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
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. :-)
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.
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"?
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.
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.
shrimp and black bean taco w/ mexican brown rice
spicy chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, olive oil and garlic over brown rice pasta
gluten free pancakes (will post recipe), fresh berries, egg whites
rice & shine breakfast cereal w/ berries
rice & shine breakfast cereal prepared like grits with salt and butter & veggie cheese, egg whites and fresh tomatoes
turkey pepperoni & veggie cheese quesadilla on mission corn tortillas, baked scoops with salsa
Home made chicken nuggets (chicken breast cut into chunks and dusted with gluten free baking mix, pan fried and then finished in the oven), corn on the cob, mashed poatoes with veggie cheese
rice chex cereal, fresh berries, almond milk
Fried Tofu & veggies w/ Thai peanut rice noodles
This did not taste bad but I just cant get over the texture of the tofu. I used extra firm and it was still way to squishy for me. blech. Next time minus tofu, add chicken.
(squeeze tofu dry, cut into strips, marinade in sesame oil, peanut sauce, ground ginger and then toss with rice flour and pan fry until browned)
(soak rice noodles in hot water for 4-5 minutes and then stir fry with asian veggies, tofu and peanut sauce)
polenta pizza w/ veggie mozzarella & turkey pepperoni, small salad w italian dressing
- I used bobs red mill polenta / corn meal which is dry and you have to mix it with water, which is what the recipe calls for. (large pizza was regular cheese and small was veggie cheese. My son got excited for pizza but then tried it and was kinda upset because it does not taste like traditional pizza crust, so he cried and I told him to go to his room and calm down for 5 minutes. He came back and was fine and ate all the pizza on his plate. My daughter loved it and my husband said it was not like regular pizza but it was a do again. I think it is just going to take some time for the kids to get use to the new foods, like this, it did not taste bad but it was not what they were expecting) I got the pizza crust recipe on line on a blog I found here is the link if you want to try this for your own family. I used spring form pans which I greased with olive oil, it worked out rather well. : http://www.kitchencorners.com/2010/11/pole
peanut butter chocolate chip apple (most peanut butters are gluten free and hersheys dark chocolate chips are gluten free)
bacon cheese veggie burger salad (salad mix, veggie cheese, veggie burger, real bacon cooked and cut up, onion, ketchup and mustard which are not shown
multi-grain crisps and hummus
GF baked penne (brown rice penne mixed with chicken sausage casing removed and cooked, fine diced onion, fine diced carrot, fine diced tofu (no one knew it was there but me but dont know if it really added much to the dish, might leave it out next time.), ragu pasta sauce and fresh basil the kind in the plastic tube you get out of the produce section.... all mixed together and topped with veggie cheese. Paired with a small salad with italian dressing (kids also had strawberries and rice crackers. )
This was a big hit! It was awesome and everyone loved it. If you make this dont leave out the basil, it really adds something nice to the dish. The noodles reminded me of beefaroni noodles, I think I may cook them a little less than the box says next time.
Veggie burger topped with veggie cheese, arugula & honey mustard w/ carrot sticks and hummus
(this was yesterdays lunch. I finally got some GF bread, this kind was on sale for 3.19 for that tiny little loaf. OMG. bread wont be on the menu very often. The bread is not bad though, I toasted it in the frying pan and it tasted pretty good and not too much different than regular. It was only 40 calories and 1 point per slice as well which made it extra nice. Its nice having a sandwich now and then so I will be buying a few loaves a month or investing in the many different ingreidents needed to make my own GF bread)
Enchiladas filled with refried beans, chicken sausage & cilantro... dish is topped with old el paso medium enchilada sauce, jarred jalapenos, cilantro and veggie cheese. mexican corn medley (canned corn, fresh tomatoes, cilantro and I cant beleive its not butter spray)
This was pretty good... I prefer the green enchilada sauce but unfortunatly it contains wheat ingredients. sigh. the good thing about old el paso is that they label there products very well, nothing is hidden and if contains gluten it will say so on the packaging. I used mission corn tortillas, old el paso refried beans & enchilada sauce.
Whats the difference between fat free refried beans & regular?
0.5 grams of fat and 1 carb .... I never even thought to check before. So I got regular because that really is not much of a difference.
So this is a lot of what I ate this week. I also went out to eat at ruby tuesdays and had a really good steak but ended up coming home and getting sick (gas, bloating, ect) because even though I ordered off the gluten free menu it was obviously cross contaminated somewhere. I think Im going to hold off on eating out for a good while until I get the hang of this and know exactly what places are really safe.
I dont think I lost weight this week, in fact I think I gained. All the meals I have been making have been gluten free and healthy as far as calories/points go but I have been overeating and snacking a lot. I have been going through a rough time emotionaly this week, just taking everything in and I dont really feel deprived but in my head I think... OH GOD I CANT HAVE A CERTAIN FOOD EVER AGAIN.... so I pig out on foods I can have to make up for it in my mind.
Not a good thing. So I need to keep up the exercise (today will be day 27 in a row) and take this gluten free thing one day at a time and try and keep myself in check as far as snacking.
Hope you enjoyed my food as much as I did.... OMG some of this stuff was so good.
Pancake Recipe - heavy on the calories so not an every day event
5 points for 2 tiny pancakes
recipe makes 6 pancakes
2 serving(s) Gluten free baking mix - now healthy foods, 1/2 cup
1 tsp SPLENDAŽ SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp table salt
1 serving(s) Fit & Active Egg Whites - 1/4 Cup
1/2 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce
3 tsp olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
mix dry ingreidents
mix wet ingreidents
mix wet into dry
cook as you would normal pancakes (this came out thick and I had to spread the pancake out with the back of a spoon, so I might try using milk instead of apple sauce next time)
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