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My plan for the next few days

Friday, January 25, 2013

This is just a general outline of my goal for meals and workouts for the next couple of days. I figure on Tuesday I will reassess what the food in the house looks like and come up with another few days worth of meals. I have not really planned meals in the past year because I find it to be time consuming. I have to say its one of my least favorite things to do but it also helps me a lot so I need to reintroduce it.

I am also planning my workouts for the next few days. I am going to try to be specific in not only what I am going to do but also when I am going to do it on that day. That way maybe I can avoid getting all the way to bedtime and saying "oh crap, I never worked out"... I am keeping my workouts light because I have yet to go to my post pregnancy doctors appt. Even though I feel pretty good I want to get the green light from my doctor at my appt. on Tuesday before I bump up the intensity.


Friday Jan 25th

Breakfast - 1 cup Quinoa with 1 fried egg topped with 1 tbls basil
Lunch - 2 cups tom yum soup with shrimp
1 cup plain greek yogurt w 1 cup fresh pineapple
snack - 2oz turkey breast lunch meat, 1 cheese stick, veggies & 2 tbls dressing
Dinner - eggplant casserole
(eggplant, cheese, tomato sauce, spinach, chicken sausage)
steamed broccoli
Snack - 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
workout: 30 min light elliptical after dinner



Breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal w splenda
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
sliced almonds
1 cup skim milk
Lunch:grilled tuna
vegetable stirfry
Snack: 1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup cottage cheese
Dinner: spaghetti squash w chunkey sausage pasta sauce
salad w lite dressing & bacon bits
snack: 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
gluten free cookie

workout: 30 min light elliptical before breakfast



Breakfast: egg white & turkey bacon sandwich
Lunch: Turkey sandwich on gluten free bread w cranberry mustard
1 serving tapioca pudding
1 pear
Snack: chocolate pudding
1 tbls coconut
1 tbls pistachios
Dinner: Gortons fish fillet
brown rice
steamed vegetable
Snack: turkey deli meat wrapped in lettuce leaves w sprouts
cheese stick
workout: 30 min light elliptical



Breakfast: oatmeal w peaches
lunch: veggie stirfry w brown rice
snack: greek yogurt w flax seed & honey
dinner: crispy chicken tacos, steamed vegetable, salad
snack: gluten free cookie & 1 serving vanilla ice cream

workout: 1 hour walking outside after lunch


breakfast: egg white & turkey bacon sandwich
lunch: large chef salad
snack: string cheese, fruit
dinner: bbq chicken breast, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetable
snack: peanut butter apple

workout: 1 hour walking outside after lunch

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/26/2013 1:03AM

    emoticon Great menus. Sounds like you've got it all planned out. That's what I need to start doing. emoticon emoticon

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    This sounds pretty similar to my plans! I am gluten free, and I have an elliptical too!

Great goals! I'm a list maker and I just love it when I can see everything laid out like that!


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MALEXANDER4 1/25/2013 9:27PM

    Planning has never been my strong suit in this myself. but I love what you have done and I like the planned two snacks daily. You just may have something there and I may just need to follow suit.

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WOUBBIE 1/25/2013 2:20PM

    It's a time investment, but you'll definitely recoup the investment in multiple ways. When I do a chore the night before or the day before I consider it as a "gift" to my Future Self.

Future Self usually sighs and says "Thanks" to responsible old Past Self!

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    emoticon Thanks for sharing!


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SHASHEE71 1/25/2013 2:10PM

    Nice little meal plan! I love it and may steal some ideas!! Sounds like you have a plan...you can do it.
My downfall..always has been...is working out. I can't get motivated! Soon though, I know it will hit me!

Great job girl...

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BAKER1009 1/25/2013 1:20PM

    That all sounds like a great plan to me Jess! You can do this!
I just decided today to give up on tracking my food just yet. I have a big appetite with nursing, and everything going into my mouth is healthy, so it's all good for right now. I don't need to stress about that - heck, Carly isn't even a week old yet anyway!

I look forward to goal setting with you real soon! Keep up the great work!

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2013 - new year & new addition

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Well last year was mostly filled with being pregnant and it actually went by very quickly. Here I am in 2013 and I am a new mommy again for the 3rd time and very happy. My pregnancy went well, better than the other two by 100%. I attribute that to starting at a healthy weight this time.

I was due to have my little one on Jan 5th 2013 but as it happened he wanted out early and I had him at 37 weeks on December 18th 2012. What a great labor and delivery! I did have about 4 days of prelabor symptoms but on the morning of the 18th when labor actually started it was quick. I started having contractions at 6am in the morning and by 11am I was pushing my little boy out. Everything went great, I hardly had any bleeding, I was up walking around in a few hours and home the next day.

Its now almost 6 weeks later and I am trying to get back to my healthy lifestyle. I did slack quite a bit during my pregnancy, especially during my 1st trimester because I had some pretty wicked morning sickness and wanted to constantly eat bread to settle my stomach. I ended up gaining like 25 lbs just in the first few weeks. Its been a pretty good 5 weeks. I have felt much better than I did after having my other two kids. I have been up and running around and havnt had the horrible mood swings and constat pain I had before. I am sooo happy I was at a healthy place before having little archer. :-) ... I have had some stress here and there. Breast feeding was going the best it ever had gone. Archer latched on like a pro, but he wasnt gaining any weight after all my best attempts. I ended up putting him exclusivly on formula and he started gaining weight. Made me sad and pretty stressed out but Im just happy he is good now.

Now I am just trying to get into a good routine again which is not the easiest thing with a new born.

I went back to weight watchers 4 weeks post baby and ended up losing 4.4 lbs the first week but then I got sick. I got really really sick. I have been sick for the past 2 and a half weeks with bronchitis. After two separate trips to the doctor and 2 different anti-biotics and a prescription of steroids I am finally starting to feel better. I'm still sick but I don't feel like I'm going to die at least. I haven't been back to weight watchers yet since I got sick but I am pretty sure I gained back everything I had lost and maybe plus some because of the medications I was on. The home scale has not been kind.

I have to just move past that though because there was nothing I could do about being on the medication and I am better off for it even though I gained some weight on it.

But anyway, I am hoping to be more active with spark people again. I miss my spark friends and the support I had before and I miss blogging... even though its an inconvenience to get on the computer. (I pretty much do everything I do online from my smart phone now).

I am also looking forward to winter being over! I hate winter so much. When will spring get here. I hate being in the house and its hard enough to get out and about with a newborn and a 4 year old, let alone go out with them when the high of the day is 33 degrees. Its too cold to be outside and I feel all shut up here in the house. I am so looking forward to spring!


For your viewing pleasure some pictures of my beautiful life which has gotten even better in the last 6 weeks. I am truly blessed.

Me a few days before having Archer

Archer Quinn ~ born at 37weeks @ 7lbs 5oz

New years eve with my new little guy

Aiden Xaviar, Lyra November & Archer Quinn. My biggest reason to stay healthy.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/26/2013 12:40AM

    Beautiful kids--the best reason of all to get back to those healthy habits! emoticon emoticon

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CHRISBEM 1/25/2013 2:12PM

    how adorable!

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ELATION 1/25/2013 10:13AM

    Congrats on that sweet baby!!!

I hope you can stay well for awhile and get back on track.

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MALEXANDER4 1/25/2013 7:14AM

    Love the pics, Congrats, and I have to tell ya I smiled when I saw your blog pop up. I loved your blogs. Thank you. So glad your back and again congrats, your little family is beautiful. And girl your pregnancy photo....you look wonderful.

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MPETERSON2311 1/24/2013 3:33PM

    how cute!

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JPAMPY 1/24/2013 3:30PM

    Congratulations!!! You have a beautiful family!! You will find your groove again and be on track in no time!! KEEP SPARKING!!!

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KTTAYLOR21 1/24/2013 3:28PM

    Sorry to hear that you've been sick!! Hope you feel better soon. Your babies are so adorable!! I'm sure Lyra is Mommy #2!! She's such a cutie pie. Aiden is such the big brother, that is a GREAT picture!


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STARLIGHT615 1/24/2013 3:25PM

    Welcome back!! Ur babies are adorable!!

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    emoticon Hope you get better real soon.

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    Goregous family! Welcome back and way to go! emoticon

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MICHSTATE 1/24/2013 3:10PM

    Welcome back!!!!! What a cute family you have!!!

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long time no blog :-) + Pictures

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!

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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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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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    Congrats! Glad you are feeling better.

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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.


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

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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    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:

weird tingling in my stomach
my head felt numb
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

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    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,

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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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