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Holiday Madness, You Can Only Control So Much, Proud Mama, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, OOTW, & Practically Paleo English Toffee

Happy Friday!!!  It’s Christmas Eve Eve…YAY!  And wow…when people talk about holiday madness, they mean it.  This week has been insane!  I feel like I haven’t been able to breathe and it’s been a week of ups and downs.  Some great things, some not so great things.  We’ll start with the not so great and work our way to the good, ok?  So, this week I had an incident happen.  I’ve discussed things like this before.  Those incidents that consume all of our time and draw negativity to us and make us grumpy?  I hate it when this happens.  And I kick myself every time for allowing it. You mind goes nutty and you just can’t help but have thoughts and conversations running through your mind constantly.  One of my biggest faults is that I allow this to happen.  It doesn’t happen often, but definitely a handful of times a year….certain situations just trigger it.  What I have noticed is that each time the actual time I allow myself to be consumed becomes less and less. That’s good right?  I’m improving…LOL!   I was at the gym when it first happened and I found myself staring at the barbell for long periods of time during the workout because my mind was wondering off.  I’d catch myself or hear a coach yell “Back on the bar, AL!”  and I’d have to get back to the workout.  I barely got anything done during the day.  This is NOT GOOD!  I vent with people, I get advice from those that will make me rational.  But in the end it comes down to one thing and only one thing.  We can’t control the things we have no control over.  We have to remember that everything happens for reason and leads us to where we are supposed to be.  We have to remember that we are in competition with no one except ourselves.  We have to remember that the right people will come into our lives and stay and create positive vibes in our lives…not create drama.  So, all we can do is let go and move on.  And you know what happens then?  Happiness.  Happiness happens.  We realize we are who we are and we should be proud of ourselves for who we are and what we have accomplished.  Always be YOU.  Don’t ever try to be anyone else.  I know way too many people that try to be someone they are not or try to be like someone else instead of just being themselves.  Always always, just be true to YOU.  If you are, then happy you will be. 🙂

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Ok, let move on to good stuff.  Speaking of holiday madness, I got all my shopping and wrapping finished, which is awesome.  No worries the rest of the weekend!  I got most of it done last Sunday, then just had to wrap the last minute items that showed up in the mail.  I kind of feel like I love Christmas from Thanksgiving until the week before Christmas.  Then all of a sudden it’s crazy and overwhelming for a week.  Then I really enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I only went to the mall a few times, but I really don’t want to step into one again for a while.  Those few times were CRAZY!  I’m all set with big crowds.  I prefer peaceful shopping…LOL!  There’s no such thing during the holiday.  But, we are almost there.  And even better???  On Monday, I’m off to Hawaii for 10 days with my family and my sister-in-law’s family.  Stay tuned in to IG and FB for my Hawaiian food updates.  The food there is amazing!  I’ll do the best I can most of the time while I’m there, but I’ll indulge.  I just won’t indulge enough that I’ll feel like constant poop.  I’ll pick and “choose” what is worth it.  Like shaved ice…Hawaiian shaved ice to me is soooooo worth it.  I’m really excited to get away for a bit.  My body and mind need it. I consider a re-set to get me pumped and ready for what’s in store for the new year.

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Want to know what warmed my heart this week?  Listening to both of my children signing.  I think I’ve mentioned before that they are both participating in Select Chorus at the middle school this year.  Tuesday night was their Winter Concert and my mom came up to watch them perform, too.  Each year I am more and more impressed with all the children.  This year was by far the best so far.  Such talent in all of the children and it brings me so much joy to listen to them sing.  I got to watch Kyle with the 6th grade chorus, Emma with the 8th grade, then both of them with Select.  Seeing them all dressed up made me realize how old they are getting.  It made me realize time flies by way too fast.  I’m so proud of the people they are become.  They are kind hearted, they are hard workers.  They get along with so many different groups of people.  And they sure do clean up nice 😉

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So, remember last week when I talked about how I started Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?  Well, this week, it continued.  I think I’ll be going for a while…LOL!  I’m a hot mess.  Some of it has not come to surprise, but some has!  Especially this week.  I went twice.  The first time, not all the amino issues from last week cleared, so we worked on those again.  When I went back the 2nd time, those were clear.  So, we could move on.  Dr. Holly decided to dig into sugar since that came up positive during my first visit.  Well….it wasn’t good.  I came up positive to brown sugar, caster sugar, corn sugar, fructose, and galactose.  Not only those…but I also came up positive for maple sugar, date sugar, coconut sugar and…ready for this?  HONEY!  UGHHHH!!!  Ok, so I have pretty much eliminated sugar from “diet” for the past 7 years.  Slowly in the beginning but I’ve been really good for the past 5 years.  I’ve subbed sugar for natural sugar like….coconut, honey, maple syrup and dates.  YUP!  So, basically even thought I’ve opted for the healthier alternatives, my body still did not like them.  No wonder no matter what I’ve done I still had belly issues.  And not only all those sugars, but there were specific components of those sugars….like high fructose corn syrup, and cane sugar amino.  Dr. Holly said that every single organ meridian in my body was being effected by sugar.  Now…Honey?  Well, she said honey is a big one.  When people come up positive with honey, it has to be done on a separate day than the other sugars.  I have honey daily!  I take a tsp of raw honey every evening before I got to bed.  I have it in my tea.  So, this is just baffling to me.  And it’s not that it’s bad.  It’s just that my body doesn’t like it.  And Dr. Holly can change that for me.

Now…will just because she clears sugar for me mean that I’ll start having sugar again?  Absolutely not.  When she clears gluten eventually, I won’t start having that either.  I will continue to eliminate foods I believe are not good for me and can cause inflammation and other issues in my body.  But, I’ll continue to have the foods that are healthy for me and my body will no longer not like them.  My belly will be better.  I’ve already noticed a difference since the treatments this week.  Not to get too personal, but I base everything on poop.  If you’re poop is normal, you’re good.  If it’s not, there’s a problem.  I’ve spent months not “normal”….even though I was only filling my body with healthy foods.  And now I know why.  And slowly I’m becoming normal again.  More treatments to come!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store next 🙂

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Ok…Outfit of the week time!  This week…Stitch Fix!  Last weekend, I had my mom’s side of the family Christmas Party.  It’s always so fun with lots of laughs and a fun yankee swap.  Oh…and FOOD!  I wanted to look festive, but I also wanted to be comfy.  Not to mention, I needed to be cool because the party was at my mom’s and my mom likes to keep her house at like 80-85 degrees…no joke!  I sweat when I’m there.  Sorry if you’re reading this mom, but you know it’s true 😉  On Christmas Day, I typically like to wear a tank or sleeveless…even if it’s snowing.  The dress and scarf are both from Stitch fix and I paired it with a cute pair of boots. I love the diagonal slit in the front to make this simple dress a bit exciting.  Comfy and stylish with a pop of holiday with the scarf.  I think I did ok 😉

 

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Alrighty…onto food!  So, I figured since Christmas was in a few days, maybe you’d want a sweet treat.  I came up with this recipe last year and made it for my neighbors and its as a huge hit!  It quick, it’s easy and it’s a much healthier version of the favorite English Toffee.  There’s that yummy version out there that’s made on top of saltine crackers for a sweet and salty treat.  Hmmmm…maybe I should’ve added some sea salt on top.  I just thought of that as I’m writing…hahaha!  So, I guess I’ll try that next time or if you want to try it, do it and let me know!  These are made with grass-fed butter (kerrygold), coconut sugar and enjoy life dairy free chocolate chips.  I added these cute sprinkles from a cookie decorating kit my kids have from Williams-Sonoma.  NO…those sprinkles are NOT paleo.  But hey…I wanted festive…not boring.  So, I went with it.  Enjoy this easy recipe that is only about 20 minutes start to finish.  Great to bring to your gatherings this weekend.  DISCLAIMER!…this toffy is a bit sticky once you start chewing.  So probably not good if you have kids with braces 🙂

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Practically Paleo English Toffee
Practically Paleo English Toffee
Course Dessert
Servings
a crowd
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Servings
a crowd
Ingredients
Practically Paleo English Toffee
Instructions
  1. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Once melted, add the coconut sugar. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved into the butter. NOTE: at this point, the butter and sugar will be separated. Its OK!...it will incorporate as it boils.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, while mixing with a whisk. If the boil is too vigorous, lower the heat to medium, low, but maintain a boil.
  5. Once it comes to a boil, continuously stir with the whisk until the mixture becomes lighter and almost a peanut butter color. This process will take about 8-10 minute. MAKE SURE THE MIXTURE DOESN'T BURN. If it starts to smell burned it's probably done.
    Once it comes to a boil, continuously stir with the whisk until the mixture becomes lighter and almost a peanut butter color.  This process will take about 8-10 minute.  MAKE SURE THE MIXTURE DOESN'T BURN.  If it starts to smell burned it's probably done.
  6. Once thickened and pulling away from the sides of the pan, pour the mixture onto the parchement paper. It may not fill the fill the whole pan. Spread slightly with a rubber spatula.
  7. Let sit for about 3-5 minutes. Then top with the chocolate chips.
    Let sit for about 3-5 minutes.  Then top with the chocolate chips.
  8. After a few minutes, the chocolate will start to melt. Use the spatula to spread the chocolate over the toffee mixture.
    After a few minutes, the chocolate will start to melt.  Use the spatula to spread the chocolate over the toffee mixture.
  9. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
  10. Let sit to harden for a few hours, then use your hand or the tip of a knife to chop into pieces.
  11. Enjoy!
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