Day 7 Complete!

I submitted my blog post too soon yesterday. Precisely 3 hours after I finished my dinner, I got a horrible stomachache that was so achy my shoulders started to cramp up. I was playing Rummikub with mom, but I wanted to be in fetal position for the pain, so I sunk down into my chair and chose tiles with my big toe. Classy. But hey- I still won all 3 games against her.

Today I slept in and woke up at 8:00 am, so I actually slept about 9 hours which was nice. I didn’t have to nap today- not that I would have had time anyways. I went downstairs, took 2 VSL#3 pills, and then hung around in our living room. I started to get hungry, so I knew I needed to put carrots in the oven to bake into carrot fries. I prepared carrot sticks with olive oil and salt and put them on a baking sheet. While I waited for them to bake, I refreshed my memory a little on what I read in the book Intuitive Eating and also checked all of my social media. My mom then asked me when I was going running. That’s when I realized I totally forgot I was going to do that today. It’s sad when you haven’t exercised in so long that you actually forget to exercise. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel okay enough to at least try and run for about 20-30 minutes.

At about 9:30 am my carrot fries finished baking, so I quickly scrambled up my egg whites and heated up my ground turkey meat. The carrot fries were… okay. I normally love them, but I think I was missing my zucchini noodles, and some of the carrots I used may have been bad, because a few fries tasted funky. I even had to spit one out.

My mom and dad were meeting with an architect today, so I headed up to my room and busied myself by watching Locked Up Abroad on Netflix. My roommates are going to log on and wonder who the heck was watching that. Afterwards, I headed out to a doctor’s appointment. I wasn’t hungry enough to eat before I left, but I made sure to pack myself something. In a tupperware I put spinach, swiss chard and bok choy mix, 1 chicken breast, 1 cup of frozen blueberries and salt and pepper. I also packed balsamic vinegar to add later, and half a chicken breast and a 1/4 of dried strawberries for a snack later.

I arrived at the doctor’s office about 15 minutes early, and even though I wasn’t hungry, I ate; I’ve learned from past experience that doctor’s are hardly ever on time. My appointment was at 2:00 pm, but who knows when I’d actually be seen. I was right. I wasn’t seen until about 2:50 pm and the appointment lasted maybe 15 minutes tops. I’m definitely glad I ate before or I would have been ravenous. I finally left the doctor’s office around 3:30 or so. I then had to go grocery shopping and while shopping I snacked on that half a chicken breast.  I finally arrived home at 5:40 pm.

I then prepped my zucchini noodles for my breakfasts and helped my mom make dinner. I wasn’t hungry, but we were having zucchini noodles with dinner. Who can refuse that? I certainly didn’t, so I had tons of lemon and basil zucchini noodles and 3 chicken tenderloins around 6:30 pm. I then did the dishes, walked my dog, started my laundry, and settled down to watch Mystery Diagnosis on TV when my parents arrived home from a golf cart ride and told me were watching Anna Kerinina. I’d never even heard of it, but it came out about a year ago and it has Kiera Knightley and Jude Law in it. The cinematography and set was amazing, but it was slightly hard to follow at times. I probably would’t watch it again, but some of my favorite actors from Downton Abbey were in it! I can not wait for the next season to come out!

While watching it I started craving superfood trail mix. It’s made my Navitas Naturals and has goji berries, mulberries, and golden berries in it. Add in some raw cocoa nibs and you are set to go. Oh well, I’ll get over it.

Now, there is this crazy awesome storm here and I’m about to fall asleep.


I’m Walkin’ on Sunshine

woah! And don’t it feel good?

I’ve been using songs to describe my past 2 days, but that’s what music is- the soundtrack for our lives. It’s true though, today was great! The best I’ve been in awhile! Sure, I had minor issues, but that sure beats being doubled over in the fetal position from stomach pain.

I woke up at 6:30 am (ugh, why?) and laid in bed for a little while to nurse my typical morning stomachache. It seems that I can’t sleep more than 7 and a half hours these days. I think I just have a lot on mind. Luckily, I got to speak to my best friend, Hillary, on the phone last night for a long time. Best friends are well, the best. Shocker. When I finally got up, I went downstairs to have my 2 VSL#3 pills and then messed around for a little while, before I decided to make myself some breakfast.  At about 7:50 am I had my egg whites, ground turkey, and the last of my zucchini noodles. I’m so sad about it too! What vegetable am I going to have for breakfast now? Carrot fries? Bell peppers?

As I was eating breakfast, I started thinking to myself: hypothetically, if I had children, what would I feed them for breakfast? Seriously, on a Paleo diet I feel like most breakfasts are eggs or meat with some vegetables and fruit. When I grew up I either had cereal or nothing for breakfast. But Paleo doesn’t have cereal. Sure, there are homemade granolas, but kids will eat through that pretty fast. When I have kids, am I going to have to make them a hot breakfast everyday? Maybe I’ll make a breakfast hash or casserole that can last a couple of days and just be reheated, or homemade breads and bars to grab and bring on the bus… these are things I think about. Odd, I know.

Then at 9:00 am I started getting hungry again. I think my appetite is finally coming back, and I read once that if you have too much of a calorie deficit on one day, your body will make up for it on other days. So I had a kiwi. Mmm, I hadn’t had one of those in awhile.

My mom and I then went on a golf cart ride and looked at houses being built. I remarked to her how well I felt yesterday and how well I was feeling today- so much of my bloat has gone away and today is only day 6! I’m sure the fact that I’ve been eating less has helped, but I’m sure the diet and probiotics are helping too. Once we returned home, I took a nap, because once again, I had a restless sleep last night. I napped for an hour, woke up at 12:10 pm and promptly ate lunch at 12:25 pm. Honestly, I wasn’t hungry and even had a stomachache from post nap, but I felt a little weak and I was looking forward to last nights leftovers. I was going to save them for dinner, but they were too delicious to wait for! I heated up the last of that summer squash meatball casserole. I forgot how spicy it was!

It was a cloudy day here, so I couldn’t go to the pool, so I stayed in my pajamas and watched movies and googled recipes. I started to get hungry at about 2:30 pm, so I had half a red grapefruit. I read that on a low FODMAPs diet that you shouldn’t combine fruits with other foods so I am trying to eat my fruit as snacks (except for berries- those taste good on my summer salad). I then sat down to watch A Beautiful Mind. I’ve seen the movie before, but it had been awhile. My gosh, what a wonderful story. The acting is incredible! I highly recommend it! Halfway through watching it I become so hungry my stomach hurt. It was only 4:50 pm, but bellies don’t know time. I had a chicken breast mixed with vegetables: parsnips, carrots, zucchini, and tomatoes, as well as broth all heated up in a… you guessed it! A bowl.

I’m not sure if because my stomach was hurting when I ate my dinner (I assumed the stomach ache was from hunger) or what is was, but as soon as I finished eating I became gassy. Probably TMI, but oh well.

Besides all of that, it was a good day and I’m going to try and go for a run tomorrow, that is, if I don’t wake up hungry. Once I eat, game over. I can no longer exercise. Now, I’m going to spend the rest of my night by playing Rummikub with my mom, painting my nails, and writing letters to my grandmother and Compassion International child, Biencalove.

We’re Gonna Have a Good Day…

… and ain’t nobody gonna cry today.

That’s how I feel about my day today. I had basically zero abdominal issues. My good day started at 7:45 am. I woke up but decided to lay in bed (oh, the dog days of summer) and read Life of Pi, because I was so close to the end of the story. I stayed in bed until 9:25 am to finish the book and then I realized I was hungry but before I could eat, I wanted to take 2 VSL#3 probiotic pills. Then at 10:00 am I had my egg whites, turkey meat, and zucchini noodles. I’m telling you, it’s yummy and never gets old.

Life of Pi by the way is an amazing story and I absolutely loved it. It is definitely one of my favorite books now, my favorite being To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. After I finished the novel, my dad asked me which story I believed that the character, Pi Patel, told: did I believe he actually lived 277 days with a Bengal tiger or was it more simplistic, that he made the whole thing up?

I don’t want to give away the ending away to those who haven’t read it, but my answer is this (as quoted by Pi from the book): “‘You can’t prove which story is true and which is not. You must take my word for it… in both stories the ship sinks, my entire family dies, and I suffer… so tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?'”

After breakfast, my mom and I headed to the pool to soak up some rays. A lot of my bloat has disappeared over night, but had also stayed away after eating breakfast. I was worried after a few of my cheats yesterday that I’d be sick today or extremely bloated, but that was not the case- that was a feel good moment! I laid in the hot sun, waded in the pool, and fiddled on my phone for about 3 hours, when I realized my body was frying. I had already burned yesterday, but now I was burning my sunburn! I decided to leave around 2:15 pm. I rode my bike back to my house, showered, and sat down to enjoy lunch and some TV.

My lunch at 2:40 pm or so was a big salad made up of spinach, swiss chard, and bok choy, 6 cut up strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 chicken breast, balsamic vinegar, and then salt and pepper to taste. I loved it. I call it my summer salad, and I typically have it everyday unless my mom needs me to eat up some leftovers. I flicked through the TV channels, mostly going back and forth between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and NY ER. I love ER shows. I was still hungry so I had about 1/2 cup of freeze dried strawberries. I was craving those @urbanposer vanilla-strawberry coconut macaroons I posted about in my blog yesterday, but they are definitely not low FODMAPs or whole30 friendly. I was craving them because I had them yesterday. From experience though I know to destroy by neglect, so if I don’t give in, eventually those cravings will go away.

About an hour later I was exhausted from very restless nights the past few days, so I laid down for a nap. I set my alarm for an hour, and then I conked out and was dead to the world. I reluctantly woke up to my alarm and felt lethargic for a good 30 minutes with a slight stomach ache. I drank lots of water and watched some Friends and more Harry Potter, but this time the Order of the Phoenix, with my mom.

I was hungry, so I decided to make dinner. It was ah-mazing! Yeah, I just typed that. I got the recipe from, another one of my favorite Paleo bloggers. The recipe was for her summer squash meatball casserole. I didn’t use the onions or garlic it called for because those are not low FODMAPs, and it was a little watery from the zucchini, but other than that it is now one of my favorites. It’s like a spicy twist on spaghetti and meatballs. My mom and I each had 2 helpings, while my dad only had 1, so luckily there is enough leftover for dinner for me tomorrow! Yay!

I then went for a golf cart ride with my mom, and will probably spend the rest of my night reading or watching a movie. My stomach feels pretty awesome, which makes me feel pretty awesome! I’m not sure if it’s the low FODMAPs diet plus the probiotics, but something seems to be working. Ill admit it’s a little hard at times because this 30 day challenge is very restrictive, but I just have to remind myself that after the 30 days, I’ll be able to loosen up a little. My best friend, Hillary, is doing her version of a whole30 with me, and when I get back to my apartment we’ll be able to cook together. It’s always easier to do something like this with another person for support and accountability.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end of this. I hope you found it entertaining.

Motivated but not doing well…

Well, I just finished day 2 of my whole30 FODMAPS journey and unfortunately, I do not feel well. My stomach is bloated, achy, and crampy. Wonderful.

My day started out at the doctor’s office with a fasting blood pressure appointment. After my fasting results, I had to eat something, and then get retested to see if my blood pressure changes with food. I planned ahead, of course, and brought my breakfast with me in a lunchbox. For breakfast, I typically have egg whites, cooked ground turkey meat, and some sort of heated up vegetable, but I knew that I couldn’t bring that with me to the doctor because it’d get cold and then taste gross. So, in light of my ever-changing Paleo taste buds I had my lunch for breakfast at about 9:00 am. Yes, it’s true, I had a cold chicken breast with some raw green beans. And let me tell you- vegetables and meat are good anytime of the day. Pre-Paleo I could never have imagined doing something like that- it was wrong! Breakfast food is for breakfast and lunch food is for lunch and dinner food is for dinner. Unless, you had the occasional breakfast food for dinner, but not the other way around!

After my blood pressure got tested again, I headed home. My food was sitting well in my stomach and I felt fine. I also finally got rid of the last of that chicken broth cooked chicken. Then at about 12:30 pm I was feeling a little hungry and decided to have my breakfast food for lunch. It was my egg whites, ground turkey, and some zucchini noodles sautéed with lemon juice, salt and pepper, and mixed herbs. I assumed the mixed herbs were onion and garlic free…

Anyways, I felt fine and comfortably satieted. My mom, brother, and I headed to the pool where I went to the gym really quick and did some 4 x 10 leg presses at 100 lbs., and then ordered an unsweet iced black tea. I also drank water with fresh lemon. Then, over the course of an hour or so I developed a stomach ache. Nothing major, but I was definitely bloated and uncomfortable. The stomach aches got worse and lasted me till about 6:00 pm.

While there, I started researching Paleo FODMAPS approved recipes but it seems most of them still include nuts/seeds which I am not eating for the next 30 days. I looked on Instagram too. Speaking of which, today @theurbanposer, one of my favorite Paleo bloggers and Instagramers, asked to “follow” me on Instagram. I kind of freaked out a little, texted my mom about it, and then took a screen-shot of the request and Instagramed it. Yeah, I was excited.

While researching it dawned on me that sweet potatoes are a “Be Careful” food, which was super disappointing because this restaurant where I’m at this summer has sweet potato fries cooked in duck fat. Talk about nom nom paleo. I also tried to read about the GAPS diet, but I couldn’t find too much information on it. Anyone know anything about it?

Around 6:00 pm my stomach aches started to subside, but soon it was time for dinner. Although I wasn’t too hungry, I decided to eat slowly and see if I could manage anything. My mom being the wonderful, supportive person she is made a Paleo, but also FODMAPS approved meal. It was chicken breasts, with zucchini, parsnips, carrots, tomatoes and basil slow-cooked in a crockpot with water instead of broth, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. It was delicious and tasted like a pot-roast. She almost put asparagus in, but I told her it wasn’t FODMAPS friendly and she happily obliged to forgo it. I told her she could still put it in, and I’d just eat around it, but she thought the juices from the asparagus may still give me problems.

Smart woman she is.

I was able to eat a full chicken breast and lots of delicious veggies, but then the stomach pain started.

So, as I write this, I have a horrible stomach ache; I’m cramp, gassy, bloated, and uncomfortable. I avoided FODMAPS all day and I’m still not doing well. I know that it takes 1-6 weeks to see progress, but I sure hope it’s sooner than later. Regardless, I’m going to stick to it for 30 days, because I’ve never felt so motivated about a whole30. I’m ready for change and healing, and this blog is keeping me accountable. I look forward to sharing about my day and insight each night.

I’m wishing and praying that each day my gut heals and my symptoms subside, because I really miss my normal, active life.

Day 1 is Complete!

Well, Day 1 of my whole30 FODMAPS is over and needless to say it was quite an interesting day. I woke up with zero hunger, and so I didn’t get around to eating until about 4:00 pm. Yes- I said 4:00 pm. I ended up eating a heated up chicken breast, one and a half raw carrots, and some honeydew melon. I didn’t want to eat the chicken, because it had been cooked in chicken broth- which contains onions; but, I didn’t want the chicken to go to waste. I have one more chicken breast left to eat tomorrow and I’ll be in the clear!

So, I also found out while making my breakfast/lunch/dinner combo that my beloved Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning has onion in it. Why Trader Joe’s? Why? Do people seriously have to put onion and garlic in everything? I had no idea how much FODMAPS I was eating unknowingly (well, in my defense, it never mattered before).

While researching FODMAPS, I came upon a few controversies over some foods. It Starts with Food whole30 FODMAPS list has included on their whole30 FODMAPS rendition that nuts, seeds and coconut products are okay. However, on other Paleo FODMAPS lists, such as the Paleo Dietician, I saw to “Be Careful” or “Avoid” some vegetables and fruits, as well as the above items that It Starts with Food says it’s otherwise okay to consume. My mom and I agreed that for the sake of this 30 day experiment to exclude any fruit, vegetable, or food item that other lists say to avoid or even be careful with. So goodbye avocados, coconut and its products, nuts/seeds and their products, to name a few. I was never a huge coconut or nuts person, so no true loss there, but my avocados! How I love and will miss you.

With that being said, a question I pose is: where do I get my fat? Lots of olive oil I suppose?

I’ve also read that because fats are so limited on the Paleo FODMAPS plan that many people do better on a higher carb diet as a result. So more fruits and starches for me.

Anyways, I’m still recovering from eating earlier (a.k.a. my stomach ache is still present), but I have to remember that it takes a long time to reset your body systems and hopefully as the days progress I will see less bloat and stomach aches. Pray I see progress!