Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easy to Digest Foods

Hi there, happy Tuesday!

Thank you for all the well wishes yesterday, you guys are the best!

The past few weeks I have been experimenting with 'easy to digest foods' and have found that this can mean two things:

1 - All natural, non processed, and therefore easy to digest (think Raw Food Diet, Paleo, etc.)
2 - Low fiber, low fat foods that are easy to digest (think BRAT diet)

My body had trouble with anything I put in it (because I needed antibiotics!). Things continued to get worse, and I soon found that the only thing I was able to eat in a day was 1 banana. Anything above that triggered crippling pains. This is far from sustainable and as my weight rapidly dropped I knew I needed to seek help.

But let's rewind. I started eating raw foods. Why are these easy to digest?
  •  You eat whole, real foods. This eliminates preservatives, additives, coloring, and added sugars that may be causing irritation.
  • High fiber diet which may improve digestion.
  • Improves "gut health" by providing your body with the much needed nutrients.
Read more HERE.

I tried a lot of this....and my body quickly let me know that was not what it wanted.

I then moved to low fiber, low protein, and low fat foods. Why are these easy to digest?
  •  This is often known as the BRAT Diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) which are soft foods that allow your GI tract to recover and rest.
  • Specifically designed to eliminate high fiber, high fat foods which can often cause stomach irritation.
  • **This is no longer recommended for children as the American Academy of Pediatrics now wants children to keep fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats in their diets if possible.

At this point I knew changing my eating habits wouldn't pacify my symptoms. But, if you feel your stomach is upset or craving a little less 'rough' foods, go ahead and try one of the two above methods!

The #1 lesson I've learned from my diet changes and research is to listen to your body and do what works for you! As soon as I had a "trigger" food, my body sure let me know...I could quite literally listen to my body because it was making such loud noises.

I also did a lot of horizontal running to rest and recover =).

I have an appointment with the GI doc this morning and I am crossing my fingers for good news!

I have a delicious recipe coming at ya soon that uses anti-inflammatory ingredients to ease digestion. Can you see a pattern in recent posts?! I swear I'll get back to normal, healthy, amazing delicious recipes soon =).

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Q: Do you workout while you are sick?

Q:  What're you going to be for Halloween?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sometimes you can't fix things yourself

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend!!

Mine was a little tough. I've been off the map for a bit because I have been struggling with some health issues for the past few weeks. My sudden curiosity in the Raw Food Diet was really me trying to self diagnose and treat myself. I was reluctant to get medical attention and thought I could fix it on my own, but things got unmanageable and I wound up here.

After some blood results, my doc told me to go to the ER where a CT Scan showed I have Colitis. Why am I telling you this? Because I thought I could self-treat this condition with a specific diet plan, but was proven wrong. If I am going to share with you my nutrition triumphs, I think it is only fair I share with you what didn't work too. I am such a strong believer in the power of nutrition, but this was a wake up call that some things won't get better on their own, even with the healthiest diet plan you could imagine. While I am a huge advocate for nutrition, it is a recipe for long term health and sometimes, in the short run, antibiotics are the only thing that will help kill internal infections. 

I've kept this on the DL from most people as it's not a pleasant topic and I wasn't sure yet what was going on, but those who did know (sorry I dragged you into it ;) have been amazing. I also had this lady by my side who made me laugh even while I was laying on the bed in the ER. 

Happier, less painful times ahead, I am so hopeful! Keep yourself healthy, and while nutrition is an amazing thing, sometimes we have to seek medical help for those nasty infections we can't heal on our own!!

PS. You can expect a post in the near future on 'easy to digest' foods ;).

Anyone else have a medical issue they tried to fix on their own?

Best foods for when you are sick?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nutrition Thursday: Eating too Much Protein

Hi guys, how's it going?!?

I spend a lot of time reading nutrition related articles and blogs and decided to share some of the nutrition love and info with you guys! On Thursdays I'll give y'all a recap of some topics I think are pretty interesting and sometimes misunderstood. It'll be short and sweet, I promise =).

Too much protein. It exists and I feel like some people underestimate the amount of protein they get each day!

I work at a Culinary School and part of my job is to review the Chef's menus and ensure they are not exceeding the protein limit, which is 4.0 - 4.5 ounces of protein / person.

This is the Recommended Daily Intake, as published by Choose My Plate (<-- an awesome website, check it out if you have time!). I need 46 grams of protein a day! Of course, this varies based on weight and physical activity.

Sneaky protein, is in so many foods. Just because you don't eat meat, doesn't mean you aren't eating protein. High protein foods:
  • Half chicken breast - 92g
  • 3 oz fish filet - 22g
  • Beans (1 cup) - 29g
  • Egg (1 egg) - 6 g
  • Yogurt (1 cup) - 14 g
  • Nuts (1 ounce) - 9g
Too much protein, what happens?

I took an introductory nutrition class recently and learned that if you consume more protein than your body needs, you may actually start to gain weight. This is because your body starts to store the excess protein as fat. While it is good to make sure we are getting enough protein, also make sure you aren't getting TOO much.

And of course a little bit of randomness because this wouldn't be my blog with out.

I almost drove off the road when I came home and saw this cat in our front yard. And what is wrong with it's neck??

Haley and I fixed it later =).

My first FIX! I am excited to see what they picked out for me! I'll do a full review on it soon.

I hope today is a good one! See you all tomorrow!

Q: Have you ever done Stitch Fix? Did you keep anything?

Q: Where do you get most your protein from?
-- greek yogurt

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