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As Promised...Recipes! Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup No need to reiterate I'm sure, but life has been crazy.  Crazy crazy.  Taxing emotionally and physically.  And time is short.  But I've been trying my hardest to spend time (quality) with the kids and cook more.

Now more than ever, when our adrenals are in danger of fatigue, when the season is changing and the cold is drying us out, when days are shorter and the list of things to do is just as song, when we find stronger sadness AND happiness, we need to make sure we are getting the nutrients we need.

And when I say we, I mean me.  That's what Richie says at least.  And it's true.  Mama Bear is the toughest job out.  Keeping everyone healthy is of utmost importance.  So I've been cooking.  Wholesome, whole foods.

This recipe is a mix of a "clean out the fridge" and my grandma's cabbage soup.  It is sweet and sour and hot and just hit the spot.  With a big hunk of sprouted bread it's the perfect cold  night supper.

Ingredients:

1/2 green cabbage, sliced thinly

1 yellow onion, cut in half and sliced thinly

3 tblsp olive oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

3 field roast apple and sage sausages

1/2 kabocha squash, large dice

1 carton No Chicken broth (or the veggie broth of your choice)

2 tblsp honey

juice of 1 lemon

-Saute the onions and cabbage in the olive oil and salt until soft.

-Break the sausage (with your fingers so that it has raw edges, not cuts) and cook it in with the vegetables.

-When the sausage starts to brown, add the squash and broth and bring to a boil.

-Once it boils, bring it down to a simmer and cook 45min-1hour.  If at any point the liquid gets too low, just add hot water.

-At the end, add the lemon and honey.

Pregnancy Weight Loss: 1 Month Postpartum

Love Life and Lollipops- 1 Month Postpartum

So...the short end of it is this: the first two weeks were way easier than the last.

We've been doing the dance of figuring out each other's quirks and falling into a routine.  The last few days have been great!  The week or so before that, not so.

Bar is a fantastic baby.  She's sweet and happy  and abfab, 90% of the time.  She's been having some serious gas issues and gets into these bouts of screaming pain.  It's terrible to see knowing there's very little we can do about it.  It was effecting our days and nights and we got into a cycle of delirium where we weren't sleeping for more than 2 hours at a time and it was making our days impossible to get t through!

Luckily, that phase lasted less than a week before we started to figure out what was going on and how to work around it.  I've been experimenting with a simpler diet for me and some organic gripe water for her and we've both been doing amazingly better.  I think we've got our groove;)

We've been going on walks, nursing like crazy, reading and rocking!  That plus good sleep at night (considering) and the healing process is back on track!

On the weight loss front, it's been difficult with the lack of sleep to be preparing the types of foods I've been wanting to have around the house, but I've done my best to eat as clean as possible.  Last night Richie and I decided we're going to start fresh.  Here's the plan:

  1. No whites (flour, sugar, rice) and no exceptions! We're always supergood about this in the house, but often break the rules outside.  No more!
  2. More fresh green juices.  I'm making them at home daily and drinking them throughout.  They hydrate, cleanse, and provide us with crazy amounts of healing nutrients and enzymes.
  3. Even more whole grain and less flours (even whole grain flours), so no breads, sandwiches, etc. unless they are sprouted grain breads.l
  4. Only desserts baked in this house, so as to avoid sugar, flour, etc.  I'm baking with only whole grain, guten-free, with brown rice syrup and barley malt as sweeteners.  Good, healthful stuff!
  5. Even less processed!  We're pretty good about this too, but it'll mean cutting out the occasional tofu dog (which is really very rare) and the tofu cream cheese (which is a regular part of our breakfast).
As for lbs lost here's the update:
11/3- 2wks 5 days postpartum- 140.2lbs
11/4- 2wks 6 days postpartum- 139lbs
11/6- 3wks 1 day postpartum- 138.2lbs
11/9- 3wks 4 days postpartum- 136.8lbs
11/14- 4wks 2 days postpartum- 136.2lbs
And that's all folks...