For the Love of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia Week 3

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This week, we continue re-visiting the For The Love Of Food posts….

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For the last couple of weeks we’ve started taking a look at some foods that may be helpful for fibromyalgia. If you missed the first two posts, you can find them here and here. I’m highlighting some foods because of the specific nutrients they contain that may help with fibromyalgia, but these are definitely just some of the foods we may want to include in our diets (and whenever I reference diet, I’m just talking about what we eat, not a specific diet). A healthy diet should include a variety of foods. As I mentioned in For the Love of Food, we don’t yet understand how food works synergistically in our bodies to give us all the nutrition we need, and our best bet for getting those nutrients is to eat an array of real foods, foods…

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One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup – No Plate Like Home

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A tasty, hot, One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup is perfect on a cold winter’s day. It comforting and warms you up. This broth based soup has so much flavor because it is made by stewing a ham bone in chicken stock which…

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An Archive of Meditations – The Purple Almond Year in Review

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I began my Meditation Monday blog series on December 19, 2016. One year on, I have covered the gambit of meditation and relaxation techniques. I began with Yoga, and have included everything from Qi Gong to chair yoga and candle gazing to stone stacking. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or hate to exercise (like me!) there’s something for everyone.

Many of you may wonder why I focus so heavily on meditation and motivation, despite being a nutrition site. As someone who is studying holistic nutrition, I learned early on that food is only part of the equation when it comes to complete, whole body health. A body under constant stress is an unhealthy body, even if you eat in a super healthy way. Yes, all of that healthy food does help, but the stress still takes a toll on you. That’s why I include so many meditation and motivational posts…

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Meet Level Up Stud

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Let’s jump right into the madness.

First things first. You’re going to spend the next 5 days in a caloric deficit via the Low-Carb Method.

What Is The Low-Carb Method?

The Low-Carb Method is…

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One Minute Recipes – Skinny Microwave Banana Mug Cake

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For this week’s morning videos, I’m going to focus on “mug recipes”. While I don’t typically advocate using the microwave, sometimes it’s warranted, due to lack of time. For today’s recipe, I have a healthy “Banana mug cake”.  If you can’t have nuts, swap the almond butter for SunButter (Sunflower seed butter). If you’re like me, and can’t eat oats or grains, use Cassava Flour (NOT tapioca flour).

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.

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Low carb, 20 grams or less per day, not working so well.

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I have decided to increase my carbs to 50 per day, still low carb, but not as drastic. I am not losing weight and the thought of eating like this the rest of my life is driving me nuts. I need more variety and I am picky as hell. It will most likely mean more insulin at first and I use insulin to correct what I am going to eat to keep my numbers lower.

Most days I probably won’t hit the 50 carb count anyway, but this gives me more choices. I am eating a lot more protein than the group I am in so will follow an atkins group which allows more protein. Atkins starts at 20 and goes up ater 2 weeks so already hit induction. I just reordered the original Atkins book and will attempt to reread. I know they have foods they don’t eat either…

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Today’s Featured Blog is…What’s For Dinner Moms?!

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Last night was the first time since sometime in March that we were all home before 8 pm. It was so nice to have all four of us sitting down around the table to eat together. We know it isn’t going to happen again for a few weeks but it was so nice to be together for one meal.

Now, I am real, so as you can see in the picture below, I pulled out our finest paper plates last night so no one had to do dishes. After dinner the only clean up was the pizza stone, pizza cutter, and the cheese grater. I am all for easy dinners with super simple clean up!

Verdict:

When I first presented this meal to my family they all thought I was crazy. Egg, that is not scrambled, on a pizza? Ewww. But, then they tasted it. I over cooked the egg…

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I Am Eliminating a Few Things From My Eating Regimen

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Beginning today I am turning over a new leaf.  I am eliminating a few things from my eating regimen for the foreseeable future:

  • bread
  • candy
  • sodas
  • pastas
  • refined sugars
  • processed foods

Why?  Because these types of foods are killing me and keeping me from living to full-capacity.  It is time for a change.

 

My Journal-Struggles with food & nutrition ~ coming soon!

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Just a quick administrative note today. Over the past year or two, I’ve been struggling with a few aspects of my diet (and fitness – or lack thereof!)

In an effort to hold myself accountable for the goals I’ve set for myself, I have decided to publish a journal once a week, beginning Thursday, May 4, 2017.

When I started this blog, I made an effort to shy away from getting too personal. While I have touched on a few personal aspects of my life, the bulk of the articles have been dedicated to teaching you about nutrition and meditation, while inspiring you about life.

This journal will be different. It’ll be my personal journey as I reestablish my health, wellness and weight goals. Included in this journal will be a food/fitness log and goal tracking, as well as experiments with recipes and food. You’ll see it all, what works and…

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