Can we talk daily nutrition? I’d really love to hear your thoughts. + Tuesday Tangents.

Skye was a happy girl Monday morning!

I had 6 miles on the schedule and ended it with an 8:15 average pace.  I felt really good for my run (it was a nice and flat course which felt great after some really hilly runs last week) minus this white fluffy pollen floating around and trying to kill me.  I think I sneezed at least a dozen times during the 6 miles.  I am really missing my allergy medication this time of year (can’t take it because I’m breastfeeding) and I’ve tried the local honey trick and that’s not helping either… ANYTHING ELSE?!

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Brooke woke up with her neck hurting.  She has had problems with torticollis every now and then since she was a newborn.  It was actually one of my readers that noticed she was always tilting her head one way which is why I took her in to see the doctor about it in the first place… you guys are the best!  We have met with some doctors over the years to help figure this out.  So we do stretches most days for her and when it gets bad we just focus on helping her to get it moving again.  After a few hours it usually goes away but it breaks my heart to see her in this pain.  She definitely skipped her gymnastics class yesterday.

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Post-run protein (I use this protein powder) shake with loads of spinach, almond butter and blueberries.

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A bit later on and my sister and I met to go on a walk with all of the kids.

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She is a really good cousin to give Brooke a piggy back ride for the second half of the walk.

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And then we grabbed lunch at BYU (where both of us went to college), along with some of their ice cream and toppings at the cafeteria.

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A few hours later we had our favorite crockpot chicken on a salad with leftover salsa from Sunday.

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If the binky isn’t in her mouth, her hand is now…  Maybe the beginning stages of teething?

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I’ve got a few Tuesday Tangents for you today!

*Did you see that Desi was a presenter at the Billboard Awards?  She presented Taylor Swift her award for the Top Female Artist.  I wouldn’t hate going to dinner or hanging out with these two someday:

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*Doesn’t this picture make you want to just hit the trails right this second?!  I so wish it was easier for me to get to these!

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*I saw Lauren Fleshman on her stories do the Skittles Experiment with her son so I wanted to try it out with our kids.  Brooke thought it was cool and I think Knox was just sad that he wasn’t eating the skittles and was watching them get soggy instead;)

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*This summer we will be trying to replicate this picture below with my siblings and my mom.  We will be in the same spot next month and everyone will be there so we are going to try this out.  I just hope my brother in Kentucky brings his short white shorts for the picture too;)

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*We got this summer checklist from Knox’s school… we will be doing these:

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I listened to this podcast during my run and it got me thinking.  It’s Rachel Dais’s podcast and it was called, The Science of Hunger and Body Love.   There were definitely things about nutrition that I don’t personally believe work for ME but I always find it interesting to see what other people do/believe works best for them.  One thing I really loved about this nutritionist’s philosophy is that she believes in focusing on what we should have on our plates rather than what we shouldn’t have.  Focusing on including nutritious things vs cutting out foods is always more helpful for me.   I’ve definitely been wanting to work on some small things in terms of my nutrition so I’m trying to figure it all out.  I’m not wanting to make changes in my nutrition right now because I’m striving to lose weight.  I’ve got the best example in the world (my sister) with realizing that it takes time to lose the baby weight (and even then, your body is forever changed)—> usually about a year (with all five of hers, that’s how long it took).

If my calories drop then my milk is terrible and my milk quality is more important to me than the last 10 lbs.  BUT I do want to figure out how to feel more energy (without crashing) throughout the day and to fuel my training because there is no way I’ll get a sub 3 with my eating all over the place.  Obviously, I feel tired because I’m still getting up with Skye throughout the night but I don’t want my food to also be making me more tired too.  And when I’m tired… I reach for the candy or donuts to give me a boost of energy which is not the option that is actually going to help my training or to feel more energy.  My meals are usually pretty full of nutrients but I want to work on my snacking and loading in nutrients when I need a snack too.  What I have found for me is that I feel best when my meals/snacks contain—>  veggies, protein, fats, fiber and carbs (especially through a sweet potato or whole grain bread).  I always feel best with less sugar and more fats than my natural self wants to eat. Chugging water always helps me to feel my best too.  I’ll never quit sugar (been there, done that… not great for my brain personally) but working on reaching for some nutrient dense foods to snack on instead of candy is always going to help me to perform my best.  So…..

I’d love to hear what feels best for you with your nutrition each day?  What things with your eating have you found make you feel your best and perform your best?  I would LOVE to learn from you!

Who else is having problems with allergies right now?  Anything that you find to help you?  I’ve been washing my hair a lot more than ever now to get the pollen off of me ha!

Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?

-Yanny every time.

What is your run today?

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Thanks to you I bought Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face, loved it and have given it to at least 3 friends as a gift. Thanks (again to you) I found out she has a pod cast and the first one I listened to was the one you are talking about. I just bought the Body Love book and started reading it last night. I too am trying to focus on fueling my body in the right way and giving it everything it needs to be in top form, physically and emotionally. If I created a list of everything I have learned and bought thanks to a recommendation by you it would be long, so thank you! Brooks running shoes, white salad dishes, oakley running sun glasses…just to name a few! A question I have had for a while, as a runner I am in pretty good shape and in general pretty happy with my size and weight, however I hate having the number on the scare be a point of reference, so I have given it up, I just don’t want to know. How did you tell your dr. you don’t want to know your weight? I casually mentioned it to a dr. a couple years back and immediately get told it would have to go in my record and that they were concerned I had an eating disorder, which I didn’t. It has made me nervous to bring it up again and it has actually made me not want to go to the dr. thankfully I haven’t had any reason to go, but I am due for a physical. Thanks Janae!

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I have been wanting to read Girl, Wash Your Face!! I keep seeing it at Target and just need to buy it next time!

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LISA!! This makes me so happy… I am so glad that you loved the book, she is just amazing. I want to be best friends with her. I am also beyond happy that you are loving Brooks now and those salad dishes are the best! I totally know what you mean, the scale is the worst ha. For me, I told my doctor/the nurses that I have had a history with an eating disorder and I don’t want to know my weight. Hmmmm if I were you I wouldn’t care if they were putting it in the record and can think what they want but if you need to protect your mental health and just not know the number then do it. Your brain is more important than the nurses thinking something that isn’t true for you:) You’ve got this Lisa. I hope you have an amazing day!

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I don’t get weighed and the nurses are the only ones that question it. My doctor and the nurse practitioner say if it ever is important that they know then they will ask. I would bring it up and ask why this is an issue and explain why. It sounds like this is more an issue of the doctor’s office then you. I don’t weigh myself. No reason.

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FYI…I get weighed for my appointments but tell the nurses I don’t want to know the number. ( I stand backward on the scale or close my eyes.) Usually they get it. I do ask the dr for my BMI to make sure I am still within the healthy weight range. My Dr gets it too! Good luck!

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I don’t even get on the scale. They tell me to and I just say, “no thank you” and move on. I told my doctor that my weight is always the same and there’s no reason to check it each time so I won’t be. She was fine with it. Sometimes the nurses handle it well and sometimes I get the look that says they’re supposed to be in charge and why won’t I just cooperate. But in the end you are your own advocate. You are the customer. The patient. You are in charge of you. As long as you recognize your own health needs, then you’re fine. If you do have a weight loss issue, or a weight gain issue, then I would allow the scale so they can use it for their diagnosis.

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That’s interesting. I’ve noticed my doctors office now asks if you want to know rather then just telling you, and they have zero reaction when I tell them “no thanks.” I really appreciate that. I’m sorry your doctors office seems to be making it a big deal.

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I’ve been to two different clinics (moved last year), and each time I just tell the nurse I don’t want to be weighed and he or she is respectful of that. They give me the impression that many people do this. I only had one person give me a hard time about it and I told her I had an eating disorder in which being weighed would trigger me. It’s definitely been true in the past, but not as much anymore, but I’m still not comfortable being weighed (whether or not I see the number).

The only exception I’ve had to make for this was for a surgery when the anesthesiologist absolutely needed to know. I would willingly (not happily) be weighed if a doctor required it for a medication, but I’m on several and it’s never been an issue.

I’m so sorry your office gives you such a hard time about it!

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That picture will be so fun to see!

I switched back to oatmeal from cereal. Cereal is so processed (yet I know tastes SO good in the moment). I was just not feeling full after a bowl or 2 or 3 of cereal and I just didn’t feel nourished. And then there was like this backlash from all the added sugars and other “stuff” that is in the ingredient list… One big bowl of oatmeal with fruit, a full-fat non-dairy milk, cooked carrots (I make like a carrot cake one with raisins). It’s super good and feels much more natural. My body feels much happier!

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I’d love to hear what feels best for you with your nutrition each day? Coconut oil and MCT oil help with energy. I’ve noticed both help me tremendously. I add them to my coffee on a daily basis. Eating whole food is key for me. I eat plenty of meats,veggies, white rice and potatoes. I definitely stay away from processed food and only eat sugar maybe once or twice a week. I’m officially not a fan of listening to people talk about nutrition, since it’s just based on perception. Eat the pure foods that the good lord provided, and just do what works for you :)

Who else is having problems with allergies right now? Anything that you find to help you? I struggle with allergies on a daily basis. Avoiding dairy and eating grass fed local meats have helped with my allergies(food for thought) I also take sovereign silver spray to help.

Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? I don’t know what this is.

What is your run today? 10 miles. Boom. Done and done!

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Sorry I didn’t explain the yanny or laurel thing better… you can listen to it here: https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2018/may/16/what-do-you-hear-in-this-audio-clip-yanny-or-laurel-takes-internet-by-storm-video

I am SO glad that coconut oil and MCT oil have help you so much with your energy.. I’m going to have to try that out too. Thank you! I like your theory BIG TIME about eating pure foods and doing what works best for you personally because our bodies are all so different and we have different needs.

WAY to go on your 10 miles today!

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This morning I ran 2.75 mi in my Launches…and with my brand new custom insoles and a brand of socks I had never worn before. The socks were great, but OMG those insoles! My feet never felt more amazing. Those + Launches, even though I ran on a really horrible night’s sleep and in OVERWHELMINGLY humid conditions with Atlanta summer in full force–well, man alive, I don’t know if my Adrenalines will be my main thing anymore or if I am a full-fledged Launch woman now. :)

Nutrition is a difficult thing for me. I know that my body doesn’t like when I have much with added sugar or with flour, but I have a wicked sweet tooth. I tend to crave protein and healthy fats more than fibrous, nutrient-dense veggies, though I always feel better AFTER eating when my meal is pretty balanced. I’m learning–slowly and through trial and error–to get away from restriction and from a “this is a point of exact, perfect integrity” approach to portion size but to embrace approximations and a “close enough” mentality (since some days you want a few bites more or a few bites less) and to balance out my plate with the (approximate!) portions of proteins, healthy carbs, veggies, and healthy fats that seem about right to me. And sweets–I’m focusing on an approach where I ask myself “is this special? Like, if I don’t enjoy this, right here since it’s available to me, will I have big regrets because I won’t have it again? Or is a cookie really just a cookie and I can go to any old grocery store and get another one whenever I want?” Because if it’s special and I would otherwise miss it I want to enjoy it. So how to mindfully balance that with a *little something sweet* every single day so I don’t feel deprived from restriction and then have a time where I go way off the deep end–well, that’s a big thing to learn. I get closer and closer all the time, and after coming out of a few months high-anxiety and high-depression where EVERYTHING was skewed and now that I feel like my head is in a GREAT place, I feel really solid in approaching sugar. :)

Man oh man I wrote a mini-novel. Hope you have a great day out there! It’s super grey and more rain is going to dump down here in ATL, so today (and the next few) will be a sticky mess. At least I got my run in before the rain decides to dump! :)

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OMG, that first picture of Skye—I CAN’T EVEN!!!! And I hear Yanny (actually, to me, it sounds more like Yammy or something), and I can’t understand how anyone hears Laurel, but apparently it has something to do with how the sound waves work (science is so NOT my thing)??

Today’s run is a tempo, and I definitely need to make sure I get some good nutrition in for it because I didn’t get much sleep last night. If there’s anything regarding my health/nutrition that I need to work on, it’s actually getting more sleep. But foodwise, I’ve been trying to eat a lot more veggies (I actually really love them) and protein. It’s tough sometimes, especially at work, so I’m definitely still a work in progress.

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Is this video now viral or something?! When I play it on my laptop, I only hear yammy. When I play it on my tablet, I hear both that and Laurel.

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Yes, it’s gone viral for sure! So crazy that you hear both!!

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Do i spot the new Brooks Levitate 2?? I cannot wait for them to release. I will be looking forward to your review bc they are on my list to purchase.

Happy Tuesday!!!!

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They are the Ghost 11s wahooo!! I also cannot wait for the Levitate 2s and I’ll be getting them and writing a review for them:) Thanks Jessica, I hope your day is a great one.

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I also hear Yanny every single time! So weird!

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TEAM YANNY!!!

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I recently switched to a whole plant-based diet. No animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, fish), no oil, minimal processed foods (I still buy almond milk, hummus, salsa), no added sugar. I feel great! I can’t say I follow this 100% but I’d say I’m about 98%. Special occasions (recent anniversary, birthdays, etc) call for extra foods. I mainly did it for the health benefits of plant based foods. I NEVER thought I could make a change like this. I LOVE sugar, cheeseburgers, milk…. I’m drinking way more water now, eating a ton more veggies/fruits. It’s been a nice change and a welcome challenge as well. I recently ran a great half marathon after a lousy full a few months ago.

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I’m toying with the idea of going vegan after 13 years of vegetarian. I’d love to chat with you about it if you’re open to it: cave hiker at gmail

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Have you talked to your doctor about allergy meds? I thought Claritin and similar medications were compatible with breastfeeding- it looks like Claritin at least has a FDA rating of B. Don’t let yourself continue to suffer, take the meds! If you’re comfortable with it of course :)

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For some reason I thought all of them were not okay (or that they effected your milk supply)… CALLING TODAY! THANK YOU SO MUCH Janelle… you may have just saved my head:) Have a wonderful day!

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The OTC allergy meds have the theoretical risk of reducing milk supply but can definitely be used short term or more as needed vs daily. Montelukast (Singulair) is also a prescription option if you wanted to ask your provider about that. Good luck!
-a family nurse practitioner

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THANK YOU SO MUCH ABBY. You. are. the. best. I’m ready to feel better today!

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I think it is great that you are not getting too caught up in losing the last of the baby weight (which I don’t even see!). Like you said, your sister really is a great influence and she knows what she is talking about! :) I’m so impressed that you have been so active. For me, it took a year to even want to run or work-out again after having my first kiddo. I know now, that waiting that long actually made me feel worse. It was a little better with my second child, but still it took me about a year and half to get fit. You are doing great!
I’m off for my 5.5 miles today….getting ready to race my first official 10k!

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My allergies are horrible this year! I think they’re worse because I’m pregnant. Not just sneezing but goopy red eyes and an annoying cough too! Ugh! Fingers crossed we are through the worst weeks of it.

My daughter had torticolis as an infant! Her whole head got lopsided from laying on the same side all the time at night. Our pediatrician gave us exercises to do with her and her head did even out but my husband and I can still tell it’s a little lopsided!

I go through phases with my nutrition. Right now it’s a mess because I wasn’t feeling well for the first half of my pregnancy so I just ate whatever sounded good. I’m trying to get back on track now but it’s tough with my insane pop-tart cravings! In the past I have found that lean meat (like chicken and turkey) paired with plain veggies and brown rice make me feel great! For snacks I would eat almonds and greek yogurt. I do love sugar but found that cutting out sugar helped with my energy and really helped shed weight too (if you’re trying to do that).

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I was dealing with an afternoon slump often enough that I started to track if there was any evidence to something causing it. I have found the bowl of cereal I love love love to use as lunch dessert is probably the culprit. It sure is hard when something you like is the habit you need to change. But it has made a big difference in how I feel 3-5.

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My allergies have been AWFUL this year – I’m 18 weeks pregnant today and I guess pregnancy (and maybe breastfeeding) hormones can make allergy symptoms worse… I live at about the same elevation as you in Colorado and it has been nose bleeds, itchy eyes, and general BLAH for weeks! I’ve been using Nasonex nasal spray (which only really affects your body locally, vs. pills that work throughout your body, so is extremely unlikely the medicine could affect the baby. My dad is a family practice doc and he also suggested using a neti pot regularly, so I’m going to start trying that. Good luck! And I hear yanny ;)

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Did an 8 mile easy run today with a friend! It was so humid out and my hair is 100 times bigger than when I left this morning hah.

Nutrition is hard. I tend to eat pretty healthy/balanced for dinner – veggies and some kind of lean protein … But the rest of the day isn’t as great. I’m more of a snacker than a meal kinda girl so I’ll graze throughout the day when I should probably eat more substantial meals. If you figure out a good nutrition strategy, please let us know!!

Oh and definitely Laurel. This whole thing is so weird!

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I am not sure if it’s compatible with breastfeeding but I use Flonase and that stuff is a life-saver for allergies!
Nutrition is such a personal thing – I have friends who can go low carb and lose weight, and others who go low fat and do the same. It’s interesting how each body is a little different. I am honestly pretty good about eating healthy meals… it’s snacks that get me! :) But I try to be better about it – some days are good, some are bad! I have found that if I eat more protein and fiber, I snack less because I’m fuller.
4 miles done this morning – how crazy were these splits (not sure what came over me): 9:03, 8:42, 8:25, 7:54…. I finished and was like WHO AM I?!

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I always feel best if I eat oatmeal in the morning with fruit and peanut butter. I don’t know why!! But I do. I also feel good if I eat at least one salad a day. It just makes me feel better!

I ALWAYS hear Laurel haha.

Also, I just really appreciate hearing that it took your sister 1 year to lose the weight. I’m 4 months postpartum and keep in thinking, why is this so hard to lose!! But I need to remind myself that it’s a process! Love it!

I have the worst allergies 😔 especially to flowering trees. I’m living in Oklahoma right now and it’s super bad! My allergies get WAY BETTER when I double my dose of probiotics. I’ve read that your gut health is directly related to your allergies, so I’ve been trying to be super consistent with my probiotics.

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AMANDA!!! Yep, you are doing awesome. It took her a year each time and that’s what I’m giving myself too (even though I’m okay with not getting completely back to pre-baby weight/shape because that isn’t always possible… having babies changes us)! You are doing great. I can’t even begin to zip up my old jeans so I just bought new bigger sized ones… I’ve got a ways to go! That is SO interesting about the double dose of probiotics. I will try that. THANK YOU and I hope you have an amazing day!

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Allergies are sucking right now. When I was pregnant/nursing I was told it was ok to take Zyrtec or Claritin so I’d look into those.

I don’t follow any kind of diet. I just try to make sure that 80% of what I eat is good nutrition and the other 20 I can be a little bit more easy going. I feel like I do pretty good most of the time and that’s what matters.

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THANK YOU JENNY!! I am totally going to call my doc as soon as they open, you are the best! I like the 80/20… so happy you are back running and rocking it! Have a beautiful day! It’s almost summer!

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Ah summer!! So close!

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I’m breast-feeding as well, and shortly after birth I found these post natal vitamins at Whole Foods that I decided to try. They are AMAZING, and they offer lactation support! My energy and mood increased in a noticeable way after I started taking them.. here is a link:

https://www.amazon.com/New-Chapter-Supplement-Probiotics-Ingredients/dp/B00T8SBD74/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1526997138&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=new%2Bchapter%2Bpost%2Bnatal%2Bvitamin&th=1

They are not cheap but you can get them on Amazon for cheaper than WF. I like them so much that I will be switching over to this brand for my daily vitamins even after I’m done breastfeeding. I got my parents to take the regular women’s and men’s multivitamins and they both also noticed a difference. I think it’s actually the first time taking a vitamin where I could TELL it was working.

I tend to feel my best when I’m eating higher fat, lower carb. I don’t do anything too strict but I know when I have a carb heavy meal or too much sugar, I get a headache and feel crappy. But if I eat full fat yogurt with berries, or a chicken thigh or steak with a nice side of veggies, I feel awesome.

Yanny also, every time.

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Rachel, I cannot thank you enough for sharing those post-natal vitamins and your experience! That is AWESOME!! Also thanks for sharing what works best for you nutritionally… it’s amazing what food does for us. Team Yanny wahoo. I hope you have an amazing day!

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Thank you for sharing your protein shake! I have been looking for a gluten free, dairy free, soy free, everything free,lol, Powder and I LOVE coconut sugar instead of stevia!

Thanks again!

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Hahaha! I hear Laurel every time! But I just had my kids listen and they both go, “I hear Gary!” I guess they hear Yanney!

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Yanny all the time unless you really up the base and then only Laurel! Track tonight for my run!

The biggest change that I’ve made in my nutrition lately, is to take in the majority of my starchy carbs first thing in the morning (I work out in the evenings more often than not) and my big salad at lunch. So far I’m not slumping in the afternoon, and I’m sleeping a bit better by not having a heavier dinner. One of the main things that I’ve learned over the years is that I have to listen to body and what I’m asking of it in order to fuel it correctly. Or at least attempt to! :-)

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Hi Janae! Not much help with nutrition but I know that when I’m tired, it’s because I’m lacking in proteins, carbs, or fat. I have to have a good mix of all three. High protein doesn’t work for me and I find that fats, like avocado is really great as well. As for your allergies, maybe try these nose filters out. My husband got them for me and I used them once already on a field trip and didn’t have any problems after. Just a disclaimer though, I still used meds but my allergies are so bad that even with meds, I’ll get bad attacks. I’m on meds all year round. Also, I’ve found that if I clear my nose passage by blowing as hard as I can after, that its a lot better…so try not to sniff it back up, if you know what I mean. We got the one with four different sizes so you can see which one fits best before buying more. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SHELUP0/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1 Hope it works for you! Have a great day, Janae!

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I have read that drinking kefir can significantly improve allergies. I need to try it.

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Oh my gosh, nutrition has been a JOURNEY for me. I typically I stick to a pretty high protein, low sugar, gluten-free diet. Thats what fuels me best and keeps my brain at its sharpest. On the weekends, I try to prep healthy snacks to take along with me to work all week; carrots and hummus, celery and PB, low-sugar granola bars, berries, hard-boiled eggs. Having health options ready to go helps me make good choices!
Also HOW DO YOU HEAR YANNI…. I hear laurel every time!
Today’s run was 4.85 miles at 5:45am; I wanted to push my speed, but the combo of pollen+humidity has me slowing down a bit right now.

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Nutrition is such an individual thing and it changes depending on what is going on in your life. My main focus is food as fuel to be able to do what I need/want to do. I don’t believe in eliminating certain foods (or food groups), unless you have an allergy, some sort of sensitivity or a moral/personal reason for avoiding it. I just focus on eating the least processed food possible, but I still have a treat most days. Like you, I will never be able to totally eliminate sugar and I LOVE cookies!!
Allergies are AWFUL in N Texas almost year round. Sometimes I’ll have a day where I feel horrible and then I remember it just an little allergy attack. I know I’m fine because I don’t have a fever.
I just bought Girl Wash Your Face too. So far I love it! I’m hope I will be motived to get in bed earlier so I can read it before I fall asleep. Thank you so much for the recommendation!
I’m back to hill running this week! I haven’t done this workout for a few months. I’m excited to try it again haha

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A couple months ago I was told I’m borderline gestational diabetic (35 weeks and 4 days today!) and it was recommended that I reduce my refined carb intake and avoid sweets altogether. I can’t say I’ve been perfect, but I’ve been pretty darn good about eliminating sugary sweets – it’s been soooo tough though. The things we do for our babies! Other than missing my ice cream and occasional cookie, I’ve been feeling great on whole-grain based diet. I am much more conscious of having protein and every meal and snack. It’s not a huge departure from my normal diet, but I’m eating a lot more vegetables, and probably more protein too. I notice a difference in how I feel if I slip up and eat a carb-heavy meal. I will definitely loosen up my restrictions after baby comes, but hopefully some of the habits will stick. I really feel like I can tell the difference in diet.

Also – how does anyone hear “laurel”??? All I hear is Yanny. And my allergies here in Utah have been acting up too and I’m so hesitant to take any medications while pregnant. I haven’t found anything to help either.

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OH Sarah, that is tough. I felt like during pregnancy I could only eat the things that sounded good in that moment so now you have to eat a certain way… you are already showing that baby how much you love them:) So glad you are feeling great though, you are doing amazing and it just proves how much our diet effects the way we feel. I agree, THERE IS NO LAUREL! Good luck, I hope this allergy season passes fast!

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Have you ever tried a Neti pot? Basically it’s a saline rinse for your nasal passages, it really helps my allergies (and great when you have a cold or sinus headache too. And totally safe for pregnancy or breastfeeding too!

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I have not… going to look into this now. THANK YOU ASHLEY!! It sounds perfect.

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I second this recommendation. Mine isn’t a Neti pot. It’s more like a giant squeeze bottle. Works GREAT!

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Happy to see comments about neti and ocean spray! Ocean spray is less labor. Game changer!

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Nutrition is HARD. I think that was a big contributor to my stress fracture 2 years ago. I just always ask myself, “Is this going to FUEL and POWER my body in some way?” before putting something into my mouth. I also go for full fats (yogurt, cheese, real butter) instead of lower calorie options. My biggest hurdle is supplementing more with GOOD FOODS rather than extra candy/crap that is easy to grab when I’m running higher mileage. Sigh.

No running here today, but strength class. Woot woot. I love working on those cut tank top summer arms!!!

I bookmarked that Skittles experiment to do with my daughters this summer :) Good stuff!!! Oh, speaking of RAINBOWS—I finally ordered those tie dye Launches yesterday since they’re back in stock. I have LOVED yours forever. I’m excited :)

Have a great Tuesday!!!! Enjoy those cute kiddos and smiles :)

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I started to change my eating habits/nutrition about 7 years ago when I realized that I felt tired and lethargic more often than not (and for no good reason). I actually did a Whole 30 and from then on found out that for me, I fuel best with protein and fat and carbs like sweet potatoes and potatoes (basically just whole, real foods). I also discovered that some of the ‘common’ ailments that I thought were normal, were totally avoidable (i.e. heartburn). For me, I have better energy and a better outlook on life in general when I eat well. Which makes it easy for me to not reach for processed foods and sugar – both of those things upset my stomach, make me feel tired and generally just blah. So when I’m craving something like that, I just think about how I’m going to feel after.
I would say I eat this way 80-85% of the time. I am not super strict in general, I just found a way of fueling my body that works for me so I’m not missing out on the things that don’t do that. I would never pass up a home-made treat and I have pizza at least once a week – but as long as I’m eating well more often than not, I don’t worry about it. It’s a balance. For snacks, I have things like spoonfuls of almond butter, full-fat cheese, Rx bars and grain-free tortilla chips. I also love chocolate so have that too.
I also stopped weighing myself a few years ago because that number would mess with me head. Now I focus on how my clothes fit and my energy level.

For allergies, have you tried something like the Neti-Pot? That’s been helpful for me.

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OH, I have a suggestion for you, too. You need a tab at the top of your blog for food and recipes :) You post so many good things! I’m going looking for those cookies you posted recently to take to a picnic this weekend :)

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YES… okay! I’m officially going to start working on this today! THANK YOU JEN!

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You look just like your mama! And your niece looks just like your sis! How fun :)

I can tell a huge difference in how I feel when I have too much sugar in my diet :( It’s so sad, but I totally agree that it’s a cycle. I’m tired because I eat sugar and then I crave sugar so that I’m not so tired.

I live in a valley so I am pretty much on allergy medicine year round. Ha, so is my dog!

Today’s run was supposed to be 4 easy miles but I set my alarm wrong… So, maybe 4 easy miles after work!

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I actually worked with a nutritionist for the first half of the year and I absolutely loved her. She focused on that as well. We tried to get out of the mindset of what we’re getting rid of and focused on all the good stuff we can eat! She never made me feel bad about treats or anything of that sort. It actually helped me stay accountable and really reduced the cravings for junk. We focused on eating around three starches a day and just making good choices in regards to what goes on my plate. Obviously, I’m not breastfeeding so our needs are different but I would say you’re on the right track. Making snacks a little more nutritious would boost your performance. Just from a few small changes in my eating, and continuing with my workout regiment I lost ten pounds. I was eating WAY too many starches that just weren’t doing me any favors. I wanted to improve my performance and ended up losing weight in the process!

Track Tuesday happened this morning in 100% humidity. It was rough but it got done! 6x800m with 200m recoveries.

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1st off, it’s laurel. No question.
2nd, for the allergies try a Neti pot! It’s not the most glamorous process, but it really does help flush all the pollen out of your sinuses. I use this whenever my allergies are unbearable and it really seems to help!

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Definitely yanny!! I played it for my husband and he has no clue what is being said…it was kind of comical!
I am struggling so much with my allergies right now! It really helps me to wash my face as soon as I come inside from a run/being outside…it gets all the pollen out of my nose and off my face.

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In terms of diet, I primarily eat keto and paleo! That is not working for me in terms of mood and energy. Although I can’t lie, once in a while I’ll be having some soy products and more carbs and protein then needed!

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Linda, you mention that its not working for you to eat keto and paleo BUT it’s NOT working for you … then can I ask why you continue? I think we should all eat what works for us. I can’t imagine Janae not eating carbs, protein, or CANDY! I mean I know that if someone asked me to give up granola I’d be MEAN! Also, as a runner my running coaches has ALWAYS promoted eating plenty of carbs and proteins!

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Whoops, that was my bad! I don’t know how the word not was slipped into that sentence, but what I meant to say was that. Diet is working for me really well! It’s help me with energy and also lowering my anxiety :-) so that’s why I continue it :-) sorry about the confusion!

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nutrition – spinach, oatmeal, salad all make me feel good. i dislike consuming meats if i need a bounce in my step.

Totally having issues with allergies. i use Claritin and when it doesn’t work Zyrtec. for natural remedies how about apple cider vinegar? also using a neti pot?

my run today was an easy run, but i cut it short b/c i was still feeling depleted from Saturday’s half. it felt good otherwise and went as planned so i’m happy. plus the weather is fantastic. i can’t complain.

Tue Tangent – volunteered to be a course marshal for the NYRR mini 10K ! i hope this means i get to see Des, Sarah and Krista run. volunteering to get that +1 for entry to the marathon for 2019. i will be running the Queens 10K the following wknd!

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Hi Janae! Just wanted to share that I am about the same height and the same weight as you and that i struggled with keeping up my energy, gaining muscle (but staying lean), and eating well after my baby. My baby is now four so the excuse of having a baby was not working for me anymore. I have long been a distance runner but in January I joined my local CrossFit box. For the first time in my whole life I feel fit and STRONG. I can really lift almost my body weight now and I am working on my real pull up (#summer goals). We did a “nutrition challenge” as a community to reset our bodies and to eat well at the start of 2018. The gym owner, Ben Bergeron is a coach to elite athletes and he is such a humble guy that takes class with me everyday people like me at 6:30am. He creates an energy of acceptance and motivation to be our best selves no matter where we are at in life or in fitness. I loved it and all the details are here for anyone to follow (I bought glass reusable tray set on Amazon because I work outside home): http://crossfitnewengland.com/2017/12/30/nutrition-challenge-2018/
I loved the nutrition plan and its simplicity- I just packed my trays three times a day and never felt deprived. I am lactose intolerant so certain groups are off limits to me from my allergy but aside from that I felt that I ate all good tasty food and wasn’t hungry. I liked the focus on eating real foods and lots of veggies. In addition to attending CrossFit 5 times a week and maintaining my three tray plan I have seen major results. I have dropped body fat by 6% and lost 12 pounds. I sleep way better at night and I have energy throughout the day without having a snack attack at 4pm (my usual energy slump). Anyways, I sound like an infomercial but for me this has become a healthy way of life that my entire family follows. Thought you might enjoy it!

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Hi Janae! I have been a reader for years and have never commented, but I really enjoy your blog. I am commenting today because one of my go-to snacks is something I think you might like. Whenever I need a sweet snack during the day, or in the evening, I defrost some frozen blueberries, add fresh raspberries, or other berries, and top it with unsweetened apple sauce and a big scoop of nut butter. Trader Joes’ Mixed Nut Butter is delicious, but I will use anything. If I need extra carbs, I might put this all on a sweet potato (this is also a yummy breakfast). It is a great way to get some extra carbs and good fat, but satisfy your sweet craving.

Thank you for sharing all you do, and for being such a positive force. Keeping rocking it mama!

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Well, Elizabeth… your comment just made my day. Thank you for the amazing treat idea (I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW) and for your sweet words. Seriously, I cannot wait to try this. Thank you and I hope you are having a wonderful morning!

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Try Oil of Oregano for your allergies! It is a life saver! I swear it reduced my reaction to pollen even when i haven’t taken it!

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Totally! Love it!!

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Some allergy meds are totally compatible with breastfeeding! Check this page out:
https://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/cold-remedy/

I personally take Zyrtec and haven’t seen any effects!

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Try saline spray and if you can handle it neti pot. Showering right away (not that any mom has time for that) but it does really help. My son has really bad allergies and he takes medication, but these other natural remedies help get the pollen off.

I just switched from the Brooks Pure Flows to the Revels and I love them! So much more support and I felt like i was running on clouds.

Skye is adorable and so happy for you and your family!!

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First, I heard Yanny the first time and Laurel everytime after that. I don’t have a clue how that’s possible but it’s true.

Second, after suffering seasonal allergies for years, I’ve had no issues this spring. I briefly stopped eating most gluten and sugar and my allergies are gone. I do now eat both in moderation but the allergies didn’t come back. I know it sounds painful to stop eating both of them, but what a difference it’s made for me.

Currently I’m eating a pretty clean diet, still low gluten when possible and mostly low carb, higher fat and lots of veggies (which I love). Gluten and sugar make me feel like crap especially when I eat them together and too close to bedtime. It’s all about finding out what works and when I feel the best.

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Yes I hear Yanny too! My husband hears Laurel though and we listen to it at the same time. So wild to hear two different things. But A few years ago it was the dress and I saw the dress in white and gold while he saw it in blue and black.
Yes pollen is bad where we live too. My husband struggles with it the most. I’m encouraging him to look into allergy shots soon.

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Runners World online referenced an article called “25 non boring breakfast recipes”. They all look good , but the one I tried immediately was number 14, homemade breakfast granola. The recipe is actually from delish.com. The great thing is that you can make adjustments and it still turns out great. I used local honey instead of maple syrup. I also added dried cherries and a little brown sugar, but I used less salt. I made a double batch to share with our daughter. We both agreed, it’s the best granola ever. I like that you know exactly what the ingredients are.
My 2018 nutrition goal is making more whole food choices. I do pretty well for a few weeks, then fall off the wagon, and start over. Haha.

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I’ve found that if I prep foods ahead of time, I’m more likely to grab good/healthy stuff than the bad/junk foods. I’ve started incorporating prep snacks into my meal prep for the week. This usually includes cutting up fruits or veggies, hardboiling a few eggs for a quick bit, or making protein balls. These are my favorite by Trisha Yearwood! So good!

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/power-balls-2589714

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Tots!

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Not sure if you wear your shoes in the house, but try having the whole family leave shoes outside. Pollen is on your shoes, which then gets on your floors and carpet. Good luck. Allergies are miserable.

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Meal prep over the weekend has been a game changer for me! Not always easy but it saves me so much time over the week. I bake a large breakfast casserole and bring a piece to work every morning (post work out meal). I also cook a protein for my lunch and dinner on the bbq or the crock pot (i.e butter chicken, salmon, pulled pork, steaks, etc.). My carbs are pretty basics: I cook a bunch of sweet potatoes and rice for 4-5 days. I am okay with eating pretty much the same menu for an entire week than switching things up !

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Tots!

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Yep, ALL YANNY!…. every time :)

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For so many things we have the answers. Dialing into the inner voice can be HARD. Nutrition is hard for a variety of reasons. Modeling the natural approach for your family (and us) is a great gift!

How about the oh-so-natural ACV? How about it? I’m happy to see at least one comment on this. It’s nice to see what others say. There are the easy/ 101/ 201 things to do and then there are the advanced/ natural/ non-mainstream/ game changing habits. Maybe like strength training in addition to running…. One of the advanced habits is an alkaline-acid balanced system -> organic apple cider vinegar with the mother aka ACV + organic unsulfured blackstrap molasses first thing/ empty stomach and last thing – for life (probably starting in our 30’s). ACV contributes to a more alkaline system and the molasses has iron+++ (really good for women) and makes it easier to take ACV. It looks like ACV assists with delivering the benefits of molasses into our cells/ mitochondria (?). Mitochondria action like this can be good! I recently searched Twitter for this and it was interesting how many tweets popped up. The information is out there.

There is a lot of information for alkaline/ acid. Then we have to take it on and figure out what works for us. Especially if we do not have models nearby. So often we can think these advanced habits are too much of a stretch and we’re ok. Then we can look at something like the tweets and see what is there and think maybe we can be better and wouldn’t it be nice?

Something else is iodine -> Lugol’s 5% formula. One producer is J Crow and their website has very interesting/ good information! I got EXCITED about what they shared!! Like they share when one can know if they’re taking too much – thank you, J Crow. Oh, and ACV appeared there, too – surprise. Goes to show what farming inside scoop can teach us.

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Not every eating plan works for every body, which is why there are so many diets. Some people may do best with minimal grains but I need them in order to feel good and operate at my best. What works for me are whole grain, minimal wheat, healthy fats, lean protein (including meat, I didn’t feel well as a vegetarian and I really worked hard with planning and food combining to get nutrients), no dairy (even though I love yogurt and cheese), and less sugar. I also do well when I keep coffee to a couple of times a week and add in green tea. (I make green tea tolerable with ginger or mint. I think it tastes like grass otherwise and, yes, I know what grass tastes like). :)

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Yanny. But my husband hears Laurel. I think it’s something to do with whether or not you can hear higher frequencies…

Love that you’re going to recreate that photo. Can’t wait to see it!

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Sorry your allergies are so horrible, I definitely feel your pain.
Just curious as to why you can’t take any allergy medicine? I exclusively breastfed for 18 months and took either Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin the whole time. I never had any supply issues. You do want to stay away from Sudafed or any other type of decongestant.
Good luck!

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Hey Megan… I guess I just read that it can effect your milk supply and I am paranoid about losing my milk after I did with Brooke. I am now figuring out there are things I can take.. THANK YOU so much and I hope you are having an amazing day. PS 18 months–> GO MAMA!

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No 1- I cant wait to do that skittles experiment with my nephew!! What liquid do you use? I can probably just google!

No 2- I have recently become a FASTer Way To Fat Loss coach and would love to talk to you about this program. Amanda Tress created it and also practices while breastfeeding. It is NOT about restriction. It is about strategically fueling our bodies for maximum fat burning and muscle building.

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Hmm that chicken with salsa looks delicious! And I’m looking forward to the photo, I always love those recreations! What feels best for me regarding my nutrition is:
1) have a proper afternoon snack — I usually love some greek yoghurt with berries
2) ask myself whether I’m hungry of whether I just feel like something eating something nice. If I’m hungry I make sure to eat something that is tasty but also going to fill me up (a piece of toast with PB and honey or some muesli with yoghurt etc.), since I know that if I’m hungry and I just grab some nibbles/candy/popcorn it’s not going to satisfy me. If I just feel like something tasty but am not hungry than that’s totally fine too, then I just pick whatever sounds good. This has been really helpful for me!

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Hello Janae!
I gave up dairy 2 years ago and haven’t had to take allergy meds at all. When the pollen count is super high I may get a little stuffy and sneeze a few times but for the most part I have no issues. I used to take Citrizine twice a day and still be a mess in the spring but now hardly nothing!
And giving up sugar makes me feel better but that is easier said than done. I have such the sweet tooth! ;)
Have a good rest of the week!

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Tots on the dairy-allergy connection (inflammation). Sugar, too. Not sure if you were tying it in or not, but yeah.

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I have a eureka moment with nutrition like 4 x a year. Lol. I tried being vegetarian, but I suck at it. My body NEEDS meat. And during training it needs it every.single.day. I have tried to give up sugar, but that was brutal (and not just for me) so I just try to cut back. I loooove fruit though and I think that type of sugar is OK. During training I eat something almost every 2-3 hours b/c I get hungry. I try to listen to my body as much as possible. I have a history of AN (been recovered for about 12 years now) so I am not willing to track calories or my weight b/c it’s not worth the risk. But that makes it all such a guessing game, too!!
I definitely need to read that book, it sounds awesome.
Oh and I hear Yanni EVERY time!

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Annabelle and Ross’ allergies have been crazy bad lately.

I feel like we are super similar when it comes to our eating habits. My meals are very balanced and nutritious, but I just love my treats too. I like the idea of focusing on what I should eat MORE of and not what I should eat less of. It will naturally works itself that way if you focus on what to eat more of. I will never stop eating sugar. It leads to a binge every time.

Annabelle had torticullus when she was a baby. I took her in at 5 weeks old for it and we started physical therapy right then for a few months. If you want a sure fire way to piss off a baby, do those stretches several times a day with them. lol. Maybe that is why she still doesn’t like me.

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Hi friend! Ok so this is funny a few days ago after reading your posts I thought to myself “I need to eat more like Janae, she always eats so many healthy things!” So in my opinion you are killing it in the meal department but yes I am like you and totally get the 3:00 munchies and just want the junk food. The period between lunch and dinners are always the hardest. I am going to text you some of my favorite snack recipes- and maybe it will motivate both of us!! Have a great day!

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Hi! I just wanted to say that my body actually hangs onto weight while I am nursing. I nursed my youngest until she was 14 months and once I stopped… I pretty much lost 5 lbs immediately. Then the rest came off gradually. Sounds like you have the right mindset! ❤️

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Thanks for sharing this Ashley! I think this is what happens with my sis, mom and I because they have also had that same experience. Have a beautiful day!

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