1. What a week! I am SO ready for a relaxing weekend after two late nights this week with work events – one for fun, one for work. Both were great nights, but getting home at 8:30 one night and 8:15 the other has me WIPED. Okay, it could have been way worse had it been several hours later… but getting home at that time means I don’t relax as well, so I don’t fall asleep as early, and I still went to the gym the next morning = not a whole lot of (quality) sleep this week.
2. The diet has been going well! Okay, well based on the previously mentioned topic, not a lot of sleep means I ended up snacking a little more than I like to at night. At least I snacked on diet-friendly foods! Well… except for tonight. I did a quick stop at Trader Joe’s tonight on my way home and I regret buying potato chips. I had a bunch and now I feel yuck. I tossed the rest – not worth ruining my diet on impulse junk food!
3. Speaking of cheats, I ate the remainder of my bag of pistachios last night because I was starving once I got home from the work event which had no gluten-free food (womp womp). Pistachios (and cashews) = high-FODMAP. Pistachios and cashews = my go-to healthy/protein snack. But since I never thought it bothered me, I thought I’d give it a shot.
This morning my stomach was a little wonky, more so than usual when I’m eating correctly/low-FODMAP, but I’m not sure if it was the two glasses of wine OR the pistachios. In theory the wine was low-FODMAP, but not sure!
4. The wine was a success last night (I think)! Normally I have some stomach issues the morning after I have any alcohol, but none today! I’m thinking (hoping??!) that it’s because I tend to eat wheat foods if I’m out for drinks, where I might normally not, so maybe that’s where I get the morning after reaction from?! I’ll be testing this theory more very soon. 😉
5. I’m still figuring out easy foods to have on hand in case I get hungry. It still tends to be carbohydrate based foods since so much food is out. Check out #10 to see my food haul from last week via Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
6. I’ve been doing all sorts of research on natural remedies/supplements lately. It’s mostly been for digestive things and today it was about anti-aging. More to come on anti-aging/natural beauty routine swaps, but here’s what I’m thing right now in terms of digestion:
- Probiotics: I was listening to The Chalene Show and she had a doctor on talking about metabolism, etc and one thing he said stuck out to me: you’re not supposed to be on a probiotic for more than two weeks. Take a listen to the two part series for more information on why, but it made a lot of sense. I usually go through spurts of taking them anyway, and right now I saw it was recommended not to take probiotics in the beginning phases of doing low-FODMAP.
- Beano: Okay, this is a funny one! I don’t have the link anymore, but I found a blog listing recommended supplements for IBS (which I may or may not have). I wish I saved the link, but I took some notes down of what I thought made sense. One of them was Beano, which I proceeded to look up, and I had no idea that it was actually a digestive enzyme (rather than simply a heart burn medicine). All of the foods that it lists as helping to digest are all pretty much the foods I have issues with! My goal with this “diet” is to figure out what bothers me and avoid it because I’d rather solve my issues through dietary changes instead of relying on medication. Regardless, I have some social plans coming up that I might be hard to eat “perfect” (ie – eating out and hidden ingredients), so I bought some Beano today so I can take it as a precaution! Regardless, digestive enzymes are pricey and sold in health stores, so pretty cool that this is a mainstream one!
- Lactase: I’ve always had this on-hand anyway since I’ve known I’ve been lactose intolerant for like 10 years now.
- Amylase, Protease, Lipase, L-Glutamine: Apologies if I spelled any of these wrong, but these are additional supplements I plan on researching because they’re supposed to help break down some of the other food categories I (might) have issues with.
7. Aloe Vera Juice! This is my new drink that I’m trying out. That same blog said that aloe vera can help with digestion. In researching I saw a lot of conflicting information, but I figured I could try it. Trader Joe’s sells a giant vat of it for not that much $$$, so I bought myself that and am mixing it with fresh lemonade and enjoying a glass at night.
8. Check out this baby!
Post coming soon! This project was a long time coming.
9. I scored some sweet deals at The Loft last weekend! I got some cute spring outfits that I’m obsessed with (these are NOT affiliate links!):
- This Striped Off the Shoulder Top
- Mixed Media Split Neck Shell in black
- Shimmer Floral Flutter Off the Shoulder Top (my favorite!)
- Embroidered Off the Shoulder Dress
10. As hinted at above, I have my grocery haul from last weekend to share with you today.
I did the majority of my shopping at Trader Joe’s, but I did get a few things at Whole Foods as well.
- Earth Balance – dairy free alternative to butter
- Kerrygold Butter – for days I want quality butter
- Snacks: Brown Rice Cakes, Dark Chocolate, Meringues
- Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta (since rice and quinoa have both agreed with me so far)
- 3 Red Peppers & 1 Green Pepper for stir-fry lunches
- Green Valley Organic Lactose Free Yogurt (Whole Foods) in several flavors – I’m loving the new whole milk vanilla!
- Farmer’s Cow Lemonade in Strawberry Lemonade and Regular (Whole Foods)
- Matchstick Carrots for stir-fry
- Free Range Eggs (TJ’s has the best price! Hopefully they’re truly free range…)
- Brown Rice Crackers for cheese & crackers (from Whole Foods) – I had to read the ingredients on every package because apparently a lot of rice crackers contain garlic powder?! Trader Joe’s brand had garlic powder.
- Toasted Sesame Oil for stir-fry — this is SO GOOD
- Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats for work snacks
- Pre-cooked bacon for frittata (I had when my house smells like bacon…)
- Edamame crackers (got more of these today! they didn’t last two sittings…)
- Bok Choy for stir-fry form Whole Foods since TJ’s only had one bag of (mushy) baby bok choy left…
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Lactose Free Milk (normally I drink almond, cashew, or coconut milk… but those aren’t really recommended so alas I bought this)
- Chocolate Almond Milk (drink this in moderation)
And there you go! Have a great weekend, y’all! Keep an eye out for some possible big changes coming to the blog, soon (hint hint).