From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Daily Log

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.

Advertisements
Leave a comment »

Daily Log

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:))

 

2 Comments »

Daily Log

Sleep– Not bad, a little better actually.  I didn’t wake up at all until 5:30.  Got up, used the bathroom, and went back to sleep.  Fell back asleep til 7:30.  Shoulders were still hurting some but not enough to keep me awake so I was thankful for that.

Exercise- Scheduled day off from CrossFit.  I did do 30 minutes on the rebounder just because I think it’s fun and I haven’t done it in while.  I also took a 2 mile walk (35 mins) during my daughter’s dance class this evening.  There is a park right across the street from her class and the weather was pretty good so I decided it was better than just sitting there waiting on her.  When I came back I saw all the other parents literally just sitting there waiting for their kids to get done.  I know this sounds a little judgey (I know that is not a real word), but I just felt like I was seeing what is wrong with our society and our health.  Every one of those people appeared to have the physical capacity to get up and walk and yet I was the only one moving.  People are always saying there is no time in their day for exercise, but it can be as simple as taking a walk while you are waiting to pick up your kids.  I think it all counts.

Food

Breakfast

Pasture Pork sausage, sweet potato hashbrowns, organic cherries, raspberries and blackberries

Lunch

Leftover Hot Plate with Chives

Dinner

Mexican Hot Plate

There isn’t actually a Mexican Hot Plate in Well Fed,  but we have been enjoying the concept and my kids love Mexican food, so we made this one up.  We used spinach as the base then seasoned up grass-fed ground beef with cumin, garlic, onion, paprika, parley and chili powder.  We also had a bag of small sweet peppers that were going to get tossed in the next few days so we put all of those in there for extra veg.  Then we topped it with salsa, avocado and cilantro.  I put a few crushed organic corn tortilla chips in the bottom of the kids’ bowls.  It gets them to eat the rest.  If I put them on top they just eat the chips and leave the rest.

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment »

Daily Log

Sleep– Another great night!  Hallelujah!  I don’t know exactly what time I went to sleep.  I got in the bed to read at 9:30 which was awesome all on its own.  When I got sleepy, I turned out the light.  I am guessing it was about 10:30.  I woke up at 7:48 which is the latest I have slept in a REALLY long time.  One side note, I have been having lots of dreams.  A few of them have been nightmarish, like snakes in the couch!  I had another really disturbing one about one of my boys being molested.  These types of dreams are very unusual for me.  Not really sure if there is any meaning there or not.  Actually, I’m sure there is some meaning to these dreams, I just don’t know what it is.

Exercise-Rest Day; did Bodyrock Flow workout- it was 15 minutes with the primary focus on backbends.  The girl who leads these videos looks like she has no bones.  I don’t expect to get quite that flexible, but I would really love to improve.  Also did 10 minutes on the rebounder and an easy 20 minute walk.

Food

Breakfast

4 organic strawberries, 5 organic blackberries, Sausage Hash

The has is a recipe from Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso.  It is super easy and super yummy.  I had the butcher at Whole Foods add sausage seasoning to their pasture raised ground pork and it worked perfectly.

Lunch

Chick hot dog, sauerkraut, avocado, pineapple, broccoli

Kind of a weird lunch.  Wanted to eat up the leftover broccoli and sauerkraut and this pineapple was getting almost too ripe.  My daughter asked for these hot dogs yesterday at Whole Foods.  Here they are:

They were definitely “lighter” tasting than regular hot dogs, but they still had a good flavor.  Here is my daughter enjoying her sauerkraut.  She always amazes me with the things she likes to eat.  Not a typical 5 year old!

Finn enjoying her Sauerkraut

Finn loves to bake so I agreed to bake our way through the treats section in our new cookbook, Eat Like a Dinosaur.  Our first attempt was a glowing success with these chocolate chip cookies.

Eat Like a Dinosaur Chocolate Chip Cookies

I cut one open so you could see they were gooey and moist in the middle.  They really could compete with a more “traditional” chocolate chip cookie.

Dinner

All-American Hot Plate from Well Fed

This is from Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. She calls for any ground meat and I used bison because I had it on hand.  The items that look like potatoes are actually jicama.  I had actually never had jicama cooked before.  I have used it like a crudite, but this way was a new idea for me.  My husband and I really liked it.

Leave a comment »

Daily Log

Sleep- 10:30-4 at which point I had to get up to pee.  I hate that.  Got back to sleep and then Finn came in with a nightmare.  She got in bed with me and about the time I got back to sleep my son, Presley, came in with a nose bleed.  Ahhh! I did get  back to sleep, but not sure what time.  I got up at 7:30.

Exercise –  walked 2 miles on treadmill, 12 minutes of intense Bodyrock, 15 minutes on rebounder, 5 minutes stretching

Food –

Breakfast – 8 oz almond milk, 1 scoop whey protein, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

Snack – leftover turkey dish from last night

Lunch – 2 eggs, 1 tsp olive oil, red onion, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, basil pesto

Dinner – 5 oz chicken, basil pesto, toasted pine nuts, kalamata olives

Leave a comment »

Daily Log

Sleep – 1 1-6:10 Went to sleep very quickly and slept soundly. Awesome!

Exercise – 60 minute walk on treadmill at 4.0; 10 mins on rebounder; 12 minutes of Bodyrock with my husband.  He is starting a workout program today. Yeah!  He’s in pretty good shape, but he’s never been an exerciser.  I can’t wait to see the progress he makes.

Food

Breakfast – 1 chicken sausage link, 1 cup hashbrowns made with purple sweet potatoes.  I saw these “purple sweet potatoes” at Whole Foods and decided to get a couple.  I didn’t think they tasted anything like sweet potatoes.  They were not sweet at all.  They were more like a turnip or rutabaga in my opinion.  That being said, I did like them.  Just not what I expected.

Snack – ThinkThin Bar

Lunch – 2 cups organic spinach, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 avocado, 4 oz turkey burger, 2 tbsp olive oil dressing, 1 orange

Snack – 1.5 oz dark chocolate, 2 tbsp peanut butter w/coconut oil.  I bought this peanut butter with coconut oil today and I think it was a mistake because I LOVE IT!

Dinner – 3 eggs scrambled in 1 tsp coconut oil with 2 tbsp basil pesto

Other – My hair has stopped falling out over the past couple of days!  Praise God!  Praying that the streak continues:)

Leave a comment »

Daily Log

Sleep- 11-6:30 Another good night:)

Exercise – 5 min warm-up, 20 min ME workout (8lb), 5 min stretch; 10 mins rebounder; 30 minute treadmill walk at 4.0

Food-

Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs in 1 tsp butter & 1tsp coconut oil, 1 chicken sausage link

Snack – handful of mixed nuts, 1 gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookie

Lunch – 1 1/2 cups organic baby spinach, 3 oz tuna, 1 tbsp mayo, 2 tbsp sliced almonds, 1 chopped tomato, 1 tbsp olive oil

Snack – other half of my NoGii bar from yesterday

Dinner – 2 salmon patties (wild alaskan salmon, egg, onion, garlic, spices), 1 cup squash soup, split the last chocolate chip cookie with the kids

 

Leave a comment »

Daily Log

Sleep – 10:45- 6:30  without waking up, so AWESOME!

Exercise – 30 minute walk on treadmill at 4.0; 5 min warm-up, 20 minutes ME workout (8 lb weights, 4.75 rounds, the goal is to get to 5 rounds in the 20 minutes and then move up to higher weights), 5 minutes stretching, 20 minutes rebounder, 2o minute leisurely walk with kids after dinner, 10 minutes yoga stretching before bed

Food-

Breakfast – Spring Scramble (see previous days for ingredients); green tea with ginger

Snack – Think Think Bar- I like these, but I don’t eat them often because of the sugar alcohols

Lunch – vegetable beef soup with 1 oz cheese, 1 orange; My husband made the soup last night for the kids while I was working and he saved me some.  I can’t tell you exactly what was in it, but I did pick out grass-fed beef, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, tomatoes & parsley

Snack – 2 chocolate chip cookies- Ok, before you judge me too harshly, let me explain.  I used to bake all the time before I went gluten free.  I actually had a side business at one time.  My daughter still loves to bake and has been begging me to make cookies.  I agreed to make the chocolate chip cookies in the book I am following, The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project.  They were fabulous.  All the kids loved them, even the neighbor kids.  And that is saying something.  My kids are so accustomed to eating “different” things that they almost never complain about the weird textures and other differences that come with baking/cooking gluten free.  These cookies are vegan to boot!  At some point I am going to start putting recipes and pictures on here.  I am learning one step at a time.

Dinner – 1 stuffed bell pepper- Once again, my husband cooked.  I know, I know, I am very lucky!  You are probably wondering what in the world I do while he is doing all this cooking.  Usually the answer is cleaning up behind him.  While he is a wonderful, inventive chef, he leaves a giant mess in his wake, using every pan, pot and utensil we have.  Anyway, this dish had grass-fed beef, zucchini, onion, garlic, parsley, roasted red bell pepper, carrots and some unknown spices.  He then stuffed the mixture into red, yellow and orange bell peppers.  Mine was orange. And delicious:)

Leave a comment »

Daily Log

Sleep- I spoke too soon.  Last night sucked!  For some reason I was tired but wired.  I know that sounds like an oxymoron, and I guess it is, but it’s true.  I finally fell asleep somewhere in the neighborhood of  1 am.  I woke up about 4 am and decided to read a little while. (I am reading half a dozen books right now, but I chose to read The Captive by Victoria Holt.  I just found her and she is a prolific British author.  I am into all things and people British right now.  Probably because of Downton Abbey and EL James).  Anyway, I fell back asleep around 5 and slept until 7.  Hoping for better tonight.

Weight = 123.6  That is a small loss so I’ll take it:))

Exercise- 6 mins rebounder for warm-up; 24 mins Bodyrock weighted intervals, 10 mins yoga cool-down stretching

Food-

Breakfast-Protein Smoothie (1 scoop protein powder,1 heaping tbsp ground flaxseeds, 1 cup frozen organic blueberries, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp maca powder)

Snack- 1 hard boiled egg, 1 orange

Lunch – crabmeat salad (4 oz crabmeat, 1 chopped scallion, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 lemon juiced, 1/2 avocado) 1 cup organic strawberries

Snack – 1.5 oz dark chocolate & handful of almonds

Dinner – 6 oz organic roasted chicken breast, sliced yellow and zucchini squash sauteed in 1/2 cup chicken stock and 1 clove crushed garlic

Other – Had another headache, but it was much milder than the past 2 days

Leave a comment »

Daily Log

Sleep- Another great night!  This is getting to be a habit:))  11:00-7:00, no kids in the bed!

Exercise- 16 mins Bodyrock intervals, 10 mins rebounder, 5 mins yoga stretching

Food-

Breakfast-3 scrambled eggs with 1 tomato and 1/2 red onion sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil; 1 cup organic blueberries

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed raw nuts

Lunch – 5 oz turkey burger over spinach with red onion 1/2 avocado

Snack – 5 organic strawberries, 1 tbsp almond butter

Dinner – Totally went off the plan here.  I had a massive headache and felt like doodie.  I skipped dinner and had a giant spoon of peanut butter and a handful of dark chocolate chips.  Then I had a Tylenol and a calming hot tea.  I feel better now.

Other – As previously stated, I had another headache today.  Still not sure what they are related to?

Leave a comment »