This month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.
For the past three years, I’ve written and posted a piece on Mumbling Mommy describing a day in my life. I started these posts when Pink and Purple were just a few months old and my days consisted literally of feeding them. As our girls have grown, our days started revolving around school drop off and pick up for Orange and now, there are so many things going on in our lives, I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint just exactly what this sample day is about. Let’s just say I stay busy. My life is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
5:45 a.m. – Wake-up time. I dress quickly and head downstairs for half marathon training. Today I put in 2 miles. It’s my “easy run” day since I have to do strength training, too.
6:30 a.m. – Run is over. Fastest treadmill time thus far. I’m feeling really good. Time to stretch and then get in 10 minutes or so of meditation.
7:00 a.m. – Time for my shower. It’s just a quick 5-minute rinse off. I only wash my hair a couple of times a week and today isn’t one of them.
7:15 a.m. – I’m dressed, the bed is made and I hop on my phone for a few minutes to get some social media posts scheduled (Some of my paid freelance work.)
7:30 a.m. – I wake up my 3-year-old twin daughters and almost-6-year-old daughter. We have a morning routine that includes bathroom breaks, making beds and getting dressed.
8:00 a.m – Everyone is dressed, so downstairs we go. I make the girls small bowls of Nature’s Path Whole O’s (They are like Cheerios but organic and gluten-free.) I top them with honey and some dried cherries and almond milk. On the side, they each want a handful of dried blueberries, a banana and a handful of cashews. They all choose grape juice to drink this morning. (We water it down still, even for my older daughter.)
8:15 a.m. – I quickly scramble up some egg whites for myself and eat them alongside some acorn squash I had previously baked. I enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea as well. As I finally sit down to eat, the girls skip away from the table with full bellies. I send my oldest off to pack her backpack and then to orchestrate teeth brushing for herself and her sisters.
8:30 a.m. – I pack a lunch and snack for my kindergartner and run up the stairs to grab my shoes and get shoes for all the girls, too.
8:40 a.m. – Out the door we go for school drop off.
1. One month ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and leaky gut syndrome. I’m kind of surprised by this but the most common reaction I seem to be getting is, “I didn’t even know you were sick.” That’s the thing. I am not sick. I function. I do what I need to do. I take care of my kids and finish my freelance work before my deadlines. My symptoms were so drastically different from what the average person saw of me. I often hide behind my smile.
2. I knew something was wrong. I’ve known for a very long time that something was wrong. I saw specialists for just about everything you can imagine, did blood tests and urine samples and MRI’s and CT scans. Gosh, I don’t even know how much money we’ve spent trying to figure out why my body is this way. I almost started feeling like it was all in my head. I asked my best friend on more than one occasion if she thought I was a hypochondriac. I have been mentally beaten, being told “everything is normal” over and over and over and over again. I don’t know how long that will take to heal. Part of me is still in disbelief. I say my diagnoses out loud and feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience, like I’m talking about someone else I know. Read the rest of this entry
This summer before having any clue about just how severe my medical issues were, I got the results of a basic hormone screening from my gynecologist. He’s a good guy but being told yet again that “everything is normal” when everything was very, very much NOT normal was extremely infuriating. I never advocate for using the internet to diagnose problems but with my range of symptoms, there was no way that it was all in my head. I knew something had to be wrong somewhere and I wasn’t giving up my fight yet to figure out what. I took to my trusty Bing search and tried to find ANYTHING that could explain. I came across a wide variety of [scary] articles about plastics and the endocrine blocking chemicals that make them up. It was overwhelming. I think everyone had a good idea about BPA these days but BPA is just the icing. There is so, so, so much more.
I began the extensive task of removing dangerous plastics from my life and my family’s lives as best as possible. I think it’s impractical to eliminate plastic completely but for anything controllable in your home, I highly recommend making the attempt.
Here are 5 practical ways to remove plastics from your life:
1. Dishes: It is easy for adults to use glass or ceramic plates and bowls but with small kids involved, finding a solution was hard. For our family, we selected a 5 piece set (plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork) from Untangled Living. We’ve used them 3 months now and still really love them. They are the perfect size for small kids. The girls think they are awesome too. And there was no looking back. We have just one set per kid as they are a bit pricey and we wash them every meal by hand. It keeps our clutter down as well so win-win. Read the rest of this entry
1. This past Friday I saw my doctor for the results of a massive amount of bloodwork I had done a few weeks prior. (They took nearly 30 vials of blood.) (I posted about it on Twitter.)
2. One of the tests was an ALCAT food sensitivity test that does a gut health profile.
3. My results and symptoms are consistent with patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. There are no official tests to diagnose these diseases.
4. It is a hard pill to swallow finding out I have an autoimmune disorder.
5. It is even harder to think of all of the healthy changes our family had already made, that I strongly advocate for and how they simply weren’t enough. (Side note, had we not made changes, there is a good chance my conditions could be so severe right now that I’d be bed bound some days with so much joint pain and inflammation.
6. In addition to these results I am vitamin D, iodine and melatonin deficient (I have since started natural, food based supplements to correct these issues. I’ll retest in 3 months.)
7. Furthermore, my ALCAT tests show I have an extreme case of leaky gut syndrome.
8. Out of 200 foods tested, 63 reacted with my blood, 10 of those severely reacted and I may never be able to eat those foods again.
9. I can no longer eat dairy (to be specific, casein), gluten, white potato, garlic, coconut, olive [oil], pineapple, pear, grapes, certain melons, carrots, cucumber, zucchini, chicken, rice, pinto and black beans, and so much more, obviously, since that doesn’t equal 63…
10. ALCAT provided a very detailed rotation of what foods I can eat on what days. It leaves me with kind of some strange combinations and I’ve had to get creative for sure but it’s taken a lot of he guess work out of meal planning and after just 3 strict days I’m already noticing some subtle changes. To follow along with my daily meals and snacks, check out my Instagram where I am keeping my picture food journal.
by Erika Schmidt
Being a mother is no easy task – especially when there are little kids involved and a career. Most mothers would prefer to stay at home and work full-time being a mother than to continue with a career and leave their kids at home in the hands of a stranger or in this case, a babysitter or leaving them in child care centers. Sometimes a mother gets too focused on caring for her kids that they forget to care for themselves. As a mother, to be able to care for your kids more, it is advisable to stay healthy and fit. Although going to the gym might not be a good idea while you leave the kids at home; there are still ways where you can exercise with your kids. Read the rest of this entry
I was recently picked by Lisa Leake and her team to be a cookbook ambassador for the new book ‘100 Days of Real Food: How We Did it, What We Learned and 100 Wholesome, Easy Recipes Your Family Will Love.’ As a long time follower of the 100 Days of Real Food blog, I could not have been more excited to be selected. I received a complimentary, signed copy of the book in exchange for my participation in the program which includes writing honest reviews and sharing my opinions on selected recipes.
Last night I decided to try a new recipe. Not only have I never had a chowder, ever but I’ve also not been a soup type person much at all. (This is basically a lie. I grew up hating soups, chili and the like but on our clean eating journey I’ve embraced trying more and more of them and find that I actually like them quite a lot.) Let me first paint a picture for you of what my night looked like: Read the rest of this entry
Making a change in your diet as significant as going gluten-free can be hard, really, really hard. All depending on what you were eating before the change though, it doesn’t have to be that bad. In the beginning, it’s normal to crave the foods you aren’t eating any more. Food is addictive much like any other vice. Why do you America is the most obese country in the world? Gluten is simply an additive in our food that makes it more desirable. In some cases, it makes it easier to cook with or more filling. But it does not make it more nutritious.
Gluten isn’t necessarily bad for you if eaten in balance with protein and nutrient dense produce. Unfortunately though, that balance has taken on a whole new definition in our society and people are eating way too much gluten. This can lead to problems with weight, sleep, energy and even our immune systems. (And if you have an actual gluten intolerance, the list is significantly worse.) Read the rest of this entry
I was contacted by FuelMyBlog.com to receive the product for free in exchange for a review, I jumped on the chance.
This product was quite a lot of fun. We’ve been making our own ice cream with the KitchenAid Ice Cream Mixer attachment for quite some time so we love the homemade taste. That is a 2 day process though to make a full batch and sometimes, we need something FAST. Read the rest of this entry
Can you believe I actually managed to have a post every single day for 30 days? It’s been hard. Hard in the good way though. I am actually sitting here a week before this post will be scheduled putting this together. That’s the best part. This challenge has taught me so much about time management and where I can pull focus from to get things done.
Who knew that coming of age maturity was part of a fun little blogging challenge? ha! Read the rest of this entry