Sunday, May 27, 2012

Getting Some Traction

Last night I managed to get around 6 hours of sleep. Not in a row, but still, far far better than the 2 to 4 hours per night I have had earlier this week. I have so much more clarity and energy even on 6 hours.

I have one day of antibiotic left and then will just be praying I do not get sick again and also that my daughter does not regress again. There isn't much time left at school and dance and I feel bad that she is missing so much! We have usually been pretty healthy in the summer, so I am crossing fingers for a stretch of good health for all of us. My focus this summer will be on NUTRITION. I am going to buy local at the Farmer's Market and prepare as many fruits and veggies every day as I can for the kids and I to eat. That plus healthy fats and lean protein (and whole grains/good carbs for them) will make up 90% of what we ingest.

I am still using the remaining Medifast meals I have on hand as meal replacements to help me get through this hard time. Once the fridge is fixed (hopefully Tuesday), I will have more flexibility in what I eat. My son let us borrow a teeny little dorm fridge to keep my daughter's juice, milk, cheese, and yogurt cold, so we do have that!

What we've been eating:

Dinner last night was a very quick and easy chili. I was too tired to chop veggies, but managed to brown a pound of lean grass fed beef and simmer it with tomato sauce, canned kidney and pinto beans, and seasonings for a simple dinner. Usually I make cornbread with this for the kids, but again, I was too tired so served whole wheat bread and butter and milk with it instead. It was yummy; I had one small bowl of chili but no bread or milk.

Tonight we are having Italian sausages and peppers for dinner. This is so good! I just layer some low fat Italian turkey sausages in the crock pot with sliced fresh red, orange, and yellow peppers and a sliced onion, sprinkle with black pepper, and cook on low all day. It is easy and all the kids like them (some kids eat the veggies and some don't). The kids have their sausages on buns and I eat mine on a plate. I will be making a fruit salad and some steamed cauliflower or cabbage to go with it.

(Mmmm.... can't wait to smell these cooking!)

As for exercise, if my daughter feels well enough we are going to walk to the park today with the pup. It's only about a mile, but it will be nice to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air and get the blood moving. We're also enjoying having all the windows open while I clean, getting as much dust out of the house as possible.

Grilling tomorrow! How about you? Here's an idea if you need one: Cedar Planked Salmon, great will grilled fresh asparagus and kabobs of zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, and cherry tomatoes!


Anonymous said...

The peppers are so pretty! I will keep praying for you all. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Cheri said...

Thanks for all the helpful information on your site! I am just starting medi-fast and the hints will come in helpful on my journey. I am currently approximately at your starting weight so I was particularly motivated by the results you have had and your pictures. It helps me to see how my body might change as well.

Andra said...

It is great that you are all feeling better but with the ongoing compromised immune problems in your household it may be worthwhile to investigate the GAPS protocol for you and your younger children. Immune/gut health is critical and trumps the scale number exponentially.

Lyn said...


hey that sounds interesting. I just Googled it and will do some reading. Thanks! I've been doing some research on foods that build up the immune system and we all take probiotics, but GAPS takes it even further. I appreciate the suggestion!

timothy said...

think garlic it's great for everything and yummy too!
glad youand the princess are doin betterand good luck with that fridge!

MargieAnne said...

Glad you are feeling better.

The sausage and bell pepper dish looks deliciious. Must try it sometime.

Right now season fo bell peppers has finished so I'll have to wait a while.


Anonymous said...

Good to hear that you all are doing better.