Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jamie, Light vs. Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving won.

I indulged in a very, very big way, and you know what? I don't regret it. Because now, I'm left with a food-induced hangover, and my body is making it quite clear to me that we just can't handle that kind of intake anymore. Nor do we want to. I enjoyed letting myself off the hook and not trying to count every little bit of something that went into my mouth (which means there was a whole lot more that went into my mouth), but my newly gluten-free self left a trail of pie crusts in my wake, and now my head is pounding. I OD'd on sugar, I'm pretty sure.

Where it was really nice to take a break from number-obsessing, I realized something tonight that made me a little sad. My food behavior today was probably not unusual for old Jamie. Old Jamie would have realized that she maybe went a little overboard with the pies, but she also wouldn't have cared much, and formulated some kind of reason to excuse it. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't an everyday thing, but it certainly was a more than Thanksgiving or other feast-bearing holiday thing.
Bad move, old Jamie.

All this to say, where it is super important that we pay attention to what we eat, sometimes you just need to let loose a little. The greatest thing about maintenance is knowing that one day isn't going to set you back We already know we've conquered the impossible, and we already trained our brains to want to eat the fuel that our bodies need. (Also meaning tomorrow and the here-after will be filled with salads and veggie meals)

I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as mine, and I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Few Weeks In

It's been about 2 or 3 weeks since I started the gluten free diet, and so far, the consensus is:


I love it, and I don't really even miss it. I have found that I am generally more energetic and less hungry, but the real kicker are the improvements in my allergies. It's A-MA-ZING. Don't get me wrong, I still have them, but's no contest. I guess it's mostly a sinus thing, really, but I can breathe through my nose *most* of the time now, and I can snuggle with my dog without hesitation.
I'm a real girl!

The gains have been worth living without gluten 10 fold. Plus, there are so many GF options and alternatives that it makes the sacrifice a lot easier than most people would think. 
AND NOW, not to cut our nutrition portion of the blog short, but I have something unrelated to share. Having been away from America for the last 3 Christmas', I am feeling especially eager to really take it in this year. Christmas is always my favorite time of year, and there is nowhere on the planet that can top it. Albeit to say, what is the Christmas season without the Salvation Army bell ringers? They're a HUGE part of the spirit and ambiance, and I am proud to say that I will be doing my part to help this year! Along with having signed up for a few in-person bell ringing sessions, I am also hosting an online kettle! I want to be very clear here, though, that I am in no way trying to obligate or force giving. All I'm wanting to do here is open up the option to those of us who don't always have cash when we pass by the kettles, but *want* to give a little here and there. SO- if you feel so called, please visit my kettle and donate any amount you'd like. The website encourages larger amounts by giving those options, but any amount can be entered in (I contributed $5).