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and a Merry Christmas to You Too……

By Marensmorsels @marentweets

Boy did things get a little crazy last night. We had Kennedy Family Christmas on the agenda and by the time I got home with cousin Elizabeth and we had the air mattresses propped up in front of the tv watching White Christmas it was 10:30pm and way too late to be writing blog posts.


I had to drive out to North Salinas for a Christmas Bag big enough to fit my gift and this is what stood in my way!

Merry Christmas to you too, 8 billion people deciding to drive and clog up my roads when I need to get places pronto!


This might have been the perfect ingredients for a little Christmas road rage and I might have rolled down my window, quickly thrown a fist full of tinsel at the stopped car next to me and rolled back up my window while turning up the volume of All I Want For Christmas is You, by Mariah Carey.

Christmas Road Rage is not a pretty picture……………….


Christmas Road Rage really works up an appetite so I snacked on a few chips and salsa while wrapping all my gifts.

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At grandma’s house we had dinner catered from a local Italian Restaurant. I had 2 slices of garlic bread

some penne with meat sauce and a few slices of smoked tri-tip. It was not the healthiest meal since there were no veggies but everyone gets a veggie pass at Christmas.

Then we opened presents and ate way too much homemade toffee that Max brought. He made special dairy free for me!!


Food Sensitivities: Where are we now?

I’ve had a few questions about my diet and how this whole process has been going so I thought I’d do a little recap/update. To read up on my entire food sensitivity journey click through these links.

  • Tummy Troubles
  • I can’t figure out what’s wrong
  • I try gluten free and no running
  • What are food sensitivities and my diagnosis

So I’ve pretty much nailed down that my true sensitivities are to dairy (whey and casein). I know this because in 9 weeks I’ve cheated twice, once was for some bread on a sandwich and a glass of beer. The second was on Thanksgiving. When I cheated with gluten I didn’t feel bad at all and I couldn’t tell a difference. But, when I cheated on Thanksgiving I had a lot of cheese, milk, and butter and I felt awful!! It took me three days to get back to normal.

When I was first told about my new diet to help heal my intestines I was told to go gluten and dairy free, and to avoid a lot of other random foods like potatoes and apricots. I followed all my 110 foods to avoid list as best I could but I know I slipped up here and there. I only feel bad when I get any kind of dairy in my system.

So I’m still dairy free and mostly gluten free. I don’t want to eat a lot of gluten anymore. But I also don’t like causing people to miss out on eating foods they really like. For instance, at work we can’t go to pizza for lunch anymore because I can’t eat dairy or gluten, certain restaurants are off the list because the only thing I can eat is a small side salad of iceberg lettuce. I don’t want to be a high maintenance eater and I can eat a little without having any tummy troubles after.

I feel great and I do think this was the problem and the cause of all my tummy troubles.


You can see all the Christmas pictures from last night on my Didn’t Make It page.

Tell me about you! I want to know………

what is your go-to smoothie recipe?

peaches, almond milk, spinach, flax oil, banana

Do you wear socks to bed?


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