Happy last week of November! Can you believe December is almost here and 2017 is coming to an end! This year has certainly had lots of ups but also a few downs so I’m excited for a fresh start.
Is everyone ready for the holidays? Luckily Hanukkah comes a little earlier this year so I can spread out my shopping and not have to stress about getting it all done at once. Avery and Kinsey’s wish lists are quite long so I just nod my head every time they read them to me and laugh a little. That’s why we call it a “wish” list. It’s good to want things! LOL
After Thanksgiving and all the eating and snacking and eating and snacking, I decided to embark on a little experiment in my diet. As you all know, I LOVE sweets and love making them so it’s really crazy that I picked this time of year to make these dietary changes. I’ve struggled with really dry skin the last several years and most recently hives that appeared for no reason. I keep the hives under control with a couple of daily antihistamines but it’s frustrating that I’ll never know why they appeared or if they will ever fully go away. So this week I decided to remove gluten from my diet. I don’t have any sensitivities to it but I wanted to see what positive effect it might have on my body. So far my skin is still dry and I’m a little itchy from the hives but four days in is probably too soon to tell. Ha. I will say that I actually feel hungry when I’m supposed to be. Does that make sense? I’ve also realized this week that gluten is in just about everything…so I am excited to test out some new recipes for alternatives – bread, pizza, cookies, etc. I don’t know how long this will last and I’ll Probably cheat a little but I’m hopeful for some positive results.
In the essence of healthy eating, I made my favorite vegetable soup last night. We will have it for lunch and dinner and there is plenty to freeze for a later date. I do miss having toast or crackers with it! 🙂 The soup does contain chicken broth so if you prefer it vegetarian, use vegetable stock. You can use fresh vegetables or frozen. I usually buy the frozen “vegetable soup mix” in the grocery store then add in some extra potatoes and okra. I also like using leeks rather than onions but that’s a personal preferences. Lots of options but the end result is a delicious and satisfying soup! Give it a go!