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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I just watched a documentary on how your diet can drastically change your cancer risk. By reducing the amount of animal protein in your diet, and focusing on eating more plant based protein, you can drastically improve your health. This relates to some of the research that I do to find out why our Western Diet (ie high fat, high animal protein) causes more diseases and cancers. I am by no means telling anyone to go become vegan, I certainly won't, but it does make you question the amount of dairy products and meat that you consume.

I'm feeling good right now after avoiding dairy for three days. I might crumble tonight since my date is cooking dinner, but everything I've had so far for the past three days has been dairy free. Some people have suggested Almond milk -- I didn't really like it. I need to just go buy like three different types of soy and rice milk and see what tastes the best to me. Cheese = arch nemesis right now, so so long cheese curds, mozzarella, and parmesan, you won't be missed.

Anyway -- the documentary is on instant Netflix. Here's a link to their website: .

I'm going to make my parents watch it sometime this week. I think it might help my dad out. I've been trying to get him to reduce dairy in his diet for awhile now, but maybe this will get him to listen.

Anyway, quick update and just letting you all know about something that I found useful and interesting.

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KLONG8 2/13/2012 12:31PM

    Always makes some sense to keep searching for the best diet. I

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RR1_RR1 2/13/2012 12:14PM

    I just read people with asthma need to get more veggy proteins too so looking into it. Also cutting back on dairy. thanks for the link!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/10/2012 11:04AM

    I was planning on watching that at some point.

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JESSIEJUICE 2/9/2012 8:41PM

    For non-dairy cheese, Daiya is my favorite :). Teese is also supposed to be excellent but I think it's harder to find... you can check on their website to see if it's sold near you!

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ALPINESALLIE 2/8/2012 7:34PM

    wow, very interesting - I will definitely have to watch that one! Besides Almond Milk, I find coconut milk more tolerable and it doesn't taste like coconut flavor (like I thought it would, cause I really don't like coconut) so you might want to give it a go....

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NEWLYWED2011 2/8/2012 7:34PM

    It's SUCH a good documentary, but I still haven't gained the strength to try some of those dairy free products (i'm SUCH a creature of habit). Their research was pretty convincing though...I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw it and stopped to think! Now I wish I could take the plunge and knock out dairy (or at least most of it).

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SHRINKING_SARA 2/8/2012 7:13PM

    Dairy free and I feel sooooo much better. I was taking my pills when I had cheese, but my body was still feeling crappy. It's like drinking once or twice a day everyday vs being completely sober.

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/8/2012 6:19PM

I eat a lot of dairy in the form of cheese. I too am lactose-intolerant and use enzyme pills to combat it.
Are you finding there is a difference in bloating or anything with being dairy free?

Comment edited on: 2/8/2012 6:20:31 PM

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GAMELISSA 2/8/2012 4:09PM

  Thanks for the tip! I will look it up on my netflix account tonight!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/8/2012 3:43PM

    Thanks for the Blog

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Dairy Detox

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I need a dairy detox. I'm lactose intolerant-ish... its usually not a problem if I avoid some major triggers (aka-parmesean) and take lactaid. Lately though I've been eating too much cheese and dairy products, and even with lactaid, my body has had enough. I felt crappy Saturday after eating cheese pizza on Friday -- and yesterday my migraine was probably triggered by all of the cheese I had at the Super Bowl party. Couple the crappy feeling to gaining a pound, and even though cheese is one of God's gifts to humans, I'm going on a detox. No cheese, no ice cream, and only Lactaid milk in small amounts. *don't worry though, I use calcium supplements* I have weird dietary restrictions too -- I don't know if I mentioned I'm following low-oxalate guidelines for kidney stones, low dairy for the lactose intolerance, and avoiding some foods that trigger irritable bowel syndrome. As long as I eat healthy, I feel healthy, so I'm trying to use that as motivation to stay focused on what I eat.

I started yesterday and I all ready feel human again. I was really focused yesterday and ate below my calories since I was so gross feeling/headachey that I didn't work out. The scale was already moving in the right direction today (I had to check), and I'm going to focus on low dairy, higher protein intake for this week. I've been kind of slacking on my carbs/protein ratio -- and this week its going to change. No more Kashi cereal for breakfast -- instead egg whites with one whole egg. 30 grams of protein for breakfast and I'm going strong.

So that's really it for now. I'm going to run by the grocery store to stock up on some more fruits and veggies. Now that my sister isn't going to visit I can stock up the fridge with healthy treats, and I won't hear anyone complaining about my lack of chips and chocolate.

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DEEPSOUTHGAL 2/16/2012 11:08PM

    I'm about the same, minus the kidney stone part.
I have IBS with a slight lactose intolerance. Only I don't think many of the doctors in NZ are as clued up about it as they are in America.
The last doctor I talked to about it just said to cut out dairy for a few weeks, and look up FODMAPS on google.
Plus up until about 3 months or so ago, the only milk replacement we had was soy or rice milk. Then they came out with "zero lacto" milk, it's expensive as hell though.

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RR1_RR1 2/13/2012 12:15PM

    I know 75% fat free Cabot cheese is free of alot of allergens. No gluten or lactose, and tastes like real cheese! I actually like it better than real cheese.

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/8/2012 6:21PM

    I should try what you are doing: no/low dairy, higher protein. Thanks!!

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CTISDELL 2/7/2012 12:11PM

    I agree on the almond milk. Delicious stuff especially in Kashi cereals. Good luck!

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TREP13 2/7/2012 11:50AM

    Does almond milk fit into your plan? I love the unsweetened vanilla almond milk from Blue Diamond. It has a lot of calcium in it and would probably be beneficial to you since woman are known for not getting enough calcium in their diets. Just a thought. Good luck on the detox. I love cheese too much to give it up.

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This weekend = bad for my diet... good for my soul?

Monday, February 06, 2012

So this weekend was chock full of events... with food. Unhealthy food. That I ate. *sigh*

I worked out a lot this weekend too, but the calories still came back to bite me in the butt and the scale. No loss and up a pound, but at least it was only a pound. I have been eating the right amount of calories, a little over on some days -- Friday and Sunday, but working out enough that Spark keeps yelling at me to adjust my schedule.

The recruitment party of Friday was a success. The hour and a half walk in the rain on a campus tour -- not so much. Soaked to the bone! I went and bought an umbrella for the recruits when we walked through the bookstore to keep some of them dry. Nothing like 21/22 year olds to make you feel old as a 5th year grad student.

Then the pizza, cookies, soda-ness of the recruitment party. I was doing good... until like 1AM when I had a second round of pizza and was buzzed from actually having caffeine. The next day = crappy food hangover. I didn't drink, but my body felt off. I was not handling all of the gross food I put in my body at all. I think I needed a detox from pizza and sugar! Apparently my body would rather run on clean protein and fresh fruits and veggies. I did have a really great time at the party though. I got to catch up with some grad students I don't see a lot, and the prospectives were fun. My friends were joking that they had to find my replacement since I'll hopefully be graduating.

Saturday was pretty boring. I slept in, went to work, skipped really doing much. No date -- he was super busy, so I haven't gotten back with him about actually meeting up -- and he has a business trip this week--so it probably won't happen. But not stressed about that... currently messaging like 2 other guys on eHarmony so I'm not bored, haha... when did that happen?

Sunday was great! I got up early to get to Target for the Jason Wu collection. My friend was supposed to meet me, but she was a no show -- her phone/alarm was on silent! So the crazy people RAN into the store, put everything in their carts, and there was like nothing. Target, you really suck. Seriously, stock more of the darn clothes! They didn't even have a lot of the stuff advertised since we're in a smaller market. So instead of leaving, I went to the dressing rooms and poached what people didn't want after they tried it on. I even got a bag from someone who grabbed two! So here's the hard part. I got a cardigan I wanted, and the dress I wanted, but the dress doesn't fit, yet... But it will! I got a size 10, and it was fine around my waist, but wouldn't close over my shoulders -- but give it 10 pounds or so, and I will be rocking this dress.

It was a little surreal to have someone telling me about how they couldn't wear the stuff I had because they needed larger sizes. I'm still mentally plus size. I can't wrap my head around being the size of my friends. I needed a reality check apparently. My one friend wants to share clothes. In my mind I'm still waaaay bigger than she is, but in her mind we could be the same size. *begin brain melt* I know that I was wearing size 10 jeans yesterday, but I was wearing Spanx, so it was kind of cheating, right? I'm not looking for compliments, but more so of a reality check. I wore a reeeeeeally tight shirt yesterday (hence the Spanx) and it was kind of fun to rock a tight shirt. (Ignore the giant football shaped temptation in the picture below--I wish I had...)

So although today I was up on the scale, and had a migraine (possibly from poor food choices, including too much cheese), I'm not going to beat myself up for eating too much pizza, I'm just going to focus on making better choices this week. My sabotaging older sister was going to come visit, but her car's in the shop, so I'm dodging a bullet this week... I hope everyone didn't indulge that badly during the Superbowl, or as I referred to it, the boring stuff around the Madonna show :-)

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BAKE0150 2/8/2012 11:52AM

    I had a similar weekend- good bonding time, but bad body time. So much pizza and wings. Such a bad "bad food hangover" afterwards. But it's a good feeling to get back on track on Monday.

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SUSIEGKORN 2/6/2012 5:29PM

    You radiate with confidence and happiness right now! You'll get back on track this week for sure since your body is telling you it likes when you eat healthier food. I'm loving your new sweater and bag together ~ so cute. And that dress is so fun, too. You'll be fitting in it in no time! Way to snag some good stuff in the dressing rooms! Best to you in all you're doing!

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Happy Friday

Friday, February 03, 2012

I'm going to try and do a quick little update before lunch.

Yesterday the co-worker I don't like walked into the meeting room early while I was setting up. She proceeded to THROW her bag on the table, shaking the entire table, then kicked a chair in my direction because it was in her way, and it bounced off the chair next to me, and then proceeded to belch. Seriously. How is this person allowed in public? Ugh... My boss thinks she wasn't raised with manners since she's from a blue collar family that was poor. I don't know where the hell he got this idea from, 'cause I'm pretty sure when we were eating food from Aldi's and the food bank, my mom yelled at my sister and I about etiquette and manners. So she's boorish and horrible, but I'm trying to manage my stress and ignore her...

Today I'm headed to lunch with some friends over at the Student Center -- and I will not be going crazy with food... at least that's what I'm trying to tell myself. I'm giving a campus tour, in the pouring rain, so that's going to be interesting. Then running over to work on my study mice, then processing samples, and I might be done around 5ish if I hurry.

Then tonight we're having all the recruits and grad students over for a house party... with pizza, and cookies, and all of the food I've been avoiding. I made the best cookies yesterday, and I budgeted my calories to include the "quality control" aka the cookies I couldn't stop myself from eating. So today I know I will be over calories. I've been good for the last week, so I'm not stressing about it. I think they're getting a fruit tray so I'll focus my munchies on that and only have a little pizza. *hopefully*

I may have a new date on Saturday... he's interesting, and I think way smarter than I am which should be a nice change from what I have been dating.

Then the Superbowl on Sunday... and Jason Wu at Target! I think we all know what I'm more excited about. I'm going to limit myself to one dress and one bag. I bought some $15 dresses at NY&Co on clearance, so I don't really need another dress -- but they are so freakin' cute. (And yes, the shopping addiction is still going strong)

So I hope everyone has a good weekend and doesn't go nuts munching at Superbowl parties!

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RR1_RR1 2/3/2012 4:26PM

    Have fun on the date! I hear you about the super bowl stuff- theres been free pizza everywhere this week....ughh.

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HELOVESDOTS 2/3/2012 2:23PM

    My mom has always said lack of money is not an excuse for ill manners or poor hygiene. And she is right. We didn't have a lot of money and I am one of 5 children, we were taught and expected to practice good manners. Sorry you have to work with such a rude individual!

Sounds like a great weekend, Have Fun!

And thanks for your kind words on my blogs!

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ALPINESALLIE 2/3/2012 1:29PM

    Great blog! Stay strong girly! And P.S. that girl sounds like a nightmare!

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    Stay strong around that pizza, keep dry in the rain, and I hope your date is super fun!!!

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 2/3/2012 12:40PM

    Sounds like a great weekend coming up!

Man girl, I think you go on more dates than the Bachelor!

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Has anyone tried P90X?

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I can't believe January is already gone. I was only down 4 pounds last month, but hey, its progress. I'm still pushing through my Wii Fit kickstart and am going to finish my 30 day challenge, but now after I'm done -- I throw in my regular workout routine to add in some more fitness minutes.

That's another thing--I was only logging my cardio minutes. Once I realized they actually track your strength training as minutes I started logging it. I thought they just ignored it since you didn't get any calories burned from it... so yep--expect my fitness minutes to be a lot higher this year. So yesterday after my 28 minutes of EA Sports Active, I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, and then a basic balance ball strength training session. I got home early from work, so I had the time to get a good workout in. Also since I was at the max range for my calories, I wanted to put another little push in to keep the scale moving in February. My mini-goal is to be 189 by March 1st. We'll see if I get there... I think I need to focus more on my diet.

Has anyone tried P90X? I was thinking I might want to push myself more and get in more of a workout. I'm a home workout person, so I thought this might be a good plan to invest in. Apparently I need to spend money to actually feel guilty enough to work out with the equipment... Its just a big investment, so I wanted to see if anyone has tried it? My friend Krista tore a ligament in her knee when she was doing one of the workouts, so I know it can get pretty intense.

I used to think it was way too much of a workout for me to handle, but now I think I might like the challenge...

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/1/2012 12:42PM

    emoticonIt is a great workout, making sure you use proper form will prevent injuries. learn the techniques first, so go slow.

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LIVINGKERRY 2/1/2012 12:20PM

    I did p90x and i think its hit or miss- some of the stuff was easy- some of it was hard- its all about how hard you push yourself with his work outs. I did the full 90 days>
check out that blog- it has links to watch the videos for free. (so you dont have to drop 120 bucks on it if you dont like it)

I actually prefer Jillian Micheals stuff and I think that she pushes people harder and works people harder and I have gotten better results with her.

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LORI-K 2/1/2012 12:15PM

    I'm a P90X grad!! I can't say enough good things about Tony Horton and P90X! I loved the whole program except maybe the 90 minute Yoga. It's still great, just a little long.
I posted a blog about my P90X experience. I didn't look like the people he uses in the commercials when I completed it, but I was definitely stronger and more fit.
I did alot of modifying as I did not use a pull up bar. As Tony says, "Do your best and forget the rest".

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 2/1/2012 11:59AM

    I have not personally tried p90x, but my uncle does it daily and he is in pretty darn good shape and he struggles with it.

I know he tried p90x2 and sent it back because it was really bad about putting you in compromising positions and the threat of injury was too much.

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