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

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.

 

 

WIAW #40 – Back again

Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting the link party :)

I realize it’s been a while since I last posted one of these. Because I was training for a marathon, which I’d never done before, I started working with a dietitian I met through my coach a while back. Since September, I’ve lost almost 20 lbs. I’ve been eating clean, and not rewarding myself with foods after long runs. Now that the marathon is done with, it’s crunch time until the wedding. The wedding is creeping up fast and will be here in less than 2 months!

Yesterday morning, it was a little chilly, so I was craving something warm. I mixed a packet of Gluten Freeda apple cinnamon oatmeal with milk and popped it in the microwave. I added a banana and some almond butter.

breakfast - oats

For lunch, I had last night’s leftovers: Spicy Thai Turkey Wraps. I also made some quinoa with vegetables.

lunch thai turkey wrapsFor my afternoon snack, I was craving yogurt with papaya, but it’s not ripe yet. Instead, I settled for almond butter apple “sandwiches” with milk.

snack - apple slices with almond butterFor dinner, I made some shrimp and broccoli stir fry (I can’t remember which magazine the recipe came from), with some quinoa. I was glad my fiancé finished his plate, despite broccoli not being his favourite.

dinner - shrimp stir fry

And that wraps up another WIAW! Hope you’ve been good while I’ve been away :)

WIAW #38 – Eggcellent!

Welcome to WIAW! Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting the link party :)

These photos below are most of yesterday’s eats. I had my breakfast before I realized it was Tuesday. Breakfast was plain Greek yogurt with pineapple chunks, and a few almonds.

For lunch, I had a salad with carrots, cucumbers, chickpeas, black beans, a boiled egg, avocado, and goat cheese.  I never thought adding hard-boiled eggs to a salad was a good idea, but I was wrong! The salad was really tasty, or as my title says – eggcellent!! ;)

lunch-saladFor my snacks, I had an apple and cottage cheese, and cucumber with Tajín, and a Lara bar

snacks-apple-cottage-cheese-cucumbers

lara-barFor dinner, I knew I wanted to make cook some pork chops, but I didn’t have a recipe. Pinterest came to the rescue with a recipe for Mexican Pork Chops. My fiancé  loved this recipe because it had some kick to it. While I had the oven on, I took advantage and roasted some Brussels sprouts. I sautéed the zucchini with Mrs. Dash’s Fiesta Lime seasoning.

dinner-pork-roasted-brussels-sprouts-zucchini

That’s all for Tuesday’s eats.

What’s something new you’ve tried on a salad?

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