Hold the gluten

I was feeling a little peckish this afternoon for a sweet treat. So I wandered up to a local café and asked about their gluten/wheat free cakes.

A gentlemen pointed me in the direction of a caramel slice assuring me it was free of my foe – wheat.

Fast forward an hour and my stomach feels like it’s being ripped apart by knives gashing at my insides. I am bloated, nauseous and I feel like I’m want to go back to said café and throw up over said gentlemen’s shoes.

I have been eating pretty darn perfectly since my last appointment about 3 weeks ago with my nutritionist Jess Cox (ps check out her website here www.jessicacox.net) and I have an appointment booked with her for tomorrow arvo as well. This is why I can feel the difference. This is how I know this little caramel culprit is the one to blame for my internal suffering. Because when you eat foods that make you feel good, you can really feel when something goes into your body that is not so good for you. And what’s worse, my little treat for the week was spoiled because the gentleman at the café couldn’t be bothered finding out what in the shop was actually gluten/wheat free. And I paid the price for that.

Now there is another problem here. I’m lucky, because although I feel ill, that’s the worst of it. Some people are deathly allergic to things like gluten. A friend of a friend is one such person. If she, or any other person with a serious allergy, had eaten this, they would likely be in the hospital right now.

So, the lesson to be learned here is to always check, and double check, that what you are eating is what it is supposed to be. Don’t just take someone’s word for it or you may end up with a yukky tummy or worse.

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My inner voice has spoken up!

I recently cut red meat from my diet (something I need to discuss with my nutritionist Jess at our appointment next week!). This isn’t the first time I’ve done this; it’s actually something I do quite frequently. I go Vego for a few months and then add meat back in for a while. The reasoning behind it is simple really; it’s a moral decision. I’m a big believer in and supporter of animal rights so I feel like a bit of a hypocrite scoffing down a juicy steak.

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Going off meat temporarily isn’t too tough for me, but after a while it always seems to get harder. Why? A: like the taste (I know, I know… don’t judge) B: My iron levels are low and sometimes my body needs the extra fuel. However, now that Jess is on the case regarding my iron and my levels are rising I feel that problem may be combatted for good, so that excuse is no longer relevant.

And today, just when reason B was about to wreck everything, my little inner voice who until now only pipes up when I don’t want it to, actually came to my rescue. Here’s the story…

I’m in my lunch break, driving to get some sushi and one of my fav pieces is the Aburi Ngiri (rice with seared wagyu beef). When I realised I wasn’t going to be able to have that now I’ve gone back to not eating red meats, I thought, oh well I suppose it doesn’t matter, one sushi won’t kill me. Then, enter stage left my inner voice who said very calmly… ‘Lahnee, you can eat the sushi if you want, but remember that you made the conscious choice not to eat red meat because it goes against your morals. It’s a choice you made, and it’s a choice you can keep.’

Hmmm, wise words little voice.

So I suppose the moral (pun intended) of this story is that some foods you may want to eat but you can’t because you are allergic or intolerant. Such is the case with me and my old pal wheat. Other foods you are actively choosing not to eat for one reason or other. And you are in total control of your actions. You are the only person who can be blamed if you break your own rules. This goes for weight loss too. No one forces you to eat a piece of cake. You pick that sucker up and put it in your own mouth.

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Our relationship with food really shouldn’t be as complicated as it is sometimes. Basically, if your body can’t handle something, don’t eat it. If you know something is bad for you, don’t eat it. If you’ve made a moral decision not to eat something, don’t eat it.

There… super simple really!

It’s Christmas, really?

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like 2013 sort of walked on in, said hi and exited stage left?

It’s gone so fast I can’t even remember half the things I did, and I know I did a lot!

And Christmas is just around the corner, 27 days away to be precise, and I don’t even have my tree up.

This makes me kind of upset, because I am like Santa’s little lost helper. I LOVE Christmas. It’s by far my favourite time of the year; presents, Christmas trees, carols by candlelight, Christmas light looking! What’s not to love? But life has simply got in the way this year and the Christmas cheer seems to be missing my corner of the world.

People have become so rushed they are not stopping to put their sparkly lights up; even Myers doesn’t have that Christmas feel to it yet.

Every year I make Christmas a big deal, because I never want to lose that feeling you get when you know Santa is on his way. This year I have so many plans – make Christmas cards to send out, buy amazing heart felt presents for everyone, put up the tree and dance like a maniac to ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ by Mariah Carey, but you know what, I can’t find ONE free day in my calendar to get any of these things done.

I bet even Santa himself is not prepared this year!

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BOOOO!!!!!

Maybe this is why 2013 went by so fast. Life is screaming by at a pace I can’t keep up with. I think it’s time to hit the brakes and slow things down a bit.

So, once this crazy year comes to an end, I will make it a priority, a resolution if you like, to live life in the slow (er) lane. To sit back and take some down time, to not plan some activity every damn weekend.

Maybe then 2014 will at least stick around for a coffee or two.

It’s not the end of the world after all!

I was freaking out last post, not going to lie, and of course Jess had read it before our latest session on Wednesday, but as it turned out, it was not the end of the world.

Despite throwing the nutritional guidelines out the window for a bit of indulgence when the extended family were in town, Jess actually looked at this as a good thing; a lesson learned if you will.

You see, apparently its quite normal to stuff up, especially when you are just starting to make these changes in your life and your diet. And chatting to Jess about it this week, it became very clear to me why having a nutritionist is so important.

She broke it all down for me, pointed out the pros of the situation – I discovered that eating bad made me feel bad, I took the opportunity to let my friends, family and colleagues know about my wheat and dairy cuts, and I now understand why the guidelines are in place.

The stuff ups and the subsequent discussing of said stuff ups focused me again. I remembered my goal and why I was seeing a nutritionist in the first place.

So I think it’s fair to say, I’m back on track and on a new batch of gut bacteria supplements.

I also got my indicants test results back after the first batch of supps and…. drum roll please…. my acidity levels are down 2 points (I was 5.0 now Im 6.0)! My bad bacteria didn’t budge though which means one of two things. 1. My crappy eating affected the results, 2. I’m actually intolerant to something else as well and we need to do the full test of intolerants. Either way, we find out in another 3 weeks.

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So there’s the update on Operation Nutrition, stay tuned for more!

Body 1, Lahnee 0

So it seems as though my willpower is not as brilliant as I thought it was. Not that I ever really thought it was that good, but I’m learning now more than ever that our bodies are sneaky little buggers. They are tricksters!

When your body gets addicted to something, like sugar, or carbs or whatever it might be, you start to crave it. So the more you have eaten of it over your lifetime, the more your body starts to expect it. When you simply take this particular thing away, your body has withdrawals, your brain has withdrawals, and you start to crave it. Now here is where the willpower and discipline is supposed to kick in and say “NO Lahnee, you don’t NEED that piece of chocolate, you just THINK you do!” I’ve come to the conclusion that my willpower is broken; because that didn’t happen. Now I’m all ‘oh no, I’ve wrecked my nutrition plan, Jess is going to kill me,  how am I going to fix my body and make it healthy if I can’t say no to a bloody piece of white chocolate!’

Vicious cycle.

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After the craziness of feeling naughty, like I’ve cheated, or like I’ve done something really wrong calmed down, I realised that all I did was be human. If I have spent 26 years eating chocolate, of course my body doesn’t understand why I’ve suddenly stopped eating it. It takes time, and there’s no point in beating myself up about it. Jess is not really going to kill me (I hope!) and all I need to do is get back on track and keep on pushing forward. This is a journey after all and its one I will be on for a long time. So stuff ups are going to happen.

On a good note, I’m learning what my body craves when, like savoury stuff in the am and sweets in the afternoon. I’m also learning what foods make me feel good and satisfied, and which ones leave me groggy and bloated. I’m learning to look more closely at labels and to be aware of what I put in my mouth. Despite a few setbacks, I am learning, and this is the important thing.

So, til next time – eat well!

When Im feeling down…

I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been feeling down.

I’ve been struggling with keeping up my eating plan, I’ve been struggling to get anything done at work (not ideal when you work to tight deadlines) and I’ve even been struggling in everyday tasks.

I’m low on energy, I’m low on happiness and I have absolutely no idea why, and no reason why.

I suppose it’s one of those things, these feelings can creep up on you sometimes when life seems to be going to quickly, you feel like you need to stop, even just for a day and catch up. Unfortunately life doesn’t work like that so when it all gets too much, you have to keep going anyway.

It’s that overwhelming feeling that you have gotten too far behind to snap back into normality, the routine. It’s that niggle in your chest, the tightening, the feeling of anxiety slipping into your head and your body.

I work in a high stress job. Sometimes, no matter how I try to fight it, it catches up and takes hold. Anxiety made me so sick once the doctor ordered a 2 week break! I never let it get to that point anymore but I’m feeling close at the moment. It feels almost like I’m holding out for something, for Christmas maybe, the holidays, a change in my life – something that will snap me out of it. But the one thing I’ve realised over time is that YOU are the only person and the only thing that will snap you out of it.

You need to breathe, you need to exercise, you need to talk to friends and family, you need to meditate, play with your dog, go for a walk and stop thinking so much.

Life is great, life is what you make it and life will not pause for you to work it all out. You need to roll with the punches and get back on the horse.

So that’s what I intend to do!

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Nutrition rollercoaster

Increased saliva, nausea, fatigue, moodiness, increased gas.

Hmm, I’m either preggers or having an odd reaction to the metagenics supplements.

Now Jess did warn there may be side effects, so I’m figuring this is what I’m experiencing.

But, I’m curious to hear from others who have been on these types of supps. What side effects did you have? How did you feel? How did they help you?

Another weird thing that’s been happening this week is my appetite roller-coaster.

Some days, I’ve been ravenous! Other days, I’ve not been hungry at all….

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And my diet has not changed. I’m still no wheat, no dairy. In fact, if anything my diet is getting better every day.

The only ‘new’ thing is the supps. But then again maybe that’s how these things work?

Anyone who is going through the process of changing their diet and lifestyle would probably feel the same as I am right now. It’s all a bit new and uncertain. Things are changing slowly inside you and your body, and mind, is adapting.

I think the thing I’ve learnt from this week of ups and downs is that it really is a process, and even though I’ve felt better already, it’s a long road ahead to being ‘fixed’. There is a whole journey in front of me and I’m only just beginning.

So, I’ll keep chugging along, and when I catch up with Jess in 2 more weeks, we will have plenty to talk about!

Feel free to get in touch either in the comments section or on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Lahneeland

Parex, Metagenics, what the?

Well the days have come and gone and the post I’d hoped to get on here last Thursday is now finally making an appearance.

Last Wednesday I had my first follow-up appointment with Jessica Cox.

I was actually really excited about it! I wanted to tell her all about how I’d been going and I wanted to see what her feedback was, and the results of the tests were to be discussed. Anyone would have thought I was going for a job interview… for a job I really wanted that is. Nerves, butterflies, excitement, curiosity! All wrapped up (in a wheat free wrap of course).

So throughout the hour session, we chatted and I talked poor Jess’s ear off about what I had been eating, how I was finding it, how I felt.

I had actually been away on a work trip the weekend prior to Spicers Clovelly (a whole post in itself! OMG that place is heaven) and I was served up a few slices of fresh cooked bread straight from the over (drool!), so not wanting to be rude, I ate them. Yes you can cue the hand slaps and tisk tisk but it turned out to be a good thing, because I confirmed the fact that wheat does upset me. So I was able to tell Jess about this too and she seemed really happy with the progress we were making on breaking down the food groups and seeing what things were good for me, and what things were not.

The jury is still out on dairy so after 2 more weeks, I’ll be slowly reintroducing sheep and goat dairy only in the form of hard cheeses for 3 consecutive days. I’ll see how I feel and if I feel ok, we then reintroduce the softer stuff, then all going well, we bring back the cow dairy. Although, just quietly, I’m hoping I’m no good with cows dairy because it’s a good excuse for me to cut things like chocolate, cappuccinos, cheese – all the things I liked to munch on a little too much! I’ve actually lost 1.5kg JUST from the change in diet!!!

Now to the test results. I mentioned it before; I’m not allergic to gluten. No coeliac disease which is great news. I have low iron (no surprises there) so I’m taking Essential Nutrients Iron Plus daily for that. I do however also have bad bacteria in my gut. So the goal over the next 3 weeks before Jess and I meet again is to flush these bad bacteria out with the use of 2 different Metagenics supplements. Parex, which I take twice daily, 1 tab in the am and 2 tabs in the pm, is a potent anti-parasitic herbal combination which will rid the body of intestinal worms and parasites and provide anti parasitic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal activity. Gastro AG, a powder that provides fuel for beneficial bacteria, I’m having in water 2 x daily. I won’t lie, it kind of tastes kind of like what chalk might taste like but sweeter.

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So that’s all folks and I’ll touch base again very soon when I take you all on a journey into my pantry…. Oooohhhhh, aaaahhhhhh J

To get in touch with Jess, visit www.jessicacox.com.au

Good on you Maria Kang!

I have been posting a lot about my journey with Operation Nutrition the past 2 weeks, so I thought it best put up a post of a different nature. And I also have a bit of a gripe…so here it comes.

There has been a photo circulating the web lately of a super-hot mum and her 3 young kids. The pic shows her posing with her kids wearing a crop top and micro shorts and the words on the pic are ‘What’s your excuse?’

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Now my issue isn’t with this pic. My issue is with the 1000’s of women out there who saw it and hated on her. She has had to defend herself for posting this photo!

The way I see it, this lady had a goal. Her goal was to look this good and she achieved her goal while still being a mum to 3 young kids. Well done to her! Anyone who sets out to achieve a goal should be praised when they get there. Not accused of ‘fat shaming’ others.

Now I’m all for positive body image and feeling happy and beautiful in your own skin. But the reality is, whether we admit it out loud or not, we all have insecurities and we all want to look and feel better. That is human nature and whether you are a size 6 or 16, you will most likely dislike some part of your body and wish you could change it. And there is nothing wrong with that! I’m learning to appreciate my body and who I am, but I still want to look better, and more than that, I want to feel better and be fitter, healthier. This is a good thing right? Well if you ask a number of media outlets, body image specialists etc this isn’t the case. I should just be content at being a size 12 (or larger) and shout it out to the world. Who needs to lose weight? Who needs to be healthy? Don’t dare try to achieve your own personal goals and be proud of it. When you look that hot you are obviously a fat shamer! WTF???

What’s happening to the world? It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to look like this woman does. And people should not be putting her down for looking how SHE WANTS TO LOOK! I sincerely doubt she posted this photo to offend others. If anything, this is inspirational for all the other mothers out there struggling to find the motivation they need to achieve their goals.

It appears we as a society have gone from hating on larger people, to hating on super thin people, now we hate on fitness type bodies. Can’t we just appreciate everyone as they are?

And the other thing that’s important with this photo is that she’s simply pointing out a very true fact. There are NO excuses. If you WANT something (want being the key word here) then you can have it. You just gotta be prepared to work hard for it!

“You can have results or you can have your excuses. You cannot have both.” – Unknown