Sunday, December 8, 2013

A new journey and pancakes

This past week wasn't the best week I have had, which I figured maybe over two months since I have felt like this.  Too many eggs and exposures to gluten finally caught up with me from the Thanksgiving holiday.  It started on Monday with pretty bad fatigue and Tuesday of just purely not feeling well at all and only working for 2 hours before heading home to get some extra sleep.  I was almost late for training and had to give a seminar.  In my opinion it didn't go well since my brain fog was horrendous and I was stumbling over my words (Darn Hashi's!)!  Wednesday was much better and got a lot accomplished, Thursday a nagging headache, and Friday was my day home (always bliss!).

Of course my Thursday's headache did not stop me from making Nom Nom Paleo's Coconut and Cinnamon Pancakes!  It is pancake night after all and I was looking forward to making this one.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 egg replacers (I make my own "powdered mix" replacer) Here is the link from Whole New Mom
  • 3 tablespoons milk of choice - I used canned coconut milk already opened
  • ½ mashed ripe banana
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons of Coconut Flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 small pinch of salt
Mash the banana first and then mix the remainder of the ingredients in and cook on your oiled griddle.  It really doesn't get any easier than that!  If you have made pancakes before you can make these.  I would suggest though low heat and cook longer.  Coconut flour can be crazy to work with and your batter is thicker than normal pancake batter (well depending on how thick or thin you like it).

Here is what mine looked like and believe me these are awesome (With bacon and Coconut Oil drizzled)!  I have made many version of pancakes lately and beside a protein powder pancake these are the best!  Nom Nom said her recipe made 12 3", but mine made 4 of which I happily ate all of them as I typically do.


On to my new journey… I plan on starting a different job very soon.  I am doing this to hopefully save up enough money by May to start an online a holistic nutritionist certificate!  I am very excited since this is what I love.  I want to help those like how others have helped me.  I should have started this path a long time ago, but things must unfold the way they do for a reason.

We shall see what tomorrow brings!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

N'Oats in a jar

I should have been more prepared to post this earlier, but things get away from me like my mind!  I have been working from an outside office 4 days per week with no way to heat up meals.  So I thought about meals in a jar, but the thought of a salad was not where I wanted to go.  I did some digging on Pinterest and I came across Paleo OIAJ (Oats in a Jar) (Original recipe) from Carla Mary's Paleo Blog.  She is right, this is a perfect go to meal for anytime.  Hers looks much prettier than what mine do!  Please make sure you stop by and see her site.

I did some minor changes with what was available in my house and this can be made Autoimmune friendly very easily!  The original recipe makes 8, but I scaled it back since I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out.  Wish I made more than 2 now!!  I could seriously eat another right now!!

This makes 8 - adjust accordingly!  Layer anyway you choose!  I cut the cake in half and put the bottom layer on the bottom of the jar of course and the top, where else but on top!
 
Figs 1 cup ground up
Coconut Milk 1 cup whipped (Full Fat/Unsweetened solidified Cream whipped with Honey/Maple Syrup & Vanilla 1/2 teaspoon each)
3 cups Mixed Berries - I used frozen since I made these the night before
Paleo Protein Vanilla Custard Cupcake (Cupcake recipe below)
Almond or Peanut Butter 3/4 cup
 
Almonds 1 cup sliced
Raisins 1/2 cup
 

Layer each step in clean jar.  Place lid on top an store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.  

Paleo Protein Vanilla Custard Cupcake
Ingredients:
Coconut Flour 1 cup
Coconut Milk 1 cup
Eggs Replacer - 2 or can use 2 eggs - I have my own homemade version
Maple Syrup/Honey 1/2 cup
Protein Powder 1/4 cup Vanilla - I use Life Time Vanilla Pea Protein Isolate
Baking Soda 1 teaspoon 
Vanilla 1 teaspoon  
Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon10 minutes to allow Coconut Flour to expand.   (Mine was super thick!!) Then remix and scoop into 8 lined cupcake tins 3/4 full.  Bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes cover with foil if becomes too brown.  Allow to cool and then begin to assemble!

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl and let sit for about
This process took and whole 30minutes to do, so not much time at all.  After you get the cupcakes in the oven and get the remainder of your ingredients together the cupcakes are coming out!
 
Tonight I am going to try Nom Nom's Pancake Recipe.  I will post that up tomorrow!
 
What do you do for lunch when you don't have the option of going out to eat or the ability to heat your food up?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Tale of Two Cookies!

It just popped in my mind…. I was making two types of cookies today from two different bloggers and I thought… well… what the heck!  Let's call it a tale, I guess it really is.  I could go into the tale of my crazy weekend and how I ended up making two different cookies today.

Here it goes…

I was at the gym yesterday morning, coaching the run club as I have for several mornings.  I ran 4 outside and then came inside to run 6 with the girls.  I was talking to two different runners about two totally an completely separate projects (since I am SO ADD!!) and we ran indoors, due to possible ice and crazy traffic and I just didn't want to take that chance with any one's life but my own.  Long story short, we agreed to meet up at another location to avoid the traffic, a park on the other side of the road near the path we take.

On my way to Plum Market to do an exchange and pick up a few items I noticed a missed call from another pt job that I didn't need to come in, yeah and boo at the same time!  So I got to take my time at the market and when I got home I decided to jump on my new spinner for 45 minutes (have to prep for that half ironman coming up!).


D and little D got home a few hours later and little D wanted to play with his friend, so that went on until 11:30 at night!!  OMG!!  Enough….  So, when I went to bed, sleep wasn't great and both dogs and the cat were in bed at one point as well, hogging and wanting attention.  D decided to come in bed at some point, so I was squished in between everyone!  He got up at some point and slept on the chair in the living room.  I finally had enough at 7am and got up too.

No one came to training, boo hop…. I don't like when I run alone in the gym on the treadmill.  I have been avoiding that at all costs when I can, but it's going to be a warmer week and that means a lot of outdoor running and next weekend especially!

But how did I come up with these two cookies?  I saw on FB The Clothes that make the Girl did a review of Leanne Vogel's of Healthful Pursuit's new cookbook, Christmas Dessert Freedom.  The recipe was right what I have been wanting!!  Paleo (AIP-Friendly Maple Shortbread Cookies!  You can also see this here!  If the dough is as good as what the final cookie will be I am in heaven!!



The other cookie and not to be label as "just another cookie" is from Averie Cooks, her Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  You can also see them here!  I used Peanut Butter & Co, Smooth Operator and Enjoy Life's Chocolate Chips.  I have been drooling over this recipe for months!  Honestly, I drool over most of her recipes, but most are gluten filled, but not all.  If I really wanted to adapt her recipes to fit the Paleo realm I would, but I could be lazy sometimes.


I decided to half the recipe since I also made an Almond Butter Mousse from My Whole Food Life, too yesterday.  I am hung up on desserts, like I typically am.  I also need to work on my photography, but can only do so much with this camera!  Luckily all these can be frozen so I don't eat them all at the same time!  I am upping my training so maybe it's a good excuse? No, I didn't think it was either.

I think I made my tale short enough.  Little D has gone home for the weekend, D is out riding and I am cleaning up the house and prepping for the week ahead!

What is one thing that it took you months to finally make?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Runner, AIP Paleo (trying!), wanna be blogger (or more consistently!)

I wanna be a blogger.... I have the blog, I just don't write.  Really I want to be a lot of things and I can only do so much at this time.  Mostly I try to do WAY too much and things begin to suffer (like blogging!)  I am sure I can do this on a more consistent basis, others can why can't I?!



So, I should recap from where I left off at the beginning of October.  First, I switched jobs, yeah me!  Less stress a definite bonus!  I ran the Detroit Marathon.  I could of had a new PR but decided to take two bathroom breaks, it cost me an extra 3 minutes.  I am fine with that.  I am coaching as well, which I love.  OH!!  How could I forget, a week after Detroit I ran the Kona Wicked Halloween 10k and PR'd!  Couldn't believe it.... but I just ran that same course again for the Kona Chocolate 10k and was 30 seconds slower... so I was tired!  The chocolate chip marshmallow in the hot chocolate (courtesy of Panera Bread!) was worth it!  Well only had a couple sips, it bothered my stomach.  It's all ok though!




Ok -what else from there?  Boston is on the books and maybe the Nike Women's Half Marathon a week after that (crazy - I know).  I also just signed up for Muncie Half Ironman in July.  After that I may calm it down a bit.  I may just focus on half marathons for a while.  I am coaching the Commitment Day Run at Life Time - what a great group!!  I look forward to training with them 3 days a week!

Runner portion is out of the way!

On to Paleo AIP!

I have still not gone full blown AIP - since May for a month.  I did have that good solid month and my face cleared up finally.... then it went down hill and I completely immersed myself in nut butters until this week.  My chin has gotten so bad that I cannot stand it anymore.  D says my skin has always been bad and that my "diet" is not helping it and if I just went back to eating grains... I am sure he is joking. 

What do I consume that I shouldn't be, at least for a while?

Nut Butters - think I am better with peanut butters (not paleo...) than almond butter
Chocolate
Coffee  - thought I think I am okay with this one
Spices - I am not so strict about this one and should be
Soy - it sneaks in every now and then
Dairy - by means of butter when we eat out
Gluten - when we eat out or a don't check a label carefully enough

I am currently re-evaluating all my protocols right down to supplements and I think that since I have taken on some Whey Protein it is what has caused my most recent really bad acne breakouts.  ARG!!  I am anxiously awaiting The Paleo Mom's new book - The Autoimmune Approach coming out end of December!!


Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I think the most thing I ate was Turkey!  Like 5 pounds of Turkey!!  I feel like a stuffed turkey today.  I was actually surprised I was even hungry today!


But, it was a really great day with family.  I got to my dad's house early to help him and of course harass each other like we normally do, too fun!  Really, how can this picture not scream fun?!





Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I need/want Sponsors!!


Here I am (Driving in D's ST - coming back from one of his races)!  I have been away from blogging.... been busy - employment change!  A good thing for sure!

OK, so I am studying (no not at this moment) for this exam that is exactly 48 hours from now, and training for Detroit's marathon in 11 days (I think) and it's a little overwhelming since the brain can't seem to focus!!

It likes to wander... and forget.... FRUSTRATING!  But, as I was driving home this afternoon to continue studying and thinking I am not making any money right now and want to do more races... what to do?!?!

I NEED Sponsors!!  Elementary, isn't it!  I am not super fast by any means, but I do come in the 10% of my age group consistently, that should add up to something, right?!

So, what products (food and clothing) have I used that has given me success so far?  Well, I will list them and in no particular order!! 

Justin's Nut Butter's
Nikki's Coconut Butter - Vanilla Cake Batter!
Barney Butter
Peanut Butter & Company
(What you think I like nut butter's or something?!)
Nuun - LOVE Tropical!!
Generation UCAN - want to try the Protein packs!
New Balance Running Shoes - 890v my current love!  Just bought the Garmin!

Garmin Forerunner 610 Monitor - Getting so worn out from 3+ years of use!
Experia socks
Balega socks
Nike Running Tights or Capri's, Tops
Brooks Running Capri's, Tops
New Balance Tops
Sport's Bras.... good question.. I have a variety!

What I super need out of these groups
Gloves - my hands NEVER stay warm!!
Insulated Jackets and tights

I plan on running more outdoors this winter and I FREEZE no matter what!

Is that too lengthy or needy???  Ha!  Probably way to needy!  But, I have to get ready for Boston!  I want to be be under 3:20!  I shall see soon what Detroit offers up.  I have put in the training and have fallen more in love with running since I have been doing more outdoors.  I just need to be prepared!

OK, so here is a question - If you are a runner what is your favorite gear and time of year and day (morning, evening) to run.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

No Bake Pumpkin Muffin - AIP Friendly


A no bake muffin?!  Yes.... what is the secret?  Gelatin!  Gelatin??  Yes, you did read that right!  Gelatin is not only a great binder but also provides needed protein.  Just read this blog from The Paleo Mom about binders.



The recipe comes from Grass Fed Girl a "newer" to me blog.

Of course, I add Enjoy Life's Chocolate Chips - So to be AIP compliant get rid of those chips!


They are more like a custard but look like a muffin.


They are very pumpkin in taste and if pumpkin isn't your thing than it could be switched up with almost anything I would think.  Maybe banana or even sweet potato would be excellent!  Next time no chocolate either so truly AIP friendly!

Okay, so I know I have said this I don't know how many times..... but nuts are out again.  I don't think I have had any in a couple days.  AS WELL as chocolate.  I know, these muffins have chocolate chips in them.  Well, this recipe was made several days ago and they are now gone.

I just have to resist any temptation when D has his chocolate dessert.  Oh how hard that could be, but I have done it before so I can do it again.  I may try 30 or more days out to reintroduce.  I really need to learn to not overdo it, so not everyday!  I know, duh right!!  Easier said than done.... those two things are so addicting!

What is the oddest ingredient you have used in baking or cooking?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Beyond Bacon - Savory Bacon Jam

Savory Bacon Jam.... Do I need to say more?!

This is the first of many recipes that I will be joyfully making out of this beautiful book.  Years ago if you had told me I would have a love for bacon so much that I would purchase a cook book dedicated to it.  Well, I would have told you that was crazy!  Head over to Paleo Parents and check their other paleo recipes out!

I am not giving up the recipe, you will have to go by the book by heading here.  Believe me, it is well worth it!  If not for this recipe, maybe the brownie recipe..... oh so tempting!  I am sure every recipe is just as awesome as this one is!

Here is what the few ingredients look like.

Bacon, cooked and chopped

Onions cooking away

Liquid ingredients and onions incorporated

Bacon added and cooking down about 15 minutes in

After an hour or so

Jam loaded and cooling

Delish!

Now I have to admit, I sampled at every stage of this 2 hour process and it was so easy!  So absolutely yummy and so filling!  I had dinner during this time too which included more bacon!  It was Brinner after all.... One night a week is pancake night.  I have posted my paleo AIP friendly version here before and D has the normal buttermilk pancakes.

Please go check out Paleo Parents Blog, they review so many awesome paleo friendly companies and create such wonderful recipes!  I cannot say enough good things about them.

Enjoy!



Saturday, August 17, 2013

What to eat when trying to be AIP and there is little in the frig!

This morning I got home from the gym and realized that my frig is virtually empty!


The freezer has some frozen veggies and the frig.... need I say more.  Those pancakes are not mine, or that soda on the top.  I grabbed the single container of cooked squash and some frozen veggies (always good in a pinch) and began to assemble breakfast and my lunch for the day.  Trader Joe's has great plain frozen vegetable mixes.  Sometimes they have seasoning packets, but I just toss them out.  Too risky with AIP.  Also, canned salmon, a whole avocado to split between both meals, blueberries.  I love cookies blueberries, they make a great sauce for breakfast with sausages.

The beginning of assembly of lunch.  I always put my protein on the bottom and vegetables of top.  For my lunch I added the canned salmon and then piled the vegetables.  I eat more than D for sure, but I don't think anyone believes me!

Lots of green vegetables cooking up.  I use Trader Joe's Coconut Oil.


The finished product for breakfast.  That is a whole plate full, 1/2 avocado, chicken sausage (2 1/2 links), vegetables galore, plantain flat bread from Purely Twins site.  A must to check out, so many great recipes!


What do you do when you are faced with an empty refrigerator any can't get to the grocery yet?


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

AIP Friendly Turkey Bacon Sandwich


Been craving a sandwich - Here it is!



Tonight I made the best Sandwich ever!!  A turkey patty with bacon and bib lettuce on a plantain flat bread - I use the recipe from Purely Twins!  It is so so good - a definite must try!

I did change it up though!  I used only 3 ingredients - 1 plantain Greenish), 1/2 - 3/4 cup water and coconut oil.  In a food processor I mixed the plantain and water until combined.  I placed 1 tbs of coconut oil in a skillet and heated until melted.  I placed the batter in the skillet and smoothed it out and baked it on 325 for 20 to 25 minutes.  A little portion stuck to the bottom, but very little.

Beautiful and delicious!

Good Weekend / Bad Eats - How AIP isn't easy on the road

Yes,  I have to admit - I did know about this trip well in advance.  I really didn't think I needed to "over" prepare with extra food.  I thought I would have more than enough choices... but clearly when you fill a big dinner plate like this for each meal - you are never prepared!


I have posted 3 recipes on Pinterest and Facebook for easy AIP recipes, but not good for travel!  Well I think the muffins would have travelled better.... maybe.  So what did I take?  Here is my list:

Coconut Chips
Packages of Nut Butters - mostly Peanut Butter (not Paleo - it's ok - I am not perfect)
Paleo Trail Mix
Coconut Butter and Oil

I thought I would have had a few extra options since the breakfast at the hotel was a "hot" breakfast.  Little did I remember that it meant - eggs (a no no), waffles (a no no), cereals.... so basically a lot of grain/gluten products.  The first morning I had bacon - about 2 pieces and decaf coffee.  I dropped D and his brother off at their race and had a banana and peanut butter.  I went back to our room and got ready to head down town Marquette to a Lake Shore Drive park to go run.  It was beautiful!




Lake Superior is quite beautiful!

I didn't take any additional pictures on the run though.  I did pass where I would later be picking up D and his brother, quite exciting!!  So, since I already had not eaten very well the day before and on top of that think I got a little car sick (8 hours of travel with stops!! UGH!)  I wasn't feeling the best - my digestive system just seemed incredibly irritated.  I kept my run to a quick 6 miles.  The fresh air was exactly what I needed to break my crabbiness! LOL - I do feel sorry for everyone that I came in contact with - I wasn't the most pleasant - and I slept a lot too!

I got back to the hotel to stretch and quickly shower - it was time to drive back downtown and pick the boys up! and boy were they messy!


Everyone was covered in mud - head to toe!  If you didn't already guess we were at Ore to Shore.


Those are dirty legs!

We went to lunch, followed by a museum in the downtown a nap and then dinner.  All of which were either under the amount I normally eat or things added that I couldn't and I was tired of sending things back at that point!  Irritating to my already irritated system :(

Sunday morning was an early one!  I couldn't sleep and finally decided to get up at 5:30am to get ready to leave.  Breakfast was sausages (4), a banana, peanut butter (1 tbs.) and decaf coffee.  Not bad, but the sausages where spicy - ugh was not helping!  We stopped in Mackinac for lunch and to pick up fudge for my sister - her request - Chocolate and Rocky Road!


Car pic - going over the bridge.  When you are actually on it, it doesn't look like it's 5 miles to cross, that is until you look at this picture!

Lunch was at a local restaurant - we hoped for actual lunch but had t settle for breakfast - again not good since it is SO limiting!

We left and headed for home - taking an extra hour due to traffic (as usual).  I finished up the day with grocery shopping and dinner at Red Robin.

Today is 2 days since we came back and I am feeling pretty good today.  I ran 10 miles this morning and had my big breakfast with a banana a ton of vegetables and chicken sausages!  So tasty!!

Any problems you have had during a long trip?


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Why I keep eating foods that are not AIP! They taste good and it's bad!

I haven't posted in a while!  Busy busy and some more busy.

An interview that couldn't work with my schedule, a part time job I am looking forward to starting and all in all just general stress.  The stress is making me feel bloated.  I don't look it, I don't think?!  But I am feeling it for sure.  I haven't changed anything about my eating and my weight hasn't changed.

STRESS - We just don't go together! :(

How do I deal with it?!  You got it!!  Nut butters and chocolate.  I am not talking about super binges here!  I am not sitting down to a whole jar of nut butter with chocolate chips dumped inside, but can you imagine that heaven?!


PLUS THIS!!


YYYYUUUUMMMMM!!!!  (drool!!)

What I really do is make a "mug" cake from arrowroot powder, coconut flour and coconut milk and top it with chocolate frosting and chips..... yeah, it's pretty delish for sure!

This weekend we are going out of town for 3 days, yes, in general it' going to be tough being AIP.  I am looking it as an opportunity to break my nightly dessert habit that is just not serving me.  It's always easier when you are out of town, not sure why that is, but it is!

Maybe my face will finally clear up as well!!  Wouldn't that be nice :)  When I was completely AIP my face looked great, and then it went down hill!!  Crap!  What else that helped was my line from Primal Life Organics!  I love the products that Trina has, they work beautifully.  When I get clear again (after not eating those things that I shouldn't) I will take some pics!  My break out areas are my temples and chin and a little on the cheeks.  Not pretty and it makes me self conscious.

Ok - So starting tomorrow (and since I will be gone all freakin day -LOL) I can begin the healing process (again!)  I really need to not stay away so long from posting!  Eek Gads!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blueberry Banana Muffin - Grain, Nut, Egg and Dairy Free!

Blueberry Banana Muffin

Yes - I was searching for a muffin that was egg free first and foremost due to Hashimoto's and the realization I cannot have eggs.  So it also needed to be pale-fied!!  

So, after searching and coming up with nothing I created my own!  Since this doesn't have egg the muffin will sink, but still tasted delish straight from the frig this morning on my way to a run!


The bottom photo is after it settled and came out of the frig.  It would be totally great with coconut butter and slightly warmed!


The recipe!!  Makes 6 muffins!

1 banana - mashed
2 tbs coconut flour
1/3 c arrowroot flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cider vinegar
cinnamon - as much as you like
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c coconut oil
1/2 (ish) c coconut milk
1 pint blueberries - fresh

Preheat oven to 350.  The easiest way to blend everything evenly is to place in a food processor, minus the blueberries.  You are looking for a muffin batter consistency, so you may need to adjust the amount of coconut milk.  Fold in blueberries.

Distribute into each muffin lined cup and bake for 16 to 22 minutes.

Remember they will come out puffy and then sink when cooled.

Let me know if you play around with this recipe and have any great successes and changes that will make this even better!


Friday, July 12, 2013

More Autoimmune - Darn that Hashimoto's!

The weekend!!! Finally!

This week sure has had it's ups and downs!  I think there were more downs than ups though!

What does this weekend have in store?

Tomorrow, up at 5am - 6 to 8 mile run followed by an hour(ish) in the pool for laps.  Must prepare more for next weekends Tri!  Sunday, up at 4am, to the gym for 6 to 8 miles, then to Kensington to run with the marathon group, probably another 8 miles and then 2 loops of Island Lake.

I'm tired just thinking about that!

Thought I would recap a couple meals this week.  Really they all look the same!  Really they are all for breakfast, except for the pancakes!!  Hmmm..... looks like I am flipping my meals, doesn't it?!  Well Thursday is pancake night at the house.  I posted the fabulous AIP friendly recipe :)  Of course, mine have almond butter on theme.... I really need to cut back on that addicting stuff!  Barney Butter is the best and they have new flavors that I cannot wait to try out!





Thursday night - Pancake Night!


Tuesday I went to see my endocrinologist for a follow up.  We decided to opt for more test, this time focusing on my pituitary gland and the hormones that coincide.  She also suggested to get DHA, which I got right away and have been taking it 3 times per day.  Hope it makes a difference!

After I treated myself to coffee at Biggby - simple decaf.  I know it's boring, but I am following my modified AIP and they don't have coconut milk and I cannot do any dairy.


Blood draw, nice how they make it look like it was a bigger deal than what it really was.


Plans for the rest of the weekend??  The only thing I got besides side work and grocery shopping is figuring out supplements!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday! Sunday!

This morning started very early!  Try 4am!

First, I have to say I fell asleep on the couch with the puppies pretty early - I was watching the prime time recap of the Tour de France.  Love it!  I woke a few times and then just before my alarm went off at 4:10.

I got dressed and headed to the gym for a 6 mile run, prior to going to Kensington for Marathon Training with the group.  I was filling in for Coach B, so I wasn't sure what my run would be.  That is why I hit the gym, plus it was muggy and I didn't want to be out in it for 13 miles.

The pups of course have to be in every picture!  I was actually taking a picture of my Roadid.  Anytime I am out running (except the gym) I wear mine.  I up graded and got the elite because it's interactive and I can update all my medical information anytime I need to.


My New Balance 890v3 - limited edition - Karmano's Fight for the cure.  They are super light and are the perfect fit.  My newest shoe love.  Going to get another pair of these this week!


I went grocery shopping between yesterday and today and cooked up all the fresh veggies - Yeah we are stocked for the week!  Meal prep super easy!


Of course, last but not least - My swim suit... I am training for 2 triathlons.  The first one is 2 weeks away, it's a sprint in Grass Lake - He Tried She Tried.  So super short, but should be a lot of fun!  The next one is more serious, an Olympic length.  This one is at Island Lake - .9 mile swim (yikes!), 24.8 mile cycle and 6.2 mile run.

More thoughts on AIP.  I am reviewing my supplements this week and thinking about taking a pro/prebiotic.  Looking into Precript Assist based on some readings and podcast (Episode 39) by The Paleo Mom.  I have also been thinking about FODMAP issues, maybe even SIBO.  Still thoughts, but doing more readings as needed.

Red Dog Fitness and Red Dog Studio & Designs.  Well still works in progress, just not enough time in the day for everything I need to cover.  I do have 2 pages dedicated to them and Facebook pages as well.  Check them out, thoughts, suggestions - would love to hear them!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Saturday Happenings and Reflecting on AIP

Saturday, Saturday, ah Saturday!!

It really should be the first time to sleep in, right?!  WRONG!! Bazinga!  As of right now, I am up by 6am and out the door running (literally) by 6:30 am.

Today was to be a busy morning at least and all planned out.  Yeah right!  No one was going by what I had originally set up.

After a quick 6 mile run (I know!) I came home, showered and ate breakfast.  Not to forget the coffee, it was there too!  I had to get Nostrand to the groomer for her first Lion Cut, which is so cute!  I love how she feels!


Now tell me that is a cute kitty!!  She may be one of the original grumpy cats, but she is actually purring!


To continue my tale... the groomer was suppose to open early, she didn't :(  I had to rush back home, wake up D and have him take her back for 9 so I could go to Bloomfield Hills to teach my 9 am class.  I actually made it with a few minutes to spare and then everyone was late!! HA!  It worked out.  Then, about 15 minutes before class ended, as I checked the time.  I noticed I had a voicemail, thought it was the groomer.  Nope!  It was Home Depot delivering my tile that was suppose to be delivered after 1 today... 3 hours early.  Again, I was lucky, D was still home!  Whew!

The rest of the day has been pretty laid back.  Preparing for tomorrow's run.  I am coaching the Life Time Fitness - Commerce Marathon Training program for the morning.  Going to be a nice run.

Reflection!

Having an autoimmune is not fun, did someone say it was suppose to be?!  I think not!  I took out chocolate within the last 2 weeks.  I have been having a lot of digestion issue during my run and thought maybe that was to blame, maybe a little.  I also removed all leafy vegetables - cooked or not, a little better yet.  This mornings run I had no issues!  YES!  Friday at work was a pretty bad day.  Every few weeks I seem to get extreme fatigue.  The funny thing is I went to the gym that morning and swam laps for almost an hour.  It wasn't until I got home that I could barely keep my eye's open.  

I have found a great support group on Facebook that I am learning a great amount from.  You would think that following an AIP would be pretty easy, but what one can eat the other can't and we have similar reactions, but not always to the same foods.

Medications?  No, I am refusing those at this time.  I know, but if they make you feel better then why wouldn't you?  I just don't want to be on it forever.  I would rather figure it out and correct it with food, we shall see how it goes.

Saturday night is just beginning, thinking about where to go for dinner and have a very early 4:30 am wake up!  I am splitting up my runs for tomorrow - half at the gym half at Kensington.  After that, breakfast and a nap! :)  Happy Sunday!