Sunday, September 20, 2015

Diet Changes - Customized Paleo? Low Carb, Dairy Free

I just updated the blogging world about my happiness and love. As this blog is Health, Happiness, and Love, it's time for an update on my health.

I started my focus into healthy eating when I was a new mom and hubs was newly diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. We began learning to cook with veggies, meats, and dairy, and cutting down on the carbs. We learned a lot, cut the processed foods, and started eating much better.

Where am I now? My diet went downhill when we started focusing on moving. We gave in to the pressures of keeping up the house and getting things together, and ate lots of quick convenience food. Once we moved to Florida, I was determined to get my health in check. I was working out almost daily and eating very well. All summer, I was sick more often than I was well, and I stopped exercising because of it. I'm determined now to figure it out.

By method of elimination I've decided that dairy is one thing that has been bothering me. I slowly started eliminating it from my diet, and am working to continue doing so. I tried Lactaid tablets, and seem to still be getting sick. I picked up lots of non-dairy foods and plan to cut it entirely from my diet. I'm still getting sick some, but waiting to see if cutting out dairy makes it better. My sister cannot have high fructose corn syrup, so I'm guessing I'll try that next.

Between the diabetes and the dairy issues, I'm looking for some new recipes. My new hunt is low carb, dairy free. I guess that makes it almost paleo, but with some grains and carbs. I plan to take paleo recipes, doctor them up some, and make them work for me and for my family. I had my first success tonight, adapting The Preppy Paleo's Spinach and Meatball Casserole. I'll link to it below, but hopefully next time I make it I'll measure what I use and pass it along here.

The "Mother" of all Updates

Why hello there. Long time, no see.

I've decide to brush off the dust that has settled in the chaos of life and start blogging again. Life is completely different than it was back in 2014, but still absolutely wonderful and I'm still struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

We've moved from Maryland to Florida and are now living just outside of Daytona Beach. It's so neat being about 15 minutes from the beach. We're working on getting used to life down here. We've been here since about 3 months ago. I am working as an outpatient therapist and waiting to do school therapy, though I've been stuck in the office for a while now while they sort out a contract with the schools. Hubs is back in school full time. He's going to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and studying Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

AE is now two years old. She's beautiful and full of life and curiosity. She is always learning new things. We are challenging her to use her words, but she is also in a child care center for the first time ever, so she is picking things up there as well.

AE is no longer an only child either. The main reason I fell out of sync with blogging is that I found out I was pregnant and wasn't ready to share it online. I had trouble keeping up with my workouts and my eating, but couldn't explain it on here without giving it away. Life then became crazy and hectic, so I wasn't able to come back and update.

DT was born in November 2014. He is now 10 months old and is a spunky, inquisitive almost toddler. He was named after both his grandfather and a dear friend of ours. He is learning to stand and trying to walk. He loves eating new foods. He is so bright, so happy, so full of life. His sister both adores him and can't stand him. With him, our family is now complete.

To keep this post from getting crazy long, I'll end my massive life update here. Here's my happiness and love. I'll post again in a minute to update on my health. <3