What do you do when…..the update 6 weeks-ish later

Well, it’s been what 6 weeks-ish since my allergy results came back. So lets say 6 weeks since I went paleo? I decided about mid April, after reading ‘It starts with food’ by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, that I was going to do a full Whole 30 challenge for the month of May. I figured start May 1st, end May 30th, the day before my Dh’s bday, so we could have a good night out. So now, what does this Whole30 entail? Well….
This is what I can’t eat (along with my allergies)
– grains…any grains. No rice, corn, quinoa, wheat ect
– legumes…Peanuts, peas, baked beans ect
– Dairy…any kind of dairy
– sugar…ya, none
– alcohol….tough but do able

What can I eat?
– Meat….beef, chicken, bison, pork, deer, moose
– fish…tuna, salmon, whatever
– nuts…I personally can’t eat pecans, but all the rest are fair game!
– veggies….any and all veggies….so many varieties
– fruit…some, not much as my tummy has never been great with fruit
– eggs
– Ghee
– podded legumes…green beans, snap peas ect

I’m learning to love food without the added extras. I am learning to enjoy homemade ketchup, mayo, salad dressings and sugar free spag sauce. Brae’s tummy issues are getting way better and Bryce is loving more raw veggies.

I am officially down 15lbs…without changing my regular workouts. Of course with spring actually being here, we are outside and more active, but really not 15lbs of active!! My energy is great! I’m not beat tired until bed time and my insomnia is way way better!!

Would you say I’m now an official Paleo eater? I guess. I would never define myself as a paleo eater. I do see now, when I eat something I can’t (due to my allergies), I do feel how it affects me almost immediately. I will almost always eat this way, but will not feel guilty for eating it, although I may feel physically gross!

What to do when…Part 2

Well, I’m a little over a week into this new eating routine. I have had no bread, no milk, no bananas, no peanut butter and 1 mess up! I was starved at Costco last week and ate some chicken fingers….blech! I felt soooo gross after! Like within minutes! That was a HUGE reminder how bad my system reacts to things that are not good for me after I get them out of my system.

Let me tell you though…It has not been easy!
For the first couple of days I CRAVED bread. Had I had any eggs, I would’ve made a soda bread or something…I was almost crazy looking for recipes for gluten free, dairy free, egg free (I’m allowed eggs, I just didn’t have any)…well, there is none! I’m really glad about that!

Then of course there was the notorious Easter Bunny….The evil little rabbit that comes and delivers copious amounts of sweet milk chocolate too all the little boys and girls. He hit our house too….In a HUGE way! Caramel eggs, chocolate eggs, chocolate peanut butter eggs, Lindt chocolate…you name it, it was in the house. But I was strong!! I had NONE! I did have a couple handfuls of Jelly Belly’s, but still, no chocolate, not falling!!

I have bought some Gluten free All Purpose flour, and come coconut flour to still make things for the kids, but I am hoping to continue down my journey for a couple more weeks, then do The Whole30. Spend 30 days (or 45 or 60) taking all the bad stuff out (including sugar, all grains, all legumes) and then re-intro food, 1 at a time. I really feel that, with the sensitivities that have been detected, there are more underlying issues. I feel that I may be sensitive to more of a family of grain than just the gluten containing items. This will help me figure it out…..Stay tuned…I’ll keep blogging on this first stuff, and then let you know when I decide to take it that one step further!

What to do when…..

Here’s a little back story.

My morning routine usually consists of:
6am wake up
6:15 cran-grape juice water 50/50 blend to take my probiotic, fish oils and vitamins
6:25 homeopathics
7:00 either PB and J on toast or Jillian Micheals Whey vanilla shake made with 1)milk or water, frozen banana and some cocoa 2) coffee (depends on the day…sometimes its my morning coffee and my shake, other days they are separate)
7:30 wake kids up and get them ready for school
8:30 take thing 1 to school
9:00 do my cardio or TRX
9:30 large glass of milk

So you see….I am pretty regular with my routine.

Hubs saw his naturopath months ago and they decided that hubs had to take gluten out of his diet…and really, who should eat that stuff? It is soooooo genetically modified that our systems do not know what to do with it! (Read Wheat Belly!) anyway, I switched the kids and I to Gluten free bread (Kinnikinnick Multigrain) to me it was great and the kids loved it!! So yay, I can still have my choice of breakfast!!

Now lets fast forward to Thursday. I saw my naturopath…after 2 months of reschedules due to conflicting schedules ūüôĀ I had taken an allergy, sensitivity test back in December and was patiently (well not really, I really really wanted my results) waiting for my results. Well…my world came crashing down!! No no, I’m not allergic to wine! or Chocolate!! but here are my top “Do not eat” items:

1) Gluten (no biggy, had changed about 80% of our pasta, bread ect anyway)
2) Yeast (well crap, now no leven breads ūüôĀ have to find yeast free, or gasp…make it myself)
3) Peanut Butter (WHAT!!! ok, deep breath)
4) Whey (well, frig)
5) Casein (k, so no dairy, no post workout milk, no JM shakes, no yogurt…grrrrr…the list goes on)
6) Banana (this list can end anytime!!)
7) Cranberry (no biggy, pick a new juice to water down)
and more things that really don’t bug me like soybean, pecans and crab.

I left the naturopath’s office with a new outlook on my eating…I washed it down with my last chocolate milkshake.
The weekend was spent going through my current diet, eating plan and revising it.
We’ll see how things go. The weekend was pretty good but I am now collecting recipes of tried and true foods that are GF, DF and yeast free!
I’ll keep you posted!

New Year, New Changes, New You!!

We are less than 12 hours to another New Year! ¬†Most everyone makes New Years Resolutions….But does anyone ever keep them? ¬†Does anyone realize that every day is a new day, every minute a new minute, every second a new second? ¬†Especially a new second to make change?

If you are of the many many who wait till Monday or wait till the New Year to make big changes, guess what?  The New Year is Tomorrow, and Monday is the day after that!!

What are you changing in the New Year? ¬†Are you making Health and Wellness a priority? I hope so! ¬†Are you wanting to make it a priority for your whole family? ¬†I hope so! ¬†Are you going to call a professional to help you? or are you going to do like most everyone and “do it myself! I KNOW what to do, I just have to do it!”

If you are doing it alone, good for you! ¬†Stick with it and make sure to check back here regularly (as my resolution is to post more regularly) and get free tips and tricks and hopefully some motivation to keep going! ¬†And if you want/need the help of a professional…please don’t hesitate to call! ¬†I have a vast¬†colleague base that can help, whether you want to train for your first half marathon, compete in a body building competition or figure out how to fit in fitness with your kids in Calgary, I can help you out!

Have a happy and safe New Years Eve and I hope to hear from you all on Tuesday!  Edmonton classes resume on Tuesday!  Check the Class Schedule and Places for the latest schedule!

My Life

Sorry guys,

I haven’t been ignoring you…it has just been a very hard, busy last few months, so somedays it is really hard to get in front of my laptop and pound out a new post!

It all started in September, when our house in Peace River FINALLY sold. ¬†I had to go up twice that month, and put all of our stuff in storage since we didn’t have a house yet in Edmonton. ¬†Then we started looking at houses in Edmonton, but decided to purchase my husbands parents home in the west end. ¬†I had to help get them moved out, plus¬†October¬†is a busy month for trade shows. ¬†Then at the end of October I had to make the hard, sad decision of putting our family pet to sleep. ¬†She was a 6 yr old English Mastiff who had a chemical imbalance in her brain.

November has not been fun either! ¬†I was pretty busy with work, we started our renos in the house, and christmas is coming!! ¬†Add to that a week of flu that went through both kids and myself, a hubby that has had to go to meetings out-of-town every week and I’m one tired mama!

So please bear with me…The winter session is looking AWESOME!!! ¬†Registrations will open next week with the South, West and Devon locations!! ¬†The Spruce/Stony registrations will open as soon as we have a location! ¬†There may also be talk of a St.Albert location coming later in the winter too…shhhhh!!

have a great night!

MB xoxox