A Gastronomical Problem

Holy smokes Batman…We have a MAJOR problem, and it’s gastronomical!

Why did I not realize changing my eating habits would result in some unfortunate abdominal issues?

I thought, sure, I’d likely start craving a good ol’ grilled cheese first chance I got.  I was certain I’d be hoping to hawk down a bacon cheeseburger every night, but alas, that didn’t happen.

Unfortunately, what DID happen was very much unexpected.

For the past few days I’ve been feeling fairly empty after eating, like I simply did not eat enough.  I’ve been trying to stick to veggies, like spinach and zucchini, as well as tubers like sweet potatoes.  I even added in brown rice: BROWN RICE!!!  The most difficult grain to slave over the stove for, (in my humble opinion, of course).

Even my coffee has been fairly unsatisfactory.  So much in fact, I decided to toss some heavy whipping cream in, just for old times sake, and man oh man, I thought I was going to die!  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve long suspected I have certain issues with dairy, but I never would’ve expected my stomach to react like that.  I mean, let’s be honest, I can down a bowl of Blue Bell like it’s going out of style!

So now, I’m supposed to believe after one week of not eating dairy, my body is rejecting it?

I need answers, quickly, so off to the library I go.

~and miles to go before I sleep~

 

Battling the Bulge in the U.S.

When it comes to being fat, Americans top the chart.  We’re so good in fact, nearly one-third of our population tips the scale with a BMI of 30% or more.

Doesn’t sound like much until you actually consider what that means.  30% of your body, or MORE is fat.  Like, boom straight jiggle and wiggle.

While I’m being a little facetious right now, the fact is obesity is no laughing matter.  Especially when nearly 79 million Americans are battling this disease: myself included.

Whooo, is it getting hot in here?

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Now, traditional medicine suggests the best way to drop the weight is by reducing calories, fat, and in some cases, carbs.

While there is some truth to these methods, it also leaves a lot on the table.  Weight loss is as much about nutrition as it is about the overall science.  Our bodies are complex machines; machines that require the right amount of hydration, macro nutrients and rest.
Over the next few weeks, we will take a closer look at the weight loss process through research and medical studies.  I’ll also sit down with nutritionists, both holistic as well as  traditional, who can, hopefully shed a little light on this process.

Until next time,
CG

A major leap of faith

Ok guys,

 There comes a time in everyone’s when you have to put the pedal to the metal, and move.

For months, I’ve been dragging my feet about something I must do.  Now, that the day has finally come, I’m sitting here processing my next step.

As you all know, I’m in the midst of a personal journey: professionally as well as personally.

Professionally, I’m at peace.  I’ve made some moves that are pretty final, and am in the midst of learning new skills to start a new journey.

BUT personally, I’m at a standstill.  For quite some time I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the most out of my journey to improve my health.  I’ve boosted my workouts to 5X a week, up from *cough* none.  I’ve started back making smoothies, and trying to eliminate sugar. Unfortunately,  some of the things I continue to eat, like dairy and certain wheat products continue to upset my GI system.

That brings me to the dreaded process of elimination: the elimination of food I find not only tasty, but comforting as well. (cue the world’s smallest violin)

  • A life without dairy?  Por qua?
  • Red Meat?  This is getting ridiculous!
  • Dare I say, bread?! *faints*

 So what will the changes mean?  How long will the elimination process last?  Can I keep it up?  Does this sound pretty vegan to you?!

*cue the dramatic music*

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So it’s time to do some research… in the meantime, get ready world.  CG is going meat, bread, and dairy free, in 3, 2, 1

An “L” for Super Bowl L?

Offiical symbol of the 2016 Super Bowl

Super Bowl 50 http://www.cbs.com

The wings are long gone, the sodas have been consumed, and a Super Bowl champion has been crowned.  Peyton Manning has lead the Denver Broncos to the franchise’s thirds Super Bowl Championship: a feat not many can add to their list of accomplishments.

Despite the incessant buzz about the Golden match up, both the game and the commercials fell a little flat.  There were a few bright spots, including the Doritos spot and Steve Harvey’s T-Mobile cameo.  But all in all, I found the commercials, much like the game simply didn’t live up to the hype.

While I’m no sports guru, humor me for a minute, will ya?

Quarter after quarter Panthers receivers struggled to get and keep a grip on the ball.  On at least two occasions (there were more I assure you) Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton drove the ball into the receivers hands—close, but no cigar!

Each time it was dropped you could just see the anger and disgust written all over poor Cam’s face.  Unfortunately for him, the disgust continued well into the post game, where he literally walked off the set. Can you blame him?

Meanwhile, Peyton Manning left the Stanford Field quite exuberant.  Sunday’s win gave him a second championship ring to add to his personal collection.  It also gave the elder Manning a chance to  leave the league (if you believe those retirement rumors) with a bang.

Newton congratulates Manning after Super Bowl 50 win

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So, what did you think about Super Bowl 50?

And more importantly, did your team take home the gold?

 

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days where everything you needed to get done got done? With no delay.  No fuss, no muss.

It’s almost as if nothing could stop you.

Today was my golden day.

I went to the gym and totally brought it.

Had an impromptu afternoon date with Captain followed by some much needed time with my mom and the kids.

And I topped it all off with a macha latte. (sips tea) Life.Is.Good
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