Life Update

These past couple weeks have been quite stressful. It all started a couple Mondays ago when Frank went in to have dental surgery to extract about 10 teeth and do a cleaning. He came home from the vet’s office all out of sorts, wheezing and coughing. The vet had said that his throat was probably irritated by the tube they put down to administer anesthetic for the surgery, and it would stop within a few hours. Well, long story short, his symptoms only got worse, to the point he was struggling to breath. We took him into the vet’s office the next day where they did x-rays and discovered that he had a collapsed trachea. It’s an underlying condition that he likely had prior to surgery and having the tube down his throat exacerbated it.


We spent the next few days giving him cough suppressants and hoping it got better. None of us slept very well that week. Danny and I took shifts each night switching off staying up with Frank while the other slept on the couch. We each probably only got three to four hours of sleep for three nights in a row. It was brutal. But what was really awful was watching Frank suffer the entire time. He didn’t sleep more than 15 minutes at a time, and even those cat naps were few and far between. He was gasping for breath and making this awful barking cough.

Eventually, the medication kicked in and his breathing got better. Once he stopped coughing so much, his trachea opened up again and he was able to recover. We are so glad to have our Frank back. We didn’t know if he was going to make it through this one. This dog has been through so much. He’s been hit by a car and spent a week in doggie ICU with major trauma to the head, suffered through seizures, and losing an eye. He’s one tough little guy.

My eating and workouts fell to the bottom of the priority list as we cared for Frank. I also thought I had a colonoscopy this week. I made it through the whole day on juice and choked down half the ‘delicious’ bowel prep container before realizing the appointment was for the following week. So that was awesome.

We did manage to make some meals, but we often ended up grabbing some takeout. I fit in a few runs here and there and one yoga class, but that’s pretty much it. Hoping to fit in more this week.

Here’s some meals we’ve had…



Green smoothie with coconut milk, almond milk, spinach, banana, and avocado.


Some zucchini and carrot muffins from Against All Grain with a side of strawberries.


And this yogurt parfait with strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and honey. I found this lactose free yogurt at Whole Foods. I’m not exactly sure if it’s 100% SCD legal, but I didn’t have any problems with it. The brand is Green Valley Organics.



Still pretty much eating salads everyday for lunch. This is pretty much my standard – greens, chicken, carrots, sunflower seeds, avocado and himalayan sea salt.


I switched it up one day and added some strawberries and yellow grape tomatoes.


And this one had leftover steak, greens, tomatoes, avocado, carrots and pepitas.


On Saturday, we went to the farmer’s market and picked up some fresh goodies including this Boston lettuce. On Sunday, I used it to make some tuna wraps with sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes and sunflower sprouts.



We ate out a lot over the past couple weeks. I probably ate this Paleo Bowl from Laughing Planet a couple times.


And a burrito bowl from Chipotle a couple times as well. This had steak, salsa, pico, lettuce, cheese and guacamole.


We also threw together a couple meals using a package of Applegate Farms Chicken Sausage. This bowl had sausage, yellow squash, onions, spinach and BBQ sauce.


The next night we had egg scrambles for dinner with sausage, cheddar cheese, and spinach.


I cooked a few more recipes from Against All Grain (I maybe probably already ordered her next cookbook due out in September). Last Saturday night, I was craving Mexican food, so I made the tortilla chips recipe. They weren’t exactly like tortilla chips, but they were perfect for dipping into some pico and guacamole. It’s all about the dip, am I right? :)


Alongside our chips, I made steak fajitas using some romaine lettuce in place of the tortillas. They also had sauteed peppers and onions, cheddar cheese, guacamole and pico.


Another night, we cooked up some pork chops (seasoned with S&P, seared in my cast iron then finished in the oven). Roasted asparagus and tomatoes alongside.


I finally bought a veggie peeler to make veggie noodles. They had a few options at the store, but I bought this little veggie peeler where you insert the zucchini into one end and twist. Easy peasy.


We had our noodles in the Korean Beef Noodle Bowl from Against All Grain.


And finally, tonight I made another delicious recipe – Honey Lime Salmon Tostadas. These were so good. :)

On the school front, I have about 5 more weeks and then I’ll have a degree in Nursing. This summer has been crazy busy working 34 hours a week, plus 8 hours of class time and endless amounts of homework to do. I’m ready for a break!

For now, I’ll just leave you with this adorable photo I took today of my babies. Hobbes is very thankful to have his ol’ buddy back.


Weekend: July 5th

Here are some highlights from the weekend.


Saturday morning smoothie with coconut milk, strawberries, blueberries, honey and almond butter.

After breakfast, I worked for a few hours on a paper and then did a Nike Training Club workout.


Lunch salad with spinach, avocado, carrots, gorgonzola cheese, and himalayan sea salt.

Saturday night was date night! I requested the Cultured Caveman. We tried the food cart last weekend and liked it, so I wanted to check out their restaurant in North Portland. The restaurant has more menu items to choose from and is a little more pricey.



They had a bunch of cookbooks up by the counter that you could browse through while you waited. My kind of place. :)


We started with the appetizer flight with guacamole and olive tapenade. It was served with a ton of fresh veggies.



For my main dish, I ordered the chicken tenders and Caesar salad which came with honey mustard for dipping. Before we went out, I checked out the menu online since it lists all the ingredients in their dishes. This was yummy!


Danny ordered the Zoodles and Meatballs which was served with zucchini noodles. On the side, he had the tomato and cucumber salad.


When I saw that they had a dessert on the menu that I could eat, I got really excited. I had the Chilled Blueberry Cobbler Cup and Danny had the Chocolate Pots de Creme. They also had a big fridge with other packaged desserts from local Paleo companies.


After dinner, we went and saw Edge of Tomorrow. It was actually pretty good and kept me entertained for the entire 2 hours.


Sunday began with grocery shopping. I’m really liking going early in the morning now since it’s so much less crowded.


And then we made waffles. These were the blueberry waffles from Against All Grain. We had some sliced strawberries on top. Mmm…


Fueled by waffles and coffee, we did a trail run at Forest Park. Danny ran the first mile with me and then walked till I completed a couple more miles. I grabbed him on the way back down, and we finished another mile together.


Post run salad – spinach, chicken, dried cherries, gorgonzola, himalayan sea salt, and olive oil.


I spent the afternoon finishing up my paper and doing meal prep.


And we had a frittata for dinner. I sauteed some shiitake mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic, and spinach in my cast iron. Then added 5 whisked eggs and topped it with smoked mozzarella.


We really liked this meal, and it was a great way to use up some leftover veggies.

I’ve got another busy week ahead with clinicals, class, and homework. I’ll check back in later!

Weekly Plan: July 7th


Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I had a paper due so I spent much of the weekend working on that, but we also fit in some fun things like dinner and a movie. Fitness Recap I’m going to begin this weekly plan with a fitness recap from this last week. I feel like I […]

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Fourth of July: 2014


Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July! I started the day with a 4 mile run around the park and a green smoothie. This one had frozen banana, frozen strawberries, almond milk, spinach, almond butter and honey. We were invited on a floating trip along the Clackamas River with our friends Jordan and Pippa. […]

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Weekday Eats


I’ve been chugging along on my new diet, and overall I’m feeling much better. I’ve been eating lots of eggs, fruit, salads, and vegetables. I’m in love with my new cookbook, Against All Grain. I’ve been using it to plan most of our dinners, and also for other recipes like zucchini bread, dressing, and almond […]

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Weekend: June 28th


We spent much of this weekend dealing with some unexpected issues. The bathtub was massively clogged (I have a lot of hair), and Danny spent many hours on Saturday trying fix it. We also found out that Frank has to have mouth surgery to have several of his teeth extracted. I won’t show you the […]

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Weekly Plan: June 30th


A Charlie blanket. So this happened a few weeks ago, and I never shared the picture. Charlie pretty much just came up and sat directly on top of Hobbes without a second thought. Hobbes didn’t seem to mind too much. Ridiculous, these three. This Saturday, I spent 3 hours cleaning out the pantry and fridge […]

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Recent Eats: SCD

As promised, here are some meals I ate my first week on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This includes meals after I finished three days of the intro diet and about a week on a modified diet with some foods added back in slowly. It should be noted that people who are having more severe symptoms […]

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Specific Carbohydrate Diet


As I alluded to in my weekend post, I’m trying out a new eating plan based on the recommendation from my doctor. Towards the end of April, I was starting to notice some of my symptoms of Crohn’s disease returning. At this point, I tried to stick to more of a plant-based diet as this […]

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Pacific Northwest Road Trip: Part 3


We left off on the ferry to Victoria, B.C. We rented an apartment for our stay, and we had some time before we could check in so we drove to The Butchart Gardens. This is a large garden that was started by The Butchart Family a long time ago. Throughout the years, the garden […]

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