I’m still kickin’!

After successfully weaning off of prednisone in late October 2013, some things in my personal life began falling apart. By January, I was in such a desperate place emotionally that I could barely eat at all, much less follow a healthy diet. My health hasn’t been great, but it’s been tremendously better than what I experienced last year, despite eating almost exclusively dairy and gluten (comfort foods!) for months. That all came crashing down a couple of weeks ago when a minor throat infection landed me in the hospital overnight. It was a wake up call. I’d also recently been having pretty consistent upset stomachs. Clearly, I’ve destroyed the progress I’d made healing my gut in 2013, and it’s time to get back at it, regardless of my still fluctuating emotional state.

After all my research and experimentation last year, I learned that the Paleo diet works best for my individual goals and issues. Specifically, I credit the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for finally helping me get off that horrific steroid that everyone loves to hate. As my health situation is not as dire as it was last year, I am going to ease back into this by eating squeaky clean Paleo for 3 weeks and seeing how things go. I started 5 days ago, and have already noticed improvements. Several months ago, I developed a strange rash near each eye on my upper cheeks. It’s been there for months. Five days on Paleo and it’s completely gone. Also, no more upset stomach.

Here are some examples of what I’ve been eating.

Breakfast usually consists of lots of bacon (Applegate Farms uncured), fruit, and chai tea with almond milk.

This morning, it was Applegate chicken and apple sausage and lots of cherries.

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Lunch usually involves leftovers, Applegate lunch meat or grass-fed hot dogs, or tuna/salmon salad with homemade paleo mayo (2 eggs, juice of half a lemon, dab of mustard- all room temp and whirled in blender while drizzling in avocado or olive oil until it “sets up”) and raw sauerkraut (as pictured below) with olives, tomatoes, and basil leaves.

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Coming off of several months of eating mostly simple starches and sugar, I’m having to satisfy those cravings with Paleo-friendly treats. Hopefully, over time, they’ll become less necessary.

My daughter has dubbed this “banana swirl”. Frozen bananas with a bit of almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, topped with cinnamon. Yum! Instant paleo ice cream.

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And I got a super simple chocolate coconut pudding recipe from a friend (1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight and only use the cream that collects on top, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder) and topped it with fried bananas. The bananas were fried in grass-fed butter, my one dairy allowance.

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It’s good to be back. Not sure how consistent I’ll be, but I’m ready to start taking care of myself again. Is there really any other choice?

10 thoughts on “I’m still kickin’!

  1. So proud you can pick yourself up and get it done…you are paleo strong and know what has to be done. God bless you as He walks the walk with you. Love the recipe inserts…ESP simple ones! Love you, Tamara…feel the power of prayers flowing your way…

      1. Yes. Thank you, Diann and my sister. You give me so much inspiration and I am sure Tamara feels it, also. Love you so much, my sister on Earth and in Christ.

  2. Can’t say it any better than Diann. I cried reading this because I am so proud to see you back and fighting for yourself! My prayers are always with you and as Diann says, please feel that power. Love you so much.
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  3. I knew you would make it back, my strong, resilient daughter. I know you always tell me you could not do it without God—and I know that is so true—but you are allowing HIM into your life to guide you and are willing to let him direct your path. So many prayers are coming your way to strengthen you and help give you the faith and patience that I know you cry out for. I love you and know that God’s healing power is already coming your way but will be evident in HIS WAY and HIS TIME.

  4. I am not sure if you willl get my comments. It seems I don’t know my password anymore. I am so proud of you. I wish I could say how much but words just can’t express it. I see it in your daughter, too. Olivia is a chip off the old block. I am really proud of her, too. As Cory says about Carleigh in his family, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” We love you all so much!!!!

  5. Tamara, I really hate that my body is presenting stress for you and for us. I do not want you to have to deal with any stress; however as “Jesus Calling” says, God decides the paths our lives will lead and He knows better the path/s that we should follow. I am trying so hard to allow God to direct my path and Herb’s. I read the book from you and Olivia every night and it really does give me peace and understanding. Thank you so much for giving it to me—-there could not have been a more perfect time to help me with my anxiety. I love you both.

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