Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Recap

Ok, here it comes folks, this is gonna be a long one so settle in!

My first gluten free Thanksgiving was great. My mom did a wonderful job of adapting her traditional feast so that it was safe for me to eat, and eat I did. All day...
There were a few things that my mom wasn't going to adapt for me so I spent Wednesday afternoon and evening in my kitchen preparing them. The most important part of Thanksgiving for me is the stuffing so that was my main focus. I decided to use a pretty basic herb stuffing recipe with Van's waffles for the bread. It tasted great but the waffles didn't give me exactly the consistency that I was hoping for. I think the next time I make it I'll use bread instead. I'll post recipes in individual posts later, for now here are some photos and general commentary.

Stuffing
Stuffing! Once it found it's way to my plate and was lathered in gravy I was very happy with the result. I didn't get a shot of my plate before I devoured it. I thought I had room for more stuffing since I had made so much of it but I didn't. This was the aftermath. I brought some of the corn muffins I made a couple of weeks ago as my bread. They were great thawed and heated up in the microwave.
My Dinner

The guests arrived at 12:00 and we don't eat until almost 2 so there are always some foods to snack on. I made coffee cake muffins and brought some Glutino crackers for cheese and crackers. It worked out perfectly. I want to do some tweaking on the muffin recipe and I actually was a little short on the flour for these but they still tasted great.

Coffee Cake Muffins

And of course, you have to have desert! My favorite is apple pie but I didn't have time to make one so I bought this one at Whole Foods. It was delicious, but next year I'll make my own. Or maybe for Christmas I'll make one.

Apple Pie

I did make these pumpkin chocolate chip bars from a recipe that's floating around my bloglines feeder somewhere. I will give you credit once I figure out where I got this recipe from!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

These were delicious too, even though I don't love pumpkin. But they were a little too rich. I think I'd alter this recipe to make them less chocolatey. (did I really just say that?!?!)

I was actually kinda sick all day but it wasn't because of the food. I've been feeling miserable for a long time, weak and sick and tired and nauseated all the time and I couldn't figure out why. I thought it was the Crohn's or getting glutened but the problem wasn't with my stomach, it was everything else. I missed a couple of doses of my medication this week and noticed that I felt a lot better. So I just stopped taking it altogether and the difference is remarkable. I spent an hour and a half at the gym today. I haven't done that in months. I could've stayed longer and worked out harder too but thought better of it. I ran into my friend Nancy there and she said that when she ran into me last week and talked to me about taking the next session of kickboxing off she couldn't get over how different I seemed. She said I just wasn't myself and I seemed really out of sorts but she wasn't sure if she should say anything but that today I really looked and sounded so much better. I also have determined that I am NOT going to take any time off from kickboxing. I love that class and I'm good at it, and she said the same thing, she said "you can't quit! that would be crazy!" and she's so right. But I just haven't had the strength lately, it's been so bad that there have been days when I've barely made it through 15 minutes at the grocery store without feeling like I was going to pass out. I can't believe how much better I feel now that I've stopped taking that med. I am still on the other one but don't seem to be having any adverse reactions to it. I have my next appointment with The Doc on Friday. My cousin was talking with me on Thanksgiving because everyone could tell that I wasn't feeling well, and she suggested that I consider getting a second opinion as far as treatment options go. Clearly what's going on right now is not working, it's just making me worse. I'm not sure at this point what I'm going to do. I'm going to talk to my doctor on Friday, first things first. I'm just so glad that I'm feeling better. I was really starting to get very depressed and it was showing. I am so glad I ran into Nancy today and that she told me how concerned she's been about me lately. It was good to hear an outside perspective, I knew I wasn't myself but didn't realize just how much I'd changed since going through this over the past 6 months.

Last night I went out with the kickboxers for dinner and dancing and it was so much fun. I didn't realize how much I missed them all and now that I'm feeling better I'm really looking forward to getting back to class. Not only that, I'm really really looking forward to taking off this extra weight I've put on this year. I know it's not a huge gain but when you worked so hard to lose the weight and then putting it back on was beyond your control it's tough to handle. I finally feel like I have the control back and now I can get to work on getting back in shape!

Ok, well thanks for reading and I'll be updating later with those recipes!! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I've already seen some of your updates and they look great!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving!

Glutino English Muffins

I bought these Glutino English Muffins a couple weeks ago and forgot to blog about them. They are great, they toast up crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with plenty of nooks and crannies. I love them best with butter and jelly (earth balance and nature's promise strawberry). I've determined that it's not the taste of GF breads that turn me off, it's the smell while they're cooking. When I'm toasting one of these I need to stay out of the kitchen because I think it stinks but then eating them is no problem! Strange, I know.

I am sitting here at work, bored out of my mind with nothing to do but haven't received the green light to go home yet. It will be soon. My recipes are printed out, I do have to go pick up a few items at Stop & Shop that I've forgotten, but then it's off to the kitchen to bake and cook the day away! I can't wait. I'm making stuffing, pumpkin chocolate chip bars and maybe coffee cake muffins. We'll see how ambitious I feel this afternoon. It's going to be a challenge to avoid eating all of the stuffing tonight!! I looooooooove stuffing and I hope my new version made with waffles will come out ok. I am going to stop at Whole Foods on my way home to see if they have any GF apple pies left and if so, then I will pick one up.

I hope you all have a wonderful gluten-free Thanksgiving!! Can't wait to see all the re-caps!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I can't wait for turkey!!!

Thanksgiving

Saturday I went with my family to see the Plymouth Thanksgiving Parade. In all the years we've lived in Plymouth, none of us have ever gone to the parade. I've only been to see the rock because it's smack in the middle of downtown and you can't miss it. And I've been to the Plantation once on a high school field trip. It's funny how that works. I do love being from Plymouth though, and eventually I imagine I'll end up living there again but for now the commute to Boston is just too far and I like being near the city. Anyway, this is one of the 200 photos I took on Sunday.

Now, first things first, a HUGE THANK YOU to Marlow!!! I received a package full of goodies yesterday and that just really made my day so much better. I got Larabars, Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats, and some GF Pantry Flour. So excited! I have tried Larabars before and had a hard time getting used to them but I tried on yesterday and it was pretty good. My Dad grabbed one of the cashew ones and he loved it. I'm ready to give these another shot.

I opted to skip school and go home and get some groceries instead. I got all of the ingredients for the stuffing I'm going to make tomorrow night. I can't wait to see how it comes out, I'm using Van's waffles as the bread.

Also, Sunday night I used the Pread Crumbs from Shabtai Gourmet (Pread because they're made from potato starch). My roommate was going to shake and bake some chicken and she asked me if I wanted some plain and I decided to make my own shake and bake. It worked out pretty well! I added salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried parsley to the crumbs, rinsed the chicken in water, coated it in the crumb mixture and baked. It wasn't quite as crunchy as regular bread crumbs, and didn't get golden brown but the taste was great, so much better than plain old chicken! And I have lots of crumbs left for other things. I really want to try a baked mac & cheese soon.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Um, did someone say it's the last week of November?

Chicken Burrito Bowl
This morning started out kinda rough. And by that I mean I spent the first hour of my workday sobbing to my Dad about the trials and tribulations of this life. I used to be one of those people that talked out loud to anyone that would listen, but over the past year or two I've started to internalize everything and that's just unhealthy. It all came gushing out this morning and my poor Dad was the one to take the wrath. Fortunately after letting it all out I felt better and now am trying to focus on getting done all that I need to get done before we close on Wednesday.

I wasn't feeling that well yesterday so I didn't get around to going grocery shopping. Today I had to buy my lunch and the pressure of finding something good to eat was weighing on me heavily. I figured I'd just hit Souper Salad again but I was really craving something warm so I wasn't too sure what to do. I could get a baked potato... but that sounded kind of boring. I walked in and you have to pass the wrap station to get to the salad bar and right there, sticking out of the glass counter top was a menu. First a look of shock came across my face and then a big smile, it was a gluten-free menu!! I was so excited, that I ordered the first thing that looked good - the chicken burrito in bowl. Woohooo! I loved every bite of that chicken "burrito" bowl.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I love me some dairy free chocolate!

Boom Choco Boom
I was wandering around Whole Foods yesterday trying to decide what to have for lunch when I spotted these babies. I grabbed this one and the plain rice milk bar to try. I love Nestle's Crunch and since they are not gluten-free I wondered if this Boom Choco Boom bar may be a good substitute. Well it's not exactly a Nestle's but it was pretty good. I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate and this tastes closer to that than regular milk chocolate but I still liked it. I saved the regular rice milk chocolate bar for today. They do also have a dark chocolate version if that's your sorta thing. I'm trying to stay away from chocolate in general but once in awhile you've just gotta have some! I think however that in the future if I want to indulge in some chocolate, I'll go for the real milk kind as long as it's GF. Since I don't eat it all that often, it's worth it to get the good stuff!

Happy Friday!!!

edited to add: this is not actually what I ate for lunch, rather what I ate after lunch :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Internet Happenings

If you've ever been a Dooce reader, and know her story, then jump over and checkout today's blog... I never thought I'd get choked up over a person I've never even met. Congratulations Heather and Jon!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's only Tuesday?!

Feels like this week has been going on forever but it's only Tuesday. I just did an ad for a customer and they didn't like my design. Well not really, they liked it but made a few changes. I loved it the way it was, of course. That's the tough part of being a designer, not letting your feelings get hurt when your designs get rejected. For the most part I don't, but this particular ad I thought looked great. It is for a high school girl though and the ad may have come across as show-off-ish to the other girls so I can understand why she was not in love with it. Anyway...

I picked up a box of Glutino Breadsticks last week, the sesame variety, and I really like them. They taste like saltine crackers. I love having crackers in my soup, especially when they get all mushy. These don't really get mushy so much but they still taste good as an accompaniment.

Well, that's about all I've got for today! Exciting... I know ;-)

Monday, November 17, 2008

And we're back at Monday...

Well I think my food review days are over. I totally binged on those sweet treats last week and spent the entire weekend so very sick. See the thing with Crohn's disease is, I don't just get sick from gluten, I get sick from chocolate, sugar, fat, etc. So Friday I finished off what I hadn't eaten on Thursday, didn't eat dinner, went out for the night with friends, had 2 drinks, woke up the next morning, went to my mom's, and proceeded to slide down the slippery slope of Crohn's disease Hell for the rest of the afternoon. I spent yesterday on the couch. All day. Today I'm feeling mostly better. At this point it turns into more of a psychological paranoia than anything else and I just have to hydrate my way out of it. When I get sick like I did on Sunday, I tend to wind up passing out and visiting the ER so you can understand my paranoia. But I'm fine, I'm going to be fine, everything is fine, no passing out this time!

Needless to say, this weekend was very uneventful. I have determined that one alcoholic drink for me is like 6 for a "normal" person and the illness the follows is not worth the few moments of pleasure. I may be officially giving up alcohol. I've been drinking less and less and now I'm at the point where it's just not worth it to me anymore. I just get dehydrated so very easily! Having this disease really really sucks sometimes but I know that having a positive attitude is probably the most important part of feeling well so that's what I'm trying to do.

The good news is, while I was at my mom's house we went over the Thanksgiving menu and she's going to make sure that everything is safe for me!!! Woohooo!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Shabtai Gourmet - A Review

Last weekend I received an email from Andrew at Cinderella Sweets, the bakers of the Shabtai Gourmet Brand of Gluten Free Cakes & Cookies, asking me if I would like to sample some of their products and review them here. Um cakes & cookies?! BRING IT ON!! And that he did. I figured a small box of samples would arrive but yesterday Mr FedEx arrived with a big box and I opened it to find....

Shabtai Gourmet Gluten-Free Samples

WOW!!!! Thanks Andrew!! Of course I immediately dove in... after the quinoa debacle I was starving. What I didn't realize was that the foods were still a little too cold to enjoy so I ended up sampling things throughout the day. I also shared everything with my Dad and Brother (both gluten eaters) to see what they thought.

First I tried the Ring Tings:
Ring Tings
Kind of like a devil dog, shaped like a ring ding and covered in chocolate. YUM. Soft chocolate cake with a yummy cream center. They fall apart easy but that doesn't bother me at all. My brother loved these and would've eaten the whole box if I'd let him but I kept these for myself!

Next up are the Meltaway Cookies:
Meltaway Cookies
They are "streussel crumbs, artfuly crafted into scrumptious, finger friendly morsels." and they are pretty good. Ever since I started going gluten-free and have explained everything to my Dad, he's mentioned that he thinks he may also be gluten intolerant. These cookies are right up his alley because he loves nuts and they have pecans & chocolate chips. This morning he told me he had a couple cookies with his coffee and didn't experience the typical "food coma" that he usually does after eating gluten foods. He's always complaining about how after lunch he goes into a "lunch coma." I suspect he's gluten intolerant too. My brother is not a fan of these only because he doesn't like nuts.

And now we have the Brownie Bites:
Brownie Bites
They are kind of like cupcakes, are baked in cupcake wrappers and topped with chocolate. I really liked these too. I don't particularly think they taste like brownies as much as cupcakes though. My brother did manage to steal these though and he finished off the entire box. I guess he liked them!

The last thing I tried was the Raspberry Jelly Roll:
Rasberry Jelly Roll
None of us are big fans of Jelly rolls, but I would say that if I did like them, this would be pretty delicious. Nice moist cake, sweet rasberry filling, tasty coconut. I did eat a little bit of it and thought it was good but it will be donated to someone else that actually does like jelly rolls.

I also received a box of lady fingers and a container of "pread crumbs" made from potato starch. I plan on making some sort of cake or maybe I'll be brave and make tira misu. The crumbs will probably go into some meatballs, or coat some chicken or something. I'll let you know how that all goes when I get to it!

So all in all, I had a really good experience with Shabtai Gourmet snacks. Their foods are Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Casein Free, Soy Free and Dairy Free which is really great. They are baked in a dedicated bakery and are also certified Kosher Parve! They are also currently offering Free Shipping! Check them out here!

Thanks Andrew!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bob's Red Mill Might Tasty GF Hot Cereal is the new Oatmeal.

I have had this little sample packet of Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty GF Hot Cereal in my kitchen cabinet since I got it at the gluten-free cooking spree. I've wanted to try it but it takes time to cook and I am always nervous about hot breakfasts because of my aversion to anything non-mushy-oatmeal-ish. Well thanks to Marilyn's comment I finally took a risk and cooked it up. I followed the instructions on the package, boil water and salt, add cereal, simmer for 10 minutes. Then I added some brown sugar and sat down to eat it, with a glass of milk on the side. The smell reminded me of the times when I was little and my Gram would make me plain oatmeal and serve it with sugar and milk. I loved it. I couldn't have been older than 3 or 4 at the time but the memory is clear.

After a few spoonfuls I realized that I had put too much sugar in it but that's ok. ThenI thought, why don't I put some milk in?? So I did. YUM. Just like Gram used to make. not oatmeal but close enough. This could work. Unfortunately it's not instant but I did save the leftovers and I'll be curious to see how well they reheat in the microwave.

The consistency kind of reminds me of a grainy version of cream of wheat. I haven't had that since I was little but I used to love it. I could definitely get used to this, it could very easily replace my beloved oatmeal. Thank you Marilyn for suggesting it!!

More about a hot breakfast

Knowing about my oatmeal struggles, my buddy Liz AKA The Good Eatah surprised me with a packet of instant quinoa! I have yet to try quinoa. I bought a bag of it a month or so ago and haven't been brave enough to cook it yet but this possible solution to my hot breakfast issue made me want to try it right away.

Instant Quinoa
Alti Plano Gold Instant Hot Quinoa Cereal; Spiced Apple Raisin
Instant Quinoa

Just add boiling water and it's ready to eat!

Instant Quinoa

Ok, I admit, I didn't like it! Quinoa is a very different taste and I think if I put a little effort into it, like I did with bananas, I'll eventually grow to like it. It's worth it, did you know quinoa is a complete protein? Liz warned me that I might not like it at first but I tried really hard to be open minded. I think I will keep at it though because it's definitely a good alternative to my beloved oatmeal. If you're interested in learning more about Alti Plano Gold instant quinoa you can find them here.

On another exciting note, I received my package from Shabtai Gourmet and I've already ripped into it and tried almost everything that they sent. Stay tuned for a review and photos either later today or tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pesky Barley Malt!

You're in a hurry, you're starving, you forgot to pack something to eat, you stop at the "convenience" store. You stand at the shelf where they have all those "nutrition" bars and try to decipher which is the safest. They don't have any of the ones that you know for sure are gluten-free so you read the labels and pick the one that looks safe. You get to work, google the bar you chose, and find out that it contains barley malt. What?! Nowhere on that label does it say barley malt! It does however say "natural flavors" which you know can be trouble, especially when it doesn't elaborate on what those natural flavors were made from. Apparently these natural flavors were made from barley malt. Malt is my worst enemy. Malt beverages make me break out in a rash. Not pleasant. Fortunately I'm not feeling anything since my barley malt consumption this morning but now I know that neither Clif bars, nor Luna bars are gluten-free. There may be one or two that are but for the most part they are not. Ok then. Moving on...
Luna-Bar

I printed out the dividers for my cookbook yesterday! You might notice that I used one or more of your photos for my divider pages, but fear not, this is just my own little personal project. I promise I'm not stealing all your photos and recipes to go make a cookbook that I'm going to sell and make millions of dollars off of. No, this is just my little bible that has already brought me so much happiness from making lots of yummy gluten-free foods thanks to all you gluten-free bloggers out there! The photos do not correspond to the section name because that would take forever, I just grabbed a few of my favorites and repeated them on every page. Now I just have to start formatting the recipes so they look pretty. Each one goes into a plastic sheet protector and then into the appropriate section. I love organization!
Cookbook Dividers

I also will be receiving some goodies to sample from Shabtai Gourmet hopefully tomorrow, so stay tuned for the reviews!!

Did I mention that I'm feeling really good? Really, really good. I actually am getting some of my stamina back too. I will definitely be going to kickboxing tonight!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Oatmeal Controversy

This morning I showered and dressed for work, feeling great, looking great in the new clothes I bought last weekend. Ate a corn muffin for breakfast, rode the train into the city, got to the office and was so happy to be feeling so, so good. I always eat something small before work and then have another small breakfast once I get to work. I've always been the type of person that needs to eat right after waking up and then every few hours throughout the day, otherwise I end up weak and nauseous. When I got to work I made some oatmeal... and it was all downhill from there. Let me tell you why. If you remember, not long ago I was wondering if there was any gluten-free instant oatmeal out there because I have trouble cooking the regular kind. I did some research and came across the website for McCann's Irish Oatmeal. It gave the same story about oats, didn't guarantee anything but for some reason I thought this might be more tolerable than Quaker Oats. Now let me back it up here, I've been eating instant oatmeal for a long time and to be honest, it's always caused somewhat of an adverse reaction in my stomach. But I get sick of Rice Chex or eggs and I love the taste of instant oatmeal. So I risked it. Now I have been otherwise totally gluten free every single day for a full week. (I know, shame on me, I've been so bad lately) I've been feeling so good as a result of that, but after I ate that oatmeal I instantly (ha..pardon the pun) had to visit the ladies' and my back cramped up like someone just took a taser to it.

I did some research and found out that McCann's Instant Oats had been tested and showed more than 200ppm of gluten. Not good at all. I am really sad, it tastes so good! I love oatmeal for breakfast. When will someone come up with gluten-free instant oatmeal?!?!?! Not to mention the box wasn't cheap and I still have almost a full one left.

The good news is, other than that I've been really sticking to it and I feel better than I have in a long time. Well, I did this morning. Right now my back is killing me. But that's ok, it'll be better soon and now I know what it was the caused the problem!

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's all about me...

I came across this little survey thingy on this new blog I just came across this morning. Since I don't have anything new to post since last night's muffin post, I thought I'd do this instead.

The ABC's of ME

A - Age: 28

B - Band listening to right now: I'm in love with Rhianna right now. Every song she makes is a great one.

C - Career future: something creative, that's for sure

D - Dad’s name: Jim

E - Easiest person to talk to: my sister, she just listens and I love her for that.

F - Favorite type of shoe: sneakers. That's so lame, I know...

G – Grapes or Grapefruit: I cannot have grapefruit, therefore, grapes.

H – Hometown: Plymouth, MA - America's Hometown!

I – Instrumental talent: piano and a little guitar

J – Juice of choice: OJ

K – Koala Bear or Panda Bear: koala

L - Longest car ride ever: Trip to Canada even though we stopped overnight.

M – Middle name: Lynn

N - Number of jobs you’ve had: McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Nursing Home, After School Care, College Center, YMCA x2, Bank, RTR, Clone - wow 10, and I'm probably forgetting at least one more

O- OCD traits: counting things, double and triple checking the knobs on the stove

P - Phobia[s]: heights

Q - Quote: "Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."

R - Reason to smile: I feel healthy!!!

T - Time you wake up: too early...

U - Unknown fact about me: I have two scars on my face, one on my chin from falling in 4th grade and one on my lower lip from falling when I was about 6 or 7.

V - Vegetable you hate: peas. Still can't get used to them.

W - Worst habit: Being a control freak

X - X-rays you’ve had: teeth, stomach, left elbow, right wrist,

Y - Yummiest food my belly likes: eggs. gosh I love them.

Z - Zodiac sign: Gemini

Now it's YOUR turn! Answer one of these questions in the comments or share your ABCs on your blog!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gluten Free Corn Muffins

Gluten Free Corn Muffins

Sunday has become food prep day. I'm finally starting to get it together when it comes to planning food for the week. Today I broke out the new cookbook I'm working on and pulled out a recipe to make. When I signed up with the Gluten Free Checklist, I opted in on the recipe emails that they send out. I've come across a lot of great recipes that use common grocery store ingredients. This corn muffin recipe is one of those. Fortunately Stop & Shop now carries Pamela's baking & pancake mix and that was the only ingredient I didn't have on hand. I'm also making tacos for dinner and pasta salad to have for the week.

This is the first time I'm making corn muffins since the good old Jiffy mix that I grew up with. This recipe was easy to make and tasted pretty good. Not as flavorful as most cornbread I've had before but I think I can fix that. I did not add the canned corn that the recipe mentioned but I might next time. I used muffin cups and they ended up sticking to the muffins so next time I might just spray the pan and put the batter right into the pan instead of using the cups.

Gluten Free Corn Muffins

Ingredients
1-1/4 C Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix (or your own flour mix)
1 C fine yellow cornmeal
1/3 C sugar or honey (I of course used sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten (for fluffier muffins use two eggs)
1 C milk (I used fat free lactaid)
2 Tbs melted butter

Mix all ingredients together and fill greased muffin tin 3/4 full. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

Variation: Add 1 C drained canned corn and 2 Tbs diced green chiles to dough when mixing. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

To make corn bread instead of muffins, use two eggs instead of one and pour into a greased 8-inch square pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Busy Friday

My Dad took the day off, he totally deserves it, so my brother and I are here working the day away. Yesterday afternoon I was so swamped that I was afraid today was going to be a nightmare but fortunately it's been a pretty decent day.

I have been kicking ass this week keeping away from the gluten. I feel great. Well a lot better anyway. I've got a long road ahead of me before I reach greatness but I'm working really hard at getting there sooner rather than later. I've been saving lots of recipes from all the GF blogs that I read and I'm compiling my own little printed cookbook so that all of the recipes are easily accessible to me at home. It's a pretty fun project and it's gonna look great when it's all done. So keep posting those delicious recipes!!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Hump Day

Just got a call from my primary care physician and she said everything looks good. All of my blood work came back normal and all's well. The GI said that my white blood cell count is dropping (on purpose) and I'm at a level now where it shouldn't get too much lower but he still wants to double my dose of meds over the next two months. I don't see how we can double my meds and not see a significant decrease but I guess we'll see how it goes. So two more months of weekly blood work and more meds. Fabulous. The good news is I'm feeling pretty good right now. I've been eating very well, avoiding gluten at all costs, and as far as my stomach is concerned, things are getting better. The only thing I'm struggling with is the extreme fatigue. I'm definitely not getting enough sleep! I do need to step it up in the exercise department, I think that might help with the body aches. Anyway, things are getting better, I'm feeling a little more positive.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This past weekend I made another batch of the Oats & Honey Pancakes that I posted about before. This time I substituted sugar for the honey because I really don't like honey at all. They turned out much better! Taking out the honey though made the pancakes a little more dry so next time I might add more milk and see if that helps. I froze the extras and toasted some up last night for dinner, I think they were even better toasted! Yum.

I get out of work at 2 today so I can go see the doc and then go home, vote, and work at the Y until 10. I skipped school last night and went to bed at 9:30. I woke up naturally at 5:30 this morning. 8 lovely hours of sleep. I am starting to realize that part of the reason I'm tired all the time is that I'm not getting enough sleep. Typically on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays I don't get to sleep until 11pm or later and then I'm supposed to be up at 6? It never happens. I'm late every day and exhausted. I felt much better today after sleeping. I can't wait until school is over but then I still don't know what I'm going to do about working until 10 on Tuesdays. I'll re-evaluate at the end of December I guess.

Wow... this blog is really boring lately! Well I've been printing out recipes and putting them into a binder so I should be doing some more cooking soon and I'll be posting my results. Of course after my shopping spree last weekend, money's a little tight for the rest of the month so I might not be buying too many new or exciting ingredients. We'll see, I'm sure I'll come up with something!

Monday, November 3, 2008

What a nice way to start my week.

Bagels!!!
Today I ate a delicious bagel. A yummy, soft, bready, delicious bagel. I don't feel even a little bit guilty. So there. What kind of bagel was this, you ask? It was a Glutino bagel!! I found them at Roche Brothers last night. Yes the price tag of $7 for a bag of 5 (or 6? can't remember) threw me for a loop but it was so worth it. I was all about the comfort foods last night. I bought these bagels, Bell & Evans chicken nuggets and Ore Ida tater tots. Last night I had chicken (the real kind, not nuggets) and tots. I have leftovers for lunch. Sometimes you just need to eat like a kid, ya know? I ate so much chocolate this weekend... uuuugh. My stomach today is all growly and gurgely. I'm drinking a TON of water today. I need to regulate.

The bagels are pretty hefty in the calorie department and not exactly loaded with nutrition but so what. I definitely could've eaten just half and next time I probably will. I also lathered it up with peanut butter and jelly... but it was oh so worth it. I would totally use these over regular GF bread too. The texture was excellent.

So my weekend was good, unfortunately I don't have any fun pictures to share. I went to my cousin's house for a while on Friday night and helped hand out Halloween candy, then I went home and watched movies with the roommate. I was exhausted. Saturday I headed down to Plymouth to have lunch with the ladies (my mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, cousin and her two friends) and that was nice. Then I went shopping for an outfit and wound up spending a fortune on clothes but I needed them so desperately. I still haven't taken a good look at my budget to see how badly I cut into it. Later. Saturday night I went out dancing with friends as a last night out for my friend Steve before he goes away for almost a month. That was a good time. We found out at the last minute that it was a costume party but I didn't get dressed up. I was too pumped to wear my new outfit. Which I didn't take a picture of. We had fun though. Sunday I did the usual, watched a lot of tv, did laundry, grocery shopped, cooked some food for the week. And here we are at Monday again! Fun.

Oh yeah, I showed up at The Doc's on Friday only to find out that they'd screwed up and my appointment wasn't scheduled. So I have to go back tomorrow.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.