Friday, January 27, 2012
well I have been posting my food pictures to facebook this week but I thought I would give a recap of some of the meals I have eaten this past week because a lot of my spark friends dont use facebook. :-)
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This week has been interesting. I got the test results back from my doctor and they came back positive for celiac disease so I am now on a gluten free diet for life. I am having to make most things from scratch and I have had to do a lot of research because a bunch of things have either hidden gluten or they have been processed in a place on the same equipment as things with gluten. I have found that I can not even eat anything that touches a surface that has been touched by something with gluten or I will have a reaction. Example - the other day I was making a veggie burger and I neglected to clean up the kitchen counters where I had prepared sandwiches for my sons lunch. My meal was gluten free but I must have cross contaminated somewhere because I had horrible gas about an hour later. I have thrown out my toaster and put all food containing gluten in a bottom cabinet away from the rest of the food until its all gone. Once the leftover food with gluten is out of the house I am just going to go gluten free for the whole family. It will make my life easier and its actually a pretty healthy way to eat because we have to eat mostly whole foods now.
Im not going to go into how each of these menu items are made because most of my meals are pretty self explanitory. I basically just take a lot of ingreidents and then toss them all together. I like quick and easy. If you have any questions about any of the meals though just ask.
shrimp and black bean taco w/ mexican brown rice
spicy chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, olive oil and garlic over brown rice pasta
gluten free pancakes (will post recipe), fresh berries, egg whites
rice & shine breakfast cereal w/ berries
rice & shine breakfast cereal prepared like grits with salt and butter & veggie cheese, egg whites and fresh tomatoes
turkey pepperoni & veggie cheese quesadilla on mission corn tortillas, baked scoops with salsa
Home made chicken nuggets (chicken breast cut into chunks and dusted with gluten free baking mix, pan fried and then finished in the oven), corn on the cob, mashed poatoes with veggie cheese
rice chex cereal, fresh berries, almond milk
Fried Tofu & veggies w/ Thai peanut rice noodles
This did not taste bad but I just cant get over the texture of the tofu. I used extra firm and it was still way to squishy for me. blech. Next time minus tofu, add chicken.
(squeeze tofu dry, cut into strips, marinade in sesame oil, peanut sauce, ground ginger and then toss with rice flour and pan fry until browned)
(soak rice noodles in hot water for 4-5 minutes and then stir fry with asian veggies, tofu and peanut sauce)
polenta pizza w/ veggie mozzarella & turkey pepperoni, small salad w italian dressing
- I used bobs red mill polenta / corn meal which is dry and you have to mix it with water, which is what the recipe calls for. (large pizza was regular cheese and small was veggie cheese. My son got excited for pizza but then tried it and was kinda upset because it does not taste like traditional pizza crust, so he cried and I told him to go to his room and calm down for 5 minutes. He came back and was fine and ate all the pizza on his plate. My daughter loved it and my husband said it was not like regular pizza but it was a do again. I think it is just going to take some time for the kids to get use to the new foods, like this, it did not taste bad but it was not what they were expecting) I got the pizza crust recipe on line on a blog I found here is the link if you want to try this for your own family. I used spring form pans which I greased with olive oil, it worked out rather well. : http://www.kitchencorners.com/2010/11/pole
peanut butter chocolate chip apple (most peanut butters are gluten free and hersheys dark chocolate chips are gluten free)
bacon cheese veggie burger salad (salad mix, veggie cheese, veggie burger, real bacon cooked and cut up, onion, ketchup and mustard which are not shown
multi-grain crisps and hummus
GF baked penne (brown rice penne mixed with chicken sausage casing removed and cooked, fine diced onion, fine diced carrot, fine diced tofu (no one knew it was there but me but dont know if it really added much to the dish, might leave it out next time.), ragu pasta sauce and fresh basil the kind in the plastic tube you get out of the produce section.... all mixed together and topped with veggie cheese. Paired with a small salad with italian dressing (kids also had strawberries and rice crackers. )
This was a big hit! It was awesome and everyone loved it. If you make this dont leave out the basil, it really adds something nice to the dish. The noodles reminded me of beefaroni noodles, I think I may cook them a little less than the box says next time.
Veggie burger topped with veggie cheese, arugula & honey mustard w/ carrot sticks and hummus
(this was yesterdays lunch. I finally got some GF bread, this kind was on sale for 3.19 for that tiny little loaf. OMG. bread wont be on the menu very often. The bread is not bad though, I toasted it in the frying pan and it tasted pretty good and not too much different than regular. It was only 40 calories and 1 point per slice as well which made it extra nice. Its nice having a sandwich now and then so I will be buying a few loaves a month or investing in the many different ingreidents needed to make my own GF bread)
Enchiladas filled with refried beans, chicken sausage & cilantro... dish is topped with old el paso medium enchilada sauce, jarred jalapenos, cilantro and veggie cheese. mexican corn medley (canned corn, fresh tomatoes, cilantro and I cant beleive its not butter spray)
This was pretty good... I prefer the green enchilada sauce but unfortunatly it contains wheat ingredients. sigh. the good thing about old el paso is that they label there products very well, nothing is hidden and if contains gluten it will say so on the packaging. I used mission corn tortillas, old el paso refried beans & enchilada sauce.
Whats the difference between fat free refried beans & regular?
0.5 grams of fat and 1 carb .... I never even thought to check before. So I got regular because that really is not much of a difference.
So this is a lot of what I ate this week. I also went out to eat at ruby tuesdays and had a really good steak but ended up coming home and getting sick (gas, bloating, ect) because even though I ordered off the gluten free menu it was obviously cross contaminated somewhere. I think Im going to hold off on eating out for a good while until I get the hang of this and know exactly what places are really safe.
I dont think I lost weight this week, in fact I think I gained. All the meals I have been making have been gluten free and healthy as far as calories/points go but I have been overeating and snacking a lot. I have been going through a rough time emotionaly this week, just taking everything in and I dont really feel deprived but in my head I think... OH GOD I CANT HAVE A CERTAIN FOOD EVER AGAIN.... so I pig out on foods I can have to make up for it in my mind.
Not a good thing. So I need to keep up the exercise (today will be day 27 in a row) and take this gluten free thing one day at a time and try and keep myself in check as far as snacking.
Hope you enjoyed my food as much as I did.... OMG some of this stuff was so good.
Pancake Recipe - heavy on the calories so not an every day event
5 points for 2 tiny pancakes
recipe makes 6 pancakes
2 serving(s) Gluten free baking mix - now healthy foods, 1/2 cup
1 tsp SPLENDAŽ SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp table salt
1 serving(s) Fit & Active Egg Whites - 1/4 Cup
1/2 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce
3 tsp olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
mix dry ingreidents
mix wet ingreidents
mix wet into dry
cook as you would normal pancakes (this came out thick and I had to spread the pancake out with the back of a spoon, so I might try using milk instead of apple sauce next time)
Monday, January 23, 2012
well today will be my 5th day I think, of gluten free eating.
I suppose its been going ok. I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions the last few days. At first I was actually excited, and up for a challenge. I knew I needed to learn a new way to cook and learn about new foods and get creative. I went shopping and discovered that most foods, even foods that you would not think contain gluten, do in fact contain gluten.... Worst part is that even the foods that dont contain gluten have in some way come in contact with things that have touched gluten. Its frustrating... which is another emotion I had, frustration.
I also felt shock and outrage at the price of gluten free food. I know that there is alot that goes into making a gluten free product and the company has to most likely pay some sort of fee to be able to put gluten free on there product just like they have to do to put organic but I dont think it justifies charging $6 for a tiny bag of oatmeal or $6 for a tiny pack of chocolate sandwich cookies that is half the size of a pack of oreos. $5 dollars for a box of brownie mix which is half the size of a regular box of brownies. I feel like they are just trying to take advantage of someone with a medical condition because they know we will eventually break down and want a sandwich on that gluten free bread or want a brownie because everyone around us can have brownies.
I was exausted saturday afternoon from shopping and reading lables. I came home and I had been out shopping twice as long as normal because going through ingredient lists take time and I had to drive like 30 minutes out of the way to one store because I herd trader joes has a lot of gluten free food and the closest is 30 min away.
I got home and gave the family the mcdonalds I got for them. I wanted to sit down and relax... instead I had to make food for myself. I was not in a good mood.
That night I sat down to eat dinner and went through a little denile. "Oh maybe Im not gluten intolerant. Maybe I have just been eating something with dairy and not knowing it. Maybe I am just lactose intolerant." But then I think about the pasta and shrimp that I ate the one night and got really sick from it. I checked the ingredient list really well to make sure there was no dairy and I still got sick.
The next (yesterday) I was really irretable, hungry and depressed. I snapped at my husband as I was making him and my children pancakes. I was really hungry and just wanted to sit down and eat. I served all of them and then I had to pull out the gluten free cook book I got from the library and make myself pancakes. My husband was like "why dont you just make eggs for yourself and you wont have to go through all of that" I ended up yelling at him and feel bad about it now. I told him that I had been eating eggs for the past 4 days and I dident want anymore bleeping eggs. about 20 minutes later I sat down to eat and appologized.
I poured my syrup all over my pancakes and took a few bites and my husband asked me "are you sure that syrup is gluten free? all the Aldi foods that you have been buying say "gluten free" on the lable if they are". I broke down at that point and cried my eyes out and my husband repetedly said he was sorry but I could not stop crying.
After I calmed down I told him it wasnt his fault and told him he was right... my syrup was not gluten free. Aldi lists everything that is gluten free as gluten free on the label. Even the green beans.
I feel like Im on adkins... I cant eat certain foods.... but its much worse because I know I wont be able to eat thouse food forever and whats worse is that when your on adkins you dont have to worry about your beef jerkey being cross contaminated by bread because trace amounts of carbs are not going to affect you.
All the books I have read these people say "oh pretty soon you will stop focusing on food so much and you will learn there is more to life than eating. Food wont matter anymore. yada yada yada". I have a hhhhhuuuuggggeee feeling that all of these people saying this have never had a weight problem. They found out they had celiac disease and they were 120 pounds and already didnt really focus on food that much. I on the other had think about food all the time. I love food. I blog about food. I take pictures of my food. I spend hours looking up new foods to eat and scanning restaurant menus. I watch TV shows about food every night and when Im not watching them Im watching TV shows about people who ate too much food or the wrong food and are now eating healthy food to lose weight. I will never get to the point where food is not a huge focus for me, a point where there is so much more to life than eating. Its horrible and I wish it was not true... but it is.
So I was really depressed and figured it would be good for me to get out of the house and do something relaxing. I looked up some restaurants with gluten free menus and found that ruby tuesdays had one. That is my go to place to it was pretty perfect.
I informed the waitress about the whole no gluten thing, told her that my food cant touch pans that have been cooked with other food, ect. I got a steak, a baked potato and some spaghetti squash, all of which is on the gluten free menu. I ordered a tequilla sunrise because I read they are gluten free. I skipped the salad bar just in case a stray cruton had touched anything.
Dinner was really great and I felt like a normal person for the first time in a few days.
We went to a movie and then came home.
I got on the elliptical before bed because I had yet to workout and I am still on my exercise streak. Yesterday was my 22nd day straight. I was going to do a good 30 minutes but at about 5 minutes my stomach started hurting and I looked down and looked like I was 3 months pregnant. I could barely get through 15 minutes and ended up calling it at that. I was in pain, bloated and had horrible gas.
Looks like my meal was not as gluten free as I thought. ::sigh::
I went to bed curled up in a little painful ball. The symptoms that were annoying last week when I was eating gluten all the time are now completely horrible now that I have cut it out.
I have determined that eating out is really not safe... at least not on a normal basis. I cant say that I will never eat out again because I know some day I will have to and really want to. Its sad though... I have a lot of things that I have not been able to break and eating out has been one of them... another is nibbling when I am preparing food (which I have also had to tackle, since I am preparing food for my family still that has gluten)
I plan on going gluten free with all my cooking and food prep. I figure it will just be easier. I have some foods that contain gluten that I have to go through first though because I can throw them away considering my family can still eat them. It bothers me having them in the kitchen though, I cleaned out my whole kitchen and put them all in a bottom cabinet until they are gone through.
This whole change is hard and it sucks and I am having a really rough time right now. I went through this whole weight loss journey and one of the things that helped was not depriving myself and now I feel like thats all Im doing. I know I can make substutions for foods I like but its not that easy because I still have to stay on a budget. You need a surprising amount of things to make gluten free bread. I got some baking mix on sale at this health food store but I still need a few other types of flours which are hard to find and expensive and xanthum gum which I have to special order.
I know it will get easier as time goes on or at least thats what others have said. Right now I am just trying to take it one day at a time. I geuss thats all I can do.
Thanks for listening.
Friday, January 20, 2012
After a day and a half of gluten free eating I have had no problems with gas, bloating or unpleasant smells. I am so happy.
I look skinny too. I was having problems fitting into my pants a few days ago, infact I was muffin topping over the waist band. Today I look amazing in them. It's crazy how much bigger my mid section was just from gas.
Posted the pic on my Facebook because I couldn't upload pic to this blog from my phone. Sorry to any who can't see it.
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?
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