Oh boy…

26 01 2010

…I really am a bad blogger with no signs of transformation anytime soon. I am SWAMPED with school work and for the first time in my academic career, I’m actually working hard. That’s right, blog folks, I’m a total slacker. I hate to admit it. In fact, I lie about it all the time to everyone around me. They think and assume I’m “studying” when really I’m watching t.v. on my computer. Over the last 5 years I’ve probably caught up on all the popular shows out there. It’s sad.  I really don’t know how I managed to get by with decent grades in school, but it sure explains the weight gain. Though, life is a lot of fun when all you really do is watch t.v. and movies and go out partying with your friends.

Now that that confession is out of my system, I have to say I feel pretty damn proud of myself for (almost) staying on top of things for the first time ever. On the flipside, I haven’t had much of a social life this past month. I’ve only been out partying once, and have met up with friends for dinner maybe two or three times. Sad, sad, sad!

Part of the reason is also because my body has been failing me time and time again these past 4 weeks. First there was the “food poisoning” episode around boxing day and then again before New Years. Then I was sick again with the same symptoms about two weeks ago. And last week I pulled my back somehow and broke out into hives. All on top of a crazy workload. FML.

After the 3rd vomiting episode, I began to see a pattern and suspect that it’s been an allergic reaction, not food poisoning or the stomach flu. Last January, I discovered I’ve become mildly lactose intolerant. I LOVE cheese and ice cream, so the thought of cutting it out of my diet for good is really tough, particularly the cheese (pizza is my go-to take-out meal). Then I discovered the Lactaid pill (a.k.a. the lactase enzyme). I felt a difference immediately after taking it. I could add cheese to my meals again. It was my saviour!

For about a month.

Then the vomiting episodes happened. I had cheese in each of the meals I ate before I got sick. And guess what? Yup, I took a lactaid pill before the meal.

I read up on the possibility of the pill causing similar problems and found other people have had the same reactions as me. They’ve used Lactaid with no repercussions for a while, then all of a sudden they’re vomiting. Apparently you can develop an allergy to the lactase enzyme.

Anyway, I’m scheduled to go seen an allergist to get tested and have stopped taking Lactaid in the meantime. I’ve tried to reduce my dairy consumption as well. I think I’ve spent more time at my doctor’s office than in class this past month.

I can’t believe I never got around to posting my 2010 resolutions. I started a post, saved it so I could upload food pics, never got around to uploading the pics, then got caught up with school and health problems. Food-wise, I’ve been eating well for the most part. I’ve also been taking a lot of pics, so expect a very visual post soon. Exercise-wise, the last couple of weeks have been pretty bad. Between dehydration, exhaustion and lack of time, I’ve only managed to get a couple of swims in (about 1-2 times a week down from 3-4). I’m going to kick the swims up because, with my back, that’s the only thing that doesn’t bother it.

I don’t even know how long it will take my back to heal considering sitting down aggravates it, and well, I have to sit through 3 back-to-back 3 hour lectures on Thursdays and have 2 other 3 hour lectures during the week. Then of course there’s the sitting at a desk at work and sitting a computer to study.

Yikes, that was more of a venting session than an update. Sorry!

Upcoming posts:

  • 2010 resolutions (and how they’re progressing so far).
  • January Eats in pictures.
  • A recap/review of a TBA Winterlicious restaurant I’ll be checking out with some friends next week.

Hope you bloggies are doing much better than I am! 🙂


Culinary Disaster #1 and Happy New Year!

2 01 2010

Well, here’s my recap of my first ever attempt to roast a chicken. It ends up being a bit of a funny/sad story…

The original plan was to roast the cornish hen for Christmas day. I was more than likely going to spend it alone with my parents out of town and my older sister had already been invited to dinner at a friend’s house. I invited a couple of friends over who also weren’t going to be with their families or didn’t celebrate Christmas, but in the end we decided on doing a movie marathon, so I put off cooking the chicken until boxing day.

Just to make it clear, here’s the whole cooking timeline:
Sunday-Tuesday – chicken is taken out of freezer and put in the fridge to defrost
Tuesday – chicken is fully defrosted and marinated with 1 t garlic, 1/2 T rosemary, 1T lemon juice, 1/2 T basil, 1 t salt, 1 t pepper, 1 T olive oil, 1 t paprika, 1 t turmeric, 1 T agave nectar
Tuesday-Saturday – chicken is left in fridge to marinate
Saturday – chicken is roasted at 350 *F for nearly 2 hrs.

You might see where this is leading to.

My parents’ flight wasn’t supposed to get in until 1 or 2 am, but I wanted to have some food ready for them in case they were hungry that they could just heat up. It being a Saturday night, I had plans for the evening to meet up with my old friends from high school for a pub crawl.

After the chicken had cooked, I turned off the oven, left it in there to keep warm and went out to do errands. I was running late to meet my friends when I got back, so I didn’t even have time to try the chicken except for some slivers after carving it up and putting it in the fridge.

Stovetop Stuffing - easy peasy to cook, yummy but carb loaded 😦

The Chicken. cooked on a wire rack to get rid of as much fat as possible.

With the recent tightening of airport security, my parents’ flight was extremely delayed and we all ended up getting home around the same time (3 am-ish). Needless to say, we were all too tired to think about food at that hour!

Sunday morning/afternoon I decide to really try my chicken (that I’m so proud of) and use it in scrambled eggs.

Eggbeaters, chicken breast chunks, red onions and a sprinkling of marble cheese.

Tastes great, all’s swell. Later in the afternoon I had plans to grab some tea with a friend and then go on a really long walk around town. All of a sudden, as soon as I make it to Starbucks to meet my friend, I feel a wave of nausea hit me. We go outside to get some air, but the feeling is just getting worse so she walks me home.

I just barely make it home when I start to vomit till my stomach’s completely empty.

That’s right. I food poisoned myself. 😦

To make matters worse, just when I thought I was recovered, I met up with a friend to go see It’s Complicated, we grabbed a Subway sub (oven roasted chicken breast for me, what was I thinking?!), halfway through the movie I started to feel sick again and made a dash for the restroom.

Well, I missed the last half of the movie, scared a cab driver into going as fast as he could to get me home, and learned a valuable lesson on dealing with stomach illnesses–TAKE IT EASY!!  Even though I felt completely fine and back to normal with cravings and all, my stomach hadn’t caught up to my head and I had to go through torture twice in one week.

Obviously, my new year’s eve plans were ruined.  Instead of going out for a nice dinner, taking in the USS concert and sipping on the Moet champagne I brought back from London, I vegged out in front of the t.v. with a couple of bottles of Gatorade, cup-a-soup and toast. Luckily, the night turned around when my best girlfriends paid me a surprise visit to keep me company for the countdown. We just watched a James Bond movie that was on (one with Pierce Brosnan *swoon*) and played board games, but it really made me realize that having fun is all about the company not the activity/location. And I always have fun with these girls no matter what we do, there’s always a hysterical laughing fit at some point. 🙂

All in all, I have mixed feelings about how I’ve started off the year. Not exactly how I intended, but I feel that there’s promise. I’d like to have another post dedicated to my new years resolutions, so I’ll just stop here and wish you all a Happy New Year!! 🙂