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Meal Plan – Weeks 8 & 9

Hi yall…still drumming along with this gluten free lifestyle. Honestly, struggling every step along the way. I did really good and then my mind started playing tricks with me and I started thinking that gluten wasn’t the problem at all. So I indulged in Vanilla Wafers two nights in a row…Um..yea…Gluten is most definitely the problem! Sure I can “cheat” but I’m going to pay for it. Right now I’m focusing on gluten free first and foremost, secondly healthy. I’m not being nearly as strict on the calorie front, I found that 1,300 calories and gluten free was too much change at once, so right now I’m just doing the gluten free…but still sticking with healthier.

As I’ve always done, I still meal plan, typically I grocery shop twice a month, buying for 2 to 3 weeks at a time. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and household needs. This saves time AND money! Sure I always end up having to go back for milk or something I forgot but preparing a meal plan and one large grocery list works for me. I typically figure how many days I’ll need dinner for, figure those dinners out, leaving one night for leftovers, then figure out several breakfast and lunch options, in addition to taking leftovers, and buy enough to repeat those, make sure we have all our staples, and then lastly make sure I have a few sweet options.

Gluten Free Meal Plan | Feeding This Family

So, without further adieu, my first gluten free meal plan, remember to cook the dinners listed in order for the fresh vegetables to used first.

Dinner Options:

Thai Basil Chicken - Food & Wine

Thai Basil Chicken with White Rice (using GF soy sauce and add cornstarch to marinade based on reviews)

Fajitas, onions and peppers, rice and beans, tortillas, fixings

Chicken Tortilla Soup - The Cafe Sucre Farine

Chicken Tortilla soup with corn tortilla chips

Tilapia coated in GF Panko, then pan fried, served with quick cajun white beans and white rice

Blackened shrimp with Cesar salad, homemade croutons made with GF bread

Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks - Iowa Girl Eats

Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks, served on rolls for everyone else, GF bread for me, chips on the side

Spaghetti, with Italian sausage and GF pasta, salad

Black Bean Soup - Simply Gluten-Free

Black bean soup with tortilla chips

Fish tacos, tilapia seasoned with blackening seasoning, cooked off, corn tortillas, cabbage, cilantro, pico de gallo, and taco white sauce for toppings

Grilled pork chops, grilled onions and yellow squash

Man Pleasing Chicken - Witty in the City

Grilled vegetable pasta salad with Man Pleasing Chicken

Taco Salad, with ground turkey

Steaks with blue cheese wedge salads

BBQ chicken salad, salad topped with BBQ chicken, corn, black beans, jicama, tortilla chips, and a BBQ sauce and ranch combo

Crispy chicken made with GF panko, mashed potatoes, and corn

Baked potatoes with salad

Leftovers

Breakfast and Lunch Options:

Deviled eggs made with FF mayo

Cinnamon Chex (my favorite)

GF oatmeal

Greek yogurt

GF lunch meat

Vegetables with Ranch dip, made with FF sour cream or FF greek yogurt

Sandwiches

Leftovers from dinners

Hummus with GF pretzel rods

AND because I like to pass along good news…These are awesome!!! I LOVE the Strawberry and Caramel Swirl. Go get them now!

Healthy Choice Frozen Greek Yogurt

Hope all of you have a fabulous week!

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Weekly Diary Post

I’ve received a few comments, emails, and texts with requests about what exactly I’m eating so I’ve decided to post my diaries from the app I’m using, right now I’m using MyFitnessPal. I know how hard it is to decide what to eat, how hard it is to imagine someone eating only 1200-1300 calories, but it can be done.

Monday

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So this is before I started the gluten free thing, had oatmeal really really thinned out. For some reason with my Lap Band, mornings are hard to get anything through. Plus my favorite, Diet Ocean Spray Cranberry juice, only 5 calories for 8 ounces. Lunch was a Lean Cuisine meal, it was ok, not much flavor. Dinner well…I didn’t track. I made crunchy ramen salad, with chicken, but it wasn’t doing it for me, so I tossed that and had some chicken noodle soup. Oh and some dump cake! But I tracked the candy I had at work. Ha!

Tuesday

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Ok…still hadn’t started the gluten free thing, so breakfast I made a egg white, turkey bacon, pepper jack breakfast sandwich on a wheat English muffin, with my cranberry juice. Lunch is what I call a snack plate, steamed shrimp with cocktail sauce, cucumbers and carrots with ranch dip (nonfat plain Greek yogurt mixed with ranch dip seasoning packet), popcorn, plus celery and reduced fat peanut butter. Dinner I made smoked sausage, ranch style beans, and cornbread. Realized I hadn’t ate enough calories, so I finished off the soup from the night before plus some peanuts and Oreos. Had the Dark Chocolate Goji at work in the afternoon.

Wednesday

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Finally started the gluten free lifestyle, had my cranberry juice and Chobani yogurt for breakfast. Had 2 deviled eggs for a snack, made those with FF mayo. Lunch was some chicken enchiladas I made at home with some cabbage, they weren’t good enough to post a recipe though. Dark Chocolate Goji pieces in the afternoon. Some Snapea crisps while I cooked dinner. Dinner was a shrimp and vegetable sauté I made, so good! Plus some gluten free bagel chips and cucumber dill dip. I made some “Best” gluten free brownies and even ate 2 but they sucked so so bad. Maybe it was my fault. I’ll try again.

Thursday

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Breakfast was some gluten free cereal, it wasn’t all that good, and some FF milk. Deviled eggs for snack. Lunch was turkey, string cheese, and cucumbers and gluten free bagel crisps with cucumber dill dip. More Dark Chocolate Goji pieces in the afternoon. Dinner I made tacos with leftover brisket meat, this is where I become slightly crazy. I weigh everything on a food scale and create my own recipes in MyFitnessPal, even like those taco shells, I weigh out oil in a pan, weigh a plate and paper towel, fry the shells, then re weigh the oil and plate with paper towel to figure exactly how much oil was actually used. Anyway, tacos and Spanish rice. And more of those horrible brownies, I was desperate!

Friday

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Ok…so yogurt for breakfast, it’s easy, it’s gluten free. Lunch I made some nachos in the microwave. For my snack I had one of my favorites! Brie with Roasted Raspberry Chipotle sauce and then some gluten free bagel crisps. Dinner oh my! So this is the night I made the curry fried rice I posted on the Facebook page and I’m going to be honest with yall, first of all, it wasn’t going down, second it wasn’t that great, sure I’m really critical of myself and food but still. So I scrapped it and accounted for what I did eat. Then I made myself a PB&J sandwich on gluten free bread with some gluten free chips. Had a couple cookies too.

Saturday

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Weekend!!! Cranberry juice, yogurt, as turkey bacon for breakfast. Lunch I made some shrimp fried rice. Had some GF shortbread cookies and Nutella. Dinner…I started throwing myself a pissy fit. The gluten thing was started to get to me, I was frustrated, upset, feeling sorry for myself. I got over it and made myself another PB&J sandwich with GF bread and GF chips. And then I had some GF chocolate cookies and PB. So good!

Sunday

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Didn’t eat breakfast, oops! But I did drink some cranberry juice, I’m telling y’all, I’m obsessed. Made some taquitos with the leftover brisket. I also made some enchiladas, I had those and leftover Spanish rice while I made Chicken Spaghetti for the family. That was torture y’all! I have to get some GF spaghetti and GF cream of mushroom and make more so I can have some! Then I had some cheese pieces because I needed calories and then a piece of the GF SF Chocolate Bundt cake.

So…drumroll please…I ate all that! And that’s a lot! No exercise and weighed this morning and I lost 7.4 pounds this week! So awesome!

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Some Changes

I don’t even know where to begin…So yall are going to get a lot, read away if you’re interested in secrets, weight loss surgery, food issues, food allergies, nasty details, oh and a new lifestyle. If not, scroll to the bottom for the recipe, a few things may confuse about the recipe if you don’t know all that I’m about to divulge though.

Where to begin….For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the chubby girl, the girl with the pretty hair/eyes/face, the one with the awesome personality…But I’ve been overweight since before I was 10. I’ve tried all the diets, no carb, Weight Watchers, calorie restriction, all of it..Nothing worked, I didn’t want it bad enough. Several years ago, August of 2008, to be exact, I had the Lap Band procedure. I was close to 300 pounds, 297 exactly. Now I know there are a lot of people who face issues and weigh more than mine…I’m not trying to make this seem dramatic. Just my story.

I did good with the Lap Band the first couple of months, lost probably 20-30 pounds. But I never truly changed the way I ate. With most weight loss surgeries, they tell you to stop ingesting certain things, I didn’t listen to any of them. I still ate whatever I wanted, sometimes I would eat less than I would normally, sometimes I’d get slapped in the face by the Lap Band and regret what I ate. I’ll spare you the details, google it if you’re interested and don’t already know what I mean. June of 2009, I found out I was pregnant, complete surprise, complete surprise!  So I had my Lap Band loosened as much as possible for the remainder of the pregnancy, I found out I was pregnant at 20 weeks. I had a wonderful pregnancy, gained an “average” 25-30 pounds. Delivered a beautiful normal sized baby girl. I say normal because as someone who has always been “big,” having a “fat” baby was one of my biggest fears. Long story short, because I didn’t find out I was pregnant until 20 weeks along, the day I conceived her and my due date were guesses. I remember a sonogram at 38 weeks and them telling me she was already 8 pounds. I wanted them to induce me then, first, she was full size, second, I didn’t want a fat baby. I went 3 more weeks. Two days before I delivered her, I was told she’d be 10 to 11 pounds, I was devastated. November 19, 2009, at 41 weeks on the dot, I delivered a little 7 pound 14 ounce baby…they were wrong, thank God! Anyway….I lost all my pregnancy weight very easily, in fact lost another 10 or so pounds from my pre baby weight.

I went back and continued with my Lap Band fills…But I never truly changed the way I ate…I used the Lap Band for all the hard work. I became a professional at throwing up, one of the side effects of not eating right with the Lap Band, I could throw up into a Walmart bag while driving down the road, I kept Walmart bags in my center console in the car, it’s disgusting how much I cheated the system, disgusting how much I was ok with throwing up just so I could eat what I wanted.

November of 2012, something changed though. I began having other issues…Once again I’ll spare you all the details, but just know my intestines hated me. They were raging a war against the rest of my body, all day, every hour, no matter what I ate. This went on for over a year, nothing changed it. I was miserable, didn’t feel good, was constantly tired, the list goes on and on. I hated life. I finally called my doctor after almost a year of this, she prescribed a medication that would kill a virus, bacteria or infection in my stomach/intestines, if I had one. Those little pills made me feel normal for 10 days and then I was right back to hell.

Tired of the weight still staying right along 220, losing and gaining the same 10-15 pounds, I decided a week ago that I finally had to deal with my food issues. I didn’t get to close to 300 pounds because I hate food, I got there because I LOVE food and given the chance I will eat and eat and eat and eat and eat, all while drinking more calories than some people in an entire day. I was and still am a food addict. As of right now, I’m staying right around 1200 calories, while reaching for 80 grams of protein, daily. I’m not a doctor, I don’t suggest this for anyone..It’s just what I’m doing.

Now back to the intestine issues, for close to 2 months now I’ve been researching my symptoms, talking to people, trying to figure this all out. Sure I could go to the doctor, get poked and prodded, tested, examined, this scope, that scope…And I may eventually but if I can figure out something that works for me, without spending tons of money, I’m all over that. Right now I’ve chosen a gluten free lifestyle. I’m not promising that’s my issue, I just know that I have every one of the symptoms, some which are very specific and only are known to gluten sensitivity/celiac disease. Right now, as I write this, I am on day 5 of no gluten and I feel like a different human being. I’m not a 100% well but I am getting better.

So…1200 calories, give or take, 80 grams of protein, give or take, and no gluten! I’ve chosen all this for myself but at times, it’s lonely. Because I’m just starting this journey, I am still cooking what we have in the house, what I had bought two weeks ago, needless to say I’m cooking two meals every night. Plus I’m packing my breakfast and lunch so I know I’m following these guidelines. I will begin cooking gluten free only very soon, I’m going to try to stay with things that are naturally gluten free, and substitute gluten free items when necessary  The gluten free thing is the hardest, the dang thing is in everything, especially the things I love the most. It’s a process and I’ll learn.

I know this isn’t the way a lot people live, I’m sure plenty of people will insist I give this a try, insist I not use a sugar substitute…And all of your ideas and suggestions are appreciated, but please just know…I don’t want to be this way, I don’t want to have issues with food, I don’t want to eat super natural/organic, I don’t want to have to eat gluten free, I just want the normal life I’ve always lived, just at a healthier weight and feeling better.

This morning I woke up, knowing I’m cooking a dinner for everyone, that I can’t eat, I’ve already made something I can eat, it’s in the fridge in portions for the rest of the week…But I still wanted a dessert…see this fat mind thing working. The woman wants what she’s always had, but I had to make it work, I had to make it gluten free, I had to make it low enough in calories that I could justify a piece…So this is what I came up with.

Well…here is where you would normally find the recipe but after publishing this, and tasting the cake a few times I’ve decided to take the recipe down. Learning to bake gluten free is definitely a challenge!!! Going to leave the rest of the post up in hope that its helps other to not feel along in this scary daunting world of weight loss and GF.

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Saturday Night Share

Some of my favorites that I had to share with y’all.

To be taken directly to each source or article, click on the bold pink link or the photo.

Way easy DIY: I love chalkboards yall. I have one in my kitchen that I change up for the seasons, in fact I posted our fall chalkboard drawing a few weeks ago on Wordless Wednesday. But this! This is easy as pie!

chalkboard door

Weekly cookie obsession photo: So…a certain nation wide coffee chain has these certain bars that come around during the holiday season…And I love them! White chocolate, cranberries, orange zest, they rock my socks! But I probably don’t want to know the amount of fat and calories in them. But these cookies, they have all the same flavors, plus oatmeal…and that means they’re healthy! Right? I’m glad you agree with me.

cranberry cookies

Heartwarming story: Did yall see this story this week? It’s taken off since Monday when I saw it, national news has picked it up and I am so glad. I’m praying this sweet boy find a forever home. His courage inspires me so much and tears at my heart strings.

forever home

Short list today yall, I hope yall have a fabulous weekend.

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Brownie Pie

Did I tell you my husband doesn’t like brownies? I know! Crazy!!! I don’t understand it. BUT that doesn’t stop me from making brownies. Or brownie pie! It just means I have to eat the entire pan, darn! This past Sunday, a family dinner quickly added up to 8 people and I knew I needed a dessert.

I already had pie crust in the refrigerator and the rest of the ingredient were in the cabinets, so I went ahead and made 2 of these. BUT only one was ate…DARN. So I’ve been slicing slivers out of the second one all week. Add some ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries, ooo..some caramel…Yes sirree!

Brownie Pie | Feeding This Family

Brownie Pie

Makes 1 8 or 9 inch pie

1 pie crust for 8 or 9 inch pie plate, homemade or store bought

1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 c.)

2 1 oz. semisweet bakers chocolate squares

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of baking powder

2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a microwavable dish, melt the butter and chocolate. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Whisk in the sugar, flour, vanilla, and baking powder. One at a time, whisk in the eggs.

Place the pie crust into a pie plate, crimping around the edges, then pour the chocolate mixture into pie crust. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Hope yall have a fabulous weekend. Check back in tomorrow for Saturday Night Share.

I’ve linked this post with some of my favorite weekly go to’s for recipes and ideas, The Weekly Potluck, Mandy’s Recipe Box’s “Totally Tasty Tuesdays!”, and Buns in My Oven.

 

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Saturday Night Share

Sorry for no recipe this week, been a really rough week, sickness and work issues. Never the less though, here’s Saturday Night Share.

Some of my favorites that I had to share with y’all.

To be taken directly to each source or article, click on the bold pink link or the photo.

Another taco mix up that I love: Yall already know, I love tacos, I love asian flavors, I love mexican flavors..Add a crock pot, and I’m a happy woman! This recipe for Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw…I’m a happy woman!

pulled pork tacos

My weekly sugar addiction photo and recipe: I can’t help it yall. These people that are like, oh I don’t like sweets. What the heck is wrong with you? We must come from different planets. This recipe though for Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce, who wouldn’t like that? A crazy person, that’s who!

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Yes, I’m THAT mom: I’m guilty, people think I’m THAT mom, the mom who has dinner on the table every night, clean house and perfect everything. And I realize that sometimes we all put our best foot forward, while kicking the dirty laundry out of sight with our other food. There is a LOT of imperfections behind it all. Right now the bathroom counter has days worth of hair stuck on it with hair spray, the sheets need to be washed, the carpet shampooed, and ya…I just realized I haven’t taken dinner out of the freezer yet. See! But this recipe for Frankenstein Fruit Roll-Ups…I can do these for Kenidee’s party at school…I can do these, doesn’t mean I’ll end up doing it though :)

frankenstein fruit roll-ups

The go-to list of things that need to be in a woman’s closet: I think a have a pretty classic taste in clothes, preppy and simple with a little room for something special. This list of 50 Things Every Woman Must Own is pretty dang spot on.

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Heartwarming story: Now I’m sure this will cause some controversy and I’m not trying to. There are issues all over our country and I have my own view point on things just like we all do, but what touched my heart is that a child saw something that made her sad and decided to help in the only way she knew how. While ice cream and sprinkles and snacks aren’t important in the big scheme of things, to kids…they matters. And I love this story.

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I hope yall are having a fabulous weekend, we’re having a low key weekend before it gets too busy. We have a tradition of the kids painting on pumpkins, way less mess than craving at this age, and then we let the same pumpkins grow into pumpkins the next year. So we’ll be doing that and enjoying each other.