Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hail the King!

King Arthur  gluten free baking mixes that is:))....
I've been complaining lately about how most of the gluten free offerings, in the grocery, store taste like stale cardboard but here is one lovely and delicious exception. I mixed these up last night and added a can of cranberries, some dried cranberries and orange zest as well as pure orange flavoring (which had been on my shelf for so long, I think it may have fermented.) I mixed by hand even though the box called for an electric mixer and I think I got great results. The recipe also calls for 4 tablespoons of oil, 3 eggs and 3/4 cup of milk. I was worried about that much added fat and calories but considering that this recipe makes a dozen large muffins, I think that will stretch the fat and calories out a bit. The mixture was a bit thick when I spooned it into the muffin cups this morning and that concerned me a bit but it shouldn't have; the muffins were fluffy and tender and very flavorful. I'd mixed up a batch of "regular" muffins for my husband but I didn't envy them even a little. If memory serves me, the regular muffins are good but I think these might even be better! The texture was great and they were delicious. We ate our muffins with a fresh fruit salad of sliced strawberries, blue berries, pineapple and bananas. I should have added some cheese for protein but all in all, it was a very satisfying breakfast.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Greener is Better

Talenti gelato...double dark chocolate...yum!
I won't have the results of my blood tests for a few days but after my visit to the doctor's office, I stopped by the grocery store before heading home. I stocked up on lots of healthy, green vegetables today. Greens are on sale at Ingles Markets and so is salmon; salmon steaks are 4.98 a pound!! Even the butcher told me that he didn't know when they were last priced that low. Grabbed up three meals worth. I haven't eaten red meat for a long while but I have to say that going gluten free has forced me to into an even healthier diet since all fast food and most processed foods are out. I'm having to cook from scratch every day and that is something I haven't done in years. I've become far too reliant on packaged foods because they are so handy and fast. I did treat myself to some gelato. I've never had it before but it was the only thing close to ice cream that was labeled "gluten free." We will have it as our dessert tonight. I'm cooking grilled salmon, roasted broccoli and possibly a salad....and most likely mashed potatoes, forgive me diet gods but I do love them!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Admission

Last week, I lost about two pounds with very little change or effort except for having eliminated breads and other gluten filled foods from my diet. The weather was horrible and I only walked a few times. So, I was a bit amazed by the weight loss.
I may be even more amazed that I didn't gain this week since I received a box of gluten free nutrition/energy bars on Tuesday and I finished off the last one of them (there were a dozen) on Friday!! I lived on them for three days. I had them for breakfast, lunch and the occasional snack. The fruit that I tried to eat along with them didn't do much to make this habit any healthier. They had chocolate in them which not only made me crave them more but also seemed cause a very familiar discomfort. Evidently it wasn't all about the flour in the brownies that was making me so ill every time I'd eat them last year...which was far too frequently. I did order a new box of the same brand of gluten free bars but these contain no chocolate. I'm hoping that it is the fat in the chocolate that's bothering me and not the chocolate. And I'm also hoping that isn't just wishful thinking.

Soldiering On

I'd love to say that I've been too busy to post but that isn't entirely true. I do have an overwhelming amount of things that need to be done but I don't think I've even made a dent in that mountain this month. I do go back to my doctor tomorrow for a check up on my iron levels. If I get to see my doctor at all, I'm sharing with him my discover about my gluten intolerance. As I've said before, I was sick for most of last year. I would feel fine until I ate and then within a few minutes I was in terrible, constant pain and usually suffering from sudden and severe diarrhea. Sorry for sharing that; I realize it's not pleasant to hear but if it will help someone else, I'm very willing to talk about it even if it does embarrass me. I realized that it must be something that I was eating that was causing my extreme discomfort but I wasn't eating any of the foods, chocolate, high fat, beef, that had been triggers before. I would tell my husband every day when he'd come home to find me lying in a ball in bed because I was in so much pain, "I didn't eat anything today but yogurt and a peanut butter sandwich." Someone suggested to me several months ago that I could have celiac disease but, since I'm overweight and I thought that all of those suffering from celiac disease had trouble gaining weight not losing, I wrongly assumed that a gluten intolerance couldn't be a possibility. The sickness kept getting worse especially after I'd had the stress of one of my best friends becoming very ill and nearly dying. After that, my fatigue got so bad that I didn't want to get out of bed. I didn't even want to take care of my beloved horses.
I went to the doctor and he ran every possible test on me but couldn't find the reason that I was getting sicker and sicker. I told him that I thought I must have had food poisoning but even as I was saying it, I knew it wasn't the truth. I went home and I continued to get worse. I knew that a specific food had to be the trigger. Friends and relatives made many suggestions such as eggs and dairy but eliminating those foods didn't help. As any of you who have followed my blog already know, it was on Christmas eve after feeling better all day long that I finally stopped at 4pm to have a sandwich and within 15 or 20 minutes I was doubled over in pain that I knew what the culprit was. I stopped immediately consuming any foods that contained gluten and the effects were almost instantaneous! My energy started to return right away and the pain disappeared completely for the first time in over a year. I told a friend that I do miss pastry, bread, and all of the other many foods that contain gluten (many would surprise you like they did me) but the sacrifice was worth it because I feel so very much better.
It hasn't been easy though. For one thing, gluten hides in foods and places that I would never have imagined. Specific gluten free foods such as gluten free breads and sauces are much more expensive and difficult to find. I have been lucky to do most of my shopping at the Ingles markets because they mark many of their foods that are gluten free with little brown signs that are like post it notes in aisles of the store. Many of these foods are just as good as their gluten containing counterparts but, so far, I've found the breads to have the texture and flavor of cardboard.
Eating out has not been any easier. I am forced to eat healthier because fast food is out all together but it is also more expensive because I can only eat at nicer, "sit down" restaurants. And even in those restaurants, finding the gluten free offerings is like going on a scavenger hunt.
Last Monday, Steve and I were out and trying to find somewhere to have lunch. We drove around quite a bit to check out our options and finally settled on a seafood grill. You'd think that finding gluten free food in a restaurant which advertises itself as a grill would be easy but the pickings were really thin. Most of the food was breaded or sauced or else had gluten in the seasoning or marinade. And even after specifying "no croutons" on our salad, we still got them. The server was very nice about it though and replaced our salad with one that was crouton free (and yes, I know it was a new salad because he gave the first one to the next table.) I finally decided to order grilled shrimp which was delicious but covered in butter (which did contribute a lot to the deliciousness of the dish even if it was unhealthy.) They were out of the grilled zucchini so I ordered the sautéed green beens instead. They were also floating in oil but still quite good. It was a very good meal and I wasn't bothered "much" watching Steve enjoy the cheesy corn muffins that came on the side. Still, it takes a lot of effort to find a place to eat out. A few weeks ago we went to a relative's birthday party at a local Mexican restaurant. I'd never been to this specific restaurant but I thought finding gluten free at a Mexican restaurant should be easy....it wasn't. Only one dish on the entire menu wasn't made with wheat tortillas. Even the burritos, which I usually think of being made with corn tortillas, used wheat. I did enjoy the rice and chicken dish that I ordered but it was the only option I had from a very large menu.
So, I've already figured out that this journey will not be an easy one but to feel like a human again and be pain free, it is VERY much worth it.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Best Intentions

This year started off great for my health forecast. I made the discovery that I'm most likely sensitive to gluten, celiacs disease, and that was what had caused all of my health problems last year. Having such an easy solution to the ailments that had seemed to stifle me and any productivity or progress I might have made last year seemed to be a Godsend. I suddenly had new energy and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. I started walking in earnest. I was putting in miles at a pace that I hadn't been able to do in twenty years! I wasn't winded, I wasn't sore and aching afterwards or worn out with the first hill or stopping several times just to make my way up the big, monster hill...which suddenly doesn't seem so foreboding. I felt on top of the world and so enthusiastic about this coming year, more confident about my future than I've been in many years.

I slacked off a bit during the extremely cold snap that we experienced earlier this week. I know that temps in the mid twenties probably don't sound that bad to my friends who live in the northern section of this continent but to us spoiled Southerners, it was frigid especially since it came in so suddenly on the heels of 50 and 60 degree weather. So, for several days, the only walks I was getting in were to the horses and back which is about a mile if you factor in all of the climbing up and down the hills to insure that everyone gets their fair share. Then it got snowy and icy for a few days and the only exercise was walking to my truck and back. I was even using the truck to haul the hay and had rearranged the horses not only so they could get shelter from the cold weather but so I could more easily feed them all.

Thankfully, we've gotten several days reprieve from the frigid and wet BUT.....you knew there'd be a BUT......I managed to ram my bare foot into a chair leg a few mornings ago. I have no idea what I did to it exactly but it hurts from the end of my little toe until midway up the top of my foot. It's hard to sleep with it and it seems impossible to walk much. Also, I guess I'm afraid, as Steve told me, that I'll do "more harm than good" if I push the matter and take to the trails again. So, I'm letting it heal and just walking about the house as much as possible. Steve is feeding for me this weekend and I'm staying inside during this beautiful weather and attempting to accomplish another of my 2012 goals, cleaning and straightening this house so that I can rearrange the rooms and get my shop ready for creativity again. I know it may sound crazy but I'm moving our master bedroom to one of the smaller rooms...how much room do we need to sleep anyway?.....and converting our large room into a combo exercise room and mini work area for my "clean" work (painting, jewelry making, sketching) until I finally get the basement finished. This won't be a permanent change but it will make it easier for us to do a lot of things that need doing over the winter months including, maybe most importantly, exercise. We have a bowflex and free weights, an eliptical machine, and several area specific pieces of equipment for abs and legs. We also have a skier, climber, an bike down stairs still but they will be staying there. I want to have room to work out with several dvds I have, some old favorites and some new ones from Bob and Jillian of Biggest Loser fame. I also plan to utilize the exercise videos available through Netflix.

I'm hoping that, even though I'm slowed down a bit, this will all work out for the better because, if everything goes as planned, not only will we have a designated exercise area in a couple of weeks but I'll be back in my workshop, too, creating new, whimsical sculpture that I can HOPEFULLY sell!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Golden Raisins

Super-Cheap Superfood: Golden Raisins

31¢ and 125 calories per 1/4 cup serving
Never mind trying to count your wine as a fruit; choose golden Thompson Seedless raisins instead. You can feel smug about their price and their antioxidants (called phenols), which protect you from aging and disease. Raisins are also a natural source of inulin, a fiberlike carbohydrate that helps support the growth of the good bacteria that can help keep your digestive system healthy.
white potatoes

Super-Cheap Superfood: White Potatoes

70¢ and 110 calories per 1 medium potato
White potatoes are often passed up, but one medium russet potato will set you back only 35 cents, and the calorie price tag is minimal too. One of 'em also packs about two grams of filling dietary fiber and more potassium than a banana. Plus, when cooked then cooled, they're loaded with resistant starch, "a unique kind of carb that's been shown to naturally up your body's fat-burning furnace," says Cynthia Sass, R.D., author of Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.
canned beans

Super-Cheap Superfood: Canned Beans

As low as $1.19 per can, 100 to 150 calories per 1/2 cup
Swapping black, pinto, kidney or white beans for lean beef in tacos, burritos and casseroles not only saves moola, but it also ups your antioxidant intake and slashes calories, saturated fat and cholesterol—plus, just half a cup provides a quarter of your daily fiber quota. "Regular bean eaters have a lower risk of obesity and smaller waistlines," Sass says. "This is a swap I'd recommend even if you have money to burn." Serious penny-pinchers, take note: You don't have to spring for the low-sodium variety, but rinsing your beans washes away only less than half the salt.
Canned Tomatoes

Super-Cheap Superfood: Canned Tomato-Based Products

As low as $1 per can
A Swiss study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that women who consumed the most lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, reduced their risk of developing breast cancer by 36 percent. Go ahead and pile on the tomato sauce, tomato paste or salsa: "There is mounting evidence that lycopene's cancer-fighting potential is increased if tomatoes are consumed in a cooked or heated form that allows it to be released and absorbed more easily," Sass says.
prunes

Super-Cheap Superfood: Prunes

37¢ and 68 calories per 1-ounce serving
Prunes may make you think of Grandma, but they make us think "nutritional goldmine." The humble dried plum contains neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid, which protect against cell DNA damage (translation: they're anti-aging). They're also a good source of fiber and contain potassium, crucial for helping to maintain healthy blood pressure.
broccoli

Super-Cheap Superfood: Broccoli

Less than $1 and 31 calories per 1-cup serving
Costly kale, schmale. Basic broccoli is in the same family and also packs the same necessary vitamins and minerals: calcium, vitamin C and vitamin A, all for less than the price of kale. Plus, broccoli contains glucosinolates, which can coax cancer cells to self-destruct, and phytonutrients, which can reduce your risk for some diseases, says Valori Treloar, M.D., coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet.
apples

Super-Cheap Superfood: Apples

Less than $1 and 95 calories per 1 medium apple
We can't quite claim that an apple a day keeps the credit-card debt away, but at less than $1 per serving, it sure can help. Apples contain phytochemicals, which pummel the free radicals that can cause disease and signs of aging. Each sweet (or tart!) low-calorie bite provides flavonoids and pectin, which may help reduce the risk of heart attack by lowering cholesterol.
white button mushrooms

Super-Cheap Superfood: White Button Mushrooms

Less than $1 and 21 calories per 1-cup serving
Although white button mushrooms are found on even the lowliest of fast-food salad bars, don't write them off. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that just a handful has about 12 times more L-ergothioneine, an antioxidant that does DNA damage control, than wheat germ, and four times more than chicken liver, previously thought to be the best source.
berries

Super-Cheap Superfood: Frozen Berries

As low as $2.10 and 70 calories per 1-cup serving
The Brazilian açai berry has been called a super-anti-aging food because of its high antioxidant level, but eating a grab bag of frozen berries (yes, frozen berries retain their nutrients) will give you a better range of antioxidants and is a lot cheaper than a bag of the freeze-dried açai berries. "The more variety in color, the better," says Tina Marinaccio M.S., R.D., C.P.T. Raspberries and blackberries offer ellagic acid, which reduces risk of cancer, while the phenols in strawberries lower risk of heart and neurodegenerative diseases.


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Yesterday

First, I did not sleep well Thursday night. I went to bed at 1:00 am and woke back up at 2:30. After that, I was up until 6:00 then, asleep again until 8:00 when Steve woke up (it's his day off.) So, I was off for the rest of the day, more than a bit lazy, and accomplishing almost nada. My eating was erratic with a very healthy breakfast, the Irish oatmeal whose recipe is in the last post, for breakfast and for dinner, grilled salmon, lightly sautéed and then steamed in low fat chicken broth collard greens, and mashed potatoes. The rest of the day, I grazed, a yogurt, an energy bar (no gluten), and half a chocolate bar (I know, I know...but since I've discovered that it was the wheat flour in the brownies making me sick and not the chocolate, I've felt the need to indulge a bit.) As for exercise, I did walk over to feed the horses but I didn't do my usual laps. Lazy, I tell ya, lazy! Hopefully today will be better, I slept good, I feel great, and I have mucho plans!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries!

One gluten free food is very easy for me to tolerate because I already loved Irish oatmeal. Here is a delicious and easy recipe that you can prepare the day before or put in the crock pot overnight so that it's hot and ready when the alarm goes off in the morning.

1 cup Irish oatmeal or steel cut oats
1 cup blueberries and/or 3 chopped apples (bite sized pieces)
1 cup blue berry or apple juice (I've actually added a cup of each in place of one cup of the water and also added both fruits and it is delicious)
3 cups water (unless you decide to add a cup of both juices and then just 2 cups water)
a pinch of salt and (optional) cinnamon and orange peel to taste

Put all of that in a small crock pot and cook on high about 3 hours or 6 hours on low. Avoid overcooking because it's best when it still has texture.

Also, while we're on the subject of diet, here is a list by Joy Bauer of the Today show of 12 healthy foods you should be eating in the new year:
Shrimp
At just 8 calories a pop, shrimp are a top-notch source of lean protein, which helps rev your metabolism and suppress your appetite. Start your next restaurant meal with a shrimp cocktail app to fill up quickly, so you don't overdo it when the main entrée arrives. Or, sauté shrimp with a medley of veggies, like onions, mushrooms, peppers, and broccoli, to create the ultimate diet-friendly dinner.


Grape tomatoes
One cup of grape tomatoes clocks in at only 30 calories. These bite-sized nibbles are sweet, colorful, and ideal for snacking since you can pop 'em in your mouth one at a time. And, because they're so low in calories, you can munch to your heart's content!
Egg whites
Egg whites are pure, high-quality protein and just 17 calories apiece, which makes them the ideal ingredient for a low-cal breakfast with real staying power. For a slimming morning meal, scramble 4 to 5 whites with any sautéed veggies (I like a combo of spinach, tomatoes, and onions) and top with a dollop of salsa (another food on my skinny list!).
Naturally flavored seltzer
If you're bored with plain old water, try naturally-flavored seltzer — carbonated water with a shot of fruit flavor. It's completely calorie-free, fizzes like soda, and comes in fun flavors like green apple, cherry, pomegranate… even vanilla and white chocolate! And it's one of the "cleanest" drinks around — it doesn't contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, or anything else. For sweetness and pizzazz, float a few fruit slices or frozen fruit cubes made with 100% juice in your glass.
Whole-grain sandwich thins (Ok, I have to forego these for obvious reasons but they are very good and also recommended by the Eat this Not That guys.)
Sandwich thins and flats are the best thing since… well, sliced bread! That's because you get TWO halves for the same calorie count as ONE slice of regular bread (100 calories). Use these versatile, whole grain buns to build turkey or chicken sandwiches, or lightly spread them with nut butter or reduced-fat cream cheese for a smart bagel substitute.
Cucumber
Cucumbers are one of the all-time best foods for fighting uncomfortable bloat because they're loaded with water and naturally low in sodium (taking in extra water while halting salt reduces water retention). Plus, they're a terrific calorie bargain; you can gobble up an entire cuke for just 45 calories. When you get the urge to munch between meals, slice one up into "chips" to squelch your appetite in a hurry.
Salsa
With less than 20 calories per ¼ cup, salsa is a dieter's best friend. Bottled or fresh, salsa makes a zesty, low-cal dip for crunchy veggies like baby carrots and celery sticks. It's also the ultimate slimming condiment for sandwiches, burgers, and baked potatoes. Use it as a flavorful replacement for mayo, sour cream, butter, and other fattening toppers.
Popcorn
One cup of "naked" air-popped popcorn (without any added butter or oil) has only 30 calories! If you don't own an air popper, you can make plain popcorn right in your microwave. Add 4 tablespoons popcorn kernels to a brown paper lunch bag, fold over the edge of the bag twice to close it, and microwave the bag on high for 1.5 to 2 minutes. (Microwave times will vary; it will take a few trial runs to figure out the perfect amount of time required to pop the kernels without burning them.) To kick up the flavor, sprinkle your popcorn with Parmesan cheese, spices (chili powder and cumin, yum!), or even hot sauce.

Hot sauce
Research shows that including spicy foods at meals suppresses your appetite and slightly revs your metabolism, so hot sauce is doubly deserving of the "skinny food" title. Add this fiery condiment anywhere you can — sprinkle it on eggs, add a few dashes to soups and stews, or mix it into hummus to kick up the heat.

Water chestnuts
These under-the-radar veggies offer super satisfying crunch — a texture a lot of dieters crave after giving up potato chips and other snack foods. You can munch your way through a whole can for just 50 calories. They're also super low in sodium, unlike most canned foods, so they won't make you bloated. Quite the contrary, their high water content will actually help minimize puffiness. Water chestnuts are a classic addition to stir fries and a crisp, refreshing mix-in for low-fat chicken or tuna salad.

Grapefruit
Grapefruit are refreshing, hydrating, and sweet, and one of the few seasonal winter fruits. One large grapefruit runs you just 120 calories and, since you eat the flesh one segment at a time, it automatically helps pace your eating.
Frozen cherries
Frozen cherries are a skinny solution to sugar cravings. Snack on these deliciously sweet gems right out of the freezer bag — they're like a healthy version of cherry Italian ices. You can enjoy ¾ cup of these icy treats for just 110 cals, and because they're frozen and take awhile to eat, you'll stretch out your snack time.
I have to say that most of these foods were in my grocery cart yesterday. The only exceptions were the bread thins, for obvious reasons, and the frozen cherries but I am anxious to try them, yum yum!

Gluten, Gluten, Who's Got the Gluten?


My plan is, to finally clean out the room I've designated as our "exercise" room and move all of the dust covered (I will clean it first;-) exercise equipment in there and begin each day with a workout (yoga, weights [alternating upper body and lower body, one section one day and then the other the next], the elliptical and then a workout dvd) but for now, I've started my year off with walking. I was actually boosting this by walking the quarter mile to the horses morning and night while I carried their food in two containers...I'm sure the added weight helped to boost the workout, too. Then, after I took care of my guys and gals, I'd walk a trail that Steve had made for us around the small pasture and between the large hay field and the woods to the neighbor's farm and back. All together, I was getting about a mile a half each time, morning and night. I was thoroughly enjoying this and my newly renewed energy until the weather changed. When it dropped to a high of 30 degrees for a couple of days, I started zipping over there in my truck, I'd feed the horses as quickly as possible even drive up the hill to pick up their hay and carry it down the hill in the bed of the truck, break the ice on their water and zip back to the house with the heater on full blast. The only exercise I was getting, besides all of the rushing around, was when I'd wiggle my frozen, numb and tingly digits in front of the truck heater vent. I know that my friends who live in places that are constantly white this time of year, must think I'm a big baby but we just aren't use to the cold temps here...especially when they are right on the heels of 60 degree "sweater" weather.

Yesterday should have been different but I had errands and appointments all day long so I must admit that, on the first warm and beautiful day that we've had in a week, I skipped my walk twice. First skip was in the morning because I was running late as usual and barely managed to get the horses fed and watered. No such excuse on the second skip except I was tired and hungry since I hadn't had time for lunch. The good news is, I did manage a trip to the grocery and although the selection of gluten free processed food is still slim, I did stock up on lots of fresh produce. This gluten free diet is going to force me to eat a healthier and purer diet since I can no longer rely on "convenience" foods. You would be shocked...or at least I have been....by how many packaged foods contain gluten in the form of wheat or soy sauce: almost all soups, sauces and gravies, packaged rice mixes, salad dressings, chocolate, hard candies, processed oatmeal (always eat Irish or steel cut oats and then have to make certain that they aren't processing other grains in the same mill), luncheon meats even turkey and ham, and basted turkeys, some yogurt, cheese, and some ice creams! That's just a few things. Honestly, virtually everything in the middle aisles at the grocery and even a few in the deli and dairy section contain gluten in some form. Steve says that it's just a cheap filler, thickener or binder and I've realized that when in doubt, it's best to stick with natural, unprocessed foods because often manufacturers aren't honest and hide the gluten just like they do fat and sugar by disguising the name.

Last night's meal had two criteria, to be fast and to be gluten free. Although, I'm certain that the calorie count was probably higher than it needed to be and there should have been more vegetables, it wasn't terribly unhealthy either. I sautéed chicken breast (already cooked so I basically just heated it up), with green peppers and onion in a bit of olive oil, wrapped that in a corn tortilla that I'd briefly fried in the olive oil to soften, and topped it all with low fat mozzarella and salsa (store bought but I did pick up the cilantro and tomatoes to make fresh-today.) It was delicious if I do say so myself but I ate far too much. I did forego the beer (I've found a decent gluten free called Red Bridge) but I also skipped the healthy substitute called water and opted for a diet Dr Pepper (my major vice and addiction). I'm going easy on myself though and taking baby steps with these healthy changes that I'm making. Cold turkey rarely works for long and I think that the small changes can have a bigger impact in the long run because I'm more likely to stick with them until they become habits. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Just a Little Gluten

Not much to report since I haven't been walking during this very cold weather except where I absolutely have to. I hope to have a room ready for our exercise equipment within the next two weeks so that we have no excuses anymore. As for food, still not counting calories. I've been concentrating more over the last two weeks on ridding my diet of gluten. Unfortunately, last night I decided to take a chance on one of our favorite dishes, jambalaya, even though the seasoning I use contains soy sauce. Well, I'm not paying too badly today but I am paying. I guess even a trace of gluten is enough to do the trick. I'm hoping that , after I'm off of gluten for a while, I can perhaps add back a bit of soy sauce and maybe some Chinese or Japanese food that I enjoy so much. Guess I could go with a white sauce:(


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Monday, January 2, 2012

The Long Holiday

 January 2nd and I think I'm still on holiday. Winter has suddenly arrived and it kept me in the warm house for most of the day until I finally had to venture out to care for the horses...with Steve's help, thank goodness! I didn't walk and I certainly didn't watch my calories but I am still avoiding anything with wheat and I'm feeling great. Oddly, this cold, damp weather would usually have all of my joints and old "war" injuries kicking up a storm but since I cut gluten out of my diet, I'm not half as achy. I still have my worn out parts, like my knees, but even they aren't any where near as painful or stiff as they were before. This is nice and this new feeling of vitality is what is driving me to feel so hopeful about the new year and the possibility that I might actually be able to lose weight and get back in shape by its end.