7 days: check!

So today is day 7 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox. I must say, it is going remarkably well. I have almost zero cravings for sugar, and do my best not to dwell on the fact that I’m “on a detox”, but rather that I’m just doing this “thing” I mentioned in my last post. Also, not being on Instagram for the last week has definitely helped! Today I had my first piece of fruit too, a green apple. I hadn’t craved fruit until tonight. However, after eating the apple my belly got all itchy, which is a Candida symptom! Still waiting for those results… I have noticed that without fruit, I’ve been eating far FAR more nuts and seeds. Probably too much because I’ve been feeling gassy. My goal this week is to have only 1 serving of nuts a day, no more than a 1/4 cup or handful. It’s such an easy go-to snack, but I need to eat less. Oh, and I found organic Kefir at Whole Foods. It’s good! Tastes like my mom’s homemade greek yogurt, which is ballin’.

I’m ready for the next 14 days.

Also, I’ve decided (no promises though) that if I add on 7 days I will end up doing a whole30. We’ll see…



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 Paleomg.com 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.

Why My Journey Begins

I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but I was never sure if anyone would actually read it or care what I had to say about food and nutrition.

You see, I love learning about food and nutrition and back in January of 2013 I embarked on a Paleo lifestyle. Previously, I had enjoyed the SAD diet, and then turned to a vegan diet after reading many books such as, Eat to Live. However, I couldn’t sustain a meatless lifestyle anymore, because I was a carnivore at heart, and after a lot of research I realized that these Paleo/Primal followers were on to something. My transition into a Paleo diet was not fast, and it took me about 2 months to become full Paleo, and like any new thing, I was extremely excited about discovering new recipes and hearing about how a low carbohydrate/moderate fat/high protein diet had done wonders for body composition, acne, and GI issues.

I didn’t begin my Paleo diet doing a whole30, so I did enjoy my Paleo treats. It began extremely well: my acne cleared up, I had wonderful energy, and more. However, about 2 months into my journey, in the month of March, I started experiencing extreme abdominal discomfort and pain, as well as gas and bloating. About 2 years previous I was diagnosed with IBS-C but with the help of medication, my body soon returned to a normal function and 6 months later I thought I was cured and so I went off the meds. But my relief was short lived and the symptoms came back. I visited my GI doctor but I was prescribed the same medicine, and since I followed such a strict Paleo diet he didn’t think it has anything to do with diet.

I now believe he is wrong.

In the course of 3 months I went from being an active collegiate cross country athlete to a couch potato because of chronic stomach aches who can’t seem to overcome her issues to be able to physically exercise at all. And now my summer days have been spent lying in bed or on a couch bloated and in pain.

Attempting to relieve my pain, I tried everything. I eliminated nuts/seeds. I eliminated high fructose fruits. I eliminated avocados. Nothing seemed to work. It seemed no matter what I ate it was a constant guessing game of whether or not my body would react by ripping my insides apart (figuratively of course). I even attempted doing strict Paleo whole30 but my symptoms never subsided and so I’d give up.

I’ve been so confused. I thought the Paleo diet was supposed to stop issues like this from happening, but it’s been the opposite. The stricter I am, the worse it gets. I love it and don’t want to give it up… but seriously- why isn’t it working properly?

That’s when I read about the FODMAPS diet. I was astounded. All of my go-to and favorite Paleo foods were on the “Foods to Avoid” list. Was this the answer? Were my favorite foods causing all of my problems? Could I not digest certain foods properly? As I  mentioned before, I attempted to restrict foods but never all of them at once and never for a long duration, but this time will be different. Many Paleo eaters had GI issues and turned to stricter version of the diet in the form of FODMAPS and found relief!

And that is what leads me to creating this blog: I’m going to find out what a FODMAPS diet can do for me. For the next 30 days, July 23 to August 21, 2013 I will be embarking on a strict Paleo/FODMAPS diet in the hopes of healing my GI distress holistically.

I wanted to write a blog to keep me accountable and keep track of my progress day to day. If you’re reading this and have any insight or recipes, I’d love to read your comments.

Day 1 begins tomorrow and I’m ready to take back my life.