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New Favorite Recipe Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

Thank you Pinterest for helping me find the recipe for Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less soup. I absolutely love this recipe, it’s easy to make and tastes amazing!  You can make it your own by adding other ingredients like hominy.

Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

Ingredients

3 pounds chicken breasts (you can use bone-in, skin-on if you’d like, or boneless skinless. The goal is to have somewhere close to 2 or more pounds of cooked chicken at the end)
3 tablespoons of oil of your choice, divided (we used coconut oil)
2-3 teaspoons of fajita or taco seasoning (use a mix of ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne if you don’t have)
1 large or 2 medium onions, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
1-2 poblano peppers, diced
2 quarts (8 cups) chicken stock
1 28 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes (if you can’t find fire-roasted, you can either fire-roast your own, or just use regular canned tomoatoes)
Juice of 2 limes
1 cup cilantro, chopped
avocado and fresh cilantro for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat your oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit (350 for convection). Place your chicken breasts in a large baking pan, and pour one tablespoon of oil over all, coating well. Sprinkle your fajita seasoning over the chicken, coating well, and place in the oven. Cook for about 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken pieces) until cooked through and liquid from chicken runs clear. Using two forks, shred the chicken (while this is not so easy to do while the chicken is hot, I find I get a better “shred” if I do so while the chicken is still hot). Alternately, you can just chop the chicken into small pieces.

2. Meanwhile, in a large dutch oven over medium heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and when hot, add in the onions. Cook until onions are translucent, about 4-6 minutes.

3. Add in the garlic and peppers and saute for about 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.

4. Pour in the chicken stock and fire roasted tomatoes and bring to a medium boil.

5. [THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL] If you want a slightly thickened soup, strain out some of the tomatoes, onions and peppers to a blender or Magic Bullet and puree. Pour back into the broth mixture. I did this with about 1/2 of the solids in the soup.

6. Add the chicken, cilantro and lime juice to your bubbling cauldron of goodness. Taste to see what you’re in need of (salt? pepper? more of a kick?) and adjust as need be.

7. Serve nice and hot with some fresh cilantro and chopped up avocado to go on top. Maybe a wedge of lime if you’re feeling pretty tart, or some extra diced up jalapenos or poblanos if you need more heat. Heck, get out the hot sauce if you really want some zing!

References:     Julie, F. N.p.. Web. 18 Sep 2013. <www.keyingredient.com>.

The New Normal – Living with PCOS & Hypothyroidism

GREAT News! I had my first normal thyroid test result which comes after a year of consistent follow-up with my Endocrinologist. I was still experiencing fatigue issues and he recommended changing up my thyroid medication to Tirosint. Tirosint is the first and only T4 in liquid gel cap with a formulation that only consists of T4, glycerin, gelatin, and water. Unlike some tablet formulations, Tirosint is free of dyes, gluten, lactose, sugar, and alcohol. After two weeks I feel great, not nearly as tired, and I have a renewed sense of well-being. Please feel free to share your experience with thyroid / PCOS medications in the comment section below.

PCOS & Hypothyroidism – My Journey Continues…

PCOS & Hypothyroidism

 

Just had my three month check up with labs last week and sadly my results have not improved.  My hormonal and thyroid levels are not within normal range.  August marks the one year anniversary of me working with an Endocrinologist and from what I understand patience is a virtue and it can take a year or longer before my medications and hormone/thyroid levels are in sync.

My doctor increased my medications and scheduled a follow-up on labs and a return visit in six weeks.  I started my new dose on Monday and it’s been seven days.  The changes I have noticed in the first week was that I am not as tired and I lost four pounds.  I can only hope that in a few more weeks I continue to experience more positive changes in my symptoms.

I have been adapting to the Paleo diet plan and have continued my exercise regime of jogging thirty minutes a day with 10-15 minutes of strength building exercises.  I am certain that if I was not making these healthy lifestyle choices my symptoms would be exasperated.

Digestive and Intestinal Problems with PCOS

I have been experiencing digestive and intestinal problems throughout the majority of my life.  Every day is like playing Russian roulette because I have no idea how my stomach will react to the food I eat during the day.  One minute my stomach is bloated, cramping, and upset and the next I am nauseous with diarrhea.  I plan on discussing this with my physician during my next visit but until then I have been researching if there is a correlation between PCOS and digestive problems.  I ran across a blog today by Peggy entitled The Primal Parent.  In it she expands further upon the research she found about the hypoglycemia connection and how limiting carbs and grains were ideal for eradicating digestive challenges.  Peggy goes on to say that she discovered the Paleo diet and her systems improved three months after adapting to the Paleo lifestyle.  I don’t know about you but this sounds like a solid prescription for optimum health.

I came across the Paleo diet a few weeks ago and I have been adapting the foods into my family’s meal planning and so far they haven’t complained yet.  I have been working on the following to help decrease my digestive issues and PCOS symptoms.  I have begun to see signs of improvement and have had less issues with my digestion.

  • Limiting processed foods and high sugar foods
  • Eating healthy meals with lean meats, vegetables and whole grains
  • Engaging in regular moderate-to-vigorous exercise

Here are a few recipes that have been taste tested and approved in my kitchen (Recipes courtesy of Kendra at www.ourpaleo life.com.)

 Paleo Lettuce Wraps

Paelo Lettace Wraps

Turkey BLTA Roll-Ups

Paleo Turkey BLTA Roll Ups

What are your favorite Paleo receipes?  Please feel free to share your recipes in the comments below.  Until next time, I hope my blog finds you well. <3

Are you still having problems with “THAT” (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)?

PCOS Infographic

How many times have you had to explain your PCOS condition to your loved ones or friends?  I am always being asked if I am still having problems with “that”, that meaning my PCOS.  Since it’s an endocrine disorder without a cure of course I am going to have problems with it for the rest of my life.  I think more often than not the name Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome leads people to think it’s just an ovary problem, but it’s so much more.  PCOS is a complex condition that affects every aspect of your life and there is no magic pill to make it all go away.

I recently found a great online reference entitled The Hormone Center of New York by Dr. Geoffrey Redmond.   He provides additional insight into PCOS and explains that while it’s a complex condition it really is not that difficult to understand.  Women suffering from PCOS are acutely aware of their systems with skin & hair changes, irregular periods, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, the emotional up and down roller coaster of crazy mood swings, in addition to insulin resistance.  If you have some time read Dr. Redmond’s take on PCOS, if anything it will give you more information to take back to your doctor to chat about.

In the meantime, I understand that my body doesn’t process insulin right and as a result it causes a series of other symptoms, kind of like the domino effect.  So, I will continue to use exercise and cutting out unnecessary refined carbs to help control it.   I am committed to do everything I can to maintain a positive attitude and continue to make healthy life style choices so that I can enjoy my future with the ones I love the most.  I will not allow PCOS to be the boss of me.

PCOS Boss – PCOS Won’t Stop Me!

Hello World, I am a PCOS Boss.  What is that you ask?  It’s me deciding that I am the Boss over my condition “PCOS” and not the other way around.  I believe that having PCOS won’t stop me from living the life I love.  This is the first of many blog posts of me living with PCOS and Hypothyroidism.  Last year I made an appointment to see an Endocrinologist after some nudging from my mother.  I had confided in her about how despite my efforts with eating better and exercising, I still experienced issues with managing my weight, constant fatigue, migraines, horrible depression, mood swings, anxiety, cold intolerance, hair growth in all the “wrong” places and pelvic pain.  She said that both her and my grandmother were diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I really should just go and talk to my doctor about it.

pcos bodyI did and several test later my Endocrinologist said that I had PCOS in addition to hypothyroidism.  This explained so much about why I felt the way I did and shed light on the past 15 years of my life.  I have always struggled with having enough energy to get through my day.  I would sleep 10 – 12 hours a day just to get through work, school, and raising my family.  Some perceived this as laziness and they could not understand how I could sleep as much as I did and still be so exhausted.  There were other signs too, I would go for months, even years without menstruating and I gained fifty pounds that was a nightmare to work off.pcos boss me-after-weight-loss

Well here I am today and happy to say that I am a PCOS Boss!  Easy to say, but not so easy to accomplish.  I can say that I believe the hardest part is behind me as long as I continue to make healthy lifestyle choices.

This blog is important to me in the on-going process of healing.  I thought about everything I went through and realized I am not alone in this.  There has to be other women experiencing the same thing as me right?  My diagnoses has inspired me to share my personal experiences with the goal of helping others.  So, let’s talk about it and support each other.