I am not thankful for my family

bc they are not thankful for me.

Okay that sounds a little bitter, but it is more like they are not thankful for the food that I eat. Everyone always tells me “I’m so proud of how healthy you are” but then when I bring any of my recipes over, its as if I cooked skunk meat. 

So once I realized I had not prepared any food or even entertained an idea of what food i could bring… I also realized I am not going to, nor am I going to feel bad about it, because no one else would appreciate it.

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With that said, I am trying to be more understanding of the fact that my mother compared my gluten free request to that of a vegan. BUT the mother she was discussing it over lunch with actually cooked a regular Thanksgiving meal and a vegan one for her son’s girlfriend. My mom refuses, so 1 point for the other Mom.

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I even created a Pinterest board filled with gluten free versions of Thanksgiving recipes. I tried to find food they like and its GF version that still looked delicious. My logic was they’d see GF could still taste good, despite their pre-conceived notions. How easy could I make it? I normally wouldn’t eat everything included in these recipes either, but I was willing to just take whatever I could get!

maury - lie detector gluten free

I don’t know anyone else in my family who will feel forced to eat things they TRULY wouldn’t normally eat, or who is going to show up dreading having to pick and choose certain things, or anyone else who will be worried about feeling sick for days after. I will get to fit in with the majority and feel like a fat ass though. How exciting!

Look at all this food i cant eat

 

Gluten Free, I Guess…

I am going to warn you up front- this post has no answers, just like me! Anyhow, for what’s probably been almost two years now, I’ve been having digestive issues. No matter what weight I’m at and no matter what supplements I’ve added or food I’ve eliminated, the problem has become progressively worse over the past 6-months.

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Have tried adding:

vegetables, milk thistle, cinnamon, probiotics, fiber, green tea, coffee, ginger, lemon, prunes, whole grains, flax seed, chia seed, amino acids, chromium, Linzess (prescription), eating fewer larger meals

Have tried eliminating:

Nuts and fats in general, meat (entirely because I only ate lean meats as it was), cheese and greek yogurt (only dairy in my diet), egg (whole and yolk), broccoli (can cause bloating), bananas, eating many small meals

Tests I have had:

Blood work, Hydrogen Breath Test (lactose), Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Nutrition Response Testing

Without getting into all of my symptoms, I can tell you that when I am at my worst I have been in tears, almost the ER, flat on my back, in elastic pants, missing work, missing the gym, etc. Almost every meal affects me to some degree, the most minimal distention is now a “good” day.

So far no doctor has given me a clear cause, answer, or solution. Hence my own trial & errors listed above.  Anything I’ve tried has been based on research on sugar and carbohydrate intolerance.

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If “good carbs” take the body longer to digest, then are they actually “bad carbs” for me?

I currently take amino acids and tri-chromium daily to help my body digest any carbohydrates I consume (simple or complex) and feel my best when I stick as closely as possible to a gluten free plan.

Eating out has actually gone more smoothly than cooking myself sometimes. I guess they know what is or isn’t gluten free and I am more likely to slip up. Indian restaurants have seemed to have the most options because, to me, even gluten free pasta is still pasta.

gluten free Udis

I wouldn’t eat these if I weren’t ‘gluten free’, but now I am more willing to let it slide because at least I won’t have all the other symptoms…

Next Up?
Doctor says – 1. more blood work to 100% rule out Crohn’s  2. 30-day prescription trial

My plan – stick to gluten free and investigate FODMAPs. The initial look was overwhelming since there is no clear cut path, but I definitely think it will be worth a try since even gluten free hasn’t solved my issues… although I probably haven’t stuck to gluten free 100%, although I have no idea… That’s why I wish my doctors could help or I knew who else to go to who can.

CocoCurry Pumpkin Soup

I wanted a low-carb soup that involved pumpkin and/or chicken sausage.

I found the following Food.com recipe and modified it from there…

cococurry pumpkin soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 ounce) package Chicken Sausage – Trader Joe’s Garlic brought more flavor to the pot
  • 1 package of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4C (*low sodium*) Chicken Broth
  • 2T Curry Powder *Used this instead of other spices such as garlic or onion
  • 3/4C Coconut Milk (light) *Found at Trader Joe’s to replace heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup water

Pumpkin Sausage Soup Ingredients

 

Directions:

  1. Dice and brown sausage, then add mushrooms and sauté.
  2. Add pumpkin and mix well.
  3. Stir in broth and mix well.
  4. Simmer 20-30 minutes.
  5. Stir in coconut milk, water, and curry powder*
  6. Simmer on low another 10-15 minutes. Taste and add salt & pepper as needed.
    *Curry powder is not overwhelming in final product. It is $1.99 at Trader Joe’s and worth a try to change the flavor profile of the soup. I was trying to change it up from your typical Italian spices for this one.  I dare ya! 🙂
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The creative “Quest” to cure a dessert craving

This was found via VM Fitness on the Quest site!

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Nuke Quest bar ((flavor of choice)) for about 10 seconds in the microwave
3. Cut into 8 squares
4. Roll into logs
4. Flatten and layer into various funnel cake-like shape
5. Bake for 3-5 minutes
6. Cool in fridge
7. Dust with protein powder
8. Enjoy!

Tips:
1. Flatten logs- the thinner they are, the crispier they will come out.
2. Chocolate chip cookie dough was tasty just a little messy on the rolling part!

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