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Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

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I Did It!

Six months ago, I seeked help with my digestive issues and physical health from an acupuncturist. It was life changing.

I have been gluten free dairy free and soy free for 6 months. Looking back, there was a feeling of dread if this way of eating would be worth it.

The cabinets and refrigerator was cleared out. Food donated to the church and off to grocery store to find “food”

Today, there are times I have challenges shopping. For the most part my list is about the same. Lettuce, green onions, fruits, fruits and fruits, vegetables, vegetables and vegetables. Some gluten free chips and cookies. And chicken and fish. No dairy.

What do I miss the most. The convenience of eating anything without thinking much about what is in it.

What am I craving now? Lasagna. I have not even attempted to eat or make it.

It was worth it. The progress I’m making in my life again is an amazing feeling.

Here’s what I made today:

Gluten free dairy free blueberry muffins

  • 1 3/4 cups measure-to-measure king Arthur gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

Mix flour sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.

In another bowl combine egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture.

Bake 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes

Tonight’s dinner is a chicken burger with salad and pineapple.

  • 2lbs ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pepper
  • 6 slices pineapple.

Mix all ingredients besides pineapple. Form into patties. I use a cast iron grill pan, cook until brown.

Add pineapple on top of burger and serve with a salad.

Happy Day

Caroline