Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gluten-Free Day 3 and 2 Speedy Miles

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I wasn't quite sure how my taper week for the half was going to go--I haven't been following a schedule for the training, just a mix of things I put together for myself, so I didn't have anything to go by. I'm sort of winging it keeping the distances shorter and going by how I feel. Yesterday the plan was to rest, but after dinner I started feeling antsy and knew I needed a quick run to shake out my legs. I asked hubs to join me, and he said yes! We haven't run outside together in ages and I was so excited! We did a quick 2 mile loop and I led the way, trying to keep a good pace since he's always faster than me. I ran the 2 miles in 16:34. That's a 8:17 pace, what?!! I know it was only 2 miles, but man that make me feel like a rockstar. I know to some of you that's a little jog in the park, but for me---I might as well have been flying!

We're on Day 3 here of Gluten-Free! So far, so good. There's been a couple of times I've reached for a graham cracker and then pulled my hand back, but otherwise I haven't missed anything. I'm realizing that I should be eating more that's naturally GF, rather than buying replacement items. By that, I mean I don't have to check the back of broccoli to see if it's ok to eat--but I have to check the chips, the cookies, the candy, etc. Lunch was corn tortillas with egg whites, spinach, and salsa. Dinner was a giant sweet potato topped with Peanut Butter (don't knock it until you've tried it!) and flax, with a side of edamame. 


I have a question that hopefully some of you can answer. I have been eating oats each morning for breakfast. I looked online and they are gluten-free naturally, however some cross contamination can occur it appears. If you eat GF, do you eat oats? Or do you buy a special Gluten-Free type?

Do you ever exercise with a significant other? Do you prefer it?
I think it's great for a change, but really I prefer to run on my own. It was great yesterday though because I think running with hubs pushes me to be a bit faster. 

Strangest thing you put PB on?
I just need some support, because I'm eating it like crack right now. Last night I cooked the sweet potato and edamame, out it on a plate, and thought..."what's missing?" Right, Peanut Butter. So good on pasta too, gives it an Asian taste!

47 comments:

  1. I don't eat oats at all any more. Oats are almost always going to have been cross contaminated unless you buy gluten free oats. I haven't bought any yet. Some people that are gluten free still can't eat gluten free oats due to similar proteins to wheat.

    I put peanut butter on pretty much anything. Seriously. Protein! I don't know what strange thing I've put it on.

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  2. I've got to try the SP and PB! I put PB on apples, toast, bananas, nothing too weird.
    I do not like running with my hubby...he always goes ahead of me and I'm downwind of the flying sweat...ugh!
    Nice 2 miles!

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  3. I prefer to run by myself, but sometimes when I my husband wants to I go for a short run with him and enjoy it. He really pushes the pace also. I like PB in my smoothies though I don't know that I put it on anything weird!

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  4. From what I have read, oftentimes flour is used in oats to keep them from clumping together, so they are pretty much always going to have some contamination.

    However, even when I have bought gluten-free oats, I still have stomach troubles, which can happen for those with an allergy.

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  5. I don't think I put PB on anything strange... but I may have to try it! lol

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  6. uhh who would think you put PB on Sweet Potato? You would! That actually sounds really good...I can see the appeal.

    I can't eat PB cause my body hates me (allergic) but I love soy butter as a substitute. I like to melt some in the microwave with choc chips and make a melty bowl of gooey love. Not strange, but delicious!

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  7. My husband joined me on my 4 mile run yesterday too! He hasn't run (let alone run with me) for ages, so I was happy he agreed to do it. He was sure sore this morning though!

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  8. If you want your oats to be totally gluten free, buy the steel cut variety. :)

    My husband runs too (but barefoot), so we run together a lot. He used to be faster and in better shape than me, but now I usually start and finish my runs without him and run the middle portion together.

    Weirdest thing I've put pb on? I can't think of anything. I need to remedy the situation.

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  9. vanessa that looks so good! I love steel cut oats and I dont think that has the same problem as regular oats as far as being GF. I looove pb. we literally put it on eVERYTHING. how fun to run with the hubs!! mine has only run with me once but it was SO wonderful!

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  10. Great job on the workout! I love short little work outs that totally pick up your mood. I really enjoy running with others but also enjoy running alone. I think it is good to have a mix.

    I don't eat a ton of pb myself but I've seen my sister eat it on literally anything..celery, mixed with plain oats, graham crackers, pretzels, carrots, ect! I think it's just a little crazy. :)

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  11. My hubby and I take walks together sometimes but we haven't worked out together yet. Our work schedules are a little off :( That sound fun though! He wants to get into running with me!

    I guess the weirdest thing I put PB on is a filipino oxtail stew that is my fav childhood meal. My mom makes it the best of course. It has meat, beans, cabbage, pb, and eggplant. It's really really good!!

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  12. My dad has had trouble finding oat that is truely gluten free. Due to the fact that it is processed on a conveyer with flour or how it is broken down in the factories/farms.

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  13. My husband and I mtn bike together and occasionally we'll run together (when one of us isn't injured) but, generally, I prefer to run alone.

    PB, jam, & CHEESE sandwich!! Yum.

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  14. I wish I could eat the same thing every morning but alas my contrary nature will not allow it:-)

    I know friends that tried to find gluten free oats - but they never managed to find a brand that didn't upset their stomach.

    I've had peanut butter on steak...

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  15. I've seen those nut butter/sweet potato combos, and I've been meaning to try it. It sure looks good!

    My husband won't exercise for anything, but I think I prefer it that way. Running is my own zone-out time.

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  16. So cute you ran with the hubs. My hubby and I tried that a few weeks ago but I got frustrated because he could run faster (he NEVER runs). Just one more reason for me to increase my pace!

    Your 8:17 pace is awesome! Be proud of that for sure. Some day I'll get there.

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  17. When I did the gluten-free thang I bought 100% pure oats. I read that in many cases, people who need to eat gluten-free are okay with those, but since I don't have any gluten troubles, I can't speak from experience!

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  18. My favorite thing to put peanut butter on is my finger. I love it just straight. Which is why I don't keep too much in my house. I would be 50 lbs heavier. Almond butter though, not nearly as addictive for me, but I still love it dearly.

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  19. I don't mind working out with my boyfriend, but he doesn't like working out with me... he says I'm too distracting. His workouts are also completely different from what I do, I mix it up and he is pretty strictly elliptical and weights.

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  20. My husband really doesn't like running so we workout separately.

    I guess the oddest thing would be protein shakes. I put a scoop in all the time!

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  21. That IS quick!!!! Good for you!! =)

    I don't work out with Max even though we're on the same split and do almost the exact same routine haha. We just get in each other's way and distract each other -- if I'm checking out his butt I'm not pushing myself hard enough, know what I mean?

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  22. Craig hates to run, he did all throughout Highschool and really bummed his knees out. We do enjoy going on walks/hikes/ and bike rides together. He has always wanted me to do p90x with him, but I can't get myself into it.
    Last night I put pb on my salmon and ate it with soy sauce. Yums!

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  23. I think oats are considered okay, but there is probably some cross contamination. if you are sensitive to gluten, you should be fine!

    I am going to be following an anti-inflammatory diet starting Friday! It's GF too.

    Great running Vanessa--fast is such a relative term!!

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  24. Nice job! That's fast!

    I try to get my man out there running with me but it rarely happens. He says he is too tall but when he does come I love it!

    I dont really put my pb on anything strange just mostly my grahams, bananas and in my oatmeal. Oh and I usually do almond butter. Love it more than the peanut.
    Sarah

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  25. Great run! I love when that happens! I've run with my bf a few times but he is much slower than I am so we don't stick together for long. It is usually best that I go on my own so I get the workout I want and he doesn't feel like he's holding me back.

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  26. I've done almond butter on a sweet potato before and it was awesome, so I'm sure pb is good too. I used to train w/ the hubs quite a bit in our pre-kid days. Now, pretty much never! But I miss it. Glad you get the chance.

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  27. It's so bad for you but I melt pbut and mix brown sugar into it to put over sweetpots! SOOO DELISH!!

    I can only run with the other half once in awhile. He's way to fast for me!!

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  28. oh, and I forgot to add that when I was younger (before I was gluten-free), I used to dip my oreos in pb all the time. It's SO good!

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  29. I put peanut butter on everything! haha I think the weirdest thing I put it on was raw broccoli and raw carrots. It sounds weird but it is so good!
    I most of the time go to the gym with my husband and I enjoy it. Although when I am doing my cardio I like to be alone, keeps me more focused.

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  30. Wow that is super speedy.
    Running is my me time 100% I like to do it alone, so I can let my mind wander and enjoy being alone.
    Microwave some pb and chocolate chips(just a few) and than coat cheerios with it or rice chex (they're gluten free) and let it harden back up

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  31. Nice 2 miler!

    The pb on sweet potatoes sounds delish!
    Great idea.

    When I go to the gym my wonderful, wonderful goes with me. When I run outside I'm usually alone or with my border collie. My WW travels a lot for work and can't keep up with me anymore. ;)

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  32. We're 1/2 way there! This isn't so bad at all. I am missing my Ezekial toast and i'm too cheap to go buy the GF stuff ;) 8:17...heck yeah! I have a feeling you're about to show this 1/2 marathon what's up!

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  33. I eat peanut butter on everything! I'm obsessed with it and can't get enough!

    I like working out with my boyfriend a lot. We usually do strength training together and I always feel like I got a much better workout when I go with him. I wish he would run with me, but he claims that he hates it (even though he ran track in high school!).

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  34. awww so fun that you all ran together! and believe me...that pace would have been fast for me as well!
    I am not sure the craziest thing I put PB on...it all seems normal to me:) One time I told my class that my favorite snack is PB with graham crackers. One of the guys looked at me like I was crazy...That is a normal thing though right?? haha And that is totally benign to what you COULD be putting PB on.

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  35. My daughter has Celiac Disease and I only let her have certified gluten free oats. I just went gluten free due to stomach issues. I have done some Cliff Bars and other items that are not noted as gluten free oats. I have not had a problem.

    Glad to hear the GF is going good!

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  36. Nice work on the fast miles! (They are super fast to me. :-))

    I prefer to run alone, so I can set my own pace, stop for bathroom breaks, etc. I love to run with the husband, but it's a rare treat when it happens.

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  37. Hi, new follower.
    wow, you did fly through those 2 Miles. And way to go on the gluten free

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  38. Yum, PB and sweet potato looks yummy! I don't thing I put it on anything weird... One girl I work with thought it was strange when I was eating a PB and banana sandwich once. I though it was quite bizarre. Isn't that a staple in everyone's diet???

    I love working out on my own most of the time but a little company is nice when I know I don't need a serious/focused workout and I just want to get fresh air or something like that!

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  39. so, how are you feeling w/o gluten? do you notice any difference in your digestion/gut? i have gut issues so, i always wonder, is it the gluten?

    i love peanut butter too .. especially on my bagels, apples and in shakes. i've never tried it on sweet potatoes but i have made asian flare dishes using it. so yummy!

    i love to workout with my husband. i run faster and can run farther at the moment but i know for sure if he ever decided to take running seriously, he would whip my butt.

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  40. Oh I'm going to have to try peanut butter with sweet potato, two of my loves!!

    I enjoy running with my boyfriend, he's super speedy and helps encourage me.

    Nice work on some quick miles :)

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  41. I don't know..everything tastes good with PB! hehe

    I can't exercise with my hub, he takes off super quick then he's tired within 15 minutes. I need to teach him to take it a little slower ;)

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  42. I try to get my boyfriend to run with me all the time, but he never wants to, so it is a huge event when he says yes :) I definitely push myself a lot more when I am running next to him (could be because he is 6'1" and his strides are double mine, but no biggy)

    PB...hmmm...I don't know what is the weirdest because I thought putting it in yogurt was weird, but then I see that a lot of these blogs have pb in their yogurt mixins...but yours on sweet potato looks great and I need to try it soon!

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  43. I much prefer to run alone but I do like to run with boyfriend every once in awhile.
    I put PB in my oatmeal. So good.

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  44. good for you for going GF! I wouldn't worry about the oats unless you have celiac. It should be a problem for you if youre just wanted to eat gluten free. I buy gluten free oats but I have the allergy. Hope you continue down this road. YEA!

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  45. Great run!

    My boyfriend and i end up at the gym at the same time. I do yoga he lifts weights, but we haven't worked out together yet, he's not much of a runner.

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  46. oh yeah, with you on the pb, it is great on pretty much everything! you don't have to explain yourself to me!

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