Maple Turkey Sausage Patties(LC/DF/GF/SF)

Afternoon all, trust everyone has recouped from the after effects of watching the solar eclipse yesterday. I know a lot of folks were complaining of having headaches, eyes were burning, and feeling tired. If you’re still not feeling well I pray for speedy recovery soon, I know how draining those types of headaches can be. 

Yesterday I spent some time, post solar eclipse, making some breakfast meat for myself. I love maple flavored sausage, especially with extra maple syrup drizzled on top…mmmmm, the best! But carb wise it’s like the plague attacking my body, which is why I haven’t had that in quite awhile. I do miss regular sausage though…and bacon, deli ham, spam, kielbasa…😑I’ll stop. (Le sigh)


Most of what’s available in stores I can’t even trust. There are hidden sugars, preservatives, and msg in almost everything. I’m not being as strict with my anti-candida lifestyle as some folks have suggested. I still eat meat whereas others tend to become vegetarian. Nothing wrong with that at all, I personally cannot go without meat, which is why I think such things ought to be tailored for each person. There is no clear cut and dry protocol that will work for everyone. I’ve learned a lot in the last few weeks about the various candida protocols and have taken from each one customizing what I think will work best for me. So far, everything that I’ve been doing is helping and most of the die off on my chest has cleared up. PTL!! Since I have to resort to making my own breakfast meats, desserts, and meals, it does take a little extra time and effort, but the end results are worth it! 

I do want to mention that the maple flavoring is optional, I only added it because I personally LOVE it. 😍😉 However, you can use maple syrup if the carbs are not an issue for you. Ground chicken can also be used in lieu of ground turkey. Or you can mix ground turkey with ground hamburger, which I’ve done in the past when making meatballs. It’s just as good and the ground beef lends some fat to the mixture since ground turkey tends to be lean. 

What you’ll need: 

1 pound ground turkey

2 tsp poultry seasoning

2 tsp maple extract(optional)

1 tblsp granulated stevia(optional)

1/8 tsp marjoram

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp Cassia cinnamon(purchased from The Spice House)

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp Himalyan pink salt

Coconut oil, for cooking

Heat oven to 375*F, line sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium size bowl mix all the ingredients by hand thoroughly. There are a few methods with which you can make sausage patties. METHOD 1: on a clean work surface place a piece of wax paper down and add half of the meat mixture on it. Cover with another sheet of wax paper, then use a rolling pin to flatten out to desired thickness. Cut into 8 rectangular pieces and repeat with second half of mixture. METHOD 2: skip the wax paper all together and free form patties by hand. METHOD 3: on clean work surface lay down wax paper, place half of the meat mixture down and flatten out with hands to desired thickness. Use a biscuit cutter cut to shape the patties. Repeat with second half of the meat mixture. Cook in coconut oil over medium heat until browned on both sides. 

You can freeze these raw or cooked, I went ahead and cooked all of mine up to help cut down on my time in the kitchen each morning. I used wax paper to keep the patties separated and put them into a quart size freezer bag. 

Depending on the size and how thick or thin you make the patties will determine how many it yields. I was able to get 16 rectangular patties. The carb count for these is basically non existent. Using maple syrup would change that, so keep that in mind. If you decide to make these with maple syrup just remember to omit the granulated stevia. 

I had three this morning with a couple of egg muffins that I made, such a nice carb free meal! 

(Pictured above: Half of the egg muffins are dairy and meat free for me. The other half have ham, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese which are G-Man’s fave!) A simple and easy low carb breakfast that you can customize with any flavor and add ins. These were really fluffy, the almod milk added a nice light texture to these. I used cajun seasoning, turmeric powder, kosher salt, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Gave a good whisking and portioned it out to all the silicone muffin cups. Baked @375*F for 20 minutes, plan to make more to freeze. I love breakfasts that I can grab and warm up. Makes for a hassel free morning. 

Hope you give these sausage patties a try, play around with the seasonings and let me know what you think. I love getting feedback from you all! If you have any questions please email me at nightowlkitchen@yahoo.com. You can also follow me on Instagram: @nok_amandagayle, for more recipe ideas/inspirations. 

Have a blessed week! 

My Life with Candida Albicans(Here I Go Again)

Afternoon everyone, hope your Wednesday has been a blessed one so far. Today I want to share an update on my candida detox, plus an article I just found that explains what foods to eliminate when you suspect you have a candida overgrowth, and a recipe that I made a couple of nights ago that was absolutely delicious and dairy free! So this will be a jam packed post, but bear with me! ☺️ Below is a picture that is NOT the most flattering, but it shows just how bad this mess has gotten. 

Picture from Sunday night. It spans from shoulder to shoulder, the worst of it in the center. It’s still creeping slowly up my neck, but for now it’s not as bad as it was last Wednesday. As of today, it only itches around the edges of the rash site. There is a soap I found that I plan to try, it’s designed for these areas so I’ll share more after I give it a go. 

For a while now I have been dealing with this candida overgrowth and die off. Ever since my first die off from a few years ago I have done just enough to get over the worst of the symptoms and once the die off would clear up I would slowly begin to add certain foods back into my low carb diet. I can already hear the clucking of tongues from certain folks 😉, trust me I have been kicking myself since last week for not having realized sooner how detrimental that decision was to my health. Just like low carb/keto is more than a diet, it’s a lifestyle, so is eat to keep your candida in check. And yes, EVERYONE has candida in their bodies. It’s a nasty bacteria in your digestive system and when we aren’t eating right, when we are pumping our bodies full of antibiotics(including the animal meats we eat) we are feeding the candida. That’s when things get out of balance and we start having issues with our sinuses, allergies, skin related problems(ie rashes, eczema), flatulence, brain fog, IBS, fibromyalgia, yeast infections, and so on. It just seems to snowball and we can’t figure out why all of the sudden we are having all these issues. 
That’s been my life now since 2011 and quite possibly longer if I think about it. This could explain my most recent issue with the top of my left foot. It was hurting to the point where I could barely walk. Which that has actually started to improve over the last few days! I’m not hobbling around as much and I can stand for short periods of time with minimal issues. This is great news since this means I will be able to get back to my workouts! 

So what is it EXACTLY am I doing to improve my health? What protocol am I following to eliminate the candida overgrowth? It’s not any one thing or method. I spent last weekend reading anything and everything online, refreshing my memory of what needs to be done. The first thing I did was change my diet. Since I am already living a lower carb life, I knew I was going to have to give up more even MORE foods that may have been contributing to the overgrowth. And Saturday night proved to be a near breaking point for me. I was emotionally drained and frustrated by the realization that I would have to give up a lot of my favorite low carb foods for a while(possibly forever) and it all hit me that night. I was hungry and wanting stuffed green olives. My go to snack food when I have the munchies. High in fat, zero carbs, and I can easily eat half a jar! No judging. 😒My 13 yr old comes in and asks me what I’m doing. Trying to keep the shreds of emotions in check I tell him I’m hungry and can’t have the things that I would normally go to. At this point I could feels the tears welling up and I absolutely hate crying in front of people. When I cry it’s messy and ugly, so I took a few breaths to calm myself and without skipping a beat G-Man told me “so fix yourself some eggs.” 

I won’t lie, I scoffed at that idea. For one eggs don’t like me. Honestly, they make me sulfur gassy(and there goes any hope for finding a future husband). Before I could stop him, G-Man was already grabbing the container of eggs and asking me what meats and veggies I can have. He was shocked when I told him I can’t have sausage patties, deli ham or turkey, and no more bacon. Pitiful, I know. 😔 So he grabbed tomatoes(which aren’t EXACTLY a safe thing but it added color to my dish), frozen green beans, and a green onion. He stood there watching me fry a couple of eggs in coconut oil with a handful of green beans, added in a few tomatoes for color, seasoned it all with Himalayan seas salt, black pepper, and turmeric. Garnishing the top with thin slices of green onion. And that was dinner! It was so satisfying, delicious, and simple! 

I know not too many folks like to give God credit these days, but I have to take a moment to. If my son hadn’t come into the kitchen when he did I wouldn’t have eaten such an amazing meal. I would have eaten half a jar of stuffed green olives, maybe some cheese slices, and hated myself later. God intervened by using my son to ground me (meaning forcing me to focus) and get me thinking what I should do instead and kept me from eating the very things that have led to this overgrowth and further the issue more. 

Sunday was even better! I had to make the decision to stay home from church since I was experiencing some IBS issues(again I’m just killing my prospects here lol) and didn’t want to chance anything. I rarely eat breakfast y’all, I take after my Memaw, leave me alone for an hour after I get up and let me enjoy my morning coffee(only for her it was hot tea). Coffee fills me up but I made half a cup instead and fried up two eggs just so I could get something into my system. Lunch came and I was starving! That’s when I made this…


All right, it’s not the prettiest bowl of food, but it was tasy! Stir fry veggies and garlic ginger chicken, it made four servings so I had enough for dinner and some to freeze! Sunday afternoon my detox pills arrived and I was actually excited! Me, I hate swallowing pills, but I was actually excited about having THOSE! I know, crazy. 😏 With my biggest meal I take my pills every day and haven’t had too many issues with them(mild burping…I’m batting a thousand already who cares anymore?!). And this is what is helping me to combat the candida overgrowth. I still pine for the foods that I used to eat, but I know in the end it’s better that I go without and finally get well after years of neglect. 

So…

Goodbye to : dairy(heavy cream, butter, cheeses, cream cheese), processed meats(kielbasa, spam, hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni, deli meats), mushrooms, peanut oil, mini sweet peppers, fathead pizza dough and bagels, creamy/cheesy casseroles, homemade ranch dressing, ketchup, mayonnaise, low carb brownies(because of the chocolate and butter), pork rinds, low carb protein smoothies(because the protein powder I love has whey in it), mashed cauliflower(I tend to make it with cream cheese, parm cheese, and heavy cream), pickled foods(sliced jalapenos, dill pickles, stuffed green olives), naturally sweet veggies and fruit, and the list goes on. 

Say hello to: dark green veggies(kale, broccoli, chard, romaine), cruciferous veggies(cauliflower, cabbage), organic meats(beef, chicken, and pork…not a fish fan), peppers, fermented foods(soy sauce, sauerkrauts, kimchi), squash, zucchini, green beans, onions, garlic, coconut oil, evoo, safflower oil, avocado oil(and avocados), hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, eggplant, blueberries, unsweetened cranberries, stevia, xylitol, vitamins and supplements, and candida detox pills(two pills once a day). 

Here’s a link to a site I found today that gives a basic outline of what foods to avoid and what foods are safe when killing off the candida. CLICK HERE

A friend recently asked me how my ice cube diet is going. 😏 I love her cheekiness! If it were anyone else I wouldn’t have laughed. For the most part I am able to maintain my low carb lifestyle while incorporating more of the anti-candida regimen. I don’t feel as bloated, the gas is slowly going away, mental clarity is emerging, I’m not as tired during the afternoon, but I am still battling with cold extremities, that might take a bit longer to get over since I’ve dealt with it for years. Plus I actually dropped a pound over the weekend which I haven’t been able to do for a while! 

Now, what yummy recipe do I have for you?! 


It’s baked chicken legs(you can use breasts, thighs, wings, or the whole chicken, go nuts!!) with oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower, served over a very basic romain salad topped with spicy brown mustard. 

What you’ll need:

12 chicken legs, skin on

No salt added seasoning of your choice(the one I used is pictured below)

Evoo

2 pounds frozen broccoli

1 pound frozen cauliflower

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two sheet pans with non stick foil. Coat the chicken legs evenly with salt free seasoning and place on sheet pan. Bake for 40 minutes uncovered. Crank the heat up to 425 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes. 

In a large mixing add frozen broccoli and cauliflower. Drizzle on evoo and season with pink Himalayan sea salt. Spread out on remaining sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes or until it reaches a desired doneness. 

Serve with chopped organic romaine lettuce and use your favorite dressing. It’s simple, it’s easy, and leftovers are great the next day for breakfast with a couple of fried eggs. Leftovers can be frozen or used for those Bento boxes. Just make sure to debone the chicken first before storing. Makes it easier to enjoy later on! 

Below is the no salt added seasoning recipe I used. 


I store mine in a regular mouth glass jar and washed off a screw on lid from a Kraft Parmesan cheese container. This way I can shake on the seasoning on one side or measure it out from the other. I can’t remember if I doubled or tripled the recipe at the time I made this, but it is worth it! I use it on my eggs, veggies, beef, pork, and of course chicken. 

You can make a non-spicy version by leaving out the cayenne pepper. I think the next batch I make I’ll add turmeric and ginger powder since both of those are amazing anti-candida seasonings. 


If you have any questions please feel free to ask me below or email me at nightowlkitchen@yahoo.com, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram(@nok_amandagayle). I tend to post a little more frequently on IG these days since it’s quicker. But I hope this post has helped to shed some light on this growing issue. If you suspect you are suffering from a candida overgrowth, here is a link with a list of symptoms. CLICK HERE. This is definitely something you DO NOT want to leave untreated. I will be honest with you, there is a lot of controversial information out there, please be careful with your research and take a majority of it with a massive grain of salt. What works for one person won’t always work for another, there is no one size fits all protocol. There’s a basic outline that we all have to follow, but how I am approaching treatment is not necessarily going to work for the next person. 

In the meantime, take care, happy healthy eating, and hope you all have a blessed week! 

What is Candida?

Today I thought that I should share the laundry list of symptoms that comes with candida, but first, what is candida? How do you even say candida?! Thanks to Bing search engine, I’ve been schooled in the ‘proper’ pronunciation…but I’m not diggin’ it! Sounds too much like Canada(not dissing Canada). There should be a distinction between the two words though. Right?! When I played the pronunciation clip, G–Man asked me if the voice was saying Canada. See? So while the proper way to say it is can-di-duh, I prefer can-dee-duh. Y’all can say it however you like I’m not gonna correct you!

Candid– is a yeastlike, parasitic fungus that can sometimes cause thrush. 

We all have this in our bodies, the issue arises when it gets out of control and starts taking over or throwing the balance off with your good bacteria in your body. This is when you may start to notice certain symptoms. And should you let it go undetected for too long you just might want to cry…like I did. I’ve written the word “check” out beside each symptom to indicate which ones I have or had suffered from. It’s nice to know that it’s not all in my head!

This list is provided by the CandidaMD website:

Mental/emotional/nervous system:

  • Headaches and migraine headaches (check, woke up with one this morning)
  • Depression (check)
  • Sleep problems — difficulty falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night with a mind that won’t calm down (typically between 1 and 3 am) (check yep, nightly)
  • Irritability and confusion (check)
  • Poor memory (check)
  • Anxiety attacks, panic attacks (check)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) (check)
  • Heart beating too fast or irregularly (check)
  • Sexual problems — impotence or lack of desire, or excessive sexuality (uh, skip)
  • Attention deficit, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD) (check, ADD)
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness (check)
  • Feeling of floating or not quite being in your body (check)
  • Indecisiveness, difficulty organizing and cleaning messy areas (check, check, and check!)

Digestive system:

  • Cravings for sugar, chocolate, milk, cheese, vinegar, pickles, alcohol, bread, nuts or fruit (check)
  • “Metabolic syndrome” which includes the following: large abdomen (“beer belly”), adult-onset diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure (check)
  • “Beer belly,” also called truncal obesity — excess weight centered around the abdomen (check)
  • Acid reflux/GERD (heartburn) (check)
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) (check)
  • Bloating, flatulence or abdominal pain (check)
  • Rectal itching (I know it happens, but does anyone really admit it?!)
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea (check)
  • Excessively thin or anorexic/bulimic

Skin, eyes, hair:

  • Skin and nail fungal infections (current or past), including: athlete’s foot, vaginal yeast infections, fungal toenails, ringworm, jock itch, tinea versicolor or itchy eyelids (check, especially the itchy eyelids!!)
  • Skin problems like eczema, rashes, psoriasis (check)
  • Prematurely graying hair (check, ever since I was 15)
  • Pupils always dilated (not sure)
  • Unusually green eyes, or eye color has turned greenish (check, mine are supposed to be hazel but yesterday G–Man noticed my eyes looked more greenish teal very odd.)

Immune disorders:

  • Asthma and allergies
  • Recurring infections — colds, ears, bladder, sinus (check)
  • Autoimmune disease (lupus, hypothyroidism, arthritis, others) (check)
  • Penicillin allergy

Whole body:

  • Fatigue (check)
  • Muscle or joint pain, fibromyalgia (check for muscle and joint)
  • Cold feet, cold hands, sometimes cold nose (check, check, and check even in the summer)
  • Sweating, especially at night (check)
  • Uncomfortable at any temperature (check, I have a one degree of comfort. Very frustrating.)

Women’s health issues:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (check)
  • Endometriosis (chronic pelvic pain)
  • Infertility (female), some miscarriages, toxemia of pregnancy (preeclampsia)

Symptoms seen particularly in children up to about 8 years old:

  • Early allergy to foods like milk (check for G–Man)
  • Infections as a baby
  • Child had or has frequent ear infections, tonsillitis, strep throat or bladder infections, especially if these infections were treated with antibiotics (Check for G–Man)
  • Cravings for milk, cheese, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter (check for G–Man)
  • Asthma
  • “Drama king” or “drama queen” — complains quite vocally and often (check for G–Man)
  • Poor sleep patterns — difficulty going to sleep, sleeps too lightly or has frequent nightmares, and wakes up too early (or sometimes too late) (check for G–Man)
  • Too thin or overweight (check for G–Man)
  • Attention deficit with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
  • Aggressive, poor social interactions, can’t stop moving, frequent fights or arguments, frequent crying (check for G–Man)
  • Autism
  • Pale complexion, dark circles under the eyes (check for G–Man)

Still with me?! Phew, I know it’s a long list but this does explain so much of why I have felt horrible for years. And to know the symptoms for kids has me wondering about G–Man. Though I’ve listed which ones he has suffered from I have noticed that some have eased as he’s gotten older. Has me wondering if environment, diet and hormones has anything to do with it.

So hopefully this helps to shed some light for those out there who have been struggling for years. If you’re the person who keeps going back to the doctor, taking one prescription after another and not getting any relief then ask your doctor or naturopath about Candida(can-di-duh). It couldn’t hurt.

Ok, I’m going to post my recipe separate simply because this post alone is approaching 900 words! Rather lengthy. Bear with me, I’ll get that up asap!!

Have a blessed day!!

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PCOS and the Holiday Season

 

Jane was dreading her husband’s holiday office party. Everything in her closet wasn’t suitable for the wife of a CEO, she was a Kindergarten teacher and all of her clothes had to be comfortable and loose. Most everything she had was either black, gray, or navy blue, no reds, greens or even an ugly Christmas sweater to speak of. “Face it Jane,” she told herself, “you just aren’t a wife of a CEO”. Pulling out the only decent dress she had, a simple black dress she had worn to her aunt’s funeral three months ago, Jane laid the dress down on the bed wondering what she could do punch it up. As she went to her dresser she stopped in front of a full length mirror, disgust etched all over her face as she took in the sight of her own figure. Bumps, rolls, dimples on her thighs, and great another pimple was beginning to make itself known right on her chin. Just what she didn’t need!

Opening the top drawer she pulled out an Italian red scarf that a friend had brought back from a recent trip.  Quickly she rummaged through her jewelry box looking for her Nana’s brooch that had been given to her years ago, something her Nana wore every year for Christmas. A bell with two semi precious stones that symbolized her Nana and Pop-pop’s anniversary. Oh how she missed them. Checking her watch she knew she didn’t have much time to waste, she had to make as much effort as she could in looking great for her husband.

Squeezing into her spanx, her mind reeled with the what if’s: What IF someone noticed the pimple on her chin? What IF someone stares at her while she nibbles on some food? Oh no, the food! What if there’s nothing safe to eat there?! Her stomach twisted and knotted into a bundle of raging nerves. She couldn’t do this, there was no way she could go tonight and not worry about something. The beginning of depression settled in as she slipped on her black dress not even noticing that it was looser than when she last wore it. Nothing was going to set her free from her self pitying and loathing.

Taking a seat at her dressing table, she brushed her fine blonde tresses annoyed that her hair was still coming out…would this never end?! She didn’t dare clip her hair up, that wouldn’t do. No, she needed to look like she cared just a little bit. Opening a draw in her dressing table she pulled out a scrunchie, hair pins, and a carefully curled hair piece that her mother had helped her pick out for her wedding. Carefully she tease her hair to add some height, pinning her hair up and making a simple bun in the back. Positioning the hairpiece over her growing bald spot on top, Jane pinned it into place making sure it wouldn’t move at all.

“Make up, make up…great, where’s my green correction stick?!” She grumbled, taking everything out her old kaboodle box, finally finding the one piece that would make her look somewhat normal at the very bottom. Gently she applied her makeup, making sure not to pop anything or aggravate it further. Her splotchy red skin annoyed her to no end, her cheeks always looked like they were wind chapped. Careful to keep it looking as natural as possible she kept her eye makeup simple yet appropriate for the evening. Red for lips with just enough gloss, she sat back she took in her work. “Not a model but hopefully no one will notice.”

As she made her way down the stairs to get her winter coat and evening bag her husband was in awe of his wife. He always knew she was beautiful but tonight she was radiant! He helped her with her coat and with her car door. Jane’s stomach clenched and unclenched, her nerves were working overtime. Only eat fruits and veggies, she thought to herself, stay away from the desserts and carb laden foods. Keep your stomach sucked in as much as possible and don’t lose your cool when someone starts complaining about their kids. It was difficult for Jane to hold her tongue when people would complain about the very thing she couldn’t have herself…a child. Her PCOS was so bad she hadn’t been able to conceive in the seven years of her marriage. A wave of heartache was coming over her, mingling with her depression and growing self hatred of her body. Why was she even bothering?!

“You look gorgeous honey.” He said as he kissed her hand, “My belle of the ball.” His smile melted away all her loathing emotions and replaced it with the only one that mattered the most.

I don’t know about you all, but I can certainly relate with Jane. Though I can put up a good front at times, there are moments where I begin to second guess how I look, if others are going to start critiquing my appearance, is someone going to make a comment about what I’m eating…stick with fruits and veggies Amanda! I’ve had years of practice when it comes to eating around people who make me feel uncomfortable. You learn quickly that if you don’t want to become the conversation, take smaller portions, eat more fruits and veggies, skip the desserts, and only drink water. That way they will have very little to talk about and the rest is then speculation 😉

I’ve learned to be more vocal, which is difficult for me after years of being bullied as a child and enduring abuse from a narcissist. Finding my voice to set the record straight has been liberating and has opened the door for many folks to learn about something that they didn’t even know existed. Now when I go out to a Christmas party or other gatherings I make and take my own food, I wear clothes that are comfortable and surround myself with those who love and accept me. It’s taken me years to finally reach a point where I don’t care what others think or what they might say. People are going to talk, they are always going to find something to gossip about…and I say let them!

Cysters, you have the choice to whether or not you’re going to enjoy this holiday season in a positive way. Are you going to let other peoples murmurings spoil this time you have with friends and family? Or will you take a stand and let it go? We’re all beautiful, we don’t have to be size zero in order to achieve that beauty. We’re all fearfully and wonderfully made! Our flaws are just the spice in our cupboard, we all have them and some are more unique than others 😉 

As you step out this season remember that you are a woman of teal, PCOS doesn’t own you, and what others think of you is just their opinion not the truth. Enjoy this time with your loved ones!

Merry Christmas!

Health Check Tuesday: Nutritional Type Eating

Like so many I grew up eating according to the food pyramid. Even went through a time where I was watching my food portions, doing the low fat, no fat, sugar free, low sugar, counting my calories, watching my salt, and the list goes on. However, my weight just kept climbing up.

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I didn’t realize at the time just how much damage I was doing to my body. I mean, I was doing everything according to what the professionals were saying and following the health guidelines…so why was I gaining instead of losing? Why did I feel worse instead of better? What was I doing wrong? Quite simply, I wasn’t eating according to my Nutritional Type. Not that I knew that then, hindsight is a pain in the patella. We all get so caught up in what these doctors and health professionals are telling us, making us feel like we’re incompetent when it comes to taking our nutritional health into our own hands. We’re treated like hypochondriac idiots when we share our concerns with our doctors and told that we can’t believe everything we read but we’re expected to trust everything a practicing doctor tells us. Definitely made me go “hmmm”. 

More than a decade passed before it dawned on me what I needed to be doing, if not for weight loss then for my over all health. It wasn’t till 2010 when I took Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Nutritional Typing Test and realized that I needed to lower my carbs. I’ve taken the same test three times and always get the same results. Alright, so what is this test? There are 21 questions to answer mostly based foods that you eat, or close enough to what you would eat. Granted it’s not exact, it would be impossible to add every food option for everyone. You kind of have to pick something closest to what sounds like what you would eat or at least sounds appetizing.

For instance, I’m not a breakfast person and never have been. I struggled to answer the first question and had to go with something that seemed like it would be good.

Question #1 If none are applicable, please choose your closest option.

Which meal would typically satisfy your hunger at breakfast?

–Hot or cold cereal, toast, bagel or cereal type bar

–Turkey sausage, soft boiled eggs, and baby spinach with cheese

–Bacon or sausage with eggs cooked in butter

–Egg white omelet with vegetables and cheese

–I have no set breakfast and I may eat a combination within any of the above foods

–I typically skip breakfast

–A protein shake with or without fruit

–I consume a plant based vegetarian or vegan style breakfast on a regular basis

Now, the first time I took this test I automatically chose “I typically skip breakfast” because a few years ago I was real big on drinking three cups of coffee as my breakfast. The second time I took it I chose “Bacon or sausage with eggs cooked in butter”. I ate that way for a year and lost 45 pounds. Then after reevaluating things since going more alkaline I’ve since had to change up my answers, not just for breakfast, and yet I got the same results. Adding some extra veggies during a meal hasn’t changed my nutritional type. So what are the types? There are only three: Protein, Carb, and Mixed. I think it’s safe to say that for a better part of my life I tried living the mixed type and that destroyed my body. It certainly didn’t help my PCOS symptoms, with that said just because I’m a protein type doesn’t mean that every PCOS woman is going to be a protein type. There are other questions within this test that will help determine your type based on how you feel after eating certain foods or skipping meals.

Such as, if I skip a meal I begin to feel jittery, light headed, and if it goes beyond 6 hours I start to break out into a cold sweat. Blood sugar, tricky stuff…this is why an all day fast doesn’t work for me. I’ve learned that skipping meals isn’t good for my insulin receptors either, in fact it has damaged them. This is why a lower carb lifestyle works for me! How can this work for you? Am I telling you that just because you’re a PCOS woman that you too should live a lower carb life? Absolutely not! What I’m advocating, and have been for years, is for you to discover what your Nutritional Type is. Just because you have PCOS that doesn’t mean that you’re going to be a Protein Type, you could be Mixed or be able to handle more Carbs. Not everyone can survive on the food pyramid/plate, consuming and x amount of calories a day, cutting out all fat, and eat a bunch of grains, fruits, and vegetables. 

Where’s this test, when can you take it and is it free?

Right here!

You can take it whenever you’re ready!  And yes it is FREE! Plus you will get a free cookbook and a free assessment with recipes appropriate for your Nutritional Type. There is no spam or selling of your personal information, Dr. Mercola doesn’t do that. Like me, he just wants to help people take back their health and be in control of their diet. If you want more information about the Nutritional Typing Diet click here to read Dr. Mercola’s article. It has definitely changed my life, helping me to better understand how I can eat to save my life rather than destroy it…think rehab for an alcoholic except for food. That’s how helpful this has been, liberating in fact. Now I can actually feel confident in how I am supposed to be living without worrying what some doctor is going to say. In fact I’ve used it to help teach them that everyone isn’t the same. Granted they think I’m nuts but hey, what else is new?! 

Take your health back today, right now this minute! Look at what you’re doing, is it really helping you? Has it decreased your prescription usage? Are you suffering from secondary health issues? If you are then consider reading about Dr. Mercola’s Nutritional Typing Diet and take his test. What is there to lose? 

Sunshine Award

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I was nominated by Satoya Foster for the Sunshine Award. 

“This is an award that goes to writers who brighten other people’s day.”

The rules are:

  • Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post
  • Link to the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
  • Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them

Here are my answers to Satoya Foster’s 10 questions:

  • Why do you blog?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but my passion is cooking and I want to help others to see just how easy and enjoyable cooking can actually be. It doesn’t always take everything in the pantry to make a tasty meal or dessert for your family or friends!

  • If you had one clothing item that you had to wear for a month, what would it be?

My sweater! I get cold easily, even in the summer time, so I usually keep something with me in case I get chilly.

  • What is a song you love that would surprise your friends?

Colour of My Love by Celine Dion. I’m not so certain it would surprise my friends, well perhaps a few 🙂

  • Are you a coffee or a tea drinker?

I used to be a big coffee drinker, but after suffering from what I could assume was a stomach ulcer, I had to give up coffee. I now drink mostly water or alkaline lemonade. It has cleared up my stomach issues. I do miss it occasionally but not enough to go back to it.

  • What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I’ll be honest, at first I wasn’t really into it. I struggle with expressing myself where people can understand my words, it’s not my strength. Often times I second guess how I’ve worded something or will completely delete an entire section from a post because I don’t feel like it’s pertinent. Over the last few months I’ve been able to glean a lot from fellow bloggers in learning how to hone my writing style. It’s made the blogging experience a bit more enjoyable for me. I do like being able to encourage others, simplifying something so that someone else will have the confidence to try something new and feel like they too can cook! I guess that’s my favorite thing 🙂 Being able to help folks!

  • If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

PIZZA!! If there has been anything I miss the most since going low carb/alkaline is pizza. Thick crust and lots of cheesy toppings! Love it cold from the fridge the next day 🙂

  • What are 3 things that you love about yourself?
  1. My willingness to try something new, at least once.
  2. Being bold enough to meet new people, which can be uncomfortable for this introvert!
  3. My twisted humor 😉
  • Do you ever dance or sing in public?

I used to sing in front of church when I was younger, but not anymore. And I’ve never danced out in public.

  • What is your favorite movie of all time?

So hard for me to choose because I love so many! I do love Arsenic and Old Lace, enjoy it both as a play and a movie!

  • If you had unlimited money to purchase ONE item, what would it be?

An underground house for my parents.

I nominate (in no particular order):

  1. Dinner of Herbs — Love her recipes, they’re healthy without sacrificing any flavor!
  2. Gluten Free Gus — Such an inspirational blog about a mother’s love and dedication in taking charge of her son’s dietary needs and making sure he has safe food for years to come!
  3. Keeping My Eye On The Sparrow — His pictures are inspiring, giving me a new way to look at things.
  4. Healthy and TrueA yummy blog full of deliciously healthy pictures, simple recipes and nothing complicated.
  5. Melady Cooks — A fun site full of tantalizing recipes!
  6. The Kiss of Joy Great blog of inspiration
  7. UK Crochet PatternsI love how she makes crocheting look so easy 🙂
  8. Love, Marriage, Still No Baby Carriage — A touching blog of a precious couple and their struggle to conceiving a child. 
  9. A Lot On Your Plate Neat organizational tips, recipes, crafts, and so much more!!
  10. Topic Spill Love keeping up with her recipes, beauty tips, and DIY tips!

My questions for you all are:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What are some of your hobbies?
  3. What’s your favorite creative activity?
  4. What is your favorite dish to cook or bake?
  5. What is one positive thing that blogging has brought to your life?
  6. What makes you most excited about fall?
  7. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Why?
  8. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
  9. What’s your favorite weekend activity?
  10. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

 

Goodbye September…

Hard to believe that this is the last day of September. It has certainly been a full month, so thankful for everyone who has helped in spreading PCOS Awareness this month, for joining me speaking out and making sure pictures and articles get passed around. Just because this awareness month is ending doesn’t mean the work is done. We live with this on a daily basis and every day we can help make a difference in another woman’s life by spreading the word. At least once a week from here on out I will be posting on Health Check Tuesday/Teal Tuesday continuing this good fight against Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Please join me on Tuesdays, post your pictures, testimonies, questions, or links to more information about PCOS. If you don’t have a local support group, like me, let’s come together on here once a week and create our own support group. Encouraging one another to not give up, to not lose hope or sight of our dreams and goals. Let’s all welcome October with renewed vigor and positive outlook as the year winds down to a close.

Last week proved to be terrible for me, not motivated to do really anything for the blog or for fall. That’s just how things go some times. But this week I’m pulling out some of our favorite flavors of fall, trying out new recipes that I have found recently, and finish up my fall bulletin board. Most of it is handmade decor, free printable items that I was able to get in black and white and color it myself. My son has enjoyed it so far and is helping him to work harder in school 🙂 I don’t plan to change it up for a while, I might add some turkeys later on but for now it’s good the way it is.

In a couple of weeks I’m going to be baking up a lot of goodies for a Missions Conference that I’m attending. Right now I’m making my final decisions on what to take (leaning more toward some pumpkin scones to add to the snack table and making a simple chocolate sheet cake with homemade frosting on top as a dessert). Everything I plan to make will definitely make its way to this blog along with recipe reviews and even trying out some “new” vintage recipes to ring in the autumn season! So get ready for another fun and full month!!

Happy fall and have a blessed day!

Book Nook Freebie!!

Today’s book nook freebie is…

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AARP 2013 Almanac: Free Stuff, Scams and Savings, Diet and Health Tips, Movie Classics and More

This handy book is chock full of information on things to do each month, movies to see, recipes to make, famous birthdays, anniversaries, shopping seasonally(and not just food), fitness tips and so much more! Be sure to share this with all your family and friends!

Have a safe summer!!

Amanda Gayle

It’s June?!

juneMy word how the time has flown on by! The last two weeks have been amazing, full of wonderful new things here at Night Owl Kitchen. June is going to be a jam packed month with new content, crafts, and some health related posts. You don’t want to miss it! Thank you so much for following, spreading the word and joining the mailing list 🙂 You’re all so amazing, loved, and greatly appreciated! Hope you have a blessed month!

Amanda Gayle

What’s in my purse?

It’s the dreaded thing every woman has to deal with…cleaning out the purse. About the only time I ever clean mine out is if I’m going to change purses/bags, but after see what Tori Spelling was doing on her blog I wondered what exactly was lurking in my purse. My Mom wasn’t surprised and I ‘m not sure if I should be embarrassed or not 🙂

whats in my puse

Initial dumping of contents

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Top L-R:

1) Wallet

2) Church bulletins/calendars/baby shower invites/Sunday School handouts

3) Make up bag (contents include pressed face powder, green correction stick, cover up stick, eye shadow, lip balm)

Middle L-R:

4) Used and unused hand sanitizer wipes

5) Used tissues

6) Magnets

7) Breath Mints and wrappers

8) Liquid Hand Sanitizers

9) Cross Note Pad

10) No.2 Pencil

11) Black ink pen

12) My son’s plastic “gem stone” rings

13) Band-aids, used and unused

Bottom L-R:

14) My son’s Patch the Pirate Medal

15) Hair clip and scrunchie

Now doubt this could be worse but it’s bad enough and my bag is light again!!

So, what’s in your bag?!

Amanda Gayle