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Friday, June 15, 2012

Good morning spark friends!
wow its been a pretty long time since I have blogged or really have been active at all on spark people. Its been a pretty rough few weeks. For all of you who don't know I am now nearing the end of my first trimester of pregnancy with baby #3. I found out that I was pregnant at about week 4 and had very high hopes, plans, dream ect to have the most healthy pregnancy in the history of pregnancy and only gain the recomended 20-25lbs or whatever. I felt great and had a ton of energy, drank tons of water, took my vitamin ate vegetables like they were going out of style. mushrooms, spinach, kale, salads, beans, fruits.... My plate was a rainbow! Unlike my previous 2 pregnancies I wasnt nauseous at all! It was so great.

Well fast forward to week 6 when the morning sickness (ie. all day sickness) hits and all I want to do is lay in the bed while I drink gingerale and eat nothing but white gluten free bread and mashed potatoes. Things were very bad and I was very green.
the thought of a fruit or vegetable makes me want to puke... in fact the thought of any food makes me want to puke so I stick to all things that are white and relitively odorless and tasteless.

Week 7-8... I am hungry all day long. I can eat more than white food but vegetables still make me want to gag. I am eating a lot of junk food! ::hangs head:: My stomach looks like I am 5 months pregnant all ready and I wonder if I am having twins.
I get my 8 week ultrasound and there is only one baby. I realize that my stomach looks the way it does because I am very constipated from lack of fruit and vegetables and an excess of junk food.

week 9... eating every 2 hours or I will get sick. I am trying my best to eat fruit. Vegetables are getting a bit less gross but Im loving fruit. Eating prunes and drinking tons of juice to try and keep my digestion normal. My stomach doesnt look 5 months pregnant anymore I just look fat now. Water tastes really weird to me even when its been through the brita so I start making lemonaid and tea with real sugar.... omg.

Week 11 -
well now I am currently in week 11. I feel much much better. I am hardly sick now and have a lot more energy. vegetables are seeming more appealing every day and I am really trying to fix the damage that has been done over the last few weeks. I look swollen and hate looking in a mirror. I dont look pregnant yet I just look fat. I am just bigger everywhere and I find it amazing that there can be so much change in such a short amount of time and really not that much weight gained. when I found out I was pregnant I was 4 weeks pregnant and weighed 162 pounds and currently I weight about 171. So 9 lbs. I know that is way more than I am suppose to gain in the first trimester but I wouldnt think its horrible.
I am really trying to get back to my original mind set of having a really healthy pregnancy. I dont want to gain so much that losing it afterwards seems like an impossible task... although I know I would not be where I started when I started losing weight after lyra was born.... I would like to not get over 200 lbs durring this pregnancy though.

I need to start exercising again and I need to start tracking my food again. Not to lose but just to stay on track and not get too out of control. When you are having chocolate covered bacon cravings you know you really need to watch yourself.

I hope to reconnect with spark people so maybe I can have some sense of accountability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I'm disappointed in myself for slipping back into old habits of over eating and eating junk. sigh. Its amazing how easy it is to slip back, especially when you are not in an actively trying to lose mind set. Every day is part of the journey though, even when you know the scale is destined to go up, for a very good reason.

my plans for a healthy day today are to workout for 20 - 30
drink at least 8+ glasses of water
eat lots of fruit and vegetables
& track what I eat

~ Jess

some pictures of the last few weeks

trip to myrtle beach w friends... this is obviously when I conceived. I guess its true about going on vacation and relaxing and letting nature take its course yadayada.



after only 3 months of trying ... yay


so cute... makes you wonder how you could love another when you love the first two so much. :-) ... but I wondered the same thing when I had lyra and found that love is not one size fits all... it just grows and grows.






seeing baby for the first time. ultrasound tech must have gotten better in the last 4 years because I dont remember them being this good with lyra. can see head, body and even a little foot. :-)



so happy. :-)

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/26/2013 12:27PM

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BAKER1009 8/4/2012 8:08AM

    Looking good sexy mama!
Your pregnancy sounds much like mine...except I haven't gotten sick. I felt sick for a while, but never actually got sick. I have went through a "vegetables are gross" kick as well and I can't wait for that to completely go away. I still can't eat broccoli, one of my faves.

I hope all is still going well. I felt movement the other day...just the little flutter, but it was still exciting. I imagine yours is really starting to move around! Update me when you have time!
Hugs,
Beth

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KTTAYLOR21 7/10/2012 2:07PM

    Hey Jess... congrats!!! Once you get into the 2nd semester, you should feel good enough where you can exercise some control. And it's summer time too, so you can easily take care of that sweet tooth with some watermelon and cherries.

Enjoy your pregnancy. Worry about all that weight stuff later. You'll be just fine.

Your babies are adorable. I wish I was in that pool your son was in right about now.

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NIELSENSLADY 7/10/2012 2:02AM

    Congrats sweetie! I had my first baby earlier in January. I decided to just go ahead and eat what I wanted. I just exercised portion control. Meaning I ate or snacked when hungry and stopped eating when I was no longer hungry. Really all I wanted was sandwiches and chick fil a. I would usually have one sweet tea per day and just water. I don't know how but it miraculously worked for me. I only gained 30 with the last 8 pounds gained in the last few weeks.

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COCOMODEAN 6/28/2012 8:35AM

    Congratulations! Don't beat yourself up over what you've eaten. Morning sickness is awful, but now you're feeling better and that's what counts. You now have a plan and all you have to do is try to stick with it. If you can't, then well. Do your best.



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WHITNEYLD 6/21/2012 12:46PM

    Congrats!

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TAICHIDANCER 6/18/2012 12:51AM

    I'm so happy for you. I think the picture of the two older ones (well, they'll be the "older ones" soon enough) holding hands is so cute.

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VETTRANGER 6/16/2012 7:18PM

    We guys don't know just how lucky we are. The important thing now is to stay healthy for you and the baby. Worry about BMI AFTER you have this baby in the cradle! :-)

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 6/15/2012 1:53PM

    Congrats! Glad you are feeling better.

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MMLEIKAM 6/15/2012 11:31AM

    Congrats!

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MALIAN1 6/15/2012 11:23AM

    Ahhhhhhhh Congratulations!

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LAROSEBAUGH 6/15/2012 10:58AM

    CONGRATS!!! I'm very happy for you!

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TARANITUP 6/15/2012 10:28AM

    I'm glad things are starting to get better with your pregnancy! I love the ultrasound pic - looks like he/she is doing a somersault!

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MICHSTATE 6/15/2012 10:19AM

    Congrats!!!!!!! How exciting!!!!!!!!:-) I hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy!!!!!!

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RORYTA 6/15/2012 8:46AM

    Oh honey don't be disappointed at your self. Pregnancy is not the easiest deal in the world and just to survive it sanely is a big deal. You are here now trying to be healthy throughout the rest of your pregnancy and that is commendable. You have made such an amazing progress in your weight loss so far, and pregnancy and what comes with it will not end your journey. It's the opposite! it's an opportunity to be active and healthy because that helps you feel content, happy and relaxed!

Just take it one step at a time. What helped my sister in her pregnancy is walking, I would go walking with her at night just to get rid of the day's worries and junk!

Eat the fruits and veg you actually like!! and a notebook always nearby will ease u into tracking again!

I wish you all the best hun, and it's great to hear from you! I've disappeared too cuz I had a loss at the beginning of the year, but i've been back for sometime and it does feel amazing to be back and active! It helps us stay sane and keeps the healthy thoughts on our minds!! You never think of how easy it is to slip and mess up, and then its so difficult to get out of that funk, but once u do, it's just incredible!!

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photo food blog / update

Monday, February 13, 2012

well its been a learning process the last few weeks and I think I am finally into a gluten free swing, which is good. I have a few go to gluten free meals and I am still also experimenting with new things.
Something that I think has really helped me with this is my kitchen is almost completely gluten free now. My husband and children have been really supportive of this (have not complained). I have been making my husband salads or leftovers for lunch at work and I have been making my son pepperoni and cheese quesadillas made from corn tortillas or sandwiches on gluten free bread (only a few days a week since it is pricey). I was making them both sandwiches on whole wheat bread every day and I noticed that the crumbs got everywhere and even when I tried to be really careful I would end up making my self sick by accident.
The only thing I bought this week that contains gluten was some crackers for my sons lunch which are prepackaged so I dont have to worry about them.

I think I have gotten over the grief stage of all of this. I was sick of feeling sorry for myself so I am glad that is over. Im sure it will pop up here and there again sometime but overall I feel pretty good.

I had a very disapointing appointment with a nutritionist the first week of this month. I figured that maybe she would give me some meal plans, or some helpful tips for shopping ect... but instead all she did was suggest I eat quinoa and give me a 3 page printout from e-how on celiac disease. OMG, that kinda made me mad considering that my insurance money (which I only get about 1000 for the whole year for my whole family) is going to get hit for over $100 for something on ehow! She dident even seem like she knew much about what was going on with me at all.
I asked her when I could add dairy back in because I was lactose intolerant on top of celiac and I had read that celiac disease caused lactose intolerance and alot of times once your intestines healed you could eat dairy again.
She said that cheese and yogurt didnt really have lactose so I could eat them now.

I added back dairy in the form of yogurt and cheese and felt like crap for about a week so I decided to cut them out again and now I feel better. I will try dairy again in 6 months or so.

Anyway enough ranting about crappy doctors. I have had a really great 2 weeks of meals. I havnt really been unsatisfied with anything I have eaten. although I dont know about last nights meal, which is not pictured here. It was polenta lasagna with soy cheese and tofu ricotta. it was .... interesting. Not bad but not great. I think it may take some tweaking.

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lots of tastey sandwiches on gluten free bread. sucks that each slice is 150 calories a peice though. Gluten free baked goods are so high in calories.


reeeealy been loving the white chicken chili


my normal go to breakfast of gluten free oatmeal & berries has been replaced this week by ------------->




Quinoa topped with bacon bits, veggie mozzarella & fried egg.... OMG so good and so filling. You can make up a few servings ahead of time and keep them in the fridge in tupperwear.



tastey but super high in calories and very pricey. a weekend treat.


turkey and black bean tacos. I like this meal because I dont have to do much different then I did before I had to eat gluten free. I just have to make sure my taco shells and refried beans are gluten free and all of old el paso products state on the label if they contain ingriedents that have gluten. Their taco shells and refried beans are gluten free! yay.





cookies & chocolate chip blondies - both made from chick peas. They are so good and my husband and kids love them. I have even told my kids they are made from beans (3&6 years old) and they still eat them. You just grind up the chick peas in a food processor and then add the other ingredients and either roll into cookie shapes or spread in a pie plate and bake ( I lined my pie plate with parchement paper for easy removal and clean up ) .... I think I prefer the pie plate method rather than the cookie method now that I have tried both.
recipe courtesy of Chocolate Coverd Katie - chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/18
/chocolate-chip-blondies-and-theyre-go
od-for-you/



thai peanut rice noodles, asian veggies, & sticky rice balls. This was good but it made me really sick. The rice had been stored in a cabinet that had flour in it previously and I think it got contaminated somehow. it was good though.



grilled tilapia with dill, spaghetti squash & green salad with avocado & italian dressing


joes crab shack frozen meal - one of the only frozen meals I have found that is gluten free, good on calories, and does not cost an arm and a leg. This was only about 6 bucks for a 2 serving size meal. paired with Alexia sweet potato fries.




frozen banana ice cream - quick easy and good ... only problem is your eyes see vanilla and your mouth sees banana. .... I really wanted it to be vanilla but it was banana. lol.
just take 1 1/2 frozen bananas and blend them together with a small amount of almond milk or milk. yummy and easy and if you are on weight watchers you dont have to count it because fruit is zero points!


I ate a lot more food than this is the past two weeks but this is mostly all I captured on film. I will try and do better this coming week.

~ Jess

  
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LISSI_RODRIGUEZ 6/8/2012 7:25PM

    Hey,Jess. I havent been on in a loooong time, and just saw your pics, you have done wonderfully, kudos!

Also, my mom has Celiac Disease, and while at first it was very challenging, it has become less so in the past 5 or 6 years since she was diagnosed. We are Puerto Rican, so there are tons of rice, plantain, and potato dishes out there. Try looking up caribbean, mexican, or asian cuisine... they are usually not flour based like mediterranean and cuisine.

I make my mom these cornmeal patties whenever she's in the mood for something sweet and "bready" as she would say. Keep tweeking it, the first year or so its trial and error. Oh, BTW, within 3 months, my mom was able to do the whole lactose thing again, but Im sure everyone is different.

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MARSCK 4/12/2012 6:07PM

    Great job on the meals and following this diet change.

Also depending on how hard you want to pursue it I would contact either patient relations or the billing department at the clinic you saw that nutritionist and file a complaint and that you don't think it is fair that you should have to pay this. I don't know about where you live but right now the competition for clinics is tough so our clinic works at doing what they can to make sure that the patients are satisfied and may be able to wave part if not all of the fee for that visit.

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SARASMILING 4/12/2012 5:00PM

    I am drooling! This all looks so good. I haven't tried Udi's bread yet. I was thinking of getting it next time.

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LEIAFRUMA 2/19/2012 9:53AM

    I love all your meal pictures and updates. Thanks for the great ideas.

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MALEXANDER4 2/14/2012 6:22AM

    Thanks for the ideas. I like the icecream idea.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 2/13/2012 11:47AM

    I think you are doing an amazing job adjusting to and being creative with your new diet. I'm not gluten-sensitive, but you've given me several ideas of things to try! Thanks and keep up the good work!
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BAKER1009 2/13/2012 10:41AM

    I think you're doing a great job considering all the obstacles you've had to maneuver around!
Keep it up girl! Thanks for sharing all information and the pictures!

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JAYDEE16 2/13/2012 10:17AM

    Oh my goodness, your food pics always make my mouth water. Everything looks so pretty, and so tasty! And you totally just blew my mind with the chick-pea chocolate chip cookies.

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SALINAMATHER 2/13/2012 10:15AM

    Now I'm hungry!!!!!
I have the same issues with dairy and apparently gluten and have been using the paleo diet to help me figure out my meals. It really is amazing how much better I feel after cutting all of that out.
Yogurt and cheese don't have lactose? Thats news to me and it still messes me up as well :( I miss my diary most of all, breads I can do without!

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-MOJOJOJO- 2/13/2012 9:50AM

    mmmm your food looks good (even though its gluten free) WTG on making your diet work for you! That frozen banana treat looks good! Why dont you add some vanilla beans or flavor to it? :]

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gluten poisioning

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Holy crap last night was really bad. I had accidentally eaten gluten a few days after starting on the gluten free diet but it must have been a really trace amount because I just got a little gassy and my stomach kinda hurt but last night holy crap it was bad. I made rice noodles and peanut sauce, Asian vegetables with gluten free soy sauce and sticky rice balls. The only thing I have not eaten before since going gluten free was the sticky rice, which had been sitting up in the top of my pantry for a few months. I figured it was safe because its rice.

I could only figure that the rice was waaaay contaminated (maybe at one point I scooped rice out of the bag with a measuring cup that had not been washed out after scooping flour ::shrugs::) or the other culprit was my kids each had egg rolls which I thought I handled with care and washed my hands very well, cooked them after all other food had been prepared.

Im really thinking it was the rice.

Anyway, I am cleaning up after dinner and my eyebrows get all scrunched up and my stomach starts cramping and I look at my husband and he goes "oh no". Then I lift my shirt and whata ya know I look like Im six months pregnant. Not 3, ... 6!
Almost immediately I get horrible stomach cramps and have to go lay down on the couch. The symptoms which usually stop at that went on to include:

Chills
weird tingling in my stomach
my head felt numb
dizziness
an intense feeling of cloudiness in my head kinda like I was drunk
feeling completely drained of energy

on top of the horrible make you cry out stomach cramps and bloating

No farts this time though, I almost wished for them because maybe my stomach would have felt a little better. I hardly slept all night, I was so restless and kept waking up. I went to bed at 9pm, woke up at 11, 12, 3 and 4... from what I remember.

Now my head feels foggy and my stomach feels tender and I generally feel like crap.

I was doing some reading last night online to see if anyone else felt like this when they eat gluten because after only a little under 2 weeks of going gluten free I have gone from my major symptoms being gas, bloating and stomach pain to being completely kicked in the head when I eat gluten. It looked like a whole lot of other people get the same symptoms including the head symptoms I was getting. I find that completely bizarre.

Anyone else who has gluten intolerance ever feel like this after being "glutened"?

~ Jess

PS. The rest of that bag of rice went in the trash. I dont know if I will ever eat sticky rice again after this.

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/26/2013 12:43PM

    Yup, I feel the same way. emoticon

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PRIMALMICHAEL 2/7/2012 5:49PM

    My gluten sensitivity is very slight, so I may never have an extreme reaction to small amounts, but I do know the feelings you are describing.

The hardest part often is finding the culprit after we've eaten it. Rice is considered gluten free - even sticky "glutinous" rice because it doesn't contain the type of gluten protein to which folks usually react. Be careful of rice mixes though because sometimes they contain barley grains. Vinegar derived from barley or wheat would cause problems. Did you make the peanut sauce yourself or use a mix? In prepackaged sauces, wheat gluten is often used as a thickener. I'm sure you already know this, I'm just trying to be helpful.

Two weeks ago, I learned the hard way that chow mein noodles are not gluten free. I hate lessons I learn while holding my stomach and moaning! Those are the worst!

Best wishes,
Michael


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MELLONYBELL 2/7/2012 4:37PM

    If I accidentally in-jest Gluten my Stomach immediately grows to the point of looking and feeling like a 9 month pregnancy and it's so painful. And Yes all of the other symptoms you spoke of would be the same for me as well, plus rashes. Once I consumed a lot, that was before I knew I had Celiacs, but had not eaten Gluten for a month prior. I had a small aniphylactic shock attack, it only took once of that to steer clear of bread! That was scary. As for the rice, I think either you are right that you dipped something in the past into that, or it was something else that you ate. I don't think you should be scared of rice though. Did you make the Peanut sauce? Is it possible that it might have maybe had something in it? Stay away from MSG that will get you every time.

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RONNIEHUEY 1/31/2012 11:18AM

    I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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CINERICIA 1/31/2012 10:37AM

    Going completely on hearsay from the gluten-free husband...his experience is similar. Before going gluten free, he had difficulties and bouts of illness, some of which were intense. But after going gluten free, event the smallest traces really kick him in the butt. He says it's easily 10 times worse than what it used to be when he eats gluten now. I guess the only consolation is how much better he (and I hope you as well!) feels on a daily basis because of the changes in his diet.
Keep plugging away. I promise it gets easier.

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DISCOQUEEN365 1/31/2012 10:32AM

    I hope you're feeling a little better now. I haven't poisoned myself in a while (knock on wood) but I do get some of the same symptoms.
For me it starts off with this really loud gurgling in my stomach, then the stomach pain hits about 20 minutes later - but that's only if it's a large amount.
If it's a trace amount, I get the gurgling, the brain fog, sometimes massive headaches, and then I have the big D for several days.

I think the hardest part about this way of eating, is figuring out exactly WHAT the culprit was so you can avoid doing it again.

PS. Just last night, my husband offered me a pretzel. After almost 4 years being gluten free. I was distracted and almost took it! Just before he put it in my hand, I looked at it, snatched my hand back and said "YOU KNOW I CAN'T EAT THAT!"
He responded with a sheepish look on his face and "Oh. Sorry." Ugh.

Hang in there and feel better soon!

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EXOTEC 1/31/2012 10:29AM

    I am so sorry for your distress! I feel for you - I have had repetitive bouts of similar symptoms, so I know your pain - specifically!

I try to stay wholly gluten-free. I don't know if I accomplish it ... but there are many times when the gas attacks I have seem to be closely related to carbs. I call it "carb-sickness", but the symptoms are identical. The only thing that helps it, other than time (for me), is to sleep sitting up. The other weird thing (sorry, gross) is that if I lean to my left, voluminous waves of gas will roll up and help to alleviate that awful crampy pain.

I dread these episodes, because they're not always reliable ... sometimes I can eat something and have it give me no trouble, and other times all I have to eat is one mouthful of something on the "no-list" and I'm done. But my body is teaching me, in slow steps, what I'd better not give it. I suppose that's a "good" (?) thing.

I'm so sorry for your misery - because that's exactly what it is. I hope you don't have to go through it again any time soon.

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ALIENANGEL 1/31/2012 9:55AM

    i went gluten free 2 months, then started back eating gluten and it slowly caught up with me. I would have pain in my stomach and intestines, and i started getting rashes on my stomach along with the bloating. I have been gluten free again for about a week and feel so much better. it is crazy.

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MILLER*TIME 1/31/2012 9:46AM

    I've been reading your blogs, well for a long time now lol, but recently with your gluten problem--- I hate that for you!! It's crazy that it has that serious of an effect on people. At least you figured it out though, such an inconvenience! I hope things smoothe out for you.

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MALIAN1 1/31/2012 9:27AM

    Wow..all of this is good information. In all of your pain...thanks for the info.

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ME-N-MY-SHOES 1/31/2012 7:39AM

    I have not experienced ALL the symptoms you listed, but last time I did really good cutting out gluten, I had been about 2 months in when I accidentally used the wrong soy sauce on my food. I grabbed the wrong bottle (another good reason for me to get ALL the glutenous food OUT) and about 10 minutes later, the stomach cramps were almost unbearable. I was exhausted feeling, got a pounding headache, and I thought I was going to throw up. And so bloated... HOLY COW. Unreal. I couldn't figure out what I'd done! Then when I was cleaning up the kitchen, I grabbed the bottle of soy sauce to put it back in the fridge and noticed it was my hubby's, not the Tamari that I had bought for myself. :-(

And after that experience somehow I STILL crept back into eating foods I wasn't supposed to eat. It's been ALMOST a month now and I'm praying I never go back to feeling sick and tired from gluten again... and that I don't get accidentally "glutened!"

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Workout streak ended @ 28 days - a bump in the road to 365

Monday, January 30, 2012

well yesterday I dont know what happened. I remember thinking in the morning that I should just go ahead and workout this morning so I dont have to do it tonight but I didnt.
I ended up not really doing much so I cant blame being busy. Then my sister invited me over to her house to watch this documentary about eating an unprocessed plant based diet and the problems with the standard american diet called "forks over knives" that I have seen before but I have been trying to get her to watch forever and I got all excited and stayed out late and it completely slipped my mind.
I got home at 10:30 last night and never once even thought of it.

I didnt even realize I had skipped out on it until about 20 minutes ago. Im kinda peeved at myself now because I was really on a great roll and wanted to keep it up.

The only thing I can do is start again and carry it from there though. I could have pretended that yesterday never happened but I would be lying to everyone including myself and the accomplishment would not be as sweet. If I can exercise every other day this year though I can still say. I have worked out every day this year but one. That will be good enough for me.

So that makes today 30 days minus 1 lol

Life happens so we will just leave it at that. No matter what I am still really proud of myself because before I think my longest streak was like 6 days.

Have a happy healthy monday!

~ Jess

  
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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/31/2012 12:52PM

    Your back on track and that is what matters....so you missed one day. You did watch a great program and I'm sure you learned a lot from it...that's just as important.

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MALEXANDER4 1/31/2012 6:24AM

    One missed day in 28 is awesome. Your going to succeed at this Jess....

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BAKER1009 1/30/2012 1:50PM

    You've done great. I like the counting method of 30 - 1. Sounds better than saying day 1 over again, especially with how well you have done.
Glad your sister finally watched that with you!

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RONNIEHUEY 1/30/2012 1:02PM

    28 days is good!Hang in there! emoticon

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/30/2012 11:48AM

    28 days is still really good! emoticon

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MALIAN1 1/30/2012 9:30AM

    28 days is amazing...don't beat yourself up over it! Today is a new day! You CAN do it!

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Photo Food Blog - My first week of Gluten Free!

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. :-)
If anyone would like to friend me on facebook the web address for my page is - www.facebook.com/jessfoodblog

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.

Enjoy

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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
nta-crust-pizza-naturally-gluten.html


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.

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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.

~ Jess

Pancake Recipe - heavy on the calories so not an every day event
5 points for 2 tiny pancakes
recipe makes 6 pancakes

Ingredients
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)

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/26/2013 12:58PM

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RODENTMAMA 2/9/2012 11:25AM

    Thanks for posting the pictures, I love to look at food! Lots of great inspiration!

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PRETTYNPIT 1/29/2012 8:32AM

    Everything looks amazing! You are sure doing a good job and are quite the chef! And a healthy one at that! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 1/28/2012 12:06PM

    My sister has had the disease for over 10 years.It is getting easier to buy Gluten Free
She bakes with rice flour and bean flour.She even makes fruit cakes and waffles with the stuff.My sister swears by Quinoa Pasta.The pasta also packs lots of protein.

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MALEXANDER4 1/28/2012 8:04AM

    I want to thank you for the rice noodles. I've been wanting them and didn't know what to look for . I love those things from the restaurant and I wanted to try them in some of my dished. I may try the noodle and chicken dish that looks great. Thank you for sharing because i've tried to find you on facebook and it won't do. So again thank you so much for sharing here.

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CINDYTW 1/27/2012 8:03PM

    Looks like you are off to a good start! There are good pizza crust mixes out there...I liked Chebe when I tried it. The best liked breads are Udi's and Rudi's that I have heard of. emoticon

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CAROLJ35 1/27/2012 6:45PM

    PS You can also buy excellent mix for pizza crust and kids won't know the difference.
Also, if you find a pizza shop called "The Mellow Mushroom", they serve gluten-free pizza which is especially great for the teen-agers.

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CAROLJ35 1/27/2012 6:36PM

    I have been cooking gluten free for son and his three kids for about 9 years and believe me, the availability of gluten free products has improved immensely over those years. Our DIL orders many items online and has an in-depth knowledge of all this.
Pamela's mixes are great and we serve pancakes from that mix to everyone and they cannot tell the difference. Trial and error have found the best bread, available online too. All of them carry sandwiches in lunches each day. We also like certain bread mixes to bake our own bread, preferably in the smaller loaves.
I could go on and on, but won't. If I can be of any help, holler.
Sounds as though you will be successful with this diet. Makes a world of difference in how you feel.

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BRENDAF761 1/27/2012 2:47PM

    Looks good! Thanks for sharing some new ideas for meals!

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MICHSTATE 1/27/2012 1:33PM

    Your food looks good... In fact, now my stomach is rumbling!!!!!

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BECKYCOLVIN 1/27/2012 11:58AM

    My celiac cousin found that she did gain a little bit in the beginning--because now she was eating things her body could actually digest. :) Don't worry, you'll get it figured out! Looks like an interesting food week!

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BAKER1009 1/27/2012 11:21AM

    Well I am glad you got the test results back and finally know for sure what the problem is. You are doing a great job with your new menu! Everything looks pretty darn tasty! Thanks for sharing...especially since I'm not on Facebook!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/27/2012 10:50AM

    I think the polenta pizza sounds yummy! emoticon

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SUPERMOUSE35 1/27/2012 10:26AM

    WOW, that stuff all looks awesome. :D

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G_TWINS 1/27/2012 10:09AM

    Looks Yummo!!

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JAYDEE16 1/27/2012 9:57AM

    This post is making me hungry! It all looks delicious! I can only imagine how life is turned upside down by a celiac disease diagnosis, but it is really inspiring to see how amazingly you are dealing with it and adapting.
No matter whether you lost/gained/maintained/whatever this week, you should be so proud of yourself! It's great that you're being really honest about your feelings about your diagnosis.
You're a wonderful role model for your children (and me, frankly - ha ha), teaching them that sometimes life throws a big ol' curveball, but that doesn't mean you can't hit it out of the park anyway! You've just got to pick up, carry on, and roll with the punches.
Thanks so much for sharing what you've been going through.

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DRKATZ 1/27/2012 9:42AM

    I LOVE THIS POST! I've always wanted to photo all the delicious meals that can be meat/gluten/whatever your thing is - free. This is very inspirational, showing that you can have the "good" stuff and plenty of diversity! Great job and please post more - great ideas! (enchiladas and thai noodles with tofu are my two favs). emoticon

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GFWILLPOWER77 1/27/2012 9:36AM

  Hi! You're doing awesome! Getting that celiac diagnosis is the hardest thing in the world to deal with - especially if you like to cook and bake! But it can be done! I second the Udi's and Rudy's recommendation- especially the Udi's. I hated all GF bread until I came across them. The mourning for what you can't eat will get better but it will still hit you when youi least expect it - and that's ok. Just remind yourself how much better you are feeling without it. Oh and going GF your will power becomes stronger, at least it did for me. Good luck!

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DISCOQUEEN365 1/27/2012 9:17AM

    Awesome post and I see a few things I want to try! :)

A note on bread: I have a few favorites, and EnRG is NOT one of them. LOL
Udi's and Rudi's are both good (Udi's is my fave, and they make a bunch of yummy stuff) and Glutino has a new one out that is pretty good too! Find them on Facebook and Like them, and they all offer coupons to help offset the cost.
Sometimes you just need a good sandwich.

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BELLAJENNIFER87 1/27/2012 8:40AM

    Good for you girl CONGRATS!!! I think everything in those pics look so yummy and I would not mind trying them out sometime!!! I really like how u told what it was and what was in them as well. I am for sure going to try these out sometime!! Hope u have a awesome weekend and great job:) emoticon

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2BTHINQUILTER 1/27/2012 8:34AM

    Wow, everything looks so yummy! Good job. Hope it's getting a bit easier for you, you've been working so hard at it. It would be easy to just give up!
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KELLIGIRL523 1/27/2012 8:26AM

    Wow.... you're doing a great job! Wonderful food!

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