2ofUM

blogging about life… one day at a time.


2 Comments

Mmmm… Monday: 3 ingredient pancakes!

10296355_666067056795910_4686972766810618826_oI know I didn’t tell you this, but Cupcake is going in for another surgery. It’s a happy, sad sort of thing. Happy because she is moving closer to being a whole, healthy, happy little girl, but sad because she has to endure it all. She is an amazing spirit I tell ya! When we left from visiting this summer, I was amazed at all she could do, at her calm, gentle manner, but most importantly at her curiosity and willingness to explore. This girl is amazing!

So, because mom and dad will be busy with her, we brought Monkey and Raggy home with us. :) That is a plus side for sure! We get to play, eat, and explore with them. What could be better?

The first thing Monkey asked for when we got here was pancakes. I am the pancake queen. I am known for my pancakes and my cinnamon rolls. So what happens when you switch your diet out of necessity and you can no longer make those things? What’s a grandma to do? Thankfully I was able to find a recipe on Pinterest for pancakes with three simple ingredients. 1 banana, two eggs, and some cinnamon. This recipe was so easy, that Monkey could make his own. He sure was happy about that because he LOVES to cook.

So how to make this easy pancakes:

Step 1: Blend up a banana. The bananas taste best when they are a little on the overripe side. Yes. Another way to use those overripe bananas! We used an immersion blender because it’s quick and easy.

DSC_0098

Then, crack two eggs into the same cup and blend them up with the banana. After that, add some cinnamon… you’ll have to experiment with this part because I didn’t measure. I would guess somewhere around a tablespoon, but you could use more or less for taste. :)

Step 2: Pour the pancake batter into a hot oiled pan or onto a hot oiled griddle. I chose to make one big pancake because every kid loves a pancake that is bigger than their head. They would probably be easier to flip if you made them smaller.

DSC_0105

Step 3: Cook the pancake on a lower heat than a normal pancake, giving it time to set up. I don’t know what to tell you, because on my stove I have to turn it to simmer, but my stove burner is terrible! It has two settings. Simmer and burn. I can’t wait to get a new stove!

Flip the pancake and cook on the other side for a few minutes and then transfer to a plate. These pancakes are certainly kid approved!

DSC_0103

You can even experiment with adding other ingredients. Here is my blueberry pancake. :)

DSC_0111

Yum! We didn’t add anything to the top of our pancakes, but you could drizzle on real maple syrup or something. I enjoyed mine just the way it was.

So go impress your kids or grandkids with these simple, healthy pancakes.

Enjoy the Dance! ;D

Rebecca

And P.S. Pray for Cupcake!


1 Comment

Top 10 Paleo Discoveries…

IMG_0001I have been pondering all the new things that I have discovered. It has been about a month and a half now, and my life has taken such a drastic change for the better that I thought I would share a few things that I have discovered in Dave Letterman fashion. (Does anyone else watch him just for the top ten list? I know I do.) :)

10. Coconut oil. Now, I know that I have used this before. My kids got interested in all the “beauty products” they could make using coconut oil. Lipgloss, lipstick… my kitchen will be forever stained with red and pink crayons. ;) But now that I actually use this as a food product, my cast iron pans have never been shinier!

9. Homemade mayo. I had never, until Paleo, even attempted to make Mayo. I mean, it seemed so complicated and sciency. I made all other things “from scratch” my whole life, but I never thought I could make something that seemed so complicated. I mean, look at all the ingredients on that bottle! Who knew that you could actually make it with a hand whisk. And that it took very few ingredients. Need a recipe? Click here.

We made some delicious tuna salad one night, and Little Miss Smarty Pants (whose pants have been getting even littler BTW) was so ecstatic. It would be her first taste of mayo ever. Because of her soy and dairy allergies, she was never able to eat it before I made it homemade. A few bites in, she exclaimed her love of mayo, and then quickly after, her dismay that she would never be able to eat potato salad because we don’t eat potatoes anymore. I promised her that I would make her potato salad for her birthday. She perked up at the mention of that. :)

8. Red Boat fish sauce. Nom Nom Paleo, I am spreading the word. I am joining the Red Boat Fish Sauce discipleship. Want something to liven up your sautéed mushrooms? Want something to add a little bite to your spicy hot wings? This is it. Gotta love it!!

7. Never being hungry. No midnight cravings! I mean sure, if I went all day without eating I would be hungry. I’m talking about that I-could-eat-an-entire-cow feeling that I used to have all day long. And then those horrible I-need-something-sweet-to-eat cravings that would start around 8 at night and plague me all night long! Good by hunger and cravings. Don’t let the door hit you in the…

6. Strength and energy. Yep. Both of which I was lacking for so long I had forgotten what it felt like to be able to get through an entire day without feeling totally exhausted and foggy brained by 3:00 pm. Heck, sometimes I couldn’t even make it until lunch. Sometimes I would get up, take a shower, get ready for work, and then feel like I could just go crawl back under the covers and go to sleep. NO LONGER!

5. Effortless weight-loss  In the past, I have eaten reduced calorie diets, exercised like a work horse, and still not lost a single pound. Not a single ounce! Sometimes I have actually gained weight. UGH! I am sure many of you know how this feels. Not any longer. In a month and a half… exactly today… I have lost 18 pounds without any effort besides changing my diet. Sometimes, I would be so afraid to get on the scale thinking… I just ate three eggs and two pieces of bacon for breakfast. I am going to have gained a ton. I would be shocked to step on the scale and see that number moving down. I can’t wait to see what adding exercise will do!

4. No counting calories. This is a big deal. By cutting out foods that mess up my metabolism and hormone balance, I can eat until I am full. I don’t have to worry about micromanaging an app on my phone and having it scream at me that I have eaten too few or too many calories for the day. I don’t have to micromanage how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fats I have eaten. My life is simpler. I have time to enjoy cooking and enjoy eating. I mean, isn’t that what life is about… enjoyment?

3. Improved health. Not only has my health improved, but the health of those that I take care of. It’s a win-win. Some things that have disappeared are joint pain, stomach aches, bleeding ulcers, sleepless nights, acid reflux, depression, feminine cycles (sorry if that grosses anyone out but it’s worth sharing), allergies, and overall general health.

2. Everyone in the family can eat the same meal. This is a big deal. For so long, Little Miss Smarty Pants has felt gypped. No cheese. No mayo. No pizza. No ice cream. No, you can’t eat this bread because it has soybean oil in it. No, you can’t eat this cracker because it contains milk. No more! We can all sit down to the table together. Me and Miss Independent and Tater with our gluten allergies can eat the same meal with Little Miss and her soy and dairy allergies. We are all eating healthy, and we are all eating the same food. What a blessing!

1. Hope. I have hope. Hope that I can return to a weight that is healthy for me. Hope that my body will function well, so that I can run and hike with my grandkids. Hope that my children will grow up and be healthier adults because I have made this change now. Hope that my older children who have already left the roost will see this transformation and want it for themselves. Hope that I can teach others that healthy doesn’t always mean doing or eating what everyone else does. We all need to do what is best for us, and I am so thankful that I have found what works for me. I feel great, and that gives me hope.

Enjoy the Dance! ;D

Rebecca


8 Comments

So what is Paleo?

DSC_0172So after writing my last post, I had one of my most faithful readers (who is also my colleague and my friend), say, “Well, you told us that Paleo wasn’t what you heard people talking about, but you never actually told us what it was.”

I was thinking about that a lot today, and wondering, how to I explain what Paleo is…

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that so many other people have explained it so much better than I ever could, so today’s blog post is going to be a few links. If you really want to know about Paleo and why it works, these are the places that got me started. They were both quick, easy, non-threatening reads, and they got me off to a great start.

Nom Nom Paleo is a great place to read about all things Paleo… not to mention she has the best… I repeat BEST recipes ever! There are so many that are free on her blog, and she has a book and an amazing iPad app that shows you step by step through pictures how to make things. It’s like Snapguide on steroids!

The second place that helped me tons was the first thing that popped up in the search engine when I searched Paleo. Isn’t it nice when that happens? Nerd Fitness, thank you for your simple, well laid out explanation, but especially for those humorous pictures that made eating Paleo seem a whole lot less threatening. (I am not sure why it worked that way for me, but it did.)

So that’s it for today. Unless you want to really get into it. If you do, then you should start reading “It Starts with Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. It’s an amazing book that really explains in English the sciency stuff that makes Paleo work. And if you are like me and want to know why, then this is the book for you. It has enlightened me as to what has been going wrong my entire life. It’s amazing! A great read, and informational all at the same time.

Enjoy the Dance! ;D

Rebecca

P.S. Go out and buy a living basil plant. Even I can keep one alive, and I kill EVERYTHING!

Going Caveman

2 Comments

Going Caveman

Thirty-nine days ago exactly I saw my naturopath again. Thyroid and adrenal glands have been on the mend, but still no dice in the losing weight department. So she suggested paleo. I told her I would try anything.

Paleo is not… I repeat NOT… at all what I had heard people talking about. Paleo is amazing! All I have to do is follow a few simple rules and BAM!! I have lost 16 pounds. 16 POUNDS! In 39 days! That is a big deal.

Me.

Me. Who never, EVER lost weight. (I was lucky to keep myself from gaining it.)

16 pounds. And I can eat what I want. As much as I want. Heck, I could eat a whole chicken and still lose a pound the next day. (I don’t think I could eat a whole chicken, but I could try.) I’m never hungry. I feel like a whole new woman!

Did I mention that I haven’t even started exercising yet? I mean, other than my usual activity?

God bless my naturopath. And God bless Paleo!

Enjoy the Dance! ;D
Rebecca


Leave a comment

Just realized…

I just realized how many more blog posts I could have if I took a picture of every crocheted item that I gave away… For example: just this last week I crocheted a washcloth/towel set for a friend, slippers for the same friend (she was having surgery), and slippers for my husband (because he saw my friends comfy slippers and wanted some of his own… more manly of course!)

Anyway, how many of you give things away without ever thinking about taking a photo first? It isn’t just me… is it?

Enjoy the Dance! ;D

Rebecca


2 Comments

On the road to recovery…

Hi friends in the blogging world! Yes, I admit that my last post was a little on the edge, but honestly that is exactly how I felt. This last Thursday was an amazing breakthrough, though. I went to see my naturopath as all the results to my tests were in. What did she discover? I have a hypothyroid, and adrenal fatigue.

Why did it take me so many years to figure out that doctors don’t diagnose things unless it is staring them in the face? Why do they push so many antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds when most of the time there is a real physical problem causing fatigue?

I have been on thyroid medication and adrenal supplements for 2 1/2 days now and I can already feel the “real” me coming back. The one that has energy to do things after work. The one who likes to get up early and exercise. The one that likes to create. It’s me… I’m coming back. No more foggy brain. No more sleepless nights. No more memory loss. I will be able to think, reason, and interact with others without feeling like I am swimming through a sea of drowsiness. I will be able to lift my arms and crochet that little airplane that I have been dying to make for Raggy. I will be able to type at a keyboard without my wrists feeling like they are on fire.

My doctor says it is going to be a slow road back, and to take my time and not rush things. I’m going to listen to her. You know why? Because she took the time to listen to me, dig deep and figure out exactly what is going on. Of course we have other things still left to figure out, but we are on the right track. It’s nice to finally have found someone that I trust.

Enjoy the Dance! ;D

Rebecca

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 142 other followers