Welcome to our Crazy…
Whew, it’s been a busy, fun, exhausting, and sometimes overwhelming past few weeks since being back in Bloomington. I finally feel like I can catch my breath and sit down and update you all on what’s going on in our lives! I’m just going to jump right in!
A few weeks ago I had a follow-up appointment with my new doctor here in Bloomington to go over my bloodwork test results. A little back story… For about the past 8 years, I’ve had some different health issues and weight issues that have been difficult or impossible to treat/get to the bottom of. During the first few years, I was put on birth control, an inhaler, steroids, anti-anxiety meds and more, none of which seemed to be working to address any of my symptoms. About three or four years ago, I decided to go off all my meds and try a more natural lifestyle to address my symptoms and get healthier. While this has made me feel better overall, there were still health issues that needed to be addressed, as well as a complete inability to lose weight, while it was all too easy to gain weight despite a very healthy diet. I have been wanting to see a naturopath/functional medicine doctor for a few years now, but unfortunately, since they cannot be licensed in some states (Michigan and Indiana included), insurance does not cover their services and it can get very expensive.
Fast forward to this summer when we sold our house. Even though we will be living off the proceeds of our sale while Nate is in school (he worked so hard and got a full-ride so we don’t have to worry about tuition!!!) and I stay home for the next two years, Nate and I talked and decided that I should take some of that money and invest it in my health. I found a naturopathic doctor here in Bloomington and had an appointment in the middle of July to get some testing done. Fast forward again a few weeks later and I returned to her office to go over my results. During our appointment, she showed me that my hormone levels were pretty out of whack. I was suffering from some pretty severe Adrenal Fatigue, PCOS and a few other things that needed to be addressed. She advised me to take some prescribed supplements, and change my diet. This diet change, while not too far off from one I was already eating (mostly Paleo), did eliminate the majority of meat from my diet. While eating Paleo, grass-fed meats were my go-to easy foods if I was in a rut or needed something quick. This diet change started what would be an overwhelming and busy two weeks trying to find new foods that my family and I would enjoy. The change in my diet and addition of supplements however, has already started to help and I already feel better- what a huge answer to prayer! (I have since lost almost 10lbs in just a few weeks and am starting to have so much more energy and less “brain fog”). I’m hoping that I wont have to visit my new Dr. quite as often in the future because $$$, but for now, I’m so grateful that I took the leap and started to focus more on my health.
Another BIG change for us, was our whole family starting our school year. Nate had 2 weeks of school prep at the beginning of this month, but as of this week has officially started his MBA program. The first semester of Nate’s program is called CORE and is a very intense few months where he is incredibly busy with a large course load of intense core classes to prepare him for the rest of his program. The kids and I also really started to dig in to their homeschooling school year. All these are expected things that are going well, but add to the busy of life.
On August 11, Nate sustained a pretty severe knee dislocation while playing basketball with some classmates. This has added quite the plot twist to our time here in Bloomington. He is on crutches and has a special “J” Brace to stabilize his knee. While he *hopefully* will be able to avoid surgery, he has to complete a few weeks of physical therapy and really take it easy when he is able to (pretty much only during his limited time at home during CORE). Thank the Lord that as a part of his fellowship, Nate has medical insurance through school that started on August 1st and has pretty decent coverage. We haven’t received any of our medical bills yet for his ER visit, X-Rays, MRI, Physical therapy or Sports Medicine follow-up, but we’re optimistic that they wont be too bad with his insurance coverage. The kids and I have been doing our best to keep him comfortable and force him to sit and relax when he is able. We also got a good sense of campus life driving him to school the first few days after his injury when he was in the most pain and didn’t want to walk on crutches a large distance from student parking to the Kelley School of Business building. A big shout out to some of his amazing classmates who have been so helpful while he’s at school and I can’t keep an eye on him. One classmate in particular, drove him to the hospital and stayed with him for over 4 hours till he was discharged right after the injury. Thank you!!! Nate’s doing better every day and the swelling is finally starting to decrease so hopefully he can be off crutches in the next 2 weeks or so.
We are looking forward to the next few weeks of more adjustments and settling into our new routines (we’ve been living in Bloomington for almost 7 weeks already!). My parents were able to visit for an extended weekend this past weekend, and some of Nate’s family will be visiting us over Labor Day weekend. We LOVE spending time with family and it definitely helps us break out of our funk and have something to look forward to. We will be back in MI for a quick trip at the beginning of October for Lincoln’s birthday so that will be something to look forward to as well.
Well, there’s our autobiography for the past few months. We are so blessed with the life we’ve been given and despite these stresses, I know that they pale in comparison to so many others and I am so grateful for that and try to use that perspective to keep a positive attitude, even in the worst of times. Well, if you made it this far, your reward is this recipe for these Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies I recently made from https://littlebitsof.com/2018/08/paleo-chai-spiced-cookies/ (Recipe created by Erin @erinliveswhole). They’re soooo yummy and the perfect treat to eat while you anticipate the coming of Fall! Thanks for following along with our journey!
Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt (if using unsalted almond butter)
- 1/3 cup chopped cashews (Optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F and prepare parchment lined baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, combine almond butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, maple syrup and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, mix together almond flour and coconut flour.
- Add in spices, baking soda, and salt.
- Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir to combine.
- Add in cashews.
- Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Scoop about 2 Tbsp dough either using a cookie dough scoop or spoon onto baking sheet, pressing down slightly.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes and let cool completely.
- I topped mine with extra sea salt for an added touch.
- Store on counter for up to 3 days or in freezer.