been plagued with this nonsense on and off since Mardi Gras. It fits the description for dermatitis herpetiformis. The only issue is that I'm going to have to wait for yet another breakout to have a doctor look at it. There's an internal medicine doctor in town I'm planning to look into. I might have been covered with this when I was pregnant, it looked very similar but it was all over my legs. Since then I've had it on my hand and wrists... and this week my entire arms.

4. For all y'all with your perfectly posed Easter pics mine was not. Not even a little. The child's Daddy was still at church playing music and we were at home continuing the lamenting over the lack of Spider-Man pajamas being worn to church.


5. I'm starting another Whole30 on Monday in an attempt to get rid of this skin rash situation, or at least rule food out of the equation. Giving up my nice warm decaf coffee sweetened to perfection might be the saddest part of my day come Monday. Anyone want to Whole30 with me?


Monday, April 17, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

It's the last day of Spring Break for us, we're shedding all the tears. I won't lie, I live for the breaks. 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Breakfast for dinner

Tuesday - Chicken Satay... from Against All Grain that I never got around to making. 

Wednesday - Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Salad 

Thursday - Pulled Pork Sliders with Fries & Coleslaw (Sam's Club has a great frozen pulled pork that is Paleo/Whole30 friendly)

Friday - Leftover Pulled Pork with Mac & Cheese... and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese for me)


Saturday - Burgers

Sunday - Spaghetti (sauce recipe from Against All Grain, my child is a spaghetti lover)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Golf, Plants, & Books

Or maybe that should read in reverse order. 

I started reading Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf during our extra bumpy field trip last week and I'm really loving it. Wolf has been a Paleo-er I've loved simply because he isn't so hard nosed about everything. Listening to his podcasts to promote the book he's really taken on Personal Nutrition. 

For someone that likes a dang piece of cake on occasion, that's extra lovely. 

Rice isn't killing anyone. Unless you're insulin resistant, but that's another story. 

Point being, this book has been super eye opening at how our standard diet effects hunger. See also, this is who has be trying out the Keto approach to get rid of these last 10 baby pounds. With food by the way, no supplements. Protein powder and collagen peptides are about as far as I go down the powdered supplement rabbit hole. 


Now, in plant land. Or as my husband sees it, the hobby pit that couldn't sustain a household and he doesn't want carrots anyway. I added a few more to the crew this week. I got a Revolution Bell Pepper as well as a purple variety and two perennial strawberries. 

There's hope on the strawberry front. My little plant already has five little berries forming, however I don't suggest trying to grow from roots. That was a bust. I watched one too many episodes of The Edwardian Farm and thought I should plant from root back in the fall... that was a fall fail. 

I'll give you a rundown of what's currently growing and how it's going in case you're also a novice in southern Louisiana and want to waste your own money. 

Lemon Thyme - planted as a seedling and its going great
Garlic - planted from garlic in my Dad's garden, again great
Lettuce - Dad brought plants, they are spreading and regrowing easy. Having an aphid issue. 
Cucumber - Grew from seeds, they sprouted amazing but the spring bug issue is what I'm fighting. 
Bell pepper - just planted
Tomato - the originals were amazing until the husband ran them over. Long story. New ones planted. 
Artichoke - planted as seeds, no sprouts yet
Brussel Sprouts - planted seedlings, growing great
Melon - planted as seeds and the seedlings are great, not effected by the bugs on the cucumber end
Strawberries - roots were a fail, but the plants have been great. 


Yesterday, for the first time in 4 years we decided to play golf. Granted the course we were on was a club course but worse than the city course in Natchez. Go figure. If you caught my SnapChat you probably noticed I was complaining about the water hazards... and the fire hazard. This place had zero sand. Zero. It was a mine field of nothing but stogy water. I was amazed that one of the holes wasn't in the water. Clearly I loved it right?

Since it's been a solid two years since the two of us have even been on a driving range you can probably imagine our score card. It was lovely. Drinking a smoothie and then coffee before playing was a bust, having to back track to go to the bathroom was definitely not ideal. Armatures.

My only thought the entire time was the unfairness of men being able to pee standing up.

I'll admit to this, I made it 5 holes in before I said that my hands hurt too bad to continue on the torment. Once my ring has dug into my hand and it was effecting my drive I was out. Luckily it was just 9 holes and I drove the rest of them.


After the ill-fated round of "clearly we haven't played in ages" golf I convinced Jeremy to eat Indian food. That too was ill-fated. Never order the lunch special at Marsala in Lafayette. I was okay with it, ole J was not impressed. He wanted what he ordered, not a 1/2 cup of what he ordered and a plate of randomness he wasn't a fan of. This is not a man who will eat lentils willingly. 

Lucky for me Sam's Club made up for everything. In the event you have a business membership you need to go there this week. We buy all of our meat from Sam's and right now they have 10lb bags of Tyson chicken breasts as buy 5 and get $10 off. For a family that buys several bags a month that was super cost effective. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

So far, Keto seems to be working pretty well. It's bizarre to eat high fat being a child of the 90's and Snackwells. 

My approach has been to stick to my Primal (Paleo with dairy) way of eating and just move my macros around to get into ketosis. I haven't much decided if I'll do a high carb day once a week or everything other week. It's all going to depend on how I feel. I'm sore as heck from YOD on Saturday, but I slept almost 10 hours last night. 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Eggs, Bacon, & Blueberry Clafoutis

Tuesday - Meatballs with Pasta & Yellow Squash Noodles for me

Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - Cajun Chicken Pasta (with shirataki noodles for me)

Friday - Oven Baked Parmesan Garlic Wings with Fries

Saturday - Grilled Chicken & Country Ribs, Roasted Carrots, Deviled Eggs, Roasted Potatoes, Layered Salad



Sunday - leftovers

Friday, April 07, 2017

April: Currently



Current book: I've got a whole post to write about what I've read since last month, but currently Wired To Eat by Robb Wolf. 
Current music: Nothing, more podcasts than music these days. 
Current [non]-guilty pleasure: Yoga on Saturday mornings. 

Current drink: Coffee with coconut oil & heavy cream. 
Current food: Chicken Salad or Cream Cheese Pancakes... I've been testing out what Keto would do for me. 
Current obsession: Just like the last month, YOD yoga. I told Jeremy I'd even like to get certified to be an instructor eventually. You could also say reading though, I've read a dozen books in the past month. 
Current craving: Sleep. I haven't slept worth a crap in two days and I'm an emotional dragging mess. 
Current need: Sleep. 
Current indulgence: Keto Chocolate Mousse, made with avocados. It's divine. 
Current bane of my existence: Whatever is blooming. I know a few of you can sympathize with medicating a toddler. Also, I'd rather die than have a post nasal drip. Like let's be all sick but not this half sick mess. It's annoying, like being touched too much. 
Current procrastination: Bathing the dog. 
Current confession: I totally thew myself out of Keto today (I was definitely in ketosis) for a Dove Chocolate Bunny and a small thing of ice cream. This is what no sleep does to me, I start self mediacting. 
Current quote: Mama forgot to get you a seasonal shirt again. Is that a quote? Could that count? I'm just not that mom. Which might I add needs to been its own blog post. 
Current excitement: Spring Break starts right now. I've needed this so bad. I need a break from real life. 

Current mood: Dead tired. 

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

I'm not going to lie, I'm starting to type this before I even check to see if these recipes are online. I mainly planned from the Against All Grain cookbooks again. So in the event what I'm making isn't exactly on Pinterest, I'll post a similar replacement.

Another thing you'll notice with this is a higher fat content, I'm playing with my macros. Mainly reducing carbs majorly, moderate protein, and lots of healthy fats. I'll let y'all know how it goes. Right now I'm hopeful, and not nearly as hungry or craving anything. Unlike when I lower my fat content and I'm starving. 

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Breakfast for dinner (who knows what it is until it happens)

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with Asparagus & Green Onions (alternate recipe)

Wednesday - Leftover Chicken used in a Salad (Jeremy really likes the Sunflower Chopped Salad at Walmart)

Thursday - BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad (alternate recipe)

Friday - Ranch Popcorn Chicken with Fries for the guys

Saturday - that Chicken, Kale, & Sweet Potato Skillet I never got to

Sunday - Church Picnic/Chicken Satay that I didn't make yet either

Breakfast - Bullet Proof Coffee, Cream Cheese Pancakes, & a hard boiled egg if needed

Lunch - Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad with Seed Crackers


Snacks - Cheese Stick or 1/2 avocado with salt, pepper, and lime

Dessert - Chocolate Mousse
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