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Next step! No Grain?

So we are moving on to our next step of this plan… Getting rid of grains. I’m actually glad that we had to limit our grains at the beginning as I couldn’t have done it cold turkey so getting weened off was much better.

The other thing we have to do during this portion of our diet is start a regimen of Oregano Oil… getting rid of grains and using Oregano Oil is supposed to help cleanse the intestine and get rid of the “bad” bacteria in the stomach.  We will be doing no grains and limited fruits and Oregano Oil for a few weeks.

I would like to tell you about Oregano Oil… It is potent.  I didn’t think it was going to be too bad, even though I don’t really like Oregano in the first place.  I don’t know if I am going to be able to do this Oregano Oil thing.  I do think it made a difference, but wow I don’t know how long I can handle burping up Oregano! Yuck! haha

I wrote out our meal plan and thought you might want to see what we will be eating for our main meals.  We will still be eating snacks between meals, but for those of you wondering how we will survive without grains this week – here is our plan. Wish us luck and we hope we survive!  Monday nights meal was pretty delicious! Garlic Lime Chicken is a go!  I highly suggest it!

Garlic Lime Chicken with steamed carrots and peas


Breakfast 2 eggs and Berries (warm or hot) with Hot lemon water
Lunch Leftovers or Chicken lettuce wrap with veggies
Dinner Garlic Lime Chicken with carrots and peas steamed:





Breakfast 2 eggs and Berries (warm or hot) with Hot lemon water
Lunch Leftovers or Chicken lettuce wrap with veggies
Dinner Chicken Breasts with Broccoli Pesto served with carrots and Mashed Cauliflower “potatoes”

Chicken: Juice of 3 lemons (about 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 garlic cloves, sliced

2 tablespoons chopped rosemary, or 1 teaspoon dried

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 whole, skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut in half crosswise

For the pesto:

2 cups broccoli florets

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, sliced


1/4 cup chicken stock or water


Marinate the chicken: In a nonreactive bowl big enough to hold the chicken breasts, combine the lemon juice, oil, garlic, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken breasts and marinate them in the refrigerator for several hours.

Heat the grill.

For the pesto: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli and cook until the water comes up to a boil again. Scoop out about 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the broccoli. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the garlic and cook the garlic until it begins to take on color, about 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Cook the florets until they are fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the broccoli and garlic to the food processor. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil, the remaining garlic, and salt to taste and puree to a rough paste. Add the chicken stock a few tablespoons at a time and pulse until the pesto is loose and saucy. Adjust the seasoning.

Grill the chicken breasts over hot coals or gas for about 3 minutes on each side. Do not overcook the chicken. (If cooking on top of the stove, cook in a lightly oiled grilling pan over high heat for 20 minutes, then turn over and cook for an additional 10 minutes.) Remove the breasts and allow them to rest for a few minutes. Slice the breasts on an angle against the grain of the flesh, about 1/2 inch thick. Garnish with broccoli pesto.


I’ll steam the carrots with olive oil and seasonings that I think sound good (probably basil and pepper).


Mashed cauliflower:




Breakfast 2 eggs and sweet potato hasbrowns (grate or slice sweet potatoes and cook like normal hash browns – these burn a little easier though) with Hot lemon water
Lunch Leftovers or Chicken lettuce wrap with veggies
Dinner Stir-fry balsamic beef and veggies with a sweet potato

Beef:  marinate beef in balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper, ginger for 30 min. then broil 5 min on each side. And cut into pieces and put into a pan with stir-fry veggie bag of frozen veggies can add spices or salt and pepper while it cooks together in pan.

Bake sweet potato for about an hour wrapped in foil and add butter and salt if you so desire.



Breakfast 2 eggs and Fake granola – sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds toasted and sprinkled with cinnamon (could eat in coconut milk?) with Hot lemon water
Lunch Leftovers or Chicken lettuce wrap with veggies
Dinner 5 oz Tangy Ginger Chicken with sweet potato fries and peas

Chicken: 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 
7 tablespoons sugar (ill either put in 1 tbsp of honey or leave out) 
1 teaspoon soy sauce 
1/4 cup very finely minced peeled fresh ginger: heat this up until hot on stove, then refrigerate.  Cook chicken breast and pour ginger sauce on as it is finishing cooking or after it is cooked you could use it as a dipping sauce (not sure which I’ll do).  Save some ginger sauce for the next day so you can have some for left over chicken.





Breakfast 2 eggs and Berries (warm or hot)  OR grain Free porridge with fruit

with Hot lemon water

Lunch Leftovers or Chicken lettuce wrap with veggies
Dinner Mini Cheat: Flax Mini Pizza with Pomi Sauce, ground beef, veggies, and a tiny bit of goat cheese on it!




Breakfast NO GRAIN almond flour or coconut flour pancakes with blueberries!  With a side of fruit(for almond pancakes) or egg(for coconut pancakes).




Lunch Coconut Breaded Chicken with spicy ginger sauce with steamed broccoli

Chicken: I will not be using breadcrumbs and I will be using coconut flour or almond meal in place of the flour.

For the sauce I’m going to make the ginger sauce, but I’ll be adding dried red peppers and other spices to give it a little bite!

Dinner We will be dinning out on the town with Friends.  We will probably shoot to go to Texas roadhouse or a fish place and get a grilled fish with veggies and sweet potato.




Breakfast 2 eggs with no grain bread

I’ll make this without so much honey on Friday or Saturday


Lunch Leftovers
Dinner Lettuce Bun Burgers with tomatoes, avocadoes, etc. and sweet potato fries from above.



I’ll also be making this CEREAL!!!  And testing the flavor out next week! Yum!


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Best Week EVER!

Almost!  We had a great week last week and declared it our Best Week Ever before the week started in hopes that we would truly have a great week.  Overall we did pretty decent.  We fell off the band wagon a bit at the end when we went to the snowy center of the state to a great fundraiser dinner! We each had a glass of wine, larger portions than we usually do and yes desert.

Yumm a scotch-a-roo that is fun shaped!

However, we have been doing really really well this past week and to date we both have lost quite a bit of weight in a short amount of time.  I have lost 10lbs and Jason has lost 19.2 lbs! Awesome!  On an even better note, I have been feeling awesome!!!!!  My stomach has not been giving me any issues and for the most part I have WAY more energy than I have had in the past year!

I thought I would be craving things a lot more than I am.  I only occasionally crave things like sweets or noodles or breads.  Even when I crave them, since I know it is not an option right now for my health, I don’t seem to care as much that I can’t have them.

We are very optimistic and are enjoying the weight “falling off” and are looking forward to getting feeling better and having much better nutrition.

Check out the awesome pictures of the pretty snow in Des Moines! 

Jason and Dad moving snow!

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Chicken fried KEEENWAAAAA (Quinoa)!

OH MY DO I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU!!!!!!!  My new favorite meal is just like chicken fried rice, but instead of rice you use Quinoa (pronounced Keen-waaa).

I honestly inhaled my food.  It has to be one of the best tasting things I have ever had in my life.  I ran across this recipe  on this woman’s great blog called Peas and Crayons!  Honestly everyone must try this.  Go out and buy some Quinoa.  The texture and taste is just fabulous!

Okay here is how I did it!

-I rinsed the Quinoa in water (this takes off the bitter outer coating)

Quinoa toasting!

-Let it dry out (you can pat it dry with a paper towel to help out the drying process), but really should wash it in the morning and let it dry during the day.

– Put the quinoa in a pan and lightly toast it, but don’t burn it!  This just really helps get out the rest of the moisture.

– Then add your liquid!  I added 1.5 cup chicken broth to 1 cup of quinoa.  Then I followed the directions on her page… sort of!

After I got the Quinoa cooking I directed my attention to my veggies!

Blanch the broccoli

First thing I did was heat up a pan of water to blanch the broccoli that I would be throwing in as an “extra”.  Then I set this aside and focused on the rest of the veggies.

Veggies cooking in the pan

I chopped up some Onions, yellow peppers, red peppers, carrots and peas.  I put them a large skillet and saute them until tender.  Throw in garlic at the very end.  By this time the quinoa was done so I dumped that into the pan and mixed the veggies into it and pushed it over to one side.  Then I cracked two eggs into the pan and scrambled them.  Then I mixed this all together.

Before I put in the eggs, I started the meat.  I chopped up chicken pieces and started browning them in the pan I had cooked the quinoa in.  While that was starting to brown I whipped up my own sauce.  I didn’t stick to the same one from the Peas and Crayons website.

My Sauce:

1/2 cup of water

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

One large chunk of ginger (grated)

two cloves of garlic (minced)

Then I poured this into the meat and added broccoli and let it to continue to cook in this sauce!  When the meat and broccoli was finished cooking, I poured the chicken, broccoli, and sauce into the fried quinoa.  I tossed it all together and serve!

Enjoy it!  It will be delicious!  I promise!

Tadaaaaa!!!! YUMMMMM

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OOPS! I did it again… Chicken Bone Broth that is!

That is right friends, I made my second and third batches of chicken bone broth!  That’s right I said third!  I’ll tell you how I did two batches of broth out of just one chicken!

So I didn’t name this chicken, so well just refer to him as “C” for Chicken.  I decided that since the chicken was a bit dry in the CrockPot, I would try doing it on the stovetop like the recipe suggested.  I also reread the directions and realized I failed to follow quite a few of the directions the first time.  At any rate I was really pumped to get started!

I went downstairs and raided Jason’s beer making equipment and found a large stockpot and filled it with 4Qts of water then added in some carrots, celery, a little tiny bit of onion (last one was a little too fragrant for me), red wine vinegar, and garlic.  Then I threw C on the cutting board after rinsing him off.  I successfully cut off the wings and thighs and drumsticks!  Yes you heard me right!  I got it the legs off!  No repeat of loose legs Oliver for me!  I tossed it all in the pot and started the boiling process!  I let it boil on high for about a half hour and then turned it down to a simmer.  

It simmered for a little over SIX HOURS!

Then I pulled out the chicken on separate plates this time (not in a large bowl) and then scooped out veggies.  I even strained the broth through a strainer and put it in the refrigerator to cool and congeal.

When cooled the fat floats to the top and you skim it off the top so you don’t eat the extra fat.  (One of the steps I seemed to have missed last time!)

I got about twice the amount of broth and chicken from this chicken!  I think the amount of chicken had to do with the fact that I did not get so grossed out by the bones mixing with the chicken meat in the bowl.  Placing it on plates and gingerly touching it made it work soooooooo much better!

Unfortunately the chicken was just as dry as the first one, so in the future we will probably just use the CrockPot.

Chicken Broth!

I know you are waiting to find out how I got the second batch of broth…

Well, I took all of the chicken bones and skin and other chicken meat that I didn’t use and put them in the the CrockPot.  I added onion, garlic, and red wine vinegar.  I read that vinegar is used to help pull more nutrients out of the chicken bones. I let that all simmer on low for about 8 hours.  Then I poured it all through the strainer and threw away all the creepy chicken parts without having to touch or pick at any of the stuff that grosses me out!  YAY what a success!  Also the broth tastes great!

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SOOOO Much to tell!

I must get better at blogging more frequently!  A whole week has almost passed and not one post!  Sorry!  Okay now where to start!  We had a rough week this week as we didn’t keep our kitchen very stocked and we didn’t really follow the menu that we made.  In fact for lunch a few days we had to eat hard  boiled eggs and veggies (Not very exciting).  We even tried eating out a couple times.  We went to Village Inn with Grandad, Aunt Mary and Uncle Terry this week, but I was a little disappointed with my food choices.  I wished after that I would have just ordered a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun and broccoli.  Well we know for next time I guess! We also had a little date night at Texas Roadhouse in Iowa City and we did indulge in just two rolls each… We enjoyed sirloin, baked sweet-potato, and veggies.  It was delicious and the company wasn’t too bad either!

On our way to Iowa City we couldn’t help but stop at StringTown Grocery in Kalona and we stopped at Hy-vee in Coralville and New Pioneer Food Co-op also in Coralville and got our grocery store shopping done for the week.

On of our high points was… “Chicken Schnitzel”  and Spatzle!  It was delicious, but this weekend when we were thinking back on our food choices this week we decided it would have been smart to have had a small amount of spatzle and add veggies to it.  So here is how we did it!!!!!

Chicken Schnitzel :

We cut the chicken into small strips that were 3 – 5 ounces.  Then pounded out into thin fillets.

Dipped them into egg whites and then into homemade rice bread breadcrumbs(we had made by drying out bread and then crumbling them) mixed with pepper.

Then they were laid in a frying pan with a little olive oil.


This is one of my very favorite German dishes!  Every time we go to the Bierstube I always make sure to order Schnitzel and Spatzel!  I looked it up and actually found a cool video that showed how to make spatzel.  I changed the reciepe a little bit…

My version:


In the Picture the batter is not quite mixed! needs a little more milk and a lot more mixing!

– 2 egg yolks

– coconut milk (2 egg shells full)

– a little salt

Then add in flour:

– gluten free flour until it is a little thicker than batter, but not as thick as pie dough. (I had to add a little more milk because I added too much flour!)

Next Boil water and add a good amount of salt.  Once it gets boiling you are ready to add your batter!

I used a pizza pan I had to help make the dumpling shape!  I put the pan over the boiling pot and scraped the batter over the pan into the water.

Boil until you think they are done ( I know that is not very scientific, but I suppose it was about 5-10 minutes).

batter on top of the pan

Scoop them out of the pan and then run them under cold water.  This helps “set” the dumpling and then set on a paper towel to help dry and cool the dumpling.  Then I finished cooking up the rest of my batter!

Next you have to finish cooking your spatzel by sauteing it!  Yep that’s right cook it again!  This time add a little butter or olive oil to a frying pan and turn the burner on about medium and get it hot.  Toss in your spatzel and brown it.

Spatzel and Chicken Schnitzel

It turned out tasting just like the Bierstube’s Spatzel!  The only thing I wished I had made to put on the spatzel was brown gravy!  Jason was very appreciative of the the spatzel and “chicken schnitzel”!

And for dessert you ask?  That’s right… Dessert… Well not very exciting, but I love fruit so it was great for me!  Raspberries and strawberries in fun spring flower goblets! Fun dishes make almost anything taste delicious! Yum! Thank you Jason! 

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Grocery Stores…

Our next adventure – getting food!

We decided to go visit Kalona and as a bonus we got to see some friends in Iowa City.  Kalona has a Amish Grocery Store it is right near the Cheese House if you know where that is!  It is called Stringtown Grocery.  They have tons of amazing things and we couldn’t look at half of the amazing things because of our restrictive diet, but we still got quite a bit of stuff.  We bought lots of different types of rice, veggies, flax, butter, and farm fresh eggs!  We also ventured into the New Pioneer Co-op in Coralville.  It is an interesting concept, but a little expensive.  However they did have a lot of really awesome items that I have not seen before.  We ended up buying some fresh fish and some veggies.  Overall it was fun experience.

The next thing we needed was actual food for lunch and since we didn’t buy anything that we could just eat for lunch, we ended up at Pancheros.  I’m not usually a fan, but it wasn’t too bad.  We had Burrito Bowls without beans or cheese.  We had pico de gallo and guacamole on top to jazz it up a bit!  It was pretty good and to my surprise I was full when we were done eating!

After visiting with friends we ran some more errands and then had an impromptu date night and had dinner at Texas Roadhouse.  We successfully stayed away from the peanuts at the end of our table, but we did have two rolls each… I know FAIL… but in our defense they were really small…  We each had a steak, veggies, and sweet potato with butter on the side.  I will say our dinner was heavenly tasting and well worth the long wait, even if we cheated a little bit!

Sunday morning Jason made some delicious eggs and toast with our new version of Jam, which equals taking raspberries and mashing them up and then spreading them on toast!  It’s pretty primitive, but it gets the job done!  Then for diner I made Lemon Garlic Tilapia with Wild Rice with Carrots.  They both turned out awesome.  I made a few changes in both recipes… for the fish instead of using butter to grease the pan I used coconut oil and I also replaced half of the melted butter with melted coconut oil.  I am a new believer in coconut oil after reading many things on it.  It also works great and the fish tasted very good.  The only thing I changed with the rice and carrots was to add a little coconut oil to the mix.  Here is a picture of how it turned out!

Lemon Garlic Tilapia and Wild Rice with carrots

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Going “Green”

YEP WE ARE GOING GREEN… Sort of!  I’m talking about “green” smoothies, which are not really green!  We have been making smoothies this past week, but we never had the guts to make them green until now!  Here is how we did it!

Delicious “Green Smoothies” – but don’t worry you can’t taste or see the green part!  I saw these awhile ago while searching for breakfast smoothies and had saved a few recipes.  However for these we created our own recepe with what we had on hand!  Here is how we did it:

-Take a large handful of spinach(yes I didn’t stutter) and tear the steams off and add to blender.

Add the spinach and water to the blender

– add a little water to the blender 1/2 or 1/4 cup (whatever you think looks good).

***Blend until you have green liquid***

spinach and water blended together













-Then add Fruit- we use frozen now because here everything is out of season and it’s cheaper.  We added strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

– Add Coconut milk.  Turns out my favorite brand so far is “So Delicious”.

***Blend, and maybe add more of milk if it is not smoothie state yet***

Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Green Smoothie! YUM

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I realize that is has been a few days since my last post, but that is not the reason that I titled this post “FAIL, FAIL, FAIL”.  Thursday was a bit of a fail in my book and a smidge in Jason’s too.

We started off really strong on Thursday! I was really pumped when I came home from school on Thursday and started warming up rice with chicken and veggies for lunch.  I was so excited because I was actually feeling awesome!  It seemed that other than extreme hunger at times (because I’m not taking in close to the amount of calories that I was before this week) my symptoms had disappeared.  As I popped one of those delicious muffins from Wednesday in my mouth I thought to myself, ‘my these are much better cold than they were hot‘.  So after I had one or maybe two of those…. my lunch was done… so I downed my delicious lunch which was too big, especially after 2 muffins… then about 3 hours later… just like clockwork… I didn’t feel so awesome… Not sure if it was too much fiber, too much to eat, or what, but that was not a good combination… In other words it was a FAIL.

I drank lots of water and worked on this blog and did some other things which you don’t care about and then decided it was time to FAIL again.  Again I was really optimistic about another opportunity at failing.  This time though I was making soup.  I whipped out my trusty CrockPot, delicious homemade broth, and an array of veggies and started chopping.  I had this bright idea that I needed to add water to the broth… I don’t know how I came to this conclusion, but it was not as bright as I had originally thought… I added chopped carrots, celery, and spinach leaves and a couple of basil leaves to the broth and set in on high.  By the time Jason got home the kitchen was smelling divine, but it wasn’t quite done and we had a meeting to go to.

We went to the YPN meeting for Muscatine.  They were serving appetizers and had a cash bar…we successfully stayed away from the food… but the lure of being able to order a drink that contained Coca-Cola was more than I could take.  I was sure that Jason wouldn’t mind and my stomach was already a little upset since lunch so I thought oh what the heck and then I suggested that we have a drink… I think he thought it was Christmas morning because he didn’t argue at all with the suggestion. So yay for staying away from appetizers, but FAIL on the drinking alcohol:(  On a slightly exciting note, I almost won an iPad2… almost because the girl that walked in behind me and got the ticket right after me won! Yes I realize this is not close to winning. ha!

We returned home to an even better smelling house and I added the already cooked chicken to the soup and let it warm up. We dished up our soup and Jason added some rice that we had cooked to his soup, but I decided it would not be my best choice after eating all that rice and buckwheat at lunch and my drink on top of that.  As we dipped into the delicious smelling soup, I was actually disgusted at how awful it tasted. FAIL for the third time today!  It was evident at the first bite that additional water was not necessary for the broth.  I mean it was the worst tasting hot water with chicken, carrots, celery, and spinach that I had ever tasted or imagined tasting. Jason somehow actually consumed the entire bowl of soup and then even ate some for lunch the following day.  I tried to eat it, but it was awful and I mean really awful.  I even asked Jason how he could eat it, it was that bad!  His response was that it was food. Mine was that it was not good food. Salting it didn’t even make it taste better… and that my friends is when you know it was really bad.

Here is to tomorrow!

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The Beginning!

We were really optimistic on the first day… The first day was pretty easy for me as I had already weened my need for caffeine, Jason on the other hand was really wishing for a delicious cup of coffee!

I had read lots of things about how important broth is to have in your diet and since we are not allowed to have processed/can food I decided that we could probably make our own broth.  I learned that it was called “bone broth” and is very easy to make.  I googled, bone broth, and found a website  with the title Broth is Beautiful.  Very interesting read really… kind of made me queazy a couple of times but after reading it I felt like broth could save the world.

We decided to give Sally Fallon’s recipe a try, so we bought a whole chicken at the store on Sunday and on Monday night I gave it my best shot!  They said that you should cut the whole chicken into pieces… so I tried…  I instantly felt like my friend Erin who does not handle raw meat well (probably my fault, but that is another story).  I got the wings off, but just made it’s poor legs loose.  At least it is not able to run away this way…  Anyway I read the best way to do it would be to boil it on your stove, but figured if you can make soup in your crockpot why can’t you make chicken broth/chicken in it.  So I chopped up my veggies (carrots, whole onion, and about six cloves of garlic) and put them in the pot.  Put Loose Legs Oliver(the chicken) in the CrockPot and added water until he was fully submerged.  I turned it on High and let it go – about 4 hours later it finally started boiling and then Jason turned it on low for me.  It cooked another six or eight hours and then was done…

After I got LLO in the CrockPot I suddenly realized I was hungry and we had not cleaned out our cupboards!  I decided that must be done, but decided to start with the freezer because it would be pretty hard to eat frozen food.  I took stuff down to our deep freeze and brought meat up to take it’s place.  After I did that I realized I was running really low on will power so I left the kitchen and sent some messages until I got up enough will power to go to the kitchen and get a reasonable snack without eating myself out of house and home.  For dinner we made Lettuce Burgers (ie. grilled burgers then put between two leaves of romaine lettuce) and baked sweet potatoes with butter. They were pretty delicious but all I wanted was KETCHUP, CHEESE, and PICKLES!  Jason and I struggled through dinner, but tried to be positive throughout the meal.  We finished up our night with a Fruit smothie made with coconut milk!  It was a delicious snack!

Tuesday: Day 2  

As I ate my breakfast, 2 eggs with terrible tasting brown rice toast) it became apparent from the previous day before that we were trained to have things ready at a moments notice and that would be over half of the challenge of changing our “fast” food lifestyle.  So I decided that it would be helpful if we had snacks already bagged up and in the fridge.  I also made a menu for the fridge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which I use unless I come up with a brilliant idea.  Then it was time to deal with Mr. Chicken himself!

I honestly wish I had a picture of me trying to debone Loose Legs.  It was probably one of the most disturbing thing I have ever done in regards to food.  I couldn’t even pick up the chicken without having meat fall off leaving my hand holding a creepy chicken bone.  I thought I would try to make another batch of broth using the bones and chicken fat, but it was just too much to handle.  The bones are what did it.  They were everywhere.  I had a flashback to school when I had to dissect things in science class.  Needless to say I didn’t get tons of meat off of my chicken as when things started mashing together (bones, broth, chicken meat and fat) I just couldn’t dig through it so I took the meat that I could see and the rest was strained out and sent on its way(I know very wasteful, but I’ll try again).  On the bright side… the broth tastes AMAZING!  Hands down the best broth I have ever used to make something!  So flavorful!  Much more so than the store bought kind.

By the time we had dinner which was a delicious grilled chicken breast on the grill with veggies and rice.  Delicious.  I used the chicken broth to boil to wild rice and it was fabulous tasting!  Also my new friend for cooking = coconut oil!  I call it the organic Crisco because it is about the same consistency and color but evidently really beneficial to you.

We had Jason’s delicious smoothies again for a snack.  They tasted even better tonight, I think it was because he put in more coconut milk and no ice!


Wednesday: Day 3

I had lots of ambition since I didn’t substitute today, but it disappeared really fast.  I spent the day looking for things online and hard boiled some eggs.  Then I forgot the snack, and then I forgot lunch until I was starving and pretty sure I was going to run to the kitchen and eat something I shouldn’t (we still haven’t moved our “bad food” out of the kitchen yet).  So I didn’t end up eating regularly like I should. Jason is much better at this than me and he has good logic too. If you don’t eat these tiny meals your body will think it is starving so I’m trying my best and I did get something in me before Jason came home. This is the moment which brought us to the blog idea… we both were talking each other out of the idea to “cheat” and then tried to talk each other into cheating in a different way.  All I can say is thank goodness Texas Roadhouse isn’t any closer to us.  We decided that we could eat there because we could have steak and veggies and a salad and only one basket of bread- HA!  Luckily we would have to drive an hour so Jason talked me into getting steak at Fareway – which he happily went and got for me!  In the meantime I decided I wanted bread really bad.  I suddenly remembered that we had buckwheat flour.  I started looking up more recipes online and found a sugar, dairy, egg, and gluten free muffin.   I made a few alterations (no nuts and we put butter on them when they were finished).

Sugar, Dairy, Eggs, and Gluten Free Muffins

They are almost better tasting when they have cooled off.  They are not bad hot and we did cheat a little bit.  We put a little honey from my dad’s beehive on them and they tasted heavenly.  If I made them again I would put some more fruit in them with the existing 2 grated/riced apples.  I think blueberries, raspberries, or apple chunks would be great!

Steak, homemade sweet potato fries, and muffin!

We not only had steak and muffins we also had our own version of sweet potato fries!  Jason chopped up a sweet potato and then tossed the sticks in olive oil and sprinkled with a little sea salt.  Spread them out on a pan and baked them in the oven until they were done!

Result was a thumbs up! Check out our delicious looking(and tasting) dinner.  Only a little sad I didn’t have A1.

Hope my other posts are much shorter.  I just had a lot to cover I guess!


Erica and Jason



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The Rules

So as I mentioned before we decided to change our eating habits pretty drastically.  It probably started with our inability to say “NO” to each other – especially in regards to food and our lack of activity wasn’t helping our case either.  Jason has put back on the weight that he had lost a few years ago.  I’m the heaviest I have ever been and then I had been having digestive issues.  Now I promise I’m not a hypochondriac, but I did start noticing my digestive issues after my mom had struggled for a few years

As my mom was having digestive issues  and telling me what was happening to her, I started noticing that I had many of the same symptoms which was quite scary.  The most terrifying one was having your entire abdomen bloat up because supposedly your organs are swelling as a defense mechanism.  This proves to be quite painful also and leads to getting sick if you know what I mean (If you don’t think of the scene in Bridesmaids where they are dress shopping – TMI… maybe… sorry).  My mom has been to countless appointments with no real result over the past few years.  It was actually my Grandma’s Chiropracter who suggested this change for my mom.  She decided to give it a try and after a couple of weeks she had decreased symptoms and said she felt great.  I was pretty excited to try it until she handed me the paper with the information on it.  After I read it I actually laughed and said, “Ya I don’t think so.”  After another week of not feeling good, I decided that I should take a second look at it, so I did.

Jason said he would help me out – knowing that I would have zero self control and wouldn’t be able to resist if he was eating something delicious.  Also he said it would force him to get back into shape.  So here we are!  Ready and willing (with little will power) to make this change!

The Rules: 

So it is pretty easy and logical –

Nothing Processed or preserved (other than in your freezer).

oh and…

Beans – NONE – I love beans 😦

Grains – Gluten free please!

No Alcoholic drinks.

No caffeine!

No Sugar or artificial sweeteners.


No Soy.

No Dairy(with the exception of real butter)… Coconut milk here I come!

And the positives

Lots of Protiens!  Eggs, Chicken, red meat, fish, and some lamb or pork

Lots of Vegetables!  Green ones like: Spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, bok choy, ect… (ok here is the truth, as I may have heard of most of these before, other than spinach  I have not eaten them and don’t know what they look like…so this might be interesting).

“Normal” Veggies: cooked really really well; like cauliflower, brussel sprouts, leeks, broccoli, squash, yams, sweet potatoes in moderation, onions, garlic, and tomatoes.   No potatoes for the first few weeks:(((   It is obviously going to be difficult.

Fruits – lots of fruits just not my favorite – aka bananas.

Oils –  coconut oil, Olive Oil, and REAL BUTTER!!! yes this is one category I can deal with ha!

Water!  Water!  Water! and herbal tea if you so wish.

Sea Salt is a go, but not table salt!  (Thank goodness because I love salt!)

Ultimately everything that we are used to eating – we can’t eat!  So wish us luck and now you know our rules you can make sure we stay in line!  Wish us luck!!!

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