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What! It’s time for a Change?!

This morning, I became motivated to change some items around in my home.

First I ordered a new bedding. I need my colors to match! I also want some colors that show my personality.

I moved my area rug to my studio. I now can do yoga with a rug under my mat, which my knees are so happy for this decision.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I made sausage. And cut up kiwi, and added blackberries and raspberries to it. And a tall glass of chocolate milk.

I watched some of my favorite YouTube artists.

I do have clients scheduled today. Mostly later this evening.

Will the change happen?

I’m still undecided if fully working from home will be the best for me. I think by the end of the year I will have the answer.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Crepes

I found this on the blog:https://www.mamaknowsglutenfree.com/gluten-free-crepes/#recipe

This was a great recipe. It turned out delicious. It was like I was in Paris France again.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk , dairy-free use almond, cashew or coconut milk.
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (leave out if your flour already has it)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter , for dairy-free use Smart Balance butter

Directions

Beat the eggs, add rest of the ingredients.

I had to use a mixer to get the batter smooth.

Drop 1/4 cup of batter into the heated pan. Cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook for 30 seconds to a minute.

Add fruit to the crepe.

Why the oranges in the photo? Because I was originally going to make crepes with oranges and squeeze some for the juice. After inspecting they were not good to eat. So strawberries and bananas were the next choice.

Yes I added chocolate syrup to mine!

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · gluten free · mindfulness · simple life

Restocking Pantry

This morning an order was made from whole foods market. I decided to buy for only this week, instead of thinking about next week. The goal is to use what I bought.

My meal plan is to use the meats that I already cooked and are now in the freezer, ready to be thawed and warmed up. This saves me time on the long days of being at the office. Having an autoimmune, being smart about cutting down time standing or waiting for food to be done is a definite goal.

Grocery List

  • broccoli florets
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • watermelon
  • cantaloup
  • spinach
  • romaine lettuce
  • mixed lettuce
  • vegan may
  • vegan ranch dressing-first time trying it
  • vegan cheese-for my tuna melt
  • popcorn
  • plantation chips
  • gluten free crackers
  • almond pudding-first time trying it
  • tomatoes
  • turnip-planning to roast veggies
  • carrots
  • asperagus
  • almond milk
  • bacon
  • potatoes
  • gluten free bagels
  • dairy free cream cheese
  • vegan butter

I think that was all…

Meal Planning for Breakfast

  • gluten free bagel and cream cheese with fruit
  • finish cinnamon muffin with fruit
  • fruit smoothie
  • egg and avocado with gluten free toast

Meal Planning for Dinner

  • Tuna melt with roasted veggies-asparagus and turnip and radishes
  • Finish BBQ chicken and rice-add a salad to it
  • Roman Lettuce-roasted, with side of roasted vegetables and potato with chives
  • Salad with chicken patties

Desserts

  • almond milk pudding
  • coconut milk pudding
  • gluten free brownies
  • mandarin orange

Breakfast

This morning, I was up early, just couldn’t sleep, but wanted to so badly.

I warmed up the cinnamon muffins in the toaster oven and made gluten free hot chocolate. Added watermelon and cantaloupe.

Dinner- Tuna Melt

Tonight dinner was made and it was delicious.

I cooked carrots, turnips, asparagus until tender. You can roast them. I chose to saute them. While the veggies are cooking, I warmed up the tuna from yesterday, mixed in vegan mayo.

I used Miyoko’s cheddar cheese. It is gluten free and dairy free. It is the best brand for cheeses and butter. It had me fooled it was the real thing.

On the side I included plantains chips. Gluten free as well.

I recommend this meal. It will fill you up and keep you warm.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · gluten free

Sunday Breakfast

The challenge is to use what I have in the freezer and pantry before it goes bad. Food prices are increasing and it’s time to honor what I have more everyday.

Gluten free Dairy free Breakfast

Ingredients

  • One Potato
  • Left over broccoli florets
  • Turkey bacon
  • Two eggs
  • Basil-I have need to use it!

While the potatoes are cooking, I’m drinking my electrolytes. The winter and cold is definitely causing dryness in my mouth and skin. I’m drinking Body Armor fruit punch. It is gluten free!

https://www.amazon.com/BODYARMOR-Sports-Drink-16-Fl/dp/B00KO899SC/ref=asc_df_B00KO899SC/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=508203642414&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3286280110985080032&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015328&hvtargid=pla-1324974996370&psc=1

Autoimmune has this controversy do you eat or should you eat white potatoes. I have not found any difference in my flares if I eat white potatoes. So I will eat some white potatoes and then include sweet potatoes in my meals the following week if I want a potato. I eat white potatoes in moderation.

Here’s the result of my breakfast

Happy Day

Caroline

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Today’s Meals

Today is cold with 12 inches of snow outside. The day might be a work from home day. Most of my clients are having their session by video. I’m waiting on one client to let me know what she wants.

I have not been doing yoga much lately. I started a yoga challenge with Yoga with Kassandra. The challenge is a 15 min yoga stretch and then a 5 min meditation.

I have energy after that!

Smoothie recipe

I had a fruit smoothie with blueberries, banana, dairy free yogurt and protein powder. Put all in a blender with almond milk.

Then I toasted a bagel and spread dairy free chive cream cheese from kite hill on it.

Breakfast photo

If course I needed a little chocolate, so I have 2 squares of enjoy life chocolate bar.

To make life a little easier, preparing for dinner early is the best thing to do for myself. After the client sessions, I’m exhausted mentally and physically my body is swollen from sitting most of the day.

I boiled frozen broccoli florets. That will be for the salad for dinner.

I also cleared out the refrigerator. I froze the fruit I had in there before it goes bad. That is the fruit I use for smoothies.

Brownies

I have the urge for chocolate brownies. The recipe is on the back of King Arthur gluten free measure for measure flour.

Lunch

Grilled chicken breast, rice, avocado and lemon dressing (Paul Newman’s salad dressing- lemon basil)

Happy Day

Caroline