Hello everyone! How is your week going so far?
Mine has been rather good, actually. If you read my post yesterday, you’ll know that I have been suffering from crazy environmental allergies lately. I kid you not, on Monday I sneezed 59 times. I counted them because I wanted to share my suffering with you all. But really, that was nothing compared to last Friday. I finally got some relief yesterday, and it’s either because we had a huge rainstorm, or because of these enzymes I’ve started taking at my mom’s suggestion. They’re called Antronex, and basically, they’re taken to support the liver and help the body’s natural antihistamine function. (By the way, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, please don’t go to that link. I’ll just say the enzymes are definitely not solely plant-based.) Whatever the reason, I’m glad I’ve finally stopped sneezing, and that in of itself is big enough to make my week good.
Ok, so you might be wondering about the title of this post. Well, if you’ve been reading for the past few weeks, you’ll know that I was giving a gluten-free diet a try. My reasons for trying this were 1) to raise my awareness of what people with intolerances and Celiac disease have to go through, 2) the fact that wheat today is so genetically modified and full of nasty chemicals that it’s not really good for us any more, 3) I thought maybe getting rid of gluten (a key ingredient in so many of the foods I mindlessly snack on) would help me lose the weight I can’t shed, and 4) I wondered if maybe I was allergic to it.
So with those reasons in mind, and with the support of my parents, I decided to go ahead and give GF a try. For the first two weeks, I felt fine. Which, actually, was not how I was hoping I’d feel. I had hoped I would feel different, better. However, my acid reflux was still very present and I wasn’t losing any weight. In fact, I was gaining weight. I didn’t mention that on here because I thought it had nothing to do with being GF (and who knows, maybe it doesn’t), but it was definitely something I was noticing.
During the middle of the third week, I started to feel not great. I often have digestive issues that come and go, but the issues I was beginning to experience (think awful, awful bloating) were not going. I just did not feel like myself, and I was very uncomfortable. After talking with my mom about that, and hearing that she was feeling the same way, we decided to go back to our “old” diets. The only thing I can figure was going on was that my body not only does not need to be GF, it didn’t want to be. I’m absolutely positively an advocate of going with your gut feeling, and in this case, literally and figuratively, I needed to.
Sure enough, on Friday I went back to my old routine and instantly felt better. Now, my old routine/diet was really not too loaded with gluten/wheat, and just because I really want to focus on getting healthier and losing what I’ll call my “snacking” weight, I still have not allowed myself to eat crackers (those babies are my arch nemesis). But I am incorporating more fiber in the form of whole wheat bread back in, because I’m learning that’s what my body was missing.
Anyway (if you’ve stuck through reading all of this, thank you), the reason I’m going into such a deep explanation is because I want to be honest with you all, as you were all so sweet and supportive of my diet change. So, that’s the story and the explanation of why I’ve decided to end my experiment.
Alright, so how about some good eats from this last week?
Thanks to Jenn for hosting!
This WIAW is going to be iPhone/Instagram edition…with just a few real, “good” photos thrown in. Please bear with me.
We bought a huge pack of Chobani from Costco, and for one breakfast, I enjoyed a blueberry Chobani with my homemade granola mixed in. Oh my GOSH was that good.
I actually really haven’t been eating lunches lately. I’ve been sleeping in (well, until like 8 or 9), and after a workout, I don’t eat breakfast until later, and my Greek yogurt bowls keep me full for a long time, which means I’m not hungry by the time lunch rolls around. So, mainly, I’ve been snacking on hummus and carrots, fruit, salami, and cheese in place of my lunches. Oh well. Still delicious!
One of my (new) favorite snacks ever are these caramel corn rice cakes. Holy yum. And for only 50 calories each? Yes please!
I went shopping on Monday (by myself, which I actually love doing) and stopped by Panera to grab this Superfruit Power smoothie. Those smoothies are so delicious, and I don’t feel the least bit guilty trying them. They have Greek yogurt and lots of fruit in them, and I trust Panera to have good quality ingredients.
Finally, I created a homemade green tea lemonade (like the kind I get from Starbucks). I need to work on the recipe a bit more before I share it, but boy oh boy am I excited to!
I asked my dad to buy a spaghetti squash for me for the week, so I cooked it up and made a sort of pasta dish out of it. I turned this particular plate into “Tofu Parmesan”…if you will.
My friend’s wedding was catered by a local company, and they had a buffet of Italian food. I loaded up my plate with a whole wheat roll, carrots and broccoli, mashed potatoes, and chicken. Yum.
Also at the wedding, instead of a cake (well, I think it was instead of one…I didn’t see a cake anyway) they had a frozen yogurt bar. Best. idea. ever.
I went with the frozen Greek yogurt, homemade chocolate ganache, and fresh raspberries. That yogurt was out of this world. It was so tangy that it was borderline sour, and I loved it. I would live in that bowl if I could.
For another dessert this past week, I combined strawberry Chobani, a few white chocolate chips, and a crushed GF sugar cone and made it into this lovely mess.
That is a seriously good combination, if you were wondering.
Workouts May 19-25
Monday: Pinterest exercises
Tuesday: 20 minutes jogging + 40 minutes walking (intervals) on treadmill
Wednesday: P90X Yoga
Friday: 40 minutes elliptical + strength
Saturday: see Tuesday
In other news, I watched Perks of Being a Wallflower for the first time last night. Oh my gosh, is that a fantastic movie. I read the book a year ago and loved it, but I actually think I liked the movie more. (My inner English major is shocked with myself.) It was so emotional, and I thought the actors/screenwriters/producers/director (who was the author) perfectly captured the insecurities that not only were shown in the book, but in adolescence in general. I was also very glad to see that Emma Watson is a good enough actor to be able to break out of her Hermione role.
I have a pretty busy week/weekend coming up, so please forgive me if I don’t post too often!
That’s about all I have for now – have a great day!
Questions for the day:
Have you ever changed your diet for better or worse?
Do you have any new found snack addictions?
And most importantly, frozen yogurt or ice cream?
I just want to end this post by saying my thoughts and prayers are with the families in Oklahoma. I watched a bit of the news last night and I can’t even imagine the pain, anxiety, fright, and uncertainty those people are feeling. I don’t mean for it to sound like an afterthought by putting this at the end…in fact, just the opposite. I hate that tragedies have to happen, but they do serve as a reminder to me to really think and count any and all of my blessings.