Jan 29, 2011

Yummy in my Tummy!

Yesterday was one of those days that I didn't feel like doing ANYTHING! Thankfully, I have a daughter that can cook and take care of me:) She made me the most delicious lunch! I told her she has to make the same dish for me at least once a week! I don't even know what all she put in it but it was SO yummy!

First of all, she made me a fresh loaf of my favorite bread (grain free, sugar free). Then she stir fried a bunch of different veggies and cooked 1/2 of a spaghetti squash. The veggies are SUPER yummy because she added a can of light coconut milk and seasoned it to perfection. I think she used cumin(my FAVE!), cinnamon, chili powder, garlic, turmeric and who knows what else. She put the veggies over spaghetti squash and sprinkled with fresh Parmesan, served with a piece of fresh bread. There was no way I could eat all that she put on my plate, but I sure gave it my best shot! Oh, I almost forgot, it also had chicken with wheat free tamari sauce mixed in. I had the leftovers with eggs for breakfast this morning and still have more to keep me happy for maybe another day :) My daughter will make her future hubby very happy with her cooking skills~she's only 14 though so it will be a while before that happens.

Quick update: I had a visit with a new Dr. last Monday that went really well. He changed my diet, my hormones and my Savella (to something he feels is much safer). I was at his office from 8:30am until 3pm and he was the most thorough Dr. I have EVER been to. He literally spent HOURS examining me, talking and asking questions! I'll try to post more later about it but I can at least say that I am very hopeful that he will be able to help me:)

Do you have a dish that you could eat over and over and never get tired of it?

Jan 20, 2011

Well, There Goes That (Savella)!

I posted yesterday that I am still on Savella and as of today I am going to have to come off of it! Our insurance changed as of Jan. 1st and the new insurance will not pay enough on the Savella for me to be able to afford it. So, I am tapering down starting today.

Today started off pretty good with physical therapy. Then it kind of started sliding down hill from there! There are several stressful things going on right now and I am just trying to breath~and pray. I need the Lord to help me be content and not fearful or anxious.

I'm headed to teach a yoga class at my church. I'm hoping I can teach without hurting myself and I know it will be good for me to chill for a while.

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." (Philippians 4:11) Well, I'm trying anyway:)

Jan 19, 2011

A New Favorite

I have been on the hunt for a grain free bread that does NOT use nuts and I finally found one that I LOVE! I actually had my daughter make it for me and she did a superb job:) I found the original recipe HERE. I had my daughter change a couple of minor details though. If I EVER follow a recipe perfectly, that would be a miracle. I had her leave out the sesame seeds because my tummy doesn't like them and she used coconut oil instead of butter and less than it called for. Anyway, it is pretty near perfect! Today, I had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich~which is something I don't normally eat, but I totally enjoyed it!
Had a dill pickle with my sandwich~yum!

Isn't that a pretty loaf?:)

I use a smaller than normal loaf pan to get a good height on my bread, but it's not a mini loaf pan either. Perfect for gluten free breads that don't rise very much. Check out the recipe~it sure is tasty and easy to make!

In case you are wondering, I am still on Savella. I was going to stop taking it but I agreed with my hubby to keep taking it until I had my follow up with the Dr. I had that appointment on Monday and he suggested increasing the dose. I agreed to try that for a month. I have little to no side affects so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it a little longer. I know lots of people don't take any kind of medication and that's great, but my body is just not doing well. If the Savella ends up helping, I would be SO happy! As of right now, still not much change though.

Jan 13, 2011

Where Have I Been?

Honestly, I have been on my couch or my bed a LOT these last couple of weeks! I have wanted to blog but just haven't had the energy or even clear thinking enough to do it. I am still taking Savella, but am going for a follow up with my Dr. on Monday to talk to him more about it. It isn't making me sick and I have had very little side affects from it (except for a few days), but I can't tell that it is helping AT ALL. I thought it was going to help at first because the first three days I took it I seemed to feel some better. By the fourth day, I felt like I always do. The last two weeks, I have actually felt worse! So, we'll see what the Doc says.

I am also pursuing another avenue of treatment. I am going to see another Dr. on the 24th. I really love my regular Dr., but there is a lady at my church with Fibro. and this other Dr. is really helping her with some alternative treatments. I also have some other issues that NO ONE has been able to help me with and I'm hoping the new Dr. will have some insight on how to treat me. The new Dr. had some diet recommendations for my friend at church so I am trying what he told her to do. I don't want to go into detail yet about it because it may or may not help. I just figure it's worth a shot. At this point, I am willing to do just about anything if it will help me feel better:)

I want to say too, that I am SO blessed by my church family!! When I am at my lowest, there is always a shoulder to cry on~literally~and people to pray. I am also being blessed with financial help to see this new Dr. Otherwise, I would not even be able to think about going! So, even when things look the worst, there are blessings being poured out:)

I will try to update more often. I have been reading other blogs when I feel like sitting at the computer~versus being on my couch~which is where I'm heading now:) Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Did you have big plans to celebrate ringing in the New Year? I NEVER make plans for New Years Eve because I NEVER make it til midnight~lol! Hubby and I stayed home and watched movies and I fell asleep on the couch. Exciting, huh? It may not sound too exciting, but we are both happy to stay home for a quiet night. All my youngin's were at other people's houses until well after midnight. My boys and a friend of theirs have not even been to bed~AT ALL!! Boy, to be young again! I'm getting ready to start some chocolate chip pancakes for them:)

Hubby goes back to work on Monday which means the Holidays will officially be over. I still have my tree up because I got it up kind of late. It's too much work to put it up and then take it right back down. I'll probably do that sometime this week. I have mixed emotions about getting back to 'normal' routine. It has been so nice to be on 'holiday' for the last two weeks with my family. Now, it's time for my daughter to get back to work on homeschooling and for life to resume as usual.

Resolutions? I don't have any! I have learned something about myself. I do MUCH better setting small daily goals than I do trying to set goals for an entire year. I wouldn't remember half of them anyway:) I used to be so schedule oriented and wanted everything planned out just right. Well, life doesn't happen that way and it would always just stress me out! I used to spend HOURS planning the school year and daily schedule only to find within the first two weeks of the homeschool year, that my 'perfect' schedule wasn't so perfect. I do still like to be fairly organized, but I have learned to give myself LOTS of grace! There are just too many variables in life for things to go how I want them to go~especially raising three teens!

Okay, off to make pancakes!

Do you set New Years Resolutions? I pray this year is FULL of blessings for each and every one of you!!