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Day 4 of Gluten Free + New Supp!

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October 25th, 2012 Posted 5:52 pm

Hey All!

For those of you who have not yet read below, I am trying to go gluten free for 2 weeks and am documenting the changes on my body (read below for reasons as to why).

So I am coming to the end of Day 4 and to be completely honest I feel physically fabulous. I am exhausted but there are other factors to account for in that respect. I am down 6lbs on the scale. Let me be VERY clear, this is not body fat loss in this short amount of time (I need to point out that I am following my normal training routine of 4-5 circuit-style workouts each week and eating clean, not competition style). My bloat and all water retention is gonezoes. I woke up this morning feeling fabulous about my nice flat stomach that has been slightly rounded since I developed this “condition” I am trying to find!

I have gone out to eat twice now (not a usual occurrence but needed some gossip time with my girls). At first I was nervous I would have a hard time finding something to order, and that I wouldnt be able to order anything yummy but to my surprise, there were gluten free options printed on both menus (even the Pancake House had gluten free pancakes)!!

Another good finding has also occurred from all of this. I had a slight suspicion that my inner ear itching may have been a reaction to wine but I had wine the other night (with no gluten in my meal) and had zero reaction. Phew!

In addition to the gluten free I have began to take a few supplements religiously which are obviously also playing a huge role in my results; All Allmax femme products, multi-vit, CLA, Rapidcuts, BCAA AminoCore.

I was also in Muscles by Meyers today and Dave Clow (who has been trying to convince me to add a bit of muscle to my frame) suggested that I add a creatine to my regime so I will begin that tomorrow and we will see how my body really transpires!

Now run off to train and enjoy some good Halloween fun!

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Guess what? Summer is long gone…

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October 23rd, 2012 Posted 8:52 pm

Just the other day I was driving home and thinking to myself, ‘man I have to break these summer habits and get back on track with clean eating’ and I was quite ok with that until I realized it is the end of October! Now dealing with the fact that these so-called summer habits had in fact become lifestyle habits and that, was not ok! Sound familiar?

Luckily for me I had kept up with my workouts so my body had changed for the worse (more than likely only noticeable to the untrained eye), but to me this was devastating and I would even wear a shirt to bed! Now many people will say “oh please, you still look fit….” but think about it this way, we are all used to our own bodies and when that changes, it is a big deal to us and it is foreign to what we know. If a 300lb person gains 50lbs, it will be a big deal to them. If a 200lb person gains 25lbs, it will be a big deal to them. If a 100lb person gains 16lbs, it will be a big deal to them. Any change in YOUR body is a big deal to YOU.

I decided that Monday (yesterday) would be the start of breaking these habits, nothing foreign to me to eat clean and train hard but its always hard to break habits. I decided to add to my Monday goal however. I have been suffering from some pretty severe stomach problems for the past little while. The bloating has been there for years but the pain and other symptoms throughout my body have been worsening for about 1 full year. I have been to doctors, a naturopath, an ultrasound and am currently waiting to see a gastro specialist (in Feb!) but I have decided to take things into my own hands and see if I can solve the problem. I am going gluten free for 2 weeks and will be documenting my symptoms along the way. I have tried to fight this as it seems to be such a trend at the moment but after much research I have discovered there are varying forms of adverse reactions to gluten and some cannot even be determined by the typical blood tests done for celiac disease; sensitivity, intolerance, allergy, celiac. I would guess that I am not celiac as my symptoms do not seem to be as severe and seem to be more of an allergy form; itchy inner ear, tension headaches, severe bloat and often cramping, random stuffiness and more.

Now I do not know enough about gluten and its causes just yet however I do know that my mother is right on the verge of having celiac disease and while she does not suffer from the stomach symptoms, her body is not absorbing calcium (which celiac disease can cause by breaking down the intestinal villi) and she has been diagnosed with osteoperosis in her early 50′s, the same for my grandmother. This is mainly why I cannot sit back and wait for this specialist appointment. If this is the case for me, I need to change the cycle!

So far so good however I am finding it hard to cheat on my clean eating without gluten! LOL.

I have set some goals for myself in order to stick to this for a full 2 weeks as having oats for breakfast is quite a habit for me!

-take 1 Allmax Rapidcuts, 1 Allmax CLA , 1 Allmax femme multivitamin each morning (to help aid in fat loss)

-1 scoop Allmax aminocore during each workout (to ensure I get the best workout possible)

-do a circuit style workout each day (preferably morning)

-ensure protein at each meal

-keep prepped clean eats at home

-bring more than enough clean eats with me when away from home

-eliminate all gluten and processed foods

I was down 2lbs in a matter of 24 hours and of course this is not body fat but my bloating is slowly disappearing….this could get interesting!

 

Stay tuned as I will follow up! Why dont you join me on my journey back to clean eating? Set some goals for yourself and we will do this together!!

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Dont Save the Best for Last

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October 4th, 2012 Posted 9:33 am

I’ve done it all my life…I scope out the best bites of a meal and systematically eat everything around them saving the best for last. Sounds slightly absurd putting it into words but so many of us do just that, sometimes without even realizing as the habit is so ingrained into our eating habits.

Once pointed out its easy to see why this would be such a bad habit. You are forcing yourself to over-eat just to enjoy those last few, and best bites of a portion.

Lets challenge ourselves starting today…every single meal you eat, eat the best bites FIRST! It will be interesting Im sure to see just how much food we leave on our plates.

Please email me your thoughts and findings, I am very interested!

 

Ainsley

 

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