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Saving Money – Eating Gluten Free

One of my all time favorite lunches.  Steamed asparagus with some chicken and bacon, and some *fresh* carrot orange juice!

One of my all time favorite lunches. Steamed asparagus with some chicken and bacon, and some *fresh* carrot orange juice!

I love my dad. He taught me the ability to make a dollar stretch if need be.

I never knew how much I would need those skills until I became the one footing bills for things.

Being smart about money was a gift that helped in college and in married life. As a wife of a retailer, we have good years, and bad. Early on, we weren’t able to save or predict those bad years – so we went without.

That’s what we’re supposed to do when we can’t afford things.

Figure out how to make money to make it work, OR go without.

With living and eating gluten free, a big concern seems to be price – that some how living this way is “a lot more expensive”, and people can’t afford it.

In reality, it is only certain products that are more expensive, and yes – you might have to reprioritize your life to make it work. I’m going to share a tip with you regarding Vitacost. I love this company because they offer many supplements that I get, and food products as well. While we don’t eat many processed foods, because of their expense – and knowing real food is more nutritious, we do like to have a few options.

First off – I got to www.ebates.com If you don’t have an ebates account, you should. Even if Vitacost is the only place you shop online. (I’m sure it’s not). But any online shopping, you start at Ebates.
Why?

Because they will mail you a check quarterly in a rebate form, for your purchases that start there. Advertisers pay them to promote their brands, and in turn – part of that rebate is sent to the consumer. This is effective and cheaper for the stores than click-through advertising, plus it’s all in one spot!

So, often times I wait until I get a sale notification from Vitacost.com that they’re having a sale. Last week they had a sale for 12% off. I also got another 12% rebate from ebates in my ebates account. On a $550 order, I saved almonst $60!

Last year I no clue what were the best prices of things, but now I have ball park figure amounts, so if you don’t either – don’t feel badly, we all start somewhere. But it’s helpful to know, so I know when to stock up on things!!!

I realize most people don’t spend $550. We don’t either honestly, but sometimes when we have a large supplement order, and we are preparing for vacation stock up – we do. But you get the point. Over time – the savings adds up.

Then you get a nice little check in the mail… which they call the “BIG FAT CHECK!”

In the mean time – if you can’t do perfect, try to do your best. Don’t beat yourself up. Negative stress isn’t healthy either!! Not everyone can eat everything organic at first. I totally get that. But cutting gluten out of your life is one of the biggest health decisions you can make. That is a decision you won’t regret.

Both Vitacost and Ebates have referral programs where you can earn $$ too, when your friends and family use your name of who sent them. Other great way to add to your bottom line and help others you love!

“In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will set your paths straight.”

Proverbs 6:3

A Good Day!

All in all, I’m going to count today a good day… because tomorrow… I get blood work done that needs to be done.

And hopefully, within that blood work – we’ll have some hints into why it feels like my thyroid is off, and if the growing lump in my throat is anything to be concerned about.

They will be testing my:

FSH and LH (hormone levels)
CBC (basic blood work)

Cortisol and ACTH – which will tell me how my adrenal and pituitary glands are functioning.

Another reason it’s a good day?

Our recent Vitacost order came…

Which means…

Our stock of gluten-free/dairy-free “itsy-bitsy bears” is back in stock.

Happy Kids = Happy Mom

Not to mention – My bread is made for tomorrow and I’m ahead a 1/2 loaf for the week.  This is always a good position to be in.

My GF/DF organic blueberry/lemon poppy seed breakfast muffins are made for breakfast…

AND… I just finished homemade apple sauce.

Did I also forget to mention I got most of my workout in before 10pm and the weather was beautiful today?

Yes… I’d say I’m feeling quite accomplished through God’s strength today and very blessed!

Praise be to Him who gives us much peace!

“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

Psalm 29:11

 

 

I Don’t Feel Like Eating… But You Must!

Mix with 1 cup of SILK (35 calories), 1 banana and a cup or two of ice in the blender. DELISH!

Hello July!  It’s great to see you!  I’m not sure if it’s hot where you are… but the temperature has been FIRE HOT here.  Sometimes that can make us lose the desire to eat much… and I suppose that can be a good thing, if over eating is an issue for you.

One of the things I’ve encountered over the years, was a lack of a desire to eat.  Whether I was going out to eat some where new, vacationing, in a stressful situation…. most “events” revolve around food.

When you have GI issues, this can be a nightmare.  You don’t want to be rude… and you don’t want to be sick… and you don’t really want to worry about it – you just want to EAT!!

Inevitably someone might ask, “Did you try THIS?”  or “This is so great… aren’t you going to eat any of this?”

I always tried to say something short and sweet…. to the effect of, “No thank you….” or “I’m full….”  or “I try to stick with things I know don’t upset my tummy.”

That usually was followed up by strange looks, a rolling of the eyes… or some comment about how I never try new things.

Now that I’m over that… or rather, I’m picky with a health-reason…

I still have days at home – after I’ve made the children their sandwiches or lunch…  that personally I just don’t feel like eating.

It’s hot, I’m tired… nothing sounds very good.

I know I have to eat…. and getting the RIGHT calories are important too!

So in one of my last horrific bouts of my celiac in full digestive swing, I was desperate to keep food and calories in – and I did the unthinkable (for me).  I began drinking my meals to get and keep the most basic food in.  I started with just spinach and fruit smoothies with SILK and switched it up with a drink mix called Vega One.

So about 6 months ago, when my friend Taryn mentioned a drink mix (Vega One) – I sort of shrugged it off.  I wasn’t big into drinking calories.  After she knew I was drinking smoothies – she must have seen her chance, and I’m SO glad she did.

Little did I know how thankful I would be…  She claimed it was tasty (I got chocolate, of course!) and it didn’t have artificial junk in it… it was also gluten, dairy and soy free.  It was also only 138 calories and 1g net sugar in the mixture itself.  When it said, “ALL NATURAL” – for once, this brand means it.  We got it at Vitacost.

Now it’s my go to drink when I’m feeling kinda bunk and don’t have salad supplies on hand.  It’s a great supplement and it IS totally tasty.  I even ordered the Vanilla one for my kids who are now lactose free as well!  They also offer it in berry, and in smaller quantities.  The only thing is that I don’t use a full scoop, and it does warn about working your way up to the fiber in it.  Even with my fussy tummy, it’s never been an issue.

Yea!  A Winner! 🙂

What are your go – to supplemental drinks?

” Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water.  I will take away sickness from among you,”

Exodus 23:25

 

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