Monday, November 29, 2010

Organization and scheduling...

The above two things are things I am not good at.
1: I hate to organize because the boys only de-organize it 10 minutes later (give or take a few).
2: I like my flexibility.
Yep there, I said it. I like to be flexible. I hate scheduling things because then I feel pressured. I think a lot of my feeling this way is partly due (or all due) to my growing up in a fairly flexible schedule. We woke up 'around' the same time everyday and started school whenever we got around to starting it. Sometimes that would be 7:30 in the morning and sometimes it would be 5 at night. We always got our school done though....even if it meant doubling up. I kind of run on the same 'schedule'. We wake up 'around' the same time and start school when we can. We always get are school done though....I am very strict about that. No skipping school and if we do, we double (or triple) up to catch up....or get ahead. I make meals at various times of the day...but we always eat three times a day. I always shower...sometime during the day and I brush my teeth and wash my face at least twice. Couldn't say at what time I do this all but I always get it done. I usually do laundry on Monday-Tuesday and then don't do any laundry until the next week. I deep clean the bathrooms every 1-2 weeks and I wipe down between deep cleanings. I always keep my kitchen clean- dirty dishes is my pet peeve and something I do not tolerate! I do not always make my bed. I wear my pajamas almost every day...clean pajamas that is. The boys take baths/showers twice a week....whether they need it or not (which they usually do by that point). The boys go to bed between 7-9- usually closer to the earlier bedtime. I go to bed...when I go to bed. I know, I know, some of you would probably die if you lived such a lenient schedule. Some people thrive on schedules. I am not sure if I would or not. I might do ok on a more strict schedule but then again, I may feel the pressure closing in on me when I can't get everything done on my schedule or in the time allotted. The later is what I have experienced when I give a schedule a try (due to my husband's encouragement). I start panicking when I can't fulfill my schedule and I give up on it...since all it did was stress me out anyway. I am also not a very good list maker. I have tried and tried and TRIED to make lists for grocery shopping but I always fail to put something on my list! So then, I think...what is the point of a list if I still forget stuff?! (By the way, I am still doing the list thing.) Anyway, I was wondering if you do a schedule and what works for you...I guess you could say we have a very flexible schedule...since we do about the same thing everyday....around the same time. ;-)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Food Matters

For about 5 years now I have struggled with feeling fatigued,wore out and just plain awful. I have also dealt with parts of my body going numb, sore hips and joints, heart palpitations and a host of other mysterious 'symptoms'. I was always concerned something was seriously wrong with me but chalked it all up to being a mom and stress. Lately though it had been getting ridiculous. Cutting out wheat and gluten had helped my stomach issues but I was still feeling wore out,irritable and just blah. Well, the other day I bought myself a bottle of multi-vitamins and starting taking those, Emergen-C and a pill for my thyroid (all natural- suggested to me by my chiropractor). I have also stopped drinking my beloved coffee since reading that caffeine activates your adrenal glands which then releases stress hormones. I figured I could do without the extra stress hormones so I cut it out cold turkey. (So far no headaches!) I have felt SOOOOO amazing! I have had so much energy the last two days I don't know what to do with it all!!! I even got up around 7:30 this morning (I went to bed at 12:30-I wasn't tired until then) and I felt wide awake when I woke up! Incredible! I have gotten so much done the last couple of days. Example: yesterday I washed,folded and put away all laundry (including the shower curtain), I went through the sock basket and matched all socks, I filled in nail holes and painted over them, I cleaned the laundry room, made the kids three meals, did school with the boys and even wrote a blog post! I know it doesn't seem like a lot but I was going all day long and didn't even feel tired! It was great! I plan on doing just as much today. Anyway my point is this: I think I was severely undernourished. After watching this movie I am convinced.


It all makes so much sense! Unfortunately, as was said in this movie, "There isn't any money in health". So many illnesses (including cancer) are not treated with nutrition (vitamin therapy) and/or healthy eating habits. Doctors and big drug companies would be in big trouble if we were all healthy! They make huge money off of the sick! Think about it...really think about it. And remember- you can choose what goes into your body! You can choose to live a healthy life! I have and today I will be going out and buying a huge amount of raw food (fresh fruit,veggies, nuts and grains)! We already eat fairly healthy just not as much as I would prefer. I am also going to buy some more vitamin supplements. I have felt so amazing and I don't want this feeling of being so ALIVE to go away! If you have the time- check this video out. It's amazing what can be completely cured when you eat right!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Going Gluten Free

We have decided to go completely gluten/wheat free in our home. (Partly due from the doctor running a celiac test on Noah...still haven't gotten the results back from that and from Noah's autism diagnosis) It has been an adjustment but it has been a good adjustment. It has also been quite the challenge to figure out what has gluten in it and what does not. Gluten is in SO much but thankfully there are a lot of gluten free products coming out. I think because of the rise of celiac and autism. Betty Crocker's (Click on the link for more info) gluten free brownies are amazing (seriously better than the regular boxed brownies) and so is the cake!!! I have also found a wonderful baking/pancake mix from Pamela's Products. They have a large amount of recipes on their website. So far we have made- pancakes, biscuits, chicken and dumplings, chocolate chunk cookies and pumpkin bars. Everything has been fabulous!!!!! We make pizza dough from their bread mix also- so good! Wal-Mart also sells some wonderful pasta (it's a mixture of corn and rice) and it's very reasonably priced ($2 for 12oz.). I make pasta casseroles quite often- my boys love them! We eat our peanut butter and honey on rice cakes instead of bread and I make gluten free steel cut oatmeal, eggs, gluten free hot cereal or gluten free Chex cereal for breakfast. The boys do not complain and Noah even does well when we go out to eat and he can't get what he normally would (pancakes, grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese). I do let the other boys get wheat products when we are out (they don't seem to have as many issues as Noah does with it). I am thinking about taking dairy products out of Noah's diet also. I will probably substitute with almond milk since he is probably allergic to soy like I am and the benefits of soy are controversial anyway. Does anyone have any ideas of good dairy alternatives that are high in calories? Noah is pretty skinny so something with a higher fat/calorie count would be nice. Anyway, this is our new and exciting journey we have begun...it definitely has many benefits. Noah's meltdowns have gotten better. He still has them but not near as often. His speech has gotten a lot better also. I have not had any stomach troubles anymore. I used to get such severe stomach cramps that I would be doubled over in pain. I decided it was probably due to wheat and I think my assumptions were right since I have not had any stomach cramps since cutting wheat out of our diet cold turkey. I have also lost about 5-6 pounds. I would like to lose another 3-5 in order to get down to my 'goal' weight. Anyway, I will try and post some of the recipes I have done. I don't feel like we have missed out on anything! And oddly enough I do not crave wheat...at all! I know how it made me feel and I don't want to have to feel that way again! Let me know if you know of any good gluten free recipe sources. I am always wanting to get new meal ideas!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

(This is what happens when you let an 18 month old feed himself oatmeal. I guess it's easier to eat if you dump it out?)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Happiness

These are the reasons why I have chosen to be happy in any and all circumstances. Or...at least I am learning to be.



Because I am not always happy and content. Nope. In fact, just this morning I was having a down moment. Discontent with many things in my life. I still feel a little bit sick about some things but I am ignoring that 'feeling' and choosing to be content. I am turning my focus onto God,my hard working,good looking, amazing husband and these four beautiful,little blessings that have put in my care. Or at least (with much prayer) that is what I am trying to do. This world has a way of pulling you down....or pulling you in so to speak. It's a constant battle to resist the evil of our current world and not get discouraged over people who fail to resist it, give into it, join it and ruin their life. The selfishness I see in others (and even myself at times) is sickening to me. The philosophy of living for yourself is so bizarre! So against everything I was taught growing up. Yet this comes so naturally to so many people! And yes, I am not immune to this either. I struggle too. I get wore out with being a mom and some days just want to lock the kids in the house and run away somewhere warm and never come back! Then the Lord rebukes me and I snap out of it. My sacrifice is so worth the future of my children! Those boys depend on my being here and to be un-selfish of my time,ect. Cooking their food, washing their clothes, giving them an education,disciplining them and training them to someday be leaders of their own homes. My 'happiness' is not worth ruining my children's futures. My job is by far one of the greatest jobs a person can have. I know that is not taught anymore but I know this to be true. I even struggle with this reality. Our culture emphasizes so much on education and careers. If you do not have a college degree or career some how you are not as important. You are not contributing to society so to speak. I know this is not true but after being hammered into your head all the time (through television,ect.) it's hard not to believe it. So, yes I have my moments. My moments of wanting 'me' time. I give,give,give so I think I 'deserve' it. Of course, in true reality I do not. I do not deserve all that has been given me. God has given me more than I should be given. So whenever I start feeling down,discontent and feeling like life is unfair I just focus on the good things in my life. My cute,cozy home, my four beautiful boys, my wonderful husband, my relationship with God, two, working, paid for vehicles, a family that loves me, food on our table and so much more! Then my life doesn't seem so bad and I feel guilty for being discontent in the first place. This is how I am learning to be happy....I focus on the good and ignore the bad. This will be a continuing work in progress...that much I know.