Category Health

Celiac disease and….. hair care?????

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Although I do appreciate the value of goal setting and the beginning of the year reflection, I sometimes feel like there is this pressure to goal set to perfection on January 1st and by January 15th everyone is back to their good ol’ selves. This is my perfect vs. real resolution list.

Viddy and I are actually going to do more meal planning and healthy eating. We have been doing really good about eating vegetarian every other night – it has become a game almost, trying to think of or search for veggie dinners. And I have gotten to enjoy veggies even more and experiment with new dishes, like sautéed bok choy with mustard over quinoa (surprisingly delicious).

We are also working on being more active, also known as getting our lazy behinds moving in some form.

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Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

I found and then adapted this recipe during the first few weeks I was home after my c/section. Let’s just say that the medication I was on for pain had a side effect that was… um…. causing me to think about adding more fiber to my diet. Hence, flax seed muffins.

These are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. AND they taste GREAT! Or else I wouldn’t eat them.

Preheat your oven to 375.

3 mashed Bananas (very ripe, of course)

1/2 cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix OR 1 1/2 cups Flour (regular for all you gluten people out there or a GF mix like Bette Hagman’s Featherlite mix)

1 cup milled flax seed (I get mine at Costco)

1 tblsp cinnamin

1 tsp baking soda (do not use if using Pamela’s)

1 tsp baking powder (do not use if using Pam...

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Fevers, Hospitals, and more Sleep Deprivation

This last weekend was… interesting.

Do you know what happens when a baby under a month old gets a fever? Nothing good.

Some of Wednesday and all of Thursday, Lulu felt warm to me. But our air conditioning wasn’t working – so our house was about 80 degrees. I initially thought she was just too warm because of the room temperature. All of thursday I kept her stripped down to her diaper and as lightly wrapped as possible. I took her temp in the morning and it was elevated, but not fever status. At about 10 pm she was still warm and I took her temp and she had officially moved to fever status. After talking with the pediatrician and retaking her temp – we went to the local emergency department.

When babies are very young and have a fever they get a full work-up. Blood draws. IV...

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Gluten and a Muffin Recipe

Celiac Disease: an autoimmune disorder that makes my body attack itself when I eat Gluten.

Gluten: the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that makes dough stretchy and bendy and chewy.

Cross-Contamination: the unintentional mixing or touching of ingredients that are naturally gluten free with those that have gluten (For example, the dried apricots from Costco – processed with wheat, don’t ask my why. Or mixing a batch of gluten free cookies with a mixer that has been used with wheat dough and has crevices for wheat to hide and sneak out and contaminate my cookies and make my stomach hurt.)

The problem: Any amount of gluten can trigger a ‘reaction’. Reactions can be anything from bloated general ickiness to puking to a couple days of unhappiness and lactose intolerance...

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Baby Wishes

I’m a pregnant Family’s Nurse Practitioner student who wants to specialize in women’s health, particularly specializing with couples who have struggles conceiving a baby.

I’ve always been interested in infertility management/treatment/diagnosis. Ever since I was in high school and my gyn started throwing around the word “endometriosis.” And even more so in college when I had that word confirmed (I have the pictures of my uterus to prove it – but I’ll spare you). My uterus and I have a complicated relationship, involving (in the past) lots of pain pills, microwave heat packs, and strong words.

Any research you do about endometriosis links it to infertility. I had that not-so-little grey cloud trailing me around from when I was 17 till recently (even though I tried not to dwell on it)...

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Instead of writing a paper…

***This flow chart is not meant to be a decision making paradigm for anyone else except the keeper of this blog. Any poor grades received are the sole responsibility of the student and cannot be blamed on the creator of this flow chart.***

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In which I plead and beg… while on a Soap Box

Dearest family, friends, neighbors, citizens, and human beings,

Eat More Vegetables. Not cookies, fast food that doesn’t decompose, or breaded deep fried things. Not Snickers bars, pickled things, or Hungry Man frozen dinners. Not ice cream, hamburgers, oreos, or white rice.

Vegetables. Roasted squash with parmesan, steamed carrots with honey and pepper, sauteed spinach with garlic, sweet potatoes, legumes, cucumbers drizzled lightly with Italien dressing. Asparagus roasted with balsamic vinegar. Zucchini sauteed with soy sauce and garlic.

Pound for Pound, vegetables are cheaper than meat. And you will live longer.

Meat is good, Carbs are good. Fat is good and necessary. Fruit is wonderful. Vegetables will help you live a long and healthy life...

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Going Gluten Free…Mostly

Many people have asked me if it has been hard switching to a gluten free lifestyle.  In fact, I asked myself that very same question on our first date when I picked a restaurant specifically based upon its ability to cater to her dietary needs.  She was ordering chicken marsala and I was ordering a pick fat plate of spaghetti.  The first thought that occurred to me as I dove into the sumptuous gluten-ridden dish, could I give this up?  Could I give up the grain that had given me so much over the years?  The grain that had been to every family dinner and every family picnic.  The grain that had been there with me on my trip to Europe, to my life in Chile, to college at BYU, and home here in VA.  Could I do it?

Have you seen Stephanie?  Of course, for this rockin’ beauty it was never ...

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