Only 8 days until RACE WEEKEND.  I am getting really excited for the Gasparilla Bud Light Challenge, which is 3 races in 2 days.  That means I’m be banging out a 5K, 15K, and Half Marathon all in one weekend.  It will make for some fun blogging, that’s for sure!


Work is going well today! It’s cool and rainy outside, which is my favorite type of weather.  I love thunderstorms so much.  Except they really make we want to curl up in bed!  James likes the rain, too… just look at that smiley face:


My mid-morning snack was Vanilla Chobani and Pumpkin Seed and Sunflower Seed Granola.  This was a nice salt-sweet contrast.


I was super busy around "lunchtime’ so I broke my meal into two parts.


Part 1 was Wolfgang’s French Onion Soup, which I ate around 11:30.  That creeper sure knows how to make good soup!


I was disappointed because there wasn’t ginormous hunks of bread floating around the soup, but I guess that doesn’t really work with canned soups.  It was still good, especially when I added my own cheese.


Part 2 of lunch was eaten around 1:45 PM.  I made a WW toast, spinach, roasted red pepper, and turkey meat sammie.


The Holistic Doctor Is In!


A few people have recently emailed me about holistic cures for non-emergency food sensitivities, so I wanted to pass on some interesting information my father-in-law (a holistic doctor) wrote and published to our website, The Holistic Doctor Is In!  If you’re interested in learning more,  register and check out these products.  Here’s an excerpt from the full article, which you can read on the website.


Non-Emergency Responses to Food Allergies

In addition to the serious immediate reactions that can result from eating certain foods, many digestive disorders, fatigue conditions, insomnia, brain fog, aches/pains, and even stubborn weight gain are a result of your food choices.  In fact, chances are high that several of the foods you eat regularly are “triggers” that cause subtle, but serious, immunological reactions in your body. 


Consuming “trigger foods” may flood your system with histamines, prostaglandins, and other immune chemicals that wreak havoc with your tissues and, if left untreated, can cause permanent tissue damage.


These hidden food sensitivities greatly contribute to and aggravate–or even result in–conditions such as ADD/ADHD, OCD, arthritis, asthma, autistic disorders, chronic fatigue, colitis, gastritis, irritable bowl syndrome, migraines, and many other problems and other conditions too numerous to list.


One example of how food sensitivities/intolerances negatively impact the body is weight gain. If your body interprets your “trigger” food (or food allergen) as a chemical toxin that must be either rejected of buffered, your body will initiate a protective mechanism in which your fat calls bind to and sequester the food toxins. Your fat cells act as buffers between these chemicals and your organs and tissues. As a result, your fat cells grow larger, and your percentage of total body fat increases.  Thus, you’ll gain weight and bloat despite your best efforts at dieting and exercise.


Are you allergic to anything?  I’m highly, highly allergic to avocado and latex, but both of these are pretty easy to avoid.



  • foodsthatfit February 19, 2009, 12:17 pm

    Luckily I don’t have any allergies! Have fun this weekend, 3 races in 2 days, WOW! How fun!

  • beadie @ what i ate yesterday February 19, 2009, 12:19 pm

    I am allergic to grass and mold. I work for a golf couse so the grass is pretty unavoidable 🙁

  • bb February 19, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Bananas, but very mildly…I still eat them.

  • Brandi February 19, 2009, 12:27 pm

    the only things I know I’m allergic to are Zest soap and bee stings. Random, I know.

  • HangryPants February 19, 2009, 12:29 pm

    I love rain.

    No allergies.

  • ksgoodeats February 19, 2009, 12:30 pm

    I just have seasonal allergies but they’ve become less severe as I’ve gotten older 🙂

    Good luck with your upcoming races!!

  • Joy February 19, 2009, 12:40 pm

    haha aw what an adorable picture of your dog. i made that same exact sandwich (w/ a little olive oil) almost everyday during the summer! so easy an yummy- the toasted bread makes all the difference

  • Laura February 19, 2009, 12:46 pm

    I’m not allergic to anything but my fiance is allergic to eggs AND all types of nuts! The nut allergy is so severe that even the smell and nut “dust” can set off an allergic reaction. I have a special off-limits cupboard with my larabars/jar of PB for snacking when he isn’t around!

  • Sharon February 19, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Thanks for the allergy info-very interesting…

    Yayyyy!! Only 8 more days until all your races- you will do awesome!

    Love the picture of sleepy James! He's adorable! Are Maggie & James best buddies or do they bicker?

    You ALWAYS crack me up with your Wolfgang comments- I busted up laughing at the "creeper" remark!! He does have that look about him, for sure!

    What a great idea to break up your lunch into two parts. I think I'm going to try that on my especially hungry days.

    In regards to your morning post, I am also not a morning exerciser. I mean I would if I could workout around 8 or 9am. I just can't make myself get up super early no matter how hard I try. I guess it's okay though because I am pretty good at sticking to my after work workouts even if my motivation is low!

    Have a wonderful "Friday"!! You're so lucky 🙂

  • lauren February 19, 2009, 12:46 pm

    hey caitlin – what do you or your hubby know about bee pollen? I picked some up the other day and have been sprinkling it on my oatmeal…

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 19, 2009, 12:49 pm

    sharon – HEYYY! i hope you are feeling better.

    maggie and james are obsessed with each other and deeply in love. that’s why we got james – because it was love at first sight and i couldnt bear to separate them.

    lauren – hey! i dont know much about bee pollen, but i figure it can’t hurt 🙂 i think it would have to be local bees to work, though!

  • redheadedjournal February 19, 2009, 12:52 pm

    I’m allergic to TONS: casts, whatever they put on your arm before surgery, the sticky tape on heart rate monitors, cats, Vicodin, Percacet, Penicillin, Sulfa, Augmenton, anything scented…


  • Danielle February 19, 2009, 1:00 pm

    I’m allergic to beer and strawberries and I really wish I wasn’t.
    Hope you have a great “friday!”

  • Audrey February 19, 2009, 1:02 pm

    cashews which is sad because i see so many fun things on blogs involving them..baked goods, nut butter etc. but thankfully they are also easy to avoid as long as i read labels.

  • Sammie February 19, 2009, 1:03 pm

    I have an allergic reaction if I get stung by a bee. And I seem to have an issue with the bovine growth hormone that is in dairy products. As long as I eat organic dairy or dairy that specifically says that the dairy was not produced from cows that have been treated than I am ok.
    Your dogs are sooo cute.

  • Krista February 19, 2009, 1:06 pm

    Great post! I don’t have any food allergies but I’m positive that I have food sensitivities. I plan on talking to my Dr. about this in an up coming appointment.

  • sarah February 19, 2009, 1:13 pm

    I’m very, very, very allergic to peanuts. I have to carry an epipen with me wherever I go. And I’m obsessed with reading labels. (There are so many products that contain peanuts or are made in a facility that produce peanuts.) I also won’t let my bf eat peanut products because I could suffer a reaction if we kiss afterward. He’s not always happy about this, but he’s a good sport.
    Your sandwich looks really tasty.

  • sweetandfit February 19, 2009, 1:26 pm

    I have trouble drinking regular milk, but yogurt and cheese dont bother me for some reason. I am going to pa more attn to certain popular foods that people are allergic to, because I am always kinda fatigued

  • Kimberly February 19, 2009, 1:27 pm

    No food allergies that I know of – just sulfa drugs! My dad is severely allergic to almonds, which I did not learn until the other night, after almost inadvertently killing him with an almond-green bean stir-fry 🙁

  • Annie February 19, 2009, 2:32 pm

    im allergic to adhesive but no food allergies, or not that i know of yet.

  • Briana February 19, 2009, 2:58 pm

    Glad to say I’m not allergic to anything. Good luck with your training for the big weekend.

  • CarolynB~ February 19, 2009, 3:01 pm

    No allergies to foods, just some drugs.

    I laugh EVERY time you talk about the “perv’s” soup. Now I can’t look at his picture without thinking the same.

    But you always say how good they are so I am tempted to pick them up this week at Whole Foods..they are $2 each. I just have never found a good canned soup…maybe this one is it??? It is always nice to have some around as a fall back meal when I get rushed or lazy.

  • February 19, 2009, 3:16 pm

    oh wow – i forgot that your gasparilla weekend was this upcoming weekend!!!!! good luck prepping – you’ll do great 🙂

    thanks for your great comment on my blog! hope married life is treating you well 🙂

  • redheadyellowdog February 19, 2009, 3:40 pm

    love the picture of the pooch!!

    no food allergies here..but the boyfriend is allergic to apples!! tragedy I know. at least I know he won’t eat mine 😉

  • Allison February 19, 2009, 4:01 pm

    I took a tree identification class in college (landscape architecture) and our class consisted of walking around campus and looking at trees.
    One day we were looking at a filbert (hazelnut) and my friend dared me to eat a nut off the tree. I immediately had a reaction, itchy skin, throat, hard time breathing etc. I had to ditch class and walk home! luckily a benadryl cleared it up. I’m not sure if I am officially allergic to hazelnuts, or just stupid for eating one raw off of the tree!
    have a good day!

  • Emily February 19, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Allergic to cinnamon candy…actually I’m not sure if this is really an allergy, but they always give me horrible mouth sores if I eat just a couple.

    Your race weekend sounds super intense. Do you have a specific fuel and recovery plan?

  • jsr February 19, 2009, 5:00 pm

    I am also allergic to latex. I also have wheat and casein intolerances as well.

  • Mica February 19, 2009, 5:07 pm

    When I eat mangoes, my lips break out.
    …I feel like I just revealed a really private, dirty secret. Haha!

  • Nutritious is Delicious February 19, 2009, 5:18 pm

    No allergies here! LOVE the pup! 😀

  • ConsiderEatz! February 19, 2009, 5:20 pm

    Wow, what a weekend ahead! I too am quite a fan of the rain, I love it 🙂

    Im allergic to Dairy, and Papaya- found out the last one the hard way…with a facial!!! :/

    Thanks for the links, Im off to check it out now,

  • ConsiderEatz! February 19, 2009, 5:22 pm

    OH! Just read the Bee pollen comment.
    It does in fact need to be local to help with allergies, and is also a wonderful Protein, energy source! Be sure to only use recc serving size, about a tsp or two, as it can be very potent 🙂 Hope that helps!

  • Nicole ( February 19, 2009, 5:53 pm

    I’m not allergic to anything that I know of. I suppose you can say I am mildly allergic to cats, but I have a cat and I seem to get more immune to it each day 😀

  • Erin February 19, 2009, 6:44 pm

    I know I’m allergic to most outdoor things, but no food that I am aware of. However, I know we can develop those at any time so this is interesting info! We probably all have sensitivies we don’t know about.

  • Meg February 19, 2009, 6:52 pm

    I just recently found out about my allergies/sensitivities: dairy, eggs, peanuts, almonds, crab, tuna, and sesame seeds. After eliminating or reducing them, I noticed a big change in the digestive problems I have had for years.

  • jane February 19, 2009, 7:17 pm

    no allergies (that i know of)
    i’m so sorry to hear you are allergic to avocado! that’s one of my favorites!

  • Sarah W. February 19, 2009, 7:36 pm

    i'm allergic to grass & trees during pollen season 🙂 fun times! its allergic asthma too – oh so fun….

    i think i have a slight dairy intolerance..its why i went vegan

  • Dori February 20, 2009, 7:33 am

    Caitlin, the paragraph about food intolerances and weight gain really spoke to me. Right when my GI problems started I gained weight, and haven’t been able to get rid of it no matter how much I exercise and eat healthy — and I eat healthfully almost all the time and exercise CONSTANTLY. And the bloating has been a huge problem. I’d love to learn more about this..

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) February 21, 2009, 7:21 am

    My food allergy is strawberries which is okay because I don’t like them anyway. What bugs me is how other people who don’t have food allergies act when they find out you do. “I’m sorry, I’m allergic to strawberries.” “Oh, well there isn’t much in there. Go ahead and try some.” “Um, unless you want to see me explode with hives, I can’t.” “But there isn’t much there!” Goodness, that happens to me all the time.

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