Every Other Day Prednisone

Shawn (my wonderful, and super supportive husband), has been on prednisone for the last 4 years, daily. He has to take this to keep his eczema from flaring up on his skin. He has gone to every kind of specialist and doctor, and has tried literally everything to help him….lotions, coconut oil, aloe, this drug, that drug, soaking, oatmeal baths, etc. etc. etc. The daily dose of prednisone has kept his skin perfect….BUT not without a large cost to Shawn.

On July 10th, he will be going in for surgery. A surgery to repair something a 75 year old would have a problem with, not a 33 year old. He has BIG TIME cataracts in both eyes. They are so bad, in fact, he can’t drive or see much out in daylight. He has been to 2 different doctors for opinions on what to do, and both doctors have said the cataracts are a direct result from the prednisone. GREAT! This is one of the many “consequences” of using the drug. What’s next!?!

Back in September of 2011, we met with a nutritionist about Shawn’s skin issue. (Our daughter Julia has eczema as well.) This was our “last ditch effort” to get him off of the 20ml of prednisone he took daily. She advised him to clean up his diet. Take out all grain (corn, soy, wheat, and rice) and dairy. This seemed VERY difficult to do at first, and I will go into that on another post…. Anyways, we wanted to try this because he wanted to get off the prednisone, so we jumped right in!

Within a month of “clean eating” he was able to cut back his daily dose to 15ml per day! YEAH! Slowly, he cut back….10ml, 5ml. Anyways, as of today, he is taking only 5ml every other day! WHOOP WHOOP!

I always joke with him that he is “getting cataract surgery, because of the prednisone he takes to control his skin, because of the allergy to the food he eats, because of all the crap ‘they’ put in the food….” It’s a cycle. And WE will stop it for our family!

Who would’ve thought the “cure” for Shawn was to eat more fruits, veggies, and grilled meat!? Sounds good to me! 🙂

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Chewy Granola Bars

Oh yum…..

My kids LOVE these! For my four kiddos, I usually double the batch and put it in a 9×13 pan. The recipe is super easy and I just pour everything in my handy-dandy-mixer and then bake.

They don’t last long around my house! I make them with raisins and chocolate chips, but some sort of nut, like walnuts, would be awesome in them! (We avoid nuts due to allergies.)

Thank you to Gluten-Free Easily for sharing them.

Mean, Green, Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of working my “alternative baking” booth at a Wellness Fair. Directly across from my booth, was a fellow “healthy friend.” She sells Juice Plus, but does it out of a passion for promoting healthy bodies/healthy eating. Our booths were open from 10-2, so during that time she got to hear my pitch to the people about 50 times, and I got to hear hers.

One thing I kept hearing her say over and over again was the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Well, duh, I know this, but the more people I was hearing her talk to, the more I was thinking about my own personal diet and if I was actually consuming enough fruits and vegetables. After much thought, I realized the answer was a glaring NO. Oh man, here I am preaching healthy eating, but I’m neglecting a major part of my plate! I was maybe getting 2 servings of fruits and veggies A DAY! Then I starting think about my kids diet and if they were lacking too.

A big part of my problem is laziness. I actually LOVE LOVE raw, cooked, any-which-way-veggie. Why am I so short on them? Lazy, Lazy, Lazy. Veggies are super good for you, and there aren’t really many calories in them, depending on the kind. So this week, I’ve been focusing on fruits and veggies and making sure we all get our daily dose, plus some!

Breakfast seemed like the perfect place to put a bunch of healthy nutrition, and plus, Hannah Grace decided that she was tired of our “standard breakfast.” Thus, our “Mean, Green, Fruit and Veggie Smoothie” was born.

The recipe isn’t a secret, and I’m sure it’s been done a thousand times by many other chefs. I used whatever I had in my house, and made sure it had it all: fruit, veggie, and protein.

In a blender (I have a $70 Ninja…so nothing fancy needed!) add:

  • 8 oz. almond milk,
  • 1 c. fresh spinach,
  • 1/2 c. pineapple,
  • 1/2 c. blueberries,
  •  3 strawberries,
  • 1 teaspoon of flaxseed.

Blend. Sprinkle in your choice of protein powder and enjoy!

I know it sounds weird with the spinach, but I promise you can’t taste it! I feel great about about serving this to my kids. I know now they are getting some fresh greens, because it is hard to get that down them!

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Happy First Day of Summer!

First day of summer brings the hot, hot Texas heat. I’ve been a little uninspired, lately, on the whole cooking dinner thing. So tonight it was Shawn’s turn to make something. He decided to grilled out some cilantro lime marinated chicken. YUM!

So what’s for dinner? Bed of spinach, topped with grilled chicken, fresh tomatoes (from a friends garden!), sauteed mushrooms, and sliced avocado. The flavor was so awesome on the chicken, I didn’t even need to put salad dressing on it.

Yup, there are some advantages to summer!

Cilantro Lime Spinach Salad