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Animals are my friends....

Friday, January 25, 2013

So I've recently decided to become a vegan. I was vegetarian for about a week before decided to go all the way. I was a vegetarian a few times before but for highly flimsy reasons so I easily went back to eating meat. After much investigation though I have far better reasons now to stay away from all animal products. I'm still getting used to cooking for myself so I've been eating out a lot lately. I used to eat out a lot when I ate meat so I didn't cook much. I figure this should be better though because I HATE cooking meat. The smell makes me want to throw up. Can't eat out too much though. Eating at vegan restaurants is pricey and fattening. I only lost .2 pounds this week. I guess it's better than nothing but I want to lose at least a pound. Haven't been exercising at all either though. Going to start that today.

  
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MOTHER-NATURE 1/26/2013 2:46PM

    I too am becoming a vegan ... I not quite there yet, but I'm a lot closer than I was year ago emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 1/26/2013 2:29PM

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MAESTRAPLANK12 1/26/2013 5:02AM

    I highly recommend the Ninja Cooking System. It is worth the price. I purchased the cookbook also. There are some awesome vegan dishes in it. I am returning to exercising after a brief hiatus this week tending to my mother-in-law's estate...she passed recently. Eating well is great, but exercise is as important. I am proud of you for going vegan. I love animals too. Don't sneeze at .2 pounds weight loss....it is .2 less to lose ! emoticon

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SNOWJESTER 1/25/2013 9:17PM

    emoticon Congrats on going vegan! And .2 is better than a gain.

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What was your name again?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

So because I have gone gluten free there are few alcohols that I can drink. I was reading that even distilled liquor made out of grains may not fully get the gluten out and many people still have reactions. I didn't spend the last month getting gluten out just to have it reenter my body in booze. So I went out two Saturdays ago and pretty much stuck to wine. I only drink at the bars and it's too hard to get the bartender to check which vodka is made out of potato or not. Now I can usually drink 6 or 7 mixed drinks and be just fine. Sure I'll be a bit buzzed but my memory is still intact and I can still walk. This night though I only had about 4 glasses of wine and I was trashed. I knocked over a table and I sleepwalked when I got to my parents. (I slept there that night). The next day I googled it and it turns out being on a gluten free diet makes you way more sensitive to alcohol. According to the posts I will get even more sensitive the longer I'm gluten free. I'm not going back on gluten so I guess the better solution would be to stop drinking. I don't really need it anyway and I hate the taste.

  
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READYRACHEL 11/8/2012 10:18AM

    Good decision and think of the money you will save when you go to the bar if you aren't drinking!

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BARB4HEALTH 11/7/2012 5:38PM

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TEMPENATIVE 11/7/2012 12:54AM

    Thanks for posting-its not easy giving up alcohol for any reason. Hope you find what you need on your journey!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/6/2012 10:17PM

    That is great and you will find that also helps with losing weight too

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One day at a time....

Monday, November 05, 2012

So I know I've written a lot in the past about potentially being gluten intolerant. In my last post I said I thought maybe my adverse reactions could have just been brought on by my constant eating out. I thought hard about it though and there have been many times I've given up eating out and I still haven't had the positive effects I've gotten from giving up gluten. I've been gluten free for 4 weeks and below are some positive side effects I've had so far:

-My depression lifted.
-My self esteem has increased. I no longer place importance on what others think.
-I don't crave sugar like I used to.
-I'm able to stick to my diet and exercise routine where before I had no motivation.
-My hair loss has decreased.
-My dandruff has cleared up.
-My social anxiety has gotten much better. Last week I was able to dance alcohol free.
-My mind has cleared and I'm able to read people better. My intuition has gotten better.

There may be more positive effects to come but for the time being I'm super happy with these.

  
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BLOORP 11/6/2012 3:32AM

    Wonderful! If we could spread this message!

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LADYGSC 11/5/2012 11:18PM

    emoticon keep sparking!!

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Fast to the stomach fast to the grave....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So I finally took my gluten test a week ago. I've done some serious thinking though and I have come to the conclusion that it may not even be the gluten but instead my lousy diet that's the cause of all my health problems. I eat out almost every day, sometimes twice a day. That's 6 to 14 times a week. Most of it is fast food too. Even when I get food from the grocery store most is processed and in boxes. I read that eating this way can cause depression and I believe I could be suffering. I'm tired all the time, I'm grumpy, and I cry for no reason. I have no motivation to do anything. Therefore, I've decided to start eating better. I'm giving up eating at fast food restaurants and giving up processed foods. Of course this means I'm going to need to learn how to cook. I'm starting easy and learning how to make dried beans.

  
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KOSHKALET 4/19/2012 2:33AM

    I used to do a lot of fast food, too. I've really cut back, and I have noticed a difference in my mood.

I'm still working on getting my 5-a-day veggies/fruits in, but even just not eating out helps.

One trick that I used to do when I was single was just have a cooking day on the weekend when I made a couple of casseroles and then freeze them for use throughout the week.

Also, another idea - for all the money you spend on fast food, I bet you could trade that for a session or two with a personal chef! I have a friend who does it and focuses on healthy meals - lots of veg, but also really, really tasty!

I'm happy to share recipes or cooking tips any time - feel free to send me a message anytime!

You CAN do it - and I bet within a week of even just cutting down the # of fast food meals you will feel much better...

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EGALITAIRE 4/18/2012 9:02PM

    Congrats on making the decision to be healthier - that is for sure the first step, and a big one.

Making healthy food at home probably seems like an overwhelming thing. I suggest just starting with simple things like salads - you really can't go wrong. If you put in something you don't like, just don't put it in next time.

Next easiest is steaming veggies - again, can't really go wrong. Too crisp, put them back on for a minute or two, too mushy, take them off sooner next time.

I know this is advice and unsolicited, so feel free to take anything that works and discard anything that doesn't sit right.

I suggest starting with simple goals like 3 or 4 meals a week, or even 1 if 3 seem daunting and work your way up from there. If you keep focused on your goals and continue to progress, in no time you will be making the majority of your food at home.

Stay Strong and Spark On

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LOPEYP 4/18/2012 6:16PM

    There are lots of simple good recipes on spark. Also you can do something simple like open a bag of salad and add some tomatoes. Good luck with your new healthy eating. emoticon

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The fun continues....

Friday, March 02, 2012

So in continuing on with my gluten adventure I have noted various symptoms the last couple days. My sneezing fits have come back. I had one yesterday and I sneezed for 20 minutes. I'm not sick though so I know that's not the problem. I ate out the other day at Boston Market. I started to eat at 8:00 and then got sick at 11:30. I'm not sure if I got sick from the Boston Market or the wheat I ate earlier though. The Boston Market wasn't greasy or anything. Plus I think it's a problem even if it was the fast food. I really don't think it's supposed to pass through your body in just 3.5 hours. I started to get chest pain again. That was a common ailment before cutting out the gluten and it's back. I've also noticed a reappearance in brain fog and fatigue that started today. It could be the sugar though. I ate a bit more than usual. I'm going to cut out with so much sugar to see if it makes a difference. I have already cut out on major dairy products too.

  


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