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Meal Plans Week of 3-31-13

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Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed!! Happy Easter everyone!

gluten free sugar cone with homemade mint chip ice cream – pure joy 🙂

Finally a not quite so busy week. It’s spring break, so we get a break from our usual activities and will be doing some family stuff. Probably the children’s museum and the zoo. Hopefully the weather is ok. The last few days have finally felt like spring, and we’ve been enjoying lots of time outside. Hopefully that continues.

Last week I was very busy in the kitchen. So I’ll take a few days of break this week. Maybe later in the week I’ll start some gluten free bread experimenting. And I need to work on cake and pizza dough. I still haven’t decided if we’ll do all gluten free for Rebecca’s birthday party or not. But if we do I want to be able to make it half way taste good 😛

Rebecca had a UTI last week, so she had to take antibiotics. I’m trying to give her lots of healing, nourishing, easy on the gut foods now.

This week is also Justin’s birthday. He requested a chocolate coffee cake. I’ll have to modify it a bit to make it healthier. Maybe I’ll even try making it gluten free 🙂

My other to-do is finalize some birthday party plans. I have a general idea about most of it. But it’s time to talk details.

On the health front it’s been another rough week. I think there was some die off again since I started new probiotics. But on top of that is a big inflammatory reaction to something. I have this periodically. I’ll be doing well, my weight is steady, my skin is clear and then all of sudden it’s like a puff up like a balloon. And it’s hard to figure out what causes it. Is it from pure stress (we have been busy, and I have been stressed about some things)? Is it lack of sleep (which is the same as stress to the body, and I didn’t get quite as much sleep last week with all of my early mornings of baking)? Is it diet related (I haven’t been 100% strict about rotating every component of my diet…I do well with proteins, grains and veggies, but not so much with fats and sweeteners. And I hope I haven’t developed a new food sensitivity that I’m not aware of)? It’s hard to say. All I know is it’s back to bloated/puffy/fluid retention/weight gain (it’s not “real” weight…just fluid and inflammation…and it feels awful…I put on about 3 lbs. in one week), digestive problems, bad acne/painful cysts, red eyes, bad headaches, pain in my legs from swelling, moody. It’s like all of my insides are inflamed and swollen from head to toe…and I can feel it and it shows on the outside (strechy pants, anyone? :P).

This is when I’m not quite sure what to do. Do I need to adjust my diet? Do I need to sleep more? Do I need to take a step back from all the stuff I’m doing? YES ;P

I’ve been trying to get a little extra sleep the past couple days. I’ve also been doing some detox baths and foot soaks to get some junk out and absorb more magnesium. Unfortunately it takes quite a while for things to calm down. I need to be more strict with my rotational eating. And I need lots of healthy fat, soft vegetables and healing foods like broth and gelatin. Hopefully a week without our usual to-do list will help too. I want to get my body back to calm…and figure out how to keep it that way! After listening to Matt Stone’s talk last week I was reminded of just how important sleep can be. He suggests 10 hours a night when healing. He obviously doesn’t have little kids to take care of 😛  But I’ll work on it. I’d be happy to just get 8.

I really enjoyed listening to some presentations from the Healthy Life Summit last week. There will be a replay of the top five presentations tomorrow. And there are still a few more days to get the discounted price for the whole summit. Only $79 (60% off).

On to the menu. Trying to keep it simple so we can just relax this week.
S (church) D2
  B – granola w/ milk, berry yogurt (Justin), beets, snap peas, white rice scone (Mary), yogurt w/ blueberries (R/A)
  L – egg salad sandwich, hot dog, broccoli, chips w/ salsa, snap peas
  D – ham and cheese (plain and sandwich), yogurt, broccoli, beans, chips, fruit, snap peas

M (children’s museum) D3
  B – yogurt, muffins, orange (Justin), pumpkin salmon cake, pumpkin (Mary), yogurt, gf bar (R/A)
  L – chicken cheese sandwich, chips, peaches, beans (family); goat milk yogurt w/ blueberries, amaranth bar (Mary)
  D – TBD

T (zoo) D4
  B – yogurt, granola bar, strawberries (family); coconut flour squash scone, squash (Mary)
  L –  crackers w/ turkey and cheese, beans, popcorn, applesauce (family); cucumbers, tuna sour cream salad (Mary)
  D – TBD

W (make kefir) D1
  B – yogurt, muffins, banana (Justin), garbanzo flour scone, broccoli, cauliflower (Mary), yogurt, gf bar, banana (R/A)
  L – pb/honey sandwich, olives, popcorn, applesauce (family); snap peas, chicken (Mary)
  D – scrambled eggs, toast, sauteed veggies

Th (make gf bread, Dr. M., Dr. S., make ice cream, bake cake, strain kefir, make smoothies) D2
  B – scrambled eggs, muffins, fruit (Justin), salad, scone (Mary), scone, fruit (R/A)
  L – grilled cheese, fresh pea soup
  D – baked pork chops, seasoned rice, beans

F (bake cake, library, Justin’s birthday) D3
  B – smoothie, granola bar (Justin), gm yogurt w/ fruit, amaranth bar (Mary), smoothie (R/A)
  L – chicken and cheese paninis, broccoli (R/A), pumpkin soup, amaranth bar (Mary)
  D – gf salmon cakes, corn, homemade french fries

S (make gf pizza dough, make scones) D4
  B – yogurt, granola, fruit (Justin), coconut flour scone, squash (Mary), yogurt (R/A)
  L – homemade pizza (family), sour cream w/ raisins, cucumber (Mary)
  D – grilled steak, baked potato, peas


D1: chicken, dry beans, garbanzo flour, lentils; broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower

D2: white fish, pork; white rice, teff; green bean, lettuce, peas, beets; pear, cranberry; coconut milk

D3: turkey, salmon; amaranth, tapioca; asparagus, pumpkin; coconut water, goat’s milk yogurt, blueberry, raspberry

D4: tuna, beef, cream, sour cream; coconut flour; cucumber, squash, zucchini; grapes; raw milk


  1. Renee Kohley says:

    My oldest had a UTI 2 weeks ago too – it was awful – she woke up screaming – she is almost 4 so it was pretty scary for her. She is super verbal though and could tell me exactly what was wrong. I ended up taking her in that morning to do the urine test and the dip stick test said no infecting but when he spun it down there was bacteria there – he said we caught it fast – still prescribed the PINK antibiotics which I filled BUT I have a pharmacist mother in law who has really converted and had her eyes opened to natural healing (it is SO cool!) and I called her to find out if I should do the abx or something like cranberries – she was definitely for trying straight cranberry juice and a ton of vitamin C as long as she wasn’t screaming in pain which after that first morning attempt to pee she really wasn’t complaining of too much pain and she was able to urinate – so I filled the rx just in case (I didn’t want to be up in the night with a screaming 3 year old over the weekend!) and we did the juice and C and by the next day she wasn’t complaining of anything and peeing like normal. I started up some probiotics just to boost the immune system and we did the juice and C for almost a week just to be sure but it looks as though it is cleared up! I was SO shocked at the dye in the abx as well….

  2. Mary Voogt says:

    Good to know. I figured there had to be a more natural treatment. But when my daughter was crying in pain I wanted to get her help as soon as possible. Live and learn, right? 😛

  3. Sara says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy posting last week! I will have to come back and check out all the recipes you posted… I barely had time to read this one.

    Have a good time this week! Hope you can get some extra sleep and relax. During the week, I usually get 5-6 (usually 6) hours of sleep per night, but on the weekends I usually get 8-10. We don’t set alarms on the weekends anymore, so we get up when the kids get up (they are both usually awake around 7am). You should try it one weekend. It really is so nice.

    Looking forward to seeing some pics from your trips to the children’s museum and zoo! I think we are going to either FCM or Sloan on Thursday this week with some friends from preschool.

    Happy Easter, Mary! Wish you guys were here to celebrate with us today.

  4. Sara says:

    Hope you start feeling better soon, too! And I think it’d be awesome to do R’s party totally gluten free! Show everyone that it can taste good. That’s my favorite thig to do with dairy-free… Since everyone is always like “so what CAN you eat?” 😉

  5. Mary Voogt says:

    Thanks, Sara. I agree. I was thinking the same thing about a gluten free party. The hard part is I don’t have much time to experiment before needing the finished product. I think the cake will be pretty simple. Pizza crust is a little harder. But I’ll try. When I get the menu finailzed I’ll let you know what will be dairy free. The cake will not be, but there should be plenty of other food that is. I might even make some coconut milk ice cream if I have time 🙂

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