Monthly Archives: March 2015

WIAW- Elimination Diet

Happy Wednesday! I’m not technically linking up to WIAW because it got kind of complicated, and I honestly don’t know where I’m supposed to link up, but why not have a full day of food anyways?

Now that I’m on an elimination diet, things are a bit different around here. It may be a prolonged elimination diet because I don’t particularly want to add something back in that I suspect will make me sick right before my race, so we shall see.

So-what have I been eating? A lot of rice cakes. Somehow I never realized how delicious they were?? Also a lot of weird things because as it turns out, the dining hall isn’t necessarily too weird-restrictive diet friendly. Out of 8 salad dressings, all but ONE had wheat.

Here are Monday’s eats. I am happy to report that today mid-morning was the first time I felt totally normal after my flare up, so I didn’t have to be as careful today about how much I ate without my stomach hating me which is a good place to be! Things were mostly better Monday but a little wonky.




1.5 brown rice cakes with sun butter, plus the world’s largest blueberries and a few pieces of dried persimmon.




Tupperware meal! Chicken, green beans, and mashed sweet potatoes, made with Earth Balance instead of butter.

Snack #1:

Dried persimmon+1 gluten free jo-jo.



Snack #2:


I’m so glad these are gluten free because I love these things!


This is the part where I’m glad snack #2 included protein, because every-freaking-thing has wheat in it in the dining hall!


Salad with grilled zucchini, mushrooms, and balsamic vinaigrette+garlic swiss chard+quinoa with sundried tomatoes and yams.

This is where I’m a weirdo and made an interesting dessert concoction. One of the special desserts that night was chocolate coconut rice pudding, which was almost ok for me to eat, but I’m cutting out coconut because it’s a tree nut 🙁 So i mixed together some brown rice, chocolate soy milk, raisins, and sun butter.


Totally normal.

On the running front, I got my 12 miler in on Sunday! I was really worried about how it would go-I was basically sick all week, and I was worried the run itself would send me into a tailspin because my 11 mile run sort of started my last flare up. I made the decision to slow it WAY down and not let my heart rate get too high. I walked some hills, and I took some nice salty crackers to calm my stomach and give me some electrolytes (it was pretty warm!). It worked like a charm! I felt like I had a long run hangover after my 11 miler, and felt much better (but of course tired) after 12. I wasn’t worried about pace because I had shown myself during the 11 that I was capable of a faster pace, and I just wanted to get the miles in. I ran on one of my favorite trails, and actually reached the end for the first time! Unfortunately, the last mile that I had never run before was, as I suspected, straight uphill. My achilles tendons were so sore the next day. WHEW.

Have you ever been on a specific diet for anything? Any tips?


My Honest Opinion on Crossfit

This is something I’ve been thinking about a bit lately. And what better way to talk about it than at the end of the Crossfit Open?

I did 15.5 on Friday. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be feeling well enough to do it. 10 minutes before my heat started, I didn’t think I would be able to do it. But then I did a few thrusters and felt better, and was fine by my start time. Since I wasn’t feeling 100% at all and wasn’t sure I’d even finish, I decided to do the scaled version, which was 45# thrusters instead of 65# thrusters. I wasn’t thrilled about that, but it is what it is and I did what I could on that day. 15.5 was:


calories on the rowing machine


I personally liked this. Everyone says I’m crazy and that this was way worse than 14.5. I disagree. 14.5 was the worst thing ever. EVER. It was 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 thrusters and over the bar burpees. Maybe it’s because I HATE burpees and love rowing that this year’s was so much better. I also am pretty good at pacing myself with the rowing and getting the most out of every stroke, so I didn’t gas myself on the rower. In addition, 45# thrusters aren’t that heavy for me-although my shoulders were definitely feeling it by the end! I went through the first set with 15 unbroken, but by the end I was breaking it up a lot more.

I ended up finishing in 12:15.

The atmosphere was really fun. I was at my home Crossfit, and in addition to having a party to celebrate the end of the games, we were having a going away party for a coach and a member. There were tons of people out, lots of food, and loud music. It was an awesome way to end the games, and I’m so glad I was able to do the workout. I actually felt SO much better after the workout. I don’t understand my body.




I will say that I personally love it, but my honest opinion will be honest despite that.

First, the things I don’t love. I don’t necessarily agree with the intro programs. Note that every box is different, and I’ve seen a few different intros. I think that they teach you to lift too fast, and throw you into things too quickly. My home Crossfit is by far the best-you have 3x/week intro classes for 4 weeks before you go into the open class. I even think that’s pretty soon to learn all the olympic lifts and start doing them in a rushed manner (in the WODs). On the other hand, I’ve seen one box that only did one 3 hour intro session before getting thrown into the regular class, and another that doesn’t even have an intro class-the new students learn the movements as they go as they come up in WODs, which I think is totally irresponsible.

Another con-depending on what box you go to and your individual needs, Crossfit is likely not the most efficient way to get you to be in the best shape you are capable of. If that’s your goal, a personal trainer would probably be better because they focus only on YOU. I recognize this, but I do Crossfit because it’s fun and I like the community aspect-not to mention it’s much cheaper than a personal trainer. I don’t need to be in the best shape ever ever ever-I exercise for my health and for my own enjoyment.

Another important thing to mention is that every box is different. I’ve been to quite a few at this point, and I’ve gone to 3 full time over the past 2 years. Each one has a different vibe, different community, different exercise philosophy, and different style of workouts.

But like I said, I love Crossfit. I love the community. I feel like I always have somewhere to come home to, even as I move away through the years, I know I can always come back. On the flip side, Crossfit is one reason I have no fear about moving to a completely new city. I know Crossfit will always be there, and will always be a way to meet people.

As I said before, Crossfit is just fun. I love weightlifting, and Crossfit is a program that mixes it up a lot, and is something you can do every day. The workouts are varied enough that you can go day after day because it works different muscles. (Not that I’m suggesting anyone go 7 days a week). When I first learned about Crossfit, I knew it was right up my alley. That being said, I recognize not everyone is going to be into it, which is fine. But I would definitely suggest trying a couple of different boxes before discounting it!

Have you/would you try Crossfit? Why or why not?

What’s New?

Hello! First I’m going to cover our final day briefly and then talk about some life updates.

We started the morning with the continental breakfast again, and then I headed out to run. I technically had 6 miles on the schedule, but had trouble finding a trail so I decided to settle for 5. But then the trail ended earlier than expected and it ended up being 4.5. I’m realizing I’m not taking this training cycle or race too seriously so I’m ok with it. We found a bike path that went near the square and through vineyards.

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Then, we went to Cornerstone Gardens for lunch.


Asian chicken salad with mango for me. For dessert, my family split a balsamic strawberry parfait and a strawberry torta, which was warm cake with strawberries baked in the center.

Then, we walked around the gardens a bit.

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This picture shows a really cool display-a wishing tree. People write wishes on sparkly tape and tie it to the tree.

After the gardens, we returned home.

Ok-onto the life news. After being sick a fair amount last quarter, I thought I was better, or at least mostly so. However, I had another incident of the really sick feeling Monday night. I was planning on going to Crossfit, but halfway there I turned around and decided I wasn’t up to it, which I was extremely bummed about. If I had to guess, rich cake combined with my long run set it off. I spent the next few days feeling yucky on and off. It’s partly why I shorted my runs. It’s not a consistent sick feeling, but it’s kind of unpredictable. I feel pretty good right now, and I’m REALLY hoping I’ll be ok to do 15.5 tonight, but I really won’t know until tonight. After a rough evening Wednesday, I decided I should return to the doctor. He thinks it may be diet related, so I get to go on an elimination diet to try and identify a common trigger. The three things to cut out are dairy, gluten, and nuts, and I’ll add them back in a week at a time (minus nuts because of my allergy). As a result, things may look a little different around here for a while. I’ve been mostly avoiding dairy although definitely not completely lately, and I need to be more careful with nuts, including coconut which I have a mild allergy to but usually don’t avoid. So I’ll keep you guys updated on that and hope something works so that I can be back to 100% soon!

A foot update-today I visited my dad’s physical therapist so that he could check out my foot (plantar fasciitis). He thinks I shouldn’t run so much, and I’m considering cutting back for a while. I know I want to do the Giant’s Race in August, but I would consider doing the 10k instead of the half and focusing on other things instead-more on that in a second. He told me that my calf on my bad foot is pretty weak, and I walk badly on that foot-one of those things has caused the other so that’s something else I need to work on.

In terms of happier news, I will probably be focusing on spin a lot more in the coming months! I think I will be teaching more regularly at the gym I sub at, but in addition, I got hired at another place to sub! I’m extremely excited about this because it is the gym that I’ve always gone to, that I took my first spin class at, and that I learned to love fitness at. It’s a chain gym, and I always felt that if I was teaching there, I’ve met my spin teaching dream. Ahhh! Additionally, I still need continuing education units in the next year, so I see lots of workshops in my future!

What’s up with you?

Sonoma Adventures

Happy Friday! It’s my last weekday of spring break, and I have lots to share! I will likely post again later this afternoon with some life updates.

My family just got back from a little mini-vacation to Sonoma, by way of Muir Woods.

Muir Woods is a Redwood Forest, and I haven’t been in 15 years, so it was a perfect stop on the way to Sonoma.


We took the 2 mile trail, which took us about an hour, with plenty of picture stops.


(Working on teaching my mom proper selfie form)

The redwoods were beautiful. I think the pictures speak for themselves!

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We got a bit of a late start, so we were plenty hungry for lunch when we finished the hike! We stopped in Mill Valley for lunch, which had an adorable little downtown. My mom and I split an artichoke and a chicken balsamic chicken sandwich with garlic aioli.


After walking around a bit, we made the rest of the drive to Sonoma. My parents walked around the square a bit while I iced my sore foot, and we ordered room service for dinner-a turkey wrap for me!


Wednesday morning, I started with a training run on the treadmill-4 miles. Breakfast was a complimentary continental buffet, but they had tons of options!


The muffin ended up having nuts. Boo!

Then, we were off to explore the square.


Chocolate tasting! We came home with a box. They had samples of the apricot ganache filling of the apricot truffles, so I had to bring home one of those!


The Sonoma Mission:



I found us a fantastic little lunch place-The Sunflower Caffe. They had outdoor patio seating, with a fountain. On a California spring day, this was perfect.


I had the Vegan Pita, which was a whole wheat pita stuffed with greens, avocado, and a bean salad and served with red pepper sauce. Delicious!

Sonoma square:

Sonoma Square

There’s a lot of history here. The square was the site of the Bear Flag Revolt, where California declared its independence from Mexico in 1846.


M&M cookie from a little bakery.

In the afternoon, we visited some dogs. My family may be getting a puppy this summer, so we went to meet a breeder and her beautiful dogs.

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On the way back, we passed a dairy farm with a whole bunch of calves out front. Since I’ve been obsessed with ruminants (especially cows) lately, we pulled off to get a closer look. This guy was friendly!

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As promised, I will have a post on the dairy industry and cows up soon!

We went to the El Dorado Kitchen for a nice dinner.

Roasted brussels sprouts.


Cod with roasted cauliflower and grapes.


And caramel banana upside down cake with meyer lemon ice cream. Amazing.


After dinner, we saw Insurgent. I didn’t love it. I thought the first book in the series was the best anyways, but I don’t love the actor who played Tris. She seemed a little whiny, and I thought there were some bad special effects. The books are always better though! Did anyone else see it?

Since this post is getting long, I’ll cut it off here and throw the last few things into my life update post!

What is your favorite animal?

Food Catch-Up

Hey guys! Since the blogging has been sparse lately, I’ve stockpiled quite a few delicious meals! So-let’s get to it, shall we?


My current typical breakfast-eggs with a few veggies, sun butter, and an apple.


A hummus salad with roasted red pepper hummus and a turkey burger. Plus an oatmeal cookie hiding in the back there. Is it weird that I love oatmeal raisin cookies??


Vegan coconut/mango/strawberry rice pudding. For some reason the dining hall has had a lot of vegan desserts lately, and this was deliciously creamy and refreshing!


Chicken, roasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli, and candied yams.


Hummus salad, a few sweet potato fries, and a veggie panini with pesto aioli.


During finals when I didn’t have class, I decided to have breakfast before my 5 mile hill run so I went with a bit of eggs and a whole wheat english muffin, half with butter and half with sun butter and jam.


Lunch at the dining hall-I made a salad with fajita chicken, beans, salsa, and guacamole. Plus some caesar salad on the side. Salad with my salad? Why not?


A turkey burger with sautéed greens, a few pieces of orange tofu, and carrots with poppyseed dressing.


Out to ice cream with friends to say goodbye to one who is going abroad! I went to my favorite place ever, Tin Pot, but got the vegan ice cream which was chocolate coconut since me eating dairy is of debatable intelligence right now. It was still rich and chocolatey, with shredded coconut.


Lunch before my last exam was the same thing I’ve had in tupperware these past couple of weeks, but my pictures have looked like mostly just lettuce! Roasted red pepper hummus and hard boiled egg. Quick, easy, and delicious!


On my first day home, my parents and I went to our local Chinese restaurant. I started with egg drop soup.


For my main dish, I had sautéed chicken and vegetables with fried rice.


On Saturday night, we made my Grilled Chicken and Peach salad, but subbed grilled pears for grilled peaches, and it turned out great!


Leftover grilled chicken repurposed into a post-run meal of BBQ chicken and steamed broccoli.


Apple Crisp! I used a recipe from Nancy Clark’s Nutrition for Athletes book, and the simple recipe came out rich with flavor! Served with some coconut milk ice cream for me.



Turkey burgers with homemade ketchup on a lettuce leaf, baked sweet potato wedges, and the best ever roasted broccoli.

Can you tell I am now home with access to a kitchen??

Monday afternoon, we stopped at a local bakery to try a few slices of cake which we shared between us.


(I apologize for the terrible picture!)

Banana chocolate chip with cream cheese icing.


Tropical-coconut pineapple.


Raspberry vanilla.

I think the raspberry vanilla might have been my favorite? I think I would have liked them better if I had just one flavor at once-we split them and there was just a lot going on!


A quick dinner-my CA chop salad. This has chicken, tomato, avocado, olives, and gouda with a dijon vinaigrette.

PHEW that was long.

What did you eat this week?