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michelleLawson

My name is Michelle. Thanks for visiting my blog.

I have three different autoimmune disease (thank goodness none of them are life threatening) Two of them are digestive in nature. I have found through experimentation that not eating anything with gluten in it makes a huge difference in how I feel and how my digestive system works. Its like a miracle!

Being a bit of a health nut, and wanting to lose weight as well as get healthy, (the above picture is an old one where I was about 40lbs lighter) I took it one step farther and started following the Paleo Diet (For FAQ on the Paleo diet click here to read what Robb Wolfe, author of The Paleo Solution,  a former research biochemist and one of the world’s leading experts in Paleolithic nutrition, has to say about it) Paleo foods include all meats as long as they are grass fed (very important, as its more nutritionally dense) organic (also important) vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and certain nut based oils, and olive oil. Wheat and any other gluten containing food is forbidden. So are junk foods, white sugar, white flour and other nutritionally empty foods.

The results are amazing as long as I stay on plan. The excess weight literally melts away, yet I’m never hungry because as long as I stay on Paleo foods (my challenge right now) I don’t have to count calories, weigh things, or use low fat products. AND NEITHER DO YOU!!!!! I am definitely incorporating exercise into my plan because, well, it is critical! I encourage others to do so as well.

This blog is strictly informational. I am not selling anything nor do I ask for money. I just want to help others feel as much better as I do and share recipes, ideas and generally help each other. Enjoy! Please comment and follow if you feel compelled to. Namaste.

 

Back to AIP :-)

After numerous recent bouts of increased pain (I’m never sure if its Fibro pain or diet related) I’ve decided to try the Autoimmune Protocol diet again. Yesterday was horrific. Today I feel a lot better so its time to be positive and make some effective changes, hoping that I don’t just kind of peter out as I usually do…..

I joined the gym! I used to be a pretty decent gym rat when I wasn’t working. Now that I’m working full time again, I should be able to at least manage 4 visits a week. Today’s day 1!!! Wahoo!!!

I also joined RealPlans.com. You tell it what kind of plan you follow and it generates a full week of meals plus a shopping list. You can also upload recipes you find online, and lots of other fun stuff. So today, after work I am going to PCC (grocery co-op here in the BEAUTIFUL Pacific Northwest) to buy groceries for a few days. I’ve decided to go big or go home….so I’m buying grass fed meats, organic and GMO-free everything else. This has been my dream for many years, to eat this way, to live my life as naturally as possible (I even gave up makeup several months ago) I could never afford it. It will still be a stretch, even with the good job but I’ve decided its worth some sacrifices in other areas to pull it off.

Stay tuned. I’m hoping to be better about this blogging thing, too🙂

Cholesterol!!!

From my doctor: “Your cholesterol improved significantly and the rest of your labs overall looked good”

This, after following the Paleo diet (mostly) for the past several months, which encourages consumption of animal fats as a source of energy and a way to curb hunger.

I’m sold. I’m having an attack of conscience though. I have always wished I could stay vegetarian but it seems I can never stick to it (which is weird because I don’t like meat that much) Mostly because I haven’t had time to really prep and shop, and my fridge space is pretty limited because I live with other people and share a fridge. Its hard to keep fresh or frozen produce on hand. Also, i worry about getting enough protein because beans cause bloating, and I already have two autoimmune diseases of the digestive tract.

I need to think this thing through.  More will be revealed!

YUM!!! Serious YUM!!!

I just finished making (and eating some of) the Baked Paleo Pork Chops with Apples, Onions and Bacon from PaleoGrubs.com. This is by far my favorite dish. I am careful not to make it too often, lest I get tired of it. Hard to imagine, but possible!

The best part of this dish in my opinion is the apples. I used Granny Smiths. The tart sweetness goes well with the other ingredients. I like them so much I may double the apples next time I make it!

Note: I don’t have a cast iron skillet (yet) so I just used a separate baking dish to bake the apples, onions and bacon (which I cooked first, because it turned out a bit greasy when I didn’t)  After they bake for 20 minutes I just put the pork chops on top and continued with the directions.

I HIGHLY recommend this dish!

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New Recipes!

I’m having so much fun trying new recipes. I’ve been using sites like PaleoLeapTheEndlessMeal.Com and Elena’s Pantry among others. Yesterday I made Kristen, from TheEndlessMeal.com’s Paleo Orange Chicken with Cauliflower Rice. It was so good I had to freeze part of it so I wouldn’t eat too much of it!!!

Today, for the third time, I’m going to make Baked Paleo Pork Chops with Apples, Onions and Bacon from PaleoGrubs.com…another great resource. This recipe is great for lunch or dinner but I’ve found its even good for breakfast. I don’t know about you but I get tired of eggs for breakfast if I have them too often.

Pictures to come this afternoon! Happy eating, everyone!

I’m back!!!

I had to take an extended break from blogging for some personal reasons. I’m glad to be back!!!

I’m sitting here feasting on two of my favorite recipes so far. Beef Stuffed Butternut Squash from PaleoLeap.com and for dessert, Paleo Lemon Bars from Taylor at FoodFaithFitness.com. I am amazed that I can eat such great food…as much as I want as long as its Paleo…and feel better, be healthier, lose weight and experience my autoimmune disorders settling down. I’m sold.

Its a bit late here in Seattle, so I’m going to say goodnight. I’ll be back with another yummy recipe tomorrow>

Tomorrow….

….I start my new job!

I will be working in a special education preschool for the school district. They call the position “Paraeducator”. Used to be “Instructional Assistant” when I held this type of position 12 years ago. It bugs me when titles change like that, or when a word ceases to be “PC” and is changed. Then ten years later its changed again for the same reason. But, I digress.

The point is, I need to plan meals for the week. I’ll need to have a nice Paleo lunch, then since I wont be home til 7 or so I’ll need to have a dinner planned that’s quick to fix too. Or I could pack dinner to be eaten before I get home. I’ll have to play with it to see what works best.

I’m feeling a little intimidated about this. I am off to search for easy inexpensive recipes…maybe some stuff that can be made in the crockpot (the easiest dinner everrrrr)

I hate the holidays (not really)

I love the holidays. I’m hopelessly optimistic, I believe we are all connected and I love to see any demonstration of love, unity and humanity, however small. During the holidays people are just a little kinder, a little more considerate and you don’t have to look far to see evidence of that in others’ actions.

What I HATE about the holidays is the abundance of sweets.

They’re EVERYWHERE. I am only human! I couldn’t stand it any longer and finally gave in. I took a head dive into a jar of candy. It started it. It was begging me to come play….its not my fault! And when I go, I go BIG. Let me tell you….its a miracle that I’m not in a diabetic coma. No, I’m not diabetic but I AM pre-diabetic and I could have really hurt myself with that sugar-fest.

OK so I messed up. I’ve been messing up since Christmas. But I have to give myself some slack. Its the holidays after all. After tonight its over for another 300-something days. 300 something days to eat healthy, never be hungry, lose weight, build muscle, feel better….the possibilities are endless.

So. No more beating myself up.

I start a new job on Monday. I haven’t been working for a while so I’ve had ample time to plan and cook. It will be a challenge to stick to any eating plan…I just need to plan plan plan. I made a yummy chicken chili in the crockpot that should be good for several meals. I will spend the weekend cooking a few other dishes and freezing them for lunches/dinners. I don’t have a lot of freezer space (I share a fridge and freezer with two other people) But I CAN DO THIS.

And so can you. If you are reading this please comment and let me know what you are doing to improve your health. Lets talk, exchange ideas and encourage each other. We can do this together.

Guys, guys, guys…..

I am exhausted today. Part of the reason I’m working hard to improve my health is that I occasionally get these attacks of exhaustion for no apparent reason. All I want to do is sleep for a few days. Granted, I’m in recovery from addiction and these attacks could very well be my brain healing. Granted, I’m overweight. and not healthy…but why only occasional attacks? Its not like I’m only occasionally overweight. Anyway, my husband wondered if I’m not getting enough variety in my diet. Maybe he’s right? (don’t tell him) I’m going to try making up a veggie fruit smoothie and make sure I get lots of greens in my diet today.

Christmas was bad. I mean, it was BAD. I was horrible. But, it was one day. I got right back on Paleo yesterday. Yesterday was when this attack started too….maybe it is a reaction to all the gluten and sugar I pounded my body with. If that’s the case then the remedy and prevention of future attacks is PALEO. Woo hoo.

Off to the grocery store.