Hi Friends, I mentioned before that this time of transitioning to real food, including my weight loss, has been such a spiritual journey for me. God has used all of this to reveal to me that I do not have to stay the same in any area of my life and he never meant for me to live defeated. I used to think things about myself like “you will never change, you know nothing about nutrition, why even try because you will surely fail, etc…” Every time I would hear of someone fairly young dying of disease it would send me into a tailspin of fear. I felt helpless and scared to trust God…until now.
Somehow having my little Ruthie naturally after having a C-section with my son did something to my spirit. I came alive. I did something that I wasn’t quite sure I could do and I never felt more empowered in my entire life. God used my amazing childbirth experience to show me that my body is capable of much more than I thought. This may sound strange, but it was my first experience of reward from physical exertion. I did not grow up playing sports past seventh grade and I rarely exercised other than walking several times a week in the evenings. Having Ruthie was just the beginning of my realization that my decisions regarding my body, whether in childbirth or grabbing a quick snack, have a profound effect on my mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
My new mentality is “you CAN change, you are learning everything you can about nutrition, and you truly are doing the best you can to eat in a way that prevents disease”…I also want to mention that a huge factor in most diseases is our environment and I fully recognize that there are many things about my environment that I cannot control. However I can control what goes into my mouth so it is empowering to know that in eating as much real food and as little processed food as possible, I am making a choice that fuels my body and prepares it for a higher degree of success if disease does come. All that to say, I hope it inspires you to know that people truly can change, because I did. And I’ll tell you that some special dreams have been birthed in me from all these changes. Can’t wait to share soon!
I bought some farm fresh eggs this week from Homestead Farms and can I just say, there is nothing like a truly farm fresh egg! I decided to make a vegetable quiche with a whole wheat crust. Never in my life have I made a homemade pie crust and I don’t know why not because it’s easy peasy and contains three simple ingredients! Nelson and Noah both loved this quiche and this is the magical dish where Noah ate spinach he could actually see!!! Because of all the dairy in the quiche it will be more of a special meal for us than the norm, however the more research I have done, the more I am finding that when consuming dairy, full fat, raw, and grass fed are the best for our bodies. Here’s the recipe:
4 farm fresh eggs
1 cup fresh baby spinach (I used spinach because it’s what I had, however broccoli or kale would be fantastic too!)
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup milk (I used raw goat milk)
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used raw organic cheddar)
Crust: 1 and 1/4 C whole wheat flour, 7 tbs. grass fed butter, 1 tsp salt
*Process the flour, cold butter, and salt until powdery (I used my Ninja Pulse, you could use your food processor or Kitchenaid Mixer) and add 1 tbs of water at a time until the crust becomes moldable. It took me about 2 tbs of water. Then pat the mixture into your pie pan. You can refrigerate the crust for an hour and then roll it out, but I’m not very patient and immediately patted it into the pan…seemed to work out just fine:o)! Bake pie crust for 7 minutes at 450 degrees. While crust is in oven, mix eggs in a bowl and add the spinach, tomatoes, garlic, milk, and cheese. Then change the oven temp to 350. Pull the pie crust out and pour in egg mixture (see below). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit! Let me know if you try it. I’m sure a variety of vegetables would be wonderful in your quiche!!! And I had to taste the quiche first before telling you about it to make sure it was yummy of course!
P.S. I recorded the hummus tutorial but for the life of me cannot figure out how to get it on my computer. My i-movie is having major issues! My husband is helping me and hopefully it will be up by the end of this week!!!