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ABC… Easy as 123

Sorry for the long, unexplained absence from blogging! I have some great, informative (and delicious) posts coming up, so STAY TUNED.

Meanwhile, I decided you write up a little ABC post to tell you a little bit about me outside of blogging. Here it goes…

A- Accounting. I love doing mental math, and algebra was one of my favorite subjects in school. On those personality questionnaires I always received the description of “analytical” so accounting is a good fit for me!

B- Banana Ice Cream. Enough said.

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C- Cats. All of my cats have been named after famous painters or literary characters. Leo (Davinci), Vince (VanGogh), Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird). My brother’s cat is Apollo (the Greek god of music)… or introvert as he is affectionately nicknamed.

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D- Dogs. Okay! More animals. We have two dogs; one is outside and one is inside. Lilly is our inside Cairn Terrier. Riley is our outside mix (we got him from the pound).

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E- Elephant Ears. These were my favorite treats at the fair when I was younger. Most kids loved cotton candy or french fries, but not me! Paired with a corn dog for lunch, elephant ears were the highlight of the week. (Now… I just need to come up with an allergy-friendly version!)

F- Falcon. My high school’s and college’s mascot. Coincidence? I think not!

G- Gold or silver. Silver… Gold makes me feel OLD!

H- Hair. It’s naturally curly, but when it’s long it seems to be wavy.

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I- Ice. I love crunching on ice. It keeps me occupied in restaurants when I’m bored. Plus: It really annoys my mom 😛

J- Jump Rope. It’s kind of a hate-and-love relationship for me. In Kindergarden my favorite recess activity was jumping rope and singing those crazy songs… Cinderella, dressed in yell-a, ran upstairs to kiss a fella. By mistake she kissed a snake, how many doctors did it take? One… Two… Three.

K- Kale. Vegetable of the summer. Put on the broiler, wash some kale, and lay it out on a cookie sheet. No oil needed and still CRISPY!

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L- Laps. If I could pick one exercise to do for the rest of my life, it would be swimming laps at a pool. Swimming is so much better than running, and lifting weights, and doing lunges…

M- Madison, Me, Muffins… Obviously my favorite letter ever!

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N- Nancy Drew. My favorite books when I was younger. One day my grandma brought out a big stack of her old, musty, original Nancy Drew novels. Blue binding and all! Sometimes I even go back and reread my favorites.

O- OOOOOOO…. For some reason this reminds me of cOOkie dOugh. Perhaps because there are so many O’s? But, anways. Cookie dough is my favorite food. I love making protein powder taste like cookie dough. Chocolate chip cookie dough tastes way better than baked cookies (Did I really just say that? Hmmm… yes. Yes I did.)

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P- Pet Peeves. Grammar mistakes (I know, I make a lot too!). Text messaging lingo- I get lol and idk, but I HATE when people abbreviate every single word in a message. “Do you really think I’ll understand that?”

Q- Quotes. To reference the mighty Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory: “Hummingbirds are the vampires of the flower world.” “I am not crazy; my mother had me tested.” “I am immune to your sarcasm.” And… “BAZINGA!”

R- Radishes. I just don’t get their appeal. YUK.

S- Sweet Potatoes. My favorite vegetable. So sad they hurt my stomach! Ah… Nevertheless. One day, one day I shall eat them again!

T- Tigger. The best character from Winnie the Pooh.

U- Underworld. A new book by Meg Cabot that I am dying to read!

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The first book was so good!

V- Vaseline. Really good for hands in cold weather!

W- Water. I really don’t like it a lot, but I drink it because I have to, or else I’d die. Positive thinking, right?

X- X-rays. Of which I have had none. Knock on wood… and then trip over it and break my ankle. (Don’t worry, I kid, I kid!)

Y- Yams. Really, what is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? Anybody know?

Z- Zucchini bread. For the past two weeks I have been feverishly searching for a recipe for zucchini bread that I CAN EAT! No sugar, no yeast, no flour, no eggs. I’m thinking: almond flour, protein powder, stevia, zucchini, pumpkin, salt, baking powder (without corn), olive oil… Any thoughts?

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Please pick 123 letters above and share with me a little something about yourself!

What I Ate When Tackling the BEAST

Wow. Dramatic title much?

You may (or may not) be wondering at my lack of posts during the last weeks of July.

Well, after I came back from Myrtle Beach…

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My stomach was feeling great! I took a week off of eating fats, because I had a feeling that I wasn’t digesting them very well. That meant no almonds, no oil, and no pistachios! Instead I subsisted on…

Bananas, beans, carrots, raspberries, prunes, chicken and protein powder.

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The only time my stomach hurt during the whole trip was the day I drank a lot of almond milk (almonds… duh!)

Then when I got back, the almond butter returned!

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Along with bloating, stomach pain, “bubbliness” and a whole lot else. Still not as bad as before, but unwelcomed nonetheless.

On the Monday after my return I drove an hour for a homeopathic/naturopathic appointment.

During the consultation the naturopathic nurse took my health history, asked a lot of questions, then led me through an electrodermal reading where she tested different accupressure points in my body.

With this she determined that I had a mold allergy (which I already knew). She found that my body was deficient in vitamin B and C. I also lack choline which is a neurotransmitter helping with short term memories. Iodine is another level that she tested, and because I rarely use salt I am not getting enough.

The two biggest revelations though were when she told me I had hypoglycemia and an overgrowth of candida. I knew what both were prior to this appointment, but I had no idea that some of my symptoms were being caused by them!

Hypoglycemia is where your blood sugar drops if you don’t eat every 2-3 hours. This explains why I had difficulty focusing during Calculus and band (right before lunch), as well as English (which I had at the end of the day). My mom said that hearing this diagnosis she was surprised that a managed to get still get all A’s.

Then she explained more about candida to me, which is the real kicker. Candida covers all of my symptoms! Caused by an imbalance in my gut (from overuse of antibiotics) symptoms range from allergies to stomach and gi problems, to fatigue and cold extremities, candida can even cause irregular periods!

This appointment was very enlightening, and I left with a list of supplements, vitamins and special instructions to help me beat these BEASTS!!

At first I just started taking the supplements, then I jumped head first into the anti-candida diet. Phase One.

For phase one I am supposed to be following the Atkins diet, but with my food allergies and nut issues that would be nearly impossible. Unless I starve!

Instead I am following a modified diet based off of Whole Approach’s plan listed on their website. They even provide a pdf of acceptable and not acceptable food!

Here is a sample of what I eat when following the anti-candida diet:

BREAKFAST:

Green, sprouted lentils from Whole Foods. To cook, boil 1 1/4 cups of water in a small pan the add 1/4 cup of lentils. Cook in boiling water for five minutes. Then cover, remove from heat and let set for another five minutes.

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SNACK:

With hypoglycemia I am supposed to eat smaller meals more frequently, preferably something with protein.

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LUNCH:

For lunch I wanted to use up some asparagus tips that I had in the fridge, and BAM, instant salad. Warm asparagus tips, cold chicken chunks, and fresh crunchy lettuce.

SNACK:

For my after lunch snack, I need something quick and super simple.

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SUPPER:

Much the same as lunch with vegetables being the main focus. Kale and green beans. Not much protein, but I needed something easy in my stomach.

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Thanks Peas and Crayons!

As you can pretty much see from my post above, vegetables are this summer’s staple. I’ve also been digging protein powder and stevia (I finally found a version that doesn’t aggravate my stomach! STOKED!!)

Another staple this summer that happens to be non-food is Disney Channel.

Say what?

Yes, I know I’m eighteen. And I know that I am going to be heading off for college in a week… But Disney Channel has been an unexpected, but totally awesome perk of babysitting! The shows are so wholesome and uplifting. Just today I watched Radio Rebel, a movie featuring Debbie Ryan. Was it cheesy? Yes, but in a good way. She reminded me the important life lessons of being yourself no matter what anyone else says.

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Tell me something that you like to do, that others may not be super supportive of. For me, that would be reading. I read constantly. Blogs, books, newspaper articles, internet articles, health posts, magazines… Information is always at my fingertips. Learning is what I love to do. Does that make me scattered? Yes. Do I always make sense? No. But that is who I am. I like being “in the know.” When I don’t know something, I look it up. That’s me.

Want to know more about me? Check out my About Me page at the top AND my last post where I share my idiosyncrasies while singing the ABC’s.
Have a LOVELY day! No matter who you are.