Whole Foods

About a year ago I was diagnosed with an auto immunity. It finally made sense. I had been feeling really lousy for some months, I had continually been gaining weight even though I wasn’t eating a-lot.  It was a relief to understand there was something wrong and it wasn’t my imagination. So I set out to understand the illness and find an answer.

Fast forward 12 months, I have made great strides in healing, the disorder is not curable but it can be put in remission and that has been my goal. I discovered a protocol called, AIP, short for Auto Immune Protocol, that was based on a more stringent form of the Paleo diet. I read, listened and digested as much as I could and then began. My numbers have continued to improve although I am not quite there yet. I feel better, more energy, and lost 45 pounds to boot, without weighing, measuring, counting, or even trying. It was all based on me eating non inflammatory whole foods. The list of eliminations was a bit overwhelming at first but health has always been my number one priority so I embraced it and the better I felt the more committed I was. Finally, after eight months I was advised by my Functional Doctor to add back in many of the things I had missed and loved, basically a Paleo diet, and to watch to see how my body reacted. Thankfully it has done well, but it is never ever gluten again for me. I also don’t do dairy, soy, refined sugars or processed foods. I eat organic vegetables and fruits as much as possible, healthy fats (olive, avocado, coconut oils and ghee), and clean grass fed, organic meats.

Recently I have traveled to California a few times to help family and food has been a challenge but between finding a company, Paleo On The Go, who makes frozen meals and ships to your destination and Whole Foods I am able to stay compliant and not have any set backs.

Life is good and tasty too!

My dinners for two weeks from Paleo On The Go.

My breakfast, lunch and snack (LOVE Siete Tortiilla Chips!)

And I love that one of my favorite bloggers, Nom Nom Paleo has teamed up with Whole Foods and they have her recommendations through out the store and some of her dishes in their hot food buffet area.

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Just yesterday it was May. Where does the time go?

It seems like time can stand still or fly by…

Five months ago, when I last posted, we decided to sell our home of  the past 27 years. It was time to downsize and also we were ready to become “snowbirds”.  Fast forward, the house sold in two days. We sold, gave away and donated as much of our belongings as possible and then packed up the rest and put it in storage to wait until the new, but smaller place is ready early next year. In the meantime we migrated south and although not winter we have enjoyed (except for Irma) being near water and sand these months. The one thing I knew I would miss this year is fall (my favorite season) and the beautiful autumnal colors of the northeast, but love that we still are in our shorts, tee’s and flip flops!

Here are four images of what I created to keep me in the “fall spirit”!

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120-127/365 – Flowers

I love flowers, fresh flowers of any kind but especially purple 🙂  Below are some from my yard and some from my neighbors.  My neighbor made two arrangements for me, she is a natural and I keep telling her she missed her calling! (Thanks Diane!) IMG_7689IMG_7694IMG_7702IMG_7707IMG_7712IMG_7715IMG_7722IMG_7732

117-119/365 Cleaning Out

As I continue the process of “cleaning out” I am faced with the same question, “Keep or Don’t Keep”?  I have reduced quite a bit over the last 8 years since returning from Switzerland and a pretty minimalist lifestyle but am still amazed at how much “stuff” we still have!  I am now finally sorting through my craft area. My of my, do I have craft stuff! Border maker and cartridges – Keep!

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H wall decor…it’s a maybe.

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I purchased a new book and although I have been doing a lot of what it recommends it still has been helpful.

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112-113/365 Springtime

Spring isn’t my favorite season but I do love how plants, etc. that have been dormant over the winter slowly come back to life. I bought a plant a few years ago, thinking it was an annual and have been pleasantly surprised that it has come back each year.

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My neighbor knows how much I love purple flowers and brought me some from her yard 🙂

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105-108/365 – Bean

It’s not secret that I love LL Bean and have for many, many years. Our tradition of making the trek to the flagship store in Freeport, ME began in 2010 and something I look forward once or twice a year. Seeing my “Bean” Bags makes me smile. 105:365

And I love that they monogram for free. Our new organic cotton sheets are really nice.

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The area is so beautiful and slowing coming back to life.

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And I always enjoy seeing  the Bean Bear carvings in the parking lot.

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I swear I was a New Englander in another life as soon as I feel so at peace here…I would split my time if it were just up to me 🙂

103/365 – Red

I have never been a wine drinker, occasional sweet white but my husband loves his red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, his favorite. Recently he was gifted with a bottle (Thanks Laura and Jenn!) and tonight he enjoyed a glass as we sat on our back deck relaxing.