Downward Doggie

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I repeated my relaxing morning routine today.  I stopped myself from turning on the computer right away, unrolled my yoga mat, put on the hippie music channel, and do about 10 minutes of stretches and yoga moves.


Downward dog:


Wait, that’s not right!  Let’s try again — Downward dog:


Better! ๐Ÿ™‚


Then, I turned on the pop music station and did some strength training moves:



You know I’m always looking for little ways to improve my life, and I’m discovering that starting my mornings this way is an investment that pays me back 10 times!  It’s worth the 20 fewer minutes of sleep.


Breakfast was eaten in parts.  First up: a mini whole wheat bagel with Barney Butter.


And later, a spinach Green Monster:


My Green Monster contained:


  • 1.5 cup packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon flax


I’ve stopped drinking Amazing Grass, and there’s good reason — I think I’m allergic!  Remember those terrible, terrible stomach pains I experienced all summer long?  Well, I think they are directly related to the Amazing Grass (which I was drinking almost every day).  The last time I had a really bad attack, I drank a Chocolate AG a few hours prior.  I haven’t had AG since that attack, and I haven’t had any stomach trouble to date.


I’m allergic to several things — avocado, walnuts, latex, meat (just kidding!).  I’ve inspected the ingredient list of AG, and nothing stands out, but it’s my only explanation at this point.  So, back to from-scratch Green Monsters! Has anyone else had trouble with Amazing Grass?


Have a wonderful, wonderful day. 



  • Kate September 1, 2009, 5:06 am

    Oh no! That's too bad to be allergic to the deliciously gren AmazingGrass. I just had one for breakfast this morning (along with homemade banana flax bread — yum!). I haven't had any problems with it, but I don't have any food allergies, either.

    Yay for another morning started off on the right foot with yoga!

  • Kim September 1, 2009, 5:06 am

    Oh no!!! I hope you figure it out!

    I am very scared of drinking Amazing Grass. I have Celiac & can't eat gluten. I know they say it is GF, but the wheat grass & barley grass scares me!

  • Jess September 1, 2009, 5:09 am

    I think I've also had problems with it. I've been experiencing "fun" stomach issues on and off – and I think Amazing Grass (and maybe even just green monsters) are to blame :(.

  • Leianna September 1, 2009, 5:12 am

    That sucks you are allergic to Amazing Grass, but you can still make lovely green smoothies without! Great yoga pictures!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 1, 2009, 5:13 am

    LOL @ the "downward" dog!!

    Mmmm…I've been wanting a Green Monster, maybe today's the day!

    Sorry about the Amazing Grass, but I'm glad you figured out what was causing your pain=)

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) September 1, 2009, 5:14 am

    That's too bad! Luckily I'm not allergic to anything besides pollen. Have you tried the Vega Smoothie Infusion?

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 1, 2009, 5:15 am

    That's great that you figured out the cause! It's too bad you're allergic to AG. And avocados?!!? I'm so sorry:(

    Great job with the early morning yoga ๐Ÿ™‚

  • leslie September 1, 2009, 5:17 am

    yay for yoga! i'm glad you seem to have sorted out your stomach issues – even if you have to give up amazing grass. (i am so sorry for you that you're allergic to avocados, btw – they're one of my favorite foods!) starting with the real thing is better than powder anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tami September 1, 2009, 5:20 am

    i just had an AG and i haven't had one in awhile.

    i have been having some stomach issues….my kids have been too. i have no idea where it's coming from.

  • Whitney@whitsgettingfit September 1, 2009, 5:20 am

    I love the downdog pics! haha ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Colleen September 1, 2009, 5:25 am

    Awwwww, Maggie love!!!

    I haven't tried the Amazing Grass, but you having stomach issues is enough for me not to spend all that money. ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm so cheap, so it's regular GM for me!

  • Anne P September 1, 2009, 5:31 am

    Hm good idea on the Amazing Grass! I always think it's better to just have the real thing (aka blend your own spinach green monster) than that stuff anyway. It just seems fake to me… shouldn't food be about more than trying to pack in a gajillion nutrients in powder form? Anyway, glad you're feeling better!

  • Bula September 1, 2009, 5:48 am

    Awesome downward dog!

    You're probably better off making the homemade green monster- able to control the ingredients and tweak to your liking. Maybe AG produces the products on equipment that also uses some of the products you're allergic to? Have you contacted the company?

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 1, 2009, 5:55 am

    too bad that you are allergic to it, but at least you figured out the source!

    haha love the downward 'dog' ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Carolina John September 1, 2009, 5:58 am

    Nice down dog! I can't get my heels anywhere close to the floor. but i also think yoga is a great way to start the day.

  • seesaraheat September 1, 2009, 6:01 am

    Well I'm glad you seem to have found the culprit of your stomach problems!

    The only problem I've had with amazing grass is that I just don't like it. I'd rather do an old fashioned green monster too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sarah September 1, 2009, 6:11 am

    Yikes! I know that my mom is allergic to latex and she's also allergic to peaches. There's something in the skin that makes her puff up. Can you have peaches?

  • AmYaroundthecorner September 1, 2009, 6:13 am

    Caitlin- I just found your blog recently, and I think it's wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your tips and food ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm getting married in about 3 weeks, and so (as you might imagine) things have been getting pretty crazy– so I am especially enjoying your "little tips to make life better".

    I'm glad you were able to figure out what was making you feel sick– and I hope you continue to feel better!

  • NYgirl@heart September 1, 2009, 6:17 am

    I had to stop the green monsters because I was having attacks after drinking them. For me, I think it's just the raw greens.
    Love your downward dog! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (and the other ones too)

  • MelissaNibbles September 1, 2009, 6:20 am

    I love the posts where you include pictures of your dogs. They're adorable. Thank you for sharing!

  • brandi September 1, 2009, 6:22 am

    This is totally strange, but I think I might be allergic to latex, too! I had a few biopsys done a month or so ago and had to wear these little band-aids and the area underneath was so red and bumpy and itchy! I switched to latex-free ones and they were fine! So strange. I've never had any issues before now, so it was weird.

    Love the morning routine, and I'm glad you figured out the Amazing Grass might have been causing those problems!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) September 1, 2009, 6:26 am

    Amazing Grass did make me feel a little on the bloated side when I was drinking them a lot. But I wasn't sure if it was due to the powder or to the addition of a ton of spinach that I was adding. Too much bulky veggies maybe? Hrm…I hope you figure it out though!

  • Nicole ( September 1, 2009, 6:26 am

    Haha, I loved the first two photos!

  • Erica September 1, 2009, 6:30 am

    Hahah- Frank always wants to be where the action is when I try to exercise at home too ๐Ÿ™‚ What a fabulous way to start the morning ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm glad you're feeling better since cuting out the AmazingGrass!

  • Runeatrepeat September 1, 2009, 6:34 am

    I don't think I'm allergic to it, but I didn't feel a significant difference from drinking it and it's too expensive to drink it everyday "just because".

  • Lizzy September 1, 2009, 6:35 am

    i think i'm going to try an incorporate morning exercise like you!!! i bet you it puts you in the best calming mood!!! )

  • Becky September 1, 2009, 6:40 am

    great blog! I love that you help women to not feel guilty about eating, that is sooo important. I hear friends say it a lot and I am going to repeat some of what you said in your fat talk post about a week ago. I coach the family members of people with eating disorders and I hope that more messages like yours will prevent some of those eating disorders from happening in the first place. Thanks for doing what you are doing. Love too that you show photos of the food you eat, great examples.
    Becky Henry

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life September 1, 2009, 6:43 am

    ahh Caitlin… that is so scary.. I have reactions to certain foods too, although I have never been tested i just know my body after I eat them. I have never tried amazing grass, to be honest it kinda scares me. Have a great day!

  • emily September 1, 2009, 6:52 am

    I think I need to adopt your morning routine! You sound very relaxed and if nothing else, there's never a downside to a little strength training. Thanks for the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Courtney September 1, 2009, 6:54 am

    Love love love the downward dog starring the dog! :>
    I started my morning with some quiet reading in bed instead of just popping up and starting my usual routine! My dogs were happy to snuggle up for an extra 15 minutes while I read a chapter. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • thefitbride September 1, 2009, 6:57 am

    I've never tried AG, but go with your gut–literally!

  • Niki Jackson (The Vintage Artist) September 1, 2009, 7:00 am

    Glad to hear you haven't had any more tummy troubles and that you figured out what was causing them!

    Loving that photo! My dalmatian always lays on my mat when I'm trying to do yoga lol.

  • Ellen September 1, 2009, 7:18 am

    do you have any seasonal allergies or hayfever? because if so, it's likely that the GRASS part of it is causing problems for you. for example, asparagus gives me stomach problems and my allergist said it's because it's related to grasses. i haven't noticed a problem with AG, but everyone's immune system is different. i call myself the allergy girl, because my allergic list grows as i get older (just the foods– dairy, eggs, soy, onion, garlic, tomatoes!) congrats on figuring out what was triggering it though!

  • Mo September 1, 2009, 7:43 am

    OMG, I thought I was the only one that got "stomach issues" from the AG. I kept trying to blame it on something else, because all the food bloggers drink it… But, I knew that was it when I would drink it and get sick almost immediately.

  • L. Simone September 1, 2009, 7:46 am

    I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT THE AMAZING GRASS! On the label it says that Amazing Grass is gluten-free, but one of the main ingredients is wheat grass which is a big no-no in the GF world. Seeing how I have celiac disease, I got really sick from the Amazing Grass product and have said good-bye to the powder ever since!

  • A@ Please Don't Eat Me! September 1, 2009, 7:50 am

    Caitlin i have to second what Ellen said- it might be the "grass" part of it. i have a few foods that i am sensitive to because of my seasonal allergies and avoiding them or eating them cooked is the only way to get around that.
    I'm allergic to latex too, it sucks! you can eat bananas though? im the opposite- i can do avacado but not bananas and they say if you have a latex allergy you should avoid both avacados and bananas. weird isnt it!??!!
    i have to peel the skin off all my fruit too- like a 2 year old. lol
    oh the joys of being allergic to stuff!!!

  • Jenna September 1, 2009, 8:28 am

    I did yoga this morning too. Such a wonderful way to start the day.

    I have yet to try amazing grass. Not sure if I am ready to take that plunge yet ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully soon!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 1, 2009, 8:58 am

    I didn't get pains, but my stomach was gurgling after – maybe all those greens were a shock to my system!

  • Julie September 1, 2009, 9:03 am

    I've had trouble drinking it because to me, it tastes like dirt. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Nice bagel and nut butter, my fave combo.

  • Jenny September 1, 2009, 9:05 am

    oh your little yoga partner this morning is a cutie ๐Ÿ˜‰ looks like he could teach me a thing or two about some downward dogs!

  • reggy13 September 1, 2009, 9:07 am

    Hey Caitlin!

    I have been a long time reader, but I haven't commented alot on the blog. So this may be my second time ha ha.

    Anyways I was just curious to know if you were going to run the marine corps half this year? I was going to do it last year but chickened out….and last night I submitted my registration! I am a little nervous but excited to have finally committed.

    Keep in mind I have been training ha ha, I just wanted to gauge whether or not I would be ready with my latest long run.
    I think my underlying concern is that I don't want to injure myself. Do you have any tips leading up the race/ day of race, that you have used to reassure yourself.

    Also, I know your not a doctor or dietician…but do you recommend taking a light supplement of vitamin D and calcium to prevent the chance of stress fractures?

    Thanks Caitlin! I really hope I get the chance to meet you at the race, you have made such a positive impact in my life with your blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sammie September 1, 2009, 9:12 am

    I tried one of the samples that I got at the Summit and it did not agree with me. I have so much tummy trouble, I should have seen it coming. Sorry you had some issues with it but glad that you figured it out.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 1, 2009, 9:22 am

    reggy – you are so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ unfort i am not running that race because i already have plans for the day! i am doing the ouc half so if you do that one, too let me know!

    i would say just follow an easy training plan and keep your runs to 3 or 4 times a week. if you feel an injury coming on, take a few days off. it wont ruin your training!

    and yes i take a calicum supplement to protect against stress fractures ๐Ÿ™‚

    good luck!

  • Kathleen September 1, 2009, 11:11 am

    I just wanted to say that I used to get up before class and before rolling out of bed, I would lean over, grab the laptop and check email and my Google Reader…all before my feet even hit the floor. Since you wrote about the shock on your system I have realized that I should probably give myself a break…now I get up to relax and meditate before my chaotic day starts. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • faith in food September 1, 2009, 2:11 pm

    oi, Amazing "a**" made me nauseous as well. plus, as i see it around, more and more people are trying to mask it with stuff and that's just not right :p

    if you still want to get some really vibrant "green" goodness, try some cholerra drops. you can get them at wholefoods, or a vitamin store and they're fairly cheap for a bottle in comparison to AG. it has amazing health benefits!

  • eatingRD September 1, 2009, 2:29 pm

    I was wondering the same thing because my tummy always gurgles a lot after? But I do have a sensitive tummy. maggie is just too darn cute for words!

  • Jenna September 1, 2009, 2:29 pm

    aw i am so sorry you are allergic to amazing grass!

  • Todd September 2, 2009, 7:43 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I Todd Habermehl, co-founder of Amazing Grass and I wanted to comment on the stomach pains and other concerns about gluten in Amazing Grass products.

    Regarding the gluten question: There is no gluten in our products. People who are typically allergic to wheat or barley usually find it to be the gluten in the grain itself. Our products contain no grain and are harvested prior to any gluten being formed in the plant. We have lots of customers who have gluten intolerances including celiac who consume our products daily. Our products are 3rd party using an R-Biopharm RIDASCREEN Fast Gliadin at 10 parts per million and they are all confirmed BLD. How many people did I just bore to sleep with that?

    Now for the stomach concerns: we have seen very little in our products disturbing the digestive system, but the individuals who have had issues usually stems from our prebiotics from chicory root (ingredient in the superfoods). Prebiotics should increase the number and/or activity of bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria (beneficial bacteria). The importance of the bifidobacteria and the lactic acid bacteria is that these groups of bacteria have several beneficial effects on the host, especially in terms of improving digestion (including enhancing mineral absorption) and the effectiveness and intrinsic strength of the immune system. This process in your stomach is the very essence of a healthy digestive tract (this is why yogurt companies promote it so much), however a few may experience discomfort from this exciting bacteria feeding frenzy! Wow, you must think we are total biology geeks now! But it is a miracle what foods can offer our body and how it can heal them. I would encourage you to try the our wheat grass if you want to give the greens another try.

    Your Downward Dog pose is perfect! My heels would be 4 inches off the floor. Your blog is great and I am amazed at inspiring blogs that encourage each other to eat and live wellรขโ‚ฌยฆI just wish there was spell check somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pura Vida! Todd

  • Ruth July 20, 2014, 9:16 pm

    I’m also allergic to avocado, and I started taking Amazing Grass 3 days ago. I notice some stomach pains but it’s few hours after I take AG.

    I’m gonna try taking only AG and see if stomach pain comes back. So far, it’s given me great energy, but I hope it’s not AG causing the stomach pain.

  • Vera April 29, 2015, 8:36 pm

    Thank you so much for your post!
    I usuly drink the plain amazing grass with no problems but last night I drank the chocolate one and I was up all night in serious Pain! Tried to see a doctor today but appts were all booked! I went back home (now the next morning 12 am) I boiled organic ginger and organic lemons in 20 oz of water and took a nap. Pain is almost gone but I’m still concerned about what happened. I have made an appt to see a doctor in a few days and hope to get to the bottom of things. I too believe it was the chocolate amazing grass. It was so painful I wanted to cry.

    • nimi May 31, 2015, 8:34 am

      I’ve drank Amazing meal in chocolate in a glass of almond milk yesterday and my stomach was bloated all day. Even though it boasts it has all these healthy ingredients like enzymes and prebiotics, the bloating is just ridiculous. Would anyone know which single ingredient out of the gazillion added would make you bloat?

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