Thursday, June 13, 2013

Food Sensitivities Musings

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So, recently I was diagnosed with quite a few food sensitivities that I just wasn't expecting. When the diagnostic panel came back, the fact that my body is highly sensitive to wheat, rye, barley and gluten was no surprise since I have Celiac disease (actually, my body is intolerant of these foods, there is a difference). What surprised me, is that number wise, my body is more sensitive to coconut (0.613), oats (0.899), and black walnuts (0.688), than it is to wheat (0.609); bakers yeast and sesame are also high on the list. And these are only the things I'm highly sensitive to! There are things that I eat all the time (asparagus, carrots, celery, garlic, peanuts, and sunflower seeds) that I'm mildly or moderately sensitive to.

Honestly, I feel myself sinking into depression over this, and the full diagnostic panel hasn't even come back yet. It's so discouraging when all the foods mentioned above are healthy foods, things I was putting in my body thinking it was good for me, and realizing I wasn't doing myself any favors.

I'm at a crossroads right now. I can choose to let this get me down or I can choose not to play victim. Even though I'm crying as I type this, I'm choosing not to play victim. Sure, there are going to be times that I'm just sick of my diet restrictions, but I really want to focus on what I CAN have as apposed to what I can't have.

Honestly, this is going to be tough! I go through a box of granola cereal a week (think oats and coconut, 2 big no-nos!). There are so many things on this list that I eat all the time, but I want to feel better. I'm tired all the time. My joints ache often. Sometimes I just feel so foggy headed with no explanation. I'm 21 and feel 81. I'm realizing that there is going to be very little processed food that I can eat. Call me crunchy, but I'm ok with that. I've just got to start making more kitchen staples out of Lurly kosher* foods. And thank goodness coffee isn't on the no-no list!

*Lurly kosher is a term coined by my husband for foods that are ok for me to eat.

PS. I haven't forgotten about part 2 of the birthcontrol posts! If y'all follow my blog, you know I'm not consistent at posting. It will get there eventually ;-)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

That Post About Birthcontrol, Part 1

I don't know why, but for some reason this picture fits.

So, these posts has been on my heart for a while. I've been mulling over in my head what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. I mean, does my limited readership really want to know how Garett and I feel about birthcontrol and how we go about that? I don't know, well scratch that, at least two people care because they've sent me personal messages on Facebook asking. So, if you do care, this post is for you. If you don't care, then feel free to do with these posts as you wish.

So, before I get to the "how", I'd like to explain our "why." I don't take chemical birthcontrol in any shape, form, or fashion. Yes, while some of you scratch your head wondering, "How in the world is she not pregnant?" and other of you immediately start planning my church baby shower, let me explain why. 

Firstly, chemical birthcontrol *can* cause an early term abortion. While you will have to dig for that information and while your doctor may not tell you that upfront, it's true. Chemical birthcontrol has 3 basic "jobs" 1) To prevent ovulation, 2) to thicken cervical fluid so that the sperm has a more difficult time getting to the egg if by chance there is breakthrough ovulation, and 3) to change the lining of the uterus to make it difficult if not impossible for a fertilized egg, aka a baby, to implant. As a Christian, it's number 3 that really pricks my conscience. I just can't knowingly take medication that has the purpose of preventing implantation. My friends, Cindy and Amber, have written on this topic as well and have done their research. If you'd like more information, check out their blog posts.

Lastly, I just don't want to put all those chemicals in my body. The possible side effects just aren't worth it. Blood clots, depression, mood swings, and low libido just to name a few. I don't want to take medication to stop a bodily function that is working exactly the way it is supposed to be working. I wouldn't take meds to cause an imbalance in my skin or to cause my heart to pump less blood or change the lining of my stomach so that it has a harder time digesting food. That's just counter intuitive. So why would I want to affect my fertility in such a way? That just doesn't fly in the Playing Household. 

Before I sign off for part 1 of this series, I don't want this to come across as judgmental or mean or anything like that. I just want couples to know that there are other options and maybe cause people to think. So please, be kind in your comments and hold out for the rest of the series before calling me crazy. And if you still think I'm crazy when this is all over with, I'm ok with that ;-)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What's Been Going On The Past Few Weeks... AKA, Why Lori Lynn Still Hasn't Posted Her 2013 Bucket List

Favorite picture of us from Alex and Linz's wedding!
Seriously, I meant to post this like 10 days ago, but wow, life's been a little bit crazy! Let me give y'all a brief overview of the past few weeks.
Weekend before Christmas: My car (the one with good tires) decides it needs to give us problems... yeah...

Dec 24: Courtesy of Hubby's parents we get new tires for Christmas on Hubby's car (the reliable one)! Woot! We go out to PF Chang's for Christmas Eve dinner and come home and talk for a few hours and then watch the Help. Best Christmas Eve ever <3

Dec 25: We drive 2 hours to Hubby's parents house and have a quiet Christmas day. So relaxing!

Dec 26: We leave Hubby's parents house around 6 or so (maybe earlier) to take me to the airport in Tulsa so I can go to Denver, CO.

Dec 26-30: In Denver for my best friend Linz. I was totally honored to get to be her Maid of Honor at her lovely wedding on Dec 29! Whirlwind few days filled with laughter, tears, long talks and little sleep.

Dec 29 (that night after the wedding): Feeling a little scratchiness in my throat... oh no....

Dec 30: Flew home to my Hubby after morning worship. So happy to be home with him!

Dec 31- Jan 2: Home, feeling sick as a dog. Dr said I had the flu, I said I had an upper respiratory infection. The Dr was wrong...

Jan 3: Flew to see family in AL. The trip wasn't too bad till the last leg. My fever started going up and I had to speed walk from one side of the Charlotte airport to the other so that I didn't miss my flight.

Jan 3-8: In AL. Sick most of the time, but still able to function. Woke up the morning of the 7th feeling like death warmed over. Thankfully my old pediatrician let me come to the office. Told me I definitely didn't have the flu (which I knew all along) and that I had a bronchial infection (which I was pretty sure of) and gave me antibiotics, steroids and decongestants to aid in feeling better. Started running a really high fever later that day questioning my ability to make it home.

Jan 8: Thankfully the meds started working quickly and I wasn't feeling great, but was feeling well enough to fly home. Joyful reunion with the Hubby <3

Jan 8-16: Home. Feeling better but still getting tired pretty easily. I *finally* took my Christmas tree down... it never really fully became decorated... Trying to get back into the swing of things. Also, I've got an appointment next week with a family Dr. that one of our elders recommended (said elder is also a Dr). The past few times I've been sick I've gone to a walk-in clinic. I like that walk-in clinic, and have had great experiences with the Dr and NP (except for the last time of course. That Dr. didn't really listen). Unfortunately though, I get sick, often. I need some more personalized care than just whatever Dr happens to be in the office that day. 

I had big plans for January. I was going to clean my entire house and work towards keeping it that way (I'm a MUCH better cook than housekeeper). I had personal goals and spiritual goals and crafting goals and cooking goals. But... sometimes life just happens. I'm not saying that these goals won't be addressed, but for now they are taking the back burner. My biggest goal for January? Get well and stay well! Have any of y'all had to change your 2013 goals due to events beyond your control?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Cons Outweigh The Pros

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While watching a documentary on Netflix following doctors from their early days of medical school through being a practicing physician, one of the doctors (after being a practicing physician for a number of years) was talking about the negative effects of alcohol on the human body. He said that he has seen more people die due to alcohol, whether by drinking it or alcohol related accidents, than by cancer or any other illness. Some may say, "I only drink socially. I don't drink to get drunk." But I want to ask, "Why take that chance?" Someone I know personally started drinking one glass of wine a night for health reasons about 11-13 years ago. Now this friend is an alcoholic, been arrested for drunk driving, no longer has the job they trained for, and no longer has their children. This just saddens me. Please know, I don't hate people who drink. Quite the contrary! I just know that there are so many negative effects of drinking that it just makes my heart sad.

Proverbs 20:1 "Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise."

Proverbs 23:29-35 "Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.'They hit me,' you will say, 'but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it!' When will I wake up so I can find another drink?'”

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Playing House's Favorite Money Saving Sites

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Just a few minutes ago I posted on Facebook how sad I was that there were NO COUPONS in today's paper :'-( Anyhoo, one of my friends asked me if I had any tips on matching ads to coupons to help save time. The past couple of times I have done it myself, and it did take a couple of hours. For me, that's ok. I'm a housewife with no kids. Hey, if I'm saving money, I don't mind spending a couple of hours matching coupons and ads! Plus, I'm a nerd so I actually think the process is fun. I can see how this process would be many times more difficult if you had children though! There are some websites that I hear are great, but I haven't checked them out yet, so that's another blog post.

This is about my favorite money saving blogs! Sometimes these blogs post coupons, sometimes they post good deals found in store or on the internet. My absolute favorite is when the post freebies!

1) Budget Savvy Diva 
       I've been following Budget Savvy Diva casually for a few months. A month or two ago is when I started really paying close attention to her posts. She posts every hour, on the hour about great internet deals, hot coupons, and freebies. I like to check her site at least 2-3 times a day through Google Reader because sometimes you have to act fast to get the deals that she posts. I haven't bought a whole lot of the things she has recommended so far, mostly because I just didn't need to spend the money. I have signed up for lots of freebies! None have made it to my doorstep yet because it usually takes 6-8 weeks after signing up for the product to make it to you. 

BSD also posts frugal recipes and household hints. If you are going to follow only one money saving blog, this is to one to follow!

2) Gluten Freely Frugal
     This site posts a lot of gluten free deals and coupons. Gluten free food can be VERY expensive, so any little bit helps! While this site's main focus is on a GF lifestyle, she posts deals and coupons that aren't GF as well as non-food items. I was notified of a Staples deal for a free pack of printer paper (no longer live). This is a hot deal for me since I print a lot of coupons!

GFF also posts recipes.

3) The Peaceful Mom
    The Peaceful Mom is a savings blog mixed with a lifestyle blog. Like the others, she posts deals and coupons. I got a free Ted Dekker book thanks to a post from TPM! One of her children has to eat GF for medical reasons, so she posts GF meals and deals as well. She is also quite open and honest about her family's financial situation and posts practical tips to living well on a tight budget (see her series about Living on Less Than $28,000/yr).

**Remember, just because you see a really awesome deal on one of these or any other sites, you aren't saving money if you 1) don't have to money to spend, or 2) won't use the product! Shop wisely and have fun!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carmel Apple Cider

Y'all, Pinterest makes me look like an awesome cook. I mean, seriously, whenever I take a Pinterest recipe to a social gathering people rave over it! I feel kinda silly claiming it as my own since all I did was follow someone else's directions.

Anyhoo, I have 3 Christmas parties this week and 2 people have asked me to bring "my" recipe for apple cider. I drink a lot of apple cider in the winter time. To me, this recipe is good, but nothing special. Everyone else thinks it's amazing... anyhoo. 

So, If you want everyone to think you're the best apple cider maker in the world, take this easy peasy recipe with you!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Girl Talk: Dealing With "The Cramps" With Essential Oils

If there are any dudes reading this post, you probably want to leave... in stop reading... in leave this site... in this post ain't for you...

So yesterday, I was singing this to myself...

My lady friend paid a call and was not only toying with my emotions, she was also causing me great pain. Yesterday morning I took 2 Advil (as is my normal course of action for said cramps) and felt much better. Unfortunately, the pain meds started to wear off in the midst of my grocery shopping trip. Once I got home, I was in the kind of pain you can feel all the way to the bottom of your feet. Yeah, no fun. I really really really didn't want to take another Advil yet, so I decided to look for some other options.

About a year and a half ago I bought a starter kit from an essential oils company. I used them for a while and loved them, but eventually just got out of the habit till recently. I pulled out my big book of essential oils to see if I had any recommended for cramps, and it turned out I had 2!

I just spread a couple of drops of lavender and then a couple of drops of peppermint on my lower abdominal area and had relief in minutes. Seriously, had I taken pain meds it would have taken probably 20 or 30 minutes for it to help. I was feeling miserable and then 5 minutes later feeling MUCH better! Woot! I was still tired, and my feet were still hurting a little (but not as bad). Resting on the couch with a heating pad helped out a lot, too. In the future, I definitely will be using these before I used Advil. 

One thing to remember: If you are going to try this be sure to get essential oils and not scented oils. For reasons why, click here.

Also, I am not a doctor or an essential oils expert. I'm simply sharing what has worked for me.