Thanks everyone! The good advice just keeps on coming!
Pianodoc - yeah I have severe allergies to dust and mold. I don't think I can fix this no matter what kind of diet I have. I know there are many treatments for seasonal allergies but for dust and mold, I'm pretty sure I'm screwed. Ha!
As for the Crossfit - that IS my weight training, it incorporates everything you suggested I try for weight training - power lifts, pullups, pushups, etc. My trainers are awesome and always make sure we have proper form and no injury. Everything is scaled down for my skill level but I still push myself and love those workouts. I also always make sure I have a day of rest (or two) when my body needs it.
I'm sure I could use more walking, biking (moving at a slow pace) but 1) its been hot as hell and 2) with the full-time job and two kids, my time is very limited so I try to get the most with the Crossfit and stay active as much as I can.
Also: I'm just never going to like fatty meat. It's not a stigma about fats; it's the taste. I just don't like it. I do eat bacon and organic sausages and burgers and ground bison. I also like avocados and have a couple a week.
Good advice on the apple. I'll keep any fruit I have with a meal.
If I dont feel like meat or eggs for a meal, what do you suggest? Sometimes I'm just not super hungry but want something small so I'll have cottage cheese and some berries.
I thought almonds were good for you? I don't overdo them and do take Omega-3s to help keep a healthy balance but I do sometimes cook/bake with almond flour. I actually very rarely have any of the treats or breads I make bc just because they are low-carb they are still high-cal.
I'll look into the pantothenic acid, thanks for the tip!
What do you guys think about protein shakes as an occasional meal supplement to get enough protein? I read Mark's stance on it and he leaves it in the 20% rule to make accommodations for modern life. I'm wondering is upping my protein would help?