Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Holy Crap, It's Happening!

My mom is going to Anaheim tomorrow for a convention and she will be in Disneyland in Thursday. This made me extremely jealous and I tried to work it out so that George and I could go with but it just didn't work. So then I got to work thinking about how I could get to Disneyland before the end of the year. Glen and I were going to go in October for Fall break but we decided to save money and go to Utah instead. Well, I really want to go to Disneyland. My little sister is coming to town next week and I thought, "Caitie loves Disneyland, maybe she will drive over with me while she is here." So, I ran this by my mom and she said, "I will go, too!" Well, I asked my boss if I could take a couple of days off in about two weeks and he said that was fine (usually it has to be approved a month in advance). I booked a hotel yesterday and just bought tickets online. Now we have to go. I am so frackin' excited! We are taking George and my six month-old niece Jeri so it will be low-key and I am totally okay with that. I just want to be in the atmosphere of the happiest place on earth!
Glen is not going because he refuses to take a day off. But now that mom is going, he wouldn't have fit in the car anyway. So, it's a girls' and babies' trip. Woot!
It will be Halloween time again!! But I hope to not be that chubby (granted I was pregnant but I just look chubby).

Friday, September 9, 2011

I'm Starving

Not eating that long list of foods is proving very difficult. One week after cutting those items out of my diet and I am still getting hives daily. A few more days of this and I am going to go insane. Do you know how hard it is to find foods without any of these ingredients? I refuse to go to a health food store and spend millions when I don't even know what is causing the hives. So, for now, I eat salad with special dressing, rice, meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Other than rice chex (no rice crispies, they have soy or something I can't remember) and fruits and veggies, there is nothing I can just snack on. I can't go down and make popcorn or grab a handful of pretzels. No fruit snacks or candy. And lets be honest, how often do you eat a banana and realize you are now more hungry than before? So, for my daily snacks I usually have to make a meal and just not eat a lot of it. I eat salad or cheese or a Greek yogurt. I have two boxes of Hot Tamales staring me in the face each day from their location on top of the tv. Oh, how I want to eat them. But I am not having any problems keeping the lost weight off, since I can't eat anything.
Last night we had a RS meeting I was in charge of and we had chicken salad sandwiches on croissants. I really wanted one. Even just a spoonful of chicken salad would have been enough. But that darn mayonnaise in the salad ruined everything. Anyway, I am not usually a negative person but you know how people on a strict diet are usually moody? Well, take that times ten. Being on a forced strict diet is the worst thing ever. Anyway, that is enough negativity for one post. As soon as I realize this isn't worth it, I will be eating everything in sight. Starting with sweet pork nachos with tomatillo ranch dressing from Costa Vida.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hives Update

I am still getting hives. I had my blood tested for food allergies as well as other things. The good news is I do not have blood cancer and my liver is functioning properly so those are not the causes of the hives. The results for the food allergy test were interesting. I am not allergic to milk. The one thing I thought it was and had started changing my lifestyle for. They rate them on a scale from 1-3 which comes from how much of a reaction there was. Here they are in order of severity from least to most:
And the most severe reaction of them all came from:

So, I'm going to go eat my rice with nothing on it for lunch. What is everyone else having?

But seriously folks, the doctor suggested I stop eating all of these foods for two weeks and then start reintroducing them one by one to see which one is causing the hives. I am able to manage the hives with an antihistamine but she said the reaction could develop into anaphylactic shock and so on. That's alright, I hate french fries and ketchup. And I can't stand strawberries! Ick! Ugh. My life will never be the same without most of these foods. Hopefully it turns out to be one of them and that one is oats or something. Although, I love me some oatmeal cookies. The only one I wouldn't care about is shrimp but I know it's not that because I don't eat it. Are there any on this list you could not live without?