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New Blog Name!!

So have you ever started something and then had the focus shift mid way?? Story of my life!! I created this name because I am a Fit and Trim Twin! However, I have realized the focus of my posts have become allergy food related and how i maintain my fitness with those allergies!
So, i’ve changed my name and created a different blog. Early enough in the process is better, right? I think so!!
Please visit my new page at http:/missallergyfit.wordpress.com

THANKS!!!

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Gluten free in college.

Being gluten free in regular life is difficult, let alone add a college lifestyle into it. Are you gluten free and going to school? Here are my tips to avoid a contamination or allergy reaction! (We try to avoid those in regular life, especially in the dorm setting!)

Suggestions on what to bring with you??

I would obviously recommend a fridge and microwave. Most dorms either allow you to have a microwave or will have one for the floor. I would also recommend maybe bringing a mini waffle iron. They sell these for as little as $15. If you like pancakes for breakfast at home, most recipes can be made into a waffle form! Another top item? Tupperware! One of the top recommendations I will have to all gluten free-er undergrads is to make some food while you’re studying or doing homework. HAVE STUFF PREPARED! Sometimes, the campus eat spots won’t have an option and it will be 2 am and you’ll be starving. This way you have a back up food item to choose from!

Another item I have JUST come across is the Ziploc Steam bags… have you seen these?  They’re GREAT!!! You can cook almost anything in them!!!

I would also suggest a little under the bed Rubbermaid to store your “pantry” items in. That way they’ll be safe and stowed away for more clothes in the closet! 🙂

I know most girls carry around larger handbags now, so this is easy to get away with… Get a small lunchbox or cooler. Marshalls and TjMAxx always have some cute ones. I ALWAYS have a cooler with me with at least one meal for back up or my favorite gluten free condiments ready to go. It took me a while, but having an allergy or sensitivity is not an easy way to live and getting contaminated is even worse! I hate being “that girl” that has to request all the specific stuff and I used to be self conscious about it, but NO MORE!! My body, my choice! I whip out my foods when I need them! If a restaurant doesn’t carry what you can eat, don’t be ashamed. Don’t not go and be social because you can’t eat there. Bring your own food, or eat before! Don’t be embarrassed about it. I used to and I missed out on a lot. A year later, I pulled up my big girl pants and got a lunchbox! 🙂

Staples for the fridge/pantry:

  • Egg whites: these are Easy! And you can make them in the microwave. Both plain or add them to a protein muffin recipe! (see links below)

  • Almond/Coconut milk (if you’re not dairy free you can use regular or skim)
  • Protein Bars: find the right ones for you! There are a few out there now that are gfree. Some include the kind bars, think thin, Lara… To name a few. I’m picky on the bars so I usually stick to the kind bars if I need one. I always keep about five on hand though for backup!

  • A few gluten free frozen meals for the microwave: if you go to your grocer they carry a lot of these now. Amy’s makes a bunch. I love the GardenLites, but they can get expensive. Also, keep your eye on the sugars in frozen meals! Most manufacturers add excess sugar to make up for the flavor! Check your labels!
  • Cheese or Dairy free cheese alternative: I prefer cheese that melts! I like the rice shreds. But we all have our own tastes!!
  • Yogurt (if you like greek it’s higher in protein!)
  • Gluten free bread: this is a total person to person preference. I’ve tried a lot of the breads and only like a handful. Most are frozen, so you shouldn’t have to worry about moldy bread under your bed!!
  • Fruit: I always keep bananas and apples handy. In college though, you only need one or two pieces each.
  • Glutenfree oats: if you like oatmeal this is essential! Get a big bag and store it!  IF you like oats from scratch, the best way to make them is from Chocolate Covered Katie.  I would recommend getting a larger measuring bowl that’s plastic to make your oats in the microwave.  It’s the only way I avoid “spillage” from the boiling water!

  • Microwaveable sweet potatoes: great source of nutrition and an easy item to throw in the micro if you’re in a pinch!
  • Tuna packs: if you like fish and your roomie doesn’t mind the smell (ask out of courtesy!!) it’s a good thing to have around. Grab a garden salad at the cafe and then throw some protein on top!
  • Cereal: I keep rice puffs on hand to add crunch to my smoothie type meals. Chex is also great and CHEAP alternative!
  • Protein powder: If you’re into fitness, you’re probably already using protein powder. Take it with you! You can add it to most foods for extra protein!
  • Quinoa: quinoa is great for gfree peeps! (And non alike!). You can make it in the microwave and store it for a few days. It’s great to add to salads or even eat for breakfast!

  • Rice Cakes/Corn thins: I love these things for snacking. Better than crackers!

  • PB or peanut flour: I’m obsessed with peanut butter. I use peanut flour all the time now. It’s easy to store and goes a long way.

  • Your favorite spices, plus salt and pepper
  • Gluten free soy sauce, tamari and at least one bottle of your favorite salad dressing. I usually make my own dressing with lemon, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast.

Warnings in the cafeteria:

  • Stay clear of sauces
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a different pan if they’re making it in front of you.
  • Be careful w salad bars w gluten ingredients in the bin next to the gluten free ones. Sometimes they cross over!
  • Just ask someone when you first get there! Find out who is in charge and ask if they make previsions for allergy sufferers. It’s more prevalent now than ever!

Easy Recipes

I post some great recipes on my Pinterest account: pinterest.com/eiren

But here are some of my go to’s for easy microwave cooking (If I’m at home, the microwave is usually going with something!)

Low Cal Moist Fudge Brownie in the Microwave Via Smoothiegirleatstoo!

I love PurelyTwins in general! But these are DIVINE!! Chocolate Protein Muffins

 

Egg Mug Cakes are great too!!  Check out HungryGirl for some easy recipes there!!

I mentioned something above about quinoa in the microwave.  It’s pretty simple!  Be sure sure to do the right amount of quinoa to water, 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water.  Heat for 3 minutes, then let it stand in the microwave for a minute or 2.  Fluff with a fork, and then cook for another 3-5 minutes.  Then allow it to stand in the microwave for at least 2 minutes.  If there is excess water, just drain it out.  Of if it’s not 100% cooked through yet, I will cover and let it steam for a little longer in the microwave.

I hope this letting “getting started” guide was useful for you!!  Even if you aren’t going to college, they’re just a good to have you’re “bag of tricks”!

Did you have to eat gluten free while on vacation or at college?  How did you handle it?

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I am obsessed with this stuff.  Probably because I’m in love with peanut butter in general.  However, I try to limit my intake due to the caloric and fat grams!  Tell me if I’m right here, ladies, but I have somewhat of a problem with portion control?  I can’t stop eating peanut butter!  The whole idea of 2 Tablespoons is never enough!

When I first heard about Pb2 and Peanut flour, I had to try it!  I can’t buy the stuff around here, so I’ve been ordering it for over a year now.  You can buy it pretty much anywhere, however I have had the best luck with www.netrition.com and www.lindasdietdelites.com/

I’ve received a few questions on how to use Peanut Flour?! How can I not use Peanut Flour? Well there are a few things I wouldn’t add it, salsa for example. bleh!

You can add it to smoothies, puddings, yogurt, you can make cookie dough, oatmeal, ice cream, waffles or pancake mix, baked goods, you name it!  I’ve heard that some people replace it for their flours. However, having worked with other gluten free flours, go cautiously with this one.  Most baked goods need xanatham gum without the gluten.

I usually mix it with a banana for a breakfast topping, or I’ll add it to my baking for extra peanut flavoring.  However, you can go beyond that!! I’ve even added it to sauces for stir fry’s! I think i saw that once on Iron Chef and it stuck!

It’s a great source of protein too without the added fat!

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I’ll be sure now that I’ve got the hang of this blogging business to post some recipes as I go!  🙂

Are you Gluten Free? Do you have a favorite flour or flour mix that you bake with? 

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Hey all!! Here is the info about the giveaway i was running!
It was to win a bag of Protein Plus Peanut Flour! 🙂

and the winner was Jessi Avila

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For my first giveaway, I was pleased with the results! I learned how to use www.random.org  too! It’s always a good thing when you can learn a new skill for the day! 🙂
Congratulations Jessi!!  PB flour is on it’s way!!!

 

 

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Hey all,
Just a friendly reminder!  You have until Thursday 8/9/12 to enter the Giveaway for Protein Plus Peanut Flour!!

I’ll give you a quick info session on the goods!

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Peanut flour is derived from blanched, roasted peanuts.  Peanut flour can replace peanut butter where you want to control fat!  It’s very easy to work with!  It’s naturally gluten-free and adds that peanut butter flavor to your baked goods, or even mixed with a banana!  It’s MUCH less in fat than it’s parent alternative!

I usually mix mine with half a banana and use it as a topping on rice/corn cakes.  I also have added it to my Shakeology and protein pancakes!

To enter all you have to do is click LIKE on my facebook page and tell me how you would use the PB flour!!! EASY as that!!

*Open to US Residents only**

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Hey all,

As I mentioned before, I am an avid follower of blogs!!  I just saw Cait on www.beyond-bananas.com did a This or That Fitness Post! I hope she doesn’t mind, but I thought it was a great questionnaire!

This or That?

1.  Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

I workout inside most of the time with my DVDs.  I do workout in a basement, so I would have to say I prefer the cold temps.  Humidity is always a struggle.  We have a dehumidifier in the basement and if I wasn’t working out at 4:20 am I would empty it before I exercise.  However, some days, I only have enough in me to get through the DVD.

I just don’t possess that extra umph when I’m doing my workouts in the humidity.  I also don’t go for my daily walks with the fumbs (my 185 lb newfie) on humid days.  He can’t handle anything over about 70 degrees in the sun.  So we walk at 4:45 am on the weekends, or late at night after sunset.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

I have washboard abs!  And I continue to work hard for ‘em!!  I think flat is great, don’t get me wrong!!  I just prefer to feel strong!  Plus I have HORRIBLE back issues! Every 6 months I have a tendency to throw out my back.  The Physical Therapists always encouraged me to “work my core”.

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

Unfortunately, I work during the day so I’m not able to watch.  However, from what I’ve seen, I prefer The Doctors. A. the one guy has a relationship to the Bachelor! HehE, and B. I like the variety of the other MDS.  They have some extra stuff to bring to the show!

4. Cardio or strength?

You know, I always used to think that strength training was bulky.  However, when I did my first round of Chalean Extreme, I was ASTOUNDED as the results.  Ever since then, I’ve tried to integrate some strength into my weekly routine.  I tried some of the body weight barre videos and I enjoyed the nice variety.  However, I have turned back to my weights and I LOVE the results.

Cardio?? I am a CARDIO JUNKIE!! I’m not much of a runner, but give me a HIIT, plyo or kickboxing class and I’m in it to win it!!  I work a desk job, so I’m sitting more than 7 hours a day.  It’s crucial to not only my mental health but fitness to get my booty shaking at least once a day!

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

:sigh: I miss carbs.  Since going gluten free, my carbs are pretty limited.  I can eat rice and the gluten free products, but a lot of them seem to have extra sugar mixed in.  I “try” to avoid excess sugars in my foods, so I’ve sort of turned a blind eye on the carb world.  I am obsessed with protein.  I find myself craving it.  I used to be a vegetarian for 20 years, but since starting to lift weights, my body almost asks for it!  I usually eat a boat load of egg whites, almonds, salmon, and I’ve introduced some lean turkey into my diet.  I also love protein powders with nutrition to help out with what I may be missing in my normal diet.

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

Bob! He’s so cute!!! J I would definitely take orders from  him!!!

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

I can’t have either!!! L Dairy free girl! I make my own “fro-yo” with the Yonanas! Have you heard of that yet? AAWWEEESOMee!! But if I remember my old days, it would be soft serve ice cream twist, in a cone, dipped, plopped in a dish!

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

I love to train my shoulders.  They are, by far, my favorite body part.  My least favorite body part has to be my inner thighs, so I’m usually working them as well.  But, my favorite is upper!

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

I find a happy balance with both.  It’s hard with my allergies to find a “good” tasting protein powder.  I like my Shakeology and the SunWarrior Raw Natural and Vanilla varieties.  I usually will do a protein at lunch and my Shakeology as a an afternoon snack or a protein pancake or waffle for dinner.

Introducing Chocolate Vegan ShakeologySunwarrior Protein Natural Raw Vegan  Gluten Free 2.2 lbs

10. Lunges or squats? 

I enjoy both, but I LOVE one legged squatS!!

11. Sweet or salty?

I used to have a sweet tooth, but I’m not sure where it went!??! I prefer more of the tart sweets now.  I probably crave more salt lately.  I think maybe because of my constant sweating due to the humidity.  (Sorry, was that gross?? Lol)

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

Is it weird that I purchase nice workout clothes to wear out and then my grungy clothes to exercise in?  I bought stuff to go to Denver to visit my twin, and I have yet to wear it to exercise because I don’t want the cute stuff to get dirty!??!

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

I’ve done both! I just finished the round of Les Mills Body Pump, which is more endurance training.  I did enjoy it, but I think my ❤ lies in heavy lifting!!!

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Can I say a mix of both?  I like the barre classes that integrate a little of both, Pilates moves, then stretch in between movements.  I like that you have an opportunity to work both fitness regimens in one workout.

15. Nike or Adidas?

I love Nike Gear, but my feet don’t work in their sneakers.  Does this happen to anyone else? I’m so bummed too because THEY HAVE SUCH CUTE STUFF!!! I actually wear more Asics than adidas though.  I remember Adidas being big when I was in high school.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

When I have done my running, it’s usually been indoors.  There was a spurt that I was clocking about 6 miles every other day.  I would love to know where that person went? Hmm??  But I was usually watching the NY Giants.  They’re added motivation! I get a little riled up when watching those boys play!

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

We don’t have either where I live, but apparently they’re both “coming”!??  I miss Trader Joes more than anything.  That was my favorite store when I lived on Cape Cod.  The variety was always great and they changed stuff up!  However, I do LOVE the salad bars at Whole Foods!!

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Summer Olympics!  I have :shame faced:: not been able to watch much of them this year, but there were summers where I would record everything.  I always remember being VERY into swimming.  Must have been those boys!??!

19. Exercises classes or Exercise videos?

Videos! Obsessed with my DVDs. Not just my usual Dvd’s either, i’ve got Physique 57, Booty Barre, Tracy Anderson… the whole rigamarole!

Most of the live classes are not the ones that I would like to take, and if they are they’re always during my work day! Why is that??? I would love to take a life TurboKick Class but there are none offered in my area L Boo!!

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Roasted, and CRISPY!! My coworker and I are mildly obsessed with crispy foods.  I prefer my veggies roasted, crispy, almost on the brink of burnt.  I also think this comes from my mom! She used to love her food that way.

Do you enjoy surveys?? I remember in my Myspace days I used to do them ALL the time!!! 🙂

Giveaway!!!

Have you ever wanted to try Peanut Flour???

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I’m giving away a bag of the Protein Plus Peanut Flour!!  To enter all you have to do is:

“Like” my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/FitNTrimTwiN/102000219946487  and mention what you would do with your Peanut flour??**

I’ll be picking a winner by next Friday 8/9/2012!!

*open only to Residents of the United States*

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Happy Monday!!!  I hope you all had a great weekend!

This is how we felt around my home…

Had to share that photo! Too cute and poetic after our weekend around here NOT to share!!

I wanted to share my first weeks results for my Vegan Shakeology Chocolate flavor. 

I was a little excited about trying this stuff out!

Before I get into my “results”, I should probably explain myself.  My “results” won’t be the normal before/after photos.  This products is amazing for weight loss!  However, I have reached my goal for my current weight, and am using this product for another condition.  But, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a great tool for weight management!

I still LOVE the flavor!!! I have had a shake almost everyday, and when I don’t, I supplement the shake for an item that I’ve baked.  I’ve even added it as my protein powder in my puff pancake! Extra YUMMY with a little peanut flour added in!!

When I went away last weekend I made mini protein muffins with the Shakeology and egg whites… they ended up being about 50 calories each! SCORE! These are great for those moments when you just want to eat something rather than drink it.

I also made Chalene Johnson’s Shakeology Protein Balls! DOUBLE YUMMY!

So back to WHY I’M USING SHAKEOLOGY! Digestion!! This is an honest story, and may be TMI for some of you.  I apologize ahead of time.

I have had tummy troubles since I was in high school.  I think a lot of it stemmed from stress.  My mom had been sick since my sister and I were 7 years old.  When you watch a parent go through the ups and downs of an illness that was thought to be terminal is difficult.  Heck, it’s difficult in my 20’s, I’m not sure how my sister and I handled it at 7 years old!  But we did.  I always had upset stomachs, and fluctuations in my stomach status.  I was diagnosed with IBS at a young age and put on medication.  The meds were a waste of $$!  I had no relief!  I ended up having a colonoscopy at the age of 20!  That was my first one, yes I’ve had more than one!  Ick!  (PS the procedure, not so bad… the prep is the worst!).

I only stayed on the medication for about a year before figuring it was a waste of my hard worked waitressing money.  I just figured this would be my life.  It wasn’t until 2009 that I had heard about Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s story.  I was walking around Barnes & Noble one day, and I saw her book, “The GFree Diet” on the shelf.  I picked it up and started reading and thought to myself “NO WAY! She’s telling MY story!!!”.  I bought the book, went home, and read it cover to cover in about 2 hours.  I started my research on gluten allergies.  I even called my doctor who was as old as the original rug on the floor of the 19th century office! He said there was no treatment and that it was a “fad diet”.  But, if I wanted to see if I had an allergy my best bet was to give up the foods.  He also mentioned something about dairy intolerance.  Now, I was the girl that ate a Greek Yogurt once a day.  I loved my yogurt!!!!  But, I was willing to make the sacrifice.  I mean it was yogurt, or glutenous foods!  I figured the dairy was the easier of the two.  I bought myself some Lactaid and threw out my goodies.  I did have some relief.  It lasted about 3 weeks.  So I started to eat dairy again.  My frustration level had reached it’s max.  ::sigh::

What did I have to lose at this point?? So gluten it was!!  Bye bye bread, bye bye tortillas, bye bye cereal… I said goodbye to a lot of my favorite foods, but for relief, it was worth it.  It worked.  It took a little over a month, but my body finally evened out.  My digestion was much more regular.  However, I noticed I was still bloated beyond belief at the end of the day.  When I would wake up in the morning, I had no issues.  Flat tummy, happy belly.  I would eat my yogurt at lunchtime, and no fail by 3 pm, I looked 3 months pregnant and had horrible pains… It took this smarty pants a few months to realize the two went hand in hand.  I think it was sort of more denial than anything!  Who wants to give up BOTH gluten and dairy!  What else would I have left to eat?? eeekK!!

But, I did! Since 2010 I have been entirely gluten and dairy free.  If I feel like I’m going to get into trouble with cross contamination, I always have a Lactaid handy.  I had noticed in the last 2 years, my digestion was on a stormy path again.  I know that I have had some stressful life moments in the last few years.  My mom died,  I moved in with my dad, my twin sister moved across the country, had  a breakup… It was like life’s changes happened all at once.  Stress really does NOT do a body good!  I was able to get an appt with a great Gastroenterologist last year and she did the best she could.  She reassured me that I did not have what my mom did! (reliEF!) but that I had IBS. Lovely!  She said the best thing she could recommend was another diet, but at 29, I’d already given up enough! !

I was left to live with my moments of active IBS! Which is unfortunately, more often than not… aka the consistent bloated, pained stomach most days.  I tried some digestive enzymes, which have helped a lot!  I take them before I eat, but that can’t be that great for my body? To take enzymes every meal?

I’ve heard that Shakeology has wonderful benefits with digestion.  Now that they have an “Eiren friendlY” vegan variety,  I thought, why not? Check another thing off the try list!  I have been using it for a week now and I can “feel” a difference.  I noticed the first few days that I definitely felt more “regular”.  However, based on my research prior to purchase, this is normal for the first few days.  I have had increased energy, and at the end of the week had replaced my 3 pm coffee with my Shakeology!

I have also noticed that I don”t look like a pregnant wannabe anymore! My flat tummy prevailed, and passed the 4 pm test!  No bloat after day 5! NO BLOAT!!

I can’t wait to see where we go from here… but right now that was the BEST $$ SPENT!! I’ll keep you posted on the rest of my “results”!!

Do you have IBS?  Have you ever had success with treatment (prescription or natural)?  If so, what worked for you???

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