Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 6 & 7 - eating out fail

I am really learning a lot about food right now. Yesterday was Day 6 and b/c hubby worked from home and both girls got great reports from school I thought we should go out to eat. I picked a place that I knew had a good selection of fish. After asking a million questions about brown or white rice, cheese or no cheese etc. I finally decided on a house salad and a grilled tilipia. I had to ask for no cheese on the salad, i forgot to ask for the dressing on the side, and the pecans were candied. I couldn't eat it, the dressing was too much it was drowned in it. FAIL, next was teh fish, I should have gotten a blackened fish...the fish came in a puddle of butter....6 days ago i would have not even noticed it, i would have ate it happily. However, last night I was a bit disgusted staring at the pool of butter. why did they need to use SO much. I had sweet potatoes instead of white rice and lord knows how much butter was in them. NO dessert.

I was mad, I have been so good and I felt like that ruined it. I am down 2 -3 pounds. But more importantly than the weight is I do feel really good. I also feel like habits are forming, grabbing some raspberries for a snack not junk food. I still need to work on portion control, tonight i had turkey chili and i ate too much. Yes it was sans the cheese and sour cream but I also did not need to eat as much as I did.

Today was finally a real nice day out and I loved it. The sun and warm weather does something wonderful to the spirit. Unfortunately tomorrow is going to really nice and my older one has a fever. I had a playdates lined up and was ready to get a run outside, oh well, life is life.

There was an article in the WSJ about gluten sensitivity and the fact that it is real. Did you read it ? What are your thoughts on gluten. I had gluten bread for the first time and it was not bad, i could learn to live on it. I am realizing that it would not be that hard to go gluten free but i really wish there was some SIMPLE test that could tell you if you were gluten sensitive or not. I have heard of the hear test but not sure I believe it.

Tomorrow is the next phase of the cleanse. I have to cut out everything but fruits veggies, fish and nuts and gluten free grains. i have planned out what I will be eating.


  1. I am a follower and have liked reading some of your posts in the past, but I am very opinionated about doing detox/cleansings-as I am a nurse and I know that they are not good for people. They help you lose quick weight, not gain healthy habits. I am also gluten-free, but because I have to be or i have extreme stomach aches constantly. It is not something that a person should do because they 'feel like it'. It is not a healthy diet to be on. If you want to try to increase your fruit and veggie consumption, that is one thing-and that is healthy. Trading whole wheat bread for a slice of gluten-free bread is a terrible exchange. GF bread is worse for you, it has very low fiber, does not taste as good. I have no idea what you were eating before but good whole wheat bread is much better for you, the same is true for GF pasta-regular whole wheat pasta is much better for you. Healthy habits are not easy to create, but are worth all the work. And sadly, gluten free is certainly not the answer-I hate it and I have had it for 7 years. I would love to be able to eat a regular diet. Just some thoughts to think about, Katie

  2. Gluten sensitivity can also present in different ways - not just intestinal, so while I appreciate the first comment is true for Katie, it does not mean that being GF is NOT your answer either. I would definitely pay close attention to how you feel as you introduce gluten in our diet, or it could be even more narrow a sensitivity such as JUST wheat. You've stated that you get eczema, which many ppl have treated successfully by being GF. I myself have been suffering from hives for over a year. While my biopsies and testing have shown up negative for any gluten allergy or intolerance, they are not 100% so it is something that needs to be eliminated and worked through. It would be great to have concrete answers but it's just not that easy! Doing this cleanse myself, I can vouch that it's safe, and as you stated more an elimination diet than anything. I wish you the best of luck, you are doing great!

    Also heres a link to a page with all sorts of tests for gluten sensitivity:


  3. It is frustrating how over the top restaurants prepare their food with butter, oil, dressings, etc. don't fret the one meal though. You are doing a great job.

  4. I can't believe you ordered grilled tilapia and it was drowning in butter! So frustrating. American restaurants kill me! My kids are out of school and I've been snacking like crazy. I've returned to drinking tons of water and watching portions more carefully the last couple of days. Makes a difference. Good luck with the cleanse.

  5. Hey, don't be so hard on yourself. You're doing great.

  6. HI! I wanted to post a great article from a physician held to high standards in the nutrition field on gluten sensitivity. I think it is well stated and gives great information:

    Also, sounds like you are doing more then just a cleanse! Not all cleanses are created equal and unfortunately, some do give a bad reputation to the name and meaning of a cleanse or detox. Eliminating toxic foods (sugar and white flour!) along with foods that are high on the sensitivity and allergen list (gluten / dairy / soy) is a good idea. Keep us posted to what happens when you add them back in!


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