5 Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes to Spice Up Your Food Boredom
Why Flares Feel So Scary: Understanding Life with an Autoimmune Disease
I love my slow cooker. It’s a fast way to prepare a meal that will last a few days, which makes it ideal for people who have have limited energy for cooking; spoonies like me, busy moms and dads, or people who don’t like to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.
I’m always scrounging for new slow cooker recipes to shake up my meal planning, so if you feel like you are in a rut, here are five of my favorites to try. (I have no affiliation with these sites or bloggers — just love these recipes!)
Try just one new recipe each week. New recipes take extra energy and focus to prepare. As you learn the recipe, it will get exponentially easier to prepare, and it can become part of a regular rotation.
Ask your butcher to cut the meat into 4-inch cubes for you. This is a MUST. It will save you an incredible amount of time and energy.
Use these pre-cut ingredients as the main protein for several meals throughout the week. Sometimes I make a big bowl with veggies and toppings; other times I poach an egg on top and have it for breakfast. Maybe I’ll make tacos, or use the meat as a salad protein. Options are endless. I like to make a big batch on Sundays to use throughout the week; which brings me to my next tip…
Double the recipe if you know you love it. It’ll last you longer OR you can freeze half and have it for a time when you are really low on time/energy.
Check the Spoon Ratings. I’m rating this on the number of spoons they take to prepare (#spoonies will get this; if you’re lost, spoons = energy), 1 being easiest and least energy output —> 5 being most complicated and highest energy output. Even if you aren’t a spoonie, you can still use the rating to judge how difficult this is going to be to make.
A Short Story on the Long Road to an Autoimmune Diagnosis
Right now the worst part of my sickness is not knowing when, where or how it’s going to affect me. The unpredictability of it is scary. If I go on that trip, to that wedding, to visit a friend, will that push me into a flare? What if I flare while I am on a beach in Mexico? What if it ruins my whole trip!? Should I even go? How many times a week can I go to the gym? 2? 3? How many social events can I commit to each week? How much is too much? What price am I willing to pay for a night of fun?
My fellow Spoonies are nodding. You guys get it. But if you don’t have a chronic illness, it might be hard to understand what this feels like, so let me try to explain:
Imagine you’ve been in a car accident.
A love note from a Former Busy Girl
There is a lump in my armpit.
It’s been there for a while, maybe 6 months or so, making tank tops look unsightly but it hasn’t really hurt or bothered me, so like a girl who hates doctors offices, I have been just ignoring it & hoping it would go away. When I went to see my OBGYN for my annual and it still hadn’t gone away they sent me for a mammogram & ultrasound. That ruled out the big scary, Breast Cancer, but left me with a “reactive swollen lymph node”.
I promptly named her Nora. Nora-the-Node. I feel like naming things some how makes them less scary and… cuter? Anyways Nora was not breast cancer, but she has been there for a while which is still weird. So I #adulted and made an appointment with my doctor to discuss.
You’ve gotta stop lying to yourself
I know, I know. You’re SO busy.
I too was once a too busy person. Being busy has become a trophy in our society, a competition and way to say, “I’m more important than you”. It’s also the easiest cop out in the book to get out of things you don’t want to do. You are “too busy” to do everything from dinner with your crazy aunt, to that baby shower you are secretly dreading, to finally starting that self care routine of sleep, health eating, going to the gym meditating, washing your face…
Put them Hater Blockers on
I know you’ve done that. Told yourself a lie to help you make a decision. KNOWING you aren’t gonna do it. It’s an easy pattern to fall into. Telling ourselves that we will start tomorrow, next week will be better, next month will be less busy. It helps us get through the day, to hold on to that glimmer that tomorrow is a new day, and it will magically be better than this one.
You are NOT fine
It doesn’t matter how you choose to live your life — whether you build a business at home or work a corporate job; have children or choose not to have children; travel the world or live in the same town all of your life; go to the gym 5 times a week or sit on the couch every night — whatever you do, someone will judge you for it.
Why Cliff Jumping is Good For You
IT IS OKAY TO WANT MORE. Wanting more does not mean that you aren’t happy with your life right now. You just want to keep growing. Keep being the biggest, best version of yourself that you have to offer to this world. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I would argue, it’s your responsibility to be the best version of you, you can be. You owe it to your kids, to your family, to the world… and you owe it to yourself.
Imagine you are standing at the edge of cliff with a dramatic drop-off. Now really imagine running and jumping off. SHIT! Your brain and body are like NO WAY. For a good reason by the way. You are, as far as your brain and body know, about to kill yourself. So this little mechanism kicks in in your brain that says, STOP! THIS IS A BAD IDEA. Not safe. Back away from the cliff. Stay here where it’s safe.