The New Year has gotten off to quite the bang for me. I haven't been feeling well for weeks. My nervous system (thanks to my autoimmune disease) has been in a "heightened" state, causing all sorts of things in my body to be imbalanced. I've had bouts of nausea, more IBS and digestive issues, chills, exhaustion, imbalanced hormones, weight gain, overactive sweat glands (having to change your shirt mid-day is NOT cool), etc..........
So in an attempt to get my nervous system to calm down, my DR put me on a modified diet this week (no coffee, no grains, eat easily digestible foods - meaning no raw veggies or fruit, cooked only) and gave me some pills and an herbal tincture to take (both are for liver/gall bladder support, but the herbal tincture is to help with all of my symptoms). This is day 5 of the modified diet combined with the pills/herbal tincture and so far I'm doing better. I have had some coffee, but it doesn't seem to be sitting in my stomach very well, so I haven't wanted to drink it (which is downright amazing).
The weight gain, combined with constantly not feeling well prompted me to make some changes. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl with the occasional down vest when it's really cold. I do shower daily (which is very important to do when you have overactive sweat glands), and make myself appear nice, but don't generally do anything out of the ordinary to make myself feel pretty. So I started painting my nails.
I've also started working out on our treadmill. My goal is 20-30 minutes a day, at least 3-5 times a week either walking, brisk walking, or jogging (depending on what my body can handle on a given day). Yesterday I did over 20 minutes on the treadmill (holding 2 lbs weights) followed by some ab crunches. I know it doesn't sound like much, but for my body it's enough. I had to rest today because of an arthritis flare in my ribs and shoulder. Some days I can push through the pain, but today wasn't an option. On days like today, I'm trying very hard to remember that it's important to be kind to myself; my body isn't normal and healthy. It's okay if I can't run continuously or work out every day; what I'm doing is enough.
Although this recipe for No Bake Rice Crispy Treat Granola Bars isn't grain free (and I can't enjoy it right now); it is a very special recipe. It actually was THE FIRST recipe I ever developed and published on my blog (4/19/2010). Thankfully, I've learned a few things over the years about writing and taking pictures, although I still have LOTS of room to improve. I'm learning more every day, which is why I wanted to update the recipe and the pictures. The old photo didn't look appetizing at all!
These bars will quickly become a family favorite. I made them earlier today for the girls, and between them and their daddy, half the pan is missing!
No Bake Rice Crispy Treat Bars
1 ½ cups gluten free rolled oats
2 cups brown rice crispy cereal
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
¼ cup mini chocolate chips (or raisins)
Pinch of sea salt
½ cup honey or brown rice syrup or coconut nectar for vegan
½ cup almond butter or Sunbutter for nut free
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
- Lightly grease an 8.5” x 11” x 2” pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown rice crispy cereal, oats, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate chips, and sea salt.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, stir together the almond butter and honey until just blended. Stir continuously and pull mixture off the heat immediately once blended. Whisk in the cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Carefully pour the contents of the saucepan into the dry ingredients and combine.
- Using a spatula, press the mixture into the greased pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.