Sugar Free Meal Plans and Hospital Visits

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Yesterday, unfortunately, included a trip to the ER with Apollo. He finally caught the cough that his older siblings had. I watched it develop over a two-day period, on edge the entire time. It is nearly impossible to watch Apollo with a respiratory infection or cough and not worry. Finally yesterday morning he went into mild respiratory distress and I knew I needed to take him in. Since it was the weekend, we had to go to the hospital. We were taken directly to triage and then directly to a private room. It is one of those sick-kid perks that is a mixed blessing. Despite me telling the triage nurse he had a heart defect and long history of respiratory issues her eyes still nearly popped out of her head when his history popped up on her screen.

Here you can see how much he is struggling for each breath. He was wide awake, but all of his energy was going toward breathing. 

To make a long story short, Apollo was given a dose of steroids through his g-tube and a breathing treatment. That cleared things up enough for us to come home.

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And now for this week’s Sugar Free Meal Plans:

Breakfasts:

Trim Healthy Mama pancakes topped with fruit/ homemade granola and fruit/sugar-free banana bread, milk and oranges/oatmeal

Dinners:

Burrito Bowls (we didn’t end up having these last week)

Whole chicken in crockpot, potatoes and veggies

Pork Carnitas and Cilantroslaw (this got a two thumbs up from us)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (this kids have requested this again already)

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake

Broccoli Ham Mozzarella Bake

We tried the Buffalo Chicken Nuggets last week and they were….okay. I don’t think I’ll be making them again. Everyone prefers my chicken fingers and they are less expensive.

I’ll be honest with you and say 18 days into A Month of No Sugar and I feel exactly the same and my weight is exactly the same. I am disappointed by the lack of results, but as I stated in the beginning I was surprised when I read  Year of No Sugar that there honestly seemed to be very little physical change for this family as well. I am proud that I have gone 18 days with no sugar. I have a sweet tooth and I highly doubt I have ever gone 18 days without sugar since the moment I had my first bottle of formula. I will share this though: my mom, who is a Type II diabetic, has seen amazing results. Her blood sugar is lower than it has been in years and she is doing great. This is encouraging to me! The  Month of No Sugar is obviously doing great things for her body.

Because my goal weight loss and feeling better, I am going to commit to go for a walk each day next week and juice once a day.

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How about you? Are you feeling better? Sticking to the plan? Seeing any changes? What has been your biggest temptation?

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Sugar Free Meal Plans

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The first ten days of no sugar have been easy, due in large part, I believe, to the fact that we eat few packaged and processed foods to begin with. For the most part, I drink only coffee (with cream but no sugar) and water. I don’t feel any different, I haven’t lost any weight, but do feel proud that I have gone ten days with no sugar.

My sugar-free kids (Tilly, Kalina, Jubilee, Hezekiah and Tucker) have commented on how happy it makes them to be eating healthy. Friday at school they had cake to celebrate a teacher’s retirement, and all three kids said “no thank you”. We watched the football game at my parents last night, and they all turned down pizza that we knew would contain sugar somewhere…I am proud of these five. They are receiving no pressure or rewards for doing this, it is all their own. Their only reward is satisfaction in a challenge taken and and achieved. And very possibly better health.

This week’s dinners will be:

Colorful Chicken Fettuccine. This is a long time family favorite. Jubilee has really been “craving” pasta, I think her body is wanting the energy containing carbohydrates now that it has no sugar. I make sure this is full of fresh veggies and everyone enjoys it.

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Nuggets. These look so good! I don’t plan to make them paleo (I won’t be  using coconut flour), so I will be altering the recipe slightly. I will serve these with fresh veggies and potato wedges. While the recipe looks delicious, I spent $10 on two pounds of ground chicken (on sale) so this won’t be a regular on our table, unless we find a cheaper source of ground chicken. I’m taking this one for the team (you, my dear readers) so I can tell you whether or not this recipe is worth making.

Easy Burrito Bowls These look  hearty, healthy, adaptable and delicious.

{I have a little life-hack for your kitchen.  Did you know you don’t actually need to soak your beans overnight? You can start them in the morning and just cook them a bit longer? And I have discovered the best, laziest way ever to cook your beans. Put them in your crockpot (with plenty of water) and turn it on low….then go to bed. You will wake up with perfectly cooked beans. Really, I promise, I’ve done it myself! Bulk beans are so much cheaper than canned.}

Quinoa Chili Enoch loves chili, it is one of his all time favorite foods. I consider a recipe like this a helpful suggestion, and never follow them exactly. I am looking forward to this recipe though, it looks hearty and delicious. We all enjoy a hot, hearty soup this  time of year.

Our Wednesday dinner will be something I already have in the freezer since I’ll be in Seattle with Kalina that day.

Lunches will be more of the same from last week: quinoa salad, tuna, cheese, peanut butter, nuts, pumpkin seeds, hummus, and plenty of fruits and veggies. And just a heads up, regular mayonnaise has sugar in it, but we found two kinds at Trader Joe’s that are sugar-free. I used it yesterday to make hot artichoke dip. YUM!

And a follow-up from last week: the Pork Tacos with Cilantroslaw were amazing! We had leftovers and I had them for lunch two days in a row. So good.

Another great recipe we tried was Peanut Butter Banana Muffins. These had only 2 tablespoons of honey and taste delicious. These had the perfect blend of peanut butter and banana.

And if you’re looking for more inspiration, you might want to follow my Month of No Sugar Meal Plans and Recipes board on Pinterest.

How about you? Any favorite sugar-free recipes to share? Anything with sugar that surprised you?

 

Weekly Meal Plans {No Sugar}

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My beautiful children begin school tomorrow and we begin a new era in our family. I am trying to restrain myself and not make lofty plans for every area of my life. But I do have a few important areas that have fallen to the wayside over the last year or so, and meal planning is one of those. I plan to get back into regular meal planning to help keep expenses down and to eat healthier. I am also planning to put together a weekly newsletter of blog updates which will include weekly meal plans.

Breakfasts:

Oatmeal with: cinnamon, berries, apples and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup

Peanut butter* toast (on homemade, whole wheat bread) with green smoothies. I use this recipe from Large Families on Purpose. I also make a similar green smoothie using apple juice and frozen mango in place of grape juice and blueberries.

Scrambled eggs with: cheese, peppers and tortillas (depending on personal preference). Those of us who are sugar-free will skip the tortillas.

Homemade granola.

* we use Adam’s Peanut Butter which contains only peanuts and salt.

Sugar Free Lunch Options:

My sugar-free kids will be packing the following items throughout the week (I am not going to list each day since I don’t think that will be helpful to anyone).This is our first week, I’ll take a few pictures throughout so you have an idea of what they are packing. I bought the kids Rubbermaid Lunch Blox (<<affililate link) so we can keep cheese and tuna cool.  I don’t really know how much they will eat, so we will play this one by ear.

Protein: tuna, cheese sticks, cheese, Trader Joe’s Chunky Olive Hummus, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter.

Fruit/veggies: the kids will eat  take at least one piece of fruit each day, mini carrots, sliced peppers, cucumbers, etc.

Carbs: Triscuits, homemade whole wheat bread, flat bread, pasta salad, quinoa salad

Dinners:

Pork Tacos with Cilantroslaw This is a new recipe for me, but I have pork roast in the freezer and a huge bag of cilantro. Side of rice and veggies.

Chicken Noodle Soup with homemade noodles. Homemade bread.

Homemade pizza with whole wheat crust. Salad.

Baked Potato Soup and homemade bread.

Colorful Chicken Fettuccine. Fresh green veggies.

I plan to begin sending out weekly meal plans with helpful links to recipes and hard-to-find products. If you are interested in receiving them, what day of the week would be most useful for you? I am taking a little survey :)

 

 

 

 

 

Meal Plans for our Large Family

I’ll confess, I’ve been doing terrible in the meal planning and food fixin’ department for far too long. So here it is, this week’s meal plans for our large family, including the first few days of our Month of No Sugar.

large family meal planMonday 

b: pancakes

l: english muffins, fruit, cheese

d: spaghetti, fresh bread, tomato cucumber salad

Tuesday

b: oatmeal with blueberries

l: tuna sandwiches (on lettuce for me) and fruit

d: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole and green veggies

Wednesday

b: oatmeal

l: Greek Salad and raw nuts (homemade mac and cheese for kids)

d: Crockpot Orange Chicken, rice, raw veggies

Thursday (our first day of no sugar)

b:Blueberry Spinach Smoothie, rice cakes with peanut butter

l: southwest quinoa salad, string cheese, pbj’s

d: tacos, homemade refried beans, chips, restaurant style salsa, rice

Friday

b: Scrambled eggs with peppers and cheese

l: leftovers from dinner

d:  White Chicken Chili

Saturday

b: granola

l: leftovers

d: Beef stew