Pregnancy Update: Week 38

Hi friends!  Just stopping in to do a quick pregnancy update.  I’m pretty sure this will be my last one, unless I happen to go well past 40 weeks…then perhaps I’ll consider doing another.  But I’m being optimistic in thinking my little guy will arrive slightly early or just on time (June 6th is the due date).

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Pinnertest Food Intolerance Test (Part 2)

A couple weeks ago I took the Pinnertest food intolerance test to see if I have any food intolerances, or in other words if my body is experiencing difficulty in digesting certain foods.  In Part 1 of this blog series I provided a full explanation of the Pinnertest and why I decided to take the test even though I do not experience any digestive issues (pain/gas/bloating/etc).

My results came in Thursday of last week and today I’m going to share my results, as well as discuss the differences between this test and the food intolerance test results from the one I took in November 2016 (at my Chiropractor’s office). Read More

Chocolate & Vanilla Cookie Bars

These cookie bars are a mixture of two recipe fails that I combined into one major recipe success!  Originally, the base was going to be part of a raw blueberry cake, but the filling for that was all wrong.  And the chocolate filling for this recipe was first meant to be a simple fudge with a pretzel crust, but that crust didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped.  Thus, the successful parts of two recipe fails were sewn together and these Chocolate & Vanilla Cookie Bars were born!

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There are three layers to these Chocolate & Vanilla Cookie Bars: a vanilla cookie base, a creamy chocolate fudge filling and a dark chocolate drizzle.  The drizzle is optional, but it takes these cookie bars from boring to beautiful!

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My recipe is Paleo, Vegan and allergy-friendly (no eggs, nuts, dairy, grains, soy or refined sugar) so nearly anyone can enjoy these slightly sweet chocolate and vanilla treats.  Plus, they’re raw, so no baking is involved!

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Spinach Salad

This is the second salad featured in my “Salad Series”.  This simple Spinach Salad has organic spinach, spiralized carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts, slivered almonds and raisins.  It is an excellent base for additional ingredients such as meat, eggs, sweet potato or rice.  Without further ado… Read More

Black Sesame & Carrot Meatballs

I don’t have any problems getting my husband or son to eat vegetables (thankfully), but I still like to sneak them in my cooking when I can.  My husband likes a lot of vegetables, but he doesn’t like carrots!  Can you believe that?!  (It’s okay, I get more to myself that way 😉 )  I made these Black Sesame & Carrot Meatballs with him in mind; and you know what, he LOVED them!

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This recipe requires 8 simple ingredients and makes about 20 meatballs.  They are a flavorful, tasty way to use ground beef and get in a little extra nutrition.

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Grain-Free Chocolate Vegan Pancakes

Ever since my son went on an elimination diet (he removed eggs, dairy, chicken, and most nuts from December – February) I have been testing out vegan pancake recipes.  Some have turned out amazingly but I forgot to measure or write down the ingredients, some were total fails (like didn’t hold together) and some I actually managed to successfully cook and document.  This recipe is one of those successful moments.

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I started making him pancakes and waffles on the regular because it was the best healthy breakfast option I could think of.  I know what you’re thinking…pancakes and waffles aren’t healthy, especially daily.  But I beg to differ.  All the ones I have made are low in sugar, full of healthy fats and contain moderate amounts of protein.  Besides, when you are cooking by scratch, things tend to turn out healthier anyway (no preservatives, additives, dyes or stabilizers).

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These Grain-Free Chocolate Vegan Pancakes are free of many common allergens (gluten, dairy, egg, nuts and soy).  They have a soft texture, but hold together well.  This recipe only requires one bowl and 8 ingredients.  So let’s get to it!

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Pinnertest Food Intolerance Test (Part 1)

If you’ve been following me for a while, especially via Instagram, then you are probably aware that my son and I did food intolerance testing back in November 2016.  Around that time, my son was having digestive issues and had developed a small rash around his mouth.  My husband and I decided to take him to our chiropractor and get a food intolerance test done in hopes of improving his digestion and eliminating any irritants.  I too decided to test for my food intolerances – mostly out of curiosity since I didn’t have any issues that I was aware of.

The test we did only tested for 90 different foods but tested for IgG and IgA antibioties.  Our results varied.  My son’s test results showed that he was intolerant to: dairy, eggs, chicken, hazelnuts and amaranth.  My results showed I was intolerant to: brewers yeast, bakers yeast, crab, chicken, eggs, mushrooms, kidney beans, sugar cane, and some dairy (the level of intolerance varied with yeast, eggs and crab being the foods I have the highest antibody levels for).

For my son, we cut out all of the foods he was sensitive to for 3 months.  Because I was (and still am) pregnant, I didn’t want to do a full elimination diet.  But I have cut way back on yeast and mold containing foods: kombucha, any foods with vinegar (like mustard), soft cheeses, dried fruit, yeast-containing bread/crackers (although I eat gluten-free, some of these products have yeast).

With these dietary changes, my son’s digestion normalized, his constant runny nose disappeared and his skin rash improved.  I’ve been feeling great too!  Zero bloating, swelling (even with pregnancy) and no digestive issues.

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Pinnertest recently contacted me and asked if I was interested in trying out their food intolerance test kit.  Although I have already done testing, I knew this was something I wanted to partake in for a few reasons:

  • Pinnertest analyzes your blood sample against 200 different foods (more than the 90 tested by my chiropractor)
  • I am curious as to whether my results will change, or look similar to my first test
  • I want to get my husband tested for food intolerances (he frequently gets headaches and suffers from seasonal allergies, so I wonder if this might help)
  • I want to have an easily accessible test to review and share with you in case any one else is interested in food intolerance testing

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Pregnancy Update: Week 35

Five weeks have passed since my last pregnancy update, so here we are at 35 weeks!  Roughly 5 to go (I’m selfishly hoping he arrives a little early).

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