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Gluten-Free Week Day 7 (of 7) and reflections

Sunday, April 08, 2012

What I ate today...

Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1/4 cup steel-cut oats cooked with 1 cup vanilla almond milk and cinnamon, slivered almonds, coconut flakes. 1 cup blackberries and strawberries.

Lunch: 1/2 of a Gluten-free BBQ chicken pizza for under 500 calories~ (Udi's frozen GF pizza crust, 3 tbsp BBQ sauce, 4 oz shredded chicken, 2 oz whole milk mozzarella, diced garlic, scallion, red onion, and cilantro). 3 sticks of celery.

Snack#1: green smoothie (spinach, kale, pineapple, and strawberries w/ matcha powder and chia seeds) with a bit of greek yogurt mixed in.

Snack#2: Kimchi Pancake made with 1/2 cup kimchi, onion, bell pepper, and 2 oz diced octopus, 1/2 cup gluten-free pancake mix, 2 tbsp milk, and 1/2 an egg. 1 tsp sauce made of soy, hot chili pepper, and siracha.
1 mandarin orange.

Dinner: Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole ( recipes.sparkpeop
le.com/recipe-detail.asp?r
ecipe=1239857
) with avocado, cilantro, and 4 tbsp homemade pico de gallo, 1 oz tortilla chips.
1/2 cup fruit salad (pineapple, strawberry, blackberry, blueberry).

Extra crap: 2 cadburry caramel eggs (oh well, it's better than an entire easter bunny). Today was my weekly cheat day!

Activity:
Couch to 5k walk/run outside, 45 min
This should be my rest day, but I didn't feel like I needed one yet. So much energy!

Results:
In Cal-Range?: (200 over, but I tend to let myself do this once a week to reset my hunger hormones)
Got my Omega-3s?: y
Cals from carb: 50%
Cals from fat: 30%
Cals from pro: 20%
Grams of fiber: 45g
Saturated fat: 22g
Servings Freggies: 9
Glasses of H2O: 16

More Replacements: I have found (via amazon.com) gluten-free whole-grain bread mixes (buckwheat, garbanzo bean, tapioca flour, etc), gluten-free lasagna noodles, and gluten-free stuffed shell noodles. I am so happy!!!!!!! It seems like anything I want to eat has a GF alternative. Sure, it might be a dollar or two extra, but I can't put a price on feeling this great!

Reflections:
I won't have health insurance until the fall, so I cannot be tested for celiac or wheat/gluten allergy... but I don't really even need to be tested to know that they affect me negatively. Thanks to this experiment, I realize how much better I can feel on a daily basis by going 100% gluten-free, so that is the way I will be from now on :) It's not as hard as I thought it would be, especially after picking up some GF substitutions. I am just grateful that I've finally figured it out and that my digestive symptoms, fatigue, irritability, and headaches have gone away. As an added bonus, I've shed over 8 lbs of water weight, and I am nearly certain it was due to going gluten-free as well.

Thanks for reading the GF week blogs~
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  • SCIFIMOM
    Awesome job! Just one teeny caution that I learned the hard way: although I loved using the almond meal and garbanzo bean flours, I found that I had to watch out for the products with too much rice flour. It didn't react well with my system, plus it made my blood sugar soar.

    Good luck,

    Claudia
    3082 days ago
  • BOOKWORM27S
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    Wow, 8 lbs. of water weight! I notice that I lose water weight when I substitute a bell pepper or mushroom cap for bread.

    Way to go, great experiment!
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    3085 days ago
  • BECKYB73
    I just love how you're taking control, kicking ass and taking names. That is all. emoticon
    3086 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I think a time of reflection is always a wonderful way to measure your progress. Congratuations on self diagnosis. I think the Dr will confirm what you already know. Go you!
    3087 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10464769
    So glad you found what works for you!!!

    Good job!
    3087 days ago
  • OSTERA15
    Glad your trial is working out for you!
    3087 days ago
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