Monday, February 6, 2012

Real Foods Challenge: Days 5-6

Today has been a super rough day.

But before I get to that, check out what I had for dinner last night!
That would be a peanut butter-chocolate-coconut butter-banana pizza on a whole wheat crust ;)  I made the whole wheat crust in order to have regular pizza, but forgot that I can't have canned tomato sauce (because of the challenge) this month. And I despise fresh tomatoes. So instead, I got a little creative and made this. I love the combo of the peanut butter and the chocolate coconut butter.

Last night, Renee and her husband Dave and their three boys came over for the Super Bowl. I don't watch football (I hate football, actually!) but it's a lot of fun when you have friends over ;)  All five boys in the house were surprisingly really well-behaved. They were a little rowdy, but that's to be expected!

I made loaded potato skins, and I was actually able to eat them--I just made a few without bacon for me (the only non-real-food item on the skins). They turned out really good, and I think I'll make them more often. I didn't get a great picture (do I ever get great pictures of food?!)
Skins ready to be loaded (this was only one of the two trays!)
Extra sharp cheddar cheese, jack cheese, bacon, green onions, and jalapeno
So yummy!
 At the beginning of the challenge this month, I told myself that wine is okay to drink (because it's a "real" food), but I decided that I would only drink wine if it was a social situation. Enter Renee. With a bottle of Bordeaux.

We sat and chatted on the couch for the whole game, and went through two bottles of wine--by ourselves (her husband was driving). I don't know how that happened! lol  I used to be able to drink a bottle of wine and not feel much, but that certainly wasn't the case last night. It also slipped my mind that I had a long run on the schedule today--9 miles at 8:30 in the morning.

I woke up and felt horrible--my head was pounding and my stomach was queasy. I really wanted to cancel on the girls that I was running with, but I thought maybe the exercise would do me some good. And I am training for a marathon, so I can't skip runs.

We headed out, and the first six miles actually went by really fast. I wasn't feeling TOO sick--just a little icky in my stomach (I hadn't eaten anything yet). At mile seven, I started to get some stomach cramps. Mile eight was pretty rough. And the ninth mile felt like an eternity! I started to feel a little dizzy and just really wanted to the run to be over. Finally finished the run...

Our splits
As soon as I got in the car to drive home, I felt SO nauseous. I was willing myself all the way home not to throw up (not that I had anything in my stomach to throw up). Eli had a doctor's appointment, and Noah didn't have school today, so I didn't even have a chance to run in the house and shower--I just picked up Noah and Eli and left again. I took Noah to my parents' house, and when I got out of the car, I was sure I was going to vomit. Still didn't do it.

I took Eli to the doctor and FINALLY, his blood work came back normal and the flu virus is completely gone! I was very happy to hear that. He can go back to school tomorrow. He still has a cough, but with breathing treatments, it should go away.

As soon as I got home, I decided to eat a banana. My stomach was feeling horrible and I thought maybe a little food would help. I got in the shower and was doubled over with nausea. Hurried through the shower and talked to Jerry for a minute, then ran to the sink.

Finally, I puked.

I threw up the banana, and it was awful. But at least the nausea wasn't nearly as bad after that. I just laid on the couch and watched TV for a little while, then I had my usual salad for lunch (which stayed down, thankfully).

Ugh, I am going to remind myself of this day every time I want to have more than 2 drinks. I've never felt this bad from a hangover before--maybe it was a combo of the wine and the running. Either way, lesson learned!!

Food log from Day 5:
Breakfast--oats cooked in milk, with dates, walnuts, and maple syrup
Lunch--salad with chicken, almonds, raisins, and balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner--peanut butter pizza
Snacks--orange, three potato skins, way too much wine

Food log from Day 6:
Breakfast--1/2 a banana
Lunch--salad with chicken, almonds, raisins, and balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner--scrambled eggs with cheese, cauliflower, and creamed peas (weird combo, I know! I was craving comfort food)
Snacks--pistachios, spoonful of peanut butter, orange, popcorn with oil and salt
My strange dinner combo tonight
To make the creamed peas, I had to make a roux--which I normally do with white four. I've never used whole wheat flour before. But I tried it and it turned out just fine!

22 comments:

  1. Those potato skins look good!! BTW for future reference, I have found that tart green apple helps a bit with nausea.

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  2. I can't believe you did 9 miles on an empty stomach! Anything over 5 and I must eat something before I run. (Yeah, it stinks because I have to get up early enough to eat, digest at least a bit and then run.) Way to go on your food challenge! Looks like you're being creative.

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  3. I think that there were some great food pictures in this blog! I love the peanut butter pizza idea! Good job at adjusting on the fly with that one! You're doing great with your "real food" challenge!

    Also, you should be really proud about the 9 miler! I couldn't imagine running 1 mile in that condition! You rock!

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  4. I agree, I can't believe you ran 9 miles on an empty stomach! Yikes!

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    1. I'm not sure why, but I've always preferred to run on an empty stomach. When I've eaten, I get stomach cramps. So whenever I can, I run in the morning before breakfast.

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  5. Go Katie,
    Great job on the nine miles and what a wonderful job you are doing with the real food challenge! You are amazing the way you set a goal and do it! Very inspirational!

    Thanks and have a great night,
    Hannah

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  6. I hate to say it, but this post cracked me up-I can definitely relate to the wine hangovers! I am telling you- the hangovers at/after 30 must double in severity! Wine is typically the culprit behind my binges because all I want to do the next day is EAT! It seems like this ends up happening about once a month for me :-s. I am IMPRESSED that you handled all of the day's responsibilities and ran 9 miles! Great work, Katie!

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  7. I'm sorry you felt so positively yucky! I have felt similar, but with fast food- I'll binge and eat a ton of fast food, then feel sick all night. I don't know why I do it to myself. On a happier note, I just love your idea for a potato skin buffet! Some day I will have to try that!

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    1. The same thing happens to me when I binge on sugar. I get sick--my heart races, I get trembles, I have a cold sweat, and I get horrible anxiety. This never happened until I lost the weight.

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  8. I run on an empty stomach too. I am still not really running, I can't get over this cold. I am on the 6th week. I am thinking that I have caught more viruses and I keep thinking it is the same one.

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  9. Sounds like the run I had after giving blood. Dehydration must be the culprit. Then add the hot shower and it was the perfect storm. I hate throwing up and I think I have at least a 5 year streak of not doing it. Hey, I have a streak for something! LOL It could've been worse, right? (enter Marathon Thoughts video here)

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  10. Wow Katie! I'm exhausted after reading your post! Girl, you MUST be super human?! I can't believe you not only still ran, but it was a long run. You need to be in the next Hangover movie! ;) Anyway, it's great to hear little Eli is better and ready to go back to school. He must miss his classmates. Oh, and those potato skins are looking yummy! ---Tammy

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  11. Love the potato skin buffet idea. I'm going to do that at the next gathering I host. They look delicious. I used to make them by baking the potato, then after cutting them apart and scooping out the potato, I'd deep fat fry the skins, before filling them with bacon, and cheese, then broiling them to melt the cheese. I guess I'll have to skip the deep fat frying from now on.

    You were very brave and courageous to run when you felt so nauseaus. I remember the last time I drank too much, it was probably 25-30 years ago, I had too many margaritas. I decided then that nothing is worth making yourself sick...and definitely not margaritas. Now fast food is a different story. Just kidding. Glad you tuffed it out, don't know that I could have made it NINE MILES! What am I talking about, I couldn't run 9 miles if I felt good. I couldn't run 9 miles if I was 30 years younger (like you are). I couldn't run 9 miles....well you get the point. I can't run 9 miles. Not today, not yesterday, not when I was a kid, not ever. So proud of you Katie!!

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  12. Just a random comment, but... bacon can definitely be real food if it's the natural stuff and not the loaded-full-of-nitrates-and-crap stuff :)

    That banana/pb "pizza" looks SO GOOD.

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  13. I try to follow a "real" foods diet and I use canned tomatoes when cooking. I buy diced tomatoes that are no salt added. The label just says "tomatoes." For a quick and tasty tomato sauce I heat on the stove 1-2 canned diced tomatoes, a clove of garlic, a TBSP of minced onion, 1/2 tsp of oregano, rosemary & thyme and a pinch of salt. I simmer for 10 minutes than blend in the blender. Super good on pizza or with pasta.

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    1. What brand of tomatoes are you using? I've looked and looked for a brand that just says "tomatoes" for the ingredients with NOTHING else (although with salt would be okay), but I can't find one.

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  14. Muir Glen has is a brand of tomatoes that has just "tomatoes" on the ingredients lits. Also you mentioned bacon isn't on your real foods list? I am curious why bacon is not a real food? Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. The ingredients of all the bacon I looked at listed for ingredients: water, salt, sugar, dextrose, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite. As I was typing this, I had to keep checking the spelling of the last couple ingredients--meaning it's definitely not "real" food ;)

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    2. Gotcha! You are right! When I picture bacon, I picture pork and salt...I guess I need to go read my label!

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  15. Wine and sugar are definitely your poisons. Mine was salty foods. I was addicted like you are to sugar.

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  16. I thought I had posted a question earlier but for some reason it isn't here. I wanted to know what I am doing wrong with the coconut butter making. Mine doesn't turn out like yours even after I leave it in the FP for 30 plus minutes.

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    1. Are you sure that you're using the UNsweetened coconut? It won't work with sweetened coconut.

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