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Still today I am feeling quite miserable, had a bad sleep last night AGAIN due to pain and discomfort. On and off nausea today. Hopefully it will all go away soon.

Week 3 of Winter Shape Up came out today and I wasn’t too thrilled with it, sorry! So I just created something on my own, simple and easy to do at home since I haven’t been feeling much like leaving the house. All I need is the chin up bar and resistance bands. This way even if I don’t leave the house, I can still get in a good weight workout.

It’s been snowing here, again! Took long enough for it to actually start coming down, soon enough it will be Spring again and I will be jumping for joy. I can’t wait to start running outside.

Here’s the aftermath of our snow storm last weekend:

Snow storm

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Most streets are cleaned, thank goodness! But since it’s been snowing again, its getting pretty messy out there again,  but I doubt it will be quite like the storm we just had.

On to the next thing, I borrowed some of my mom’s chocolate moulds, I want to experiment with making some regular chocolate, vegan chocolates and raw chocolates. I am so excited to do those and see how they turn out. Maybe this week I will start whippin’ up some fancy treats. My dad told me I have to bring samples out, because he’s the "Official Taste Tester". So I’ll be sure to make some of his favourites, my dad is spoiled!

Well until next time! Have a good night.

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This past week has been excruciating for me. Between the "time of the month" and having IBS, my symptoms have been ten times worse than they usually are, I have been feeling mostly decent the last little while until this week came and my stomach has been insanely uneasy. This week has been intense cramps that left me curled up in a ball unable to move and running to the bathroom, not what I call fun. I am not sure what to take, eat or do to help with this problem. I have heard that you can take Evening Primrose Oil to decrease the symptoms, but I have yet to look into that a little more, might be worth it. Apparently drinking peppermint tea is supposed to help, but I can’t seem to stand drinking any kind of tea. It’s just too bad that it takes over 6 months to get a specialist appointment to figure out if there are more serious issues going on with me than I know. It’s a pretty messed up system when it always takes so long.

Do you experience any of this? How do you deal with it?

Taking a quick look back at my RUN page for December, my total mileage was 56.22 miles compared to my 32.99 miles in November. So again January I need to bump it up. My RUN page is always being updated so keep an eye on it.

Our New Year’s Eve consisted of a lot of food. I am still eating quite lousy and I have been getting constant migraines. I can’t believe how people can eat like that day in and day out. Starting Monday we are going back to our normal ways, the food is almost gone! Its going to feel so nice to not have these constant migraines and just plain yucky feelings of lack of energy and exhaustion. Starting Monday, will be the start of high raw and mostly vegan. I need to start transitioning slowly, otherwise I will never manage to keep it up. Also again starting Monday I will resume my running and start my yoga.

This year is the year to change things in my life, getting fit and healthy are on the top of my list. I want to be more adventurous in my cooking and un-cooking. I do not intend to become 100% Raw, but I do intend to become Vegan and have a lot of Raw food intake. My main reason for wanting to go Raw and Vegan is the fact that the food is so much cleaner, I don’t want to ingest any more additives or junk into my body. I want to flush those impurities away and treat my body with respect and help it perform at its best. That’s what this year is all about.  By doing all of this I am also hoping that my IBS will be under control and I will hopefully have no more flare ups and I will essentially be "cured" that would be a dream come true to feel normal, for once in my life. I have already felt the benefits of a clean lifestyle, and just from these pasts couple weeks of not eating clean, I have definitely discovered that my body does not want to eat like that anymore and it is time for a huge change.

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1) Copy this list into your blog or social networking site profile, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment on this post linking to your results.

The Vegan Hundred:
1. Molasses
2. Cactus/Nopales
3. Scrambled Tofu
4. Grilled Portobella Caps
5. Fresh Ground Horseradish
6. Sweet Potato Biscuits
7. Arepa
8. Vegan Coleslaw
9. Ginger Carrot Soup
10. Fiddlehead Ferns
11. Roasted Elephant Garlic
12. Umeboshi
13. Almond Butter Toast
14. Aloe Vera
15. H and H Bagel NYC
16. Slow Roasted Butternut Squash
17. White truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Freshly ground wasabi
20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider
23. Organic California Mango (in season Sept-Oct only)
24. Quinoa
25. Papaya Smoothie
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet or Habañero pepper
27. Goji Berry Tea
28. Fennel
29. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread
31. Starfruit
32. Oven fresh Sourdough bread
33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices
34. Sauerkraut
35. Acai Smoothie
36. Blue Foot Mushrooms
37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc
38. Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo
39. Falafel
40. Spelt Crust Pizza
41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms
42. Jicama Slaw
43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings
44. Hemp Milk
45. Rose Champagne
46. Fuyu
47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup
48. Tofu Pesto Sandwich
49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice…with Extra Ginger

50. Grilled Seitan
51. Prickly pear
52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk
53. Concord Grapes off the vine
54. Ramps
55. Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut
56. Organic Arugula
57. Vidalia Onion
58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics
59. Honeycrisp Apple
60. Poi
61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores
62. Grape seed Oil
63. Farm fresh-picked Peach
64. Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus
65. Chestnut Snack Packs
66. Fresh Guava
67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC
69. Fried plantains
70. Mache
71. Golden Beets
72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles
73. Liquid Smoke
74. Meyer Lemon
75. Veggie Paella
76. Vegan Lasagna
77. Kombucha
78. Homemade Soy Milk
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Lychee Bellini
81. Tempeh Bacon
82. Sprouted Grain Bread
83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh
84. Vanilla Bean
85. Watercress
86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself
87. Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie
88. Flowers
89. Corn Chowder
90. High Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate
91. Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi
92. White Flesh Grapefruit
93. Harissa
94. Coconut Oil
95. Jackfruit
96. Homemade Risotto
97. Spirulina
98. Seedless ‘Pixie’ Tangerine
99. Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought
100. Fresh Plucked English Peas

I definitely haven’t eaten much of that. Maybe in another year’s time it will be a different story. As for crossing anything out, I’m sure I would have no problem trying everything on this list at least once.

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Tonight we did some New Year’s cleaning. We switched the bedroom and the office rooms around. So now the bedroom is smaller and the office is much bigger! Only took about 2 hours to do all the moving and setting everything back up. The Christmas tree and decorations also came down tonight. Everything is all tidy again and feeling a lot more organized this year. I am off to relax for a bit before bed! New week starting, changes to be made. Stay Tuned.

 

 

So I just want to start with the first part of the title of my post, IBS and Holidays. It always seems that when you have IBS and think things are under control, a holiday comes along and you have a major attack that puts you out of commission and it doesn’t allow you to spend time with the people you love. It really gets in the way. It has always been that way for me. But this past year, I actually got passed it. I’m not exactly sure if I figured out how, but I think I know what did help. I started eating more Raw foods a couple weeks before the actual holidays came around. The week of Christmas I was still eating Raw and drinking green smoothies with lots of spinach. I also tried some Aloe Vera juice. I think that stuff is fantastic. It definitely calms my insides and makes me feel better in a matter of 10 minutes. I have had good success with it so far, and I will still be experimenting with it on worse days to see if it REALLY works. Over this Christmas season, I ate everybody else’s cooking, treats, snacks and of course cookies. Eating that way would normally reek havoc on my insides, and for some reason it didn’t this year, and I was ecstatic! But then after 5 days of eating like that way I just started feeling like crap from the unhealthy, cooked, processed, full of sugar foods. Every night before bed during Christmas I took fibre pills to keep me some what regular, because I knew my body wasn’t used to this way of eating and I didn’t want to get plugged up! (It’s true) The day after coming home, my stomach wasn’t doing so well, it finally caught up to me, I was feeling extremely sluggish and was getting constant migraines. I thought to myself, how in the heck did I used to eat like that on a normal basis? Since becoming mainly vegetarian and part Raw, I have definitely noticed the benefits of eating healthy and eating fresh foods. Today for supper I cleansed my soul with a giant Green smoothie. I almost instantly started feeling better with that boost of vitamins and good wholesome greenness.

So I am getting back on track, I bought a load of bananas and a huge bag of spinach, so I have no excuse. I need to get back to eating right so that I can feel energized again. I skipped the gym today because  I was feeling so lousy, but I will be back at it tomorrow. I went on Tuesday to the gym and used my new Polar F7, that thing is so awesome (Thanks Hunnie!) It is so easy to use, the chest strap isn’t a nuisance and it uploads easily onto the computer.

Before Christmas came I overhauled the fridge, I took out the old crispers and left that bottom space open, and I added an extra shelf for more room. I got some cheap white storage bins for all my fruits and veggies in the fridge. It brightened it up in there and made it a lot more organized and easier to be Raw!

Now for the second part of the title of my post – 10 in 2010. These are the 10 things that I would like to do in 2010.

1) Run a 10K marathon

2) Glass etchings

3) Grow some of my own veggies

4) Become High Raw/Vegan

5) Achieve goal weight

6) Assemble a cookbook

7) Practice Yoga

8 ) Donate Blood (Iron has always been too low)

9) Better my photography and food photography

10) Chocolate making

 

I hope that everyone has a good New Years! Be safe and stay healthy, as much as possible. I look forward to talking to everyone in 2010 and sharing all my new experiences in this next year. I can’t wait to do a post at the end of 2010 and look back at everything I have accomplished. Ooo its so exciting!

 

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150 Days Left!

Today has been sort of a write-off, I slept in a little bit and once I was up I had to wait for the UPS guy to get here and bring my packages! Christmas presents have arrived! I also had 2 books I was waiting for among those presents. There was "Tell me what to eat if I have IBS" and "Healthy digestion the natural way". There is pictures of the book covers and a link as well in my READ page.  But as soon as my packages arrived I was off to the gym! All my running updates will be posted in my RUN page. Today’s goal was 2.6 miles, and it was achieved. Official marathon training has begun!

The rest of the afternoon I have pretty much been reading my new books. They are pretty good so far. Hopefully for Christmas I will be able to get some good books on Raw Food diets. I added those to my list,  otherwise I will just be ordering/buying them after Christmas!

Tomorrow I am setting up the Christmas tree! The first day of December, and its supposed to snow. So it will be perfect weather for Christmas music and decorating. And of course there will be pictures to follow that.

I have been working on my blog a lot these past couple days, if you haven’t noticed! I am looking to improve and expand. Sometime in the nearer future I will be getting my own website, so stay tuned for that. That will be so exciting!!

New episodes of House and Canada’s Worst Driver are on tonight, so that’s what I will be doing!

 

 

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180 Days Left!

Friday night I made biscuits, baked chicken drumsticks, and quinoa for supper. And I made a special dessert, an Apple Rhubarb bake. My first post here is the same thing I did but this time I added apples. I used up the rest of the rhubarb I had in the house and sliced up 3 macintosh apples, I whipped up the remaining gluten free pancake mix I had. Poured it all over the fruit and very lightly stirred it. I set the oven to about 300F-350F, and baked it for about 40 minutes. It came out delicious!

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Saturday tickets went on sale for John Mayer in April. I got some pretty sweet floor seats for Ryan and I. I am excited, I can’t wait.

Yesterday I set up the Christmas tree just with the lights to test to see what the cats will do, if they will destroy it and knock it down. First night went good, nothing was wrecked and it is still standing!

Today started out with breakfast which consisted of 2 slices whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter. Snacks today were Christmas oranges, and a S’mores Luna bar.

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Late lunch today at like 4pm consisted of Badass Jacks and Tim Horton’s. I had an Asian Box with egg noodles, chicken and honey garlic sauce. From Tim Horton’s with both got Large Decaf’s with cream and sweeteners. It really hit the spot, so warm and tasty. I hadn’t had a decaf coffee since I don’t know when!

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Grey Cup is on tonight so that will be what I will be doing for the remainder of the night! Go Riders!

 

I have been researching a lot about the Raw Food diet, I’ve been reading a lot of Gena’s blog and how she used to have IBS and being a Vegan Raw foodist helped. I didn’t know that Gena! So my next thing to try will be a detox and high-Raw diet. See what improvements I see and so on.  My diet has been fairly clean so the transition shouldn’t be too difficult for me, the hardest thing I think at first would not be able to have dairy, although I am sure I will still have it on occasion. I don’t eat much meat as it is, the occasional chicken/turkey or fish/shellfish. So also that part of the transition will be easier for me.

I am very excited to start a Raw Food detox and hopefully start feeling better. If this is my cure then I would be the happiest person alive! It will definitely take some getting used to, a lot of patience and experimenting, but I am okay with that especially if it really benefits me.

I will have to do more research and planning before I officially start. But as soon as I have a bunch more info I will be starting it and updating everyday on how it is going.

 

If anyone has any great tips I would love to hear them.

 

I was looking through some of the blogs that I enjoy, and I happened to click on Gena’s from Choosing Raw, and the topic was Birth Control. There was some pretty good thoughts, but just the topic got me thinking about IBS.

 

What it got me thinking about was, is The Pill the cause of my symptoms and attacks? Or is it just coincidental. I am pretty positive that I had my symptoms years before I actually started taking The Pill. But it got me thinking, maybe my body hasn’t been able to heal itself because its been so back logged with chemicals and hormones. I have been to doctors many many times about my condition, but this topic has never actually came up, maybe it will have to when I go see my doctor next week.

There is no actual evidence linking IBS with The Pill, but there isn’t any evidence against it either. I have read of stories of girls that had all the symptoms, and as soon as they stopped taking The Pill, the symptoms went away. But could it be that simple for me?

I just wonder what if I stopped taking The Pill, and let my body get rid of all the toxins within me, would that finally “cure” me? I don’t know if it would. The con’s of not taking The Pill would be possible irregular periods, worse cramps, spotting and not having a “normal” schedule. But if it were to actually make me feel better, would the pro’s out weigh the con’s?

I know that The Pill didn’t bring on my IBS, but it could be the cause of why it is still with me.

I have only been unofficially diagnosed with IBS because the doctors don’t actually know what is wrong with me. That’s the name of the condition I got because they plain just can’t figure it out. I have been for many ultrasounds and tests, I still have a few to go to yet, as well as another ultrasound.  But for the 10+ years that I have been like this, there has been no real answers. I am waiting to go for more tests to still rule out other more serious conditions.

I am looking into different supplements and natural remedies and cures for IBS, I haven’t tried much yet, but I am very skeptical of anything actually working. There are a few vitamins I may try, because I just met someone that has IBS and she said that it really has helped. So I am going to take her word on it and give it a shot. But talking with her also opened up my eyes to a few more things that could be the cause of it. I will have to explore these as well.

 

What is your opinion on the affects of The Pill with certain conditions, such as IBS?

So today AGAIN, for the 4th time this week, which is like my record, I got up and was off to the gym for my cardio session. I did 15 minutes on the tread climber and then 30 minutes on the treadmill, most of which was walking at 14% incline. I burned over 400 calories this week. Woo!

As soon as I got home, I instantly made a Classic GM and started running a bath with Epsom salts, I could feel my muscles were crying out for it. So I hopped in the bath for awhile, and also been sipping on some Strawberry Lemonade flavoured PowerAde for that extra electrolyte boost.

 

I am taking 2 rests days now, give my body a break from the intense cardio. But I already can’t wait for Monday to come around and hit that treadmill and see how long I can run for at a time. Previous time was 4 minutes straight, maybe I can make 5?

 

I know I haven’t talked much about IBS, so today I will talk about it a little bit. I don’t want to give too many details, because those aren’t very pretty. IBS is just so unpredictable, I can be feeling great in the morning, but by supper time I want to crawl in a hole and die. And vice versa. It interferes with a lot of things in my life, which often leads to stress and just plain being unhappy. I haven’t really figured out my triggers foods, but I think I have found a few things I need to avoid, such as fats, I basically cut out meats, except for chicken and fish on occasion. I have been exercising a lot more lately, so I am hoping that will also aid in making me feel better. I drink WAY more water than I have ever before, at least 32oz a day. I used to drink like zero and drink diet pops. I have completely cut out my diet pop, and I have definitely limited the amount of sweeteners I put into my body. Too much sugar gives me headaches, so the alternative is sweeteners, I am trying to not use either as much as possible. My eating habits are definitely improving as I go on this journey, and I think that eating more whole foods is a definite benefit to all aspects. I keep a journal of what I am eating on a daily basis and the way I am feeling, and recording my attacks. That way I am able to look back and maybe see what might have caused that specific attack.  But still whenever I go out, I am still worried that I will have an “attack”, even if I have been eating carefully. IBS really has a mind of its own, and its definitely hard to handle some days. I am looking for alternative medicines or anything that may relieve my symptoms. I have been going through this for over 10 years, and I have my ways of dealing with it, but sometimes I can’t even go out. And still through all of my experiences, I stay strong. I am still depressed deep down and still have “bad thoughts” but I try to keep them from surfacing, I am trying to cope and forget about all that bad stuff and try and be happy with the way that I am. And believe me, its extremely hard. But I am strong.  If you know of any medicines or alternatives for healing IBS , please let me know!

 

Ok I feel like I am writing a novel here, that will be it for today!

 

Let’s end on a happy note:

 

Daisy cuddling with my hot water bottle (I keep it in a Powerpuff Girl pillow case, got a problem with that?)

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Lily on Halloween nibbling on some pumpkin.

 

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Aren’t my kids just the cutest?

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Playlist:

Spice Girls – Move Over

Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are

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197 Days Left

I can’t sleep tonight, too many things going on in my mind, like what foods should I eliminate from my diet, what IS my trigger food, etc etc… That’s my life, always trying to figure out what’s wrong, and getting no where. But I can’t really give up, because I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to feel normal again, and be able to not worry about where the bathroom is wherever I go, or “oh I can’t eat that because I’ll get sick”. For the past, I can’t even think of how many years, but if I knew I was going out somewhere, I wouldn’t eat, because if I did, the plans would be ruined, and I would be stuck at home. That’s still the case, but even when I am not going anywhere and I am watching what I eat, something still seems to go wrong. I just don’t understand why I had to get the shitty end of the stick placed in my hand.

This “thing” has interfered so much in my life, I haven’t been able to work because of it. To which has kind of been putting me in a sad place. I don’t feel like a normal person. I don’t feel like I can do everything everybody else can. And that is very hard on me, especially because I have been suffering from this since I was like 12 years old, so all throughout High School, I was held back because of my condition. Doctors don’t seem to be of very much help throughout my entire experience, so it seems that it is all upon my small shoulders to figure it out. And if anyone is suffering from the same thing as I am, they can relate and completely understand how life changing it is and how crippling it is. Any suggestions?

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