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Recovering

I am at home today, recovering from feeling sick yesterday. I haven’t been feeling too great off and on for the last couple of weeks. Food filled me up too quickly and at work yesterday, acid reflux symptoms were quite strong. I wrote my doctor’s office an e-mail and they suggested I either get an x-ray of my stomach (just to pay $500 and find out what I already knew) or take this lovely medicine mixed with two 32 oz. bottles of electrolyte drinks.

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Obviously, I chose the later suggestion and that meant I had to go home from work so the acid reflux wouldn’t keep affecting me and so my intestines could gain some normality again.

Maybe this is TMI for you readers and if it is, I give you permission to stop reading. I am writing about it because it’s my life and I think it’s good to put out there on the web so those of you who have friends or family with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease), understand how they may feel at times.

My meals yesterday were this Chobani for breakfast, half of a larabar at work before the reflux kicked in, and some pita chips because they were the closest thing we had to saltines.

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I actually caught up on my google reader and it was complete torture to see pictures of all of these yummy meals and realize I couldn’t eat anything like that for two or three days.

I rested a lot since I didn’t have the energy to do much else. I slept here and Karma decided to join me and be my “nurse.” Being around the cats (and Craig) when I am sick does cheer me up.

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Unfortunately, my being sick and some other things made for a not-so-great birthday for Craig. (He almost got hit by a car, our stupid garbage bag had a leak and our trash starting smelling gross so he had to clean it, something burned in the microwave and thank god it didn’t start on fire). I told him we have to have a birthday redo on Sunday and celebrate then.

This morning, I had a bowl of oats with lots of peanut butter while reading the newspaper and watching the Today show.

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Am I the only 30 year old who does such things or do I sound like an old lady? Hey, I learned about some great drugstore beauty products on the Today show and a fun fact: when buying eyeliner at the drugstore, look for products that say they are made in Germany because some of the top eyeliners are made in German factories (I know off hand that my Clinique ones are). The program recommended the Cover Girl Liquiline Blast eyeliner, which must be made in my favorite European country too.

Anyway, I had two little kitty nurses next to me today to comfort me.

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Lunch was toast with grape jelly. Since I am trying my best to follow the BRAT diet on this second day, I read online that grape jelly has pectin in it like applesauce does and it is safe to eat when your intestines aren’t too happy.

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Sorry for the depressing post, but this is my reality. I’ll be back tomorrow with a post and hopefully able to say that I feel better! I definitely have to try to get to work, I just may be a little out of it when I get back there.

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Greek yogurt comparison: Chobani vanilla vs. The Greek Gods

I tried a new brand of Greek yogurt for breakfast today. My sister-in-law works close to a Woodman’s and she offered to pick me up anything I needed. I got excited because I had just run out of Chobani last week and needed a big tub again desperately. Unfortunately, Woodman’s was out of the plain, so she got me a vanilla. She also mentioned the Greek gods brand over the phone and I figured I would just try their plain. When she brought the yogurts over yesterday, I did a quick comparion of the nutritional stats and saw why the Greek gods yogurt was cheaper.

Chobani vanilla yogurt; Greek gods greek yogurt

The protein was only 4g per 4 oz serving compared to Chobani’s whopping 22 grams per 8 oz serving. I may pay extra for the Chobani, but it’s worth it to me, especially because I eat a mostly vegetarian diet. Also check out the fat content in each. 0 for Chobani’s 8 ounces, 11 grams per serving in the Greek Gods’ 4 ounce serving. Sure the sugar is higher in the Chobani, but that is because it is the vanilla flavored kind.

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Chobani vanilla yogurt nutritional stats

The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt

Greek Gods greek yogurt nutritional stats

So, I piled strabwerries, raspberries and Bonne Maman wild blueberry preserves on top. Because I am feeling sick lately, I couldn’t eat the whole bowl. Boo. I don’t think it was the protein filling me up or anything.

greek yogurt, berries, preserves; coffee

The verdict? The Greek gods was just ok. I still prefer the consistency and flavor of the Chobani greek yogurt. Can plain yogurt have a “flavor?” I guess so in my opinion!

Lunch was a salad with grape tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese and lots of tofu on top. I also had a string cheese. I couldn’t eat the clementine so I saved it for my afternoon snack.

tofu, clementine, string cheese, salad, salad dressing

While I was meditating tonight, the UPS truck delivered my new running shoes from runningwarehouse!

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Asics gel cumulus

I got 10% off of them because Kelly from Beneath It All just picked up the same shoes and got her discount through Runblogger. They were only $71.95 and I get free return shipping if I am not satisfied!

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Asics Gel Cumulus shoes bottoms

My Brooks Defyance shoes were over a year old and granted I didn’t do that much running in them over the last year, I did wear them to the gym, wore them on walks and probably while biking and playing tennis last summer.

running shoes--Brooks Defyance

I decided to go back to my old favorite from when I worked at a running shoe store in California! I got the Asics Cumulus 12. Since I have knee pain occasionally when running, I thought the extra cushioning would help me out. I wore them on the carpet and then for a bit on our kitchen tile and they felt so supportive and cushiony (is that a word?). I know that the feeling of the new cushion does wear out pretty quickly, but I remember that feeling lasting a while in my old pair of Asics.

I thought I would go to the gym tonight, but then it was getting late and I was hungry. Craig was making a burrito, so I also decided to do the same and used chicken, rice, greek gods yogurt instead of sour cream, cheese, Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming spice, and Frank’s Red Hot.

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After eating too much food and with my stomach still giving me problems today, I decided to skip the gym and get out in nature with my husband. We went on a 25 minute walk around the neighborhood and covered a little over a mile. It felt so good to be outside, even though I missed doing my routine at the gym.

It’s time to go read blogs and some magazines! I am trying to power through my magazine pile and I managed to clear three from my huge stack over the weekend.

Tomorrow, I only have a half day of work because I have to go to Craig’s work for our annual Health Risk Assessment appointments. We get a discount on our insurance as a result, so it’s a must! After, I’m getting my haircut and a partial foil done! Can’t wait because my hair is at that nasty feeling stage–thick and the ends feel dry.

Digestive Health

Last week, Anne posted a question on her blog asking “what does digestive health mean to you?” Having Ulcerative Colitis, I thought it was important for me to share my experience and comment.

Today, I saw that my comment was posted as one of seven on the attune foods blog. I am so honored to have my comment posted! Check it out! Thanks for including me and my digestive health story Anne. 🙂

In case you don’t want to click ahead, here is what I wrote on her site in response to her question:

“I have ulcerative colitis, so I think about digestive health every day (especially on days like today when I feel bloated and constipated). Up until a couple of years ago, I really ate whatever I wanted and started realizing what my “trigger” foods were, such as dark meat and soda. I cut those out of my diet and felt better. Then, I transitioned to eating more whole foods, made exercise a priority in my life and I instantly felt better. Also, digestive health for me means eating lots of yogurt for the probiotics! I tried the attune bars and they work well too!”

So I will now pose it back to my readers, what does digestive health mean to you? Anyone else out there deal with an Irritable Bowel Disease like I do?

Eek! Meditation this morning got moved to another room in our house because of a centipede lurking in our spare bedroom. I love spring but I hate the centipedes that invade our house with the warmer temps! I seriously scream at the top of my lungs when I see them. I have a big fear of bugs (spider and centipedes) and snakes. Any bugs that you fear?

Breakfast was a mini bagel with an egg white, cheddar cheese and Frank’s red hot. It’s kind of killing me to eat these white bread bagels instead of wheat, but I figure they are mini and they have to eaten up! I also paired it with some strawberries on the side.

strawberries, mini bagel with egg white, cheese, coffee

No snack at work (I am trying to cut back on morning snacks), unless you count an almond latte.

Lunch was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a lemon Chobani, some pita chips and another halva. I think I spelled the name wrong yesterday, oops. Sorry about that!

peanut butter and jelly, lemon chobani yogurt

Dinner was a Morningstar black bean burger on an Arnold’s Thin with some provolone cheese and then some brussell sprouts on the side.

morningstar black bean burger; brussell sprouts

After dinner, Craig and I went to vote in a local election and the polls were dead. I always feel like I have to exercise my right to vote because of all of the women who fought for this right and won it!

Then I quickly changed and got to yoga class. It felt good to practice, per usual.

My goal was to get this post out there and done early so I could go read my book, so that’s what I am sticking to. Night!