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As I mentioned in this post, I am training for a half marathon in October. I usually run at the gym on the treadmill, but I occasionally run outside and now that my long runs are getting longer, not only do I need fuel to keep me going, but I need something to track my running. I had wanted a Garmin Forerunner, but couldn’t justify that cost. I already have a Polar Heart Rate Monitor, so another couple hundred dollars to track mileage/distance didn’t make sense. Enter new Nike shoes & Nike gift card. The new running shoes I bought last month were Nikes and my credit cards rewards came in the form of a Nike gift card. I bought a Nike+ iPod Sports Kit for $29.99!
The sensor (on the right), slips in a little slot under the insert in my shoe. The receiver slips right into your iPod nano or, if you have an itouch, it has a built in sensor! I had no idea my itouch could do that!
I used the Nike+ for the first time Friday for my long run. It said I was running much faster than I thought I was and than what the treadmill was telling me. I know that treadmills are notoriously wrong when it comes to distance, calories & such, so I don’t put a lot of stock in that. I had to calibrate the Nike+ today to get the most accurate results. I ran 1 mile (at a “normal” pace) in 8 min 50 sec. That is what the calibration was based on. Now, when I run, the results should be much more accurate.
Some of my favorite things about this new toy are:
For $29.99, this was a great purchase. I really look forward to using this in my race next week & for training on my longer runs. Another bonus to the Nike+ over the Garmin is that you don’t need GPS for it to work. The Garmins won’t work inside (treadmills) or sometimes have issues picking up signals from the satellite.
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I want to apologize to those who are signed up to receive email updates with new posts. There was a glitch with Windows Live Writer uploading my Trader Joe’s Edamame Cracker’s review the other day and you may have received multiple emails. While I really do like that product, I didn’t mean for it to post that many times! LOL!
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What a whirlwind the last week has been! Phew! I am glad it is over. I will be even happier when we are back to our normal routine and some of this craziness is gone. Yes, it was wonderful to see our family and spend time with them, but everything seems so chaotic. It will be nice to return to the somewhat predictable schedules that we keep. During the last week we had so many fabulous meals & treats. It all seemed so smooth, too. The meals were all prepared gluten-free or mostly gluten-free to avoid cross contamination. Neither Jon or I got sick, so that is a plus. We also enjoyed lunch out one day at Red Robin. We had a hard time with the service, mostly just being slow and not following through, but Jon and I felt great after eating there. It was really busy, so that may have been part of the issue.
So, this week is still not back to normal, but we don’t have any real big plans. I doubt that I will even make it until midnight on New Year’s Eve. I am getting old, you know.
Sunday ~ Burgers with sauteed mushrooms & pepperjack cheese, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli and salad
Monday ~ Homemade Cheese Pizza (I may add spinach to mine and pepperoni to the kids) and salad
Tuesday ~ Salmon with garlic dill seasoning, quinoa, roasted brussel sprouts & salad
Wednesday ~ Turkey Tacos or Turkey Taco Salads, mexican rice & refried beans
Thursday ~ Pork & sauerkraut, mashed poatoes & veggies
Friday ~ Leftover medley/Breakfast for dinner
Saturday ~ Spaghetti & meat sauce, steamed veggies, foccacia bread (Chebe Mix) & salad
Baked Goods for the Week
I think I am taking a break on the baked goods this week. We have tons of fudge, cookies & cake leftover and I am thinking that my husband will kill me if I make anything else.
I will probably have to make bread, though.
Oooh….I almost forgot. My sister got me the most amazing cookbook for Christmas. She got me Carol Fenster’s new cookbook, 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes. WOW!! This cookbook is amazing! Not only are there tons of baked goods, but the meals…..I am in heaven!
Another wonderful cooking gift….hubby got me a huge griddle for cooking pancakes, bacon & such. This thing is so big that I can cook a pound of bacon on it at one time! OMG! It is amazing! So much easier than standing over a pan going through rounds of 6 or 7 strips at a time.
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday.
A few weeks back I was at Whole Foods trying to score some frozen GF pie crusts and happened upon a sale on Glutino Frozen Pizzas. They were 2 for $6.00, which was a great deal! They are normally $4+ each. I like to keep quick meals on hand for busy nights, so these were perfect for that. These pizzas are easy to prepare. Both times I made these pizzas, I set the pizza directly on the oven rack. The result was a nice, crisp crust! I added a little Frank’s Red Hot to my pizza, b/c I love it and put it on everything. What a nice treat! These have a wonderful flavor and almost remind me of a spinach dip on a pizza crust! I paired the pizza with a nice salad for a meal. I would definitely buy this product again and highly recommend it to anyone out there looking for a quick frozen meal.
Even though I have been following this diet for coming up on 3 years, I still consult my safe & forbidden lists every now and then to refresh myself, especially on those items that I don’t use frequently. I wanted to post them here so that they would be readily available to those who are just starting or just need to glance at them for a specific reason in a hurry.
Let’s start with the SAFE ingredients. That is much more positive than going over the stuff we can’t have, huh?
Alcohol (wine is fine; hard ciders ~ Woodstock is fine; Redbridge beer is fine)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bean Romano (Chickpea)
Bicarbonate of Soda (check)
Canola Oil (Rapeseed Oil)
Carageenan Chondrus Crispus
Carob Bean Gum
Cassava Manihot Esculenta
Cheeses (make sure to read label)
Corn Syrup Solids
Cotton Seed Oil
Cream of Tartar
Fish (check for additives)
Gram flour (chick peas)
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Kasha (roasted buckwheat)
Kudzu Root Starch
Locust Bean Gum
Meat (check for additives/flavorings)
Mono and Diglycerides
Monosodium Glutamate MSG (made in USA)
Nuts (check labels if there are flavorings)
Oats, if they are labeled gluten-free (Lara’s made by Cream Hill Estates & Bob’s Red Mill both have GF Oats)
Oils and Fats
Pea – Chick
Pea – Cow
Propylene Glycol Monosterate
Romano Bean (chickpea)
Saifun (bean threads)
Seed – Sesame
Seed – Sunflower
Soba (be sure its 100% buckwheat)
Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Spices (pure, 100%)
Succotash (corn and beans)
Sweet Chestnut Flour
TBHQ is Tetra or Tributylhydroquinon e
Urad/Urid Dal (peas) Vegetables
Vinegar (All except Malt)
Vinegars (Specific Types)
Vitamin A (retinol)
Wine Vinegars (including Balsamic)
Yogurt (make sure to check labels, some brands/types are NOT safe)
See, that leaves all kinds of things that we Celiacs can eat!
Ingredients that we should always question:
Natural Flavors/Flavorings (can contain malt, made from barley)
Soy Sauce (most are brewed from/with wheat; La Choy is safe)
Modified Food Starch (will be labeled if the source is wheat; it is a law as of 2006)
Spices (100% spices are fine, some spice mixes or combinations may contain gluten; always check if you are not sure)
Now, onto the Unsafe List:
Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Barley Grass (can contain seeds)
Barley Hordeum vulgare
Blue Cheese (made with bread ~ some are safe, I have never investigated it b/c I hate it!)
Bulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)
Durum wheat (Triticum durum)
Flour (normally this is wheat)
Fu (dried wheat gluten)
Groats (barley, wheat)
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Rice Malt (if barley or Koji are used)
Sprouted Wheat or Barley
Suet in Packets
Teriyaki Sauce (La Choy is GF)
Textured Vegetable Protein – TVP
Triticale X triticosecale
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Udon (wheat noodles)
Wheat, Abyssinian Hard triticum durum
Wheat amino acids
Wheat Bran Extract
Wheat Durum Triticum
Wheat Germ Extract
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Grass (can contain seeds)
Wheat Triticum aestivum
Wheat Triticum Monococcum
Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Bran Extract
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