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The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine

Dave’s Guest Post – Running & Marching

My husband is a really good writer, and this morning he wrote something beautiful that he’s allowed me to share with the world. So here you go….

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Yesterday I ran.  It’s not unusual, I run most every day.  Running is cathartic, the strain mixed with the rhythm, it gives me quiet between the static.  Usually I think about work problems that I’ve been trying to figure out, sometimes I think about what life will be like for my wife and I in the future, but yesterday I thought about my daughter who’s soon coming into the world.

I ran for 11 miles, almost 2 hours of rhythmic tapping on the pavement with each foot, one after another.  In that time I pictured what she’ll be like.  I mulled over hopes and dreams superimposed on a tiny body that’s yet to feel the air of our world.  Part of the time I ran past the University of Washington and had an imaginary conversation in my head of driving my young daughter past it, her asking me “what’s that daddy?” me saying, “that’s a university!  You can go there one day if you want to.”  Then I thought about the incredible privilege that that statement implies.

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I ran through the Washington Park Arboretum, I saw all the signs and markers explaining the greenery and the nature around me.  My mind drifted off to the Park Service, who is being silenced by our current government and I imagined a day that I’d be walking with my daughter through such a park, telling her that it exists because people stood up to bad people.  They refused to be silenced.

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I ran through wealthy neighborhoods where I pictured my little girl pointing at the spectacles of these huge houses.  I mouthed a thought that the people in those houses, who have so much have a chance to give so much.  I told her in my mind that I hope that even if their lives are prosperous that they’re helping others who don’t have their same privileges.

I passed through a poor neighborhood, with tired houses and thought again about my daughter.  I told her that not everyone is born into privilege.  Some people have to fight and struggle purely because of their skin tone or religion.  I hoped that by the time she was born that wouldn’t be the case.

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When I was done running yesterday, I got home, I changed into warm clothes and my wife and I picked up signs that said “The fact that humanity has to clarify that any lives matter, should be concern enough” and “when the whole world is silent even one voice becomes powerful.”  We went to Westlake Park in Seattle and stood with thousands of other people in protest.  A protest that I wish was unnecessary, but is so necessary.  I saw other children there with their parents and couldn’t help but think that our little girl was there with us, learning the importance of standing up to oppression.  The importance of making her voice heard for those less fortunate and those wrongly persecuted.

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Today I read the news, I hear people standing up, I swell with sadness and pride at the same time.  I don’t give up.  I put one foot in front of another.  I think about what to do next and how to one day help my daughter to do the same.  I hope to find the right words to make someone take pause and think just for a second that they might change their mind and respect the person next to them.  Our country is great because of our diversity, we will always be citizens of the Earth.

Pregnant After Three Miscarriages

I recently read a post written by one of my favorite bloggers ‘Peanut Butter Fingers‘ in which she discussed a recent miscarriage she had and after weeping for about 15 minutes I wiped my tears and thought to myself, “why haven’t I written about my experience?” I think  I haven’t written about it in part because there are such a range of feelings that come with this kind of experience and I wasn’t sure I had sorted through these feelings until recently (thank god for therapy).

Let me start at the beginning…

We found out we were pregnant in December 2014, after asking around for suggestions I found a clinic that had me come in at 6 weeks just to double check if I was pregnant. We got a ‘yes’ and they wanted me to schedule a 12 week appointment, but I felt really weird about waiting that long. They assured me that it was routine, but I decided to go with my gut and schedule with another clinic. They got me in at 8 weeks and I loved the doctor! When we went into the appointment we were ecstatic; the excitement quickly faded when the wand was in place and there was no heartbeat and a sad look appeared on the nurses face. They had us do a more in depth ultrasound (waiting + ultra sound took about 3 hours) and still it remained, we had lost the baby.

We were so thrown by news, sad, confused, and by that point tired. They told us we had two options: an insertable medicine to induce contractions, or a D&C. We chose the medicine because it reduced the risk of scar tissue on your uterus. That was a mistake, essentially I went through labor but with no baby to show for it. It was horrible pain, we were up for 8 hours, I laid all over the house (couch, bed, toilet) and dave laid right by my side, on the floor holding my hand the entire time. It was a nightmare.

We really didn’t even think about trying again for another 8 months after that. During that time we had decided to move down to California and try out a new chapter in our lives. Once down there we decided to give it a go. **At this point I think it’s important to mention that we have never had difficulty with the conception portion of things, that has always happened fairly quickly. I’ve only met one other person who struggled (at least openly) with recurrent miscarriage, every one else who had a story to share seemed to have trouble with the ‘getting pregnant’ part. While I can’t imagine how difficult that must feel, I found it really hard to feel like I could relate to anyone.** Back to the story, so we tried, and in October of 2015 we were pregnant again!

At 8 weeks we went to an amazing doctor in Newport Beach and we heard our babies heart beat! It was so moving, Dave and I both cried. I called my mom into the room and she teared up a bit too. Things seemed to go fairly smoothly until about 9 weeks when I saw some very faint spotting, I was told that it was no big deal and a little spotting is normal. It wasn’t normal, and at our 12 week appointment the babies heart had stopped and based on the size measured about 9 weeks. This was the 22nd of December, we had a D&C (never again will I inject medicine into my vagina) on the 23rd, and flew to see family later that day. It was a stressful time, on the one hand I was glad to be surrounded by people that love me, but on the other I just wanted to be in my bed at home curled up in a ball.

Dave took this picture of me the day after the D&C (I had to go in for an injection due to my blood type), and while it’s quite sad to look at, it pretty much depicts the way a miscarriage leaves you feeling. Sad, uncertain, hopeless, and defeated.

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Obviously I had grown attached to that fetus, I had picked out names, made a registry, etc. But I honestly think the hardest part was knowing that it had been dead inside me for three weeks. That’s something that never leaves you.

Dave and I are nothing if not persistent. We gave ourselves three months to heal both physically and emotionally and tried again. We were pregnant, and at week 6 we miscarried. The saving grace about that miscarriage was that it was natural, I didn’t have to choose between the horrible medicine or surgery. But still it was miscarriage number 3, and for a 30 year old that’s odd. We went to the doctor and this HORRIBLE nurse practitioner said, “So when will you try again?” I started crying and said “Are you kidding? I’ve had three miscarriages, I want answers, why is this happening? What’s going on?” At that point she decided to send me to a fertility specialist, which was something that I am so thankful for because that’s where I met Dr. Sharon Moayeri. While I had already had quite a few tests run, Dr. Moayeri sat me down and made a list of the possible reasons why, the tests that would need to be done, and the solutions for the most likely possibilities. Now if you know me, then you know I’m a list person.

We did all the tests and the only thing we really found out (which we already new) was that the second miscarriage was chromosomal, so most likely that was what was happening. At which point our only option for further testing is to do IVF, pull a certain number eggs (say 10), combine them with sperm and see how many test chromosomally normal. Then that maybe gives you your odds.

Dr. Moayeri was so amazing and kind, but during this time we decided to move back to Seattle. She recommended a colleague she studied with at Stanford who was located in Seattle and we felt really good about that.

We made an appointment with the new doctor and reviewed what IVF would look like and how much it would cost. We looked at our calendars and things just weren’t lining up, it wasn’t going to work in October because we had a wedding in November, we couldn’t do it in November because we had Christmas and a wedding on New Years. So we decided to wait until January 2017 to kick off the new year.

In the mean time, we decided to try on our own and we got pregnant again, and here we are at almost 20 weeks.

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You never forget a miscarriage, and I was nervous for the first 12 weeks of this pregnancy (and it still pops up every now and then). But what I’ve learned through this whole experience and my work in therapy is that one thing we don’t allow ourselves enough of is the opportunity to be sad, anxious, mad, or frustrated. It starts in early childhood, you fall off a bike and start crying and someone rushes to your side saying “It’ll be okay, don’t be sad.” I believe that if we just allowed ourselves to feel those feelings without shame or judgment, life becomes a lot easier to handle.

Pregnancy will never be normal for me, as it hasn’t been for a lot of people. My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any difficulty with pregnancy, or to anyone who is in a position of being pregnant and does not want to be. These decisions are so hard to make and our society does not make it easy on any of us (especially now). Know that I have your back, it’s your body your choice.

One more thing, if you know someone who has had a miscarriage and you want to support them, this article has some great suggestions. It’s such a difficult time and everyone responds to it differently.

Be well.

2016…That’s a Wrap

Well, for many of us 2016 was complete shit! It definitely had it’s share of ups and downs for the Paolone-Webb household; however, I am going to use this post as a place to focus on my favorite things that happened this last year. Don’t worry, you know me I’ll share about the shit stuff in future posts 😉

1.) As many of you know for the last half of 2015 and the first half of 2016 we lived in Orange County. It was beautiful, sunny, and such an adventure!

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2.) There was that time we took a road trip to Arizona to visit uncle Jeff and his animal sanctuary.

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3.) Going to the Bahamas, and eating the yumminess that was in the below coconut!!!!

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4.) Kelley came to visit, and we went to Disneyland and the women’s spa and it was everything.

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5.) Kate, Em, Lauren, and mom came and we went to disneyland and explored Orange County.

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6.) Okay, let’s be honest, I went to Disneyland A LOT this year, and I am stoked AF about it!

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7.) We moved back to Seattle and it was perfect timing.

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8.) We broke nonna out of the hospital for Christmas Eve dinner and I’m sooo happy we did. I love this woman so hard!

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9.) Three amazing people in my life sealed the deal with their partners: Kelley & Russell, Lena & Josh, and Kate & Jon. Their weddings were definitely some of my favorite memories of 2016.

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10.) We are pregnant with a little girl! She is due June 18th 2017, and we are so ecstatic I can’t even express it. I mean I guess this one is probably my biggest highlight of 2016, and I think Dave would say the same!

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The forecast for 2017 calls for more blog posts from this girl! Here’s wishing you all a brilliant year!

Be well.

 

 

Whole 30 Week 4 Check In – Wrap Up

Hey everyone!

I’m a little behind on this final wrap up and I have to be honest with you it’s because I’ve kind of been dreading it. The reason being that I truly feel that the Whole30 didn’t really work for me. Although, in a way I can look at this as a win for science. Meaning, sometimes you can fix some things naturally (eating differently, acupuncture, exercising, etc.) and sometimes there’s a place for western medicine (medication, psychotherapy, etc.). My main concern coming into the Whole30 was my digestive issues, after doing the Whole30 nothing changed in that area. In fact, on occasion I felt worst. Turns out my diagnosis is Mastocytic Enterocolitis, a disease in which you have an increase in mast cells in the colonic mucosa (I know, more than you wanted to know, but honestly if sharing this story means someone else goes to an allergist and finds relief from the pain then I will share). Since my visit with the allergist (who had no idea what the Whole30 was) I’ve been on Cromolyn Sodium, and the effects have been instantaneous! I’m so incredibly happy that I sought out a gasteroentinologist, that I went through with diagnostic procedures and that I followed up with an allergist, WORTH IT! Now, the Whole30, I’m on the fence about whether it was worth it or not. Ultimately if you do it and it helps you eat more whole foods and less processed foods then all the power to you, but I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule, so I’m not sure if I’ll ever do something like this again.

Now, I’ll get into the food and then I’ll tell you my final thoughts…

BREAKFASTS

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Kale, sweet potato and egg scramble (I still eat this for breakfast/dinner all the time post whole30…so good)

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Homemade almond milk, walnuts, berries, almond butter.

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Chia pudding (almond milk, berries, chia seeds, ground flax seed, unsweetened coconut, almond butter).

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Broccoli and egg scramble with a side of blueberry-banana-coconut milk-chia pudding

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Fried eggs, avocado, and salsa.

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Another Pitaya bowl (not technically in the spirit of whole 30 but all the ingredients were compliant so fuck it)

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Scrambled eggs, potatoes, and blueberries (Whole foods hot bar is really good for Whole30 compliant outings, it was one of the two places dave and I ate out at during the month).

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Broccolini scramble, sweet potato wedges, and strawberries.

LUNCH/DINNERS (wasn’t as good at capturing these, sorry)

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Roasted red pepper soup with chilean sea bass. Dave was a huge fan of this dish!

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Grilled salmon on a bed of mixed greens with balsamic and olive oil.

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More salmon burgers, asparagus, and sweet potato wedges.

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This is what my ‘sweet potato wedge’ prep looks like almost every Monday. This is a habit I will maintain for sure!

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Avocado, homemade mayo, egg salad.

I figured the best way for me to analyze the Whole30 was to do a pro/con list.

PROS

  • Got me into some really good food prep habits.
  • Increased awareness of how much sugar is in almost ALL foods.
  • Decreased craving for sugary treats.
  • No break outs throughout the entire month.
  • Decreased eating out.
  • Observed a distinct negative reaction when introducing sugary treats (e.g., increased heart rate, anxiety, and a head ache).

CONS

  • Made my digestive system worst at times (I feel that this was in part due to the fact that I was trying to adhere to the no-snacking policy and in doing so increased the size of my meals and with my condition it’s better to eat small meals more frequently).
  • Social situations feel a bit awkward.
  • Almost unable to eat out at all.
  • Certain restrictions feel unhealthy for vegetarians (e.g., no beans of any kind, limit nuts, etc.).

I’m very happy for all the people that reached out to me and expressed their positive experiences with Whole30. In summary I feel as though my experience was neither good nor bad, but I can say I took away some positives from it, so I’m happy I did it.

Be well.

 

Whole30 Week 3 Check In

Checking in a day late because we’ve had a busy couple of days.  Thursday night was Pageant of the Masters.

It was absolutely amazing!  The first I’d heard of it was while watching this Gilmore Girls episode.  Then I was even more intrigued when seeing it in Arrested Development.  If you have any interest in seeing real people dress up and pretend to be paintings (extremely well, I might add), then you should go!

Last night we were checking out a friend’s live podcast, Doughboys. Although it’s difficult hearing about yummy foods  that I can’t partake in ATM, it was still extremely hilarious!  We didn’t get home until 2am, that’s late for this old lady!


Things have been pretty good in the Whole30 department.  As soon as I stopped feeling pain/bloating (roughly day 16/17) I got my second wind.   Dave and I have been discussing how at this point (day 20 for me, day 15 for Dave), it feels like second nature.  The planning/prepping are just a new way of operating, but it feels like something we could sustain, at least for the most part.  I definitely wouldn’t be as strict when going out to eat, that part just makes things socially awkward. I personally don’t like hearing about people’s food restrictions, so I sure as hell don’t want to explain mine to everyone sitting at a table.  Other than restaurants (which is it really so bad that we go out to those less?) I can’t think of another drawback.

On to the food…

BREAKFAST

Fingerling potatoes, kale (obsessed), smoked salmon, and poached eggs.

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Pitaya bowl from Nekter, they are very good about substitutions!!

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Potato hash, fried eggs, and kale (I swear I’m going to switch up my greens soon).

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Chia pudding – took a break from this a bit this week.

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Broccoli scrambled eggs, apple and almond butter, avocado with salsa, and blackberries.

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Fried eggs on a bed of kale, smoked salmon, and sweet/russet potatoes.

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Another Pitaya bowl, so yum.

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LUNCH/DINNER

Snack plate (avocado, cucumber, salmon jerky, olives, carrots, cashew cheese).

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Mashed potatoes and scallops (not pictured – salad).

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Spiralized zucchini with anchovies topped with fried eggs and potatoes.  I use this spiralizer and it’s pretty awesome!

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More Nori rolls this week (so yummy).

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Salmon burger on a bed of kale.  Dave made these burgers and they’re so easy; I’m going to make them again and share the recipe with you 🙂

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Breakfast for dinner – Fried eggs on a bed of spinach and a side of sweet potato wedges.

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It’s been a good week of eats, and I can’t say I’m sick of anything (even with all those repeats).

Prep for the week:

  • Homemade mayo
  • Pasta sauce
  • Sweet potato wedges
  • Almond milk
  • Zigzag butternut squash (Trader Joe’s product, so great for snacking)

Noticeable changes:

  • No more pain/bloat. YAY.
  • No strong cravings for the usual treats.
  • A few surges of energy during workouts, but ultimately increased fatigue during them.

The next time I’ll be checking in with you I’ll be so close to the end (or the slow steady re-introduction phase) that I’ll be able to taste it (pun intended). Until then 🙂

Be well.

 

 

Whole 30 Week 2 Check In

Hey friends!  Happy Friday, hope you all had a great week.  Mine had some ups and downs, but I’m happy to report, mostly ups 🙂

I’ve received some results from the biopsies and in a nutshell I could have 1 of 5 different things going on.  First things first, none are life threatening; however, because we can’t pin point the disorder, we really can’t know how it’s affecting other areas of my health.  I’m telling you MORE RESEARCH needs to be done in the digestive health arena in order to be more definitive in diagnostics!!!  I do have an appointment with an allergist, and it happens to be on day 29 of the whole 30.  All I can say is if he puts me on a more strict elimination diet I may punch him. Jk, but seriously tho.  I’m also on a couple of medications for the next two weeks, to see if I can stop feeling pain/bloating.  That parts a little frustrating, I read all these Whole30 success stories and they are all like, “5 days in and I am not bloated at all anymore,” I actually did feel better during the first 5 days, but then it went right back to my usual pain/bloat.  So because of these symptoms and the lab results I have decided to stick to the Whole30 low FODMAP foods.

I had lot’s of adventures in fooding this week and I figure rather than go day by day I’ll share them with you based on meal.

BREAKFASTS

Kale, sweet potato, and egg.

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Chia pudding by the pool.

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More kale, sweet potato, and egg + strawberry.

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Potato hash and eggs.

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Sweet potato “toast” with eggs and avocado.

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Watermelon.

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LUNCHES/DINNERS

Snack plate for lunch (plantain chips, hard boiled egg, avocado, cucumber, cashew cheese)

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Nori wraps – this definitely filled the void of sushi hand rolls.

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Salad – this was the first day I felt like salad, it’s been so weird because I have always loved/craved salads but as soon as I started Whole30 I was like, ‘uh uh no way, no thank you salad man!’  But this one was delicious!

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Kung pao shrimp spaghetti squash.

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More salad.

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Work lunch – sweet potato wedges, carrots, plantain chips, olives, blueberries and the picture below.

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(work lunch continued) endive leaves with tuna protein salad.

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Mahi mahi taco bowls.

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Well those were the ones I thought were the best (orrrrr the ones I remembered to snap photos of).  I’m going to try and be better about taking pictures of what I eat, so I can share it with you guys.

The highlight of my food prep this week is my cashew cheese

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I used a modified version of this recipe so that I wouldn’t waste any of that cashew goodness after I had made cashew milk.

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We decided that overall we like the almond milk better, it’s just creamery and that wins for us.

We have some food prep to do this weekend –

  • Prepare kale so it’s easy to grab and saute
  • Homemade mayo (this stuff is delicious and so versatile in sauces- recipe from whole30 book, similar here)
  • Pasta sauce for zoodles
  • Almond milk
  • Hard boiled eggs

Noticeable changes:

  • At first the stomach pain and bloating had subsided, but in all honesty it has returned full force.
  • I do feel as though I have more energy and can exist without a cup of coffee.
  • Still having cravings for my favorite treats, but that has definitely died down.

That’s all for this week.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Be well.

Whole30 Week 1 Check In.

 

Here’s my pre Whole30 pic (they recommend you do this, the picture, not the pose that is).

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The first day started on a high note, I was feeling good about the prep I’d done so far and excited for the recipes I was going to try later in the day.  I was reminded of a few things I needed to grab from Whole Foods, so Dave and I dropped by to pick them up.  That was when it happened, I looked at the donut case and I turned to Dave and said, “I really want a donut!” That’s when I freaked out thinking, “if I’m already thinking about donuts and it’s only day 1, how on earth am I gonna do this shit????”  Luckily I have some pretty good self talk, and I brought myself down off the ledge.  I was reminded of the Whole30 book and how it explained that in the first week you will have strong urges to eat your usual treats.  I also enlisted Dave as my coach, in fact from here on out (until the Whole30 is over) I will refer to him as ‘coach.’  Coach gave me some good talk, and it helped!

Day 1 – eats

We picked up a nitro and I added some coconut cream, yum!

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Then I had a slice of the frittata I made topped with avocado and a side of strawberries.

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I had a bunch of appointments all throughout the morning, but being busy never keeps me from eating.  For lunch I had a sweet potato topped with a bruschetta of sorts, smoked salmon and a salad.

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Off to more appointments in the afternoon, coach came with me 😉  When we got home he got to cooking and whipped up a little spicy zucchini noodle shrimp dish.  It was delicious!

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There were a few snacks here and there (watermelon and sweet potato wedges), but all in all I tried to fill up during the meals and avoid the snacks.  All in all day one felt filling and delicious, no deprivation other than that donut moment (but I guess it’s not deprivation when you don’t need it).

Day 2 – nut milk & work

I’m not going to flood you with pictures of my every meal, but I will share the highlights, or at least what I think are the highlights.

I had some almonds soaking in the fridge over night so in the morning I made almond milk – if you follow me on Instagram then you already saw this photo @nicolettaful (it literally took 5 minutes, I may do a post on how to make it).

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Lunch at work consisted of a tuna protein salad, sweet potato wedges (I prepped soooooo many of these, best.choice.ever.) and watermelon.  This was my first day at work on the program and  it went really well.  Because the program recommends that you don’t snack between meals (which I usually do a lot) I drank a ton of water, plus this lunch filled me right up, so I wasn’t super hungry.

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Day 3 – Dave’s birthday

No creative meals to report, though I have to give myself props on two accounts.  1. I went to get a donut for Dave as a birthday treat and I did NOT cave!!  I know what you’re thinking, “it’s only day 3 Nicole?”  But the temptation for donuts is strong! PS if you’re in the OC go.to.sidecar!! That is, if you’re not doing the Whole30. haha

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2. A girlfriend at work had her bridal shower and there were donuts, mini cakes, and fruit.  I ate fruit.  BOOM!

Day 4 – Salmon jerky & Cauliflower mash

Feeling really good about all the yummy eats I’ve had thus far, and man does my tum tum feel great!   I recently added this jerky to the mix and it has been super delicious.

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Coach and I decided that I made one of the best vegetable dishes ever.  The recipe is from the “Whole30” recipes, and it’s called “Cauliflower Mash.”  Due to copyright stuff I can’t share it on the blog, but I’ve seen millions of ‘cauliflower mashed potato’ recipes on pinterest.  The flavor was so delicious!

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Coach did a pretty good job on that salmon too!

Day 5 – Coach is in!

It’s official, I’ve enrolled coach, he’s doing the Whole30 with me!!!!  He’s mostly doing it to support me, but he says if he can recover faster from his runs then he’s excited.

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Portobello-cauliflower-fried-rice for the win!

So that’s my recap on my first five days of Whole30.  It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be.  I kind of think our eating habits were 75% of the way there anyway.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything we’ve made thus far, and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy making nut milk can be!  The only struggle we’ve come up against is that we enjoy going out to dinner on date nights and I can’t seem to find somewhere that has a menu that’s accommodating (and better than something we can make at home).  I’ll have to report back on how that goes.

Be well.

 

 

 

I’m Trying Whole 30

I haven’t shared on the blog about the many digestive difficulties I’ve had throughout my life.  This is mostly because I hate when people talk about their ‘food issues’/intolerances when it hasn’t been asked for.  But, as this is such a big part of my life, and ultimately a major health issue I’m going through right now I thought I would divulge.

It all started when I was really little.

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Okay, younger than that, but you get the picture (also, shout out to my cousin Kate to my left)!

When I was a baby my mom would feed me and directly following I would cry and cry and cry.  I won’t go into too many details, but since then my life has been fraught with digestive upset leading to nights of severe pain and difficulty sleeping.  At certain points in my life I could pinpoint the upset to dairy, but as time has gone on there is no clear connection.  I’m still trying to get to the root of many of these problems, and one way was to test for allergies.  I’m happy that there seems to be more money allocated to research in digestive sciences, but in all actuality it’s still not great.  There are blood tests for allergies, but they often provide false positives.  Doctors have what are called “food challenges” and those have been found to be fairly accurate when identifying allergies and intolerances. The challenges consist of ingesting the food that your concerned there is an allergy or intolerance toward and if there is no reaction, gradually increase the amount, if there is no reaction you are declared allergy-free.

Now graduate school created in me some OCD and scientific tendencies that lead me to do certain things in my life with as much structure as possible.  Because I see the flaws in the ‘food challenge’ described above, predominately the fact that you may have ingested other foods recently which could be causing the reaction, I have decided to embark on a more structured ‘food challenge.’  After much research, the Whole30 is the way I’ve decided to go.

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I purchased the book this weekend and it has been so interesting, I’ve had a hard time putting it down.  In essence, for the next 30 days I will be eating whole foods consisting of vegetables, fruits, fats and proteins.  The idea (for me) is to rid my system of foods that I may be intolerant/allergic to, and the ten days following the program I will systematically re-introduce foods that are often associated with allergies/intolerances (e.g., legumes, dairy, gluten-free grains, grains containing gluten).  In all honesty I’m hoping to determine that it’s food related, because the other options don’t seem great :/

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I’m in the process of ruling out any major ailments through medical procedures, but I know that if there is something medically wrong, then the Whole30 won’t hurt.

I’ve already done some food prep from the Whole30 book, I made my own ketchup and mayo, as well as a frittata (recipe to come).

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I do feel a little nervous/excited.  I’m nervous because I’m very much a moderator, and I love occasional treats….donuts 🙂  Whenever I withhold food I’m taken back to a bad time in my life when I had disordered eating.  Because of this I’m going to proceed with caution and analyze only to a point that is enjoyable and rewarding.  I am very excited as well because I feel the Whole30 staples are in line with many of the foods I already enjoy eating.

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My goal is to do weekly recaps on the blog, both to assess my progress (specifically how my stomach is feeling) and to maintain some accountability.  I also plan to share some of the recipes that I create during the program.  Hope you enjoy!

Be well.

 

Take Advantage of Where You Live.

Dave and I woke up one Saturday morning a bit on the early side (we don’t have children yet, so waking at 7:30am on a Saturday is early for us), looked at each other and I said, “you wanna go to San Diego?” Because he’s always up for an adventure, Dave said “yes!”  That aspect of where we live is so awesome, it’s an hour south to San Diego, an hour north to Los Angeles, and an hour east to Palm Springs.   We hurriedly got dressed, walked/fed the dogs, jumped in the car and were off.  It’s pretty rare that we haven’t made plans, so I try to relish these moments when we can be spontaneous and go on a random day trip.

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The first stop was for food, we went to a place that I’d seen on another blog before called “Snooze an AM Eatery.”  I completely forgot to take pictures, and honestly I’m not super upset by that.  I found a hair in my burrito, which was a major bummer.  At this point I don’t even remember how it tasted and it just grosses me out to think about it.  Dave reports that his was tasty, but really heavy.   As I’m sure you could have guessed we won’t be going back.

We wanted to pick up a donut before we headed to our destination, but the donut bar was sold out!  They were super nice and gave us a coupon for a free donut so we’ll totally be back.  I hear their donuts are off the hook!  Then we off to explore the area near the San Diego zoo called “Balboa park,” and I’m soooooo glad we did (at first I wanted to go to the zoo because I love how amazing and progressive the San Diego zoo is, but we were just there a little while ago so Dave convinced me otherwise).  The first spot we scoped out was called the “Spanish Village Art Center,” and it was super beautiful.

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The ground is painted in this cool way, and it’s surrounded by cute little art shops.  I don’t know why, but I never feel grown up enough to go into art shops.  Maybe one day 😛

I can see why San Diego would be the place to be if you were an artist.  Dave was telling me that his uncle Jeff’s mom sold her art in this village.

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After exploring the art village we decided to check out more of the park.  I can’t even describe how cool it is, there is so much to see.  Some of the places you have to pay to get into (like the natural history museum), but a lot of the stuff is free.  There was this really neat botanical building.  I’ll start with a picture of the outside, which reminded me of Jurassic Park.

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This picture doesn’t do the size of it justice.  It felt like I was transported back in time, because you really don’t see buildings like this made of wood anymore.  Inside the ceiling felt so massive, and beautiful!

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It’s been amazing being able to explore a completely different kind of nature and climate than the one I’ve been used to my whole life.  The PNW is full of evergreens, pine trees, and moss is everywhere; down here it’s more tropical with (obviously) palm trees everywhere.

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The smells in this building were amazing!

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I wish I would have snagged a few more shots of the area surrounding all the different buildings.  You can tell that the landscape is really well taken care of, and there were a ton of people there so it seemed like a really popular spot.

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Some of the architecture reminded me of Spain, it was  just so beautiful!

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And some was scary! (San Diego doing it’s part by not having water coming out the mouth, or having their water fountains active, bonus points for water conservation).

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I can’t get enough of Spanish tiles, I want it in my house!

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Dave and his elephant friend!

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After we had explored all the free stuff we decided to pick a museum to check out, we settled on the natural history museum because it looked amazing on the outside and the inside didn’t disappoint.

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All in all it was a really fun day of exploration!  San Diego has always been this city that my heart has longed for, but I’ve never really spent an extensive amount of time there.  Now we have to go back, I mean we have a coupon for a free donut!!!!!  Hope you have an adventure this weekend.

Be well!

 

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