Time for a Detox!

Was it just two months ago that I swore I would get back to blogging on a regular basis?  How quickly time flies!  It’s been an action packed summer, full of friends, family, pool time, quilting and traveling.  While I have been cautious (for the most part) about avoiding the things that will exasperate my inflammation issues, I will freely admit that I have fallen off the wagon.  I feel it every morning when I limp out of bed.

You see, I’ve got plantar fasciitis in my right heel.  Know the root cause?  Inflammation.  What are the drivers of my inflammation?  Food.  Hmm.  Funny how that works out – if I avoid soy, gluten, dairy and the other triggers, my foot feels great!  Otherwise, I’m limping around until it warms up, and thankfully that doesn’t take too long.

I was able to spend this past week in Chicago, reconnecting with one of my dearest Dallas friends.  I also got a great overnight with one of my closest friends from grad school, Katie!  Such a blessing to get to see her a second time this year, and see how much her baby girl has grown in six short months.  So fun.

Robyn and I met more than a decade ago in the buying offices at Neiman Marcus, and I treasure her friendship more every day!  Robyn earned her Master’s in Education after leaving NM, and headed up to a conference to learn more about using technology in the classroom.  It’s amazing how much the world has changed since I was in elementary school – remember what a big deal it was to get a share of a computer to play Oregon Trail?  Kids now have access to iPads and specialized learning programs.  I’m such a visual learner and I envy them!

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While I didn’t attend the conference, I was able to utilize technology to find great local restaurants for Robyn’s quick lunch breaks and our evening meals in the city.  Thanks, Yelp!  Surely that counts, right?  I don’t know how my Chicago friends stay so slim – healthy food was scarce in Aslip, and portions were enormous.  ENORMOUS!  I indulged in Chicago Dogs, gyros, French friends and even some frozen custard.  Thank goodness we spent our evenings running from L station to L station and exploring Chicago itself.  I was able to hit several 10,000+++ step days and even lost a couple of pounds.

Check out this allergen and full fat food porn:

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The veggie omelet (with bacon I swiped from Katie) was probably the most reasonable thing I had all week, along with the bloody mary.  Look at that garnish!  That leads me to the detox.  What are you guys eating this summer?  It’s so hot in Texas that many of the things I like to eat most just aren’t reasonable.  I’m a big fan of soup, shredded chicken tacos, regular beef tacos, random salads and such, but I’m stuck in a rut.

I follow Whole 30 on Instagram and I see a lot of interesting meals there.  While I don’t technically follow a paleo diet, eating paleo allows me to avoid most of my allergen and trigger foods.  And it’s a lot easier for people to understand since it’s so popular.  Bob from The Biggest Loser said if it didn’t have a momma or didn’t grow from the ground, to keep it out of your mouth.  Good rule of thumb.

Tips?  Tricks?  Favorite recipes?  I’m headed out to do my weekly shopping shortly, and while I plan to pick up the usual chicken sausage, fruits and veggies, I’m happy for those suggestions.

Cheers!

Sunny Skies and Cooking New Things

I have definitely fallen off the blogging wagon! Ack! It’s unfortunate, because I’ve realized over the past month that this (super public) journal really has been helpful in keeping my mind clear and focused, and the support you’ve all given me makes a world of difference.

I’ve been open in past blogs about my struggle with depression, and nothing seems to exasperate that issue for me more than a constantly cloudy sky.  While in the grand scheme of life the rainfall in Texas has caused many more important problems (death, property damage, flooding, etc.) than what lurks my head, it still stinks. I left a beautiful (cloudy) city and dear friends to come home to the love and sunny skies of Texas, so I’m glad to have them back!

I’ll always be thankful that the genetic lottery dealt me a kindness with depression when the paternal side of my biological family struggles with much more, but sheesh. When it rains, it pours, and it’s been flooding in my brain 😉  I’m at my best with a very busy, structured schedule, and I feel like this past year has been anything but.

What helps (besides sun!) is getting back on track with taking care of myself. I finally made an appointment with a therapist and I cooked! Well, not just cooked, but tried something new.

Even though tomatoes are the acidic devil and hell on my tummy (tho okay on my blood,) I almost always have a couple containers of homemade spaghetti sauce in my freezer. I struggled with meal planning this past week, so I figured I would just make some gluten free spaghetti and pass out in a carb coma.

I’ve done that a lot, actually – I think I averaged 2000 steps a day this entire week. Not good. Sitting is the new smoking, you know. I bought the Up by Jawbone and it’s amazing how much time I spend on my ass.  You’d think someone who thrives with a schedule would find success in scheduling a workout, but you’d be wrong.

Any hoot, I made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s after quilt class last week and picked up some zucchini. I ordered a spiralizer a few months from our friends at Amazon, and after a few false starts and more than a couple rounds of moldy and forgotten zucchini, finally put the thing to good use.

It’s awesome! And so good! Look how pretty these suckers are, just cooked lightly in a pan with some olive oil, salt and pepper.


The finished product was delicious, and it’s amazing how much “pasta” a small zucchini yields. I had enough for three servings, and I’m tickled pink with the final result. And yes…that’s a tiny bit of Parmesan sprinkled on the top. I’ve made no secret that I miss dairy the most of all the foods I’ve had to give up. Mmmm, cheese. Delicious cheese.


I have tons of veggies in my sauce, including artichokes, but also lots of grass fed beef. Yummy. BOOOOOOOOOOOOF!  A serving is 306 calories, 28 carbs, 16 g of fat and 18 g of protein.  I would like to bump the protein up a bit, but not sure how to do that without overwhelming the sauce.  I could definitely add something, though, since the calorie count is so low.

I’d like to say I’m going to get back on track with my blog. The intent is there for sure.  Quilting classes are going well, therapy starts today at 4 pm this afternoon, I’ve got a birthday coming up and a best friend visiting, so plenty of things to share and celebrate. Hopefully the gray skies in my head and over the state of Texas can just move along for a while.