Sunday, January 14, 2018

Whole30 Week Two-He Rescues



He Delights In Rescuing Us

This week was filled with obstacles and opportunities.  


Week two on Whole30 was packed with busyness and bustle.  On Tuesday my beautiful friend picked me up and whisked me away to Orlando for two jam-packed days of speaker training.  Though the training was phenomenal and filled with inspiration and excitement, it was also riddled with new learning opportunities for me to practice obedience while away from home and out of my normal environment. 😳😉


Homemade Whole30 Compliant sausage hamburger chili

One of the first things I did was make a HUGE pot of chili to take with me and to leave behind for my family.  It was SO simple to make and delicious.  (Though I’ve eaten so much I’ll need a break before I make more)

I just added a package of compliant spicy chicken sausages


Storage Containers

I packed them in my nifty little storage containers I ordered from Amazon and also brought cut up left over steak, grapes, watermelon, and my Paleo creamer, Nutpods.  I love love love my Nutpods.  

Longhorn Steakhouse

Do you see that loaf of bread?  Oh my goodness it smelled so good, but as I turned and talked to the Lord He rescued me.  I settled in and enjoyed the conversation while waiting for our yummy dinner.  Lynn is such a sweet support.  


We split a ribeye and a plain sweet potatoe and they were both out of this world!

One of the blessings of fasting from the sweeteners and the junk is that my tastebuds are re-setting.  I can’t believe how much richer the flavor of smoke on the steak was....and I was also pleasantly surprised by the  sweetness of the sweet potato.  It did not need any butter at all.  


My friend April suggested making sure I had snacks nearby and this was a perfect combo. Those are raw cashews and were perfect to snack on throughout the day.


Big Mistake with an interesting observation

On the first day at the hotel I went down to breakfast fully intending to just eat my chili I brought.  But then I saw eggs and thought they would be a good protein source.  I took two bites and my stomach immediately began to protest.  I stopped and reached out to my online support group.  I found out that hotel eggs are formed from powder that contains preservatives and dairy.  The interesting observation is that I used to eat TONS of dairy and would have told you that I did not have any problems with it.  Removing certain foods and re-introducing them has great purpose.  


Meet Kelly my hero and God’s blessing to me

Kelly is the one with the blue and white apron.  She was the Support Representative that was overseeing all our meals.  Rather than using her budget to cater she cooked everything from scratch.  After my morning mishap with the eggs I was feeling a little discouraged, and so it totally shocked me when she asked if anyone had dietary needs and pointed out Whole30 compliant foods she made.  It literally brought tears to my eyes.  Not because of the food,  (though that was great) but because I saw the Lord riding across the heavens to rescue me.  He really is a good good Father.

The fruit of her heart and her hands❤️


SAMPLES OF KELLY’S COOKING THAT WAS WHOLE30 COMPLIANT







I was so glad to get home and looked forward to normal days pattering around in my own kitchen.  

But grandma wanted Scott and I to take her to Red Lobster and so the Bootcamp continued.😉

Dry grilled shrimp, plain baked potato, well done steamed broccoli without butter

It was SOOOO good

Truly, it doesn’t sound very good, but those shrimp were juicy and succulent without needing any extra butter.  (At home I would add Ghee) The potato was moist and flavorful and added the perfect combination with the tender broccoli florets that were soft and not crunchy. (My favorite way to eat broccoli)


THIS WEEKS FAVORITE FINDS
OY VEY!  

This stuff is AMAZING!  I mean there are no words.  I love adding it to eggs, meat, veggies.

Sprinkled on chicken adds the perfect coating

Another new favorite

A friend on one of my Whole30 Support sites talked about how she using Prosciutto instead of bacon because it’s cheaper than finding complaint bacon.  I think it’s even better.  The thinness frys up crispy and savory.



Overeasy eggs with Everything bagel sprinkled on top, fried Prosciutto, and carmelized peppers and onions.


HOW DO I FEEL AFTER TWO WEEKS ON WHOLE30?

Amazing!  Last night some girlfriends and I went to a concert.  We had to climb copious amounts of stairs, wait in long lines, and walk a far distance to get around.  Normally, the next I would be wiped out and have lots of aches and pains.  I feel great.  I could just cry my joints feel SO good.  The foggy brain is almost completely gone.  I have moments of frustration when I get hungry or when I forget to prep.  Learning how to work harder up front is going to take time.  

Let’s Go Week THREE!
















Sunday, January 7, 2018

Whole30 Week ONE



GOD IS FAITHFUL-WEEK ONE



This week has been filled with what could only be supernatural encouragement from the Lord.  If you read my post 
Temporary Blindness you will know why I began this 30 day fast from dairy, gluten, grains, sweeteners, diet soda, etc.., This is an opportunity for the Lord to make sure that HE is Lord of my life and nothing else!   My memory verse has been such a sweet reminder of why I’m doing what I’m doing.

Though I did not feel great the first day (my stomach was a mess after eating too much preparing for the fast🙄) this has been an incredible journey that I’ve actually been enjoying.  

The negative side effects were that my stomach felt achy the first day as my body detoxed from the bad foods I had been binging on the week before.  I had to learn to adjust to not adding stevia to morning coffee and let go of half and half.  I had to learn how to eat without a diet soda.  I love the crisp cold bubbly texture of my diet Dr.Petter or Tab.  

The positive side effects have been more energy...I feel more awake and present and less foggyness.  I am having no joint pain.  NONE!  Though I have done without sugar and grains, I’ve never stopped dairy and diet soda’s too.  I was consuming way too much butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, whey protein, yogurt, cheese, half and half, heavy cream.  These are all compliant foods on Trim Healthy Mama and in moderation they are fine.  But I had taken them from good-gift to gluttony.  

I’m so thankful that my family is participating with me.  Scott and I have actually bonded over working out meal plans and trying new things together.  Jacob has been a trooper letting go of the junk his brothers are still eating😉

I will share some of the meals we’ve enjoyed this week:

Sauteed’ shrimp with zucchini and one big bowl or the raw chopped veggies from Trader Joe’s.  I added Himalayan mineral salt, pepper, coconut amino’s, nutritional yeast, and cooked it in coconut oil.  




This was our families absolute favorite!  

You just have to slice and sear on both sides.  I did mine in a iron skillet with coconut oil.  It was savory and crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth soft-as-butter on the INSIDE😊


I didn’t think I liked brussel sprouts and then I tried an idea from someone doing Whole30!  You steam your brussel sprouts, smoosh them flat, drizzle with oil (I used avocado) sprinkle with Himalayan mineral salt, nutrional yeast, garlic granules, and pepper and bake on 400 for 30 minutes.  Oh my goodness!  They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  There were a few brusselsprouts that were still tough after steaming and I did not use them. 

Thank you to my friend Jessica Herbert for sharing this precious cream!  Though I am unable to sweeten my coffee for this 30 days, I can use this complaint creamer that is half almond milk and half coconut cream.  



It doesn’t have any yucky preservatives and it makes my coffee fluffy frothy and FABULOUS!





Something that has been INCREDIBLY HELPFUL is prepping and planning.  I’ve been almost hermit like this first week as I’ve been learning how to plan my days.  I know that soon I will find momentum and it won’t be a big deal.  But I like to precut all my raw veggies and put together my snack packs of grapes and cashews.


My goal is to check in next Sunday!  I can’t wait to tell you about week two which is sure to be a challenge because I’ll be traveling for training.  I’m so thankful for the women God has put in my life to share ideas on how to stay the course.  We have also started a new private FB group just for friends that  are doing the Whole30 challenge.  My hope is to stay connected with these ladies as we decide how to transition.  Will it be THM or Paeleo?  Every person is different.  You can FB messenger me if you would like to join our group and walk with other women!  



 We’re Better together!







Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Power & Purpose Of Damascus


ALL WHO HEARD HIM WERE AMAZED.  "Isn't this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus' followers in Jerusalem?" they asked. "And didn't he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?" — Acts 9:21 NLT

OBSERVATION:  I cannot imagine how scary it must have been to have the new Paul show up to Christian events.  They must have looked at him in fear as they heard him praising God. Could they really trust him?  Isn’t this the man who was FAMOUS for killing and persecuting Christians?  Is this God or is this man trying to trick us?  As they saw that Saul had truly experienced TRANSFORMATION on that Damascus road...JESUS CHRIST was lifted up and exalted among the people.  It was less about the man and more about the power of the blood that had been shed on the cross.

PERSONAL APPLICATION:  What area/areas in my life would give God all the glory after encountering a Damascus Road Transformation?  Not just the big ones, but what habitual, consistent, persistent, little things do I do over and over and over that take the focus from Christ and instead point eyes back to me and my lack of faith or growth?

“Search me O God and know my heart.  Test me and know my thoughts.  POINT OUT ANYTHING IN ME THAT OFFENDS YOU.”  

—Psalm 139:23-24

Sunday, December 24, 2017

TEMPORARY BLINDNESS




“Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus.  He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. Instantly something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.” — Acts 9:8-9,18 NLT


Three words spoke personally to my heart:

1-BLIND:  God knew that Paul was so fixated on the things around him that the only way to get him to see things differently was to have him fast from focusing on the tangible.  His sight of this world became a distraction.  


Saul’s blindness allowed God to reset his perspective.


2-SCALES:  I imagine scales to be like cataracts.  The things of this world  have made my vision cloudy and they dull down my eternal perspective.  Those scales keep me from seeing clearly.  As Saul fasted scales fell from his eyes and he REGAINED HIS SIGHT. 


Fasting (aka: temporary blindness) removes the scales so I can see a crisper eternal perspective



3-COMPANIONS:  I need sisters who love Jesus and love His Word!  I need them to walk with me.  We point each other back to the cross.  Isolation causes annihilation!  


We're Better Together!


I'm so thankful that I am not at the beginning of this journey.  God has been doing spiritual heart surgery for awhile now.  This struggle has purpose.  It's created intimacy with the Lord as I cry out and wait on Him.  There has been Holy Spirit change in my life...God has given me a desire to choose better, but what still needs work is how much I choose and when I choose it, and for what purpose.  Food was never created to satisfy my soul.  



I have to be temporarily uncomfortable so that God can permanently transform my mind...behavior will follow.


I love how God answers prayers.  Scott and I had been talking about doing a Whole30 reset diet, and as I was seeking the Lord for His will, I came to this story of Saul becoming Paul.  It spoke intimately and personally to my heart. 

Daughter, the only way to permanently remove love for anything besides me is to fast from it.  Saul had to be temporarily blinded to the tangible things around him so that God could reset his heart to see the unseen.  


"So we focus not on what is seen, but what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is UNSEEN IS ETERNAL" -- II Corinthians 4:20






Wednesday, December 20, 2017

“A Whole New You”— Ladies Christmas Event!


A WHOLE NEW YOU
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” — Isaiah 43:19

Our evening was filled with lots of laughter, precious fellowship, heartfelt tears, and eternal equipping.  

Our purpose was to come together for an evening of looking back and remembering all that God has done, is doing, and to have a time to prepare our hearts for what He is GOING TO DO! 

“Man makes His plans; but God determines his steps”


The Lord  moved mightily and gifted our servant team with the amazing God-given talents of Holliday. She has quickly become a valued team leader and cherished friend. 


Our beautiful Erika honored the Lord with her heart of worship.  She led us to the throne of grace again and again.


Leslie P and Phyllis B did a great job choreographing and playing piano of our opening skit.


Oh how I adore our servant Elves who served so beautifully and selflessly❤️


Every attendee received a beautiful 2018 journal to take notes from the speakers and to take into the new year.


We were blessed by having our yummy goodies catered by Cassandra Abel "the food coordinator" with 4th Street Caribbean Cafe.


And of course...we cannot forget our amazing photographer.  Thank you Jessica Lauren for these outstanding memories you’ve captured for us.  




I must take a moment to thank our Guest SPEAKERS

Brenda Baird shared how Essential Oils have helped her family regain health and how she now takes joy in helping others discover and uncover how to help themselves.  For those who would like more information you can contact Brenda at: doTerra Oils by Brenda


“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”  Jonah 2:8

Brandice Lardner shared her testimony of eating disorders to finding freedom in the Lord and how that led to becoming a certified nutrition and fitness coach.  She talked about the power of God’s Word and many of us walked away with Jonah 2:8 ringing through our hearts.  You can continue your health journey by subscribing to her FREE blog:  Grace-Filled Plate


“With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26

Melisa Diaz shared an incredible testimony of how God radically saved her life and then saved her marriage that in the world’s eyes was already over because she was officially divorced.  She shared tips to help all of us be purposeful in loving our husbands.  She spoke to the hearts of our widows and the powerful voice they have in encouraging younger women in their journey AND she spoke to young women on how to look for a Godly husband.  Here is a professionally put together 7 minute video that shares this remarkable testimony.  





Thank you to all of our door prize contributors!  




Please visit them and support their businesses when looking for products they carry. 

Jordan Rothwell with Lipsense: Brenda Baird doTerra Oils:  Lipsense

Judith & Kit with organic Kumbucha: Kumbucha

Roshanda Smith with Shonda Sparkle $5 Jewelry: Shonda Sparkle $5 Jewelry

Brandice Lardner Fitness Journal:  Grace Filled Plate


PICTURES FROM OUR EVENING

























































































“You, beloved, are worth so much more than a whole flock of sparrows.  God knows everything about you; even the number of hairs on your head.”  Matthew 10:30