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Major Changes: A New Chapter

So. Yesterday was… a whirlwind. I have a bit of an announcement.

At an appointment yesterday morning with a family doctor whom I have long known and trusted, I learned that I am not likely sugar-intolerant. Despite a previous diagnosis by a doctor in CA, my doctor in CT believes that I have something else altogether.

I’m not going to go into details, but my doctor is focusing on a different – and thankfully very curable – diagnosis. Nothing is definitive yet, but we both believe that this is the actual reason for my discomfort.

The reason the previously apparent sugar intolerance was so easy to believe is that quite a few of the “trigger foods” that would make me feel ill were ingredients that are often combined with sugar.

Anyway, I don’t think this is actually going to influence the blog all that much. I’ve learned a lot from cutting sugar out of my diet, and I would like to continue living a low-sugar lifestyle. It just won’t be absolute. I feel much better throughout the day when I’m not consuming a lot of sugar, so I’m not looking to consume a diet full of unnecessary sugar.

However, this news also comes with a lot of relief. It gets pretty stressful to have to read labels on every single food item and to have to ask every restaurant if there is sugar in any part of a meal I’m ordering.

From now on, I’m simply going to focus on a healthy and active lifestyle filled with good, whole foods and progressing fitness goals.

I will still be experimenting with ways to cut or altogether remove sugar from my cooking and baking, though not every recipe will center upon that concept.  I will, however, always KWHify. KWHifying will just now focus more on the “making it healthy” aspect more than that of “making it sugar-free.”

That doesn’t sound like much of a stray from the norm, right? I’d like to think this simply means I’ll be broadening my reader base a little bit.

Please feel free to leave comments or send me emails with any questions. Otherwise, here’s to a new chapter in KWH!

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Lobster Dinner

Last night was beautiful.

I mean, first up, check out my gorgeous family (except for my sister, who was still getting ready during picture-taking after only just getting home from work).

My “little” (he’s 6’4″) brother, Daniel, and Dad (who made Daniel go down a step, haha):

Aren’t they handsome?

Daniel and our gorgeous mother (who didn’t exactly look at the camera):

Puppies!

My family went out for dinner last night to a Lobster Night. It was served buffet style and was insanely good (and fun!).

The night started with a bucket of clams and mussels.

I had one clam (not for me) and two mussels (I liked them better, but this kind of food is simply not my thing).

I had two really nice glasses of Sauvingnon Blanc (my favorite) throughout the night.

Next, we hit the salad buffet.

My plate:

That shrimp was awesome.

Finally, it was time for the main course and the main event: lobster!

Side dishes included roasted potatoes & carrots (so good), rice & beans, and vegetables (which were a little too soaked in oil for my taste but were still good).

There were also lots of other options, such as a roasted beef something-or-other, chicken, sausage, etc… but I didn’t mess around with that stuff. I knew what I was there for.

The lobstah!

It was delish.

My whole plate:

Ok. Here’s for the surprising part.

I had dessert.

Real dessert, with sugar.

I figured that since I hadn’t known the ingredients of anything else and might get sick anyway, it was as good a time as any to try dessert. I also kind of wanted to test the limits of my intolerance.

So, I went for it. I took little, roughly 1/3 piece slivers of the strawberry shortcake, the key lime pie and the fruit tart.

The fruit tart was good, but nothing special. I still ate all of it, but really, there were only about three bites there. The strawberry shortcake wasn’t worth the bite I took of it. Way too sweet. It tasted like a puff of sugar. I didn’t touch it again after the first bite. The key lime pie, though was awesome, and I practically licked the plate clean.

I can’t even really say I regretted it that much, even when I got sick (but no where near as sick as I thought I’d get) about two hours later. I guess I just decided to live a little. It’s an intolerance, not an allergy, so I wasn’t really hurting myself or putting myself in any kind of danger. I was just putting myself through a little pain that I often feel accidentally as the result of mistakes, anyway!

Anyway, I ate a lot of food last night and definitely over-indulged, but it’s fun to do that every once in a while. It’s all about moderation and getting back on the bandwagon at the very next meal!

It was a wonderful night.

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Two-Minute Peach Pie

Late post today! My apologies; it’s been a busy day at work and I just haven’t had a moment to focus on the blog until now.

Snack yesterday (which seems so long ago right now) was a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar.

It was really yummy, but somehow it made me sick? I have a sneaking suspicion that I am also developing an intolerance of both cocoa and carob, which would really break my heart. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

Anyway, I rushed out of the office last night to head to the library. I needed to return Eat, Pray, Love to the library and pick up a new book before going home to pack. I decided to go with Sarah’s Key, as I’ve read positive things about it in the blog world, notably on Kath’s blog. I’ll let you know what I think as I read! I should have a good amount of time to read over the next few days. 🙂

I went home and somehow threw dinner together as I simultaneously did laundry and packed. Yes, simultaneously. Try to picture it. Way to leave it to the last minute, Kaitlin!

Dinner was two eggs over easy (topped with S&P), sweet potato fries (pre-cut, tossed with EVOO, S&P and roasted in the oven at 420 degrees for 25 minutes; flipped once) and green beans (steamed in the microwave for four minutes, topped with S&P after).

It did its job but was fairly bland. I just didn’t have time to focus on dinner last night.

The important part of the meal was the ketchup!


Ketchup has been off-limits to me since the discovery of my sugar intolerance. Thus, when I found this OrganicVille ketchup (made with agave rather than sugar), I snatched it up immediately – despite the ridiculous price tag.

Some blurry nutritional stats:

Sorry. Like I said, I was pressed for time.

Now for dessert. Oh, that dessert. Best idea I’ve had since this blog started. No joke.

Make this tonight. Trust me on this.

Two Minute Peach Pie

makes one serving

Ingredients:

Directions:

Slice the peach, removing the pit. Distribute the coconut butter evenly across the peach slices. Top with nut granola. Heat in microwave for 45 seconds.

No nut granola? Just top with some chopped nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It won’t be as perfect, but it will still work.

That’s all there is to it, folks – and it was the darn best dessert I have had in… I can’t even tell you. I’m salivating just thinking about it now.

It seriously tasted like pie!

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Healthy Perspectives

I am hardly the only blogger posting about Operation Beautiful. I’ve read so many of these wonderful posts in the past few days and they are all incredibly inspiring.

One, in particular, really hit home with me. Mama Pea is, without a doubt, an idol of mine. She has an amazing attitude about life, family, food, health, and everything else. Particularly importantly to me, she raises her children to see the world with the healthiest perspective I can possibly imagine. Her Operation Beautiful post highlights this perspective so beautifully that I feel the need to share it with you all. It made me cry!

It is a hugely important goal in my life to raise my future children the way Mama Pea is raising Gigi and Lulu.

I also really agreed with something that Katie had to say in her post: that “fat talk,” or when girls put down their own (or others’) bodies, is extremely unattractive. Love yourself! And stop criticizing other people, too!

Anyway, I have food to catch up on.

Breakfast this morning was a SIAB, but it was a little weird. The only protein powder I felt safe using this morning (safe given my intolerance, I mean) was the other half yesterday’s packet of Jay Robb’s Chocolate Whey Protein Powder, which I paired with other smoothie ingredients that most certainly should not be blended with chocolate. I figured it would be fine since I couldn’t really taste the chocolate yesterday. However, the chocolate showed up enough in this smoothie to clash, which was unfortunate. Still, though, it was good enough to eat!

It certainly looks pretty…

I swear, just looking at that coconut butter in there makes me drool…

Not that you should copy it, but…

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 packet Jay Robb’s Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • blob nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana

On top:

  • drizzle coconut butter
  • handful shredded oats

I spent all morning craving different (and kind of random) foods. At one point, I thought I would die if I didn’t have a ham & cheese panini. I’d like to go on the record saying that I honestly cannot remember the last time I ate ham. I don’t even like it that much. Can’t remember the last time I had a panini, either! Ten minutes later, all I wanted in the world was Bertucci’s pizza. We don’t have any Bertucci’s in LA – I know it from back home on the east coast. Anyone had Bertucci’s pizza? Man, oh, man, did I want it this morning.

Fortunately, the lunch I had packed ended up being exactly what I wanted by the time lunchtime actually rolled around. And thank goodness for that, because otherwise, we might have had a crisis on our hands. 😉

I had leftover White Bean, Green Bean, & Potato Salad. Well, actually, no white beans, just pinto beans. That link was for the original recipe; last night’s adaptation can be found here.

This meal is seriously so good. If you haven’t tried it yet, make it.

I had my last plum after lunch today. I finally took a picture with a bite taken out so you can see what the flesh looks like.

Snack was another round of carrot sticks with AB.

I really love this snack.

And I really swiped the tupperware clean again. This is getting embarrassing.

10K Training Day 4

5 minutes elliptical

45 minutes strength training

65 minutes elliptical (60 min high intensity, 5 min cool down)

I spoke to my fitness instructor this morning, and she thinks I might be over-training. Any thoughts on this?

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Delicious

Zac Efron is delicious.

There. I said it and I’m not taking it back.

(source)

Charlie St. Cloud definitely was not a good movie, but I will tell you that I enjoyed every moment of it anyway. I have no shame in admitting that I’m more than okay with going to a movie purely for eye candy, and that’s what last night was all about.

Plus, that’s the only kind of candy I can have anymore! 😉

Before the movie, I joined Mamito and Sedi at Kabuki, a Japanese restaurant.

I got the Salmon Teriyaki (minus the teriyaki!), which came with miso soup, salad (again, no dressing) and rice (which I requested to be brown).

My apologies for the blurry pictures. I’m still getting used to the whole “taking pictures in a public restaurant” thing.

I was kind of sad to have such a bland meal at a place listing a ton of things I wanted to try on their menu (especially after reading Kath’s post about sushi!), but it was good for what it was. The salmon, fortunately, was cooked very well. I ate all of the salmon and about half of the brown rice and salad. I also had a few sips of the soup, but I’m not a huge fan of miso soup. So salty!

This morning I kicked my own butt at the gym and came home starving for my SIAB. I had a packet of Jay Robb’s Chocolate Whey Protein Powder, so I decided to try that out, given my recent realization that I can’t have my beloved Greens & Whey anymore. Because I wanted to get a sense of what this new-to-me protein powder tasted like, I kept the other ingredients to a minimum. I have to say, though, that I couldn’t really taste the chocolate at all (which is fine with me). Has anybody else tried this powder? I’d love to hear what you think.

I believe I’m going to have to stick with Jay Robb’s Whey Protein Powders, since they’re sweetened with stevia rather than evaporated cane juice. However, I’m going back to the vanilla when I buy a tub.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful of spinach
  • 1/2 packet Jay Robb’s Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • blob plain nonfat greek yogurt

On top:

  • drizzle melted coconut butter
  • handful Shredded Oats

While the smoothie was kind of blah, I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing that coconut butter drizzle was this morning. Coconut butter can be finicky and fickle, and it sometimes just doesn’t want to work with me. However, I happily opened the jar this morning to find that it was already melted. I simply spooned some out and let it glop into the bowl.

Perfection.

It’s the little things, guys.

10K Training Day Three

5 minutes elliptical

45 minutes boot camp (it was a medicine ball day – so intense!)

1.5 miles running on treadmill @ 5.0 speed for 18 min + 2 min cooldown at 4.5 and 4.0

35 minutes elliptical (20 min high intensity, 5 min cooldown)

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Honeydew Bowl

I am so excited for the evening I have planned. Sedi, Mamito and I will be going out to dinner (sushi for them, but not for me) and then hitting a movie theater to see Charlie St. Cloud.

I am always so sure that I’m not at all attracted to Zac Efron… until he takes off his shirt. Then, suddenly, I start questioning my own sanity. We’ll see if tonight proves any differently. I doubt it.

Breakfast this morning was super yummy, fresh, and new to me (but again inspired by Meghann from this post!).

I sliced a honeydew melon in half, scooped the seeds out of one of the halves, and filled it with about 2/3 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt, one packet of stevia, and some of my nut granola.

It was fun to scoop the melon out as I ate! This was wonderful and kept me full for hours. And it had so much flavor! I will definitely be doing this again.

When lunchtime did eventually come around, though, I was pretty hungry. Unfortunately, my lunch (leftover Summer Quinoa) just did not satisfy me the way it did last night! Maybe it was because it was served cold, or maybe it’s because I’m always hungrier at lunch than I am at dinner… but this was just not enough food for me today.

Peek-a-boo…

It’s also much better warm. I’ll remember that for when I have the rest of the leftovers.

The quinoa was immediately followed by a plum so juicy that it was lucky I had that paper towel with me. Otherwise, my outfit would have been ruined!

Still, though, I felt pretty unsatisfied. Not long after, I snacked on some pistachios.

Those pictured (x) about 3. I forgot to take a picture until I’d already made a good dent in them.

A few hours later (around 5), I dug into a snack I was pretty excited about. They’re like Ants on a Log, but not.

I shall call them…

Ants on a Boat

…can you handle my originality?

I started with ten half-stalk sticks of celery, two Original Light Laughing Cow cheeses and a handful of unsweetened raisins.

and I turned all of that into these!

In other news, I really do think I need to stop using the Greens & Whey in my smoothies. 😦 I don’t feel sick yet today and removing it from my breakfast was the big change to test my theory that it was making me sick. I’ll have to see how I feel at the end of the day today, but I don’t have a good feeling about it.

Of course, going out to dinner can (and probably will) still throw my system off. I’m learning just how hard going out for meals is going to be for me, with this intolerance. I called the restaurant ahead of time and, according to the chef, there seems to literally only be ONE THING on the menu that I can have – and that’s only if I order it without the sauce! Sheesh.

I’ve had kind of a stupid day. I think I’ll order a drink with dinner tonight.

10K Training Day Two

5 minutes elliptical

45 minutes strength training

65 minutes elliptical (60 min @ high intensity, 5 min cooldown)

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Bloggers Copying Bloggers

So, something kind of exciting… an old friend from grade school, whom I hadn’t spoken to in years, is also a blogger. Her blog is about her endeavor to complete a list of goals in one year. As is turns out, one of her goals was to learn how to cook five dishes. She came across Kaitlin With Honey and decided that my Easy, Almost-Homemade Chicken Soup would be one of them! Pretty cool, right? She already did it – check it out. 🙂

Her soup looks great, doesn’t it? Better than mine, in fact! (In my defense, I was sick!)

I snacked it up in the afternoon with some Meghann-inspired carrot sticks with Almond Butter.

What? I did not clean that container out with my finger.

Don’t be ridiculous.

In other (totally depressing) news, I think I have to stop using Greens & Whey in my smoothies, even though I definitely paid for an entire tub and even though it is, by far, my favorite protein powder. I’m pretty sure I’m getting sick from it. 😦

Dinner last night was a happy disaster. I had planned on making zucchini boats inspired by Emily at The Front Burner (and still will, someday), but I got home and realized that my zucchinis were far too skinny for such an ordeal. Instead, I came up with the following…

Summer Quinoa

makes 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbs grated parmesan & romano
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbs diced white onion
  • 2 whole zucchinis
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh buffalo mozzarella, cut into small, bite-sized pieces

Directions:

Pour the quinoa and water into a medium pot and set to simmer. Allow the quinoa to cook until it has fully absorbed the water.

While your quinoa is cooking, dice the onion and sautee in a pan at medium heat in cooking spray.

(Keep an eye on the quinoa, by the way. It can burn on the bottom if you’re not careful to stir.)

Chop the zucchini into small pieces (each slice can be quartered) and add to the pan.

Stir occasionally and cook until the zucchini slices begin to brown.

Cut each grape or cherry tomato in half and add to the pan for just a couple of minutes.

Rip the basil leaves into small pieces and add to the pan for just a minute.

(Sorry for the blurry picture.)

By now, your quinoa should have fully absorbed the water. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, parmesan & romano, salt and pepper. Stir until combined. Add the vegetables and stir again. Just before serving, add the mozzarella.

Serve and enjoy!

This was really, really yummy. It’s also quite satisfying for a fairly small amount of food!

I definitely finished the last two Oatmeal Raisin (S)Cookies last night. Thank goodness those are gone. I pretty much finished that entire batch on my own.

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