Food Reintegration: Food Elimination Diet

well, the food reintegration has not been quite as eventful as i had hoped. so far it seems that eggs are a tiny problem, and brewer’s yeast killed me the first time but that might have been the wine… i felt horrible the next day even though it was just one glass of wine. with the second reintroduction i seemed to be okay.  so it’s been hard. to cut things out for 3 months and have not-crazy reactions is disappointing so far. i only have sesame, cranberries and tuna left i believe. i’ll be happy once it’s finally over.

Day 80-something? Food Elimination Diet

It’s almost over. I have learned a lot about food, additives, health and my body throughout this process, but that doesn’t stop here. I’m looking forward to implementing the same strategies eating normal food once the reintroduction process is over. This next part will be interesting to see what, if any, foods bother me.

Oh, and, it’s definitely time to step up the exercise and lose this winter weight.

Day 48: Food Elimination Diet

surprisingly not too much to report considering i’m on day 48 out of 90ish. weirdly that’s halfway despite being 2 months in? how does that make sense. i’m not sure. anyway, i did start the renewlife 7 day detox for the sake of aiding my body in detoxing as much as possible during this greater detoxing period. it hasn’t made me feel too shitty. just a couple bad headaches so far. i think today is day 5/7. anyway, still not being as active as i’d like but i’ve gotten out skating 3-4 times and cross country skiing twice, just trying to embrace winter fun a little more. haven’t lost a ton of weight or anything yet, but oh well, hopefully in this next stretch!

renniesane:

Healthy PB Balls!
Filling: • 3/4-1 cup smooth peanut butter (or any nut butter) • few drops liquid stevia (or 2-4 tbsp honey, maple, or agave) • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut flour  • pinch of sea salt
Coating: • 1/2-3/4 cup dark chocolate chips • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
—> in a bowl, mix the peanut butter with the stevia (or honey) and the sea salt. Gradually add in coconut flour until a cookie dough-y texture is achieved
—> line a pan with parchment paper, scoop out the dough with a mini scoop or a spoon. Refrigerate for 20-30 mins.
—> meanwhile melt the chocolate and coconut oil in any way you like (I used a double boiler)
—> take out the dough from the fridge and coat them in the chocolate layers, then leave them to set on the parchment
—> return to the freezer for 30 minutes before eating
—> ENJOY! x
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Makes 25 balls (with stevia), per ball: Calories: 81 Fat: 6.3 Protein: 3 Carbs: 4.8 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 2.4

renniesane:

Healthy PB Balls!

Filling:
• 3/4-1 cup smooth peanut butter (or any nut butter)
• few drops liquid stevia (or 2-4 tbsp honey, maple, or agave)
• 1/3-1/2 cup coconut flour
• pinch of sea salt

Coating:
• 1/2-3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
• 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

—> in a bowl, mix the peanut butter with the stevia (or honey) and the sea salt. Gradually add in coconut flour until a cookie dough-y texture is achieved

—> line a pan with parchment paper, scoop out the dough with a mini scoop or a spoon. Refrigerate for 20-30 mins.

—> meanwhile melt the chocolate and coconut oil in any way you like (I used a double boiler)

—> take out the dough from the fridge and coat them in the chocolate layers, then leave them to set on the parchment

—> return to the freezer for 30 minutes before eating

—> ENJOY! x

Renniesane / Tumblr

Makes 25 balls (with stevia), per ball:
Calories: 81
Fat: 6.3
Protein: 3
Carbs: 4.8
Fiber: 2
Sugar: 2.4

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I WANT TO DRINK RED WINE SO BAD.

torture.

tresalo:

the beginnings of my guac … avocado, white onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice

tresalo:

the beginnings of my guac … avocado, white onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice

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Day 22: Food Elimination Diet

hello folks! IT’S DAY 22 of 90 ISH of eliminating the sensitive foods. i feel good! i feel as though i am losing a bit of weight and slowly getting back to my regular comfort zone. probably only lost a few pounds, nothing crazy, but i am seeing slight changes in my body, so this makes me happy. but yeah i seem to be having a slight bit of abdominal pain still. not as bad as before, but i’m not exactly sure what is causing it. i’ve also gone on a probiotic and swedish bitters to help detox my system. it’s not nearly as hard to find good recipes as i thought, and i’m currently obsessed with the burrito/fajita bowls i made (mmmm, tons of guacamole and sauteed peppers/onions!) and i’m having more fun with it than i thought i would. i think it will be really interesting after this whole fiasco is over… not only to see what i CAN eat, but what i WILL eat. i’m a little scared to go back to eating whatever i want because, as we all know, that can be a slippery slope to EATING EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME (read: TOO MUCH)

we shall see!

yep.

yep.

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Day 13: Food Elimination Diet

not too much to report other than i’m feeling overall a bit better, other than being hungover all weekend because the only thing i can drink is vodka or gin and apparently my body still hates them after all these years. super missing my wine and ciders :(

looking forward to seeing if my body has changed in another week’s time. currently i’m pretty sure i haven’t lost any weight, but that’s okay cause it’s still early.

also, finding recipes to keep my food-loving appetite happy is much less difficult than i expected. i have like 5 recipes i’m excited to make this week! anyone who has been debating a food elimination diet, but thinks they would die without gluten/most dairy/brewer’s yeast/eggs… i recommend you do it anyway. it’s not as hard as you think (this coming from a definite food addict/emotional eater). i can’t speak for the results yet, but i can speak for these past two weeks have been pretty easy-breezy, other than having to cook ALL THE TIME. and watching people eat tasty food. i know that sounds like a lot but i’m not finding it nearly as terrifyingly painful as i thought i would.
well, wish me luck that it stays this way!

Day 7: Food Elimination Diet

so the diet’s going really well. it’s been a week today. the challenging part is definitely still being acutely aware that ANY type of processing done to food to make a product might equate to me not being able to eat it, since yeast, egg and gluten hide in evvvvverrryyythang. butttt that just means i eat less processed food which is never a bad thing. i do feel like i have been overdosing on the popcorn and butter as my snack though, but i mean, who can blame me, i have very few “bad” food options available to me other than butter and dark chocolate (speaking of dark chocolate, i made the best chocolate “bark” with cashew almond butter, roasted cashews, and coconut. awesome sweet treat that i can have!) i feel better and haven’t been overly hungry or crave-y yet. it’s just tiring to go home every night and have to make EVERYTHING from scratch, but i’m finding ways to make it more manageable. i’m going to weigh myself this weekend so i can see the total weight loss by the end. annnnd i get to go to a probiotic dinner training tonight and i’ll get a free product so that’s exciting.

alright, i’m out!

Day 3: Food Elimination Diet

alright, no idea if anyone actually still pays attention to this blog, but i’m gonna keep writing it anyway cause it’ll help me.

well, this is the third day. i feel pretty normal. definitely no weird cravings yet. i kind of feel healthier already except i think that’s just my imagination because there probably isn’t much that has actually happening in my body yet.

i have a whole bunch of questions about what kinds of yeast i can have because brewer’s yeast is the one i’m sensitive to but there are things like “yeast extract” in things like boxed soup broth so naturally i have no idea if i need to worry about that. so i decided i would just make my own chicken soup broths for recipes since it’ll be one of the only flavoring agents i’ll have. i think the soup broth turned out good but i’m going to simmer it for wayyy longer next time.

AND I LEARNED THE COOLEST THING EVER — that you can make veggie broth from like all the odds and ends of your veggies like carrot tops, onion and garlic skins, roots, etc. and saving your boiling and steaming veggie water in the freezer and using it as the water to make the veggie stock. SO BRILLIANT AND UN-WASTEFUL OF ALL THE NUTRIENTS. ALSO SO EASY.

but yeah, i know it’s only the third day but it’s been easy so far even though i’ve already had a ton of bad food offered to me. including sitting around a group of people eating an awesome looking cake. might have been harder if they were all eating burgers or fajitas haha.

CRAZY DIET TIME

well, the time has come for me to do my food-sensitivity diet. also known as the maggie-repairs-her-gut diet! this is going to be super hard, and i want to involve this blog as much as possible because it’s such a good support/inspiration to care. it’s just the dedication to remember to update this blog that i need. just so busy.

here’s a briefing for those of you who are interested in knowing what i can & can’t eat on this thing:

basically i can only eat fruits, veggies, meats and nuts/legumes. yes this is similar to the paleo diet, except i can’t have eggs. :( and for alcohols there’s nothing with brewers yeast so i have to drink like triple distilled vodka or something. eugh.

some of the weird exceptions i can’t have are:
-eggs
-coffee
-cranberries
-bananas
-mushrooms
-sesame seeds

but i can have dairy that are mostly fats and not proteins because it’s the proteins in dairy that i’m sensitive to. this means i can have butter and some cheeses (YAY), but no yogurts or milk.

this is going to be fun! *sarcasm* (but it actually might be a little fun). i might do a before and after of my body because i’m in really bad shape right now and i feel like this diet will cause me to lose weight.

the-more-u-know:

cool post, I like how Ginseng looks like a sexy body :P

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hey everyone! i am still alive. and i’m coming back to commit to this blog again very soon.

over the past few months i’ve seen a naturopath and determined a few different things about my health. the most significant finding is that i seem to have quite a few food sensitivities (note: not allergies… just foods that build up irritation in my digestive system over time). she has advised me to go on a diet that cuts out all of these sensitivities to repair my digestive system and then to slowly introduce them back in to see if they are true sensitivities or not. unfortunately, that means i can’t have gluten, dairy, or brewers yeast (which is in EVERYTHING. it’s in vinegar so that means anything with vinegar (any sauces) is out. it’s also in most/all alcohols. especially wine. *sob*)

so as of jan 1st, i will be recording my 3 month journey cutting out almost everything but fruits, nuts, legumes, veggies and sauceless meat. me and garlic, lemon and oil are gonna become bffs.

so please follow me on this challenge! i can’t do it without a ton of support.

healthylivingforyou:

How to Squat With Proper Technique

If you are working out in the gym and could only do one exercise it would be the squat. Why? Because no other exercise challenges the human body to operate as singe unit like the squat. The squat has long been heralded as the “King of Exercises” – and quite rightly so. Whether you’re doing it with weight on your back or all bodyweight, proper form is key. I found this article on squat form, and I thought it was written well, even if it is more towards squatting with a bar.

Benefits of Squatting

One of the biggest misconceptions about the squat is that it is a leg exercise. The squat is in fact a full body exercise. Every muscle in your body is challenged when you squat. The legs and hips push the weight up, the abs and lower back back tense to stabilise your back, and the arms are used to pin the bar onto the back (or help with balance in the case of bodyweight squats).

  • Squats Build Muscle – Squats build muscle throughout your entire body faster than any other exercise. Squatting is a compound exercises that stresses your entire body as a complete unit. The stress put on your body by squats triggers a hormonal release of testosterone in your body. This elevated testosterone aids in producing muscle at a faster rate.
  • Squats improve your athleticism – If you want become a better athlete no other exercise will improve your overall athleticism like the squat. Squatting helps you build explosive strength that carries over to most competitive sports.
  • Squats reduces injuries – Contrary to popular belief, squats do not cause injury (when performed correctly). Performing squats with proper form actually reduces the chance of injuring oneself. Why? Because squatting improves and maintains hip flexibility. Additionally, squats improve the stability of your knees, when using proper squat form (below parallel).

Why you need proper Squat Form

Quite frankly, most people have no idea how use squat with correct form. In fact, I would estimate that 9/10 people I see squatting in commercial gyms today are doing so with extremely poor from.

This is a problem for 3 reasons.

  1. It is dangerous – While squatting with proper form is completely safe, squatting with poor form is extremely dangerous. Incorrect squat technique put a lot of stain on the lower back and knees and can quickly lead to serious injury.
  2. You are seriously compromising the benefits of squatting - When you don’t squat with proper form it completely defeats the purpose of squatting in the first place. Increased muscle, elevated testosterone, improved vertical leap – forget about it.
  3. You look like a complete idiot - To someone who knows how to squat properly there is nothing more pathetic than someone loading the bar up with a ton of weight than not squatting with proper form. Learn how to control your ego and do it right.

How to Squat

The Squat Setup

  • Approach the rack with the bar at approximately mid-chest height.
  • Move under the bar and place it on your back. Hold the bar in place with your hands.
  • Stand with and even stance. Your feet should be shoulder width apart with your feet facing out at a 30 degree angle.
  • Lift the bar out of the rack and take ONLY one step back. Take a big breath. Tense your entire body. Squat.

Squatting Down

  • Start from the hips – Bend at your hips and sit back into the squat. Imagine you are sitting down on a seat. The hips joint should always bend before your knees.
  • Check your knees – Keep your knees out. Your knee joints should be pointing in the same direction as your feet all the way down. If your knee buckle in it normally means that the weight is too heavy.
  • Keep your weight back – Keep your weight distributed towards your heel.
  • Go all the way down – You should always aim to squat to at least parallel. Meaning, your hip joint needs to be at least parallel with your knee joint. This is incredibly difficult to judge yourself, even with the aid of a mirror. Ask someone else to assess your depth either in the gym or by video taping.
  • Think about squatting up - On the way down think about squatting up. This will help to prepare your brain and make the upward movement easier.

Squatting Up

  • Bounce off the bottom – At the bottom position of the squat your hip muscles should be tight – storing energy. Use this energy to help you bounce out of the bottom of the squat. Ensure that you are bouncing off the hips – not the knees.
  • Focus on your glutes – When powering up out of the squat concentrate on squeezing your glutes together.
  • Drive your hips up – Most of the power for the squat comes from the hips. Drive the hips in an upward motion.

Racking the bar

  • Step forward. Ensure that your bar is over the pins before lowering the weight.

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