Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday Issue...

I've decided there are things out there I need to get feedback on. Things that don't matter, but I am curious about, and feel strongly about, and therefore want to know what the people that are my friends or are reading my blog think about them. Therefore, I am dedicating Thursdays to be my "Issue" day. Please... if you read, comment.

ISSUE #1: Butterfaces.

Let's face it. There are a lot of people out there with killer bodies and ugly faces. For example Michael Phelps:

Now I'm not saying this dude is so ugly he's not dateable to the single ladies out there... I'm just saying, the only reason he is considered "hott" by any means, is his body. His face is dorky. I'm just sayin it like it is.

Another, "butterface" example:

Yes, again, I know it sounds mean.. but let's face it. Rumor Willis got her dad's jaw and that doesn't look right on a woman.

However, we all know she's hookin it up with some hott guys because she has a rockin body and lots of money. The same could be said about Phelps.


Better to have a beautiful face and a not as nice body, than to have an awesome body but ugly face... cause there isn't much you can do for an ugly face aside from plastic surgery.

I would pick a guy with a hot face and an ugly body over a guy with an ugly face and spectacular body, if I had to choose one or the other.

Luckily Jeff has both.


Team Pink!

Last night was awesome. It was the kick-off for the Kareoke league I joined, thanks to my awesome friend/client Kristen! She's the team captain and we've got 7 people on our team. As you can tell by the title of this post, we are team Pink!

I am super excited about this because it is definitely going to be a blast... here are a few reasons:

1) I love to sing... a lot...
2) I love to perform... although I had a little anxiety yesterday it's getting better!
3) I love being around people
4) I love feeling like a part of something

SO... that being said... I'm in for some awesome fun!

If anyone is interested in watching this Kareoke excitement, please check us out on Wednesday nights at the Canary Roost near Northridge campus.

That is all.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer Fun!

Last week was a whirlwind of craziness, a blast from the past! First I got to see my best friend from Kindergarden, Arielle! It was so awesome! I hadn't seen her since I was like 12 years old... so a good 11-12 years ago! We got thai food, caught up, and went shopping at South Congress. I do realize why we were such good friends, though, Arielle is a very sweet, kind-hearted girl... it was awesome to see her again.

Then, on Saturday, one of my best high school friends came and stayed at my house for a couple nights! Daniel Bagby! I love Daniel. He and I didn't do a whole lot, we mostly just chilled and caught up on each other's lives, but it was really awesome to see him. We did go to the farmer's market on east 5th street, and I also showed him south congress because it's a must-see for newbies to Austin. Also, I introduced Daniel to the YouTube video of Ol' Gregg... we laughed really hard and watched it over and over. Please, enjoy...

Anyway... it was really great to see all the people, and I was super happy to get to spend time with both of my old friends.

I would also like to invite you guys to follow my old blog, which is now a new blog. It was once called "the last 15 lbs..." now it is called "Allergic to Everything." It's a healthy allergy-friendly cooking blog. You can see it here, or go to I also want to invite you to check out my friend, Daniel's cooking blog. Daniel is a real chef, he graduated from Johnson and Whales and is amazing! His blog will probably have better recipes, but I may start putting mine on his blog as well, so I'll keep you all posted on that. Here's his website:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Test Results... Drumroll Please...

Two weeks ago I got blood drawn for 2 special tests. The first test is called the IgG Standard Food Family Sensitivity Assay, where they tested my sensitivity to certain foods. It came back with 25 foods I'm currently sensitive to. The level of sensitivity is measured on a scale of 1-4, 1 being the lower of the sensitivities, and 4 being a very high sensitivity. Here are the foods I am sensitive to. I'm sure you guys probably don't care but I was shocked:

Amaranth (+1)
Apple (+1)
Bean, Green (+1)
Bean, Kidney (+1)
Bean, Pinto (+1)
Bean, Yellow Wax (+1)
Cashew Nut (+1)
Coconut (+1)
Coffee (+1)
Crab (+1)
Cranberry (+2)
Egg (+2)
Garlic (+1)
Lobster (+1)
Milk, Cow's (+2)
Milk, Goat (+1)
Pea (+1)
Pecan (+2)
Pineapple (+1)
Pumpkin (+1)
Sesame (+1)
Walnut (+2)
Yeast, Baker's (+3)
Yeast, Brewer's (+2)

Yeah... mind blowing. I think I am the most upset about Apples, Garlic, and Shellfish. The thing is, too, if they find 3 or more in the same family of foods, it means I have to avoid the entire family. So that means NO BEANS OR LEGUMES, and NO SHELLFISH. How much does that suck? Plus I cannot have milk, or the milk substitutes I love most, Soy and Coconut. It also means, that though I thought I was allergic to gluten, I either have eliminated it enough from my diet that it didn't show up on the test, or what I thought was a gluten allergy was really an allergy to the YEAST in the bread I love so much. CRAZY!!!

The 2nd test was the IgE Assay. In this test, they tested for a different kind of allergic reaction, one that is more permanent and not really fixable through food therapies. They only tested 36 foods on this one, because I opted not to test the foods I have been doing relatively well with like almonds. On this test, it only came back with one IgE reaction, Black Walnuts (+2). I was shocked, surely the other nuts should have shown up? But they didn't. I didn't know this, but there are several different types of immune responses, and the IgE looks for the worst immune response, and I guess Walnuts is my big bad wolf.

So what does this mean? It means that right after getting off a really extremely difficult diet experiment, I have to go right back on to a new diet. One that is NOT for weight loss, but for health. I have to cut my +1 foods out for 3 months, my +2 foods out for 4.5 months, and my +3 foods for 6 months, and my black walnuts forever.. it'll be rough since I have NEVER been able to eat those.

So this diet has me eating only foods I was tested for and did not have an immune response to. I am also not supposed to eat the same food two days in a row, or I can develope an immune response as my body cleanses itself from the allergens. My doctor put me a on a 4 day rotation, meaning I get to eat certain foods every four days, and then after 3 months has passed, I can try adding in my +1 foods one at a time, and so on and so forth.

I was going to wait until I went to Cape May before attempting this diet, but I have been having so many negative symptoms the last few months, I have decided to start tomorrow. I think I can handle it. I've had it so much worse.

If you are curious where I got my lab test results from, the website is