Paleo Cowboy Quiche

This past weekend was the perfect spring weekend. We grilled out, spent time with friends, celebrated Easter, saw family, and shared Easter brunch with some of our community. There is nothing better than good food, friends, and spending time outside. It made me so thankful to live in North Carolina during the spring. For brunch, I decided to make a paleo crustless quiche based on The Pioneer Woman’s Cowboy Quiche. Usually I would make a quiche with broccoli, red peppers, asparagus, or some other veggie. However, I knew several veggies would already be represented at the brunch, so I went
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Eating Well: A State of the Mind

You know, food is one of the most interesting things we interact with daily and yet so infrequently recognize for its multi-faceted features. It’s a necessity. It’s beautiful, colorful, natural, or unnatural. It’s comforting. It’s filling. It’s exactly what we want. It’s exactly what we need. It’s a “solution” to all kinds of emotions – boredom, fear, grief, nervousness, excitement, anger, celebration. It’s misused. It’s delicious. It’s greasy, dry, brittle, flexible, chewy. It’s served frozen or bubbling hot. It’s created for the purpose of sustaining you. It’s been manipulated into worship of the body. It’s spicy, sweet, bitter, tangy, pungent.
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A Smattering of Sweets

In celebration of E’s 10th Birthday this past weekend, we had sweets for the first time in almost 9 weeks. Ethan wanted mint chocolate milkshakes, and Tyler wanted cake. We settled on both. Friday night we had family birthday time, a joyous celebration of sushi and milkshakes while watching Hook. Then Saturday, we had cake (a Texas Chocolate pan cake with fudge icing my mom made) with extended family and a few friends after all the guys took a man-trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Martin wanted to go but needed a nap, so he stayed home with the
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We Quit Sugar – Week 8

This is supposed to be the celebratory “we’ve accomplished our goal” post. We are celebrating, and we are excited it is been eight weeks without sugar, but this isn’t a celebratory post like an end of the school-year party. I’m not writing this to say we did it, we’re done, and welcome back sugar. I’m writing this to say we’ve started a journey and made it eight weeks thus far. We will have many, many more weeks without sugar. I’m really proud of Ethan and Tyler. They’ve both been troupers through this whole ordeal, especially Ethan. I would have never
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We Quit Sugar – Week 7

One more week until we’ve successfully completed our 8-week sugar detox! Time has moved so quickly. It seems as though we just started this experiment, and yet it’s almost as though it’s been part of our lives for a long time. Isn’t that how life works? Quick stat report: I’m down a few more pounds to below what I was when I got pregnant with Martin. I still have some to lose in order to be able to fit into all of my clothes, but I’m getting there. Exercise is super important, and I have more energy and am happier
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But I Don’t Want Cake

I’m really starting to consider what it means for my life if we quit sugar forever. Obviously we’ll come in contact with some every now and then when we’re out because it’s almost impossible not to. Tyler and I are really thinking we won’t have any around the house though, and I’ll keep cooking and exploring life without it. My biggest question and reservation right now is, “What if I don’t want cake on my birthday?” I know it sounds silly, but it’s a legitimate concern. For my whole entire life, all 28.5 years, I’ve had some type of cake
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We Quit Sugar – Week 6

Two weeks to go! During Week 6 I noticed I feel full more quickly. It doesn’t take as much food to make me feel satisfied. The past week has been pretty crazy. We ended up going out to eat two times, and both times my stomach hurt afterwards. I think hidden sugar was the culprit. The first time we went out, I got a Mexican omelette, and the salsa on top probably had some sugar in it. The second time, I got a salad and some soup, and neither had sugar, but the calamari/bread appetizer we had may have had
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We Quit Sugar – Week 5

Only three more weeks until Tyler and I have to decide what we’re going to do with sugar in the future. Ethan told my mom this week, “I know Mommy said at some point we’ll stop craving sugar, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen.” He may want sugary things, but he rarely asks for them any more. Honestly, one of the reasons we decided to do this whole thing was because of Ethan’s obsession, all of our obsessions, with sugar. Right after I had Martin so many people brought us delicious meals and dessert, and we got
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Easy Sugar-Free Snacks and Breakfast Ideas

Two of the hardest things about going sugar-free are fixing breakfast in the morning and finding easy-to-grab snacks for when we’re on the go or when Ethan wants to grab his own snack because I’m indisposed (nursing). The morning is a struggle because I typically try and have something prepped for Tyler to eat before work, which may or may not mean it has to be either pre-cooked or prepared in a few short minutes as he often jumps out of bed at 7 and must leave by 7:30. This puts a damper on the whole “grits, eggs, and bacon ideal
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We Quit Sugar – Week 4

We are officially halfway through our sugar detox! Week 4 was such a crazy week outside of the sugar detox that eating healthy and meal planning got thrown by the wayside. We managed to stay sugar free, except for the 1/2 macaroon Tyler accidentally ate at a photo shoot (he forgot about sugar, ate it and I yelled at him to stop) and the brown sugar in the pork tenderloin rub my mother-in-law made (it was amazingly good). So all-in-all I’d say it was a success. I started drinking green smoothies. They make a great lunch and are basically a
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