Goodbye To My Favorite Foods

I love carbs. Bread, pasta, muffins, donuts, cake, cookies….all of that stuff! As a personal trainer, I taught myself it was ok to have those items in moderation. That way I still got my favorite foods and didn’t feel deprived, yet was able to show people how moderation is something you can do when it comes to a healthy life!

i_love_carbs_by_stupendousdan21Then the unthinkable happened. Last year I was told I needed to go gluten free!!! That was the worse news to me! I worked so hard to find balance with the foods I loved and now I was being told I could never have them again. I know, I know. There are worse things in life than losing your favorite food, but it can be a very hard adjustment at first. What I found worked best for me, was to not focus on the foods I couldn’t eat anymore, but instead find recipes of the ones I could have! Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find gluten free recipes. You can find so many great ones on there that it really helps you not feel sad about losing that delicious Red Velvet Cake.

14054138_10153939859909576_7954405095796308937_n

Mixing up the foods you have helps too. It allows you to try new things and realize you have tons of great options….you just have to be creative! I switched up my meals and eat very weird now, but I had to do what works best for ME! Normally I have a protein smoothie for breakfast, eggs and bacon for “lunch”, beef jerky and nuts for a snack, and then lots of protein for dinner. Again, I’m a weird eater! I also can’t have dairy so that makes things more difficult…but not impossible!!! I take it as a challenge now. Trying to find my favorite foods, but that fit my new meal plan.

It is hard though. Especially in the beginning when you start taking items away. Or when you are with a large group of people and see everyone else enjoying your favorite foods. But instead focus on all the great things you can have! I have become a big tea drinker and love finding new unique flavors. I’ve also learned how to make a lot of different muffins using coconut flour. I won’t lie, without Pinterest and all the amazing men and women who come up with these recipes….I would cry over my lost food haha. I love food, and nothing will change that. But now I love the fact I can have foods I enjoy, that don’t make me sick, AND I can help other people struggling with food!!!

unnamed

Dana

5 Easy And Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Kids

If you are like me….then breakfast time with 3 kids is chaos! That has been our biggest struggle with back to school! We have to leave our house by 8 am, 3 kids have to be fed, dressed, and clean, 2 puppies have to be walked multiple times, and one Mom must do it all while making coffee haha. And of course my kids like to eat breakfast very slow. Like slower than a turtle eats!

breakfast

This proved to be a problem as we were all getting stressed in the mornings and rushed! I found the easiest route was to do a breakfast food that required no prep time so they would have more time to eat. Because let’s just be honest here….you can’t force a kid to move faster when they are just determined to be slow haha. My favorite is freezer muffins and smoothies! Those are the ones we usually have during the week and things that all 3 of my kids like! Because nothing is harder than trying to please 3 children who all have drastically different taste buds!!

 

Here are our top 5 favorite foods to have for breakfast. All of these are things I freeze (minus the smoothies and yogurt) and then I can just pop them out easily for the kids!

13256365_10153711771164576_5889764180251321489_n

Breakfast Muffins 

Our favorite is chocolate, banana muffins! We also switch it up and do blueberry from time to time, but chocolate is the favorite for my kids!!

Protein Pancakes

These are one of my favorite foods before I had to go to boring gluten and dairy free! Luckily my kids can still enjoy them and they are easy to make and freeze!

Smoothies

This is our favorite! I use a chocolate  mix from my favorite online grocery store that is packed with over 22 essentials vitamins and nutrients…the highest of any kids shake in the world! And it tastes like chocolate milk! I also throw in a banana and some yogurt and then they are good to go!!

Yogurt With Granola

This is so easy, let so good! I use greek vanilla yogurt and then an organic vanilla or blueberry granola from my online grocery store. Its an easy meal that is ready in seconds, healthy, and delicious!

Frozen Egg Wraps

This is one of my favorites for myself and my husband! It’s easy to do, delicious, and you have so many options on what you put in your wrap!

Dana

Data Entry Jobs

Everyone is looking for a different type of job, because we are all different people! The same thing does not work for everyone, and that is ok! One job I find many people looking for is a data entry job. What is data entry? Most the time it is where you are sent information to be put in a spreadsheet, or to organize according to the employers preferences. It’s a job that does require a computer, good typing skills and internet connection. It’s also great in that its usually paid per assignment you do!

unnamed

The downside is, these jobs are things most people can do so the earnings are low, and finding one can be very tough. Many people have their employees do the data entry, so they don’t need to outsource. If you do get hired for this type of job, make sure to hold onto it as they are few and far between!

 

You can also find these type of jobs on job hiring sites like indeed.com and yahoo jobs! Here are a list of some companies who hire directly for data entry positions! If you know of more, make sure to tell us in the comments so we can include it!

 

 

 

Dana

Keep Running!!

It’s been awhile since I did a “Monday Musings” but I’ve had so many people email me this past week with questions asking where I was, I figured it was time!!! Normally I use the “Monday Musings” to share what happened in my week, answer questions, talk about the funny things kids say, and discuss life as a busy Mom!!! But this week will be a bit different as I’ll share how I learned more about myself this past week!

 

This past week has been a rough one for me. Did you know if you catch a cold during the summer, it is actually WORSE than in the winter! Not fair, not fair at all! I’m learning life with an autoimmune disease means things will be harder, but I can handle it! Last week Adalyn came home with a cold and fever. I used my favorite immune boosting essential oil on her (diluted in coconut oil) and she was better the next morning! I was so relieved as she just started school and I didn’t want her missing out so early on. I didn’t stop to think about ME! When she was sick, I sat there holding her hand, reading her books, and getting her snacks. But life with an autoimmune disease means I have to be careful. Less than 24 hours later, I came down with a fever and cold. Now 5 days later, I’m still sick! Thank goodness for an awesome doctor who calls in a refill on my inhaler when I run out over the weekend!!! This is a hard pill to swallow, learning that I have to be extremely careful when my kids are sick as I’ll catch it too, and it will be much worse.

 

That brings me to my new favorite verse “Let us run with perseverance the race that is marked before us.” Hebrews 12:1

il_340x270.510911183_41vw

Sometimes we ask “WHY?” instead of just learning to trust and keep moving forward. That has been a  great reminder to me lately, trust and keep going! I don’t know why I have an autoimmune disease, I don’t know why it came up RIGHT when my husband enrolled in college, I don’t know why my doctors are struggling to help me. But I do know there is a plan. I do know I’m on this path for a reason. And I know I’ve never quit a race, I’ve seen it til the end and I shall do the same!

 

No matter what you are struggling with right now in life, remember you are on that path because you are STRONG enough to handle it! It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but eventually the clouds will clear and the sun will shine again….and a rainbow will appear to remind you that you survived the dark time! Keep going and believe in yourself!!! And remember, you are NEVER alone!

 

Dana

Making Time For Mom

Balancing kids, a house, a job, a spouse, life etc is hard work! Sometimes we put ourselves on the back burner because we don’t want to give anything up….yet that just wears us down even more! I am one of those people who never says “No” and will take on anything….and then I’m over worked and exhausted! An important lesson I have learned in life, sometimes you need to take a step back and focus on you!

 

In the spring, I started having more and more health problems. It was a relief to finally figure out what was wrong, but also a bit depressing to learn it was an autoimmune disease….for which there is no cure. I had to take a few moments and consider my options. I knew the more I worked, the worse I got, but my husband still wanted to go to Med School and that was very important for our families future. Yet I had three kids to also take care of, along with a house and running a business! I had to weigh my options and put some things I loved to the side….and that is hard!! But my number one priority is always my kids, and If I’m sick all the time, I can’t be a good Mom.

13900199_10153898399804576_5031115817769582056_n

One of the biggest things I took a step back from was personal training. That was hard, and still is very hard. I struggled with me weight most my life, so finally beating that battle and getting to help others brought me great joy! But it’s also a lot of work. I found mentally and physically, I began to struggle. I would ask myself “What time of trainer am I when I’m sick all the time?” or “I am gaining weight due to my medicine, who would want an out of shape trainer?” I was doubting myself and my skills.

 

I decided the best bet for me, was to take a step back. I know I’m good at helping people lose weight. I know I’m good at writing workout plans and meal plans. I know I’m good at encouraging people. I know I’m good at helping them find their inner strength. But I needed time to focus on my health, and evaluate what this disease would mean for my future as a personal trainer.

10521733_10152971212479576_287686266626336644_n

Deciding to let something you love go, is one of the hardest decisions! Especially as a Mom, we give so much for our families, we want something that is strictly for us. And yet we also have to look at our health because if we give too much, nothing is left! I didn’t want to give up something I worked so hard to build, and I know when I am better I will go back to it, but for right now I had to do something hard in order to help myself heal.

 

It’s amazing that sometimes we make these hard decisions, and in that moment, we truly feel like an adult!

 

Dana