Thursday, January 19, 2012
For a few years now I have been battling problems with my stomach, gas, bloating, cramps. Its horrible. About 2 years ago after dealing with the problems for a year I thought, hey maybe I'm lactose intolerant. So I cut out all dairy and the problems got better, a week later I ate a big bowl of cereal with milk and boom, problems back.
I discovered milk did me in but I could still eat small amounts of ice cream, cheese, yogurt and other dairy. I switched to almond milk and was pretty good but slowly over the next year I started having problems again, had to cut out the ice cream, and then the cheese and yogurt and its gotten to the point where any small amount of dairy in baked goods will give me problems.
Over the past few months even when I eat nothing with dairy I have problems. Its been getting worse and worse and now I find it hard to go to the gym or out restaurants or even shopping because I am so flatulent (its reeeealy bad) and I cant just let it rip so I am in constant pain when in public. At home is not much better because even though I don't have to keep bottled up I feel disgusting and smell even worse.... my poor family. Plus I am still in pain.
A week ago my sister mentioned that maybe I had celiac disease. Our aunt was diagnosed with it a few years ago but I dident know what it was, I just know everyone in my family thought my aunt was a hypochondriac already so it was just another thing she thought she had and I never paid it any mind. I did some reading on it the past week and I now kinda feel bad I thought that of my aunt because all the problems she had for years before she was diagnosed can be caused by celiac. Turns out it makes your body attack itself when you eat wheat and one person can have one list of symptoms while another person has completely different symptoms. My stomach cramps, bloating, gas and it turns out lactose intolerance are all symptoms.
I went to the doctor today and told him my lactose intolerance story and before I could even ask to be tested for Celiac Disease he suggested that might be my problem. I told him that this past week I experimented with eating no gluten during the day and then eating something with gluten at night and getting horrible gas and cramps after having no problems at all during the day and he said after hearing that he is almost certain that is what I have.
I got blood tests and set up a nutritionist appointment and he told me I should start a gluten free diet right away.
So wow, I guess no more chips or bagels or garlic bread or lots of other stuff. It kinda makes you think twice about eating something with gluten when you know your basically killing your intestines. I am hoping that it wont be too hard though, but I am going to try and stay positive and know I have found creative solutions to eating low calorie and healthy, I can do the same in this situation.
Anyone eat gluten free? Any tips?
Sunday, January 08, 2012
well I decided to give you a peak into my very un-organized kitchen. I just went shopping for the next 2 weeks and I just cleaned my fridge which had not been thoroughly cleaned in too long to tell you because its embarrassing. lol. Its clean now though.
water water water - got the big pitcher so i would not have to keep filling it
egg whites & eggs
left over corn
light cool whip
chocolate syrup - kids chocolate milk
grenedine syrup - really bad but it lasts a long time and I like a shirley temple now and then
left over chicken
sour cream - light
light hot dogs
I also have some homemade vegetable soup in there now which is not pictured because I just made it. plan on eating it with lunches.
lettuce, avocados, carrots, cellery, cilantro, spinach, oranges, apples & grapefruit!
FRIDGE SIDE DOOR
pretty much all condiments and then milk, almond milk, juice and I also keep a few bottles of water M- mom D- Dad A- Aiden... Sippy cup is Lyra
ok this part not so clean and organized. lol
found these new wasa crackers... tried them tonight and they were not too bad, very light and not as cardboardy as the other wasa crackers I have tried. Only like 60 calories per serving.
These cocoa roasted almonds are really great too and I think you get a decent amount for only 100 calories. They make you feel like your indulging which is great for keeping yourself on track.
These i got for my sons birthday. I decided to make cupcakes because lets face it me and hubby just cant control ourselves when it comes to desserts. Single serve all the way. Most cake mixes make 24 cupcakes though and thats way too much, I was happy when I found a cupcake mix that made a smaller amount.
Breakfast foods - pancakes, cream of wheat, grits, fiber one and some new cereal I got from aldi... have not tried the aldi cereal yet but its suppose to compare to go lean crunch by kashi... aldi claims are a little hit or miss though I had some stuff that is awesome and some that sucked. I will let you know how this adds up.
MiO liquid water enchancer - got this as a 3 pack at sams club yesterday. really really good and 72 servings for only 10 dollars.
The whole messy cabinet - went over most of the stuff but other than that I got some puff corn, chocolate special k, puff corn and crackers all for the kids, natural apple sauce cups for lunches for hubby and aiden, special k chips which i have not tried yet, taco shells and mustard ( so disoranized lol) Peanut butter, bread, croutons, bacon bits and a crap ton of tea... i also have a box of brownies that I make individual brownies out of. You just take 2 tbls of brownie mix combined with 1 tbls of canned pumpkin, mix it up and microwave it in a small bowl for 1 minute... soooo good!!!
CANNED FOOD & PASTA CABINET
pasta sauce, pasta, barley, blackeyed peas, kidney beans, cannellini beans, black beans, chick peas, BEANS BEANS BEANS!!!, lol, chopped chilis, canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pumpkin, Salmon, and hiding in the back there is some sort of chili sauce that my mother in law gave me.... been there for months.
more beans, lentils, brown rice, whole wheat spaghetti, baby oranges for the kids, green beans, black beans, rotini, diced tomatoes.
next cabinet - Protien powder: never tried the soy before but i really wanted to start drinking protien shakes again because i stayed pretty full when I drank them.
pasta, splenda, oatmeal, crap ton of cup noodles, its a nice quick meal for the kids occassionaly but its not something we eat very often
TOP OF FRIDGE & SIDE TABLE
More Oranges & Grapefruit, Bananas, Sweet potatoes, sweet onions, red poatoes, apples
Forgot to take a picture of this but you would find a few diet frozen dinners, left over ham from Christmas for beans, a huge bag of frozen mixed berries, a smaller bag of blueberries, chicken breasts, lean ground turkey, loaves of bread, tortillas, sweet potato fries, broccoli, peas, green beans, coffee ice cubes for ice coffee drinks, thin crust pizza, jimmy dean fully cooked turkey sausage patties, chicken egg rolls, Christmas chocolate (I keep that in my deep freezer out on my deck, homemade lasagna, Gordon's herb shrimp, low fat orange sherbert ice cream bars, hot dog buns, .... I think that's it.
Well hope you enjoyed my kitchen, just something to do :-p
Sunday, January 08, 2012
breakfast - Oatmeal w/ berries + 1 tbls lite maple syrup
Lunch - Turkey bacon & spinach sandwich w/ lite mayo on Arnold health full 10 grain bread
(switching up to a little higher calorie bread really made the difference in this sandwich... so good! and it really was not too bad on points, only 2 points per slice... worth it)
1 Medium Orange
Snack - 1/2 pack fruit buddies.... little 100% fruit fruit snacks that are in the produce section of the grocery store. Turns out they are 3 points for a full pouch so i ate half which was 1 point. Not really worth it to me but I ate half the pack before I checked the points.
Dinner - Chicken and vegetable casserole with biscuit topping.... carrots, potatoes, celery, peas, chicken breast, flour, chicken boullion cubes, bisquick, thyme, & poultry seasoning. ......... Yummy!!!
Snack - home made garlic bean & spinach dip, salsa & wasa crisp'n light bread crackers... 3 crackers only 60 calories i think, or 1 point. Not bad with something on them. (made the dip by taking 1 can white kidney beans, 2 tbls garlic, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 cup fresh spinach wilted in hot pan and chopped & one tbls lemon juice... all processed in magic bullet - 4 servings 3 points per)
Snack 2 - 2 dark chocolate Hershey's kisses
Exercise - Day # 8 straight
40 min elliptical
10 min squats and lunges
Total Points Eaten: 26
Points Target: 26
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