Happy Fridayyyyyyy!!!! It’s been such a long week. And now it’s SOOOOOOO COLD! Brrrrrr…. It’s been a long week mostly because my hubby has been in London since Sunday 🙁 But…he’s coming home today and I can’t wait! I miss him. And it’s tough having him gone all week. Even though he’s been traveling for like…ever…I still hate when he’s gone. I don’t sleep well. I fall asleep ok, but I can’t stay asleep. I wake up almost every hour. Unbroken sleep is the worst! I mentioned last week that this month my goal was to get 7 hours of sleep each night. Well, that kind of went downhill this week. But, not because I didn’t try. I was in bed on time every night and made sure I didn’t stay up late (which I always do when he travels). I shut my phone down so I could be asleep by 10:30 and I was asleep by then. I just couldn’t stay asleep. So, I’m looking forward to having him come home for many reasons. The dogs slept with me…buy it just doesn’t cut it, I guess. Even when you are sleeping you still know something just isn’t right.
Even Jasper & Zoe miss their daddy and can tell he’s been gone for a long time. Each night they sleep in his spot right next to me. Zoe’s been hiding under Scott’s desk in his office just like she does when he works from home. The days he’s home, she doesn’t leave his side. And if they hear anything that remotely sounds like a car or door they start barking like crazy and run to door and sit by it and wait…just hoping he’ll come through the door. It’s so sad, but cute at the same time.
So…you know I like to share things I do for myself. Some are fun like working with people who can communicate with my dogs and some are things that I do to take care of ME…like acupuncture. Well, this past week, I started doing sessions at Advanced Allergy in Salem, NH. Dr. Holly is amazing and really knows her stuff. I started bringing my kids there last winter and they’ve been going to her this past year. Kyle finished a while go, but we still have a few things to work on with Emma. Emma was the one that really needed this. Holly uses a non-invasive technique called Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (or AAT). AAT simply assesses what may be causing stress to the body. Here’s a quote from her website on what it is. “Advanced Allergy Therapeutics works directly with the relationship between the major organ systems and inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. While the immune system is responsible for initiating an immune reaction in the case of true allergies, it is the health and state of the organ systems that often determines the type of symptoms that may arise. With both sensitivities and allergies, symptoms typically stem from the organ system affected. For example, one patient may have a reaction to soybean by getting rashes while another patient may react with sinus congestion, heartburn or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms in each of these cases represent a different organ system involved. By treating the organ system(s) involved in a reaction, the body is able to respond more appropriately.”
Emma has suffered her whole life with eczema and seasonal allergies, in addition to food allergies. For seasonal allergies, each year they have gotten worse to the point where her skin would breakout in a rash, her eyes would swell and she could barely breathe. She would have to go on steroids in order to deal with herself. Holly treated her seasonal allergies and this year it was like she never had allergies! We were amazed. During the worse week she got a tad bit stuffy, but that’s it! No swollen eyes, no steroids needed. In additon, her eczema has improved dramatically. She was allergic to things like…her own sweat! Yup…you can be allergic to your own sweat. Along with things like food phenolics, which is in all food. The list of allergies for her was so long. So, we’ve slowly being busting through them and am almost done.
Anyways, I finally decided to bite the bullet, take care of ME, and go myself. I had 2 sessions this past week. The first session she tests for a ton of things. Oh boy…I kind of felt like I’m just allergic to my whole body! LOL! At first glance, I came up allergic to some things that came to no surprise….corn, dairy, grains (not gluten…all grains), and sugar. Hmmmmmm…Paleo anyone? No wonder I feel best when I eat paleo! Amazing right? Lucky, I didn’t come up positive for eggs because I live on eggs…LOL! She then dug into digestive issues (which I have a lot of ). At first glance with that, I came up digestive hormones, digestive mucus, fermentation toxins and purification toxins (and a ton of components that fall under these). Now…I have no clue what all of this is exactly, but it’s all in your body. In addition, I came up positive to amino acids!! What what?? Aminos acids, as you know, are the building blocks of life. It’s everywhere! And my body doesn’t like them. I think of the fact that I used to drink “amino energy” daily before my workout. I never felt great when I had it, but thought I’d be better at my workout if I drank it. Well, no wonder it made me feel yucky. Forget the fact that it has a ton of caffeine and sugar, but I was pumping my body with something it DID NOT LIKE! Soooo…here we begin. We start treating all the things my body doesn’t like. The treatment actually feels amazing. It’s this vibrating gun she runs up and down my spine. Kind of like having a mini-massage. This then tricks your brain/body into thinking these thing are no longer bad for you.
I’m looking forward to continuing these treatments to see how good I can actually feel! This stuff just excites me. Now…just because she treats for dairy, do you think that means I’m going to start eating dairy? NOPE! I know it’s not good for MY body. But…if I do have a random “treat” it would be nice not to be miserable. I talked to Holly about what I’ve said many times. I want to be the healthiest ME I can be. I want to put good foods into my body. I want to be healthy and I want to be happy. I told her that I don’t strive for perfection, but I do my best most of the time. We all know NO ONE is perfect and I never claim to be. Holly actually said it perfectly. She said, “I strive for perfection, but I’ll settle for divine”. YES! Divine works for me 🙂
Up next…outfit of the week time! Anyone else love Francesca’s? I always find the cutest things there. Especially dresses! I’ve had to find a bunch of dresses this past year to wear to church. I’m loving having all these cute options because not only do they work for church, but also other occasions. Not that I have a ton of occasions to get dressed up for, but it’s nice to have options…LOL! This one is one of my fav’s. So comfy and super cute. And I love the cut. The neck ties into a bow in the back. Perfect just as pictured for going out to dinner or a semi-dressy event. For church, I did add a simple black cardigan and a scarf with it so I didn’t freeze 🙂
Food time! This dish was YUMMY! I have to admit…I’m not a huge fan of chicken unless it’s breaded or covered in some sauce. My mom used to always make us breaded chicken with tomato sauce when I was little and I loved it. I’ve also always loved Chicken Piccata, which always involved breaded or flour coated chicken. So, I’m always looking for ways to make copy-cats of my favorites. For this recipe, I used Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. It’s an awesome alternative to white flour and a great nut-free alternative to almond flour. My kids both can’t have nuts, so I try to make some of my dishes nut free so they can try them. I swear…someday they WILL like all my food. LOL! For now, they dabble, but are still pretty picky. Adding the asparagus in the same pan mid-way through made for a one-pan meal, which is always nice. And the sauce you pour on top after it’s all cooked was to die for! It’ll look like a lot of sauce, but use it all. The sauce seeps into the chicken pretty quickly and the flavor is awesome. I hope you enjoy!