WIAW: Pizza Partying and Planned Intuitive Eating

by Sara on April 10, 2013

Hey hey happy Wednesday!

I absolutely LOVED reading your “ideal chocolate bar” giveaway entries on Monday! Some of the descriptions made me feel like I was living a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory fantasy…

Graham crackers, cookie dough nougat, almonds, rick dark chocolate, sea salt…

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Dark chocolate, peanut butter, sea salt, caramel…

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White chocolate, coconut, macadamia nuts…

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Dark chocolate, peanut butter, almonds, sea salt…

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Sea salt, caramel, nuts, dark chocolate…

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See what I mean? Yespleaseandthank you to every single one!

(p.s. it’s not too late to enter the giveaway!)

What I enjoyed even more, though, was hearing about your favorite childhood meals.  I’m more than ready to throw a throwback party, complete with chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, buttered noodles, Capri Suns, (<—I used to get giddy when I’d find one of those tucked away in my lunchbox!), French fries, grilled cheese, KidCuisine TV dinners, sandwiches and pizza!

Are you in?!?

And speaking of parties and pizza….

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Say hello to last night’s dinner!

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I’ve had a massive craving for a cheesy pizza pie all week, and I’m blaming the 30+ TV commercials I’ve seen for Totino’s pizza rolls. Gah.

However since  gluten is out of the picture, dialing up Domino’s (or going the frozen pizza roll route) is never really an option. So, after a few days of Google research, I finally mustered up the courage to experiment with a homemade coconut flour crust.

I tried making cauliflower pizza a few months ago, but it turned out soggy, which was a major disappointment. I like my crust crispy! This coconut flour crust is not only that, but garlicky and cheesy, too. I think it would also make AMAZING breadsticks!

Individual Coconut Flour Pizza Crusts

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(yields 2 mini pizza crusts)

Ingredients

2 eggs

2 T. coconut flour

2 T. plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)

1/4 t. garlic powder

1/4 t. dried basil

1/2 t. dried oregano

4 T. shredded Parmesan cheese

dash of salt

Method

1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl, whisk eggs and Greek yogurt, and then add the coconut flour. Beat well with a fork, until you have a smooth lump-free batter. Next, add spices, salt, and Parmesan.

3. Spread about 1/2 the batter onto the paper lined baking sheet.   Use a spatula or other kitchen utensil to spread the batter into an 5″ circle that is quite thin (the thinner the better). Repeat with remaining batter, so that you have two crusts.

4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add pizza toppings (sauce, cheese, veggies etc), and then return to oven and broil for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

Enjoy!

Moving on…There’s a big food fiesta happening at Peas and Crayons today, and thanks to my pizza tangent, I think we’re late.  So let’s hop on over there, and kickstart the party the same way we start the day—with breakfast!

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Breakfast

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I may not be ready to jump aboard the fried-egg-on-oats trend quite yet, but I’m always aboard the fried-egg-on-toast trend.

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 And it’s totally a trend—at least in my life. Add avocado, and it’s pretty much bliss. :)

I toasted two slices of Udi’s Whole Grain bread, then spread half a smooshed (<–sounds less violent than smashed) avocado on top, and finished them off with two fried eggs cooked over-easy.

Workout

Two hours later, I headed to the gym and completed a leg workout, which looked like this:

How to Kill Your Legs So That You Can Have Sexy Legs

Step-ups with dumbbells — 20 x 3

Back squats — 15 x 1, 12 x 1, 8 x 2

Incline leg press — 12 x 1, 8 x 2, 1  x 6

Seated leg curl — 15 x 2, 8 x 2

Deadlifts — 10 x 1, 5 x 3

Dumbbell walking lunges — 25 x 3

Seated calf raise — 20 x 3

My lower body felt like jelly afterward, which means I’m going to be sooooore—and I mean it hurts to sit on the toilet sore—the rest of the week. Oy. I always experience 3-4 days of DOMS after completing killer leg days!

Post-Workout

The usual: banana and chocolate whey “frosting.”

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I’ve found that eating whey, rather than slurping it (aka making a protein shake), results in less bloat and fullness. I hate feeling “puffy” after a workout, and this less voluminous combination goes down much easier.

Lunch

After showering, I headed to my favorite place within four walls (any guesses?). While I was there, I picked up lunch at the salad bar.

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This one was packed with goodies! In the brown box: mixed greens, arugula, Moroccan carrot salad, cherry tomatoes, tuna, blue cheese crumbles, red onion, butternut squash, red bell pepper, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries. I drizzled my favorite sesame tahini dressing on top, and DUG in.

Snack

A few hours later—still at Whole Foods—I snacked on a KIND Dark Chocolate Nuts + Sea Salt bar and a cup of Yogi Ginger tea.

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Dinner

I know we’ve already talked about this, but…

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Look at that melty, oozy, cheese!

My mom and I enjoyed our pizzas with half an avocado, which brought my avocado tally for the day to 1.5. NBD! 😉

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Snack

There comes a time in a girl’s life when eating peanut butter and egg whites before bed becomes boring beyond belief, so for the past few nights I’ve been jazzing things up a bit.

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In the bowl: plain Chobani Greek yogurt, Udi’s granola (my favorite!), mini dark chocolate chips, chopped macadamia nuts, and a huge dollop of Earth Balance coconut-peanut butter.

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Oooh yess. I haven’t had the peanut-coconut butter in months, so—despite being chunky (I’m usually a smooth nut butter girl)—it was a very welcome treat.

Low-FODMAPS Diet Update and Planned Intuitive Eating

It’s been three weeks since I started following the low-FODMAP diet, in an attempt to remedy my tummy troubles, and I’ve been meaning to update you about my progress, as well as my current health status. So here we go!

The good news is…I have more good news than bad news! :)

The semi-bad news is…most of my symptoms are likely due to IBS and SIBO, which is the reason my stomach gets upset when I eat. There’s no “treatment” for IBS, except natural remedies and diet experimentation—which I’ve been doing while on the low-FODMAP plan.

The second bit of good news is…SIBO can be treated! My doctor prescribed an antibiotic, which is supposed to help rid my stomach of the bad bacteria that causes GI distress whenever I eat. I’m also taking a probiotic called Align, which seems to be helping some.

The Low-FODMAP Diet

The low-FODMAP diet was a success, in that helped me identify which foods were upsetting my stomach. This is what I found:

  • Many high-FODMAP foods don’t bother me. These include: avocado, garlic, onions, hummus (although whole beans do bother me), most cheeses, and Greek yogurt.
  • Some high-FODMAP foods do bother me. These include: cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli etc.), milk, beans, and sugar alcohols (erythritol, mannitol, sorbitol, maltitol <–found in Quest bars, gum, Think Thin Bars, and many other sugar-free protein bars etc).

What’s Helped

I’ve shifted from an intuitive approach to eating—which has been my preferred method of eating for the past few months—to a semi-intuitive approach. In other words, instead of eating meals and foods that I crave only when I’m hungry (for the most part), I’m now eating meals and foods that I crave on a loosely planned schedule. I’ve found that sticking to regular eating times not only makes a busy lifestyle more manageable (there are no more I need to eat now moments because I’m always still satisfied from my previous meal or snack), but it has also improved my digestion tremendously, and helped ensure that I’m getting the nutrition I need to meet my April goal.

Right now my meal schedule during the week looks more or less like this:

7:30-8:00ish: Breakfast

11:00ish: Post-workout snack

1:00ish: Lunch

4:00ish: Snack

6:30-7:00ish: Dinner

10:00-11:00ish: Snack

I’m less structured on weekends, and rarely turn down an opportunity to go out with friends—even if it means shifting my schedule.  I don’t plan my meals either, instead opting to eat what I’m craving when it’s time to eat. The one exception, however, are dinners, which I do plan, because sometimes I enjoy cooking dishes that require ingredients that I don’t typically have on hand. But even then, I leave some flexibility. For example, if I go to the grocery store over the weekend and buy ingredients for four dinners,  I don’t decide which I’m going to make until the night of. And if none of those planned dinners appeal, then there’s always runny eggs and toast. 😉

So basically, I now think of myself as a planned intuitive eater. It sounds like an oxymoron, but I think structured eating and intuitive eating can coexist beautifully together. What allows planned intuitive eating to be “intuitive” rather than “restrictive” is that the planning is not set with the intention of denying cravings or controlling food; rather, knowing what my body needs—both physically and emotionally—right now. :)

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Aaaaand I’m finally done! Huge chocolate brownie points if you made it this far!

Huge hugs! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 I want to know…

What do you typically eat after you workout? Are you a fan of protein powders, or do you prefer to eat real food?

Pizza: Crisp crust or doughy crust? What are your favorite toppings? Take out, frozen, or homemade?

Are you an intuitive eater, or do you prefer more structure? Do you plan out your meals? What about meal schedules?

I firmly believe that different approaches work equally well for different people, and that what works at one point in someone’s life, may not work at another point in their life. We’re all constantly learning, adapting, and growing. <3

 

  • http://twitter.com/FitSwissChick Lucie Pfaendler

    Oh mx God, I NEED to give that Pizza a try once my Whole30 challenge is over!! Looks to die for! I love your approach on intuitive eating. I think that will work out perfectly and would be my approach too. I plan my meals during the week, mostly because I have to prep them beforehand and take them to work. On the weekends I take it all more flexible which is nice!
    I realize, that my body likes real food better. Still, I love protein powders but I never have them as a shake, rather add them to a smoothie in a bowl or bake with it. My absolute favorite postworkout meal is the protein-chocolate-cookie-dough (PP, eggwhites, Cocoa-Powder, AB), yumminess!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Protein chocolate cookie dough?! Oh. My. Gosh. I need this in my life! Happy Wednesday, Lucie! <3

  • http://twitter.com/flakeandcake Claire

    That pizza crust looks so good Sara – and I’d eat avocado every meal of the day if it looked as fresh and ripe as yours does! So glad to see there are good points in the diet update and that you can take steps (and are :)) to improve things! Whole foods salad bar is just incredible – your box looks full of goodness. I can’t stop looking at the eggs either, they look beautiful. Sunny way to start the day instead! I eat when I can in the day, I wish it could be a little more structured but my job means I’m not able to plan it out :( Happy WIAW Sara!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Claire! <3 I laughed a little when I read your comment about my avocado looking fresh because I cut into two yesterday, and they were both brown and kinda moldy! Haha, I guess third time was the charm! 😉

  • http://www.sweatlikeapig.com/ Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I could never do the cauliflower crust thing, but I definitely want to try this – it looks awesome!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Yeah, I know lots of people love the cauliflower crust, but it was just too soggy for me—and too “vegetable-y.” :-p Let me know if you try the coconut flour–I loved it!

  • Khushboo

    I’m SO glad I’m out for pizza tonight with friends…you have definitely spurred on a huge craving! That crust looks fab. I love your approach to intuitive eating and it’s similar to what I do! If I only ate when I was hungry, there’d be days I’d skip lunch or dinner. So rather than just listen to my hunger signals, I use my knowledge of how to fuel my body nutritiously alongside what I’m craving…so far it seems to be working well :)! I’m SO relieved on your behalf that Greek yogurt & avocado don’t give you problems…or hummus for that matter ;)!

    For the past 3 months, I’ve been working out around noon so I usually come back and eat lunch right away instead of a post-workout shake. While I’m not knocking protein powder and still use it in a pinch, I feel better eating real food! I’ve noticed that my sugar cravings have lessened since I reduced my protein powder intake which is a bonus ;)!

    Happy hump day, Sara!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I hope you have a fab time tonight! Nothing beats going out for pizza with friends!

      You make an interesting point about reduced sugar cravings in correlation to reduced protein powder consumption. I wonder if my daily scoop has something to do with my insatiable sweet tooth! 😉

  • coco

    So glad to know that FODMA helped you to identify your trigger foods and you found a new way to eat that helps with the symptoms. And more importantly, that most of the trigger foods do not bother. no avocado? that would be bad. 😉

    I eat breakfast after workout, recently has been oat + cottage cheese + PB.

    love crisp pizza doughy, thinner the better. Love veggies and tahini cheese.

    I’m also an intuitive planner, it simplifies life and easy to do during the week.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Coco! I’ve never heard of tahini cheese! Please tell me more! <3

  • http://twitter.com/Shortqtpie Krista

    Oh man that pizza looks yummy! I hope this new eating plans helps your tummy :)

    I like protein egg mug muffin/cake thingys after a workout- topped with (what else?) sunbutter and sometimes a little fig jam or apple butter. I like both a crispy crust and doughy one, but I rarely eat pizza so when I do I like crispy. Less bloaty feeling after! As for meals- sometimes I eat when I feel like its been enough time- when really I should be eating more intuitively. Sometimes I eat when I’m bored, tired, or think I should simply because its been a couple hours and I’m not even hungry. This is hard for me as this usually means I snack all day long! I am really trying to focus more on intuitive eating incorporated with fueling my body properly after workouts.

    Happy Wednesday!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I occasionally eat when I’m bored, too. Hey, it happens! I don’t think our eating patterns have to be all-or-nothing—we can eat for pleasure, eat for satisfaction, and eat for convenience all within the same day, and still be healthy. :)

      Fig jam sounds SO good! I’m going to be on the lookout the next time I go to the store! xoxo

  • lindsay cotter

    you know we have similar FOODMAPS sensitivities! haha. I can eat hummus too, but not beans. THANK HEAVENS> LOL!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thank heavens is right! Love you, friend! <3

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    Fried eggs on toast are one of the best things EVER, especially when it also involves avocado :).

    And I definitely bookmarked this post ASAP as soon as I saw the picture of that pizza. That looks DARN good!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, girl! Let me know if you try the pizza! It’s so easy! <3

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I like a combination of crispy and doughy for my pizza crusts, but definitely more on the crispy side. Your coconut flour one looks awesome! I’m definitely bookmarking it to try. :) My favourite pizza toppings change all the time, but currently they’re prosciutto with caramelized onions, and mozzarella. I had that at a restaurant recently and it was one of the best pizzas ever!

    That’s great news that you’ve identified a lot of the foods that bother you. I hope that between eliminating those foods and taking the antibiotic you’ll be able to avoid your stomach pain!

    I plan out my meals because it helps me make sure I don’t buy too much/too little at the grocery store. Plus it’s helpful to be able to plan leftovers that I can take with me to work for lunch! But I’m flexible in terms of my schedule. When I eat all depends on how hungry I am and what I have going on that day.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Caramelized onions is one of my favorite pizza toppings, too! I wish it didn’t take so long to make them, otherwise they’d be on my plate every other night! xoxo

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Thank goodness that avocado didn’t cause problems :-p
    And I think that your approach to intuitive eating makes a lot of sense – I do the same thing. It’s a lot more realistic for a busy lifestyle! I plan dinners because it’s easiest that way, and I have time slots where it’s easiest to eat so I will do so, rather than wait until I’m 100% hungry – it would be a tad awkward if I let 20 minutes into class but I suddenly decided it was lunchtime :-p

    I was having a protein shake after my workouts, but I figured out pretty quickly that it wasn’t leaving me satisfied enough. I’ll still have one in a pinch, but I prefer real food. I like doing my workouts right before lunch so I can eat it directly afterwards.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Haha, your comment about eating lunch in class made me laugh–During my undergraduate days, I’d bring lunch to class nearly every day, which I’m certain created many enemies that I never knew I had. I’d pack things like tuna and eggs, which would stink up the room! Now, if I need to eat in class, I stick to snacks like bars or nuts. Much easier for me, much more pleasant for others!

  • Brittany Lesser

    Omg, I want everything in this post right now!! Looks sooooo good. I’m not following a structured schedule with my eating, either. It’s so much better this way. Eat when hungry. Don’t eat when not hungry. Simple, isn’t it? haha I was following one when I was doing a plan because I wanted to reach a goal, but for everyday life, forget it! Too time consuming and really unnecessary. I found with my IBS I cannot handle a lot of veggies (brussel sprouts and kale are huge ones) but I can handle things like avocado and stuff, just like you. We are IBS twins lol! 😉 I can usually handle broccoli if it’s a small amount or if I don’t have it every single day.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      IBS twins unite! Love it, and love you! <3

  • http://Www.annatheapple.com/ AnnaTheApple

    Glad you’ve sort of come to some conclusions about your tummy issues. It’s interesting to see what are your ‘problem’ foods. I know I have an issue with brussel sprouts…but I love them too much to give them up complete. I just try and limit them….a little.
    I have literally just finished lunch and I want to eat your breakfast now!! It looks so unbelievably good. I really need to try mixing things up a bit more – especially avocado and egg, a combo I rarely do!
    I never have protein shakes or protein powder only because I just don’t fancy them. I prefer actual food (not that there’s anything wrong with the protein powder per se, just for me I like to eat something rather than drink something if that makes sense).
    I am sadly a planned eater. I like to have organised meals as otherwise I think I’d just eat all the time…I have the tendency to eat out of boredome. But I won’t eat if I’m not hungry – that’s the only thing I follow.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I love Brussels sprouts too much to give them up entirely, too! I think they’re one of those foods that I’ll eat occasionally, because they’re impossible to resist ALL the time. Date night? No way. Home in my pajamas? Why not!

  • http://semisweeteats.wordpress.com/ Courtney @ Semi-Sweet Eats

    I just pinned your coconut flour crust recipe. I cannot wait to try it! I tried a cauliflower crust too and was disappointed because it was soggy (and I like it crispy, too!) :)

    AND! I need to try that coconut peanut butter. I can’t seem to find it around here, so I may try recreating my own.

    It totally makes sense about being a semi-planned intuitive eater, i honestly think that’s more realistic. It sounds funny typing it out/saying it out loud, but I totally get what you mean!

    I’m glad your FODMAP diet was a success! Sometimes sugar alcohols (Think Thin bars especially) irritate my stomach, too.

    Happy Wednesday :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Let me know if you want me to send you a jar of the coconut peanut butter! I’d be more than happy to do that! Seriously! <3 xoxo

  • Lift, Sleep, Eat

    Oh wowwww….that pizza crust recipe looks unreal!?! I am definitely going to have to make that!!! I’ve got some of that coconut peanut butter in the cupboard from my L.A. haul haha I cannot wait to try it!! 😀 I
    Glad your FODMAP plan worked out; theres nothing worse than having tummy troubles! I’m sort of in the middle of intuitive and structured..normally the times when I would have a meal or a snack, every 3 hours, I’m hungry anyway..so its kinda a win win!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh, girl, open up that jar ASAP! It’s life changing! Happy Wednesday! <3

  • claire the rd

    Looks like a genius crust recipe! I hate the cauliflower ones that are packed with cheese, but I did find one with garbanzo bean flour that turns out pretty good! Have a great day, love!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I’ve never tried garbanzo flour pizza crust, but it sounds awesome! Happy Wednesday, Claire!

  • Deirdre

    Thank you SO much for sharing the coconut pizza crust recipe- you’re my new hero!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Yay! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    BAHA our childhood meals so sounds similar 😀 Buttered noodles was a huge
    staple of mine!!!!!!!!!!! My parents would sautee garlic and butter and put that on noodles for me 😀 My Mom also made the best alfredo sauce EVER!

    I’m sad the last cauliflower crust you had didn’t turn out crisp :( mine always does!!!! did you try my recipe? :) I just pinned yours 😀 anyways, I have to say all of your eats look amazing and I’m totally inspired by you sis and want NOTHING MORE than to chat with you <3 know that you TRULY inspire me!

    I LOVE YOU

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      YOU inspire me, sis! Can. Not. Wait. to chat in a few days! Enjoy your time with your parents! <3 xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/runcupcake Samantha

    Did you know Domino’s offers gluten free crust? It’s not that bad really! I love crispy crust pizza and I always find that when I make my pizza it tends to be better than take out.

    I always have a protein shake after a workout – almond milk and plant fusion chocolate flavored powder = a shake that tastes like a liquid candy bar!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I had no idea about Domino’s!! Thanks for letting me know! Have you tried it?

  • RedLetter Daye

    I finally tried the cauliflower crust and HATED it. Never again. The coconut flour looks like an option, if I can get my hands on some coconut flour.

    I’m still not big on straight greek yogurt yet, but that dessert snack bowl you made loosk to die for! I’ll have to try that Earth Balance, too. I’ve gotten sick of plain peanut butter lately.

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Oh my goodness, so much to comment on here! First of all, each and every one of those chocolate creations sounds fab- I think Lindt needs to ask some bloggers for suggestions! And your pizza looks so yummy- love the idea of a coconut flour crust but I wonder if it would work minus the cheese! And maybe I could use some almond milk yogurt in place of the greek? I’ll have to give it a shot! And I’m so glad that you seem to be feeling better and that you’ve figured so much out in a short time. It’s been taking me months on months! I’m especially interested about SIBO- I had a 4 hour breath test yesterday which I think tested for it! So I’ll be interested to hear my results and your progress! And I have a similar eating plan- I eat at very similar times and it really helps me always feel satisfied and making sure my body has what it needs! Weekends are always a little off for me but I’m good on weekdays! xoxo

  • Allison @ Life’s a Bowl

    Holy heavenly sweets, Amanda’s chocolate bar sounds out of this world – YUM! Whenever you get back to DC let’s set-up a date because I have TONS to chat with you about in regards to our silly tummy troubles… It looks like you’re having a delicious time with your family 😀

  • Claire @Keeping Up With Claire

    Well, the good news is you’ve kind of figured out what’s wrong! And the other good news is you’re so creative in the kitchen that you can work around the IBS and SIBO. That pizza looks SO GOOD. I prefer doughy crust when I make it myself, crispy when I order it out! And loaded with veggies-except olives. I used to think I HAD to get in a certain number of fruits and veggies a day, but lately I’ve been listening to my body more. Which also means lots of fruit and yogurt for dinner lately. It’s just too hot here for me to want something warm! After I workout, I’m usually a starving woman and have been eating a spoonful of peanut butter as soon as I walk in the door. Gotta refuel after long runs, right?! 😉 Now I need to get my hands on that peanut coconut butter. Have a lovely day gorgeous! <3 <3

  • runwithspoons

    As always, so much that I want to say 😛 First, count me in on that throwback party. Every single one of those meals hold a dear spot in my heart and I need more of them in my life. Second, guess who’s craving pizza like crazy right now?! I love a homemade thin crispy crust with lots of toppings… And I feel like this takes me back to the childhood meals too, but my favorite pizza topping will always, always be simple cheese – that’s the only way I would eat pizza back in the day, and while I like to throw more toppings on there these days, simple cheese and sauce pizzas still taste the best to me.

    Glad to hear that you’ve been able to figure out some things with your eats! I’m still not entirely sure what constitutes 100% intuitive eating and I’m not entirely sure there even is such a thing. I think that some planning and structure is always going to play a role in how we eat, and that as long as we aren’t giving into food fears or restricting then we’re doing okay.

    Happy Wednesday, love!

  • Caitlin Dunlevy

    Just pinned this! SOO trying this weekend!

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    Oh golly, loving all your colorful and delicious looking eats as always! Can I just come over and eat with you;)
    Haha, oh nooo…I’m so sorry to hear the bad news. But, at least there is good news and SIBO can be treated! That’s fantastic.
    I’ve found a lot of the cruciferous veggies effect me a TON too. I can’t stomach most broccoli, cauliflower, brussels anymore, nor milk, sugar alcohols (darn gum) I’m still addicted, and I an eat some beans but chickpeas are horrendous for my stomach! Also garlic and onions are unfortunately triggers for me, as are eggs and all dairy.
    Of course, all the most delicious tasting food. Haha.
    I think your approach to eating makes a lot more sense, especially while trying to clear up these issues! You’ve got to to what works for your body and makes you feel the best.Plus, you want to fuel your body properly.
    You’re doing SO well Sara. SO proud of you!
    LOVE YOU!xoxo

  • Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel

    omg that pizza. I would make mine with pesto. idk why I love pesto soooo much. haha and that egg yolk on your toast. yummmm! glad you’re so positive and willing to do whatever to fix your stomach issues. I know some people that focus on the negative and won’t change it … glad it’s working out for you! :)

  • http://twitter.com/JessieLoves2Run JessieLovesToRun

    Oh m g… yes I used to talk like that when I was in high school but that’s the only thing that came to my mind when I saw 1. your coconut flour pizza, and 2. your dessert! Thank goodness I have all the appropriate ingredients for that pizza just sitting and waiting to be used in my pantry & fridge =)

    …and chunky coconut pb spread? I only have the smooth.. wanna trade?!

    To answer your questions: always protein shakes, sometimes pancakes after a workout.. and I plan out my meals the night before. It’s just easier for me to make sure I’m getting the correct calorie intake for my weight gain.

  • Sally

    I have to try those eggs on toast!! Love your thoughts on intuitive eating. You are doing an amazing job of balancing things as you battle your IBS. Thanks for all the good ‘eats’ this week! :)

  • http://twitter.com/kissmybroccoli Heather Powers

    Dude! I totally read the directions wrong on the chocolate thing…ha! That’s what I get for late night blog reading! I think my DREAM bar would be a bit more than just dark chocolate! We’d have to throw in some pretzels for sure, a little pb (mmm, make that COCONUT pb) and how about a little cookie dough and graham cracker crumbs? Too much? Eh, no such thing! 😉

    As far as your new approach to eating, I actually see it as being completely intuitive! As you know, I’ve been doing the whole IE thing for about a month and a half now and I’m about halfway through the IE book. I think a lot of people are misled by the whole “eat whatever, whenever” outlook of it all. I mean, we don’t live in a world where spontaneous eating is always welcome (or even possible). Some things have to be planned…whether it be for social reasons, special meal making, or just planning ahead because you know yourself well enough to know that you are typically hungry ever 3-4 hours. It’s when you do not allow yourself to eat in between those times OR you eat during the designated time even if you are NOT hungry where it goes against being intuitive. I think having a little structure is not only smart, but completely necessary. And really, when it all comes down to it, as long as you are doing what’s right for YOU, that’s al that matters!

    Love you sweetie! xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/healthlovechoc Gina Topley

    Man, all these eggs on toast breakfast have me seriously craving just that, and I don’t even like eggs in the morning usually! Even though I seemed to have mastered the cauliflower crust, I have been experimenting with a coconut flour one too and have loved the results so far.

  • sophia

    Ihavre IBS too and it’s an ongoing battle so I feel your pain and know that I should try the foodmap program soon and already have a horrible feeling dairy is part of the problem! But I have a lot of family stress so I’m just trying to focus on intuitive eating and stress management for now :) love your pizza it looks fantastic! I love a crispy crust pizza with veggies and Olives. I never work out So no re-fuelling needed lol but I am semi structured with my meals like you just because of University and family meals. love your avacado on toast too – I’m glad you can still enjoy it :) Ciao Sophia

  • purelytwins

    pizza looks great – we love coconut flour. glad you are starting to make progress with your tummy issues, we are trying to follow FODMAPS in a way, we are finding out our trigger foods. healing the tummy takes time, a lot of time. but worth in the end :)

  • Amanda Newsome

    That pizza looks so simple and delicious! I don’t even eat gluten free, but I feel like I have to try that! :)

  • julie

    mmm that peanut butter looks AMAZING i love a good chunky peanut butter! i have smooth almond butter now and it tastes good but i love when nut butters are chunky and salty! lately i’ve been all about meat post workout! i’ve been loving sausage and eggs in the AM with avocado! today i think i ate almost 2 avocados – including the giants heaps i put in my brown box!

  • Cathy

    Hi there. I’m going to try out the coconut flour pizza recipe tomorrow! Do you think doubling the recipe would work since I plan to make a larger pizza instead? Thanks!

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