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I don’t know about you but at the end of my day I often look around and feel as if I haven’t accomplished anything. Today was such a day. As I looked around my kitchen and saw dirty dishes and counters I felt defeated. I knew there was no way I would get what I wanted done. Then and idea struck me. I started running through a list of the things I had accomplished and was really surprised at all I had done. Just so you know, we operate on a pretty crazy schedule around here due to chronic Lyme disease, a child who has been having mental issues, and a husband who works crazy hours. Last night (well really this morning) I didn’t get Sarah to sleep until nearly 4 am and I was still awake until almost 6 because of my Lyme. At noon I was rudely woken up by Sarah loudly arguing with her sister (mind you, she’s deaf and doesn’t speak words, but she uses her voice really well. When you are sound asleep this sound reminds you of the scene in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex is chasing the jeep and Jeff Goldblum is shouting, “Must go faster! Must go faster! Sarah is the T-Rex). 

Yeah, I pretty much responded the same way the people in the jeep did. After being jolted awake, I am often not at my best. My sweet girls got me my first cup of tea (a cup for me is a 20 oz. travel mug) while I had a little discussion with Sarah. These discussions happen many times throughout my day. Just  imagine you have a over active 3 year old in the body of a 26 year old and you’ll sorta get the picture. Gene leaves for work at 2:30 so there were some things I had to get done before he left. 

This is my list of what I accomplished today. I encourage you to make your own list of things you have done, I think you will be surprised at how much you really did accomplish. This is in no way me bragging, far from it. I have about 1 million and 1 things that are incomplete that needed to be finished weeks ago. But, such is my life. I am learning to do what I can do and not sweat it if I can’t. 

So here was/is my day. It’s 12 am as I’m writing this and I still have at least 2 hours of work to go. Just for clarity, right now we have people on 4 different diets due to health reasons, so often my kitchen is more like a diner.

Woke up  Startled out of restful sleep

Morning Cuppa Technically afternoon, but who’s counting

Made Hannah’s breakfast

Made Gene’s lunch for work

Made Sarah’s lunch

Made Chicken stock in the crockpot (it is still simmering and I LOVE that smell!)

Made Hannah and Rachel’s lunch

Ran errands- HEB, Walmart and Dollar Tree (did you know that they have $1 digital timers? I love timers!!!)

Watered the yard (this took repeated trips outside to move the sprinkler)

Made Sarah & Hannah’s meatloaf & Sarah’s squash

Researched information and e-mailed it to a friend

Laundry

Replied to 5+messages

Sarah in bed (only sorta, she won’t be asleep for hours)

Made the rest of us regular meatloaf

Downloaded e-books

Wrote this blog post

Still to do:

Make homemade laundry detergent

Make coconut milk

Dishes (I seriously doubt those will get finished!)

Clean kitchen counters and stove (not looking promising either)

Through out all of this there many times I stopped to correct or counsel Sarah, visit with the girls, and drink many cups of tea. The reality is, I will always have something unfinished, and my To-Do list will never be completed. Why do I keep beating myself up for not being able to do the impossible? I am going to stop chastising myself and accept the reality that is my life. I will always strive to do better, but I am not going to beat myself up over it. How about you? What did you accomplish today? Do you beat yourself up over what didn’t get done? 

 

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Today I made some yummy and filling pancakes. Breakfast is always hard for me because I don’t like to eat when I first get up. After looking in the fridge and finding some browned ground turkey I had a plan. I made the turkey into breakfast sausage and made some Trim Healthy Pancake batter (page 223 in the Trim Healthy Mama book). I’m going to share with you how I made my sausage and my sausage pancakes. 

I put my pre-cooked ground turkey into a small skillet. I used a good handful of it, don’t you like my precise measurements? ;-) I added to the turkey a little water, homemade sugar-free brown sugar (Gwen has a great recipe), sage, marjoram and salt and pepper. You could add a few red pepper flakes if you like, but I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy. I cooked it on medium heat until it was heated well while my blender did the work to make my low carb/ low fat pancakes. 

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 As the sausage finished up I began to heat my griddle on medium heat. I then took my sausage and put it into little piles on the griddle. I only made 3 pancakes because that was the most I could eat. I think I ended up eating a little over 2. 

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I then poured my batter over the sausage. The edges took on the shape of my sausage pile so it looked more like flowers (if you’re really imaginative).

 photo THMSausagepancakes03_zps2d90c16a.jpgSince my edges all oozed together I had to take my spatula and cut through the joined places. I want you to know that we are just simple home cooks here and though we like our food photography to look nice, we want to keep it real too. Yes, I have weird looking pancakes, but they taste awesome!

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 I had only greased the griddle with a tiny bit of butter (I mean really tiny) and din’t have any issues with them sticking. Often with gluten free and different flours sticking can be a real issue. 

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 These pancakes were really light and satisfying. What a great way to start the day! What do you do to your pancakes to make them special?

Turkey Breakfast Sausage-- E
Serves 1
This is for an individual serving
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
7 min
242 calories
7 g
89 g
14 g
22 g
4 g
104 g
227 g
5 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
104g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242
Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
22%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 89mg
30%
Sodium 227mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
6%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Browned Ground Turkey *
  2. 1 tsp Sugar Free Brown Sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp Sage
  4. a dash of Marjoram
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste
  6. 2 T. Water
  7. optional: Red Pepper Flakes to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in small skillet and heat over medium heat until heated through.
  2. *If you use ground turkey (or any other lean ground meat) that is less that 96% fat free, make sure you rinse it after you brown it to get the excess fat off.
Notes
  1. If you wanted to do this with raw turkey I would add the spices as it was finished browning.
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For about the last year I have been seeing my friends link to recipes and testimonials from Trim Healthy Mama. I didn’t really know anything about it and one day in late July I started looking into it. I joined the Facebook group and ordered the book. The last year  of my life has been filled with many ups and downs and much sorrow. I was ready for something positive in my life. I began reading the book and trying to implement some of the things I was reading. Then we got a call we all dread and found out Gene’s step-father was dying. While on that trip Gene’s brother was testing out his new glucometer and one morning we all decided to get our blood sugar tested. This was a big wake-up call for me because my sugar level wasn’t terrible, but it was higher than I would have liked. 

If you know me well, you know that I usually have a Dr. Pepper in my hand. Even after the high sugar level it took me a few weeks to get off of Dr. Pepper completely. At this point I haven’t had a soft-drink (with HFC) since the beginning of October. I actually don’t desire them any more. The only type of soft drink I have had is Vitamin Water Zero and an occasional Izze (made with fruit juice, no added sugar). I did cheat last weekend and have a drink like an Izze that had added cane juice in it, and I am still paying for that with major joint pain. 

So far I have lost about 10 pounds, but I haven’t been anywhere close to faithful with the diet except on the soda front. I see now after my sugar binge this weekend that it really does play a major role in my Lyme and joint pain. I am going to be much more careful from here out. I also have some adrenal fatigue issues which may cause my loss to be slower as I heal my adrenals.

Many people think that everyone who is over-weight is obsessed with food. I even had a “friend” talk to me about it one time. She was trim but was obsessed with food and assumed my weight issues were related to my food obsession. I actually have the opposite problem. . . I could care less. It is not unusual for me to be up for 4 or 5 (or more) hours before I take my first bite of food. Often I would hardly eat all day and I rarely if ever felt hunger pains. I was just never hungry. This causes your metabolism to shut down and it stores fat instead of burning it. I now have to reverse this process through the way I eat and supplements. If I were to go to a restaurant to eat, I might be able to finish 1/2 of what they served as an entree. The biggest struggle for me is to eat. What will happen often is I forget to eat and then realize it has been over 4 hours and I panic and eat just anything because I know I need to eat. I am working on planning ahead more and having friendly foods ready and easily accessible so that I don’t blow it when I need to eat. 

We do have sweets on this plan, just not with sugar. We use stevia, erythritol and xylitol to sweeten with. I will be sharing recipes that I have made and use that incorporate these sweeteners. I will also post some recipes that have sugar in them because Sarah cannot use these due to health issues. 

In THM (Trim Healthy Mama) meals are classified as: S= satisfying (these are higher in fat/low in carb) E= energizing (Low in fat/ higher in carb) and FP= fuel pull (these are both low in fat and carbs and burn the most fat). My recipes will be labeled to denote which category they fall into. 

Cheesecake Dip

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This recipe came about last night when Rachel offered me a snack that she had made. I think she called it cheesecake. When I tasted it I found it to be very rich, which isn’t a bad thing but I wanted to eat it with something else. I remembered about Gwen’s Low Carb Cinnamon Dippers. After baking these I sat down for my snack. Gene asked me what I had. I told him and gave him a taste. He loved it as well and asked me more than once if this was really on plan.

When I asked Rachel how she made this she said she added some of this and a dash of that. I made some today and got the measurements so I could share it with you. I hope you like and enjoy it. Let me know if you try it and if you do anything else with it.  

Cheesecake Dip (Trim Healthy Mama -S)
A wonderfully satisfying sugar free cheesecake dip that makes you feel like you're cheating.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
1201 calories
14 g
413 g
122 g
16 g
71 g
360 g
776 g
8 g
0 g
37 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
360g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1201
Calories from Fat 1070
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 122g
187%
Saturated Fat 71g
356%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 32g
Cholesterol 413mg
138%
Sodium 776mg
32%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 8g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
96%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
30%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1- 8oz package of cream cheese (we used 1/3 fat but you could use full fat or fat free)
  2. 1/2 cup of heavy cream (I'm sure you could substitute with almond or coconut milk but why would you? ;-) )
  3. 1 tsp of vanilla
  4. 2 tsp of lemon juice
  5. 3 Tblsp of Truvia
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.
Notes
  1. This is a super simple and adaptable recipe. I was thinking about the ways to adapt it and I will play with some other ideas and post them as we make them.
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I hope you enjoy the recipe and will let me know what you think of it. What ideas do you have as to how to adapt it? If you have any questions about THM, please feel free to ask.