Sunday, December 8, 2013
Good morning. I'm getting a late start on my post because I got side tracked trying to pick out a theme for my WordPress site. I can't wait for the transfer. But I do have to wait about a month yet. December is in full swing now. And I feel like I have a million and one things to get done!
This week will be another crazy busy week. Tonight is my daughter's Christmas program at church. Monday we are getting my daughter tested for allergies. We really want to know what she is allergic to and what is causing her hives...but the test will not be fun. I also have a chiro appointment. Tuesday my daughter's class is doing a little program, so Abram and I will go to that, in addition to their Kindermusik classes. Wednesday I have a chiro appointment. I really do need to find some time to go Christmas shopping. I might be able to squeeze in a little that morning. Else maybe Thursday. Thursday my son has to get a vaccination. And my daughter has dance. I also have a get-together in the evening. Friday I have a MomBreak steering team meeting. Saturday my husband and daughter might go to a Christmas music concert.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I guess I'm just a tiny bit behind with my goals this month. But life is busy. I'm already looking forward to Christmas break! But there is so much to do before then. My goals this month will focus on health as always. But also on getting ready for Christmas. What are your goals for this season?
1. Health and Healing*Sleep - I will continue to make sleep a priority. I have found that I do a lot better when I take a nap with my feet up in the afternoon. It's not always possible. But it really does help. This is in addition to shooting for 8 hours of sleep a night most of the time.
*Chiropractic care - I am about half way through my round of traction to help my neck. I will continue to go twice a week for now.
*Exercise - I will keep exercising daily. I need a balance of cardio and strength.
*Allergies - I'm trying to keep my son well fed and avoid the foods he's allergic to. And we are getting my daughter tested in a few days. Meal planning could get even trickier...if that's possible.
*Thyroid - So it turns out I was wrong about my estrogen. It's fine. The real problem...my thyroid. It's always been my problem. Turns out I've been on the wrong dose of medication for quite some time now, which is causing the majority of my really bad symptoms. So I'm working on figuring out the correct dosage. I don't know how long it will take. But at least I'm finally on the right track. And hopefully I'll give a more thorough update/description about it at some point.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
It's time for my November recap. Better late than never! November was a month of a lot of learning and healing. I'm so thankful to be on the right track now. Here's how it went.
1. Health and Healing
*Make sleep a priority. Overall I've done really well getting 7 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep a night. That has been a big help in my healing process.
*Chiropractic care. I have been going two times a week. I'm not totally straight yet, but I'm getting there.
*Exercise. I have been enjoying daily exercise. I try to do at least some weights/strength training every day. I also do a lot of walking. And most importantly I listen to my body.
*Balance hormones. I am still working on this. But I did finally make an important discovery. My thyroid is the root of my health struggles. I'm finally fitting all of the puzzle pieces together. And I'm working on increasing my thyroid medication to get my body back to working well. All I really needed for reproductive hormones was a little extra weight (which I definitely have now!). The rest is thyroid.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
|Homemade gluten free pumpkin pie with fresh raw whipped cream and locally made apple cider.|
Now it's back to the usual chaos. This week we have church, Christmas program practice, chiro, grocery shopping, Kindermusik, milk pick up, a nursery committee meeting, dance, MomBreak, and Rebecca and I are going to see The Nutcracker. I hope I can stay sane this week.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving! I've been looking forward to this week for a while. My husband just got home from a week in India yesterday (which means I have help again). My daughter only has two days of school. My husband is only working for two days this week. There is no dance class. Soccer just ended yesterday. And we don't have to travel! All of this means we are going to RELAX! That is something to be thankful for.
Of course there is still plenty to be done. But at least we don't have to be on the go every day. I still have my two chiro appointments. The kids do have Kindermusik. And I need to do some shopping - craft store and health food store. We are actually just staying home and celebrating Thanksgiving as a family this year. We might visit my grandparents (and possibly some other extended relatives) later in the day.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I have a picky eater. He ate tons of vegetables when he was starting to eat solids. He'd need third helpings of carrots. He would eat just about anything you gave him.
Now he's two. Enough said. The mere mention of the word squash sends him running to another room. One bite of broccoli can turn into gagging and his whole dinner coming back up. And after eliminating beans and peas from his diet from allergies there isn't much left to try that he might even attempt to eat.
So it's time to puree. I have started to add pureed vegetables to whatever I can. If he doesn't eat any of this broccoli from dinner, it goes right into the blender as part of a smoothie...that he'll happily drink.
Last night I made one of my son's favorite foods - macaroni and cheese (he has no idea there is such a thing as a box of mac 'n' cheese...so at least I don't have to try to make it taste like that). This is not an easy task for a child allergic to dairy! But I came up with a recipe that is healthy and has no dairy substitutes.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I do my best to make homemade snacks for my kids. It used to be pretty easy. Then we went gluten free. A little more challenging, but not that big of a deal. Now that my son is also dairy, almond, egg and rice free it gets even harder.
So I had to create a cracker that he could eat...that actually tastes good...and isn't made with weird cheese substitutes. I came up with a dairy free version of my cheese crackers.
They look cheesy and taste cheesy. But it's really just squash and salt. But please don't tell my two year old that! He loves them. And as long as he doesn't hear the word squash, he'll devour them. Literally. I could hardly even take a picture because he wanted the entire plate of crackers.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
|Daddy's orchestra concert.|
This week we have more chiro appointments, grocery shopping and a playdate.
I'm hoping to spend most of my extra time cleaning the house. I also want to make yogurt, gummies, broth and crackers. I already made a batch of coconut milk ice cream this morning. And I plan to puree the vegetables I have in the crockpot to add to various meals this week so I can get my son to eat them...without him knowing. We might try to start some Christmas crafts as well.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I have been canning for about nine years now. I am by no means an expert. But I usually manage to stock our pantry with plenty of good stuff to last the winter.
Recently I've had a lot of people asking me about canning. Although it may sound hard, it is actually quite simple. Making the food to can is the hard part. The canning is the easy part.
But I know when I was just learning it was a very daunting task. And it does take a little practice to feel comfortable doing it. So for any beginner canner or simply someone that needs a refresher, here is a step-by step guide to canning.
This is how I can. I'm sure other people have their own methods/steps for things. But this has always worked for me. I think in my nine years of canning I've only ever had one or two jars that didn't seal. Not too bad.
This tutorial is for water bath canning. Only certain foods can be canned with this method. Some foods require a pressure canner. I've only ever done that twice. And it still scares me. But maybe some day I'll get better at it and post a tutorial on that as well. Canning season just ended for me. So it won't be this year.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
|Veggie Tales Live|
Time for another busy week where my goals are to catch up and rest as much as I can. Somehow that seems to always be my life. Lately the rest is first priority. Although it's tough on nights like last night where my son didn't fall asleep until after 10! Crazy kid. And I think I just heard him now...at 6:30 am! Not good.
This week I have my usual two chiro visits. We have milk pick up. I have a MomBreak meeting. My daughter has a doctor appointment. And my husband has an orchestra concert. We are going to try to make it to that...should be interesting since it's at nap time. And if you've seen my son recently when he is low on sleep, it's not a pretty sight.
I managed to go through more of our apples last week. But there are more to go. I want to do at least one more round of applesauce. And I'd like to make dried apples and apple crisp. I still need to make a batch of cheese crackers. I want to make some safe crackers for my son. I'd also like to make a batch of granola, muffins and cook some dried beans for easy lunch components.