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for the past 4 months, i’ve been working out with a trainer at the gym.  I send him a food log of everything i’ve eaten that day, we track body fat, weight loss and overall food intake.  The diet is not much more restrictive than what I was eating before as a result of my Celiac’s disease and other food allergies and because we monitor the times and quantities eaten, I actually find that I eat more now than I did before and am rarely (if ever) hungry.  In the past 14 months, I’ve lost 45 lbs.  My goal would be to lose another 20 -25 and maybe another 2 clothing sizes (am already down 4!)

At the first of the year, Ted and I started working out together with the trainer.  This has been a change from what I was used to, but has been a lot of fun to share this area of my life with him.  I’ve been cooking now for both of us, to help him get used to the diet, and he’s been very helpful in planning meals, cleaning up, organizing and encouraging me through the learning process.

I love to cook.  But its been a challenge to cook not only gluten and dairy free (which has now become the norm), but now also sugar and sodium free… and to prepare everything in measured and weighed quantities, pack it in individual containers for our respective 4 meals a day and do it so that neither of us get bored with eating the same foods over and over again.  The first week I did it, I can’t tell you how many times I just broke down and cried from feeling completely overwhelmed.  :(   this week has been much better.  Ted’s been helping me plan the week in advance and then we go shopping together to buy what we need.  Then its just a matter of figuring out when to cook.  cooking is beginning to be fun again… :)

For Christmas, Ted bought me a Breadman bread machine.  I’m enjoying playing around with different recipes and mixes.  The first loaf I made was Pamela’s wheat free bread mix.  It was absolutely delicious… the best gluten free bread I’ve ever tried.  Nice and fluffy… held together well… tasted great as bread or toast… and had just a bit of sweetness to it, kind of like a sourdough bread.  The only problem is that at 280 mg of sodium per slice, its way too high for our diet.  So, off I went on the adventure to find another gluten free bread mix that could compare.  The next attempt was Gluten-Free Pantry’s French bread mix.  It has a recipe for a loaf of bread in a breadmaker, so I gave it a try.  Due to the fact that its primarily rice flour (aka no flavor or taste), it is not nearly as good as the other mix.  But it has much less sodium and by not adding extra salt as directed to the recipe, it is even lower than the 120 mg listed.  So, a better option, but sadly you compromise taste.  :(

This weekend, I’m going to try several other recipes…  once i see how they turn out, i’ll post an update. :)  happy weekend everyone!

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5 responses »

  1. Congrats on losing 45lbs! That is wonderful. Sounds like working with the trainer is going to fine tune all the work you did to be even better.

    Too bad about the bread. Hopefully the new recipes will work out. :-) Happy Sunday!

  2. Angelia, thanks! I’m so excited. Yesterday I was able to buy my first size 10 pants since high school! I’m wearing them today with the biggest and i’m sure goofiest grin on my face. :)

    john, a good resource that helped me out a lot when going gluten free was this website… http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/01/morning-after-diagnosis-that-is.html. There are many recipes and the link above is how to start eating gluten free…

    but the easy way to explain it is this… eat fresh fruits, veggies, potatoes, rice and meats, avoid marinades and breads, avoid processed foods and avoid any type of seasoning mixes. the website goes into more detail, and i’d be happy to help to, if you’re interested. :)

  3. Hi Emily,

    I noticed one of your categories on your blog was for celiacs. My dad has celiac disease and was diagnosed about 10 years ago. My mom has found many recipes that my dad likes, and many that he didn’t! It has been quite the experimental process. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I can relate to the inconveniences and having to explain so often what the eating restrictions are. I hope the gluten-free diet is working for you!

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