Still doing the Green Smoothie Challenge :) I liked today's smoothie the best so far and it even had kale in it which I find has a pretty strong flavor. I will try this recipe again with spinach; think it will be a keeper. Today was the Mango Green-A-Colada (kale, coconut milk, mango, pineapple & water). I made it the night before (so Hubby has it for work) and I added some water to thin it a little. Give it a shake in the morning and it was really good. Yesterday morning we had the Coco-Cherry Berry Cooler and I wasn't very fond of that one. I also found that it was pretty solid the next morning so shake it well and definitely add a little water to thin it for drinking; especially if making the night before.
Dinner tonight was a salad (spinach, tomato, green pepper, orange, toasted walnuts, avocado, basil olive oil, & orange balsamic vinegar) and Bruschetta Chicken. The chicken I have made before but it seems like it's lacking something. I forgot until I made it again. It's a good meal but not great. The chicken breasts were pretty big so I ended up with lots of leftovers. Will try freezing some of the chicken and see if it works in a taco or similar type of meal.
Still grain and gluten free and feeling more like my old self again :)
Tried a Cauliflower Crust Pizza tonight for dinner and I have to say it has potential. I think the trick is squeezing all the moisture out of the cauliflower; think I could have squeezed out more. It was good but the "crust" was a little wet in the center. Will definitely try it again. Hubby loves pizza and I am coming to the conclusion that I have to stop eating gluten. This works :) We topped the pizza with spicy marinara sauce, tomato, mozzarella, Parmesan, prosciutto, and fresh basil from Lester's Farm.
A busy afternoon today. Making food for the week. One of the biggest problems with trying to eat healthy and real-food is the extra work and planning it requires. I made a batch of grain-free granola for breakfasts for the week. I also made a batch of Chocolate Muffins to have for snacks. A much healthier, and grain-free, alternative :)
Also, today we started a 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge. Just something I wanted to do to eat more greens and fruit. It was a free challenge and once signed up you get weekly recipes and grocery lists. It started July 1st but we started today. Today we tried the Citrus Breeze (spinach, water, oranges, mango, pineapple & banana), it was good but won't be a favorite of mine. Each week you get 5 recipes for the week. Tomorrow we will try the Coco-Cherry Berry Cooler (kale, coconut milk, blueberries, & cherries; but subbing the cherries for mixed berries). Have Hubby doing this with me. I plan to make the smoothies the night before so he can take it to work; hoping they hold up pretty well.
The more I read about the problems some people have from eating gluten, the more I believe this may be a problem of mine too :( I hate to admit it though because I love many gluten filled foods; pasta, pizza, and great sandwiches; just to name a few.
This article is a very interesting read: How to Recognize Gluten Intolerance.
I was grain-free for 2 weeks; as I posted recently; and I ended up with several of these symptoms after eating items with gluten on 2 different days :(
I will try to remain gluten-free for now, mostly grain-free, until I can speak with my doctor and see about getting tested for gluten intolerance.
I will admit I am having a lot of trouble sticking to grain-free, even though I believe grain (especially wheat) is having a negative effect on me. I managed to stay completely grain-free for about 2 weeks and was feeling really good. Now, I am doing other things as well and taking some natural supplements and what not; following the advice of my homeopath. I figured maybe it's not the grains that's causing me problems; unfortunately I tested my theory and have failed miserably.
On Wednesday I had some battered fish and also some wonderful cake from Bistro Sophia; the best cake in the city in my opinion. It was Canada Day and we were out and about and I figured I would have a little splurge. About 1-2 hours after eating this I became extremely tired. So tired that I needed to lay down when I got home. This fatigue has greatly lessened over the last month and been pretty much gone over the last couple of weeks. In addition, without getting into the nitty gritty, my IBS symptoms came back with a vengeance the following 2 days :( Maybe there is something to this Wheat Belly idea, sigh.
Today, I tested it again, and unfortunately suffered the same results. We went to the Chocolate Cafe on Signal Hill. I ordered the Cocoa Pulled Pork sandwich and Hubby had the Chicken Tacos. The food was excellent but within an hour I was exhausted. So exhausted my eyes were heavy and my body ached, and I felt pretty crappy. I again had to take a nap after getting home. Not good. I am thinking I need to bite the bullet and try to remain grain-free (at least wheat free) for a substantial period of time, sigh.
My name is Michelle and I am tired of struggling with my weight. I am stopping the struggle.