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Canola Oil - my new archnemesis

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today I think I've finally figured it out!

In addition to the main culprits - dairy, onions - I believe I've found a new enemy of my digestive system!

I feel really excited about this news, but sad in a way too.

I'm happy because who needs canola oil! And I'm glad I've finally figured it out, even though I was suspecting it for awhile.

First inclination - had a granola with 3 ingredients - oats, canola oil and honey. Tried the others in isolation. No trouble.

2nd - tried a different brand of rice milk, had problems. Checked label - had canola oil. hmmmm

3rd - had some blue corn chips yesterday and my stomach was complaining all the way home (in rush hour traffic) Looked on the package - yes, canola oil.

So I think that does it. I will do my best to avoid all canola oil (in packaged items), when cooking at home (obviously), and then the only issue will be eating out. Sigh.

It can be done. It's just about being an advocate. And hopefully by getting rid of all of it on my side, if I get slipped a bit here and there, my gut will be strong enough to handle it.

The experiment continues...

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GREGGWEISBROD 7/21/2014 11:39AM

    Sounds like you might have a minor allergy. That sucks, but great that you've figured it out. Hope you've been able to avoid it well enough, I imagine it could be tough.

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RICKISMOM1 6/21/2014 5:35PM

    Hope it works for you!!

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Meal Planning - one of my new favorite things to do

Saturday, May 10, 2014

So meal planning has always been something I've neglected in the years I've been feeding myself. It was just not something that was modeled at home. But as I've been getting better at it over the fast few months I've really started to enjoy it.

My main issue with meal planning is/was that I seriously forget food I like. I completely forget. I seriously google meal ideas all the time. This refreshes my memory. In addition, I have started to keep an excel worksheet with weekly plans, this way I can look back for ideas. It has helped a lot. Give me a few more months of this and I think I will really be on a roll.

So even though I struggle with meal planning, I love the feeling I have once I've finished and know that I have yummy food to look forward to for the week.
(well once I go food shopping)

Also with all this meal planning and restricted diet nonsense, I have been cooking more and that's been great. I'm still not an expert and cooking meat, but I'm getting better and I've been also trying more complicated dishes. It's seriously a learning process, and one I know I'm going to help my kids with once I have them.

Ok - so the meal plan for the next 4 days!

rice chex with rice milk
Lunch at the diner (omelette with ham, spin and tomatoes and maybe rye toast, not sure if i'm gonna bring the gluten back)
turkey meatloaf, baked sweet potato slices and zucchini

oatmeal w brown sugar
turkey sandwich with mustard
chicken with quinoa (w tom and mush) and salad

oatmeal w brown sugar
salad with roasted peppers (maybe chic)
leftover meatloaf

rice chex w soy milk
tuna on gf crackers
chicken and quinoa leftovers


I'm also planning to make a gf/df pizza on Thursday and fish tacos on Friday. Pretty exciting!

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AEHEGE 5/10/2014 4:19PM


(Your pizza does sound challenging!)

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ROSINVN 5/10/2014 11:10AM

    sounds great and wonderful to master a new skill of meal planning

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AEGISHOT 5/10/2014 10:35AM


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TKTMTA 5/10/2014 10:21AM


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TRAVELGO 5/10/2014 10:17AM

  Sounds GOOD!

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BLC Goals!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Hello happy sparkers!

I'm back at BLC and I love it because it forces me to step up my game a bit when it comes to eating, fitness and overall wellness.

To get my momentum going, I'm starting off by setting some goals.

1. Chat on the thread 3-5 times per week.
2. Participate in more than one challenge per week.
3. Celebrate successes and stay positive.
4. Learn from and share wisdom with new friends on the team.

I'm keeping it realistic!

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    A Lifelong Journey
We who began working the Steps in order to recover from compulsive eating now find that through them we have embarked on a lifelong journey of spiritual growth. From the isolation of food obsession we have emerged into a new world. Walking hand in hand with our friends and our Higher Power, we are now exploring this world, using the great spiritual principles embodied in the Twelve Steps as the map to guide our way. We gratefully follow in the footsteps of many others who have walked this way before us, and we’re gratified to be making footprints of our own for others to follow.

Those of us who live this program don’t simply carry the message; we are the message. Each day that we live well, we are well, and we embody the joy of recovery which attracts others who want what we’ve found in OA. We’re always happy to share our secret: the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous, which empower each of us to live well and be well, one day at a time

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LOVELESMILLS 5/3/2014 8:56AM


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Restricted Diet 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I get asked very often - how are you? This has become a loaded question, because depending on the time of day, my answer will vary.

I have IBS.

I have not yet fully identified foods that cause me issues.

Currently I'm avoiding junk, gluten, dairy, corn, peanuts, fried foods and anything else that causes me issues (coffee, onions, etc.).

So after having a bad night last night (too many possible new foods), I decided to have a dish which includes foods I eat all the time, and believe work for me.

I had hummus chicken with squash and baked potatoes.

It was simply prepared and really included very little else than what's named. And yet my stomach gurgled and growled and the pressure built. It was NOTHING like last night, but it was still something, and it's very frustrating because I'm losing my momentum.

I'm scheduled to meet with the natural doctor tomorrow, and I'm planning on scheduling something with my primary for next week.

I just want to get this under control. I know I have the will power to do it. I even have a huge addiction to desserts (which I've seriously kicked). I'm willing to do the hard stuff.

Yet it hasn't been easy, and I'm getting frustrated with no results.

What I've been saying is that I seriously need a TYPE A personality dietitian who can really educate and guide me through this process. I KNOW I can do it alone, but I'd feel more comfortable under the care of a professional.

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LIZARDG7 4/25/2014 7:03AM

    I have had IBS all my life - so did my grandmother. Your plan sounds great!

I live in NJ too - Cranford in Union County.

Good Luck this round!

emoticon Lizzie

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CLPURNELL 3/20/2014 10:24PM

    emoticon emoticon

Hope you can identify your trigger foods soon.

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CHERIJ16 3/14/2014 12:13AM

    I have had IBS for many years. My gastroenterologist recommended that I try to get 28 to 30 grams of fiber per day. He told me about Fiber One Cereal (original) which has enough fiber in one cup to give you a whole day's quota of fiber. I eat it with one cup of vanilla almond milk. It really helps me control my IBS. Sometimes I eat Fiber One Almond Nut Clusters Cereal. It doesn't have as much fiber as the original but it tastes better. I usually throw in 1/2 cup frozen blueberries.
I also take Schiff Digestive Advantage Intense Bowel Support for IBS and it helps me a lot. (Bette than other probiotics)
If I eat onions or beans or broccoli type vegetables I take Beano with it and it works for me.

I am not a dietician but these things work for me. I hope that maybe some of these tips will work for you. Good luck. emoticon

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in response to some happy sparker

Monday, June 24, 2013

i don't know about you, but i get this best spark blogs of the week sent to my email. i won't lie, i don't always read it.

but i read one just recently about a guy asking about us sparkers who have disappeared. well as a sparker who frequently disappears, i can tell you this.

we are not on the site. therefore we are doing bad eating/exercising. and we feel guilty, fat, and unmotivated, also we feel that our bad eating/exercising is allowed or deserved (maybe we've been going through rough times). but we desperately need to be back on the site.

but we have not made our health a priority.

so here i am. i NEED to track. yet i haven't in a month or so. and my legs are the fattest they've ever been. and i need to wear a bathing suit in 3 days. and i can't just hide in the water. i've got to stand and supervise children in said bathingsuit.

yep. i'm feeling pretty down on myself.

but i'm telling myself tomorrow is another day, and tomorrow i'm going to make better choices than i made today.

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VIOLET_GREWE 7/2/2013 11:02AM

    I have been afraid of coming back too, NEED to!!! so much better with spark emoticon

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CLPURNELL 6/28/2013 12:02AM

    Hey being back here is a step. Never be afraid to come back. there is no ridicule or shame only support. you can do this and you are worth it!

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CLPURNELL 6/28/2013 12:01AM

    Hey being back here is a step. Never be afraid to come back. there is no ridicule or shame only support. you can do this and you are worth it!

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DR8561 6/25/2013 11:46AM

    I've been back for a whole week now. It makes such a difference when I'm tracking and checking in every day. When I start thinking I can handle things on my own, I'm headed for trouble (stinkin' thinkin'). Here's to new beginnings! emoticon

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STEVEN_D 6/24/2013 10:10PM

    I am the worst slacker when I don't stay here and do this. Still trying to lose what was gained when I left for awhile. We can do this!!

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