The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

“I’m sorry to say, that it’s Type 1 Diabetes.” ~ Two years ago today, our youngest child was diagnosed with T1D.

(Diagnosed 6-30-2015)

We thought our son was allergic to sugar.  It started out with a meltdown every time he ate sugar but his symptoms escalated from there. So we went out of our way to make sure he didn’t eat any sugar.  After having him checked, it turned out that he had a severe gluten allergy, so he was treated.

Meanwhile, we’re packing and getting everything ready to move to Missouri (from Arizona) so we wanted to have him treated and cleared of this allergy before we left.  But it wouldn’t clear.  After going back to our doctor to try to figure out what was going on with our youngest, blood work revealed higher than normal blood sugar and we were told to go to his primary care doctor ASAP.

(BTW~ He is two years gluten-free.  Blood work doesn’t reveal anything but his symptoms are still too severe to test for Celiac’s Disease.)

See my post “How I Cured My Food Allergies!”

Trying to get some dental work done before our move since I had a horrific toothache, I had an early dental appointment for 3 fillings and an extraction (turned into dry socket UGH!!!)  I picked my husband up from his last day at work, went to the doctor to make an appointment in person, headed home to be on the phone with realtors and the moving company until our doctor appointment later in the afternoon.

His blood sugar was elevated at his appointment so our doctor told us to go straight to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and she would call ahead to let them know we were coming.

At the hospital, the doctor told us not to worry that with a severe gluten allergy and messing around back and forth with eating gluten and then going on a gluten-free diet will for sure mess with one’s blood sugar.  She said to relax while they do blood work to know for sure. 

She came back an hour later and said, “I’m sorry to say, that it’s Type 1 Diabetes.”  My heart sank!  My brother has T1D so I knew a little bit about what was involved but I was shocked at how much I truly didn’t know!

Our lives would never be the same.

We were in the hospital for 3-4 days learning everything we can about treating T1D and managing his blood sugar.  This would be our full time job from this moment on.  Jayce was 5.  

We watched them give him his shots and check his blood sugar.  We spoke to dietitians, coaches, doctors, and trainers.  We learned about T1D, blood glucose, the pancreas, carbs, math, calculations, how to figure out dosage and more.  They taught Jayce about T1D, they taught our older children about T1D, they gave our son gifts and toys and books and backpacks. They were wonderful!  They were helpful!  They educated us!

On the second or third day the nurse came in to give him his shot and stood there smiling at me.  I wasn’t sure what she was waiting for so I smiled back.  

“Are you ready to give him his shot?”  She asked me with a grin.  Ummmm….Yeees?  I wasn’t!  I was never going to be ready.  But I pretended to have confidence like I’ve done so many times in the past just by being a mom period.  Just grin and fake it.  Am I the only one who feels that way when it comes to parenting?

So I figured out the dosage and fumbled awkwardly with the syringe and insulin bottle, trying to get it just right with only the medication and no air.  I had an audience of nurses and our family watching me give our 5 year old a shot in the leg.  I pinched his little leg, got the shot ready, gave him the shot, Jayce moved his leg before I could give him the insulin so I had to poke him twice.  He said he didn’t want me to give him the shot.  I didn’t want to either.  But I did and we all survived WHEW.

In fact, my husband and 3 older children have all given him shots.  Jayce has given himself a shot or two but he’s not quite ready to do this on his own regularly.

While we’re thankful that there is a treatment and hopeful for a cure, this has been a challenge for our whole family.  It has only been two years but it feels like a life time!

I am weak and I lack strength.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40: 28-31

I am unsure of our future.

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You.  Psalm 39:7

I lack faith.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

 

I am afraid.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.  Psalm 56:3


~ Keeping his blood sugar in the safe zone is agonizing

~ Calculating carbs and figuring out his insulin dose is challenging

~ Giving shots with every meal is getting easier

~ Checking his blood sugar is annoying

~ Changing his Continuous Glucose Monitor is tough

~ Knowing how to treat highs is necessary

~ Treating lows is scary

~ Checking on him during the night is daunting

~ Worrying about him is constant

~ But God is our strength and gives us courage and hope

~ We are not alone

 


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The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent~Part 2

I gave up all social media for Lent so I can focus on my relationship with God and my family as well as make some remarkable changes in my life.

Read about it here

As you may recall, I wrote out my thoughts and priorities so I can keep track of the changes I wanted to make and the things I wanted to concentrate on.

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Click Here to Read!)

Here goes:  MY RESULTS

Priority #1 ~ God

Spend time seeking God and knowing Him better.  My relationship with God has been a priority since forever but I wanted to take it a step deeper during Lent.

Life gets busy and hectic and my focus sometimes gets blurred.  So I wanted my emphasis to be on Jesus Christ.  Since I felt a strong leading to change some things in my life, mainly strengthening my walk with the Lord, it seems like that was when turmoil decided to abound the most in my life.  Major issues significant enough to derail me.  It was the classic case of Murphy’s Law or “don’t get too comfortable and rely on your own strength” ~ which ever the case may be.

While my world seemed to crumble around me,  I battled with keeping my eyes on the Lord.  I almost quit writing.  I wanted to quit a lot of things. But I figured that expecting life to be roses and rainbows as a requirement for writing blogs was a bit unrealistic.

So here I am ~ surviving another day and telling about it.  I thought about giving up on these goals but I imagined that “giving up” and not trying to make these changes in my life would prove disappointing.  So I kept at it.  I also considered this to be a growing and strengthening process that I needed to go through so there will be exceptional changes in my life that draw me closer to God in the process.

I can’t control life but I can TRUST THE ONE WHO DOES!  

And that’s exactly what I did.

  1.  I read my bible every day.
  2.  I meditated on His Word.
  3.  I prayed without ceasing.
  4.  At night I would recite every verse I could remember.

Priority #2 ~ Study Habits

I wanted plenty of time to study and create homeschool curriculum.  This was entertaining for me to do and I was successful.  I was able to study what my children were going to learn, make curriculum, study guides, and  I enjoyed spending time with and teaching our children.  This isn’t something “new” I wanted to do because this is my life.  My responsibility.  What I’ve been doing for more than 18 years already.  But I don’t like feeling rushed.  I want to make sure I continue to be consistent in making plenty of time for this important and fun job.

Priority #3 ~ Healthy Attitudes

This was a little trickier.  We found ourselves tackling some attitude problems with a couple of our youngsters.  This frazzled me more than anything else but we had important break throughs with all situations and children involved.  The issues we faced were unrelated to each other but were serious and needed attention.  Thankfully, we were able to battle through with prayer, consistency and pure diligence, and we found success.  Moving a bedtime earlier…much earlier, really helped in one situation and just being there and caring over and over again, helped too.  WHEW!  The one thing that made the biggest difference than anything we could possibly do was to make sure we had a positive attitude ourselves.  As parents, we needed to show love and patience along with diligence and faithfulness.  Practice makes patience.  And practice patience, we did ~ with God’s help.  God used this situation to change me.  And I’m so glad He did.

Priority #4 ~ T1D

This is an ongoing commitment to the life and health of our youngest.  If you know someone with Type 1 Diabetes, you know the constant effort it takes to manage the blood sugar.  I write a little about it in two of my blogs:

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent and How To Be A Perfect Mom

Priority #5 ~ Losing weight

The Whole30 Diet.  I write about it in my blogs titled:

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life and The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent.

Although I completed the diet successfully and lost 25 pounds, it was a bit more of a distraction than what I needed during this time.  I’m glad I did it ~ as I learned that I can keep the weight off and stay healthy by making good choices everyday.  I have a lot of good eating habits but the bad habits that I also have seem to lead to my increase in weight each year.

Priority #6 ~ Declutter

This is a really big deal for me.  You can read my story in my previous blog.  I took the plunge and radically got rid of a lot of my clutter.  This was an extraordinary change for me because I have spent most of my life extremely attached to my stuff.  I finally got sick of constantly cleaning and never having a clean house.  I was also fed up with not ever being able to find anything.  I have so much more important things to do than to spend my days cleaning and looking for things.  I tackled this pretty quickly and purged my entire house in about two weeks time.  Just in time for the storm of the year to hit our household.  It helped me to be able to focus on the problems that surfaced without losing control of our household chores.  I could neglect my cleaning duties and still have a clean house. And I’ve been smacking my head ever since.

I started with under my bathroom sink to get used to the idea of removing stuff from our house.  I figured that it shouldn’t be too traumatic for me since I’m not attached to anything under my bathroom sink.  Then I tackled my hot spots on my counters, dressers, and desk.  After this I went from room to room and worked quickly to clean out our desk drawers, cupboards, and any other drawer we have in our living room and kitchen. The kids worked on their own rooms and I pretty much let them do their own thing.  They’re not the “hoarders” in our home ~ that would be me ~ so I let them do what they wanted.

The last thing I did was purge our closet, our dressers and under our bed. This is where I store all of our school books and all of our other important stuff.  Books that I’ve bought and collected over the last 18+ years of homeschooling.  I was brutal and relentless but since I already did everything else in the house, I had momentum and did a great job (if I don’t say so myself haha!)  I was so proud that I even got rid of school books that I know I won’t be using again.  I made a huge dent and our room and closet look amazing.  And we have zero school books under the bed.  I won’t throw myself under the bus to tell you what under the bed looked like but there’s nothing there now!

2 things:

~ MY HOUSE IS ALWAYS CLEAN AND IF IT HAPPENS TO BE A DISASTER, IT ONLY TAKES AN HOUR TOPS TO GET IT CLEAN!

~ SO FAR, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND THE STUFF I NEED!  

Sorry about the yelling.  This was the best thing I’ve done by far!  It’s so worth it.  And it only took me 2 weeks (10 hours.)  I kept moving, gained momentum and made it a priority.  I was determined to get this done and it paid off.  It keeps paying off.

Conclusion ~

I have to admit that this was a bit much to take on all at once.  I got rid of some distractions only to replace them with others.  These were very important areas for me to change and I’m glad that I did them ~ but still distracting.  We had a few mishaps that threatened our home that were unexpected ~ stuff that I didn’t mention at all here.  Things that are considered high stress and that I would consider attacks on our family.  It’s like everything hit all at once.  Keeping my focus on God and purging and cleaning my house before any of these things hit really helped so so so much!  Losing 25 pounds didn’t hurt my feelings either.

It was incredible for me to make hard changes so quickly.  One thing I haven’t talked about that has drastically changed me was taking a break from all social media.  During this time, my blogs were a little more passionate than I had planned so I ended up posting them on all my social media sites even though I originally wasn’t going to do this.  But I was able to do so without wasting time ~ mostly.

WHAT I LEARNED:  I learned that social media isn’t important in my life *GASP* (Did I just say that out loud?!)  Without even realizing it ~ I had Facebook as a significant part of my life which was taking away from the best part of my life ~ God and my family!

My priority is my family and nothing should take me away from them.  I’m not shaming Facebook or social media, or even going to quit these things completely ~ all I’m saying is that in my life, I stepped away for a time, and decided to be more intentional with how I spend my time online.  I realize that I get too distracted too often to make social media a priority.

So long, Distractions!

Read part one of this blog:  The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent


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The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

I technically gave it up the Sunday before lent and stopped Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In stalking and posting.  A well needed break from the distraction of all these sites were essential as I was knee-deep, no, drowning in my responsibilities at home.  There had to be a way for me to stay on top of my life without feeling like I was in survival mode all the time.  This list sounds more like a new year’s resolution but since lent was just around the corner, I decided to use that as a timeline to get my life back on track.

In addition, writing this blog has been a dream of mine for sometime and it’s a blast for me to stay on top of my articles.  But I didn’t want my weekly post to become a stress for me and my family.  So I took a break from that too.  (Well ~ sort of ~ still wrote ~ just wrote differently to make it easier.)

So what will happen when I unplug and take a break?  Will I figure out my life?  Why am I treading water at this time in my existence anyway?  There are times when life’s challenges launch me into survival mode but I shouldn’t be feeling like that all the time.  Definitely time for me to be on my knees in prayer.  Here’s a peek inside my thoughts to see if I can determine the cause of my chaos and find the secret to successful living.

~ Reflection ~

Priority #1:  I have a lot on my plate and I want to make sure my focus stays on God no matter what season I am in life or what I have going on.  An important priority for me is to put God first.  Focus on God, spend time with Him, read the bible, pray without ceasing and listen!  This is my number one priority.  God can help me and lead me in these changes I’m desperate to make right now.

Seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and He will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33

Priority #2:  From my homeschooling perspective, life is a piece of cake (comparatively speaking, of course.)  I’ve had my fill of homeschooling two in high school, two elementary, while having a baby, at the same time as teaching four ballet classes in our home and one class at our homeschool group.  Now that I only have 3 homeschooling children which makes teaching less demanding, my homeschooling challenge at the moment is to make sure I have plenty of time to study and make curriculum for my kids. Tons of fun but takes awhile to complete ~ so definitely a priority for me.

Priority #3:  Time consuming attitude issues are a concern in the kid sector right now so I’m needing to be creative and clever with “out-stubborning” my offspring.  (You know it’s rough when one uses “stubborn” as a verb!)  I feel like my creative juices are lacking in the “young human problem solving” department.  I should be a pro by now with all my kid raising experience (HAHA!) but no ~ I am at a loss.  Love, consistency and trust in the Lord is all I have to offer the dilemma currently taking over our household.  This is both time consuming and exhausting.  As we continue to work on this, we’re already seeing some improvement.  See what a little love, focus, diligence, consistency and a lot of prayer can accomplish?  Goodbye distractions!  I’ve got important work to do!

Priority #4:  Another time consuming struggle is managing our 6-year old’s diabetes (well, I guess he’s 7 now, having a birthday after writing this). It’s like trying to manage body temperature if the body is broken and won’t regulate the temperature anymore.  Giving medicine to prevent it from going too high and treating it if it goes too low.  And having to take into account, the weather, temperature, what their wearing, and how they’re feeling before calculating the medicine, plus constantly taking their temperature to make sure it’s in the safe zone 24/7.  That’s how it is with taking care of Type 1 Diabetes except it is managing his blood sugar. Checking blood sugars, calculating carbs, figuring out insulin dose, giving insulin shots, treating low blood sugar, inserting his sensor, and doctor appointments are a constant for us ~ 24/7.  It’s hard but we’re getting the hang of it and managing it well.  This will always be a huge part of our lives and a massive priority to stay on top of it correctly. Thankfully, we have our whole family taking part in handling this including our 7-year old who is a master at keeping an eye on his blood sugar and detecting lows before his Dexcom sensor does.

Priority #5:  I also decided to do the Whole30 diet from March 1- 30.  I did this diet last year and felt amazing. (Read about it here.)  My main objective is to lose the 25 pounds I keep gaining.  I’m not really feeling enthusiastic about doing this diet because that’s a long time to neglect my chocolate addiction. But that extra 25 pound thing is really pestering me so I’m going to suffer  push through it.

Last But Not Least ~ Priority #6: Probably the biggest obstacle in my life right now that has been an ongoing relentless process for years is ~ PURGING.  My problem is that although I have taken decluttering more seriously recently than I have in long time, I still struggle with trying to organize my mess instead of doing a significant amount of clearing out my stuff.  About 3/4 of our belongings are being stored ~ unused ~ which makes it nearly impossible to find the 1/4 of the things we use most of the time because of the clutter.  But where do I start and what do I do?

I have serious difficulty with getting rid of things.  I can talk myself into keeping anything better than a young child with his blankie.  I’m an expert with over 40 years of experience in justifying my junk.  I’m surprised I’m not a hoarder.  (Well~ Actually ~ I am secretly and it’s hidden in the depths of my closet and in each cupboard which continuously spills into the rest of our home.)

When it comes to true purging to make my life easier ~ I hit a brick wall every time.  I end up cleaning and organizing but it’s not making my workload lighter in the long-run because the stuff is still there.  So purging is a necessity and overcoming my mental block is a must.

I’ve challenged myself to purge, get rid of, clear out, clean up ~ whatever it takes ~ before Easter!  I’m the only “hoarder” in my home so I don’t have to worry about any meltdowns from my family.  ONLY ME!

 


~ Conclusion ~

Priority #1 ~ Spend time seeking God and knowing Him better.
Priority #2 ~ Making sure I have plenty of time for creating homeschooling curriculum.
Priority #3 ~ Promote positive attitudes in our home.
Priority #4 ~ Stay ahead of diabetes.  This life-threatening matter is an urgent priority that will be a part of our lives forever!
Priority #5 ~ Stick with the whole30 diet for 30 days so I will lose 25 pounds.  (Chocolate will be waiting for me when I’m finished ~ with boundaries, of course!)
Priority #6 ~ P U R G E & O R G A N I Z E our home.

Finally:  I will reveal my progress in each of these areas next week.  So~ how did I do?  What did I learn?  What did I accomplish?  Am I still treading water, sailing or somewhere in between?  Do I have time for the important things in my life?  Did I diminish in size or did chocolate distract me from completing my diet? What about my clutter?  Whew! I’m tired just writing this!  I’ll let you know how it all went next week.  Stay tuned!


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Chicken Noodle Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time of year, when it’s miserable flu and cold season, there is nothing like healthy, delicious (and cheap haha) homemade chicken noodle soup to warm you up on cold winter days.

Anything can be added to this soup but the most important ingredients are:

GARLIC & CHICKEN WITH ITS JUICES

First, I start boiling the water, add canned chicken with the juice (I know it’s probably cheating but it works!) and I chop 3-10 cloves of garlic (depending on if we’re sick or how much time and garlic I have.)  Then I add chopped vegetables.  Carrots, celery, spinach, kale and broccoli are my favorites but you can add any kind you like.  I’ve even added canned mixed vegetables and it worked great.  Once the water starts to boil, I add the noodles.  I boil for 10 minutes or until the noodles are ready, then I add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.  That’s it!  Simple, delicious, healthy and inexpensive!

I serve this with crackers, chips, homemade bread or homemade tortillas. If someone in our family is sick or we’re trying to prevent illness, I always tell my kids to drink the broth first before adding crackers to the soup.  It has huge health benefits.

Ingredients:

pan of water

3-10 cloves of garlic

1 can of chicken with juice

chopped vegetables (carrots, celery, spinach, kale, broccoli etc.)

noodles (handful, and gluten free works too) (noodles are optional)

salt, pepper and garlic to taste

boil until noodles are done and enjoy!


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How I Cured My Food Allergies!

How I Cured My Food Allergies!

 

I know what it feels like to have food allergies.  I had food allergies, my husband had food allergies and all 5 of our children have suffered with food allergies. “Had” is the key word here.  We had food allergies but we don’t anymore.

When my oldest son was about 3 months old (early 1994) we noticed he had severe stomach problems.  His doctor told us that he was allergic to my milk and asked me to stop breastfeeding him.  I didn’t want to stop nursing so I called the nutritionist from my OB doctor’s office who suggested that I stop eating all dairy products.  When I mentioned this to my baby’s pediatrician he said that yes, this was an option but most moms don’t want to eliminate dairy. (?!!) I did and his stomach issues cleared up.  HOWEVER: My son had chronic ear infections and was on a lot of antibiotics from that moment on.  He weaned himself around 9 months and I couldn’t get him to nurse anymore after that because of these infections (which is why my two oldest are 19 months apart haha!) His pediatrician wanted us to try giving him milk every 6 weeks to see how he did.  He didn’t do well but the pediatrician really wanted him to drink cow’s milk so we kept trying off and on, unsuccessfully, until he was two.

When he was 2-years old, I noticed that he started getting a rash around his mouth when he ate.  He would also get red and swollen eyes, stomachaches/pain and dark circles under his eyes.  I would eliminate foods from his diet trying to figure out what he was allergic to but those symptoms would always come back no matter what I did.  He would also get extremely hyper after he ate and wouldn’t sleep well. His doctor said that they don’t do allergy tests until age 10 and recommended Benadryl and Ritalin for his symptoms.

I ended up taking him to a homeopathic doctor who tested him – and he tested positive for a lot of food allergies.  He didn’t test him for gluten though because gluten allergy wasn’t a thing yet and he had no way of testing it (at the time, I hadn’t heard of a gluten allergy). It took me many years to discover that gluten was also a huge allergy for him. Once I cut gluten out of his diet at age 7, this made a big difference with his symptoms.  I had 4 more children and they ALL had food allergies! Gluten, dairy, corn, soy, nuts, berries, sugar and more. It was so hard and although they did better staying away from the trigger foods, they were never completely symptom free.

I even tried eliminating the foods from my diet when I breastfed them and exclusively breastfed for their first year. None of that helped to prevent food allergies.  They all got them, but they were all healthier and the ear infections stopped! So while this didn’t prevent food allergies, it helped have healthier, happier kiddos!

In 2009, I discovered that we can get rid of food allergies with acupuncture. We all had the treatment to have our food allergies cleared and our lives haven’t been the same!  YIPPEE!!  I also learned how to prevent food allergies.

Here are 4 steps:

1. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM OR FOODS

Food allergy symptoms can vary person to person and a person can even have a different reaction each time.  A reaction can start within minutes of eating the trigger food, to 2-hours and even 6-12 hours after eating the food.  Food allergy symptoms can include:

~Itching and hives

~Swollen eyes & dark circles under eyes

~Hyper-activity in children

~Crankiness

~Sleepiness

~Stomach-aches, nausea, vomiting,

~Heartburn

~Eczema

~Frequent infections

~Shortness in breath

~Wheezing

~Hoarse, tight throat; difficulty swallowing

~Dizziness

~Anaphylaxis

~And more…

If you suspect food allergies, it’s important to stay away from the food causing the allergies.

2.  GET TESTED

There are many ways to get tested for food allergies.  Our family got tested through our homeopathic doctor and our natural path.  We like doing the muscle testing because for us, it’s the most accurate (and it’s safe).  There are many ways to test for food allergies:

~Blood testing (unfortunately, not always accurate)

~Skin testing

~Muscle testing

3. GET TREATED

Talk to your doctor to see what the best treatment is for your situation. Our family was cleared with acupuncture through our natural path.  I actually discovered this by accident.  I went to my chiropractor (who is also a natural path) for a really bad neck-ache.  Because I was a new patient, he did a full medical history and exam and did an allergy test along with fixing my neck.  I tested extremely allergic to most of the foods I was eating.  I was shocked to learn that he could clear it with acupuncture and I was skeptical, to say the least.  I went back to get re-tested because I was afraid to try the foods, especially peanuts.  In fact, I was very hesitant to try peanuts, since that reaction was so severe, and went back twice to make sure I didn’t test allergic. I’ve been eating peanuts and other foods since and I’ve been fine!

FOOD ALLERGIES WERE UNCOMMON: When we first found out that our kids had food allergies back in the 90s, most people never heard of food allergies before.  We were a rare bunch back then and it felt like we were the only ones with food allergies.  Now that food allergies are more common, hearing that we had them cleared with acupuncture seems to be rare.  Hopefully, sharing my story will help many people be able to overcome their food allergies!

4. SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP

Digestive enzymes, acidophilus and papaya tablets can help to prevent food allergies (and can help with symptoms) along with having countless other health benefits.  We take them with each meal, whenever possible because we’ve had food allergies, we’ve had absorption problems causing vitamin deficiencies and these supplements also help our diabetic son (T1D) manage his blood sugar.  The digestive enzymes and acidophilus, we get from Melaleuca and the papaya tablets, we get from our local Sprouts store.


I hope this information helps you know what doctor to go to and what questions to ask.  If you would like more information about the doctor we went to you can visit his website here.  It’s worth looking into.

Here’s to a healthy 2017

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Thank you!

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

This is one of our favorite recipes that I make ALL…THE…TIME.  I thought I’d post this recipe for Christmas.  It’s not really a Christmas recipe but it is kinda breakfast-y…so I’m doing it!

I’ve been known to throw a few vegetables in most of my cooking, and this one is no exception…but I’m not going to include vegetables in the recipe below.  Just a little hint on something I’ve been doing for years.  So, I may or may not add grated carrots, zucchini, broccoli or spinach to these muffins sometimes…SSHHH!

(This particular batch has no vegetables in it.)

There really is no special explanation.  Just mix, bake, eat, and if you’re like us…REPEAT!!

Easy peasy!

 

I found this recipe and modified it to satisfy my great chocolate addiction. So don’t be alarmed if you think it’s too much rich and gooey sweetness.  You can use half the chocolate it calls for…but that’s just insanity…I never go chintzy on chocolate!  I just add vegetables instead HAHA!!

ANYWAY…without further ado… MY RECIPE!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

PreHeat oven to 350*

2 eggs (beat, or like my kids used to say…”beat ’em up”)

6 Tablespoons butter (softened, really soft!)

1 teaspoon vanilla (pure, not the imitation stuff!)

3-4 ripe bananas (it works if you only have 2 handy.)

3/4 cup sugar (I always use raw sugar or organic)

(Mix this really well before adding dry ingredients)

2 cups of flour (I use unbleached but you can use gluten free flour too!)

6 Tablespoons flaxseed (meal)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

(Mix everything well before adding chocolate chips)

1-1/2 cups of chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate chips so I feel healthier, HA!)

Stir ~ fill muffin tins 3/4 full ~ bake 350* for 20-25 minutes ~ ENJOY!!

 

Mmmmmmmmmmm!

 

There you have it!  Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins! And if you added vegetables… I won’t say a word! 😉 Let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear from you!

 

My other posts:

Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 2)

4 Things to remember when things don’t go as planned