Monday Munchies and Meals: Pumpkin Muffins

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I love to cook!  I don’t always follow the directions, I use what I have, I avoid trigger ingredients and I go from there.  It has become part of my family’s lives.  My children love to measure, get out ingredients, mix, taste and see the results of their hard work.    And I love all the math, science,  reading, social, fine motor and even cultural lessons it provides.

Although cooking deliciousness is my goal, the process sometimes seems like  so much!  It’s a commitment to shop, prep, cook and clean up.  Often times it takes way longer than I’d like and uses way more energy than I have which is frustrating.

So I’ve decided to start a Monday Munchies and Meals series.  I hope to post a recipe each week in hopes of inspiring you to make something healthy and feel good about, being a  a snack or meal.  Why am I posting on Tuesday then?  Because life happens and I’ve been in bed with a killer migraine for the last 36 hours.  I wrote this post on Saturday after making  it last Monday and I couldn’t even open a computer to press “publish” for 2 days.

It isn’t always possible to cook everyday with having Migraines and living a busy life.  One recipe a week will be enough to share, make and encourage you to do the same.  So whether I post on Monday or Friday, you can make it whenever it fits your schedule and health also.  It’s meant to inspire, if you have an ok day, try it!  If you don’t, try again another day. 

If you like the recipe, please make it and share it with me.  I’d love to see your results and adaptions to Monday’s  munchie or meal of the week!!!  Post on facebook, twitter and Instagram and comment on the post to inspire others.

I do not follow a strict diet.  I avoid trigger foods but have not cut groups out of my life (gluten etc.).  I try to find recipes that are clean, real ingredients, that are anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense.  I am not a nutritionist and fully admit I eat way too much sugar.  I hope to share recipes that make me feel better and taste good.  If you have one you’d like me to try, please email me at mymigrainelife@gmail.com

This month I’m focusing on pumpkin.  Everyone loves pumpkin in the Fall and the benefits of it are great!

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Here’s the recipe I followed:

http://www.makingthymeforhealth.com/healthy-flourless-pumpkin-muffins/#_a5y_p=4349482

We ate these for breakfast, in lunches and as an after school snack.  Easy and great for grab and go.

Pumpkin Muffins

 

 

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Starting school, making friends and my hopes for my children’s future

As the school year begins, I have been thinking about my childhood a lot.  I actually have a friend who I have had since I was 5 and a neighbor that became family when I was in 4th grade.  Since then, I have gathered a great group that have made me who I am today.  My “oldest” friends are the ones who know a little piece of me that no one else knows does. They have been there since the beginning.

As the school year begins I think about how my children are starting their “beginning.”  When they go to school they hopefully will find forever friends like I did.  All too soon they will be listening to those friends more than they listen to me and that is terrifying.  Other influences will guide them through school, sports, nights out, big dances, academics and everywhere in between.

These are the people that they will laugh, cry, and grow with.  They will think that the world has ended with a break up and think that missing a party will ruin their lives forever.  They will lie to me, hide things from me, and grow in a blink of an eye.  I just pray that we have raised them well and that their choices in friends have had the same.

They are growing up in a world that is filled with so many more challenges than I ever had to face.  I think we are the first generation to say, it was easier when we grew up.  Social media didn’t run our lives.  Our bullies said it to our faces.  As cruel as it was, it wasn’t the massive amounts of people who can hide behind a screen to say words that crush someone’s soul.

Our football players fought with their fists.  Now they fight with guns.  I wasn’t fearful for my safety.  Columbine shook our lives with the unheard of massacre of many.  Now it’s a part of life that you can’t fly, go to school, the movies, work or a playground without being on high alert.

We didn’t sit at home searching the internet.  We were out riding our bikes and playing endless hours of baseball.  My neighbors watched me and an army of adults were in contact with my parents.  I was held accountable for my actions by everyone.

If I got in trouble at school, I would be sure to hear about it when I came home.  Being a teacher, my student’s parents would blame me for their child’s actions.  They had  little follow through with accountability thus raising an entitled generation with little remorse.

I trusted the teachers and coaches that I spent countless hours with to strengthen and make me a better person.  Are teachers even allowed to do that anymore, or do they just hand them standardized tests?

The only person taking pictures of me was taken by my mom to be put into a family album, not spread on the internet for the world to see.  I grew up with privacy and felt safe.  I have happy, happy memories of my adolescence but remember it not being easy.

My children’s lives will not just be uneasy, it will hands down to hard.  And as a mom I’m so worried about it all.  Right now their tiny hands fit in mine when we cross the street and I pick their play dates.

Some day they will be embarrassed of me and go places that I’m not sure exactly what that they are  doing.  At that point I will rely on the way that we have raised them and their  forever friends that they have chosen.

My babies will always be my babies and they will be thrown into a grown up world well before they will be ready.   As my daughter stands before me in her princess dress I can practically see it as a homecoming dress. I can only hope she wants a beautiful ball gown that makes her glow from the inside out instead of a skimpy dress that she feels appropriate in this overly sexualized world.

As my son runs around in his super hero shirt, I pray he will be safe and this world won’t need saving.  He thinks he can fly and has super strength.   He already has made everyone’s lives better that knows him.  I just hope his ambition and spirit never fades.

I see their innocent smiles and I just want to freeze these moments in time so I never have to see them cry.  I just want to hold them and keep them with me forever.  But I know I can’t do this.  I want and need them to find those forever friends to be something that I can’t.

I need my daughter to understand that although boys are great, every girl needs really good friends.  Men try their best to figure us out, but friends don’t need to.  They just get it!

Their friends will get them through things that really matter when they really matter.  I want them to accumulate all of the wonderful memories that I had and continue to have with my friends that I love so much.

I don’t feel old enough to say that I have friendships almost 30 years but I do.  I’m not sad about my age.  I am proud that I have achieved so much and created so many important relationships during this time.  I’m so happy that I am secure, confident, loved and stable in so many ways.

I no longer have people in my life that are unimportant and as a girl it takes a long time to be happy with yourself and I am.    Life can be so hard yet so wonderful.  I can just pray that my children find people to get through the hard parts of life that I can’t be there for and make the wonderful memories all that sweeter.

May they grow to be happy and healthy.  May they find forever friends who guide them to make good choices and as they guide others.  May they laugh and value people for who they are inside.  May they teach others while they learn so many lessons.   And please God, may they be safe!  As they leave my nest of safety I trust you will watch over them and that the good people of this world will do the same.

Sprinly, plant-based meal delivery

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This week I got another delivery from Sprinly, my favorite vegan fresh delivery meals.  If you live in the Cleveland area, I highly recommend them! Although Sprinly rewards me for my recommendation, I only write about products and services that I truly love and use!

I fully admit that I am not vegan.  Nor do I particularly love vegetables.  But Sprinly is some kind of wonderful and somehow gets me to love both!  I order them when I need a break from cooking, when I’m feeling like I need a reset in my diet and when I’m craving them.  I end up craving them because their meals are so delicious.  I feel so full from their meals and often can’t finish them in one siting.  I’m always so surprised by how satisfied I am after each meal but I guess that’s what clean proper nutrition tastes like.

What an inspiration to try!!!!!

To read more about Sprinly, here’s my review

If you are already a Sprinly customer (possibly by my recommendation;)) please vote for them for “Best of Cleveland 2017.”  Nominations are in and Sprinly has been nominated for “best local startup.”  Please go to the link, fill in the information and vote for Sprinly to receive this much deserved title.

If you live in the Cleveland area or know someone who does, please let them know about this amazing company.  It’s a great feeling knowing I’m eating good food, made my good people, trying to spread good vibes, all delivered to my door. YUM!

 

Monday Munchies and Meals: Pumpkin Oatmeal

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This week I was sick! I mean, really Migraine sick! It lasted an entire week and fluctuated from a 6-10 on the pain level scale. For anyone who has not lived at a 6 (feeling good) for a week and spikes of mostly 8 and 9, it’s not only hard physically but mentally! No matter how much I slept, I’m still exhausted. I spent most of the week in my dark room, throwing up, missing work, missing the Indian’s game, time with family and time from my life. It was miserable!
When I’m in a cycle of pain in a Migraine cycle, I also cycle my eating. I go from eating and craving everything in sight to not eating at all or throwing up what I eat. This is a harsh cycle because I’m triggered by food that I eat yet crave it horribly when I’m sick. I get so nauseous that I allow myself to eat whatever tastes good. Then I either throw up or my migraine spikes without getting physically ill  which in turn makes me sicker. It’s a loose loose battle.
So when I woke up on Sunday morning, I prepared my Monday Meal, pumpkin oatmeal. What better way to ease myself into food than this nutritious and easy recipe? I liked the idea of starting my day out, motivated to finally defeat this cycle and get ready for a new week. I was excited to spend some quality quiet time with my babies and so were they.
We gathered the ingredients and it only took about 10 minutes to make! I wish I would have made a double batch so we could have had more the next day for breakfast also (school days I do quick breakfasts and keep it moving).
After we made the oatmeal with pumpkin, I laid out some toppings to give each child more ownership and incentive to eat what they just made. They chose walnuts, craisins, and maple syrup. I have to say, it was delicious!
So for those of you who are struggling this week, this one is for you. Remember that different foods trigger different people and only you know what ingredients are best. This is an easy meal or snack that only takes 10 minutes. 10 minutes is enough for this week. I’ll take what I can get and hope for a better week. So far so good……

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Here’s the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 

Good!Greens Giveaway for Migraine Awareness

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So here it is….My next Migraine and Headache Awareness Month 2016

GIVEAWAY!!!!

This week is all about treating yourself well and fighting Migraine with food and fitness.  During the week I will be posting about how eating Good! makes you feel better and finding what makes your body feel better physically. I find that with migraines it’s so hard to eat well, workout, and take care of myself the way I’d like.  I hope that this week is a reminder and inspiration to do the best you can!

Please follow along via newsletter, facebook, twitter and Instagram.  They all offer a variety of migraine topics.

This week I will be giving away 2 Good!Greens swag boxes given to me by Good!Greens.  Although they were provided to me, my opinions are my own and I look forward to putting a smile on two lucky winners faces!

Each box will include:

o   A Good! tshirt with slogan

o   2 Stickers

                  Who doesn’t want to spread this message?  With so much negativity surrounding us maybe you can be a reminder of the Good!

o   A water bottle

            It is recommended to drink a lot of water with dehydration being a migraine trigger.  I drink as much water as I can to prevent and recover.

o   3 Good!Greens bars

My kids love them and so do I.  I buy a variety of bars and they always ask for

 Good!Greens.

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“Good is a mindset that drives everything we do and make. It’s about good ingredients, good practices and good community. At Good! Greens our goal is to help everyone be their best good. Whether it’s on the playing field, at school or in work – Good is what we eat, how we care for ourselves and care for each other, and it’s the promise we bring to the world in wellness, humanitarianism and spirit. Good drives everything we do, and we encourage others to do good as well.” Good!Greens

Check out Good!Greens post on Migraines

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