Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Updated Blog Design in Lieu of Sleep

Okay, so...

I was going to be a good little Paleo girl (for once) and actually... get my rest! *gasp*

The plan was to go to bed earlier than usual, actually get as close to 8+ hours as possible (most-likely even an entire 8!) and wake up refreshed, rejuvenated, and full of energy to work out, cook, clean, and move some furniture around with the fam' to get ready for a Friday furniture delivery (me and my cousin are getting bunk beds... dorky at my age, and yet I am excited!)

And yet, I opted instead to make my blog a little prettier:



I both love and hate the choices I make, sometimes. But I'm happy with the changes that I made... it looks a little more like  REAL blog now! Haha. I have this little "Share this" thing, and the layout is a little more nicer...








I even have a "Related posts..." and now my little Twitter widget matches the actual color scheme of my blog! Yay!



So... I'm happy. :)

And now I get to sleep!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Non-Paleo Potato-y Snack

Not a TOTAL Paleo snack (depending on who you ask), but better than a piece of toast or a cupcake, and I was totally feeling some plain potato chips tonight. :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Some Pumpkin Pie Left! (This really should have been Tweeted and not Blogged LOL)

There's some pumpkin pie left! Gosh it's good... and grain-free! :)

Healthy & Yummy Christmas Dinner

Tonight's Christmas dinner was so yum! Gluten-free, low carb (with the exception of potato), and low sugar. Completely grain-free. :)

Unfortunately... no pictures! We pretty much devoured the food before I got the chance. Lol.

Another holiday dinner made by me without too much failure... the chocolate on the strawberries was a bit too bitter, but otherwise I'm very happy and proud of myself! Thanks to my mom for throwing the salad together, and to my cousin for helping me with tasks like washing and cutting things, making the crust for the pie, and listening to me whine. ;)

Here's the menu:

For dinner:

  • Smokey Roast Beef with red and white onions (Instead of ground chipotle, I used this McCormick seasoning)
  • Baked Potatoes (Wrap potatoes in foil and baked until middles are soft)
  • Broccoli and Spinach with Blanched Almond Slivers in Cheese Sauce (Melt cheeses of choice in a saucepan with a bit of heavy cream, some butter, sour cream, and a bit of water to thin it out. Add some black pepper and paprika to taste. Saute vegetables in shallow pan with oil of choice and add almonds at the last minute. Drizzle the cheese sauce on top of the veggies on your plate.)
  • Bacon-Wrapped Persimmons (Minus the skewers, and cut into fourths instead of eighths)
  • Romaine Salad with Red Cabbage and Red Onions (Just cut everything up and tossed together)
  • Low-Sugar Sparkling Punch (50% less sugar juices mixed with water, ginger ale, and lemon and lime juice. Add a few packets of Truvia or NuNaturals NuStevia for more sweetness if necessary)


And for dessert:



Now, the family's spread out on their various techno-gadgets (Mom on the computer, Dad watching TV, me sort of watching TV and on my computer, my cousin's on her computer, and my brother's on his PS3)... thank God for food bringing us close together for a holiday moment, though! :P

Again, Merry Christmas, and thank you Jesus for being our savior... and thank you the myth of Santa for presents... Lol. And oh boy, I can't wait to go shopping tomorrow with my holiday monies :D

Finally, TASTY grain-free pancakes!


Merry Christmas everbody! Mmm... for Christmas breakfast I tried a new grain-free pancake recipe from Comfy Belly and LOVED IT! so did my dad. we ate them with pure maple syrup, pork sausage links, and eggs! I will post the link later when I get on a computer, but for now, enjoy the picture! (I need a better camera, lol)

EDIT: added the link to the recipe! Head on over to Comfy Belly for some delicious pancakes! :)

Comfy Belly's picture is much more enticing, I think. :P

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

iHerb.com Coupon Code / My Birthday Cake


I've been a customer of iherb.com for a while now, and after my most recent purchase I was reminded of my personalized coupon code... I almost forgot I had it! The coupon is for newcomers, and saves you $5.00 off of your first iherb.com purchase.

iherb.com is an awesome online grocer that carries a lot of rare, hard to find, and alternative foods like erythritol, gluten-free flours, coconut oil, etc... as well as other things like hair care products -- I've found this place to be the most inexpensive for Aubrey Organics conditioners. And you can also find all kinds of other trinkets there, like vitamins, and even stuff for your pets.

So, for anybody interested in trying it out, please use the coupon code QAN505 for your first order and spare yourself five bucks! You'll also be helping me out, because everytime the coupon code is used, I earn rewards towards my own future grocery purchases.

Yay! :)

~*~

In other news... MY BIRTHDAY IS TODAY! December 21! Yay! :) I made my own birthday cake last night to make sure that it was gluten free and sugar free (thanks to my cousin for being my kitchen assistant!) and will be icing it later today after I get some sleep! Well, actually more like "frosting it" as I'm going to be making a buttercream frosting, not an icing. :D I'm not really sure what the difference is, except that frosting is softer and creamier.

The recipe I'm using is the same chocolate cake recipe that I used before, via Healthy Indulgences. This time I mixed it differently -- last time I put everything into the blender to mix, but this time, I only used the blender for the first half, and used a hand mixer for the rest of the process. Also, I am adding a little bit of xanthan gum to both the cake and the frosting in hopes that it will help stabilize the erythritol and prevent it from crystallizing.

We'll see how it looks and tastes later today, after the frosting process! :)

~*~

And, just for fun, my holiday/birthday wish list:
A girl (and film student) can dream :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Break Time! / Cine Final

YES! I am officially done with school... for this quarter, anyhow. :)

This means... more cooking! Whee~

I regret not having time to cook that much this past quarter, and I'm excited to have all this time on my hands. Low carb, refined-sugar-free, virtually grain-free, mostly paleo recipes..... I LOVE YOU. And I can't wait to make more of you~

In fact, I think I'll cook some yummy things tonight. ;)

~*~

Oh yes, and here is the final project I did for my cinematography class... it is based on the visual aesthetics of the "Tears in Rain" scene from the film Blade Runner.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Too Timid to say "No?" / Dinner at my place

In my last blog post, I stated that I am never going back to wheat. This statement still rings true, and I am convicted to living a gluten/wheat-free, low carb/grain, and low sugar life. I want to eat as paleo as possible and keep my body healthy, and work on becoming more fit and getting down to my goal weight.

All of these things in my immediate life are controlled. I know what to do when I'm at home, and I know what to do when I'm eating out. All of this is no problem... until I step into somebody else's home.

Do you ever feel too timid to insist your own personal eating habits on someone?



Today I was talking to my dad about my day yesterday, and I realized something. I am a film student, and this weekend is full of production finals. Yesterday I helped out two different classmates on two different sets. On the first set, my classmate could only afford to feed us Mcdonald's. I didn't want to be rude and make a fuss, so that is what I ate. On the second set, there was an even larger group of people, and pizza was the go-to food (quick, simple, affordable). On this set however, my classmate was aware of my eating restrictions and offered to buy alternative food. I felt like I was being a burden and told him that it would be "okay." He insisted, asking me if I was sure. I gave him the go-ahead, and trivialized my own health problems in order to make the situation easier and more comfortable... for him, for the rest of the group, and to push uncomfortable attention off of me.

I recounted this to my dad, and I realized something... what if I had an eating restriction with IMMEDIATE negative repercussions? What if I was deathly allergic to peanuts or shellfish? Would I be too timid to say "no" in that situation? Absolutely not. So why was I tripping over my own feet in regards to wheat?

As someone who suffers from gluten-intolerance, I cannot let guilt get in the way of my insisting alternative food accommodations. The negative health impact that gluten has for some people might not be as obviously apparent or immediately detrimental as someone with a peanut or shellfish allergy, but it is still there. It is still damaging.

I realized that, although my convictions are strong in my home and when I eat out... they aren't so developed for when I eat at someone's house. However, just like I learned how to control my eating environment at home, and my environment in restaurants and in drive-thrus... I also have to learn (and practice, practice, practice) how to control my eating environment in somebody else's home.

For anybody reading this that suffers from gluten-intolerance or celiac disease, please remember this when you are eating at a person's house:

- You are NOT a burden on your host
- You CAN insist on eating something different
- Your eating restrictions are JUST as important as someone with a peanut allergy
- Don't be shy for choosing your health, and please DO speak up.

And if your host asks if you are sure and insists... by all means take their offer for face value!

~*~

So that was yesterday. Today, however, I am filming my cinematography final at my house and therefore will be in control of the food. Yay. :)

For dinner there will be barbecue chicken drumsticks, salad, and quinoa cornbread. I'll also be having some "normal snacks" like potato chips, corn cheese curls, and soda to offer to my cast and crew, but still keep it gluten-friendly at least.

Can't wait for tonight... I will be attempting to aesthetically recreate the "Tears in Rain" scene from Blade Runner... hope it ends up looking great!




Sunday, December 04, 2011

Thanksgiving, Weight-loss, & Wheat Belly

Wow it's been a long while since my last update! Truth be told, I was doing pretty well for a while. However, I ended up lapsing into some SAD eating habits. And by sad I mean not only the "Standard American Diet," but also pathetic & bad!

For a couple months I started eating wheat and sugar again, in much-too-high quantities. Actually, as far as wheat and gluten are concerned, ANY quantity is bad.

But I digress.

Basically, if ever I doubted the negative effects of wheat before... I surely solidified the facts through personal experience. When I was Paleo and Anti-Candida for 3 months, I lost 20 pounds, my scalp problems were rapidly improving, and I never needed to take any asthma medicine. My skin and overall mood and energy improved, as did my stomach problems. I was steadily regaining my health!

Then came my 2 month lapse through the last part of September, until the middle of November. I tried to eat as Paleo as possible, but was at a friend's house where his parents had bought me a steak sandwich before I arrived. I didn't want to be rude -- they went through all that trouble to have something for me to eat before I even arrived! I had explained my diet to my friend previously, and he tried to explain to his parents, but they didn't really understand. And so, rather than offend them, I ate the steak sandwich.

Dear God, I was an addict getting that very first taste of heaven after abstaining for so long. After that, it was a milkshake "just this once" with oreos (because no milkshake is complete without crack's cousin, wheat, right?) And then a grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread because -- whole grain wheat can't REALLY be all THAT bad if the government says to eat lots of it, right? The addictive properties of wheat, further perpetuated by its federal endorsement and inaccurate health-hype gave me excuses to start incorporating the gruesome grain back into my diet again.

And you know what happened? I gained 14 pounds, going from 233.8 pounds to 247.8 pounds. In only about TWO MONTHS!

Not only that, but my skin and scalp problems came back, worse than ever, and my asthma was especially bad. All of the problems I was having pushed me towards re-evaluating my nutrition again, but especially the asthma. Not being able to breathe well was really, really scary, and none of my medicine was helping to relieve my symptoms. Feeling that I needed extra encouragement beyond paleo and low-carb/sugar-free blogs, I ordered two books off of Amazon.com -- The Paleo Solution and Wheat Belly. I started reading Wheat Belly, and it made all the difference.

When Thanksgiving week arrived, I decided to give it all up for good and went cold turkey (or, as the book Wheat Belly puts it "cold noodle") and gave up the ugly grain, thanks to some extra encouragement from Wheat Belly.

I cooked an entirely gluten-free, refined-sugar free feast for my parents and siblings. Since my re-start, I've been completely gluten-free, low-carb, mostly paleo since Thanksgiving week... and I'm already down to 237.8 pounds. 10 pounds lost, just like that. I haven't even exercised since the day before Thanksgiving. My only change was cutting out the wheat!

Now that I've experienced the before and after... and the before and after, I'm never going back! I now truly see first-hand the effects wheat has had on my body, inside and out. :)

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