Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gluten... and Dairy, AND Meat !?! {aka the Migraine Diet}

About a year and a half ago I started experimenting with the Paleo diet. To be honest I've gone on and off it, but still keeping focus on eating whole foods over processed. All the while, my weight has been yo-yoing (dramatically ~15-20lbs), my migraines have gotten worse, I've become severely intolerant of dairy and developed dyshidrotic ezcema.  All of which have been super sexy and made life a blast.

I also switched General Practitioners within that time period. The first time I sat down with her, she looked at all my 'illnesses' and flagged them all as textbook autoimmune responses. She suggested a gluten free diet which seemed incredibly overwhelming. She also referred me to a neurologist, but really pushed G-free and said I would need to try it for at least 3 months. I started trying it in April, but after 3 weeks it just became too overwhelming. The more I was reading about it the more 'trying it out' seemed pointless, because if you don't know your degree of sensitivity how do you know if you are feeling the results. Apparently some people can't even tolerate non-gluten foods that merely touched gluten containing food. How am I supposed to know where I am on the scale and control my food that closely!?

After my 8 day migraine I visited the neurologist. The first line of action was looking at my diet to identify triggers and, possibly, trying this 'Low-Tyramine' diet. Recording my food I can do. Low-Tyramine was another beast. There were so many odd restrictions. Not just foods to avoid, but no meat that has been at room temperature longer than 20 minutes. No meat that was cooked over 48hrs ago. I sat there with my cook books in my lap, exasperated, wondering how the heck I could keep protein in my diet without cooking a full lunch at work! Then I reminded myself that I was vegetarian all of high school and college. If I could do it then I could definitely do it again. I've been switching my proteins to fish, but that is only on the approved food list because of 'lack of research'. Still somewhat confused I made an appointment with a nutritionist, hoping to find some clarity and direction.

I had an amazing 2 hour introductory meeting and came out of it with tons of great tips an ideas! However, one of the first things that came out of her mouth was that I should try eliminating gluten as "all (my) symptoms are reflective of autoimmune reactions." I told her I was open to it, but had the concerns about length and sensitivity I talked about above. She told me that my GP had been wrong about the time it would take to notice the affects and said if I was truly intolerant I would notice effects a few days in. I mentioned my 3 week experiment in April and as soon as I said I had stopped in the beginning of May she interrupted me. "And when did your 8-day migraine start relative to eating gluten?" she asked.  I thought back and realized that my lead-in, tension headaches started the day after and the full blow migraine 3 days after reintroducing gluten to my diet. I hadn't realized that at all and she told me that is a classic reaction to re-introducing trigger foods after an elimination diet.

So here I am, beginning the diary-free, gluten free, low-tyramine excursion. I'm already dreading the extra cooking, but we'll see where it takes me. So far I've lost 4lbs and have noticed quite a difference with 'brain fog'. Lucky for me a lot of blogger's have already started this journey and I'm finding tons of inspiration and recipes from these lovely ladies!

Against All Grain {remember that berry tart from the 4th?}

Deliciously Ella {MEAT FREE!!}

Friday, July 17, 2015

Splash of Pink in Napa!

Napa isn't just great for spectacular wine! It's pretty temperate in downtown San Francisco and its so nice to be able to escape up to the warm, summer weather in Napa. A few weekends ago a girlfriend and I took a relaxing day trip up to lay by the pool and drink some delicious Sauv Blanc. I just scheduled another trip up in a month or so and I cannot wait!  These are some pool finds that would look just lovely next to the pool or on the beach this summer!

Cathy's Concept Turkish Towel {currently on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale}

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A little late...Monday Inspiration

I had to step back from #6Weeks2Burn last week after tweaking my shoulder. Since a lot of my headaches come along with neck tension I've been working with a chiropractor on proper form during ecrsizing and over did it a bit. To be honest, I was getting a little frustrated as well, since I was focusing more on Burn & Weights and the scale was going up!? I threw in some cardio and have been feeling my body balance out a little more. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to Burn soon!

I've been LOVING Soul Cycle's new July playlist on the treadmill. This song is so fun and summery!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Five {Momma-to-Be Edition}

April and May must have been pretty 'busy' months for people because everyone {well almost everyone} I know is preggers!  I'm so happy for these new little ones to spoil, but for now my friends are the ones that need some extra attention. Since the shower's aren't for a bit and, mostly, about baby gifts I love these ideas for Congratulation's gifts!

How fun is this Card? I love JulieAnnArt!

A jar a pickles is a very cute {and low cost} way to say congrats.

You CANNOT go wrong with a good Spa Treatment!

A coffee club subscription is great for prepping your soon-to-be daddies for night duty!

This luxurious cashmere robe for those 'sweatpants are all the fits me right now' moments

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dairy & Grain Free Berry Tart {speed version}!

This year I was FINALLY able to make it to Life As Griki's 4th of July BBQ. With my new dairy intolerance and Kingsley's food allergies I knew this was the perfect opportunity to try Against All Grain's Dairy-Free - Grain Free Berry Tart!

I woke up Saturday morning excited to head out to the farmers market to pick up some fresh berries and swing by Whole Foods for the extra supplies. I pulled open the recipe page and freaked out that not only did the custard need to 'set' for 5 hours, but the room-temperature, canned coconut milk needed to be refrigerated for the cream to separate. I had already made plans to go to the gym and there was only 4 hours until I had to leave for the party. 

I figured/hoped that if I went shopping now, mixed up the custard and let it sit in the freezer with the coconut milk while I went to the gym and showered. I should have SOMETHING to work with. If the custard was a little liquid-y...well, thats whats plates are for. I do have to say it turned out beautiful and absolutely delicious. I won't lie, I may have eaten some left over coconut cream with some cinnamon sprinkled on it as a snack. 

Only tweak I made to the recipe was instead of adding water to the gelatin I just stirred it into the boiling custard mixture. 



Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday Inspiration & Week 2: #6weeks2Burn

Last week was a rough week. I was just physically exhausted and combined with the holiday I was sad to only make it to 3 out of 4 Burn classes.  I did really push myself through 2 out of those 3 classes, my body was just not into it.

Saturday morning I hit a Soul Cycle class at their new location near my house. It was Party in the USA themed (because duh!) and it FINALLY got me pumped! Thus this week's power song is 'Party in the USA'!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Five {July 4th Edition}

The 4th of July is my second favorite holiday! The weather is usually nice, there is lots of delicious summer produce for healthy treats, you can dress up festively and not look completely rediculous annd, on top of it, there are lots of beautiful, glittery, explosions!! I cannot wait to spend the weekend poolside and catching up with friends. Here are some things I'm incorporating into my celebration this year....okay maybe not the DIY sparklers, but I plan on at least purchasing some.

1. This Paleo Friendly, Berry Tart!

2. These Classic Jack's in Red and White {And also on sale!}

4. Beaded Fringe Earrings! I wish my neck was long enough to pull them off!

5. With the beautiful weather I can't wait to spend today by this pool!