So, have you ever been wrong about something and didn’t really want to admit it because it’s just too embarrassing?
If you’ve been following me the past few months, I’ve been trying to figure out why the skin around my mouth kept breaking out. I spent a month doing a Whole30 and THOUGHT that gluten was the culprit. But even on a gluten-free diet, the redness was still there.
There comes a point when you’ve done everything you can and you need to seek professional help. So a couple weeks ago I saw a dermatologist, and found out that I was wrong. Way off course.
I was officially diagnosed with Staph and Klebsiella. Bacterial infections.
I’d been walking around with bacterial infections for over a year and thought it was just eczema. I’m embarrassed, upset that I didn’t see a doctor sooner… but the important thing is that I now know what it is, I’ve been given antibiotics, and I feel better and more confident than I can ever remember. And the redness and itchiness is completely gone.
So, this means I’m no longer on a gluten-free diet. And I hope we can put all of that drama behind us and maybe pretend it never happened.
On a different note, yesterday we did a marathon trip to Michigan for a memorial service (4 hours there and back). I finished all my shopping before then, but wasn’t able to prep anything so today I’m playing catch-up! We have a bunch of easy pantry meals this week because we’re pretty busy Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Here’s what I bought:
Mr. Mac’s Grocery Outlet
2 boxes Puffin’s cereal: $1.25 each
1 Quest bar: $.75
1 box Larabars: $2.00
Cinnabon roll: Free
Skyr yogurt: $.99
Dijon mustard: $.89
Applesauce cups: $1.19
Bag of penguin crackers: $.49
Multi-colored peppers: $2.49
Bite-sized salami: $3.49
2 bags baby carrots: $.99 each
2 packages strawberries: $1.49 each
All purpose flour: $1.15
2 tubs Greek yogurt: $3.49 each
French onion dip: $.99
Cottage cheese: $1.59
Cooking spray: $1.49
White cheddar popcorn: $1.79
Bananas, 2.38 pounds: $1.05
Half & half: $1.55
Babybel cheese: $2.68
4 blocks cheese (2 not pictured, were for Allison’s school snack): $1.69 each
2 cucumbers: $.49 each
2 package baby wipes (Not pictured, taken to Allison’s school): $1.39 each
Banana peppers: $1.79
Jennie-o turkey sausage: $3.29
Bolthouse Farms Caesar dressing: $3.00
2 packages tortillas (Not pictured): $.75 each, on clearance
Total: $7.58 after a $2.00 off reward
Weekly Total: $67.45
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Dinner out (Traveled back from Michigan)
Deli sandwiches* (Bread and deli chicken in freezer), popcorn, frozen green beans*
Slow Cooker Caesar Chicken in a bowl with rice* and roasted broccoli
Pasta with Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce* (In freezer), frozen broccoli
Instant Pot Beans and Ham* (Beans in pantry, ham bone was frozen from when I cooked a ham), Cornbread Muffins
Chicken sausage* sheet pan dinner with potatoes*, bell peppers, cauliflower
Scrambled eggs, sausage links*, Oven-Baked Biscuits, banana
Sausage Egg and Cheese Burritos
Yogurt with frozen berries*
Salami, Babybel cheese, crackers, strawberries, applesauce
Making a meat, cheese, and veggie tray for Teacher Appreciation Week
Cinnamon Raisin Bread that I took to Michigan
Brownies with Cheesecake Topping for John’s birthday (I used only ingredients I had at home, frugal win!)
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.