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 #31 – Week 3 of the Lyn-Genet Plan Edition

Welcome to WIAW hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons! Since WIAW goes Green, I posted a recipe for roasted vegetables last week, so if you missed it, be sure to check it out.. it’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure recipe :D

This is my third week of the Lyn-Genet plan (Week 1, Week 2, and more on the LG Plan) and before I get started with my eats, I wanted to tell you about my little break from the plan. On Friday, our weekly call went about 2 hours over the allotted time, and I missed my lunch, prompting me to throw away the day, and we went out for dinner. I went up about 0.8 lbs. On Saturday, I started with breakfast and lunch back on the plan, but while running errands, we decided to eat out, and I decided not to stay on plan (meaning that I had things that I hadn’t yet tested), and I went up 1.4 lbs. I know I didn’t eat enough to go up that much. On Sunday, I knew we were going to the movies, and I thought I’d just take that day off too, and I went up 1.8 lbs. All 3 days, I was super bloated, but at least I wasn’t in pain.

On Monday, I was back on plan, and yesterday, the scale showed that I had already lost 2.2lbs, not only that, I felt much better! Seeing the change in the scale keeps me going when I’m not digging my lunch, or when I’m craving things I can’t have right now. This Plan is changing the way I feel about the scale.. it really is just a tool to let me know when something doesn’t agree with my body.

There are still many things I still want to and need to test, but for now, testing is on hold (it is recommended that there is no testing done 3 days before TOM).  The things I’m dying to test are turkey, salmon, and red bell peppers. Perhaps I’ll be able to test a couple of these in the following week.

Let’s get back to the WIA portion of WIAW!

For Tuesday’s breakfast, I planned on having the Blueberry Pear Compote which had to be prepared the night before. The scent of the compote make the boy crave blueberry sauce for ice cream. This time, it was a little too soupy, but one of these days, I’ll make him his own blueberry sauce. The compote has chia seeds, and it is delicious!

Blueberry Pear Compote

Blueberry Pear Compote

For lunch, I wanted to try a new soup, and on Monday night, I made some spicy coconut sauce on Monday night (first the compote, then the sauce… I was on a roll!!) which is required for the soup. I had this with some leftover chopped salad; this is my favourite salad as it has chopped apple and avocado–the only thing that would make it better would be goat cheese! The Spicy Vegetarian soup was a welcome change from the carrot ginger and cream of broccoli soups.

Spicy Vegetable Soup

Spicy Vegetarian Soup + Chopped Salad

For my snack, I had unsalted chips with lemon juice and sriracha. In Mexico, we always added lime juice and “Botanera” sauce to our chips (especially Doritos), but when snack time arrived and I didn’t have any Botanera, I tried it with Sriracha.. it’s my new/old favourite way to have chips!

A little Sriracha goes a long way

A little Sriracha goes a long way

For dinner, we had chicken with Apple Bourbon sauce, sautéed kale with sunflower seeds, and mixed greens with avocado. Thanks to the Plan, I’ve started to enjoy having my vegetables… I’ve never had so much zucchini, and now I really like it, but kale just has not grown on me. I’ll continue to eat it when I have to.

the-plan-apple-bourbon-chicken

For my dessert, I had some chocolate. I want to test the dark chocolate and raspberry Ghirardelli… it’s my favourite chocolate combination.

Love this stuff!

Love this stuff!

Hope you enjoyed my eats :)

What’s your favourite chocolate combination?

Have you ever had hot sauce on your chips?

WIAW # 30 – Week 2 of the Lyn-Genet Plan edition

Welcome to the first March edition of WIAW hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons!

This is my second week on the Lyn-Genet Plan (read my first post about it here), and for the most part, it’s been going really well. The only thing that I have reacted to so far was beef which was really saddening because I LOVE steak! I wasn’t sure if I’d had a reaction because my weight had stayed the same, so I was redoing Day 6.. it wasn’t until the afternoon (almost a day after I had consumed steak), but let me tell you, the reaction was a bad one: abdominal pain, bloating, and the next day, I had a 0.7 weight gain. The bloating caused me to look like I was 6 months pregnant… even the boy couldn’t deny it {although he had no comment}.  I’m looking forward to testing another protein (probably some wild fish) so I have something else to eat aside from chicken!

I must say that I feel great when I’m not reactive to something, and I’m not bloated. A huge positive is that I’ve lost 6 lbs. :D

Now that you’re caught up on my progress, let’s move onto yesterday’s eats!

For breakfast, I got to test gluten-free bread, which was a welcome break from the flax granola. The only downside was that I was hungry 45 minutes later. With the granola, I am good until lunch time.

toast-almond-butter-apples

Gluten-Free toast with almond butter and half an apple

Eddie jumped on the desk while I was taking this photo. I was trying to take a photo of him afterwards, but he kept turning away. He finally looked at the camera

Look at that look of annoyance on his face.. priceless!

For lunch, I had the cream of broccoli soup again, this time with chia seeds, and mixed greens and sunflower seeds. This is my 5th bowl in just over a week, so I’m due for a change.

cream-of-broccoli-soup-mixed-greens

For a snack, I was supposed to have carrots with homemade humus, but I wasn’t able to test it on Monday, so I had to have raw almond butter instead. I never thought I’d like this combination, but it’s good!

carrots-almond-butter

For dinner, I had mixed greens, sautéed vegetables, and chicken with a spicy apricot sauce. I also had 1 oz of dark chocolate for dessert but forgot to take a photo of it.

chicken-dinner

Since we’re talking about greens, I have to admit that I don’t know that I’ve ever had this many greens in my life! My favourite way to eat them is roasted, with sautéed being a close second.

What about you… what’s your favourite way to eat your greens?

WIAW #29 – The Lyn-Genet Plan Edition

Hello again, friends! I tend to neglect my poor li’l blog when I’m busy, but I finally took some photos for WIAW hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons.

Now that we got the Austin Half Marathon out of the way, I finally decided to start the Lyn-Genet Plan — a plan to help you find foods reactive to your body. These foods cause inflammation, resulting in weight gain. I posted about the Plan shortly after I had met Lyn-Genet Recitas in Houston.

Yesterday was day 3 of the phase 1 {detox}. The first two days were rough with the first day being worse than the second. On the first day, I suffered from lethargy, difficulty sleeping at night, and a headache that continued through to day 2. The second day, I felt lethargic up until dinner time, then I felt fine. I had a difficult time falling asleep, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as the first night.

Back to the food… I’ve had almost the same breakfast for the first 3 days.

Flax granola with apples, and Silk coconut milk

Flax granola with apples, and Silk coconut milk

For lunch, I got to have a different soup than the prior 2 days

Baby romaine, carrots, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, and cream of broccoli soup with sunflower seeds

Baby romaine, carrots, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, and cream of broccoli soup with sunflower seeds

Yesterday, we tested almonds and I passed, which meant I got to have some as a snack today

15 almonds 

In the evening, the fiancé complained that since I’ve been “eating healthy,” he’s been “forced to eat junk.” Just for the record, he’s been offered what I’ve had for my meals, but since they’ve consisted of mostly vegetables, he has declined my offers. Yesterday, he finally agreed to have some.

2.5 oz of baked chicken on a bed of baby romaine, and grilled vegetables

2.5 oz of baked chicken on a bed of baby romaine, and grilled vegetables

As far as side effects went, I didn’t suffer any on day 3. I’ll keep you guys posted in regards to what foods I end up having reactions to. Before I started the plan, I wrote down what I thought I might be reactive to:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy {including Greek Yogurt}
  • Peanuts
  • Strawberries

It will be interesting to find out what I actually am reactive to.

Are you allergic or intolerant to any foods? Have you ever done an elimination diet?

WIAW #26 – Road Trip Edition

Today is a great Wednesday as my fiancé is coming home :D I’m so excited about it… This is a special WIAW because I am going to post some of the photos from this weekend.. Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW party.

My friend Alicia invited me on a last-minute trip out to Houston/Sugar Land to go see an author of a book we’d been talking about for over a week– “The Plan” by Lyn-Genet Recitas:

In this revolutionary book, cutting-edge nutrition expert Lyn-Genet Recitas reveals the surprising truth behind what actually makes people pack on the pounds. Carbs and portion sizes, it turns out, are not the problem. Foods that are revered by traditional weight loss programs, such as turkey, eggs, cauliflower, beans, and tomatoes, may be healthy in a vacuum, but when combined with each person’s unique chemistry, they can cause a toxic reaction that triggers weight gain, premature aging, inflammation, and a host of health problems including constipation, migraines, joint pain, and depression.

Alicia first saw Lyn-Genet on Dr. Oz and told me about it. I had a few episodes of Dr. Oz DVR’ed, so I was able to watch the segment (you can watch it here), and it made a lot of sense. Anyway, I decided to go with Alicia on a day trip, we were going to head out around noon and come back that evening.  During our run on Saturday, we decided to stay the night. We hit the road at 11:30 and got to our destination three hours later.

Sugar Land City Hall

Sugar Land City Hall

Lyn-Genet talked to us about the book, her experiences with the plan, and answered questions. We then watched the Dr. Oz segment. Afterwards, Lyn-Genet signed copies of her book.

Lyn-Genet, Alicia, and me @ Ruggles Green (credit: Ruggles Green FB)

Lyn-Genet, Alicia, and me @ Ruggles Green (credit: Ruggles Green FB)

What I was really looking forward to, however, was trying out the food at the venue, Ruggles Green, which is a certified green restaurant and has a lot of Gluten-Free options.

Alicia had a burger, which had the most amazing bun!

Alicia had a burger, which had the most amazing bun! It was fluffy and had a nice flavor

I had the Crab & Shrimp Pasta, which was sooo good, that I ate it all!!

I had the Crab & Shrimp Pasta, which was sooo good that I ate it all!!

After a bit of shopping, we went to P.F. Chang’s for dessert and drinks.

Drinks @ P.F. Chang's

Drinks @ P.F. Chang’s

We had the Chocolate Dome for dessert, but we actually took it back to the hotel. We checked into the hotel around 8:30, had our dessert, tried to stay up, but by 9:00, it was lights out! We were exhausted. I slept until about 7, we got ready, and drove back to Austin. Since it was Sunday, we decided to grab brunch at Wild Wood Cafe.

Brunch @ Wild Wood Cafe

Brunch @ Wild Wood Cafe – chicken tamale, migas, French toast, bacon, potatoes, and bean & veggie enchilada 

It was a short, but fun trip. I definitely learned a lot, and in regards to “The Plan,” I will be trying it out after the Austin Half Marathon. I know there are some foods that are reactive to my body, and I have been frustrated when my weight has gone up when eating clean. I’m going to wait to do the plan until after the half marathon because it’s best that you don’t exercise during the 20 days of the plan.

How was your weekend? Did you have Monday off?

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