Archives for May 2014

WIAW #46 – Planning It

Hello, beautiful people! I hope you’re all having a great week. Before we get started, I just wanted to give thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting this link party.

 As I mentioned last week, I was thinking of doing the Lyn-Genet Plan to test foods to see what was causing my bloating. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Plan, it is basically an elimination diet to figure out what foods are reactive for you. Foods that cause a reaction can cause inflammation and weight gain. For more information, head over to Lyn-Genet Recitas’s website.

I started the Plan on Friday, and yesterday was Day 5. The Plan is scheduled for 20 days; but you can always extend phase 2 to keep testing foods. Yesterday morning was the first time I’d ever had the Plan Smoothie. It was basically a pear, blueberries, chia seeds, avocado, and Silk coconut milk. It doesn’t look appetizing, but it wasn’t bad; it was a little bland for my taste.

the-plan-smoothie

For lunch, I had cream of broccoli soup, red leaf lettuce, carrot & beet salad, all topped with pumpkin seeds. The soup tasted better than it did on the day that I made it; no complaints here!

broccoli-soup-mixed-veggies

I forgot to take a photo of my snack, so I’ll recycle a photo from March last year when I was also doing the Plan. It was carrots and almond butter. This time around, I forgot I was supposed to get raw almond butter, but since I didn’t react to it when I had it on Monday, I think I’ll be okay.

carrots-almond-butter

For dinner, I was testing a new (to the plan this time around) protein: halibut. The way you test things is to have a small serving, and everything else during the day has been previously tested. I baked it and topped it with some lemon juice. I had mixed baby romaine lettuce, and mixed sautéed vegetables with goat cheese (which I tested on Monday and passed).

halibut-veggies

After 5 days, I’ve been feeling great so far, my bloating has subdued, and I haven’t gotten any stomach aches. I plan on testing all my favourite foods – Greek yogurt, papaya, GF granola, ground turkey, pecans, cucumbers, asparagus, GF bread (that can be highly reactive due to the starches), salmon.. I think I’ll have to come up with a list.

Today, I’ll be testing another protein; I haven’t decided which yet, but it will probably be beef or lamb. Last time I did the plan, I failed beef miserably… I LOVE beef and when I get a craving for steak, there is nothing that will satisfy it but steak. The thing is, I remember how much it hurt when I tested beef; although I haven’t refrained from it, I hope I’ll pass…Wish me luck!

Which food would you hate to find out you’re reactive/intolerant/allergic to?

WIAW #45 – How am I bloated again?

Hello everyone..we’re really back to regular programming here as I remembered to take photos this week (last week, not so much). Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting this link party!

green smoothie

Yesterday morning, I was craving a green smoothie. I made it with kale, a banana, rice protein, almond butter, and almond milk. I had my husband try it, and he actually liked it! The only problem was that after I drank it, I found myself bloated. Hmm…

I took advantage of a cancelled call yesterday morning to take an early lunch and go for a run. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after the Tough Mudder on Sunday, so I limited myself to 30 minutes. Prior to my run, I rolled out my quads, IT bands, and shins, however, it was my calves that were feeling tight.

spaghetti

After my run, I prepped my lunch – spaghetti with meat (ground turkey) sauce,  grilled bell peppers, and a sprinkle of parmesan. It was delicious but I was bloated again, and to top it off, I was hungry not long after lunch. I snacked on a Kind bar, a few lentil crackers, and some cottage cheese (not pictured).

kind-bar

Shortly after work, I was hungry again, and after drinking some water, I grabbed another Kind bar, and then I noticed that I was bloated again, or maybe I never stopped being bloated, plus I had a stomach ache. I went to visit my friend Alicia to bring her some of the pizza from Monday night, and when I got home, I started prepping dinner.

beef tacos

We decided on Taco Tuesday, and I used some taco seasoning I had previously mixed (it was probably this recipe; can’t be certain). We topped them with cheese, crema (Mexican sour cream), and salsa, and I had a side of romaine lettuce with lime juice. Right after dinner, we were putting things away, and the skin on my belly stretching so bad due to bloating that it was hurting.

I noticed I’ve been bloated more often since the honeymoon (ICYMI – we got married!), but I figured once I cut out the alcohol and started eating clean again, that it would subside. However, that has not been the case. On Monday, I was thinking that perhaps it was time to do the Lyn Genet Plan again starting this weekend, and then yesterday morning, I was thinking that perhaps it could wait until the week after. After dinner last night, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer; I have to figure out what’s causing this bloating. The good thing is that I get to do the Spring Plan because it’s been over 75F every day since we’ve been home :D

I may have to adjust May’s goals (I think the max I can run while doing the plan is 30 minutes), but I’ll let you guys know for sure.

Hope you guys are doing well :D

It’s time to start up again…

may-goals

We’ve been back from our honeymoon for a week, and it’s time I started back up on my weight loss journey. I’ve finished my  program with my dietitian, and it’s time for me to put everything I learned to use. I’m blogging about it to keep me accountable. My goal is a 5 lb loss by May 31st (although my big goal would be to lose 7 lbs as I’ve gained about 6 or 7 in the last month). I’m going to lose it by doing the following:

  • logging all my food on my journal
    • week 1: just log it all!
    • week 2: week 1 goal AND eat 4 servings of vegetables daily
    • week 3: week 1 + 2 goals AND stick to allotted servings
    • week 4: week 1-3 goals AND no sweets!
  • running 3-4 times a week:
    • one long run 60-90 minutes
    • two to three 30-45 minute runs
  • cross training twice a week (whatever, just get it done!)
  • drinking at least 6 glasses of water daily (I’ve been slacking with the water as well)

This month, I will also talk to my doctor about my heat/cold-induced asthma — now that the weather is heating up, I will need it again.

Do you make monthly goals? How does it work for you?

 

We got hitched!

Almost 3 weeks ago, my significant other and I tied the knot here in Austin. It was a beautiful day near Lake Travis, and my cousin Paty (and the rest of my family who helped out) did an amazing job decorating the venue — it turned out better than I could have imagined! My husband and I were excited to have so many of our loved ones come to celebrate with us. It’s true what they say, the day (and night) FLEW by! Before we knew it, the last song came on, and we tried to get as much dancing as we possibly could get in there! We won’t be getting the photos from our photographer for a few more weeks, but here are a few taken by my family and me.

Click on a thumbnail to launch the image gallery.


I can’t wait to get the photos from our photographer! I’ll be posting some of them once we get them.

For our honeymoon, we went to the Sandals resort in Antigua. We loved the resort, we had mostly great weather, and the restaurants all had gluten-free options! The water was incredible, and we had such a relaxing time. It was just what we both needed! We didn’t take a lot of photos there, and to be honest, I still haven’t downloaded them from our iPhones and cameras.

When we got back, it was sad to come home to a pretty empty house. It had been so lively with members of our families staying and visiting the week leading up to the wedding. We’ve been back for almost a week now, so things are settling into our new normalcy.

Hope you guys are well!

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