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7 Quick Takes Friday


I have some relatively big reservations, but Andy and I are considering doing an adapted Paleo Diet. Mostly what I am considering for us is removing grains from our diet. I read a few reviews and by far the most attractive thing for me is increased energy. I know that my body doesn’t seem to respond very well to carbs (particularly from grains). I distinctly remember right at the beginning of my pregnancy with Spencer I was eating very low carbs (low breads, mostly, not veggies or fruits), and when I was struck with the nausea, one of the only things I could eat were bagels. I also noticed, within two days of this, that my butt increased its size dramatically. I have never forgiven those bagels. At any rate, I’d like to try it for 30 days and see how we’re feeling. If it a) increases our/my energy and b) increases the amount of veggies that we’re eating, it might be a success. As we do more research, we’ll keep you posted.

What are your thoughts/experiences?


I still have taken no photos. Though I’d like to get one of the one bud on our Christmas plant that has finally bloomed. It looks beautiful, and is such a sign of spring coming!


In 4 days, I’m going to Ottawa! I’m very excited for this. I’ll be staying with some old friends and doing some visiting for the first few days; the conference starts on Friday. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be nice to be in Ottawa again, too. As much as I’m really enjoying Saskatoon, I don’t know if I’ll ever be over my love for Ottawa.


I’m slowly starting to feel like a real person again! Except for the unfortunate fact that at 2 months pregnant I look like 7, I’m starting to be happier with my energy level. I might go to bed most nights at 9, but with one nap in the afternoon, life feels a bit more manageable again! I even ventured, ate, and didn’t have issues with eating salad tonight! Hurray! Progress. Sloooow progress. Red peppers still give me the willy-nillies though.


I wrote a blog for our parish website today, you should check it out: Holy Family Cathedral

I make large jumps using Tim Hawkins (the comedian) as my bridge. It’s great.


So, for Lent I’ve been limiting my online time at home. I’ve been finding that I spend too much time in front of the computer at home while I have Spence, and it’s bothering me. I’d rather be fully present to him, even if it’s arguing with him. At least we’re -engaged- at that point, rather than me just ignoring him as much as possible. I think it’s been helping. There are days that it’s not so great (like today…I mean, how else was I supposed to learn more about this adapted paleo diet?), but most days I manage to sticking to checking it out twice a day for a half hour. I like this me better.


It’s been so warm that I’m starting to think about planting my seedlings. Even if we get some frost/snow, the ground is already pretty thawed out. I can imagine that by the end of March we’ll be starting to see new life growing on trees and in the ground. I need to get my hands dirty with soil and seeds and pots!

Loving God through my family, friends, and interactions in my world.


  • Mom

    I do not agree with any diet that excludes a particular food group, i.e. Dairy products.
    Yoghurt is a much needed dairy for pregnant women for calcium. As long as you can get carbs from veggies, grains are not necessarily needed.
    Luv u and hope you are doing welll

  • jane

    Hey mom, we’re not cutting dairy. We’re doing an -adapted- paleo diet, and it won’t start until I feel like I can eat normal food again anyway. The only thing we’ll be really cutting is grains. Thanks for your concern though 🙂

  • Adam

    Mmmmm Grains. And I will be the exception to any diet. I’m picky and I’m still alive and flourishing. Having a healthy lifestyle with exercise as well as self control at the table I feel is the best way to get in shape and stay there. I think the idea of biking that you guys where looking at doing was a great idea and a great start. Swimming is also great because it gives you very smooth resistance training, without putting strain on joints.

    I recently heard about a new exercise that you can lose 25 pounds in 4 months. What you do is you grab the edge of the table and push your entire body back :P.

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