SPLEEN QI DEFICIENCY UPDATE

Well it has been over a month since I altered my diet (once again…) to try to feel better; and I’m happy to report, it seems to be working! As you may have read before, despite being gluten free for over a year I still wasn’t feeling my best, I found myself constantly tired, inflamed, bloated and having a hard time digesting anything. At one of my weekly sessions my acupuncturist suggested I try following the Chinese dietary theory to heal my ” Spleen Qi Deficiency”. I have to admit I haven’t been totally strict in following the diet; I had a salad one day (which is a no no) but paid for it by yawning uncontrollably for the rest of the afternoon and feeling ‘blah’ in general. I have found that when I do follow the diet, along with remaining gluten free, that my energy level is up, bloat and inflammation are down, and I have no problem digesting my food. I would highly recommend trying this if eliminating gluten hasn’t been enough to get you feeling 100%! This is the perfect time of year to try it since the recommended foods are warm, comforting and filling. Let me know what you think!

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FABULOUS FIND

The Fabulous Find was actually a gift last Christmas from my aunt and uncle (they obviously know me so well!). It is an old post office box repurposed into a little combination safe, I use it to throw loose change from my husband’s pockets that I find laying around. It’s definitely the classiest piggy bank I’ve ever seen!

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COOKING SPAGHETTI SQUASH

I have become a BIG fan of spaghetti squash; not only is it loaded with vitamins A, C, B6 and niacin, it’s low carb, gluten free AND at only 27 calories per serving, compared to the 158 calorie serving of pasta, it’s the clear choice!
Although it cooks faster if you cut it in half before hand, I find that it’s a little hard to cut though uncooked, so I roast it whole before cutting it. There’s always something I can find to do with the extra time it takes to cook anyways!

Ingredients:

1 whole spaghetti squash

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Prick little holes with a sharp knife all over the squash (now is your chance to take out the frustrations of your day!). Place the squash in a baking dish and roast until tender, about an hour and 15 minutes, flipping half way through. Remove squash from oven and allow to cool. Once the squash has cooled enough to handle, cut it lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and scrape the flesh out with a fork, creating long strands.

At this point you can prepare it just like you would traditional spaghetti. One of my favorite ways to eat spaghetti squash is with tuna, drizzled with lemon olive oil, and topped with freshly ground pepper and Parmesan cheese. BUT, because it does have such fewer calories than its gluten counterpart, feel free to load it up with indulgent sauces and toppings!

 

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CHINA CABINET MAKEOVER

Before I went on vacation I undertook the task of making over the china cabinet that my husband and I inherited after his grandmother passed away. I knew I wanted to do something so that the beautiful china we also got really popped once displayed. I feel so honored to have inherited this china, it was my husband’s great great grandparents wedding china, and although I don’t know the year they were married, the stamp on the bottom indicates that the china was made between 1918 and 1921. You all know by now that I really treasure anything that connects me to people who had a hand in my future, but who I never got the chance to meet, so this is really special to me.

Here is a “Before” picture of the china cabinet:

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I started out by removing the metal detail over the glass so that the view into the cabinet wasn’t obstructed. I gave the cabinet a good cleaning with warm water and white vinegar, and primed it with an oil based white primer. I picked a white satin latex paint so the yellow and gold trimmed china really stood out, then I replaced the knobs with the awesome knobs by Daisy Mae Designs I picked up at The Country Living Fair .

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Once the cabinet was dry and all of the shelves were put back, it was time to put the china in!  Since the china had spent who knows how long wrapped in newspaper in storage, I spent one afternoon carefully hand washing every piece so it sparkled! This was no small task with this being a ten place setting collection complete with serving dishes! (I was so afraid I was going to break something!).

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Here is the finished product:

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Now that it’s done I admire it daily and I cannot wait for the day when my future family comes together to enjoy a meal off these like generations before have!

(I also wanted to share something else I found in the cabinet, these are my husband’s great grandparents wedding invitation, reception card, and a picture from their wedding day! I thought this was such an amazing find!).

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M.I.A.

Sorry things have been quiet around here, I’ve been getting ready for a much needed vacation! I leave today for North Carolina so prepare yourself for lots of fabulous finds and vacation tips for traveling gluten free!