The day I got married, one of my closest friends looked me in the eye and said "God has many wild and wonderful things ahead for you and Jeremy."

Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.

Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cuttin' Up

Okay I haven't been here in a while because I've been

cuttin' up


February 1st was the first day of our new eating plan.  It's called the Spectrum Balance Protocol Diet and we are committed to it for the entire month. 

(much, I mean MUCH to the chagrin of my children) 
This is what they thought of the food list

It's similar to the Paleo Diet you might have heard of but with some small differences. 

Since we started 3 days ago, I have been in the kitchen cutting up stuff for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between! 

You do not realize how hard this is for me.

  I have realized two things in the past 72 hours...
1) I need new knives. (not exactly what I had in mind for my birthday)
2) I had no idea how easy my "processed" life was.

When I say processed, I mean 9 times out of 10, I could pour something out of a box or can and add liquid.


So this feels like the hardest thing I have ever done.
(I am sure it's not,
my memory is not great,
but after 28,
oh, wait, 29 days
of this,

my memory should be better).

Emily is addicted to carbs and sugars (don't know where she gets it from) so the first day was really bad.  She kept going to the pantry which now looks like this

Those plastic crates used to hold bread and chips.
And the shelf was full of cereal and crackers and microwave popcorn and hot chocolate mix.....

and slamming the door again, crying for chocolate.
(I finally locked the pantry door)

She was going through withdrawal so we examined the food list again to see if there was something she could have that simulated a dessert.

Brown sugar.

So I gave her 3 tablespoons which she ate


rather scornfully.

Wesley tried it with a little honey (also on the list)

That smile did not last long.

So we have almost finished day 3 with 26 more to go. 

(haven't committed beyond February


I'll let you know.


  1. You can do can do it! Look how beautiful those colors are.

  2. go Vanessa go! Survive through the days of detox & just think about all nasty chemicals & other stuff leaving your children's bodies. Can you have apples or other fruit? Cook it with a little brown sugar or honey for a simple dessert. Is this similar to GAPS? There are several recipe blogs on the web with GAP recipes that may help. :) Is peanut butter allowed (or other nut butter)? Mix cocoa powder (the baking kind), honey, and peanut butter; I think a ratio of about 1 tsp, 2 Tbsp, 2 Tbsp, something like that. That's something I use for a sweet fix sometimes.

  3. Vanessa-sounds interesting. I'll keep watching to see what yummy things you find to eat.