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Food Blog ~ Sunday 1/27/13

Monday, January 28, 2013

Yesterday was a good day for me. I woke up early and did not eat breakfast because I had a weight watchers meeting and I never eat before I weigh in. In retrospect I should have packed breakfast to eat afterwards, expecially since I was planning on going to trader joes afterwards to pick up a few things. I did not pack something though so I ended up not eating breakfast yesterday.

My weigh in went really well though. I lost two pounds which is great because I expected to gain weight after being sick for the past few weeks and being on all sorts of medications. So happy dance for me :-)

After weight watchers I stopped by trader joes. I have really been missing that store. I havnt been in months and months because I live about 30 minutes away from it and I have not been in that area in a while. Luckly the sunday morning meeting at weight watchers is right next to trader joes. I got some organic apples (because the apples I bought from the regular supermarket taste like pestiside.... really gross) and some salad greens, pea shoots, rice pasta, black beans, gluten free oatmeal and gluten free buns.... all really good stuff. I love trader joes. I can get a big bag of quinoa there for like $3.99 when a bag that is smaller cost about $5.99 at the regular supermarket. Im going to start going to the sunday morning meeting in Charlotte from now on which will give me a good excuse to pick up a few things each week. :-)
I was tempted to grab some organic chocolate on my way out the door. I was getting kinda hungry... but I didnt.

I decided to stop by Marshall's on the way home but when I got there it wasnt opened yet. I only had about 25 minutes or so until the store opened thugh so while waiting I walked a loop around the super target parking lot for 25 minutes instead of sitting in the car on my iphone for that time. It was pretty cold but it was nice being outside.

So I was at Marshall's because I really need a new pair of jeans. I am wearing yoga pants right now because nothing else fits me. I went to walmart and got a few pairs of yoga pants two weeks ago so I wouldnt have to keep tugging up the maternity jeans I was wearing before. I have been feeling really bad about my appearance lately though and figured an outfit that actual fit me would maybe make me feel a bit better. Well I found out real quick that I am not a size 14 or a size 16... Turns out I am now a size 18! I did not perceive myself as being that big again. I know its a far cry from the size 26 I was a few years ago but my mind had finally adjusted to being a size 8. Even though I know that I will get back there fast and my new little bundle of joy was worth it, I still cant help but be a little sad about it.
Long story short, Marshall's had two pairs of size 18 jeans that were on sale :-( ... One pair was skinny jeans, which I didnt really want and the other pair was still like $30 on sale. Between $10-$15 is all I am willing to spend on a pair of jeans I dont plan on being in for very long. So I left empty handed and still in Yoga pants. Sigh.

I got back home around noonish and was starving. I made lunch for my family and then made myself lunch. After that it was pretty much just business as usual. Nothing really eventful happened just feedings and diaper changes and quite a bit of TV watching. I had a good day though, I got some stuff accomplished in the morning, I got some time to myself and some activity in which really helped with the stress level which means less yelling at the kids, and I did really well with my eating and tracked everything.

Only thing missing was a good nights rest. I have not had one of those in so long. sigh. small steps.


Lunch - Turkey sandwich on gluten free bread with pea shoots and cranberry mustard. 1 cup fresh pineapple. 1 mozzarella cheese stick. - 8 points

Snack: apple - 0 pts
snack: kozy shack pudding - 4 pts
snack: grape fruit cup - 0pts

Dinner: 3 gluten free crispy chicken tacos with light blue cheese dressing and lettuce, steamed broccoli, brown and wild rice with veggies - 13 pts.

After dinner I was really hungry and I knew what I had planned (a gluten free cookie with ice cream) would not fill me up so I decided to eat a plate of veggies before hand just to add something else to my stomach before eating the treat I had planned.

snack: veggies & 1 tbls light ranch - 1pt

snack: Fresh baked gluten free cookie topped with vanilla ice cream - 7 pts.

(I have come to the realization that I cant bake a whole pack of gluten free cookie dough or I will eat all 12 cookies within one day. I now keep the pack in a freezer bag in the freezer and only pull out 1 ball of cookie dough on the night I plan on eating it. This has worked really well for me and gives me the chance to eat something I really really like without going overboard.)


A good day!

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    I love looking at your food blogs they give me some ideas! As for the jeans I know what you mean.... why pay so much when you don't want to wear them that long. Walmart has some new jeans that are elastic in waist and called just my size for 16 dollars. Maybe those would work. They have cute back pockets and don't look like "fake " jeans. LOL.... good luck


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LOSINGJESS 1/28/2013 11:19PM

    I looked at goodwill on Saturday and it was pretty slim pickins. :-(

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/28/2013 10:28PM

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MALEXANDER4 1/28/2013 9:16PM

    Congrats on the loss. I know you will not be in a size 18 for long. Have you thought about heading to the Goodwill or thrift stores for some jeans? I've been doing this for a while until I reach goal. Thanks for your food blogs. I always enjoyed them. You got this Jess.

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MANDYLOVE_76 1/28/2013 1:17PM

    I read in the 4-Hour Body that you should never wait more than an hour after waking up to eat. Awesome none the less.

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MPETERSON2311 1/28/2013 9:06AM

    great job on the 2lb weight loss!

And you resisted the chocolate too! yay!

I'm sorry your pants size struck a nerve- shopping is always a sensitive topic for me too- hence why I don't go

Your plate of veggies looks so good!

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MICHSTATE 1/28/2013 9:02AM

    Good idea on the cookie!!!!!

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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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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/26/2013 12:25PM


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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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GOPINTOS 1/25/2013 2:15PM

    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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FITBY40-2015 1/29/2013 9:44AM


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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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ERICADAWN1986 1/24/2013 3:11PM

    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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