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Menu Plan Monday–Gluten-Free Carb Loading

Six days until my race.  What does that mean?  Other than the fact that I am going crazy from inactivity, it means carb loading time.  Carb loading does not give me a free pass to stuff my face, it means shifting the focus of my meals to be carb heavy, as opposed to focusing more on protein.  I also decrease my fiber intake the closer I get to race day to minimize stomach issues.  Some of the foods I use to carb load are those that I eat in my regular diet, but I will have a larger portion. 

  • Instead of 1/2 cup of brown rice or quinoa, I’ll have 1 cup.
  • Instead of a small baked or sweet potato, I’ll have a large one.
  • Instead of a gluten-free wrap, I’ll make a sandwich on a gluten-free bagel or French roll.

This can be difficult to do for me because of my eating disorder history & struggles.  Those demons like to rear their ugly head at times like this and for this reason, I am glad that I had Aaron hide the scale last week.  I was freaking out because of some weight gain and I have found that I am much more relaxed not having that ugly metal box dictating my mornings.  I do feel a little uneasy at times, like my brain isn’t sure how to manage not knowing, but I have to trust myself.  I have to trust my body.  My body knows what it needs and I just need to listen and not let my brain take over & dictate what I eat.  My clothes fit and I feel good, so that should be enough.  My family & friends have also been an amazing source of support during this time and I can’t thank them enough. 

Last night we went to the House of Japan for dinner – lots of rice for me!  I also had some shrimp & veggies cooked without soy sauce (they use Kikkoman, which contains gluten).  The rest of the week looks like this:

Monday – Rotisserie chicken, baked potato, steamed broccoli

Tuesday – Grilled salmon, quinoa, green beans & salad

Wednesday- Tacos with refried beans, corn & salad

Thursday – Edamame stir fry with brown rice & salad

Friday – Dinner out (either gluten-free pizza or pasta)

Saturday – Gluten-free pizza and small salad

Baking pumpkin bread this week for some extra carbs – will make a great breakfast topped with almond butter!   Oh, and of course there will be jelly beans & pumpkin ice cream this week, too.  Winking smile 


8 comments to Menu Plan Monday–Gluten-Free Carb Loading

  • Sabrina

    I must have missed on your blog (or honestly, just been following recently and haven't' read way back on it) that you have an eating disorder history, since before your Celiac Diagnosis? I too have an eating disorder history, far prior to having to be gluten free. I find in interesting how those "food demons" I thought i'd put to rest can show their "ugly side" a bit since having to focus on food more again. I'd really taught myself, in bulimia recovery, that food was just food – not good not bad just food – it held no power over me, etc – now – with having to be gluten free for myself and my toddler – i'm right back in the "thinking about food" focus and it can be so very, very tricky. Best wishes to you! :-)

    • Sabrina,

      Yes, this goes back to when I was 15, so 1988. I was diagnosed with Celiac in 2006. I didn't have any issues after my initial recovery until after I had kids – so 12+ years later. Then, food became my way of controlling things when my anxiety got the best of me. It was then that food became "good" and "bad" again….it had just been food for so long. One way running benefits me in the continued recovery process is that I know I have to eat well to fuel my body properly to run and I am pretty good about following those "rules" – fueling properly and not skimping to cut calories when I am running. When I run into trouble is when something changes (like mileage/exercise tapering off before the race) or I gain weight (hence the hiding of the scale). If I don't know, I can't (or won't) act.

      I wish you the best of luck, too. It isn't as easy to recover as I originally thought. I thought that once I was "cured", that was it. That isn't the case. Just as with life, there are many ups & downs. The most helpful thing I try to remember is that I can relapse at any time and now that I know this, I can watch for red flags. My family & friends are also aware so that they can be there to help if things spiral too far out of control.

  • Woah, Kikkoman's has gluten? That's just not cool.

  • You week of food sounds so good to me. I'll be right over with my fork! :) I've been trying to plan my meals and I may just end up winging it! Good work!

  • Your candor is so refreshing, Kim. This carb loading/eating more has been a struggle for me too. After Ben was born, I used not eating as a way to cope with all the changes life threw at me. Only with the help of a good therapist in Columbus have I learned that the food was just a symptom of larger issues. I have to watch with running too that I am doing it for the right reasons–not as calorie burn, but for health and sanity.

    hugs to you, my friend!
    I'll be living on apple butter this week, myself. ;-)

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