As I contemplate my preparation for TEOTWAWKI, or spiraling prices, or… whatever… I decided a few things needed to addressed about myself. I first started with a full nutritional exam, knowing that my hormones were way out of whack. Can we say menopause, hot flashes and mood swings?? Along with a variety of other issues that needed to be addressed.
Among those “other issues” is my weight. I went gluten-free March 2010, but my weight hasn’t changed. It is now 1 year, 3 months and 2 weeks since going gluten-free. I have decided it is time to get much more serious about my weight. TEOTWAWKI & overweight. The second will be a hindrance in the first. Not a good scenario in times of heightened stress.
One of the things I just started doing is going through the “Made to Crave” book and participating in an online support group as we go through the devotional. The devotional is a free download for the kindle. Though I do not own one of those there was also a free kindle application for the computer. You can get those here.
Is “carrying” excess weight a spiritual issue? YES! I have put my trust in food instead of the Lord. God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Author of My Salvation had designed each of us to crave… Him. Once Adam sinned in the garden our cravings turned from God to a multitude of other things.
For my ‘eating plan’ I am doing the following: first I am cutting my portions in at least half from what I normally eat and if I go back for seconds it can only be vegetables. I am also making the salad the larger portion of the entire dinner and usually some kind of salad for lunch. I figure this way I will have “shrunk” my stomach or appetite. From there I will be eating mostly grain free, greatly reducing the sugar & starches and increasing the fruits and vegetables.
For me, this is not a “diet”. Those are something you are on for a time and then you return to your ‘real’ eating. But putting all those hard lost pounds right back on. I am done with the yo-yo thing. This has to be a lifestyle change. And if I deprive myself of desserts, then that is all I think about. So they will be “allowed” just smaller portions and not as frequently. Also, my first “goal” is to lose 36 pounds. Does that sound like an odd number? When I reach that goal I will be at the weight I would consider the highest I ever want to weigh. I will then take 2 – 3 weeks to maintain that loss before continuing on with the next goal. Sort of a resetting of my metabolism “clock” or “gauge” or whatever “it” is. Set new goal, reach and stop to maintain, repeat.
I am also starting to exercise and am going to be doing T-Tapp. It seems to be the most comprehensive and doable program I have seen in a long time. I have done some of this before, but when I broke my arm I landed on my right knee. This has caused my knee to develop arthritis which is aggravated by doing… you guessed it, T-Tapp. My mom gave me some exercises that she does for her arthritic knees and they really help a lot! So I may be ready to resume T-Tapping.
So what does all this have to do with a breakfast cereal/mix?? As I thought about what we normally choose to eat for breakfast I realized those choices were mostly grains and wondered if eliminating or greatly reducing grains would help in my weight loss efforts. I had purchased an interesting non-grain breakfast cereal from Azure in the past and Arrow and I really liked it. I did not have The Patriarch try it yet. It was a pretty simple mix of seeds, nuts, dry fruits and some minimal spicing. Since I had all of these ingredients in bulk already, I tried making my own mix. It turned out really well!
I also realized that this breakfast cereal/mix would be a great preparedness food. It is made from things easily stored. It is simple to mix up a batch. It does not require any cooking in order to eat, but can be warmed up by using a hot liquid. It is naturally gluten, dairy and grain free. The individual ingredients are packed with good protein and vitamins & minerals. Without dairy it is high in calcium. It is a good source of fiber. It is gut healing/soothing. It keeps you satisfied all morning. It tastes great!
makes about 1 quart of breakfast mix.
2/3 cup buckwheat kernels
1/3 cup hulled hemp seeds
½ cup chia seeds
1 cup chopped dehydrated apples
2/3 cup raisins
1 cup chopped almonds (could also use sliced almonds)
1 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
4 TBSP raw sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
Measure out each ingredient into a bowl. Stir to mix completely. Store in an airtight container.
Serving size 2 TBSP mixed with ¼ – 1/3 cup liquid of choice (hot or cold). Stir well.
Wait 3 – 5 minutes, or until it thickens. Add fresh fruit as desired.
You could also sprinkle this on your oatmeal, yogurt, granola, or other hot gluten-free cereal.
Other flavor combinations I thought sounded tasty: dried peaches, pecans and cinnamon, dried strawberries and vanilla powder, dried pears and cardamom, dried apricots, pistachios and cinnamon, dried cherries and vanilla powder, dried blueberries, lemon zest and cinnamon. If you make any of these other combinations, please do stop by and let us know!
Mrs. R’s Breakfast Mix recipe based on Ruth’s Hemp Foods Chia Goodness cereal. Recipe is copyrighted. Please give credit to Mrs. R & Honey From Flinty Rocks and link back to this post should you share this. Thank you!