From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

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Sleep- Another great night thanks to the fact that my hubby was off for Labor Day. Since he works nights, this meant another night of passing out on his chest.  The real test will be tonight now that he is, sadly, back at work:(

Exercise- CrossFit at 9am.  Warm-up- 400 meter run, stretching, worked on snatch and jump shrugs, worked on plantar fascia with a lacrosse ball.  That hurt.  Apparently, mine are tight!  While the rest of the crew worked on snatch pulls (I think), I worked on overhead squats with a 15 pound bar.  This was the first time I have been able to get my arms overhead without serious pain in weeks, so it was a big moment.  The WOD today was 5 pull ups and 100 meter runs, AMRAP, 10 minutes.  I used a blue band and I got 9 rounds.  Later, I did a 12 minute Bodyrock with Doug and there was a new exercise on there called the Spiderman and it kicked our booties!  While the kids were visiting next door with my parents (yes, my parents live next door and it is fabulous), I did a 25 minute rebounder routine that I found in a magazine and wanted to try out.  I watched a rerun of Mike and Molly which I love.  Melissa McCarthy is so freakin’ awesome! LOVE HER!

Food

Breakfast

2 organic chicken sausages, avocado, sweet potato hash browns

Lunch- Ok, so I didn’t really eat lunch, but is was because I made snacks for the kids for the week and I couldn’t help myself from trying them.  And once I did, I wasn’t hungry for lunch.  Here’s what I made, for the kids of course;)

Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate chips- made with almond flour and a little honey

Essentially a Paleo Smore

I made a big batch of what essentially is a paleo graham cracker. The recipe is from Eat Like a Dinosaur.  It is made with a combo of coconut flour and almond flour.  I am freezing them so I can have them for when the kids need a “treat”.  I had just enough natural peanut butter left in the jar that I couldn’t help myself from slathering one with it and then popping on a small square of 72% dark chocolate.  It was yummy.  Oh, and the kids liked them too:)

Dinner

Spaghetti Squash with olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes

I had leftover spaghetti squash so I decided to make a version of a recipe in Well Fed.  I just sauteed garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil then added some salt, pepper and parsley.  When it was done I topped it with the almond flour crumbs that had been toasted in coconut oil.  And for extra decadence I threw on some grass-fed cheese.  It was super simple and good.

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Sleep- Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  I slept for 9  hours!  It’s about time since for the past seven nights I probably haven’t gotten 9 hours total!  Now I feel like I can return to the land of the living and get back to blogging. My daughter didn’t even get up last night. No spider nightmares!  Totally praying this continues.  I am a much more effective mother, wife, coach, human being, etc. when I have had a good nights’ sleep.

Exercise- CrossFit at 9am.  My shoulder is much better, but my trainer has told me no lifting for the next 2 weeks.  I did some stretching then I did 50 ring pull ups.  The WOD today was wall balls and burpees.  I felt like I could do burpees, but trainer said no, so my WOD was 15 Wall Ball Touches (10# ball) with a squat and then 7 jump squats for 10 minutes.  I got 11 rounds.  At 5pm I did a 12 minute Bodyrock workout with Doug and then a 3 minute Bodyrock Ab Bonus.  Also 10 minutes on the rebounder.  I am planning on doing some stretching before bed, but as it is only 7:30, that remains to be seen.

Food- Let me just say that my food choices may be a little random since payday is Friday and we are basically out of food.  I am trying to make do with what we have which isn’t easy.

Breakfast

Sweet potato hashbrowns, 1 nitrate free sausage patty, 1/2 small avocado

Lunch

More sweet potato hashbrown, cauliflower “mashed potatoes”, organic frozen wild blueberries, peanut butter on gluten free crackers

Sorry for the fuzzy picture.  The cauliflower is from Well Fed and I thought it was awesome!

Dinner

Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes and Organic Broccoli with Grass-Fed Butter

LOVE me some grass-fed butter.  Everything is better with just a little bit:))

 

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Sleep– I was super tired, but I tossed and turned from about 11-1.  My tendonitis in my rotator cuffs just would not ease up.  I finally decided to get up and do some light therapy on it.  I grabbed my book, My Immortal by Erin McCarthy, (a friend of mine has given me several books to read).  I finished the book ( it was good, not a classic, but easy to read and a good escape) and I fell asleep halfway through my second 20 minute light session.  I woke up at 8:30 which may be the lastest I have gotten up since I had my twins 10 years ago.  Seriously!

Exercise- Since I woke up at 8:30, I missed the 9am CrossFit.  I totally missed my crew of girls, but the noon class was good.  Warm up- 1000k row, 2-4-6-4-2 pull ups ( only the blue band today, go me!), 2-4-6-4-2 hand stand push ups ( did the last few against the wall to practice, but most off the box), 30 knees to elbows and an odd stretch with our leg up on some boxes.  Lift- Overhead squat-  I find this very hard on my shoulders.  1×5, 1×5+  I used a 35# bar and did 8 reps on the second set. Backsquat- 1×20 I used 75#.  WOD- 50-40-30-20-10 Double under jump rope and sit ups.  I have not mastered the double under yet so I had to do singles – 100-80-60-40-20.  My time was 8:45.  For some reason, I didn’t feel like I had worked out hard enough so I ran 2 miles when I got home. Time-19:24.

Food

Breakfast

More Leftover sweet potato has browns, chicken sausage and pineapple

Lunch

Wild Planet 100% Pole & Troll Caught Tuna

I used this tuna to make the Waldorf Tuna Salad from Well Fed. It claims to have less than half the mercury and be sustainably caught.  I got it at Costco and it was definitely more expensive than the Kirkland brand I have bought in the past. If the claims are true then it is worth it.  It was also delicious.

Waldorf Tuna Salad in Avocado Boat and the last of the fresh pineapple

This would have been totally paleo except I used store bought mayo.  I was running late for lunch and just didn’t have the time to make the homemade.  Next time:)

Snack- handful of dark chocolate chips and a spoon of peanut butter.  Let me just admit now that this was a stress reaction.  My mom had just come over to tell me that my grandfather is not expected to make it through the next 24 hours.  I don’t know why this made me want chocolate, but it did.  Peanut butter, too? Even better.  It didn’t turn into an all out binge though so I’m giving myself credit for that.  The situation is crazy stressful because my grandfather married a woman who has cut us out of his life entirely.  Her first order of business was moving him across the country.  The next to write us out of his will.  It has progressed with her sending back pictures of my kids.  I feel like I have learned to forgive her, but knowing that he has been sick and she has kept it from us until it was too late for us to come see him alive has gotten some pretty powerful feelings stirred up in me.  Mostly, my heart breaks for my mom because I know how much it hurts her.  That’s her daddy and that is a pretty big thing in a girl’s life, even if she is all grown.

Dinner

Wild Hake Loins with Roasted Cauliflower

This was a fish I had never heard of but picked up at Costco for something different.  Reminded me of Mahi Mahi, very meaty.  The kids loved it.  They always love any type of seafood.  I gave the kids the “less burned” cauliflower, but honestly, I kind of like the burned pieces. Shhh! Don’t tell. They think I am being nice:))

 

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Back from vacation:(  Now reality with my Paleo Challenge is really going to set in.  So far so good with the no grains and no peanut butter.  Tomorrow starts the no sugar component.  My kids are keeping up the gluten free.  Not sure when I am going to take them to the next step.  I’ll keep you updated.

Exercise- Bodyrock 30 day challenge workout- 18 minutes High Intensity Intervals (some weighted, some cardio), 5 minutes strenth intervals- 5 minutes yoga strength exercises, 5 minutes yoga stretching, 30 minutes on rebounder (mini trampoline)

Food

Breakfast- sweet potato hash (sweet potatoes, sausage, coconut oil, S&P, cinnamon), 1/2 a large orange

Snack- 1/2 organic apple, 4 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice

Lunch- 2 egg omelet w/kalamata olives, spinach, artichokes, & feta

Snack- small chocolate & vanilla frozen yogurt with M&Ms and chocolate chips (My last hurrah before my no sugar commitment tomorrow. I didn’t even eat all of it:))

Dinner – 4oz. grilled chicken breast, 1 cup sauteed veggies (onions, garlic, celery, carrots, red bell pepper, scallions w/lots of spices)

That will be my last food entry until after my yearly physical tomorrow.  Wish me luck:))

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Paleo Challenge – Week 1

Ok, so I’m totally jumping ahead here, but I felt the need to start journaling a little bit about what I am  doing right now before I forget.  My health coach is a big believer in the Paleo style of eating.  I have done Paleo before, but found it difficult to stick with.  For one, I have 3 kids who gave me a lot of grief over food choices.  For two, I found it to be incredibly expensive.  At the time that we did Paleo the first time, we were a family of 5 on one income.  Buying all the organic, grass-fed meats and organic fruits and veggies was really out of our budget.  I also became very frustrated by the fact that I was spending so much money on food and my kids were all complaining about the food we were eating.  They also complained about being hungry all the time.  I never seemed to be able to fill them up!  This all occurred last June.  Fast forward to today, and I am trying to move into Paleo again.  Instead of the 30 day challenge I did last time that was woefully unsuccessful, I am trying a slower approach.  This week, I went off all grains.  The kids however, only went off gluten.  (I should mention that my husband has been super supportive of whatever diet changes I have made and generally eats whatever I eat.  I am very blessed, I know.)  Leaving off the grains this week has really been pretty easy.  I was already off gluten due to my allergy, which we will get to later, so it wasn’t a huge leap.  The main thing I miss is tortilla chips and my rice crackers.  I love a good guacamole, salsa or cheese dip and using veggies instead of chips really doesn’t do it for me.  However, I am willing to forgo lots more than that to get my health where I want it.  The kids have done GREAT on the gluten free diet.  I intend to bring them further along on my Paleo journey, but right now I think I need to pave the way and find things that work and then bring them along more slowly.  Next challenge- peanut butter.  Peanuts are a legume, so true Paleo eaters don’t do peanut butter.  I am going to say right off the bat that this may not be a lifelong thing.  I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER! I can eat it on just about anything (or nothing).  Since I have never given it up before, I am going to give it a try since it is a highly allergenic food.  I know I am not acutely allergic, but I don’t know if I might have a more subtle allergic response.  So here goes.  Start praying now…I’ll check back in to let you know how I am doing.

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