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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Blueberry French Toast, sans added sugar

One of the things I’ve been craving lately is french toast. It’s just delicious. That’s all there is to it. Initially, when thinking about Ethan’s birthday weekend, I figured we could make french toast as a special treat. But lo and behold, when I went to make it, I used ingredients made without sugar, and we didn’t add any to our meal. Ethan loved it, Tyler loved it, and it was perfect for me. Hope for special breakfasts + delicious food + no added sugar = Heavenly Melissa. I used sourdough bread, which is delicious, and some versions are made
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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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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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Our Kitchen Table

We’ve almost made it through our first week cutting out sugar, fructose, and added/artificial sweeteners. I snapped a few pictures of some of the new recipes we tried and enjoyed. Ethan even liked the Carrot Soup. 1. Egg and Avocado Spread on Toast – A few times this week we had sugar-free bread (try whole wheat bread from Trader Joe’s or Ezekiel 4:9 Bread), goat cheese and avocado mash, with an egg on top. 2. Coconutty Granola and Plain Yogurt – I used Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Coco-Nutty Granola with plain yogurt. 3. Almond Butter Yogurt with Blackberries – You can either
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Let’s Be Honest – Sugar Addict

I’m addicted to sugar. We don’t regularly keep cookies or ice cream in our house. I’ve been known to throw away a mostly good box of Oreos, and we regularly throw out Halloween, Easter, and Christmas candy because we never finish it all. We even have tried to cut back on sugar by only have dessert one night a week. Yet, we’re still addicted. I get that crash and burn feeling later in the afternoon and I typically feel like I need something a little sweet after each meal. Tyler and I will hide sweets and than pull them out
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On the road to a gluten-free, artificial-coloring free, dairy-free life

Goodbye, Wheat Bread!  I’ve known since E was 2-weeks-old that lactose was not a friend of his stomach. For the first year of his life I abstained from any lactose digestion for the sake of nursing and my desire for sleep at night without a screaming baby with a squalling stomach. But in the last year, it’s become apparent that E’s stomach not only doesn’t like lactose, it doesn’t seem to like processed, gluten-filled anything or artificial colors and preservatives. I think in the last month, we’ve had maybe 2 days where he hasn’t complained about his stomach. HOW DID
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Preparing for the Half

This weekend marks my first half-marathon, and I’m more than excited. First of all, I’m so happy to finally see and catch up with this girl. And this girl. Such beauties with even more beautiful hearts (Oh, I’m also thankful to see West, but he’s not running with us, so I’m not counting him. Sorry, West.). But in preparation for the 13.1 mile showdown, I’m taking it easy this week. Because it’s been absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l outside, I’ve been taking walks every single day. Walk Photo I also busted out my old Power Yoga video with Denise Austin. Denise definitely keeps it real.
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