Sunday, April 25, 2010

Day 16: Elimination Diet

I've now got some pictures to accompany my word-heavy posts! Whee!

Here is my standard breakfast (sometimes I have some applesauce on the side):

This is the picture I posted yesterday of lunch:

Here is dinner. It looks boring, but it was so yummy! I made Sunny Sunflower Seed Burgers from the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. I served it with more guacamole puree on the side. They would have been heavenly with some good ol' fashioned ketchup.

I am realllllly lazy about some things so instead of typing it out I took a picture of the recipe. I couldn't find it anywhere online. I made them as directed except I used salt instead of herbamare and I had no parsley. They would have been even more delicious with the parsley, though! I also used long grain rice instead of short grain and they were just fine.
(okay, I can't figure out why this picture isn't clickable. If it was you could see the recipe enlarged! I will try to work on that . . . )

Here was dessert. This is my version of sorbet. I put a bunch of frozen cherries and peaches in to the Blendtec with some agave nectar and the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and add just enough water so it purees but isn't thin enough to drink through a straw. I put it in the freezer until it sets up just a bit. Yum. It's sooooo good.

I felt pretty good on Saturday. One moment of feeling shakey/light-headed but it didn't last long.

Overall I've been much more tired in the evening and ready to go to bed earlier than I usually have. On Friday night I fell asleep putting the girls to bed at around 9:00. Woke up at 10:30, brushed my teeth, put on jammies, and went right back to bed. Last night I stayed up until 11:00 but I could barely keep my eyes open. I'm finding that I do have more energy during the day and then crash at night, which is actually quite good, I think.

On another note, here is a completely un-related rant that I needed to get off my chest:

Last night we found out that Matt's employer no longer will let employees use the childcare FSA if their partner is unemployed. So unless I'm in school full time or work at least 20 hours a week, we no longer qualify for it. We were given NO notice of this change and since the FSA allows the childcare money to come out of Matt's check pre-tax, it saved us a decent amount every month. It's really stressful. Not too long ago he (and everyone else there) lost their quarterly bonuses and now it's this. I am just waiting for them to screw with our health insurance.

What's ironic is that there is a cap on the childcare FSA of $5,000 per year. For perspective, Eloise will go three 6 hour days per week and it will cost $7,740 for the whole year (they go year-round). Three full days per week that my kids will be at school together doesn't leave me anywhere near 20 free hours a week to work outside of the home, so I would have to enroll her in even MORE school, which the FSA wouldn't even cover, anyways. Grrr.

I have many more complaints about this policy, but my last one is, we should have had at least six months to a year notice. We've had absolutely zero time to prepare for this. To save money or anything. The new benefits period starts on June 1st, just over one month away. It is totally beyond me how we're going to make our already tight budget work this out, but I'll find a way.

Thanks for listening to a rant when you've simply come here to read about the elimination diet. Has anyone else dealt with an employer pulling shit like this?

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