EstherC

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  1. EstherC

    The crazy things people say

    BACKGROUND TO COMMENTARY: Go into "common kitchen" at training facility that is sugar-laden filled with poundcake, donuts, instant mac and cheese, cup o'noodes, etc. (you get the picture.) In cleaning up my food lifstyle as well as rebuilding my immune system due to my autoimmune disease, I have no choice to be 100% on board in everything that crosses my lips. This includes better awareness of things I never used to think about or did for environmental choices only. http://www.ehow.com/info_8446890_dangers-styrofoam-containers-hot-liquids.html Slight soapbox moment: Here comes the styrofoam cup...(why anyone would ever purchase those to serve people based on the environmental impact alone is beyond me) Actual Dialogue: Me: [standing at sink, minding my own business, rinsing out my reusable/recyclable starbucks cup with hot water so that I can make green tea from a bag I brought with me.] Owner of training facility (who appears to be <50 but moves very arthritically and sickly ): "You can use our cups too." Me: Thanks so much. I'm good though. (not wanting to be too preachy and zipping my lip.) Owner: What's wrong with our stuff here? Me: I just would rather not drink hot beverages or really anything out of styrofoam. Owner: Oh. Well, guess good for you... (shrugging like I have an issue.)
  2. EstherC

    Fueling long runs - success

    Hi Billie, you should eat at pre-workout meal of 1/2 protein and a healthy fat 15 to 75 minutes before your workout. It should be more of a "mini meal".
  3. EstherC

    Can of Pumpkin Puree?

    I made the salmon cake recipe that calls for sweet potatoes. Instead I used the Libby's pumpkin puree. I subbed in unsweetened applesauce + sm. tsp of baking powder for the egg since I have an egg allergy. Really tasty and good on the go in the morning for breakfast.
  4. EstherC

    Things to Keep on Hand...

    Bumble makes the packets with just Tuna, Salt Water and Vegetable Broth. No sugar. No Soy. Delish.
  5. EstherC

    Things to Keep on Hand...

    Cans of tunafish in water or olive oil are a great stand-by. sometimes, even if a little more $, I buy the packets of Tuna which are easy and light to carry in a purse, stick in your glove compartment, etc. Like this: http://www.amazon.com/StarKist-Chunk-Light-2-6000-Ounce-Pouches/dp/B00374QXAC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357858502&sr=8-2&keywords=tuna+packets. Canned kippers are also a good quick protein. Other things I carry around which help me in my travels - Coconut flakes, seaweed sheets, "to go squeezable" packets of unsweetened applesauce. I am on Day 9 too. I think these are more challenging days than the first few, now that the Whole30 groove starts to effect more than just the microscopic place we begin. This too shall pass. Keep up the good work! Hope this helps.
  6. EstherC

    Jumping in on January 13th

    SHogan, congratulations for perservering. We are all built for storms! Looking forward to hearing about how you do. Thanks everyone for sharing. It is all so encouraging!
  7. As a newbie (Day 9), this is a very wonderful and helpful post! Thank you so much Renee for sharing!
  8. EstherC

    My After Action Report!

    Great job! Keep up all the great work!
  9. I found that 1/4 cup unsweetened Applesauce + 1 tsp Baking Powder can be a binding agent in cooking that can sub in for an egg. Plus the flavors of Salmon and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of apple may not be so bad. I am going to try it within the next week and report back.
  10. EstherC

    Starting January 2nd, 2013

    Hi! I am so happy to be here! 1/2 was my Day1 or what I coined my "Cold Turkey" day. I am a marathoner, but have been an avid pseudo-athlete most my life. 4 years ago, life "interfered" and I fell asleep behind the wheel of my life, letting life happen TO me instead of being an active participant with choices in every moment. 2009 I hit the gym with free weights and then started doing Crossfit, reclaiming my life the way I envisioned it for myself. However, I have been scratching my head for over a year now not understanding why I was still “thick†or overweight when I thought I had a “very clean†diet and run between 20 to 40 miles per week with cross-training of CrossFit, Spin Class, TRX and Hot Yoga. My body seems to be holding onto the weight, the scale won't budge and I don't always feel 100%. With the awareness of being diagnosed with Hashitmotos Thyroiditis, I have always made sure to test my thyroid levels – which have been in check and in great ranges for the past 5 years. I decided to add to the regular tests and get tested for for cross-reactivity of food and automminue deficiencies. Conveniently, a day before Thanksgiving, my results came back to discover some major food allergies and that I have Leaky Gut. (Doesn't that sound appetizing?). My doctor recommended that I go on an Autoimmune Diet that is very specific and falls in exact line with Whole30, which I discovered from ordering and reading It Starts with Food. WHO KNEW MY “NATURAL†FOODS I EAT HAD HIDDEN SUGAR, CORN OR SOY?! Wow! It has been an eye opener! So relieved that I get to start feeling better, have more energy and in turn more strength and endurance. And if weight-loss comes with it, even more fabulousness!
  11. EstherC

    Business Travel and Hotel Cooking

    Thank you for all your posts. I am about to start a job in L.A. where I will be commuting between SF and LA every week for the next couple of months. Was wondering how I was going to swing it. You all have given me great suggestions and ideas. Thank you!
  12. EstherC

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Hi! I am so happy to be here! January 2 was my Day1 or what I coined my "Cold Turkey" day. I am a marathoner, but have been an avid pseudo-athlete most my life. 4 years ago, life "interfered" and I fell asleep behind the wheel of my life, letting life happen TO me instead of being an active participant with choices in every moment. 2009 I hit the gym with free weights and then started doing Crossfit, reclaiming my life the way I envisioned it for myself. However, I have been scratching my head for over a year now not understanding why I was still “thick†or overweight when I thought I had a “very clean†diet and run between 20 to 40 miles per week with cross-training of CrossFit, Spin Class, TRX and Hot Yoga. My body seems to be holding onto the weight, the scale won't budge and I don't always feel 100%. With the awareness of being diagnosed with Hashitmotos Thyroiditis, I have always made sure to test my thyroid levels – which have been in check and in great ranges for the past 5 years. I decided to add to the regular tests and get tested for for cross-reactivity of food and automminue deficiencies. Conveniently, a day before Thanksgiving, my results came back to discover some major food allergies and that I have Leaky Gut. (Doesn't that sound appetizing?). My doctor recommended that I go on an Autoimmune Diet that is very specific and falls in exact line with Whole30, which I discovered from ordering and reading It Starts with Food. WHO KNEW MY “NATURAL†FOODS I EAT HAD HIDDEN SUGAR, CORN OR SOY?! Wow! It has been an eye opener! So relieved that I get to start feeling better, have more energy and in turn more strength and endurance. And if weight-loss comes with it, even more fabulousness!