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Vegan Christmas!

Alright, I want to clear this up. I don’t eat wheat. Actually I try to stay away from all grains. This has nothing to do with gluten-free. I will eat gluten. I just don’t eat grains. I have been tested by a real allergists (not by a friend of a friend that thinks I should eat gluten-free because my tummy hurt from eating too many christmas cookies) and the results said that I am allergic to wheat. All types of wheat as I have discovered over the last few years.

There is a big difference between wheat free and gluten-free. Any type of “wheat” causes pain for me. What type of pain?.Well think of being doubled over with breath taking pain that makes you scared to take a breath. The pain of gas building up and trying to move its way through your intestines. Getting all sweaty and dizzy. Wishing you could die instead of having to go through it.Yeah I think you get what I am saying. Then top it off with Montezuma’s revenge. Nice way to spend the day. But wait! There’s more! You get another day of dull tender aches in the intestinal areas of your body. Yes it’s just so much fun! Not.,

I instead use nut flours. I can’t eat the “gluten-free bake mixes” There are grains in them. Spelt, millet, sprouted wheat, ancient grains. Doesnt matter, they all hurt. I can’t even do bean flours, which you do find in many of the gluten-free mixes. I also don’t eat rice flour or potato. I could, but it’s my choice to leave them out since I eat Low Carb.

What does this all have to do with a Vegan Christmas? My oldest boy Matt, and his wife are now vegans. Have been for over a year. Why they decided on this, I’m not really sure. Any ways, I am having over for dinner on Christmas Eve. I had to find something they would eat. Well let me tell you, it wasnt easy to find food they could eat. Sure it sounds simple but it’s not. I searched across the vast land of Google to find something tasty to make for them but also something we could eat. Simple, veggies! LOL, not really!

A vegan doesn’t eat any type of animal product. Not able to use any dairy, eggs, and such really made it a challenge for me. Since we eat a lot of butter, cream, cheeses cause of our low carb diet. Which includes meat. After many texts messages with Matt I have finally figured out what to make for dinner. I just hope it will be tasty. Definitely not the traditional Christmas dinner!

So now I am curious what is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?   I will need to travel across the land of Google to find my answers.

South Beach Eating Plan

Gregg and I have started doing the South Beach diet. Well, I don’t call it a diet, It’s just another way of eating. I took the time a really read the book, not just skim through it and “think” that I know how to do it.

I’m learning what are good carbs, bad carbs, good fats and bad fats. It’s all quite different from the Atkins‘s diet that we did a few years ago. I like that it’s not as low carb as other diets.

We are just starting and I thought I would post the recipes that I am going to be trying out. Most of the recipes are just from web or from my cook books. I’ll add pics when I remember to take them. Last night I made Garlic Chicken. It was pretty good. Very simple and I could have added more salt and pepper. I doubled the recipe so that I had enough leftovers to make 2 lunches for Gregg.

I also made a simple leafy salad with a low carb dressing. Peeled and diced sweet potato that I tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and then baked it alone side the chicken.

Easy Garlic Chicken Breasts

1/4 cup lime juice 
1/4 cup olive oil 
1 Tbsp. minced garlic 
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
salt and pepper 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the lime juice and olive oil. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper generously, and add chicken, making sure it is well-coated with the marinade. Marinate chicken, covered in fridge for at least 3 hours and preferably overnight. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Arrange chicken breasts in a shallow baking pan. 

Season with salt and pepper and roast for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when you prick it with a fork. Serves 2. 

**This is really simple, but surprisingly good. The chicken is somewhat garlicky and tangy because of the lime juice, but it is not too strong-tasting.

Simple yet tasty!

Trying, Starting, Doing

Starting

I have been busy making jewellery. I would like to try to start-up a tiny business and possibly sell some of my items. I am finding it a bit frustrating. I have created a blog and it’s almost ready. Just a few details to iron out. I know that I could just go on Etsy.com or Artfire.com, but they all cost money, something I don’t have much of. Oh well, I will just keep making stuff and hope that people will want to buy some items.

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Trying

Things have changed lately. There have been some family issues that needed to be talked about and for the most part they are dealt with. For me, I don’t think they will ever be done. So many things have been brought to the surface again. With time they will sink to the bottom of my mind once more. This time I plan to anchor them for good.

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Doing

With all my health problems I am finally getting a bit better. I still need to get scoped in September. Which I am hoping will let me know if there is anything seriously wrong. In the mean time I am going on the assumption that I have IBS which it connected to my IC. And here is the weird part, Since the tummy problems started last July, my IC has calmed down. I have had about 6 flare ups this past year. Very odd! I do have small 24 hour flare ups when I get stressed, but I can keep them under control. I’m watching what I eat and drink. It’s been since February since I have had any type of carbonated drinks. I’ve cut back on the fake sugars and no more multi-grains or dairy. Fruits and veggies are my friends. I would give up meat but I still like a bit of bbq chicken now and then.

So there you have it! That’s what’s been going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheat Free

Since Christmas I have been eating wheat free. Why? Well, I am allergic to wheat..duh!  I have known this for a few years now, but I have been doing ok with small amounts. My allergist told me that when my allergy flares up all I need to do is avoid that item for 3 months. After that I can add it back into my diet.

The first time I did it, I could eat wheat for about a year after that. Now it flared up in August, but I didnt really thing about it being an allergy. I should have gone through my “bad” list. Instead I went to the doctor and he gave me Zantac for the itchy rash I had developed(remember how itchy I was). The pills helped with the itchiness. Just before Christmas I realized I couldnt eat anything with wheat in it. I would get such a bad tummy ache and I would feel awful all over. My body was ill and trying to reject the wheat.

It’s been almost a month with no wheat and I feel so much better. I stopped taking the Zantac about 8 days ago and no itchiness! So I thought I would have popcorn on Thursday evening. Big mistake. Corn is also on my bad list. Seems I cant have popcorn. My tummy got upset and by morning my IC had flared up. Looks like I will be leaving corn off my diet for 3 months.

Anyways, yesterday we went to Vancouver. Gregg had a dentist appointment. After that we went to Choices food store just off 16th ave. It just so happens that Gregg found out that they have a Rice Bakery. Since he didnt bring the address with him we ended up at Choices only. We needed to drive one more block down the road. Oh well. Choices had stuff too.

I got some Rice bread and rice butter tarts,poppy seed lemon cake and a carrot muffin. I nommed the muffin this morning and it was good! I bought some rice flour, but when I got home I thought about it and figured out that I can make my own rice flour. I have mom’s grain  mill. I’m going to try it out later today.

So here is what I got.

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Muffin not shown since I nommed it already.

Today’s Stuff

As you can see by the way my blog has changed I am working on a new theme. It might be a few days before I find exactly what I am looking for. Please leave me comments if you like any of them.

As for me, well I am in pain once again. I have an appointment this afternoon with my Doctor. Hopefully he will be able to help me. I need him to refer me to a new Urologist since mine retired last week. Hope he knows of a younger one in town.

My IC has gotten to a point where I can’t control it anymore. I have gone back on my IC diet and eliminated some foods in hopes that it will help. Basically I’m low carbing it. Veggies and meat is about all I can eat. Anything acidic and I run screaming from the table.

Well I am off to see the Doc now. I’ll update more when I hear what he has to tell.

Crap! Stupid IC!

Ever since my IC flared up 3 weeks ago I can’t seem to get control of it. It went away for a couple days but then it was back and its been off and on. I feel ok when I get out of bed but by mid afternoon it seems to start up. I honestly don’t know what it is that is making me hurt?

I’m careful with my food and drinks. I’m not using any makeup or lotions. The only thing I can think of that I have changed is my body wash. I switched to Dove instead of Ivory cause it was on sale. Maybe that is what the problem is? I’ll put it aside for a few days and see if that helps.

This is so frustrating! I can’t do my yoga or do anything that will cause my back to get sore. As soon as my back hurts, my IC gets bad. All I can do right now is lay around. Even sitting in this chair for too long will make my body scream. I really wish there was a cure for IC. I hate it!

OK…let’s relax…calm down. Stress is the killer. No stress. I’m going to get over this. I’m lucky, my pain can be controlled. I just need to figure out what is causing it. So it’s either the Dove body wash or ? Or what? Food? Hmmm…

I think it’s time to go back on my allergy diet. It made a big difference the last time I did it. I had gone 6 months with no pain. I guess I’ll start it again. Not easy to do, but worth it.

Well, thanks for letting me vent….lol

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Finally!

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I finally talked to Colby. He has just been too busy to call. When I asked what he was doing, he said “not much”. LOL, ok so he hasn’t been too busy. He just never remembers to call me. Typical for a growing Boy. He wants to come down for a visit, but doesn’t want to miss out any work. He will try to come down for a weekend next month and I told him he has to come down for his Oma’s 75th Birthday in May.

What else? Oh, as you know Gregg and I went to Matt & Bree’s for dinner on Sunday. We had a very nice time. dinner was good and I brought over some leftover Christmas baking that I had in the freezer for dessert. Their place may be small, but they have it organized well. I guess its our turn to have them here for dinner soon.

As for me, I have spent all yesterday afternoon and still now in a bad IC flare-up. I had a a rough night with all the pain. Even been doubling my meds. I’m not sure why it has started up. I think it might be either the ice tea I have been drinking too much of, or the new lotion I have been using, or just the stress of wondering where and what Colby was doing. Well I don’t have to worry about Colby, he is fine.  I’m not drinking any more iced tea and the lotion was returned to the store yesterday. Now I just wait for the flare-up to stop. This could take hours or weeks.

On a happier note…. I have lost a total of 5lbs this month. Gregg has lost 8lbs. Slowly going down for both of us. 🙂

Slow Pace

This week is a bit slow. I’ve been home doing my workouts and house work and crap like that. So nothing new. Making sure Gregg and I stick to our diet plan. I’m slowly losing weight and Gregg is too. It’s better to take it off slowly anyways. Too fast and it will just come back twice as much. I have noticed a difference in my waist since I started doing yoga. Its getting a bit tighter. Which makes me happy. I really like my Wii Fit. It’s really easy to use and I like that it keeps track for me. I think Mom should get one. I bet she would love it.

What else? Survivor started last week and so did Amazing Race. Both are shows that Gregg and I watch together. We like to pick apart the shows and say that we could do better…lol. I have other shows I watch while Gregg does his homework. Lost is back on too so I’ve been watching it. Waiting for Prison Break to start in April.

I did hear a rumor… Dippy might be moving soon. I can only hope and pray that it really is true and will happen before summer is here. Supposedly, he has been approved for a mortgage and is looking for a place in Chilliwack. If this is true, I hope that they sell the condo to some nice older people with no kids.

Oh,  Matthew and Bree have moved into their new condo and they have invited us for dinner this Sunday. This will be a first. I’ve offered to bring dessert, just have to figure out what to make. I’m looking at low calorie recipes today.

Well, that’s whats happening around here.

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Been Reading

I’ve kind of been into my books this week. I got a few novels from the library and have been cuddled up under a blanket on the sofa reading. I guess I needed a break from my computer. I’ve also been in a bit more pain lately. I’m back on my Tramacet for my lower back and tail bone. Its been very painful to sit for longer than 45mins at a time. Even getting enough sleep has been difficult. Laying down flat is impossible.These pills are helping, I just don’t want to depend on them.

So in the mean time, I have been reading to keep my mind busy. Doing stuff around the condo. Playing on my Wii. I’m not able to to the Wii Fit since the back pain, but I will start again soon. Gregg and I are both back on the diet. I have lost 2 lbs this week so I’m happy about that. He has joined at work, the Biggest loser program. I’m hoping that it will help him keep motivated. Soon as the weather is better and warmer we can start riding our bikes again.

On other news, Mom is having a great time in California. Says the sunshine is nice and toasty. I sure hope she brings the sunshine back with her. We need some! What else is going on? oh! I talked with Matthew and he has decided to stay in town at his job and is working things out with his girlfriend. I was so happy to hear this news. I really hope that things work out for them. I think she is good for him 🙂

As for Colby, haven’t heard from him in 2 weeks. He did tell me that he had to put his dog to sleep cause he was very sick. I’m sure it was hard to do. He was my dog and when I had to move out I left him there for Colby. They were best buddies. I guess we all have to deal with live and death through out our lives. Its just hard when the decision is put on your shoulder to decide your best friends fate.

Well, the day goes on….