Friday, August 8, 2014

Grace in this Journey: The Do's

OK, so first things first.....
This beauty had her 22nd birthday yesterday,
and we celebrated on Wednesday 
because she worked a 12-hour shift on her birthday.
Which Sir Cuteness just didn't get AT ALL!!
Well, Sir Cuteness
because she is responsible like that.
She is just the best thing, this girl.
I love her to bits.

And she and her lovely sister,
are SO supportive of this new adventure of mine.
They are just the best girls I'm telling you.
They just want me to get better.
They both work in an exclusive orthopedic hospital,
so the wisdom they lend to me is priceless.
And all it costs me is love.
I've got loads and loads for these girls,
in fact, it never runs out.

I totally hijacked this pic from FB =)
but are they not THE most beautiful girls you have EVER seen?
I know Rebecca Jo,
You want to photograph them. 
Yep, I SO wish you could.
I would love to see their Scrabble words =)
I love these beauties!!

Ok, so onto the Do's.....
This is what you can eat on the Arthritis Diet.....

Fish: 3-4 Oz of fish twice a week
Salmon Tuna Herring Anchovies & Scallops

Nuts & Seeds: 1.5 Oz of nuts daily (one Oz is about a handful)
Walnuts, Pistachios & Almonds

Fruits & Veggies:  Aim for nine or more serving a day
Cherries, Onion Family, Broccoli, Spinach, Lettuce, Kale
Cabbage, Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries 

Olive Oil:  2-3 Tablespoons a day

Beans:  About one cup, twice a week or more
Red Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, Black Beans,
Garbanzo Beans, Black-eyed Peas

Green Tea, Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Holy Basil, Rosemary

So see, LOTS of really yummy things on the DO list.
(I don't know exactly what Holy Basil is
but I want to look this up and grow it
in my garden.  I consider all of the 
beautiful organic things we grow out there 
Holy, because God kisses them,
but I'm pretty sure this is a specific Basil.
If you know, oh do please tell).  

I am focusing on these things.
There are other things like honey and agave
to add, and a whole host of veggies not listed here.
This list is NOT exhaustive,
just a quick peek to help me stay on target
and helps if I get a little off target or confused.
Which happens with me.
a lot.

SO there you have the Do list.

Now armed with the DO's and DON'Ts,
our fun can begin.

I will be posting recipes,
perhaps a video or two,
and updates.
And the first one I will be posting very soon, 
with how things are going and the differences I'm 
seeing in such a short time.

So, here we go.....


Grace in this Journey: The Don'ts

There are a list of do's and don'ts
associated with this diet.
Things that you should eat,
and should not eat.
And I set about making a list 
of both.

I keep a journal.
Well several really,
in this particular one
I wrote down one page of don'ts
and then facing it on opposite page
I wrote the do's.
I kept it simple.
It is great to reference these pages.

One thing that i wanted to do
was to not be focused on what I couldn't
eat, but to completely immerse myself 
in what I could eat.
It is much easier that way.

But for the sake of you knowing what to eat
and what not to eat,
I will share with you today the don'ts.
Just don't get hung up on them.
It seems like you can't eat anything.
Its just different things,
that is all.
Still good.
Just different.

1).  Fried and Processed Foods
(I know.  There went the typical American diet.
Right out the window.
Just kick it to the curb).
2).  Nothing cooked on a grill,
high heat,
fried or pasteurized.
(There went whatever was left of the American diet.
I'm telling you people,
the curb,
kick it)! 
3).  Sugars and refined carbs
4).  Dairy Products
5).  Alcohol and Tobacco
(No problem for me, since I am not a partaker of either).
6).  Salt and preservatives
(Really on the salt?  UGHHH!!!)
7).  Corn oil
8).  Night Shade family of veggies:
Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers & Eggplant
(Don't even get me started!)
9).  And Gluten.

I know this list seems quite exhaustive.
It isn't.
Just kinda read over it if you'd like to follow along with me on the diet,
just don't obsess over it.
Just be familiar with it.

Focus on the do's people.
The do's.

Which are coming up next!

Stay tuned.....

(The DO's post in two hours)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Grace in this Journey: Beginning

For those of you that 
have known me here for a long time,
or who know me outside of
this beautiful blog world,
You know that I deal with chronic pain
brought on by arthritis 
I have had since I was a child.

It is rare.
Childhood arthritis.

My doctor said that he had never
seen knee surgery in such a young girl.
I was seven.
That is young.
And I underwent traction first.
And then big needles in my knee.
It turned orange 
and swelled to unreal heights.
That was cool.
And then it was determined that my knee
would have to be operated on
so I could straighten it out again.
It was locked.
I was seven.
And so it began.

The arthritis has now become much more systemic.
I deal with pain, stiffness and pain
on a daily basis.
This summer it has gotten much worse,
and I got sad.
And mad.
And did I mention there is pain involved?
I decided to do something about it.
I went to the doctor to get on 
Arthritis meds.
If you know me,
or have read my blog for very long,
you know that is a big step

But I went hoping for relief.
My doc ran tests and gave me some 
The meds work BTW.  
I don't like taking them,
but I like taking them.
I can at least sleep without being
woke up in pain every night.  
And they are not narcotic.
I like that too.

But the swelling has gotten crazy in my left knee,
and the pain has gotten more intense,
so the doc did some X-rays and 
it showed that there have been
changes in my knee.
Enthesopathic changes.
It involves the point at
which the ligaments meet
at the Patella.  
It kind of acts like tendonitis.
Yes indeed.
This knee is a hot mess!

So my doc suggested that I contact
Mayo Clinic and be seen by
my doctor there again.

The thought of that long drive,
and then possibly surgery again
and so forth,
I just couldn't hardly stomach it.
So, I got busy.
Well, google and I did.
And I started researching out
the Arthritis diet once again.

I have looked at it before,
but never wanted to do it
because it cuts out the entire nightshade
family of veggies.
I like them.
I have never wanted to give them up.
Until now.
If it will help,
I'm in.
And also as a part of this diet,
I am doing something I said I would
never do.
(Note to self: STOP SAYING THAT!)
I am going gluten free.
Yep.  At least for a month,
and then will evaluate how things are going.

People with arthritis can have a sensitivity
to gluten.
Not everybody does,
but if you have a lot of swelling in your joints,
and I do,
then it is suggested that you go gluten free as well.
So I am.

Gluten is in a lot of stuff.
I thought it was just bread.
Boy was I wrong.
I am learning.
A lot.
And not just about bread,
but also about Grace.

Grace in this journey through life.
I am a pilgrim ya know.
Just passing through.
Wanting to be pleasing to the Father
as i sojourn.
Even if that sojourning brings pain,
there is Grace.
And I am okay.
Holding the hand of my Father all the way.

So would you like to follow me on this journey of Grace?
If you would,
just pop over here for the next month.
I'll be sharing things that are helping.
Things that are not.
Funny anecdotes.
And baby steps.

I love you so!!

And so it begins.....

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Where Do I Begin?

Well hello there!
I'm not even sure where to start.
Let's see I'll start with this.....
I love to blog.
Yep, but have become terrible at it.
Its so easy just to jump on FB
and type out a verse or small update 
and move on.
The blog takes longer but is SO worth it!

Let me begin here
with a few pictures.....
That's a good place to start right?

Well our Sir Cuteness is in California
right now with mama and her family 
on vacation.

This is the longest we have been apart 
practically since he was born.
But he is having a fabulous time!!
He saw the ocean for the first time yesterday,
and he is going to Disneyland this week.
Mickey, Minnie, Olaf
He is MOST excited to see Olaf.
Oh I hope he is wandering about
with his flurry cloud above his head =)

This was taken the night before Sir Cuteness left
on the big ole Jet Plane.
We went to TGIFriday's with 
Eric, Erin and their loves.
Yes my granddaughter Miss Lady Sweetness herself.
Here she is in all her pink bowness.  
Yes it is a spectacular and it appears.

 And here she is with brother,
who incidentally was leaving the next
day to go with his grandparents to Florida for a week.
He will be gone the same time Sir Cuteness
will be, but at opposite ends of the country.

Then it was time for Glow Golf.
How fun.
Well I didn't actually play.

No sir, I VERY happily agreed to watch
this princess.
Look at that hair.
I mean seriously.
The cuteness.

She is a doll.

Ant then Friday morning I woke up 
early and watched this babe sleeping for a bit.
Yes he was leaving later in the day,
but for now, 
my heart was resting in this moment.
I love him so!!!

Then it was off to play tennis.

'nuff said.
Oh how I love him!!
Have I mentioned that?

I just LOVE this pic.
The boys are watching a video of 
Sir Cuteness hanging from a rope.
He did really good.
Held on for almost a minute.
That's big stuff for a five year old.

Here is Sir Cuteness and Hailey
on the plane.
He loved it!!

And then he fell asleep =)

Ok so this seems silly,
but I went to get my face done 
yesterday because I have a new friend
from church that sells Mary Kay and
she was having an event,
so I went.
I loved it!!

She has such a story.
A beautiful, God-filled, story.

Here is my eye.
Not a part of her story,
but so a part of mine.
This is the one that has been infected.
Looking back to normal
and way prettier than normal.
I am not good at make up.
I just wear it.
Does that make sense?
Well, now I feel better at it.

And here I am donning my Huskers hat.
Is it football season yet?

I love y'all!!
Please tell me I will get back into regular blogging?
I sure hope so.

Have a Blessed and Beautiful Day ~~ 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What we've been up to.....

Winter has been long 'round these parts,
but we have made the most of pretty days 
and even some cold ones.

We have gone to Dairy Queen.
Yes in the winter.
Yes we are ready for spring.
Somehow ice cream makes us feel like spring
is going to come.

Oh Sir Cuteness,
you are so funny.

You and Dr. Pepper.

We had a very windy,
blue skied day,
took advantage of.

The skies were blue.
The grass was brown.
We had SO much fun!!

You LOVED this cone.

I LOVE this boy.
Oh this boy!!!

We ran back home and grabbed
another kite.
SO much fun!!!

Remembering to love.
Really love.

Watching this babe play the iPad.

Baby girl and her mama.....

My personal stylist has been back at work.

Loving my cowl.....
(thank you RJ)
If its going to be cold,
its going to be stylish.

Making forever memories.....
You can't see PaPa, but he is on the other
side of the phone being awesome!!
We love him so!!!

Sir Cuteness wanted to remember this
moment of us eating Smarties.
He called it a forever memory.
I love him!
Have I said that?

And a selfie at the gym.
Your welcome.

So that's what we've been up to.
What you been up to?

Have a Beautiful day ~~