Forgetti Spaghetti

Leaving it all behind and taking strides toward a healthy life.


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I’ve joined forces with my mother, a wellness director, and moved this blog over to ForgettiSpaghetti.com.  Come join us there!  Follow the blog, leave a comment, and be well!  Thanks for following this blog and I hope you will continue to do so there!

Kate


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Love & Priorities.

I love this blog.  Forgetti Spaghetti has been a great outlet for me to talk about the journey that both my family and I have been on this last year.  I feel enlightened compared to last January.  I’ve lost 30 pounds, gained 10 pounds, lost 5 more, and learned so so SO much about nutrition and the way the body responds to food.  I’ve also learned that wellness isn’t just about health and food and exercise.  Complete wellness includes emotional health, which I wholeheartedly believe is tangled and intertwined with spiritual health.  When one area is weak and weighing you down, it tends to affect everything in your life.  In the same way, when seeking God and allowing Him to fulfill you….when opening your heart to Him and, wow,I mean, allowing….do you see how wonderful this God is?  That even though he could make us do whatever He wants, he allows us to allow Him to work in us.  This is so important for our wellness.  God is our source for every single thing, and if we let Him, total wellness can permeate us and leak out onto everyone around us.  A light and power that can’t be contained, and that you won’t want it to be contained.

Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4)

This has been my journey.  When I started, I wasn’t really forgoing spaghetti or pasta, just starting to switch from white flour to whole wheat.  Now I am completely off grains (which is ironically super cool) and working my way off of sugar, that beast that has a terrible grip on me.  I give in to cravings much too often, and now I am understanding more and more what an addiction sugar truly is and how it can even affect me spiritually.  The point of all this?

I have a personal blog where I talk from the heart, and I rant, and I spout random poetry and tidbits of writing.  Somethings it’s nonsense, and sometimes it is deep and profound.  It’s just me.  Random and awesome and sometimes a bit weird.  I’m realizing now that keeping this blog and that one separate is unnecessary and just more work.  Some say having a successful blog means having focus.  I think that is not true.  It can work for some, it probably works for a lot of people actually.  But for me, to really make things work?  I just want to be me.  And so merging it all, because it is all connected anyway, and being personal and real….that’s the point.  I have imported my blog posts from here to there, and I invite you to follow me there as well.

Thank you for your support, for reading my words, and being a part of my journey.  My journey that is never-ending, and just getting much more real and complicated and totally amazing.

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Day 2 21 DSD

I wanted to post something today because I have noticed a HUGE difference between days 1 and 2 of the Whole30 plan and 21DSD. I’m not craving anything! In fact, my biggest complaint is feeling lightheaded, which is probably because I haven’t eaten enough today.

Here’s what I made today:

Avocado chocolate pudding, cold pork roast, and green peppers for lunch, rosemary crackers, my very first original recipe for coconut chocolate banana muffins, and I’m headed to the kitchen after posting this to rice a ton of cauliflower. I have no idea how much to rice, or how it translates…I love experiments! Both days without grains, legumes, and sugar have left me feeling way more energetic, clear headed, and tired at the right time for sleeping. I did not expect things to improve so quickly, and I seriously can not wait for weeks two and three. I’m loving the challenge of finding recipes for meals and baking that don’t have any added sweeteners. Bananas are my best friend. I’m trying to get along with eggs too, but I have a hard time eating them every morning. I also have a hard time eating a regular meal, like steak or something, first thing in the morning. I like to drink a cup of coffee and eat something yummy! Oh, and speaking of coffee, I also made a mocha frappuccino for JD and I, and when that made me really cold, I made my own creamer. I guess I should post links to the stuff I’m making, and post my originals too.

I know it is nothing new to share a journey of sugar detoxing online. There are tons of blogs out there that do this, but you know….the reason for posting is more of an accountability and support thing. I want to find other people who are doing this successfully. It’s motivating. I hope I can help motivate others as well!


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Detoxing from my favorite drug, SUGAR.

Today I woke up ready. Last night, I was a little freaked because I ate sooo much sugar yesterday and topped it all off with a fantastic birthday meal (for JD) and pineapple pina colada at Joe’s Crab Shack and a cupcake from Le Cupcake. I’m not going to even divulge what I ate earlier in the day. I shouldn’t be allowed to even say the phrase, “last hurrah”….

In my last post I talked about some of the reasons why we are doing this sugar detox. The biggest reason is to reset our bodies, allow them to heal themselves, and to feed our bodies the food it needs to live a full, energetic, and good life. For us, this is just step one on a long journey. There will be no going back to normal after we are done. 21 DSD is our stepping stone.

This morning my wonderful husband chopped three onions before he went to work. He is amazing. Just so I wouldn’t tear up….for some reason chopping onions makes me have a really bad reaction. I read that the enzymes in the onions release a gas that, when it hits the water in our eyeballs, creates sulfuric acid. I don’t know if that is true, but next time I have to do it, I’m going to try not opening my mouth at all. Many pinterest pins tell me this works. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about the shallot I needed for my asian food, and it affected me so bad I had to go outside, in the snow, to get relief.

Last October we did the Whole30 thing for almost three weeks. But you are supposed to go thirty days. It was really good, but hard. I felt so amazing, and I didn’t feel sick once while doing it. But it was exhausting, and I had a really hard time coming up with meals. I didn’t plan ahead, and that was why we failed. Then we fell into a really large rut that contained very poor food choices. And the holidays. So last night we went to the store and got what we needed for the next two weeks, and today I made it almost all of those meals. I’ll post the how later, but this is what I accomplished today:

Cooked and froze the meat for two lasagnas, 1 pot of chili, beef and broccoli, two taco meals, chicken fajitas, and chicken for snacks/salads. I made 8oz of coconut butter and my own coconut milk for a couple smoothie recipes I can’t wait to try. This, along with the work we did last week of cooking four pork roasts and dividing into four freezer bags, will give us over ten meals, with a lot of extra meat for snacks, salads, and for adding to breakfasts. I did this with a little preparation, but honestly I didn’t do that much. I could have been much more organized and prepared even more. All of the cooking took me 2 hours today, and all day for the pork roasts, which is totally do-able in the same day. I love that we don’t have to buy any meat for at least two weeks. I do need to hit the store again, however, for some fresh produce. I’m going to make a bunch of cauliflower rice and freeze it too, and I forgot to get coconut aminos, which is a crucial ingredient for a lot of our meals.

I weighed myself this morning, and while I am still less than I was one year ago, I put on almost 10 lbs in about 2 1/2 months. Whoops. I’m hoping that this sugar detox helps with weight loss and especially bloating! Hate that puffy feeling! Unfortunately, it is bitter cold outside, and I don’t have warm running gear. I’m not sure if I’ll run in the cold or just find ways to take advantage of warmer days. JD usually works most of the daylight hours, so I have to get up with the sun if I want to get a run in. My attainable goal is to run a 10k this year, and my secret hope is to do a half-marathon, all running. EEK! I did a 3k and a 5k mud run last year, but I also sprained my ankle twice and fell flat on my face at least three times…..now that I have new shoes, maybe that will help…ha.


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21 DSD – Preparation Phase

Wow it’s been awhile since I have posted on here. I was in a pretty good place last October. On the Whole30 plan and making the shift to paleo. Only major life happenings got in the way. Again. That’s like, inevitable. Yes?

Our household is not all on board with eating the same. Because of this, whenever I am battling cravings, there’s something bad there to satiate me. I am weak.

Another thing that happened is I allowed way too much stuff to enter my life. Since I stay at home and there’s not much for a photographer to do in the winter, I kept adding things to my plate. I let the holidays run me completely off course. And my battle with GI issues reached a head an I finally caved and went to a doctor. Who diagnosed me with IBS. Woohoo. I’m on medication that makes me dizzy AND blurs my vision. But maybe I needed all of this to get me here. Where I am finally ready to do something about my life again.

The first thing I did was cut down on the commitments. Instead of being a jack of all trades, but master of none, I want to focus on one thing and really pour myself into it. I haven’t narrowed it down completely, but I have cut a lot out that, while worthwhile, was really bogging me down and stressing me out.

Last year I lost 30 pounds. Yay me, right? Except I lost that all by August, and then reached a point of stagnation. While my health was on the back burner, I really found myself growing spiritually. I really believe that I need to be healthy and not fatigued. That total growth includes it all, and they all work together to make us better people.

So, I’ve gained about six pounds of that 30 back. I’m having intestinal cramping, bloating, and many other terrible GI issues, major brain fog, pain in my joints, irritability, fatigue, and depression. I’ve decided to combat this naturally, and I’m laying it all there to see where I started.

I’m in the preparation phases of the 21 Day Sugar Detox. First step, kick the sugar addiction. Which is so, so, so bad. Next step will be shifting primal or paleo. I haven’t decided on the dairy issue yet. I know I don’t need it, that it makes me bloat and I feel better without it, but it’s my crutch right now and I’m going to do this one step at a time.

I’ve been pinning recipe to Pinterest like crazy and I’ve made my grocery list. After JD’s bday celebration Monday, we will be diving in. I’m excited! And I totally need your support!


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An Issue I can’t run away from

For a few months now, I’ve been dealing with a strange issue.  It has taken a backseat to my kids and JD’s weird neuro whatever that has been going on, so I haven’t really dealt with it.  It seems to be getting worse, so I’m writing about it.  I don’t know why, but it feels good to acknowledge it.

Every once in awhile my stomach gets rock hard, and not in a good way.  So completely bloated and then I get intense, way-worse-than-labor-contractions stomach cramps.  My intestines hate me.  Other things happen too, but I won’t go into the gory details.  Basically, it isn’t good, and I feel godawful sick for the better part of a day or two.  But it definitely isn’t some sort of virus, and it has been recurring at least once a week for months.  Getting worse.

I haven’t been able to track down the culprit, I’m thinking that it probably isn’t just one thing.  That it isn’t necessarily a certain food, but something wrong with me that reacting to a group of foods.  The best I felt was when we did the Whole30 plan for about three weeks.  We didn’t make it to the end, and we didn’t switch to eating paleo.  Instead, we went back to eating horribly because it is so much cheaper.  Not nutritionally cheaper.  I think we got really frustrated, because it’s one thing to buy more produce and to not buy processed foods.  It’s a whole nother thing to replace flour with coconut and almond flours, to only use raw honey and real syrup as sweeteners in baking, and to eat a lot more meat and produce, taking out grains, beans, dairy, sugar, yada yada.  But I know that is what I need to do.  I’m at a point where I just don’t know how to do it all.  I can never think of a good recipe, especially that my kids will eat.  I would love to get them off gluten and processed foods as well and make a lot more fun stuff together.  But it is SO expensive to bake things!

Then I get really frustrated and I give up.  But then I feel like I have today, which I had popcorn and a few cookies last night….not sure what it was.  I had a lot of sugar over Thanksgiving, and never had an issue.  I even made a delectable salted caramel apple pie that was amazing, and way too sweet.  Nothing really happened to me.  Maybe a day of discomfort, but nothing like it usually is.  The thing is, I could go to a doctor, and they could diagnose me with something weird like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, celiac disease, or nothing at all….and the result would be the same.  I don’t want medicine.  I want to fix me with food because I am 100% positive that would work.  Wish my health insurance would pay for it!

Also, I ran a couple weeks ago, but haven’t since.  My ankle felt pretty good, but I almost twisted it AGAIN and I think my shoes must be out for me!  We don’t really live in the best neighborhood, and JD has been gone during all the daylight hours, so I don’t really have a chance to run right now.  I’m sure that would probably help too.  It’s frustrating to want so desperately to do things differently, and not have the resources and ability to do it.  I’m having one of THOSE days.


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Recipe >> Kid-Friendly Quesadillas!

This is one of those amazing things that you can sneak a bunch of good stuff in without your toddler or kid knowing.  Plus, I LOVE these.  I used to make them all the time, especially when it was just me making a meal for myself and two little ones.  This takes hardly any time and is a great meal that will fill you up.  While I don’t eat most of this stuff anymore, this is an awesome toddler recipe!  This is definitely not Paleo, but still a great kid friendly fast recipe.  So have fun with it!

Kid-Friendly Quesadillas

What you need:
Whole wheat tortillas (I use either local or Mission brand)
Black beans
Some sort of cheesy substance (For E, we use Daiya and for the rest of us we use reduced fat cheddar or mozzarella)
Chopped tomato
Ground flax seed and/or chia seeds
Avacado, diced into small bite sized pieces

Put a couple tortillas on a cookie sheet.  For me, I like the black beans whole.  My daughter won’t eat it unless they are smashed, so a head’s up there.  I also just put the beans right in the middle of the tortilla, so it doesn’t creep out the edges.  You can make these into quesadillas or burritos, whichever works best.  Sprinkle flax and or chia onto the beans.  Next add some cheese on top.  To keep dairy intake down, just put a little on for flavor.  For kids, you might need more than you would use, to mask everything else, but don’t load it on. Put in the oven under the broiler, watching closely, until the cheese gets melty.  Don’t over cook, as the tortilla will get hard.  Of course, you can also use the microwave.  There isn’t much time difference because you can do two or more in the oven, while only one at a time in the microwave.  Also, the microwave adds moisture, so I prefer the oven.  Once they are done in the oven, put on the stovetop.  Don’t try to remove them yet.  Instead, put in the tomato and avocado.  Now my son will eat avocado, he loves it.  I can get C to eat it if I make guacamole and tell her it’s a dip for her chips, but not in this meal.  So for her, I omit the avocado.  For me, that’s my favorite part!  She sometimes will eat the tomatoes and sometimes won’t, but I always add them.  Chopped very small.  For a quesadilla, fold it in half, push the contents to the edges, and cut into thirds.  Perfect portion for a kid!  Add some fruit on the side and serve.  No I don’t have a picture, sadly.  These are awesome, but I don’t eat them anymore, so I’m probably not going to making them anytime soon, since I love them so much!  Maybe I will adapt it sometime soon.

Sidenote:  It took about eight times of serving this with beans before my daughter just said one day…”I love beans!”  Before that, she wouldn’t eat it all, and would try to eat it around the beans.  Keep serving it, and they’ll catch on.  The beans provide fiber and protein and calcium and are a great thing to add to a lot of meals, so just keep introducing it to your kid or toddler, and eventually they should take to them.  If not, mash them, chop them, and hide them.