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My long and bumpy journey to gluten and dairy free.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wow! It's been a while since I was on Spark and blogged and I wish I had done it more because it's been a journey. According to my blogging I first started to notice and have stomach problems in 2010 after I gained a lot of weight. After college I had floated around 180 lbs without problems, without much attention to my diet, and with a lot of physical work in the jobs I held. In 2010 I suddenly shot up to over 200 without even changing anything except for the fact that I got a new permanent job that I had to commute to. Granted the commute, especially in the winter, is very stressful and takes up an hour and a half a day with 90 miles. I eventually got an apartment so that I wouldn't have to commute. I had been off and on with dairy because my Natropath told me that I was allergic close to 10 years ago, but it was more of a nasal congestion allergy than a stomach problem. I had become accustomed to using rice milk and not eating a lot of cheese. I had discovered SO Delicious coconut milk and I enjoy it so much I was using it even when I was unaware of my dairy allergy, even though I was still eating cheese, butter, and the occasional ice cream.

In 2011, I ran my first marathon relay race (4.5 miles) and was feeling pretty good about myself, but still struggling with my diet. I begun examining a hypoglycemic diet low in carbs, and that made me feel a lot better, not realizing that cutting back on carbs was also making me cut back on wheat. In 2012 I was working on becoming gluten-free, because my coworker's daughter was a celiac and I thought it would be worth a try, but I was still drinking beer up until 2013. I was trying more of an avoidance diet, just taking out the most obvious sources of wheat, but not replacing it with anything else.

In 2012 I ran in the race a second time, and at this point I was eating mostly gluten-free so I made the poor choice of eating steak and potatoes before my race. This was before the olive garden had gluten-free pasta options and I wanted something for fuel for the next day besides salad. I cramped really bad during the race. At this point I was still eating gluten when I would go to someone else's house and just cooking gluten-free at home for myself. I remember caving one time, I stopped at a local bakery and bought a loaf of my favorite Jalapeno Cheddar white sandwhich bread. Best bread ever! I thought I could never give it up. But we have more animalistic instincts that we'd care to accept. If you are eating something that makes you feel bad, it's akin to eating something toxic, and your desire for it fades. I think of my cat and how he rejects anything that smells or tastes bitter. He knows innately that it's bad, even though he's never had it before.

The last beer I had (intentionally) was Superbowl 2013, and I got so sick from half of an unfiltered wheat beer (probably the worst choice) that I haven't touched one since. In Spring 2013 I had a horrible stomach infection and thought that I had ulcers and went to urgent care for help. They gave me a strong antacid and I went home and still had some of the worst stomach pain I can ever remember having in my life including food poisoning. I called Vickie, my natropath in Cedar City and luckily she had a phone consultation open. She got me on course to heal from a bacterial infection that took me a few weeks to recover from. I found out in July 2013 about my dairy allergies and quickly made the transition to dairy-free. One of the last foods I figured out that had wheat and cut from my diet was soy sauce.

I have been totally gluten free, including beer for one whole year and I have been dairy-free now for 7 months, with of course the occasional slip-up by trying to eat out and not asking enough questions about what's in my food. Going out to eat used to be one of my favorite things to do, and now it is something I hate. It is akin to being poisoned every other time you go out to eat. You tend to get a little gun-shy!
I have found that sometimes I can handle a little bit, for example soy sauce in a marinade, or popcorn at the movies, but if I know I had some "poison" and then have it again within 24-hours I usually have a reaction. I found that out when I made a dish with soy sauce and then ate the leftovers for lunch the next day and got really sick.

I know have an arsenal of recipes and supplies that I use to make my life easier and enjoyable and I would love to share that with anyone who wants to know! It has been quite a learning process, but everyone has to know they are not alone! Not only are there tons of people with food allergies, but fad diets like the Paleo diet also work for this kind of lifestyle. Now that I have the timeline down, I am considering creating a blog with the recipes that I love to use and I consider easy to make to share with others that are traveling down this bumpy road.


All aboard!

Friday, July 06, 2012

Time to get back on the workout bandwagon! Its so easy to let myself lapse into a state of perpetual laziness when it gets hot out and its been smoky from all the fires. I also want to avoid paying for a rec center pass for the summer because that becomes essential in the winter time, so I want to get fresh air while I can. I recently purchased an awesome kick-your-ass DVD by Jillian Michaels called 6-week six pack, and I want to start doing that regularly. I still have to work on balancing my workout, hobbies, and household chores during the week, sometimes I tend to focus on the hobby, or spend all my time cleaning up. Then with work travel, its so easy to get out of the habit of working out. I have a training next week and I am planning on working out every day, especially since this will be an indoor conference. The last one I didn't feel as bad about it because we were out wading in the stream for half a day each day.

I went for a lunch walk yesterday and a short (but difficult) jog uphill after work. I want to make my new habit to achieve some sort of excercise every single day even if it is just my 20-25 minute lunch walk. Something is better than nothing. I finally got some new running shoes that work for me, after a disappointing purchase of reeboks that were the wrong size (rural living means online shopping).

We'll see how I do. I should probably start logging my workouts to keep myself on track.

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LORISMITH2573 7/9/2012 1:58PM

    Hey - I'm training for a 5K in august - you should do it with me! I'm doing couch to 5k - they have an app now that is VERY motivating. I've gone 3 weeks without missing a session! I even came back from camping last night and jumped on the treadmill.

BTW - Diamond mountain is next week - sorry I didn't give you more notice but Grandpa has been wishy washy about going with his health issues and we weren't going to go without him. You should try to make it if you can! We'll be there on the 14th through the 22nd.

Good job on your exercise! Keep it up!

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Creative ADD!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lately, I have had a creative explosion. I've been knitting and sewing after work and trying to learn guitar and I just want to do it all and don't have enough time. My biggest problem is that I now sometimes push my workouts aside to do my crafting and I need to quit it! I'll have the frigid cold winter months to stay inside and do crafty things, so I need to get my run on and keep my crafting as my second priority.
Speaking of my crafts, I've now made a kindle keeper, a purse, and a darling wine tote, all this summer (since like April or May)! I even talked to a lady at the farmer's market about selling some things. That's exciting! :) Just sharing, I hadn't been on Sparky for a while, and felt like a silly little blog.

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MLVASQUEZ 8/25/2011 3:14PM

    I believe I will be around that weekend! I'm making a cake for a double friend birthday party on Saturday. I think Ray will be gone though, but we can definately do something!

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LORISMITH2573 8/25/2011 2:43PM

    You are too creative! I've lost all of my creative spark. I don't have the attention span for it. I'm like grandma. I love buying the stuff, planning, researching, and then I just can't finish. I've decided that not starting is the best way to go.

I hope you had fun in diamond mountain! Hopefully next year you guys can come for longer. We had a great time - I got my 10K steps almost every day and we even ran into a bear on one of our hikes! SCARY! Didn't get to ride the ATV as much as I'd like, but no one else had one this year so we had to use restraint. I LOVED the murder mystery! I'm definitely going to make that a yearly tradition. You did a GREAT job as the detective!

Oh - and we are going to come see you in September. Friday the 9th - on our way to Mt. Rushmore. Will you guys be in town? Care to join us for either a BBQ or dinner out?

Nice to see you back on the spark!

(PS - lost 11 pounds on the 17 day diet and gained 4 pounds back over vacation. That's actually really good for me. Hope to get those 4 pounds off before the NEXT vacation!)

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Race over, must keep running!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Well the race went great!

I ended up running my distance twice before the race and then race day, I kicked major butt making the distance in 46 minutes! I suspect that it was 4.2 miles instead of 4.5 but to me the difference is between a 10.2 minute mile and a 10.9 minute mile. I'm proud of either one!

However, on a slightly more somber note, I let myself get WAY out of shape after the race. In the 2 weeks following the race I biked once and probably went for 2 or 3 30 min walks. Then I tried to run and I was back down to 3 minute intervals again. I can't believe how easy it is to lose that! Crazy. I think I only gained 2 lbs from our Atlanta trip (which I tactfully didn't log) but when I went to my annual doctor's appointment, it finally added up, I've lost 15 lbs since last year! That feels great! I'd like to shed a little more before I get crazy and start buying new pants, but 15 lbs feels good!

I'm getting back in the groove of things, in the last couple weeks I've been running at least once a week, biking a couple days a week to work (10 min) and going on plenty of 30 min walks. And Sunday I went running for 0.9 miles nonstop, and I just need to keep working on it. Now I just want to get my own scale to keep myself accountable. I didn't realize how much that helped me when I was in the weightloss competition with my work back in May, but it kept me honest and motivated, hoping to see another pound come off when I'd weigh in.

I want to get back into my yoga dvds too, but it seems like when I'm home I have all these other things I'd rather be doing like sewing, knitting, or baking. I just need to get my workout on my brain and go....

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CVALENCIA7 7/12/2011 10:35AM

    great job on the race!! That is one of my goals for this year :0

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10 days til Race time!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Well its majorly crunch time now!

I still have not run my race distance. I was really tired and then got sick last week and I still am not 100% better. I'm taking some allergy meds, but since I didn't run for 5 days I'm feeling really winded when I go.

I am going to shoot for my race distance today, no matter how slow I have to go. I think I will stress a lot less if I know what 4.5 miles feels like under my feet, than trying to judge how fast I'm going on race day. I also have to remind myself that this is a fun run, but its just in my nature to worry about stuff like this.

Gooooooo Team!!

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JESUSBRINGSJOY 5/31/2011 12:42PM

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Relax and take it one step at a time!

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RAPUNZEL53 5/26/2011 5:29PM

  Good Luck!

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