Day 25 Fri Food and Doctor

Breakfast at 5 a.m.: 1 1/2 piece gf raisin bread and a homemade protein smoothie (blueberries, crushed ice, hemp seed powder, plain yogurt), a few red grapes, a few red cherries

Lunch: fasting for blood test

Snack: a few almonds immediately after blood was taken at 3 p.m. ... I almost fainted because of low blood sugar.

Dinner at 6 p.m.: 2 pieces of gf bread w/turkey/peanut butter/pickles, banana, low sodium V8, broccoli, cauliflower, peach yogurt and YES, I was quite hungry!

Exercise: 10 minutes exercycle

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I made a comment on Thursday about how expensive it is to eat healthy. Now that I'm buying lots of fresh fruits and veggies, it seems like I'm spending a LOT more at the grocery. We're pretty much outta money but ... make the choice... gas for the car OR healthy produce? So I don't drive much.

My gluten-free Kid doesn't eat much meat but loves goat yogurt, cheese, eggs, seeds, bacon and certain nuts (those he doesn't react to). Will eat beans, peas and lentils if cooked with bacon and brown sugar. He also loves to eat tons of: strawberries, cherries, red grapes, blueberries, apples, pears and carrots. Eats dried: blackberries, mango, blueberries and peas. Tolerates and will eat if requested (fresh raw): yellow squash, zucchini, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce. (ssshhh... I usually dehyrate what we grow, grind into a powder, and add it to his pizza sauce ... sssshhh!)

Did you know that we recently bought a little house? It sits on 2 acres of the worst possible soil (read: sand). I've planted various fruit and nut trees, and berry bushes, but they are dying even with our amending the soil. Even the pines we planted for windbreaks are dying! So it's gonna be a while before we can harvest those foods coz I'm gonna have to replant. Very frustrating.

Meanwhile, we planted a garden with lots of store-bought potting soil. It took a while, but I think it's finally coming along. The corn might not be ready by the first frost, but we're hoping the yellow squash, zucchini, beans and tomatoes will be. Even a few peppers, melons and eggplant have started flowering! But it's a long way until we can eat what we grow and NOT buy from the store.

Then there's the animals.... we have 12 chickens but only one is laying (she's over 1 year old). Then there's the rooster, and 10 chicks that are 1-2 months away from laying. We're also getting 5 more laying hens from a neighbor who's getting out of the farming biz. Still... it's nice to have a fresh egg a few times a week, and the chickens sure do "fertilize" well!

We have 3 miniature goats (nigerian dwarf) but one is drying up so we can breed her in September. Another won't be old enough to breed until January, and the third is a wether (castrated male). We're getting a nubian milking goat from that same neighbor this weekend... she puts out 1/2 gallon a day! Sure do like that very fresh milk! Makes delicious yogurt and ricotta cheese, not to mention drinking it straight or having it in cereal (good for lactose-intolerant Hubby and my Kid who has a reaction to antibiotics and hormones in store-bought milk).

Next year we'll get bees and work on the herbs. And we can't let our animals free-range on our little 2 acres until we can afford to fence the perimeter.

See? I guess if we're just patient enough, we'll have all the fresh fruit, veggies, eggs and milk we can handle. Good for living healthy.

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Today is Weigh-Day. Will post it a little bit later.

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