yellow dye

Confirmed by food experiment that this is my culprit.  Would never have gone that way! I am thankful my dr knows better than me!  🙂 Not sure if there are other culprits, but yellow dye encompasses all my trigger foods other than  inorganic apples.  Hmmmm….

I am so excited to finally move past experimenting and hopefully lose some of the gross bloat weight (yeah, tmi, but well, its fine) I have put on.

Upon researching dyes I have found it is believed that yellow dye can lead to many diseases and behaviors including cancer and ADHD.  If this is true, shame on the companies who would dare put these in foods…especially those that children eat.  I also found that yellow dyes are derived from petroleum.  We sure know how to put healthy stuff in our bodies!

Why are these things in food now when they were not so many years ago?  It is frustrating.

I am in step 1 right now…realizing what is causing my body to react.  The following steps will be to take care of cleaning out the pantry and making it more healthy for the whole family.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartrazine

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weekly update

I can see my stomach again!  🙂  After a couple months of the back and forth with my belly (and the rest of my body) and food reactions, I can see the muscles and my waist again.  I know it has to do with avoiding specific foods, but I think another part of it is that I have to record my food now to turn into my allergist.  No one wants to turn in a list of a million calories a day.  😉

So…I ventured to the scale.  My BMI is back up to 20.6…which is not where I want it to be…my goal is still to have it below 20.  BUT, in light of everything that has been going on with my body, I will take it.  It had been above 21 not too long ago.  I am not ready to try my body fat measurements yet…but will get there soon.

The latest on the allergy front is that my doctor thinks it could be food dyes.  I am wondering if anyone out there is allergic to more than one color of food dyes, because it seems as though I would have to be if that is the connecting factor.  Only time will tell.

As usual, any helpful info is always welcome.  🙂

protein pancakes 2

I ran out of bananas!  And my protein pancakes have been a staple for me.  I have not had any reactions to them.  I have just added sugar free syrup to my breakfast which is the only unhealthy part of it.  But, it is sugar free, so it isn’t so bad.  Although, as I type this I am itching, which is either because I used chocolate protein powder today (I have been using vanilla) or there is something in the syrup.  😦   OR the baking powder in this new recipe.  Could baking powder really make me itch?  But here is the recipe:

1 scoop whey protein

1 egg

1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

1/4 tsp baking powder

That’s it!  Mix together, cook like regular pancakes and enjoy!  🙂

Destined to Weight

So…I think I am being taught some kind of vanity lesson or something.  Although I am not one to fuss and primp, I do like to be in shape and I do some crazy workout routines sometimes.  But, as you all know ALL TO WELL, things have been backfiring for me in that area.  I try to eat healthy and it makes me gain weight.  I try a different route to be healthy…and it makes me gain weight.  I eat unhealthily and I lose weight.  What?  Fruits and veggies and wheat do not seem to be my friend at the moment, but I will hopefully know more tomorrow.

My BMI is still super healthy and I still fit in my normal sizes, though tightly, but my weight has changed…and not for the better.  (sigh)

So I wait for the answers to hopefully help in bringing down my weight and what happens in the meantime you ask….?

In the meantime, as in the past couple weeks, my foot has been sore.  Every now and then it swells up slightly, no big deal…until Easter weekend.  Easter weekend my foot puffed up like a balloon and as of today the Dr told me to baby it.  (sigh again).  And so I have to wait for my foot to heal.  This will not assist me in my weight loss.

So I wait for my approved foods, I wait for my foot to heal, I wait for my weight.  Maybe I am destined to be this weight forever.  Who that be so bad?  No.  But I want to succeed in my goal.  🙂

updates, verses, absences

I have been MIA and apologize!  I will catch up on verses.  Weekly updates are hard.  I am trying to diagnose my food stuff before I have to purchase a new wardrobe…still hoping to get to my goal before too long…but right now it is hard to think about moving the scale down when it is going up.  Going to the doctor this week so hopefully I will get some diagnosis soon.  I know apples and some wheat, but not all, throw me off.  I do not know how that connects except maybe for this oral allergy thing.  We will see.  So no scale for me while my clothes are tight.  Will get back to the scale when they start fitting normally again.  😉  Right now health is first right?

weekly update

I did not weigh myself this week or do my measurements.  I still fit in my clothes…even my smaller size ones, but they are a little more snug.  I have had quite a few food reactions and have ballooned up and down.  Feeling yucky does not inspire me to check the scale and feel yuckier.

I was doing elimination diet and then my doctor wisely advised me to just do gluten free, BUT ALAS I still reacted and I think I may have a corn issue…which includes corn starch and corn syrup.  So, I am now back to elimination diet, because the possibilities could be corn, gluten or nuts.  We will see.

Hoping that I can get it figured out and start posting my stats again soon.  I know they can’t be horrible, but I know they aren’t great, and I know I feel like they are horrible because of the crazy food reactions.

Any corn or gluten wisdoms are much wanted and would be greatly appreciated!

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weekly update

Oh my goals…they were so close and now seem so far away.  But I am not giving up, I am just discouraged.

Something is causing my body to hold onto extra weight….weight that is not consumed.  I am suspicious that it is a gluten thing, but I am not 100% convinced.  I know that when I am tired and hungry and the scale reads higher than in a long time my mind does not go to happy places.  “Oh goody, I watched what I ate and worked my tail off and look what I have to show for it!  More weight!  Yay.”  Boo.  😦

So I am not posting my weekly stats until I get this thing under control.  As I say a lot, and I hope all who read this know:  My weight is not the most important thing in my life.  If I cannot eat certain foods so be it.  Compared to the bagillions of other things going on throughout the world, I count my blessings.  I am incredibly spoiled…I have a home and a loving family and friends and a pillow and food.  Most importantly I have a loving Savior.  Everything else falls short.  Including the elimination of yummy-ness, as annoying as it may be.   I do want to be healthy though…for me, for my family and to serve God.  I know He doesn’t want me focused on food….He wants me focused on Him.

I am about to embark on crazy necessity.  I am going to begin a 3 week elimination diet.  Basically I can eat chicken, tuna, fruits and veggies…there are some other rules, but that is basically it.  Some eliminate chicken too, but I know I am ok with chicken, so we are keeping that in.  I am sure by the end of the 3 weeks I will be getting pretty creative with these limited ingredients.  I sure hope that it helps me solve my issue.  In the meantime if my dr tells me it is not necessary, I will quickly stop.  I haven’t gotten in with her yet, though, and I know this was where we were headed last time I had these issues, so I figure I will get a jump start on it.

will keep you posted.  And I will continue the weekly updates…even if they are a bit different for awhile.

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weekly update

So…a lot has happened this week…general life (sick kids, hubby out of town, etc) has prevented intense workouts.  I still have been exercising, but not quite to the same degree…at least for cardio.  Lifting has been great!

I have a feeling that I may have  a gluten sensitivity.  I have been tested for celiac before and that has come back negative.  However, on my off days (of eating healthy) I often eat a lot of gluten.  I miss it the other days.  And I ALWAYS feel horrible the next day.  I thought it was just the extra calories, but I think it is the extra gluten.  I have noticed sore throats, itchy ears, gastro issues, acne, stuffy nose, dry skin, distended belly, moodiness, tiredness, etc.  I had been avoiding bread for awhile just to be healthy and had it in the house the past 2 weeks…I don’t know if it is the amount I have eaten or the consistency, but the sore throats and heartburn are to be noted.

All this to say, I may have the clue to why my off days throw my weight into crazy numbers…gluten sensitivity can do that.  And when I was younger those numbers dropped right down…they no longer do that.

And so…the update…scale no progress.  😦  Measurements no progress either, but I am ok with that one, because I was super happy with them last week.

I am currently looking up low calorie gluten free diets to test my theory.  Although with the knowledge that I will be avoiding it soon, I ate some bread today and am experiencing the results.  I could be completely okay with gluten…but some funny things have been happening since I have been eating more of it and I would like to know what is going on with me.