A bit of an issue

So today was, sadly, not the best day for my tummy.  I woke up today after eating a late, heavy dinner, and slogged through a 20 minute ab routine from Work Out with Jackie Warner.  Now, I’ve used this DVD for about 2 years, and I have to tell you-this thing does not get easier.  Every time I do that ab routine, it’s just as hard as the first time I tried it! Especially those heel taps! Brutal!  Does anyone have problems with their necks when they do situps? Mine always hurts, no matter how hard I pull in my core.

After 30 minutes on the elliptical (man, I miss running.  I plan to do a four-miler on Sunday to make up the time I’ve missed trying to heal my hip!), I pulled out a few cereals from my cupboard for a smorgasbord granola bonanza.

In this bowl is 1/2 large banana (I ate the other half pre-workout), Fage 2% Greek Yogurt, 1/2 tsp honey (unmeasured, just drizzled!), 1/4 c blueberries, 1/4 c Kellogg’s Bran Buds, 1/4 c Archer Farms Muesli and 1/4 c Quaker Maple Oatmeal Squares.  Absolutely delicious, and it kept me full until lunch without a problem.  The Archer Farms Muesli was lost within the rest of the cereals in my bowl, but every once and a while I caught a chunk of dried fruit or an almond and it was delicious.

As far as lunch went today, I was at work. Usually I order something at work (I work in a restaurant!) but today I really wanted a stuffed pita for lunch, so I grabbed some stuff and went to town!

I ended up stuffing 1/2 Joseph’s Stone-Ground Wheat Pita with 3 slices Boar’s Head Roasted Turkey, 1/4 sliced Fuji apple, and Olivia’s Organics Spinach.  I paired it with the rest of the apple along with baby carrots served alongside Tribe Hummus in Baba Ganoush for some dipping (I also put a bit of it on the pita as well), and two bigass handfuls of Bing Cherries.

There’s also about 1/2 a raw red pepper in one of those zippies as well, but I ended up throwing it away when I got to work…they were a bit on the slimy side, which is a sure sign they’re past their prime.  The apple in the pita was absolutely delicious, however eating the sandwich was a bit tricky because it seemed to fall apart in my hands whenever I picked it up! I managed to smush it back together and the flavors worked fine together.  I’d love to try an apple/brie/turkey sandwich, but my intolerance would have a field day.  😦

After a few hours, my tummy started to rumble again so  I pulled out a new Kashi bar to munch on: Kashi TLC Cranberry Walnut.

I wish I had brought my camera to work.  This bar was gooey on the top, crunchy on the bottom, and absolutely delicious.  The topping was so sticky, I needed to wash my hands afterwards!

On the way home from work, I got the feeling that I just craved something simple. I walked in the door, and my mom was heating up the last pieces of her Spinach Lasagna.

Barely a month ago, I would have dove into this piece of cheesy heaven feet first with a smile on my face and a growling belly.  But now, post-diagnosis, I merely looked at it forlornly and continued making my dinner, which turned out to be pretty damn delicious!

Only a few weeks ago my stomach was so bad I was eating soup for dinner every single night.  Thankfully, those days are gone, but sometimes it can still be a little dicey.  Today was one of those days.

I decided since my tummy wasn’t exactly behaving, I would keep it light but delicious with a ‘breakfast at dinner’ spread, or a ‘brinner’ as I used to call it when my mom would make us scrambled eggs and toast for dinner.

3 Egg Whites with 2 tbsp Geno Auriemma Basil Tomato Sauce (aka the BEST PASTA SAUCE YOU WILL EVER EAT) along with one fried egg with Heinz Organic Ketchup, served with two Morningstar Farms Maple Flavored ‘Sausage’ Patties and Thomas Light Multigrain English Muffin with Smart Balance and Smuckers Simply Fruit Strawberry Jam.


Oh, this was just what I needed.  Flavorful but light.  Comforting but forgiving to my weary tummy.  And those sausage patties were to die for! So much maple syrup flavor! It was as if I dunked them both in thick pools of maple syrup (a total past favorite of mine before I gave up sausage links at breakfast!).  And there really isn’t anything better than an English Muffin with some delicious spread on it.

You might notice that a lot of my jams or spreads or toppings are organic.  I try to avoid anything containing High Fructose Corn Syrup or Partially Hydrogenated Oils.  Therefore I only buy all-natural nut butters and jams, and check the nutritionals on everything I eat.  I think the human body is a sports car; you don’t want to put fertilizer in an Aston Martin!

Of course, you can’t always avoid these things.  I know for a fact my mom’s amazing baked eggplant uses bread crumbs that contain partially hydrogenated oils.  I eat the eggplant anyway, because it is damned good eggplant and my Mom made it.  And sometimes you’re going to want a Fig Newton, to hell with the ingredient list! It’s all about a healthy balance.

About an hour ago I enjoyed a bowl of raspberries and sliced peach with Walden Farms Calorie Free Caramel Dip on top, which was absolutely amazing.

Now, there is nothing nutritionally redeeming about that caramel stuff: it’s basically just Splenda thickened with xanthan gum and caramel flavoring.  But it’s delicious and so so good on fruit, especially when you dip an Apple in it!

I also ate one amazing toffee chocolate almond from Stonewall Kitchen, but, um…I couldn’t get a picture fast enough. 😉

Now, off to settle in for the night and continue reading The Gospel According To The Son by Norman Mailer.  I think I’m going to want toast in the morning.  Big slabs of toast.  Yum.

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