I got to ring in 2014 with these sweet faces (and my husband's too!)...although I guess saying that finds me not totally telling the truth...as I (embarrassingly) didn't even make it until 9pm before I retired to my fleece sheets and quilts! Chris and the children stayed up a little past that but when I woke early January 1st...they were all sprawled out everywhere in the living room...snoozing away!
Before I headed to bed, though, I *did* manage to take a few pictures (we were watching The Hobbit **for the umpteenth time...we really need to get the extended version of it!**)...
Xavier and Ruthie...
Madelyn and Jaxson...
Usually, Ruthie is *my* sidekick...but I loved seeing her snuggled up with X...
With a new year now here, many begin a formal "diet" plan or trying to fulfill a resolution. Not me...as most of you know I have already lost a good chunk of weight over the past 18 months. Unfortunately, I had stalled. I love AboveRubies.org and had heard a lot about Trim Healthy Mama ...although funds were not in abundance, after talking with Chris about it, he told me I should order it (isn't he great!?)!
I started implementing the plan mid-December, I think. I don't like to "wait" until a certain date to begin something. I don't want to "eat all junk food in sight and start next week". When I set my mind to something I like to do it *right now*. ;) I haven't been eating junk for over a year now (and had already decided to implement more whole foods anyway) so transitioning to their plan wasn't difficult for me! It had some "strange" ingredients at first...things I hadn't heard of..but as I read into them more, I found they weren't that strange at all...what *is* strange is all the horrible things they put in processed foods (the more things I read everywhere ~ the more convinced I am that whole foods is the way to go)! It has refreshed me to eat this way and I am looking forward to continuing it! Plus, I already exercise a lot so I had that part down! :o)
Some of the things you buy can be a bit pricey...but I truly feel that if feeding my family (and my body) this way honors God and takes care of us, that He will make sure that we can afford it. I will do the best I can with what we can afford. Luckily, for me, my family has liked what I have served up to them so far (although some of the things I have made are single serving and I go the whole-wheat route for the rest of my family). If you notice in the picture above, I have my book well tabbed! There are actually tabs there that you can't even see in this picture! :)
Above, my first ever coconut flour pancakes (thus why they are not uber-pretty). They tasted like french toast!! They are topped with sugar free syrup! Deeeelicious! I have the recipe written down from the facebook group but can't find the recipe on pinterest or anywhere to give credit to who came up with it...but it is good and healthy:
3 eggs, beaten
3 T. coconut flour
3 T. coconut oil
1 T. water
1/4 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
Sprinkle of NuStevia (I don't have this so I didn't use it)
Mix and cook! Makes three pancakes!
S ~ Golden Flat Bread, pg. 270
(Not my favorite...but works when you need bread)
S ~ Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies, pg. 387
(again, my first batch so they weren't the prettiest!)
S ~ Creamy Broccoli and Cheese Soup, pg.335
(A huge family favorite here!)
The soup was so good and filling that we had some leftover. Jaxson and I finished it, happily, the next day! ;)
There are Trim Healthy Mama recipes all over pinterest and facebook! You can even (once you grasp the concepts they put forth) make up your own recipes to share! If you have adopted the THM eating lifestyle, I would love to hear about it! I would love to hear your experiences! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away and I will do my best to answer them...although you will never understand it all just from me answering a few questions.You really need to get the book to make it work! :) For me, it was worth the investment!
Happy New Year Friends!