Monday, January 12, 2015

No More FODMAPS For Me?


I'm not someone who makes 'new year resolutions'; but there is something I have been putting off that I really need to do.

I've mentioned before that I've been on a gluten free diet for about seven years now; and being on the diet has helped a lot. But even when I would try to be really careful there were times I would still end up getting sick. Every time it would happen I assumed I just missed something. But there has been new research coming out of Melbourne that says unless you have actual Celiac disease, its probably not gluten that's bothering you.
 Instead its a group of really long named carbohydrates that irritate your digestive system; codenamed FODMAPs. 


Over the summer I did the elimination part of the diet for about four weeks and I could tell a difference. I had more energy, fewer headaches, and I was in an better mood overall.

Then after four weeks I gave up.

Why; you may ask.

Because I'm weak.

Because one of the things to avoid is high fructose corn syrup. Which means no pop. {Yes, I'm from Indiana; I call it pop.} 

I LOVE pop. I drink it pretty much every day. It was so hard to give it up for even those four weeks; I couldn't imagine giving it up forever so I just quit.

I'm a loser, I know.

But I really want to feel better again. I want to have energy and not feel sick all the time. 

I know I need to go back on this diet; I'm just procrastinating.

I'm hoping writing about it here will make me more determined to not only start it, but stick with it!

I know I need to do this because I am going to need to feel as good as I can to deal with these two:






Friday, January 9, 2015

Blogging Deja Vu


(Please ignore the dust on my keyboard. Thank you.)


So yeah, I did it again. I ignored my blog for a few months. Things got busy and life got in the way. And that's ok, really. That's pretty much what life is supposed to do.

Lots of stuff happened in the few months I was away. 

Kaylee Sue got really sick and was in the E.R twice (future post).

 Darius' schooling was changed--twice (future post).

 Kaylee Sue did a lot growing and she is doing all these cute little things I want to remember (another future post).

And I'm sure some other stuff happened, I just can't remember what it was.

The last several weeks I have been thinking a lot about my blog and some of the subjects I want to write about and the things I want to do. One thing that I am thinking about trying is a video post. The thought scares me a little... ok a LOT. Its way outside my comfort zone but maybe that would be a good thing! 
What do you all think? Yay or Nay on a video post?

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A couple of months ago we got a family portrait done; our first one with all four of us. I may be a little biased but I think we are one good looking family!






Friday, October 3, 2014

I Complain About It But It Really Is Beautiful



I live in Indiana. And I complain about it a lot.

I don't think I have ever actually complained about it on the blog. 

Don't worry, I'm going to start.

Indiana is boring. Its flat and covered in cornfields. And its cold. The average yearly temp is 56 or something like that. The wind is always blowing because, you know, its flat.

The summers are so humid you can't enjoy being outside at all. It is not uncommon to have 70 or 80 percent humidity during the summer.

And the winter is no better. The wind chills can be brutal, and because its so flat the snow we get drifts over the roads and makes driving very difficult. Not to the mention the lovely ice storms we are very prone to. Those are always fun.

Then there are the tornadoes. Indiana lays in the tornado belt so we have several tornadoes every spring.

So yeah, there is a lot for me to complain about.

But even I have to admit, that it can be beautiful sometimes.

The other day I woke way earlier than I wanted; just as the sun was rising. There was fog over the fields and the sky was so colorful.




There are a lot of things to complain about this state. But its times that this, I don't want to live anywhere else.

... ... ...

Well ok, I still do want to live to somewhere else. But it is beautiful nonetheless.