“Keeper of the Keys.”

(Thomas likes to eat from the top down.)

I am in charge of the food in my house. I shop, cook and serve the food. There is a lot of power in that. As you know, I have basically gone no gluten, no sugar and now one glass of wine.  My family is mostly gluten and sugar free.

This morning I made Thomas his shake along with smoked salmon, goat cheese, ghee on the rosemary blender bread. He ate the whole thing. I could give him a bowl of cereal and he would eat that too. The smoked salmon is a much better choice for him.  Thomas has had so many medical issues in his life. His health and well being is very important to me. He takes the best supplements on the planet as well.

Smoked salmon , goat cheese, grain free bread! Great way to start your day!

Smoked salmon , goat cheese, grain free bread! Great way to start your day!

I have put together a 7 days…Feel Fabulous program with Holistic Chef Ivone. We have lots of great tips and recipes to share. We are creating a wonderful supportive community. Wouldn’t you like tons of energy and to be feeling fabulous?  It is not too late to join us. Click here for more info.

Martini Powered PJ and Julia!

Today was a proud day for me.

My Dad took my advise and  embraced the Fit and Fabulous Nutrition Program! My niece Julia has been on the program for over a month.  She talks about how her stomach has never felt better now that she is completely off gluten. She also loves how the program has actually helped her save money.  It makes me happy that they are doing so well and I appreciate their trust in me.

Here is their stories! A fun video to film today!

I Love Katie Horner’s (another fabulous niece) art work in the background!

Thanks Mom for being our photographer!

I had a break through!

Yesterday on Day 22 of no gluten, sugar or alcohol I had a break through. I have been fighting the program just about the whole time. I don’t especially like rules even my own rules.

I have been agitated and stuffing myself. I am stuffing myself with good things, blueberries, red peppers, carrots… Whenever I go to cook I start eating. I decided yesterday to stop it. I feel so much calmer since then. I love to chew gum as well. It is the same kind of habit. Yesterday, I slowed down, sat down and ate my meal or snack. I enjoyed my meals so much more. Mindfulness.

I also spent 15 minutes sitting on my cushion in my bedroom. I say I am going to meditate on a daily basis but I don’t. It is so very helpful.

These past 22 days have not been super easy. You know what? I do feel so much better. Why do I fight it???My sleep, my  body , my energy is fabulous! I want to tell everyone. Do you suffer from aches and pains, insomnia, lack of energy? Get off the grains, sugar and alcohol and see how you feel. I am telling you it is so worth it!

I have put together a 7 day program of No grains, sugar and alcohol with my friend Chef Ivone of Healthy Sage.

You will be amazed at how much better you can feel in a short period of time. Are you ready to look and feel your best?

I am here to tell you that you can start to feel a difference your first week.

It is so much easier to do it in a group and with a friend.

We are getting together at my house to kick off the 7 days on February 25th.

We will give you recipes and tips to support you during the week. Delicious coffee will be served and maybe even a no grains, no sugar yet scrumptious treat!

We will have a secret facebook group. We will be providing daily support, guidance, recipes and tips. You will have lifetime access to the group.

I hope you will join us.  More fun with friends! Your hormones will thank you. Happy Healthy Hormones!!

This is an online program so you can join without coming in person.

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • A few drops of liquid stevia
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  •  ¼ tsp ginger powder
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in small sauce pan blend with a blender stick.
  2. Heat on med heat for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Drink it! SO SOOTHING!

 

Happy Healthy Hormones Day 18

Day 18! I am feeling so much better about all of this. Thank God!

The past 8 months, I have increased the healthy fat in my diet. FYI, I had a physical last week and blood work. My numbers are better than they were last year! My total cholesterol  is about the same. My HDL and LDL ratio is below average risk! I am proud to say my Vitamin D level is 60!

What I am doing works for me and I think it will work for you as well. More about that later on. Launching an exciting new program.

I wanted to write about portion control and my new love of wide mouth BALL jars! Increasing the fat in your diet also increases the calories if you are not careful. Yes, calories do count! I have started to divide my food into the jars. It is perfect when you want to grab a quick snack or a meal for that matter.

This morning, I made coconut banana pumpkin puree and sent it with Thomas for a healthy snack. I divided the rest into perfect portion control jars. It just makes me happy to open up my refrigerator to see all of those jars filled with nutritious delicious food!

Love the Ball Jars!

Love the Ball Jars!

Exciting news !

I know facing 30 days of no gluten, sugar and alcohol can be overwhelming and seems impossible. I have created a 7 day program with my friend Chef Ivone Ventura of Healthy Sage. She is a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. We are having a kick off at my house on February 25th at 10:30 AM. The cost of the program is $35. Reply to this post if you would like more info. Tons of support, guidance, tips, and recipes included. Call a friend and do it together!

Not Local?  It will be an online program so you can still join in!  #morefunwithfriends

Love,

Mary

I almost quit!

I almost quit a few times! 30 Days of NO gluten, sugar, alcohol!  I like my life to be easy. I like having a glass of wine every night. I have been feeling very agitated!  I am doing this because I wanted to balance my hormones, I wanted to sleep better and I wanted to get rid of my burning mouth. Guess what? I am sleeping so much better and my mouth stopped burning!

Why am I so agitated???

There is a part of me that wants to have a glass of wine. It is amazing the power it has over me. I am sure I am not the only one out there. The sugar and gluten is not such a big deal.

I have to thank my accountability partner Ivone. I sent her a text yesterday that I was done! The plan was to have a daily glass of wine and stay away from sugar and gluten. I was driving to the store to buy a nice bottle of Chardonnay  when my phone rings and Ivone talks me out of it. AAAAHHH!

SO Super Bowl Sunday and I am back on track. I laid down on the floor for 30 minutes this afternoon and that really helps.

Tonight, I am making Curry Girls Kitchen Chicken Chili and Sweet Potato Nachos! I am excited that I found the Curry Girls on Instagram. It looks like they have lots of good easy recipes! More to come!

Delicious!

Delicious!

Have a fun evening!

Love,

Mary

Balance Your Hormones Day 9!

Day 8 was a bit rough. Sunday is usually a day off where I enjoy a treat at coffee hour at church and have ice cream for dessert. Yesterday, Ivone saved the day! She invited me over with her friend Susie who was a pastry chef to try out some of Danielle Walker’s grain free baked goods.

against-all-grain

Full disclosure there is some sweetener in the baked goods. We had a good time and I went home with Paleo sandwich cashew butter bread and rosemary bread sticks! It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Thanks Ivone!

Balance Your Hormones Day 7!

7 days in…

I enjoy a glass of wine when I go to cook dinner.  Now that I am off alcohol, dinner time feels stressful to me. I am looking for ways to make this process easy.

My friend Ivone gave me her crock pot. (She updated her crock pot. A nice ALL-ClAD.) I am thrilled to have her old one. Ivone is an amazing cook. It is great karma to have her crock pot!

10 o’clock this morning I made slow-cooker beef chuck chili. Danielle Walker’s recipe from Against All Grains. (Page 96) It is a nice easy recipe. Our dinner will be all set! against-all-grain

I have also been blending up “GOOD GIRL MOONSHINE”.  I found it on Pinterest last year when I was looking for a wine replacement.

good-girl-moonshine

(Google good girl moonshine. I am not sure where the original recipe came from.)

Planning and Preparation are important component to Balance.

Happy Planning.

Love,

Mary

Balance Your Hormones Day 6

The weekend! Time when you would like to indulge a bit. I am staying with it. No Sugar,  Gluten, Alcohol for 30 Days.  I will slow down and take care of myself.

Here is a treat idea! I love to saute organic apples or pears in ghee and add chopped pecans at the end. Sprinkle with cinnamon of course! It only takes a few minutes. #guiltfreeapplepie It makes your house smell cozy.   apples

The ghee and nuts lower the glycemic load of the fruit. The key is to keep your blood sugar balanced.

Happy Healthy Hormones!

Enjoy your weekend!

Love,

Mary

PS. I have lost 2 pounds. I hope I don’t find them again.

Balance Your Hormones Day1

I started my 30 Days of No gluten, sugar and alcohol this morning. I bought some organic green tea to see how it would be if I replaced my morning cup of coffee with tea. My tea lady Kirsten at Tea 4 U suggested I have green tea first thing in the morning and if I feel like a cup of coffee later than go ahead. This morning I got up and made a cup of tea. I am amazed that I felt fine with no headache. I did feel calmer.

Sunday is our church day. I went to coffee hour and had a very small piece of egg with spinach. I decided to go home to make coffee. My French press coffee is so much better than church coffee. I make it strong and only drank a small cup.

I feel good. My mouth is still a bit off, a slight burn to it. I have confidence it will be better. No hot flashes.

I am making Danielle Walker’s Chicken soup for dinner. I love her cook books! Very simple easy gluten free and dairy free recipes.

against-all-grain

Would you like to join me? So much easier with friends! Dr. Northrup says we will feel changes quickly. Balanced hormones are key to fabulous health!

Follow me on facebook or instagram. I will be posting and I hope you will be too!

My Secret Breakfast!

It is not really a secret but I feel my typical breakfast has been very helpful. My son Thomas has it as well. My son Tom as many of you know is 27 and Developmentally Delayed. It is really important to me that it eats well.  I make him a shake and give him a bowl of my secret weapon to start his day.

My friend and mentor Penny Northrup Kirk told me about this. She is 65 and looks phenomenal. She is down to her fighting weight.! Since starting this protocol I have released 4% body fat and weaned myself off my bio-identical hormones.

Recipe

1/4 cup Organic Full Fat Cottage Cheese

2 TBS Organic Flax seed oil (buy the good stuff in refrigerator section)

1 TBS Organic Ground Flax Seed

Pet touches…I like to add sliced pears or apples with pecans. Or Turmeric with black pepper and pumpkin seeds. The possibilities are endless!

Benefits

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  • Weight Loss
  • Relieves Constipation , Diarrhea
  • Anti Cancer
  • Increases collagen
  • Reduces Eczema
  • Heart Health

This is also called the Budwig Protocol. Here is a link to an excellent article by  Dr. Josh Axe that goes into more details of the Budwig Protocol and the  amazing benefits of flax seed oil.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Love,

Mary