among other things.
Since February 1, 2011, I have been on a strict gluten-free/dairy-free, low glycemic index diet. I was AMAZED to see in July 2011, my labs revealed that my FSH:LH ratio FLIPPED TO NORMAL. What that essentially means is, the diet reversed my PCOS (the hormonal component). This was nothing short of a miracle.
But after July, I became more lax with the low G.I. part of my diet. I LOVED me some Udi's muffins and cookies. I enjoyed GF/DF pasta meals. And once I started eating them, I couldn't stop. I knew something had to give.
My nutritionist had given me a bunch of recipes and meal plans last year for what she called The Caveman Diet. I didn't realize this was essentially the Paleolithic Diet (Paleo for short). And for the past few weeks, I have been getting signs that I needed to look into going full-blown Paleo.
Most obviously, my NaPro Dr (with whom I work) recently shared with me a daily log that one of her patients had kept. She is a middle-aged single woman, whose blood sugar last month was through the roof in the 400s. She took the Dr's advice and ran with it: cut out wheat and sugar, and cut WAY back on carbs. She kept a daily log of how many calories, how many carbs, and her at-home blood sugar reading.
The results were unreal. When her carbs decreased, her blood sugar steadily and QUICKLY decreased! One day she had about 4-8 extra carbs than normal- her blood sugar climbed by 30 that very day!! At the end of the month, her blood sugar was in the 120s.
I believe it was the next day I started Paleo :)
Yes. I am on the bandwagon. But you all know me by now... when I do something, I do it right, and I do it ALL THE WAY.
And so, I decided to drop my delivery organic meat/fish company like a bad habit (long story short: they suck), and find a local farm for my meat. This Saturday, we took a trip down to pick up our first order and meet the woman and her animals - it was awesome! Not to mention, there was a giant statue of Our Lady in the driveway ;)
Here's a little sampling of what I've been up to.
Apple-Cinnamon Omelet (made with pastured eggs... they cooked fluffier than anything I've ever seen) and Farm Bacon on the side
Our Paleo St Patty's Day: Beanless Texas-style Chili with Braised Cabbage and Bacon (braised with duck fat... OH. MY. GOD.)
I'm realizing now that this picture probably doesn't look very appetizing... It's Paleo Chocolate Pudding (made with Avocados). It is SINFULLY rich and creamy. I know I've seen people write about it and post about it for months, now, but honestly, Avocado Chocolate pudding kinda made me wanna barf at the sound of it. That's why I'm calling it Paleo Chocolate Pudding ;)
Bacon-Wrapped Sausage (all from the Farm) brushed with Dijon mustard, with homemade Garlic Mayo for dipping (seriously, THE BEST MEAL YET!!!) and Homemade Coleslaw
And tonight... (still cooking in the crockpot)...
Paleo London Broil: Butterflied (I butterflied my first cut of beef!!!) London Broil, stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, green olives, red onion, and garlic - Surrounded by Acorn Squash chunks.
And yes it appears from these pictures that I eat bacon all day long. I do not. But any meal with farm-fresh organic bacon is picture-worthy in this house.
Other meals not featured in today's pictures have been:
Shrimp, Mango, Avocado Salad
Olive Garlic Lemon Chicken
Banana Almond Pancakes
Borscht (no sour cream needed)
Eggs with Avocado and Salsa and Slivered Almonds
These meals have consistently lead to this scene, every. single. night. :
Everything has pretty much gone over without a hitch, with the exception of my first try at homemade mayo (yesterday). It was waaaaaay too liquidy at first. Thank goodness I have a handy C.I.A. (Culinary Institute of America) chef in the house, who knew just what to do to bring it back to life! We started with another egg yolk and slowly brought it back in the blender.
Other than that, I am absolutely amazed at how well everything has been turning out!
I have always liked cooking, but I didn't think I had any time to do it. With a little bit of re-arranging of my schedule (I now have most afternoons free and only go in to my 2nd job as needed), and some meal planning in advance... I have become quite the little homemaker!
I'm sharing this with you because you can do it, too!! (SAHMs don't have the monopoly on meal planning and good cooking!!) The crockpot is our friends, working ladies! As are days off (weekends, afternoons, etc.)
Also, in TCIE becoming Martha-Friggin'-Stewart news, I threw a bridal shower for a co-worker earlier this month and these are the favors I put together:
Picture them all over the table, with yellow daisies inside :)
There were also 3 shorter fluted vases with candles inside. All of them had yellow ribbon with a St Gianna medal tied around the neck. (Those marble-looking things inside are from the Dollar Store!! I was going to get real marbles, but these are even better, they're gel and you can add water for floral arrangements!)
I don't even know who I am?!?!?!?! ME?? Crafty???!!!
There's a lot of other things going on around here, but these are just some highlights of the "good" things. We could still use prayers, for God to lead us where we need to be.
I have an actual Infertility post in my head, ready to write, too... will do that soon, I promise. Sorry for the Off Topic post today.