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.


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!


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.


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).


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.


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).


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

WIAW #44 – New find

Every week, I tell myself that I’m going to blog outside of WIAW, yet every Tuesday, I find myself surprised that another week has gone by! Once the wedding and honeymoon are behind us, I’ll have a lot more time to blog!

Since it is Wednesday, it’s time to party!! Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for this link party :)


 Yesterday morning, I went to work out with my RD/Trainer, and we had a legs and core day. Once I got home, I had breakfast: a small banana and gluten-free oatmeal (made with skim milk) and pecans.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with pecans, and a bananaFor lunch, I had some tuna salad wraps; the tuna salad was made with Greek yogurt, chopped apple, and lemon juice. I also had sugar snap peas with hummus and the rest of the apple.

Lunch: tuna salad wrap, apple, sugar snap peas and hummusIn the afternoon, I was craving something sweet, so I had some chocolate chips and pecan pieces (not pictured).

To prepare for dinner, I stopped by Costco to pick up some salmon, and I saw some frozen quinoa and kale and thought I should give it a try.

Quinoa and Kale

The salmon went in the oven, and when there were 5 minutes remaining on the timer, I popped a bag of the quinoa and kale in the microwave, put water to boil to steam some broccoli. Once everything was ready, we were about to sit down for dinner when someone decided she wanted to sit on my fiancé’s chair.

Princess Maya at the table

I hope she stays this little!!

My fiancé who’s not a big fan of vegetables LOVED the quinoa and kale. Overall, this meal was delicious!

Dinner: salmon, quinoa and kale, and broccoli

 What is your favourite find from Costco?

I love Namaste flour blend, but I haven’t gotten to use that much lately (I promised to refrain from baking until after the wedding), so my other find is the salmon.

WIAW #43 – Struggles

Hello, there! I hope your week has been going well thus far… mine’s been pretty busy. I’m reorganizing my office, so when I’m not working, I’m working on that or the wedding while watching “How I Met Your Mother.” I finally caught up to season 9, but to watch the current season from the beginning, I’d have to pay $49.99 for the season subscription on iTunes. Nope. Not going to happen. I’m going to have to wait until it comes out on Netflix!

Anyhooo since it is Wednesday, it’s time for another edition of WIAW–a wonderful party hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons.

Yesterday started off with some a winter warning; there was ice on the ground. There were some delayed starts, but they didn’t apply to me (I was going to work from home) nor my fiancé (he had to go into work at his usual time). For breakfast, I decided on Chobani coconut-blended yogurt with papaya, Udi’s GF granola, and almonds.

Breakfast: Coconut Chobani with papaya, Udi's gluten-free granola, and slivered almonds

Little Miss Maya was hanging around on my crafts table shortly after I took that photo. She is just over a year old, but she’s still got such a baby face.


Last night, we had spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner, but I didn’t have any spaghetti left over. When it came time for lunch, I had to wait until after a noon call to get myself in the kitchen to prep lunch. This proved to be disastrous.. I snacked on a couple of All But Gluten chocolate chip cookies. Once the pasta was cooked, I heated the meat sauce and some frozen grilled bell peppers, and mixed it all together, and topped with some parmesan.

Lunch: ziti with meat sauce and vegetablesIn the afternoon, I was going to take photos of the cookies since I did have them before lunch, and instead of putting them back in the bag, I had them as well. They weren’t even that good!

Cookies and milkI’m so not looking forward to telling my dietitian/personal trainer this morning. I’ve been struggling to keep it clean since the weekend, but I feel like I’m so burned out from just eating healthy and not being able to just eat some things. Perhaps I should’ve just taken a break and given myself permission to have a day or two off, and then I wouldn’t have felt so guilty. Anyway, I’m sure she’ll kick my butt!

For dinner, we had Butter Chicken from Clean Eating magazine scheduled.


I was really excited because it was so fragrant with the curry, turmeric root, and Garam Masala, but it was pretty bland; we were so disappointing. I knew it wasn’t going to be too strong, but I was afraid to add the spices afterwards. I’m not sure if it’s the spices (perhaps I shouldn’t be getting them from the bulk section), or if I just needed to double them (which is what I usually do with Clean Eating recipes). Any advice?

How do you get yourself back on track?

Lately, after a good verbal spanking from my dietitian, I’ve been able to stay clean, but I reminded myself today that even though the scale isn’t moving, I’m still making improvements with my clothing and TRX.




WIAW #42 – Veggie Love

Welcome to another WIAWTuesday! Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting the link party.

My Tuesday started off with a 45 minute run and a shower. After feeding the cats, I made breakfast. Of course I wanted yogurt with papaya, but running + dairy do not mix for me. I am only sensitive to dairy after I run. Instead, I opted for some eggs with spinach, and black beans topped with salsa, and a bowl of raspberries.

breakfast-eggs-blackbeans-raspberriesThis kept me full for quite some time, so when lunch time came, I wasn’t very hungry. However, Alicia and I had an appointment with the florist for the wedding, so I had to eat something. My plan was to have yogurt and when I got hungry a couple of hours later, I could have last night’s leftovers.

yogurt with banana, granola, and cashews


Four p.m. came around and I was just a little hungry, so I had a snack instead of a full-sized lunch. My fiancé and I went grocery shopping yesterday, and I got some new hummus that I wanted to try out. It was a little spicy but good :)

carrots and hummusWhen it was time to make dinner, I realized that I’d forgot to go to some Mexican markets to find dried ancho chiles for last night’s dinner. My fiancé said he would just make himself some ham and cheese sandwiches, and I said I would have Monday night’s tilapia that was left over. Plain tilapia didn’t appeal to me yesterday, so I opted for simple fish tacos instead.

tilapia tacos and green beansI cut up the tilapia, put it in a bowl with some avocado and lime juice and mixed them all together. I split the mixture into two tortillas and topped it with salsa. Steamed green beans with lime juice butter rounded out my dinner. It was delicious and super quick to make.

I hope you enjoyed my eats!

Do you have any food intolerances that only affect you at certain times?

As I mentioned, my body can’t handle dairy after a run.



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