My New Diet Restrictions… and the deliciousness that’s come from them!

Have I ever mentioned that I have food issues?

I mean I LOVE food! The more flavor the better!

I love food too much!

…but my digestive system is pickier than a three year old!

If you’ve followed me long, you know I have had Type 1 Diabetes for almost 25 years, and I’ve had Celiac Disease for around 20 years, and that cuts out about 70% of anything the regular American diet includes.

Well this pregnancy has made it much, much worse!

In addition to my typical no gluten diet, I am now on a no dairy, no brown rice, no quinoa, and no caffeine diet.

(I’m still weeping about the caffeine part)

So….what the heck do I eat?

I decided to try to eat more Alkaline, in hopes of healing my body…and honestly, I hoped a bi-product would be to not gain 60 lbs during this pregnancy.

As a Registered Dietitian, this is what I came up with for the specifics.

Stuff I can’t eat due to my digestive system:

No quinoa, gluten, brown rice, oats, caffeine, and very, very LOW dairy.

Healthy stuff I added:

No sugar, no butter, chips, nothing processed, (if an ingredient isn’t something I would cook with in my kitchen, then nope).

Very low meat.

Low meat mostly because I’m one of those weird people who has never liked meat and would pick all the hamburger out of my casseroles as a child (Except bacon. I mean who doesn’t like bacon). Using vegetable protein instead of animal protein is also a healthy choice and encourages me to eat more beans, legumes, tofu, nuts, seeds, broccoli, spinach etc.

Side note: this is the beef (pun intended) that I have with the Paleo diet. The site has two pictures of bacon….because they think it’s that good for you, but won’t let you eat beans! Seriously….how do they decide on this stuff? Beans and legumes are really, really good for you people! …and I’m truly sad to say, that bacon is not.

…sorry I digressed,

What else? Eating vegetables daily without cooking them, or eating them less cooked to save more of the vitamins.

So, are you asking what on earth I could be eating?

Healthy Foods

The answer is yummy stuff!

I have eaten so many really good recipes over the past month of eating like this!

(Thank you Pinterest)

I made a Pinterest board titled “Healthy Eating” that follows my diet guidelines to some extent.

You might see some noodles, or grains, but I just leave them out. If it has sugar as an ingredient, I replace it with honey or agave….you get the idea. (see side not at the bottom of page)

Here’s a run-down of a few I’ve tried and loved.

1. Banana-Chocolate Shake

2. Chia Breakfast Porridge * I eat this every morning. I drizzle some agave syrup across the top, and raisins (crucial in my opinion) and sometimes switch the fruit around. I was putting the toppings on plain yogurt instead of chia seeds, until the dairy started bothering me, but the chia seeds are actually pretty good.

3. Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding  * I added 2 tsp. agave or honey to each cup

4. Thia-Mango Cabbage Wraps  * OMGosh. These were so good. I ate like 7 of them at one sitting (no judging).

5. White Chicken Chili

6.  Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles *I replaced the soba noodles with rice noodles, but they still made me sick. Tasted great though! My daughter and husband finished it off for me. Next time I’ll make it without any noodles.

7. Tofu Vindaloo * This was also really good! My 4 yr old and I gave it two thumbs up! If you like Indian food, you’ll love it!

8.  Cowboy Caviar

 9. Quick Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Coconut Ginger Sauce *Another really good one! All my kids tried it and liked it! Who woulda thought?

This is going to become a weekly post (I hope). I’ll let you know what I’ve tried and which recipes were good.

What do you think?

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how good the recipes have been, and there are many more on my Pinterest board.

So follow along and be healthy with me.

*Side note: as a health professional I feel that low-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean meats (all in moderation) are part of a healthy diet. I just don’t include them personally for stomach reasons, or because I don’t like the taste…just reiterating so I don’t get hate mail. 



Monday Funday

 Welcome to Monday Funday! We are so happy you have joined us…


The Monday Funday Link Party is an 8 blog party where you can share your latest creativity including: diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all EIGHT of the blogs below, pretty awesome, huh?!

C.R.A.F.T. ~ Lines Across ~ Uncommon Designs ~ That’s What Che Said ~ Creatively Living ~ Club Chica Circle ~ A Night Owl Blog ~ Setting for Four


Hi I’m Katie from Creatively Living,

 You all have have stepped it up a notch with your projects! There were so many good ones linked up last week. It made choosing features tough!

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I couldn’t choose between featuring all the delicious fall food recipes, and all the incredible DIY projects, so I featured my top 5 of each. 
5 Fantastic Makeovers
DIY Floating Shelves by A Nurse and a Nerd
Master Bedroom Makeover with Paint by the Happy Housie
Re-purposed Drawer by Remodelando La Casa
Geometric Thread Box by Delineate Your Dwelling
Wicker Furniture Makeover by My Love 2 Create
5 of my Favorite Fall Recipes
Caramel Apple Pound Cake No Churn Ice Cream by The Cards We Drew
Caramel Apple Stuffed Waffles by Happy Food Healthy Life
Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake by The Playground is my Kitchen
Caramel Apple Crumble Bars by Mom on Time Out
Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies by Love Makes Good Cakes

A huge thank you!to everyone who linked up with us last week! If you were featured today or throughout the week on our social media accounts, please grab a featured button!

Creating Really Awesome Free Things

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A few things to remember:

  • Please link to a specific post on your blog, no Etsy shops. Also please click through to the tutorial and pin from the original source!
  • By linking up to Monday Funday you are giving the 8 blogs, listed above, the right to feature one of your photos on all of our SM outlets and blogs.
  • Click on lots of links and leave some comment love on posts you adore! That puts the FUN in Monday Funday!
  • We love to pin your projects to our boards and to the MONDAY FUNDAY PINTEREST BOARD!

Mid-Century Side Table Makeover

Since I incriminated myself yesterday by showing you some very candid pictures of my living room,

I figured today would need a little redemption.

A sign that it will get better….maybe slowly, but surly.


 Last winter I came across this cute little mid-century table for $7 at Habitat for Humanity.

I didn’t think I really had a place for it, so I picked it up to paint and sell.


Funny, but it somehow did find a spot in my home, and sat there as the kid’s coloring table, un-loved and quite ugly for months and months….

That was until I started the living room makeover a couple weeks ago.


Two coats of white Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, covered in clear wax, and some dark wax on the drawers,

and she was looking fine!

I’m still working on the art that will go above her, so I pulled her outside to do the photoshoot….no, she is not staying on my porch.

On Monday I’ll be flying somewhere awesome to do one heck of a blogging gig.

I’ll tell you all about it when they give me the go-ahead!

Have a good weekend!


The Living Room…..let’s begin again!

Hey everyone!

Good news. 

1. It’s fall!  Which means I can move on from boring painting projects (like painting the outside of the house), and onto interior work….my true love!

2. It’s the beginning of my 2nd trimester. Which means I’m not feeling like laying on the couch sleeping/nauseated all day. I can actually get something accomplished.

After a year of having NOTHING done on the inside …(ok, that’s not true, most everything is painted and the wood floors are finished. We finished the entryway and most the stairway,)  I’m SO ready to make this space my own. I’m starting in the living room, since it’s where people gather. I want it to reflect “us”. I want it to be cozy and beautiful.

This is where we started a year ago.

Living Room Before Collauge

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Monday Funday


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Adding Stripes to Spaces Clipboard!

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Monday Funday

Hey everyone!

So glad you joined us for the link-up!

This week I shared my “Healthy and Inexpensive” Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe knock-off. I love this one. It may save you your wallet and pants size!

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Cheap and Healthy DIY Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte…. (Yes! It’s possible!)

Fall is in the air, and the first trimester blahs are starting to pass, so this week I decided I would get back to healthy eating!

I figured it would be a good time to re-post this awesome healthified version of Starbuck’s beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Monday Funday

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the link up!

Ahhh! I realize I’m posting this late! I had it all ready to go and then I was driving my son to a friend’s house, when I saw a clawfoot bathtub on the side of the road a block from my house!

Well, of course I had to stop and get it… still had the claw feet and everything!

I guess I got a little distracted….

Anyways, this week I posted on my Urban Garden progress.

You can click on the link to read all about it’s craziness, but for now

…on to the party!

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Urban Garden …out of control!

Do you remember the Urban Garden I made from free Craigslist Junk?


…and my Free Flower Box Garden Art?


Well, I figured it was time to give you a quick update on it all.

I’ve been so sick the past two months (I’m pregnant if you haven’t heard), that I put my 8 yr old in charge of watering the garden, and my 5 yr old in charge of picking the produce, so as you can imagine…’s gotten a little out of control.

Urbane Garden Craziness

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