Sunday, March 25, 2012

Taco Salad!

Tonight was something I make often and it is easy to feed everyone in the family pretty easily.

I ground turkey and then add El Paso taco seasoning. That is the taco meat we use.
I heat up refried beans.
Jar of salsa (Pace)
Sour cream
Shredded cheese
Taco sauce
Romaine lettuce
Taco shells or tortilla chips or Fritos

Make your own taco or taco salad. Could also add tomatoes, olives, avocado


Iphone pictures so excuse the quality :)  One day they may look better

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tonight's Dinner~BBQ Ribs!

Sadly forgot to take pictures of my pretty plate before eating, ha!  Sorry.  I will next time, but I still want to share what we had.  Again it was simple, as I am not in the mood for extravagant cooking this week, it's SPRING BREAK!

So I purchased Hormel brand, Lloyd's spare ribs, at Wal-Mart last trip to the store.  This is a new find we only recently found and have had only a few times.  I happened to see them and read the ingredients.  Pretty simple list, and they said "gluten free & soy free!"  So it was a winner.  We like them, they fall off the bone, and a friend has told me about them before and had good things to say.

Ribs was our main dish.  Our side dishes were this awesome quinua pasta, veggie curls.  I boiled them with some salt and a drizzle of olive oil until done.  Then melted some butter into them.  Smart Balance Light butter with flax is what we is gluten and dairy free.  Boiled some frozen corn on the cob.  The end.  

Delish meal was served.  It was super filling and satifsying.  Nutritious.  Sorry I didn't take a picture, the plate was so pretty :)

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Gluten Free Journey Begins

My first gluten free story blog post from my other blog...

I'm working on eating gluten free and I've never been a medical doctor that is.  I am on a journey to know if gluten is for me or against me.  The gluten free diet is something that I am familiar with.  See I have a child, lets call him Sugarbear, who is allergic to wheat (among other things).  So since he was born seven years ago I have been learning to incorporate more and more wonderful foods and meals into our family that are gluten free.  He has several other food allergies that I will definitely share more about all I have learned about those in the blogs to come in the future.

7-grain breads,baked,food,healthy eating,iStockphoto,leaven,portions,ripe,rye,sesame,sourdough,variations,whole wheat

So why am I working on eating gluten free?  Well when Sugarbear was born he had a lot of eczema and itching and rashes.  I knew a little about allergies because our oldest, Knucklehead, has a peanut allergy.  I knew all the itching, rashes and eczema were not normal and probably related to allergies.  At this time, when Sugarbear was a baby, I had released all of my excess weight by eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied (not full or overstuffed, but satisfied and had enough).  After changing the kinds of food I was eating to not eat things he was allergic to since I was nursing him...I started gaining weight.  Now there were many other things going on in my heart and life at that time, which I think I attributed to the weight gain, but I still held onto the fact I knew to release all of my weight and be healthy I needed to eat only when I was hungry and stop when satisfied, the way my body was created to be fed.  For some reason I would talk about that to people and share a lot about eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied, and it not necessarily being about what you eat, when releasing weight.  But I knew I was not doing that.  I kept eating and disregarding my hunger signals for several years.  I was not living out what I was saying or what I believed.  


Fast forward a few years Princess came into the picture.  I was pregnant again and starting that pregnancy was at my highest weight ever other than when I had been pregnant in the past.  After having her I released all of my weight once again eating only when I was hungry (when my stomach growled, which is what my body does when I am truly hungry) and stopping when I was satisfied.  It was Truth that had set me free, helped me release all of this weight.  I was healthy, God had shown me how to eat when I was hungry the way He created me.  So then guess what?  I started gaining weight again.  In two years I got to the next highest weight I had ever been while not being pregnant.  Highest weight ever!  Not only though had I started eating outside of my boundaries, but I also started questioning what foods my body needed to be healthiest and started praying about it.  What is going on here, I thought, questioning so very many things?!

To be continued...

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Gluten Free Journey Continues...

I posted this at my other blog...but wanted to share here too.

I will try now and continue with my story of gluten free that I started here.  All these questions that I was having about what foods are best for my body, I was told by a sweet sweet person, why not try eating how my son eats and take wheat out of my diet?  I thought okay I can do that.  I will try doing that for a month or so and see how it goes.  That was last April or May if I recall correctly.  I tried it for 4 days and things in my body started changing for the better.

I then had lies and questioning start creeping in and I started dabbling and having a little here and a little there.  I wasn't sure I should do it and seemed to think I needed more of a reason to do it before I gave it my all.  I had a friend who at that time was my accountability partner and prayer partner in eating and health, and she mentioned to me that I possibly had a gluten sensitivity and should consider it.  She was going through similar things.  I read about it in different places on the internet, blogs and books.  Over the past 11 months I have heard about gluten free here and there and everywhere it seems.  Crazy!  But hey you know what I am learning, "when God wants to get your attention He will be clear about it and follow you around with confirmations (until you get it)."  He is amazing like that.

backgrounds,flowers,hills,India,landscapes,nature,plants,South Asia,sunrises,sunsets,trees

In November I had my annual physical and had mentioned to my doctor about gluten and she confirmed that yes, gluten can mess with your body in many ways.  She asked me how I felt eating gluten free and I told her that I did feel better and the symptoms that had changed and she said that I should continue with it.  She also said that it was evident if I felt better I should continue and that a testing wouldn't always be definite.

I then was told by a doctor at the end of 2011 to try gluten free for my son and I said I would try it with him.  We didn't do well with it and didn't try too hard.  Then at our recheck with this doctor she asked if we had tried gluten free, and we said, no....uh not really :(  I was then told again to try it.  She was not giving in and really wanted us to try it.  She explained about children who she saw try this during her schooling and without medical tests, but trying it and seeing changes in symptoms they had, for the better.  So we did.  (*note:  I am only sharing about myself here as it is about "my" heart I talk about on my blog and not my childrens.)  I stuck to it for 3-4 weeks very well.  I felt great results.  I released 12 pounds and lost so many cravings for food.  I was not bloated among other things.

Then, here comes the lies and questioning again.  But you have never been tested and told that you have it.  You have no confirmation for sure saying yes this is the results of your test and now you should eat this way.  I had a God, who may I say I am learning much better now a days, is THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.

God reminded me of this recently, and I can't even tell you how I came to find this scripture, but it came to me!

2 Chronicles 16:12
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease.  Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord's help but turned only to his physician's.

agriculture,cereals,chaff,countryside,crops,cultivate,dry,farming,fields,fotolia,golden grains,harvest,kernels,natural

That is in a sense the way I was thinking.  I wanted a doctor and a test to tell me for absolutely positive sure that I had Celiac or that I had gluten intolerance BEFORE I committed to it.  I did not want to just trust what God was already confirming to me.  I had several people ask me lately, weren't my symptoms and the confirmations I kept getting enough to make me stop eating it and just move on and live?  My answer in my heart then was a resounding, no.  I wanted a test, proof.  (isn't that opposite of faith?)

So God allowed me to be tested last week.  I ordered a reputable test online that was a finger prick blood test to test for Celiac.  It was negative.  Now I had been off and on gluten for the past several months, several days to weeks without it and then I would eat it here and there.  So I am unsure if I had enough in my system to cause this test to be positive.

I knew this would happen!  I recognized that as soon as I ordered the test...I had the question, what if it is negative?  I thought well then I would want another test to tell me something.  I need something saying yes I need to eat gluten free.  Without wheat.

So...two nights ago God really spoke to my heart to have faith.  Kim have faith and trust.  I know what is best for your body.  You felt better, released weight and didn't eat as much or want to eat as much when you let it go.  So let it go!  Give it to ME.  I will help you!  So I did.  Two nights ago I let it go.  Starting yesterday I ate gluten free.  I will take it one day at a time, but right now I feel the answer is that I need to have faith in my God, my Great Physician, and believe Him when He makes something so clear to me I cannot miss it.  Gluten is not friendly with my body and I will thrive without it.

I am aiming to eat what is called whole foods.  I do not replace a lot of foods that have gluten with the gluten free version.  I simply want to mostly eliminate it, which in turn eliminates most processed foods.  Eating fruits and veggies, some nuts and seeds, and meats and then rice and potatoes and gluten free grains every once in a while.  

I look forward to sharing more of this journey as I walk it out in FAITH with my God.  I think, well if I listen to Him and obey, what do I have to lose?  But if I did NOT listen to Him, and ate whatever I wanted containing gluten, maybe I would suffer in ways that were not necessary.  I trust Him.  I will trust Him.  I trust You Lord.

Follow me on my journey as I walk it out and share more and more what I learn and what God shows me.

I am working on blogging at my gluten free blog for this area of my life.  Gluten Free Daughter

More later...Love to you!
Kim :)

Simple Breakfast

So this morning is a simple breakfast. Ore-Ida frozen potatoes are all mostly gluten free except the crispy crowns and maybe a couple others. I first learned this by calling the company. Then reading the labels. The only allergen that they have are soy.

So this morning I popped in some tator tots into the oven and cooked them to golden crispy brown. Served with some ketchup and it's done. Also it is good to find ketchup that is for sure gluten free.  Here I used Hunt's (no high fructose corn syrup) ketchup.  Now this isn't one of those meals that will hold you over very long.

A few things that could be added with it would be say some fruit and cottage cheese. I like pineapple, grapes and strawberries. Also you could make a fruit smoothie with some frozen berries. 1 cup berries, 1 cup milk (I use rice milk), 1 cup ice and a few tablespoons of sugar depending how sweet you want it. You could add a boiled egg or some ham or some type of protein to make it a bit more sustaining.

That was breakfast today! Have a good morning!

Love to you!
Kim :)
Tator Tots!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Plan a Meal

For 7 years I have grown in learning how to incorporate food allergies into our meal plans each day.  This has taken time and testing and I feel like I have just scratched the surface.  There is so much more to learn.  I am a learner so this is okay with me.  I am willing to continue learning more every day.

Plan a gluten free meal?  Plan a meal without the allergens that someone has?  This seems like a daunting task you say!  Well, not for me :)  It would be a passion of mine to help others in this area to learn more and more how to cook for your loved ones and not have any food allergy or sensitivity be an issue.  They don't have to stand out!  

heart shapes,iStockphoto,loves,macro,opens,painting,red colors,symbols,tubes 

So I will share.  I will help as time allows.  I want to share what I have learned and help others.  I also have a vision or a dream that one day I can help people personally develop for their own families meals and ideas to help them specifically.  There is a lot of help out there where you can search and find things that work for you.  But wouldn't it be so nice to have someone help you in this where it is more tailored to foods YOU and your loved ones like.  So I will share away and one day hope to help more and more!

So tonight I made a simple dinner.  No pictures captured tonight.  I made baked pork chops.  Simple I said.  

Good night!  Love to you!
Kim :) 

Monday, March 19, 2012

So Far

I am by God's grace alone eating gluten free for 2 weeks and 1 day now.  I am thankful for that.  I have eaten out a few times, probably 3, and think I ate gluten free, but cannot guarantee.  Today the tostada type things I had at a buffet were corn tortillas with cheese and a bean dip type sauce over top.  The cheese sauce could have had gluten.  I am not sure.  I have not gotten to the point where i am asking restaurants what is gluten free.  I am sort of guessing.  This is probably not the best thing for me to do.

dining,food,households,Photographs,recipe cards,recipes,text 

I am learning lots of recipes and things that are really pleasing to my body and do not leave me hungering for more food.  I want to share some recipes and foods and things as I learn them.  Some of my favorites this week are:

  • Chicken salad (made fresh myself)
  • Egg salad (or just boiled eggs plain)
  • Chili (from Wendy's) and add a little shredded cheese
  • Tostada's-the shell with refried beans, sour cream, cheese, salsa, tomatoes and lettuce
  • Several types of chocolate candy bars-rolo's being one of them
  • Lays Stax-I like the cheddar flavor
  • scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and a drizzle of syrup over it
  • Apples dipped in caramel
That is some for now.  There are so many more.  I am so looking forward to seeing my body become healtheir and more energized as I continue eating to nourish my body.

More later!
Kim :)