Monday, November 28, 2016

A Quick Update

for those of you who have been following my Celiac's's been a couple weeks now that I've had wheat out of my system and I honestly feel pretty amazing.

And this is coming from someone who only got checked out at the urging of family, not that I thought I had any major symptoms of the disease.

Some of the things I have learned so far:

There are a ton of foods you can still eat. Including items that aren't specifically recreated as "gluten free".

Thanksgiving was actually great this year for this reason and it's honestly been the first time in as long as I can remember that I didn't eat a big meal and afterwards immediately feel blah.

You can also still order a fast food cheeseburger, but order it wrapped in lettuce.  We did this over the weekend with Five Guys and it really hit the spot.  With their endless brown bag of fries, I guarantee you will not even miss the bun.

Telling people is still kind of awkward but many are intrigued, yet overly supportive.  I found this at my yoga studio over the weekend.

My biggest challenge right now is upcoming holiday work dinners out with my boss and team. Most things are pre-ordered at Italian restaurants and I don't want to necessarily tell everyone and call attention to myself.

So I'm still figuring out what to do about this.

I'm also cooking a lot more at home now which means lots of good leftovers for work.

Other than that....I'm sad as always how quickly the long weekend flew by.

I'm onto yet another crazy week and even crazier weekend.

Thank goodness for 3 days in a row at the studio. With my schedule this week, I may not make it back to my mat until at least Sunday.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday and let's hope this week goes easy on us all.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I get it now

I'm starting to get used to my new eating issues but I have to say I'm realizing more and more the impact food has on one's life.

And some people honestly don't realize (or seem to care) if you have a food allergy.

A few people I've told seem to downplay it and make no secret of talking about all I'm missing out on and savoring something in front of me. "You sure you don't want a piece of this cake? What about scraping off the icing?".

There's also people who don't even respond or seem annoyed if you tell them. (Like people choose this to be difficult or do it for attention).

I have a few clients who have food allergies or who are just triggered by food in different ways.

The more I am learning about my illness, the more I am understanding.

Monday, November 21, 2016

So yeah I have Celiacs...

I got the phone call from the specialist's office just as we were about to slice into a cake at work the other day because that is Murphy's law.

I have spent most of the weekend researching and purchasing things I can eat.

TBH, I don't think it's going to be that bad. 

A little bit of a healthy lifestyle change which is always a good thing.

My sister also has it (main reason I got checked, not that I noticed any major symptoms, at least nothing I initially contributed to this) so she has been a huge help in guiding me.

I made my first gluten free pizza this weekend and my husband actually did not notice a difference.

I also picked up lots of fruits, veggies, and yogurt this weekend and made a pot of chili and rice.

Eating out is going to be the major prob, because of cross-contamination.

I think I experienced this already when I ate out over the weekend and ordered something fried.

But from what I have read up on, almost 95% of food we eat can be made gluten free.

I was also advised to stay away from GF products in general, unless a special treat. They are super pricy and usually packed with additives.

So this is my "news".

Loving that I finally have a short week though.

We will be headed into Manhattan Wednesday night to watch them blow up the parade balloons and then we are traveling north to see the fam for a couple days.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Friday, November 4, 2016


and super thankful for coffee this morning.
My son woke me up in the middle of the night, I had a hard time falling back to sleep, took some melatonin with a side of Law & Order and alarm went off.

It's also been a very long but very short week if that makes sense.

I did get a lot accomplished and *knock on wood* all is good with most of my clients and I haven't left work feeling defeated at all this week.

The goal for this weekend is to actually get back to the studio. 

I feel like I've been majorly slacking in self-care. I think I only made it there once last weekend.

Oh and definitely more long walks.  I've only taken one this week--two of you count Halloween which isn't the same thing with my son in tow.

I'm cherishing this next 20 minutes of quiet before I need to start my Friday.  I wish it would last longer...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Itchy for change

I don't think I will leave my job anytime soon, but I got a posting forwarded to me yesterday that was very intriguing.

What rocked me back to reality is the cons of such a role and the fact that I am on the PSLF track with my student loans right now since I work for a non-profit.

I may still apply though just for shits and giggles.

I also think I want to hire someone to rewrite my resume.  It's so ancient looking. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How the heck is it November already?

Another Halloween has come and gone and all I have left to show for it is a bunch of sweets to make me fatter :).

That's so great to see the joy of this holiday through my child's eyes.

And he was so polite and sweet, thanking everyone who gave him candy and wishing them a happy Halloween.

He is growing into such a nice young man.

I was recently having the conversation with friends, that as challenging as he can be at home sometimes, at school, his activities, and generally in public where it counts---he is so good, and this is really the goal we have as parents, right?

I'm kind of rambling this morning, but I'm also stopping to reflect on all that I am grateful for.

Our days often feel so long, but our years fly by so fast.

As I the heck is it November already?!