Monday, September 2, 2013

Amy's Bandwagon: Back to School Schedules

I recently went on my first vacation since my honeymoon 6 years ago. This vacation was a camping trip with my husband and my 3 children. This was our first time away with our 3 kids, ages 5 1/2, and 4 1/2 year old twins. It was also our first time camping with them too. We packed up all our stuff and headed up to Bar Harbor for a 4 day weekend. It was a fabulous weekend, but in terms of food it was horrible. The food was fabulous and we went to some of our favorite restaurants. Initially, I didn't notice any issues with not following through with my diet, but now that I've been home and I haven't exactly reclaimed my gluten free eating, I am realizing that I am having some digestive issues, a lot of fatigue, and headaches. It's time to jump back on that bandwagon and return to eating the way that makes me feel good, in body, mind, and soul.

This weekend, Labor Day, is almost like the start of a new year for me. My husband, a teacher, returns to school, my oldest son starts kindergarten, and my twins will start homeschooling for preschool. I will also return to working my evening hours instead of working during the day and being home for dinner and getting the kids ready for bed. I am somewhat relieved that fall is here. I am looking forward to having a routine again, realizing that I actually probably do much better when I know what to expect throughout my day. I am also happy that the weather is going to be cooler. The cooler weather feeds right into my need for comfort foods and clothing that makes you feel cuddled and comfy.

I am hoping that I will feel a little more inspired with my cooking now that fall and the cooler weather is coming. I finally made one of my favorites soups the other night, chicken soup with dumplings. I found a gluten free pancake mix at my local Costco and used that to make the dumplings. It wasn't perfect, but it definitely satisfied my craving for one of my favorites soups.  I am planning on trying out new recipes and attempting to convert some of my favorite recipes to gluten free. There is a millet bread that we used to get, but it supposedly isn't gluten free. I think that it can't say that it is gluten free because it isn't made in a gluten free facility. I have read the ingredients and there is nothing in there that has gluten in it. I am planning on trying to make myself a millet bread at home since I don't want to go to a special store to buy it and pay a good amount of money for it if I can have the convenience of making it in my own kitchen and more than likely make it for cheaper. It is also yeast free, and if truth be told, along with gluten, I should avoid yeast and cow's milk dairy also.

I am going to look at the start of fall as my New Year. I'm not big into resolutions, but I do think that there is something about making changes and starting fresh at the start of a new year. My plan is to get back on track, not eating gluten, dairy, or yeast. I also plan to continue to de-clutter and organize my home. My other big piece is I want to learn more about what I want to do with my career when I return to work full time. I am hopeful that getting myself back on track with what I eat will give me more energy and motivation to do the things I need and want to do. I am also hopeful that having a schedule in place will help me feel less anxious and more content with my day to day life.

-Amy-

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