FOOD!!

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Here’s my mom bringing in all of the loot from the garden! If you can, have a garden.  We really enjoyed the food all year long. You can see squash, green beans, black eyed peas, zucchini, tomatoes and peppers.

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This is a salad with grilled steak and homemade dressing or I use the following dressing:

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Scrambled eggs with homemade pico de gallo and turkey bacon. ; )

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Homemade chili.  I added purple potatoes. Super Yummy!!

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My favorite!! Tomatoes are sooooo yummy!

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Lettuce wraps-  I put turkey or ham and tomatoes and mustard on the lettuce. I prefer Applegate Farms for lunch meat.

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Enchiladas- grass fed beef, gluten free corn tortilla(a cheat for me) and gluten free enchilada sauce with 2 fried eggs on top!

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This is THE BEST PIZZA ever!  I have tried a million different recipes (yuck on cauliflower) and this one is by far the best!  This has Applegate Farms pepperoni, tomatoes, peppers, and good healthy cheese. I do not put sauce on here because it makes it soggy.  If you want sauce, save it for dipping.

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Here’s the crust! I don’t mix cheese in the crust.

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This is my salad in a jar.  This is from a pint sized jar.  These will last about 7 days in the fridge.  Here’s what I put in and the order I put it: tomatoes seasoned with MCCormick’s Montreal Steak, banana peppers (pickled or fresh),  Applegate farms lunch meat or roasted chicken, boiled eggs, carrots, purple onion, celery, green peas, and lettuce.  I like to fill the jar about 1/2 full with “stuff” then fill the rest of the way with lettuce.  I add dressing later.

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This is my favorite little helper.  Peyton, my niece, loves to help me in the kitchen! ; )

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Another chili- I added sweet potatoes, carrots,  and zucchini. ; )

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This is zucchini noodles and shrimp.  I cooked the noodles and shrimp in butter and garlic.  It is super yummy!

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Fried chicken!  Cooked in olive oil and battered in brown rice flour.  Super yummy!!

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Fresh yummy honey, from my aunt and uncle, in hot green and white tea!

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Yummy chicken and vegetables! I use coconut aminos, garlic,  and butter to saute chicken and onions.  Then I add any fresh veggie I can get my hands on. LOVE!

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Homemade salsa with Beanitos! These chips are so yummy and full of protein.  They are made out of beans.

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These are the purple potatoes that I love!  United grocery orders them for me.  I love this pasta.

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Another yummy lunch.  I have a tiny little crock pot that I heat my lunch in.  This is just beans, meat and pico.

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Grilled salmon, shrimp and asparagus.  I also eat as many tomatoes and peppers as I can!

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More beans and meat.  I cook a crock pot of red beans and add 1 lb of hamburger and Rotel.

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My go to breakfast! Scrambled eggs and pico!!

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In the event I am in a bind and can’t transport meals,  I eat a thinkThin bar.  When I make cookies I use these chocolate chips.

These cookies are a life saver for me!  I keep them in the freezer.  http://comfybelly.com/2011/02/breakfast-cookies/#.VV4j4flVikq

I keep all of my favorite stuff on Pinterest! Follow my Paleo board.  If the recipes on there aren’t 100% gluten free they are at least easy to sub stuff in for.

Before and Now

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The top left picture was me at my biggest.  I was taking steroids everyday and feeling yucky.  The bottom left was me when I started to eat gluten free and sugar free. The picture on the right is me now!  I feel sooooo much better.

The Road to Recovery

The next day my husband and I completely removed all gluten from our house.  I got rid of a few different appliances and cleaned my entire kitchen from top to bottom.  Within 2 weeks of not eating gluten I felt about 80% better. AHHMAAZINGGGG  I started reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.  I read Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.  Then I started reading everything I could get my hands on and watching every food documentary I could find.  So far my favorite food documentaries have been: Food Inc., Forks over Knives, Supersize Me, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Fast Food Nation, and Fed Up!

Fast forward to June 2014.  I was sitting at about 85% better.  I was off all of my prescriptions except for hormone replacement therapy.  I was still suffering from sinus infections, joint pain, and I was unable to lose weight. A friend of mine told me about a doctor that she had seen in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Ben Edwards is a functional medicine doctor.  After visiting his practice in Lubbock, my life has changed forever… Head on over to his website and check it out.  www.veritasmedical.com

I now follow the BALi diet. You can find the info at : http://drfittinfo.com/index.php/about/articles/103-bali-eating-plan

This is the diet I follow 99% of the time! In the first 42 days I did not eat any fruit, grains, or honey.  I lost 22 pounds in that short time and lost 75% of my joint pain.

From Zero to Hero!

I have been thinking for a week about how to start this and I can’t decide, so I’m just jumping in.  I am writing this to tell my story about how I went from being super sick to feeling a ton better. If anything in here helps someone from going through what I did, then it’s worth it.  I am sharing the health history in order to show you where I have come from.

It all started for me in 2000.  I started having stomach issues, headaches and just plain ole’ feeling crummy.  I went to the doctor (just my primary medical physician) and started taking meds…  Jump forward to 2012…by this time I had had 4 surgeries (abdominal search, hysterectomy, ovaries removed and intestinal tie-up).  I was taking about 20 different prescription pills a day. I had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I  was having a hard time functioning, to say the least.

I had been to doctors in Midland, Lubbock, San Angelo, Abilene, Big Spring, and Ft. Worth.  I was prescribed  Prednisone,  Nexium, Dexilant, Toprol, Topomax, Flagyl, Levaquin, Rocephin, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…. Over the course of the 12 years I had been prescribed just about everything.  I was also told by one doctor that I was not really sick, but just depressed. I suffered from excessive heart rate, migraines, 9-12 sinus infections a year, arthritis, heartburn, constant yeast infections, bladder infections, urinary tract infections, seasonal allergies, and constant stomach pain that caused vomiting and diarrhea. I lost all of my hair and my face was huge from steroids.   I had undergone 4 colonscopies, 4 upper GI’s, multiple swallow studies, ct scans, x-rays, 3 MRI’s, more trips to the ER than I can count,  blah, blah, blah…  I had broken 3 of the tiny bones in my foot (because if the steroids I was on for so long) and had undergone multiple injections for pain.  I had been diagnosed with MRSA and undergone multiple rounds of meds to heal my foot.  When it wouldn’t heal I was sent to the wound care center to have it scraped.  I had been diagnosed with bursitis in my hips. Steroid injections were used for pain.

All of these doctor bills take a huge toll on you financially and my husband and I were both working multiple jobs to try and get everything paid for.  I am very thankful that my husband has stuck by my side for all of the sickness.  It has been a rough ride, but we are stronger for it. Thank you Lord!

In December of 2012 my primary care physician told me he didn’t know what else to do.  I got myself into a specialist at a major hospital in Ft. Worth in January as a last ditch effort.  My mother, husband, and I headed that way.  I underwent 2 days of testing at that hospital.  After my last procedure a nurse that had been in the operating room with me came by and told my mother that I did not have Crohn’s disease.  She told my mother and husband that I probably had celiac disease. By this time in my sickness my mother had asked for everyone we knew to pray for me.  My mother and I believe that Jesus was working through that lady to send me this news.  The next day I started getting better…