Archive | October 2013

So why haven’t we conceived yet?

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I’ve spent the last year as a NaProTechnology patient.  I keep asking myself why we haven’t conceived yet.  Dr. C. says we’re just now approaching prime time for conception and that it should happen within the next year.  If you’ve been following my blog or facebook page, then you know that diligence, not patience is my greatest virtue.

Years ago, a friend of mine told me: “When God whispers in your ear and you don’t listen, sometimes, he smacks you upside the head until you do!” I can’t count the number of times I’ve reminded myself of that quote over the years. Once again, I am reminded of that phrase today!

Four years ago, I was laid off from a job that I was pretty miserable at.  I didn’t want to quit because I pink sliponly had one teaching certification at the time, I was nearing tenure, and I was raised to appreciate the blessings in my life, my job being one of them.  I didn’t recognize it at the time, but that layoff was a blessing!  I found another job before the school year was out, spent the summer writing curriculum and was pretty happy that first year.  I was taking two graduate courses, teaching full time, and I was happy with the situation.  Two years later, I finished graduate school and I was ready for some time off since I’d only be working full time.

We were one year into our TTC journey and I hadn’t yet had my first NaProTechnology appointment yet.  I’ll admit I was consumed with the thought of getting pregnant and I threw myself into my work.  Before I knew it I was up to my eyeballs with committee work, a stipend position, the new evaluation system for which our superintendent had volunteered our district. .

When I was diagnosed with endometriosis, I finally had a reason for the intense pain I had experienced for years, and eventually I had the laparoscopy.  After that I felt fabulous and I thought that so much of my stress before surgery was due to my pain.

frustrated teacherThe new school year began and although the first three weeks of school are usually full of housekeeping details that are part of setting up our school year, I couldn’t keep up.  Every time I turned around administration was heaping extra duties on us and taking away the time we needed to complete our work.  I was working 60+hour weeks and I still wasn’t getting all of it done!

I’m no stranger to hard work, heck I’ve gotten glowing evaluations for each year I’ve been teaching.  I know what my kids need and I make sure they get it.  Enough about teaching, this post isn’t about my career, rather it’s about how my current teaching job is affecting our chances of conception.

I knew things weren’t right, so I decided to talk to administration about how things are going up on my floor.  We’re all working hard, we all feel as though we’re not accomplishing the tasks we’re charged with, and we’re all feeling defeated before we begin.  Administration was of a different opinion, there were comments made about how we’re in it for the wrong reasons, and other ridiculous remarks.

While I was working like a crazy woman, and begging to get a break, my body was going to pot.  My chart showed evidence of a decrease in health.  I was bleeding like crazy.  Although I wasn’t bleeding heavily, I bled for 16 days out of a 28 day cycle—not at all normal!  My hormone levels were not what they should be, despite taking medication to bring them into the effective zone!  During the previous month, my estradiol levels hit 399, but during my first whole cycle after returning to school, I couldn’t even break 200!  I barely ovulated, if I even ovulated at all!

When Doctor C’s office got the results of my peak plus 7 blood draw, they called me immediately and said I had to come in the following Friday to see what was going on with my body.  Off I went to my appointment with Dr. C, this time my husband, Frank, had the day off and came with me.

We asked if stress might be to blame for the changes in my chart.  Dr. C inquired as to whether I was still on clomid, I was, and whether I had been taking the naltrexone, yes to that as well, and whether I was still on the antibiotics for mucus enhancement, yes again, and finally had I been taking the vitamin D, B6, kelp, Bcomplex, Magnesium, and pycnogenol, yes to everything.  Given that I was following all of my doctor’s orders stress could be the only reason for the decline in health.  It was time to do something about it….

Roast Pork Stroganoff With Grain free Pasta

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I’m always looking for new recipes.  Since I’ve been cooking with grain free ingredients, I’ve developed my old stand by recipes, chicken cassoulet, meatloaf made with grain free bread crumbs, turkey cutlets wrapped in bacon, and of course there’s always the standard roast chicken or roast pork.  Whenever I make roasted meat, it’s a struggle for what to do with the leftovers.  With only two of us in the house, there are always leftovers, even when we have guests.  Sure there are a few standard options:  chicken salad on grain free bread, but that takes a bit more prep time than I’d like; and that’s a lunch, not a dinner. Truthfully a green salad topped with chicken would make me happier than a chicken salad sandwich.  I decided to do a search for a leftover roast pork.  Much of what I saw wasn’t grain free, and lots of the recipes included soy, which is also not on my list of approved foods.

I did a little more research and started combining recipes and then added my own twist to make the recipe grain free and amazingly delicious!  Sure, it could have turned out a flop, but that’s what happens when you play kitchen chemist.  For every success there is a recipe or three that flops. No matter what, culinary experimentation is usually worth it.   The end result was a delicious stroganoff style sauce over grain free fusilli pasta made with my Roma Tube Pasta Machine.  I’ll be adding this to my collection of standby grain free recipes!IMG_0498[1]




2-3 servings of left over roast pork, thinly sliced

1 batch grain free pasta (or pound of pasta of your choice)

1 cup water

1 cup sour cream

½ cup white wine (I used pino grigio, but any white wine would work well)

1 medium onion chopped

2 cans mushrooms

3T snipped fresh parsley

2T butter

1T better than bouillon

Melt 1tablespoon butter over medium heat, sauté onions and mushrooms until browned, then set aside.  Melt remaining butter and add 1tablespoon my grain free flour blend (either a or b will be fine) and stir until a rue forms.  Stir in water gradually allowing rue to thicken as water is added (a nylon whisk is ideal for this) and better than bouillon.  Whisk in sour cream and wine.  Allow mixture to simmer and thicken. When sauce has thickened add roasted pork, mushrooms, and onions.  Simmer for five minutes.  Stir in parsley then serve over pasta.  This is delicious with a side salad of organic baby lettuce.