Things are good here. Maybe kind of boring to read. I'm making a lot of positive changes and feeling really good about things. I have been taking a class on The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes through my church--and I really, really love it. It's all about creating good things in your life and spirituality and creative visualization and the power of prayer. I'm really enjoying it and I am really liking all the people in my class, too.
I've really been able to reduce my stress level and have a more positive attitude and set up some goals that I want to work towards. One of which is being healthy & pregnant within two years.
I've decided to make a major diet change. These are some of the things I'm doing:
Here's the no's:
-No more fast food and only eat out 1-2 times per month
-No more pre-packaged foods
-No refined sugar
-No Trans Fats
-No White Flour
Here's the yes's:
-Following some guidelines in the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
-Only these fats: organic coconut oil, organic butter, EVOO, or grapeseed oil
-Having organic produce delivered each week and eating much more produce
-as soon as we're done with the meat in the freezer, sticking with organic meat as much as possible
-organic eggs & dairy
-whole grains & beans
-only bread that I make, and I'm going to be making sourdough from scratch
-only raw honey as a sweetener, and very limited
Yeah, I'm becoming a big hippie.
But, I have lost 4 pounds this week!
Right now I have homemade chicken stock in the crockpot and homemade whole-wheat bread in the oven. I'm making chicken stew for dinner. Here's the recipe:
(Chicken Stock then Chicken Stew)
Take a whole chicken and put it into a large crockpot filled with water, 2 tb apple cider vinegar (this helps to bring the minerals from the bones into the stock), two cut-up carrots and 3 cut-up celery stalks.
Simmer on low for five hours until the chicken is well cooked. Pull the chicken out, pull the meat and skin from the bones, and put the bones and skin back into the stockpot and keep simmering all day long. (when it's been at least 12 hour since you started, strain the stock into a large container and refrigerate. If you have a dog, pick the bones out of the stuff you strained from the stock and chop what's left all up and mix it in with their food. They will flip out from joy and gratitude.
When chilled, pull off the fat layer off the stock and save for cooking or discard. When chilled the stock may be gelled from the gelatin in the bones. This is good for you!)
Chop up some of the chicken meat.
Dice 3 potatoes, 2 carrots, and 3 celery stalks and boil in water on the stove until soft. Drain.
Sautee one diced onion in butter or olive oil. put with other veggies. In the same pan, melt 3 tb butter and mix in 1/4 cup of flour to make a roux. whisk in a couple of cups of the stock you still have simmering. For flavor, add 1 tsp salt, 2 tb nutritional yeast (optional), maybe 1/2 tsp sage. When gravy has thickened, add veggies and chicken meat and simmer until well combined.