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Menu Plan (Gluten & Corn Free) – Week of March 25, 2013

Monday Mr Bento

Monday Mr Bento (Photo credit: lynn.gardner)

I’ve recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune issue in regards to my thyroid.

I am very fortunate in (finally!) having an excellent doctor; she suggested that it was certain grains that were likely the culprits in this issue and recommended that I cut out both gluten and corn.

The gluten I was already doing for the most part, but I confess I had no idea about the corn. Cutting out grains has been quite the journey – one I’ve both succeeded with and failed in at various times in the past few years – and recently seeing success with cutting just gluten, I had in fact been replacing it with a lot of corn (organic of course, but corn nonetheless).

But while I was a bit sad to hear her say it, I knew she was right. And as much as I have faith in knowing my own body and understanding in myself what works well for it and what doesn’t, it does hold weight to have a good doctor confirm what you know you should be doing.

So for 3 weeks now I’ve eaten no gluten or corn. It has involved a lot more menu planning and cooking at home, being much more choosy when we do eat out, and learning to fine tune and figure out other foods that aggravate my thyroid (soy. vegetable oils. possibly others – mainly processed foods seem to be a problem).

Several people upon hearing no gluten or corn have asked me the question – what CAN you eat?

Well here’s our menu plan for this week – see for yourself! Read the rest of this entry »

Pinterest Inspired Meal Plan :)

I love Pinterest. Who doesn’t?

I even actually do/make/try the things I pin on a relatively regular basis, though probably not enough to justify all the time I spend on there. So this week I’m putting my Pinterest where my mouth is and planning all our meals around stuff I’ve pinned. It’s time to take advantage of all those great ideas!

(Not 100% grain free, but mostly :))



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Monday Menu Plan ~ February 20, 2012

Trying to get more veggies into breakfast...

After a particularly difficult week with both Bean and I not feeling our best, I’ve been extremely gratified to get the kitchen clean this weekend, as well as plan a menu and finally get signed up for our Mama Earth Organics order again!

The husband was super helpful with the kitchen too – he took the initiative to clean the nastiness out of the fridge (mainly leftovers that never got eaten :p), and filled the dishwasher several times (I wasn’t exaggerating about it being a difficult week!).

Of course, it’s been quite helpful to have an extra day off, too…why can’t every weekend be a 3-day weekend??

At any rate, here’s the plan for this week. Thanks to some organizational help from Pinterest, I’m quite excited about the breakfasts I’ve got planned. We’re also going to be making more of an effort to get things done at night that we often find ourselves scrambling to do in the morning to make sure we have time for breakfast goodness.

Fingers crossed!

Monday: Read the rest of this entry »

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 23, 2011

289/365 SOUP

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Just a quickie of a menu plan this week (it helps motivate me when I post for all the world to see ;)) – and hopefully provides you with a bit of idea inspiration too!

I do want to note that several of my recipes this week are from the new recipe eBook recently released by Modern Alternative Mama called Wholesome Comfort, which is full of real food/comfort food yumminess (perfect for winter!) and will be followed with a full review and giveaway near the end of February – so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, here’s the plan: Read the rest of this entry »

Healing My Gut ~ Monday Menu

Preparing of chicken broth

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I had chicken broth for breakfast this morning.

That’s because I’m beginning week one of the GAPS Intro diet today – so it’s not exactly a conventional menu plan I’m sharing.

But for any who may be curious (and for my own reference, of course), I’m posting what I hope to be eating this week as I begin the process of healing my gut, or restoring the balance of bacteria that is so important to proper digestion, healthy immunity and even the way my brain works.

So I spent the weekend making lots of chicken and beef stock and fermenting sauerkraut, along with cutting up different veggies to make them super easy to prepare.

I’m not making a formal ‘breakfast, lunch, dinner’ thing right now, as during the first week especially I’ll probably just be eating what I want, when I want (within the limits of the diet, of course).

So far I’m seeing the challenges of really consuming every part of the bone broth I’ve made (which means adding in the fat and marrow that would usually be taken out), and not using the microwave to re-heat anything. Nothing too bad yet, but of course I’ve only just started. :)

I do just want to quickly reiterate that I’m normally not a fan of ‘diets’ and I dislike the connotation that diet has - my intention with GAPS is not to lose weight per se (though I do hope to do so), but to pretty much revolutionize my insides and truly become healthy – both in body and in brain.

And one thing that’s cool with this is that you’re not just changing what you eat – but changing a lot of the other areas of life that I’ve already taken care of (I feel like I’ve prepared without even realizing it!) – things like switching to all natural personal care products, reducing toxins in the home – whether it be cleaning products or the things I store and cook food in – in all those areas I am ready!

So in some ways this is like the next step in that journey…

So here’s the plan for this week: Read the rest of this entry »

The Age Old Monday Question…What the Heck Are We Gonna Eat This Week?

Courgette jaune

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Right now I’m trying to avoid doing much grocery shopping and just use what we have in the freezer and cupboards this week (somehow we ended up with a ridiculous amount of ground beef at our last grocery shop…).

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past several days about making a HUGE change to my diet, which I’m continuing to contemplate and will be writing about soon – hope it’s not too much suspense for you lol.

At any rate, clearing out the cupboards will help get ready for that as well…

We are also starting to get more veggies from our garden, which I am thrilled to include in this week’s meal plan.

I picked a handful of yellow beans to mix with the organic green beans that came in our veggie delivery, and I think we’ll be ready for another zucchini harvest in a few days (we actually got to eat some zucchini on Sunday – no doggie interference this time!)

So here it is…

Monday Menu Plan: Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Menu July 11, 2011

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Monday again!

It always seems to come so quickly…

I can’t complain too much – we had a really fun BBQ last night with friends we don’t get to see often, the sun is shining right now on my giant zucchini plants (they’re pretty much overtaking the rest of the garden lol), Bean is napping and I’m enjoying my coffee.

And wondering what the heck I’m going to make for dinner this week, as usual… :)

Let’s see what we can come up with (besides ending a sentence in a preposition):

Breakfasts: As always, falling back on the green smoothie. It’s quick, it’s tasty, it’s so good for you! If only it didn’t involve so much blender washing…

Lunches: Artichokes! Sandwiches! Cottage Cheese! Yeah…that’s all I got. There’ll probably be some leftovers somewhere in there too.

Dinners: Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Menu Plan 7/4/11

Picture of fireworks, taken by me on July 3, 2006.

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Happy 4th of July American friends!

Random fact for you today – I am actually American born and raised - I’ve been living in Canada (thanks to my handsome Canadian husband) for close to 5 years now. Before that, I grew up in California and also lived in Minnesota for several years.

Also, the radio station I’m listening to right now is playing Violent Femmes’ American Music, which is awesome. I went to see the Violent Femmes once and it was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to, hands down. :D

Hope it’s a wonderful holiday for those of you in the US!

This week’s menu plan is a bit rushed and haphazard…I’m actually attempting to get the house clean so it’s just a quick break for blogging.

Also, we’ve kind of been awful about going grain free lately and I’m struggling with it – which I think is actually making me eat more grains/sugar than I normally would.

So this week, I’m trying to go totally sugar free (stocking up on the fruit!) and including a few grains in the menu plan, which will hopefully satisfy those cravings without causing me to go overboard.

And here it goes… Read the rest of this entry »

Menu Plan Monday (6/20)


Image by Becky F via Flickr

It’s Monday again!

Weekends always seem to fly by in such a blur…I am looking forward to our next 3 day weekend coming up soon! But along with that, I cannot believe it is so close to July – what the heck?

As I’ll be going back to work in less than a couple months (in a coffee shop, for those who may be curious) I feel a need to really get on track with things like meal plans and household-ey type stuff – things I can easily become lazy about when I’m extra tired or stressed.

I wish I had better habits in place by now, but I have made a lot of progress and hope to continue to do so. There’s just so much I’d rather be doing most of the time than cleaning! And though I love to cook, making every meal from scratch does sometimes get wearing – I am definitely planning to start making bigger batches of things soon and freezing some for those days that I just don’t feel like cooking.

I don’t intend to ever become fanatical about it, but I do really want to start sticking to my plans more often – so with fresh Monday morning resolve, here is this week’s meal plan… Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Meal Plan – Getting Back on the Wagon


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What a crazy two weeks it has been…

As I sit down to (finally) write and reflect once again, I’m realizing how stressed and overwhelmed I’ve felt over the past few weeks – not that they’ve been bad – it’s just that we decided a couple weeks ago that I would take Bean and fly to the US to surprise my mom for her birthday, and in all the getting ready to go, flying, PMS :p, taking care of her without the hubs for a week…it was pretty crazy!

One thing that did help me out so much was the amazing guest post contributions I was honored to publish last week from some of my very favorite bloggers: Doula Rachel, The Cloth Diapering Mama, A Little Bit of All of It, State of the Heart Parenting, TouchstoneZ and Let’s Take the Metro. I would love for you to go check them out if you haven’t yet gotten the chance – they are so full of humor, wisdom and just all around awesomeness!

As for myself, I totally fell off the good food wagon!

Though I’ve gotten much better than I used to be, there’s just something about feeling overwhelmed that makes all my good food intentions fly right out the window. During the first 2 weeks of May I actually lost over 7 pounds for the Sparkle Mama’s weight loss challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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