Want coffee?? Pump it Baby! The privilege of living the minimum.


23. January 2014 by swissfitchick

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Seriously guys, you rock my socks off. All your comments, emails, facebook messages on my not so nice news from yesterday were just SO sweet and made me fel a TON better – how can you not if you feel so supported by this wonderful community, readers and friends!! You guys make me smile big time!!!LucieMy Super-Blend Jessie even wants to go egg free with me for these 3 months. Could I wish for better friends?? I can’t.

Now I got my report and like I thought I will need to cut out the food groups for about 12-16 weeks. I will have an appointment with the doctor (he is also a nutritionist) next Tuesday and will have all of my questions answered. I had a short chat with Tim about it, cause he had the same issues and had great experience with the elimination for these few weeks. My hope is, that after this time I will be able to introduce at least the eggs, quark and almonds again – at least a few times a week. You know me – eggs, quark and almond butter are my drugs and that’s maybe why my body now thought it was enough ๐Ÿ™‚


Cocoa Nut ButterAnyway, I don’t think the cooking will be such a big problem, I am creative and with a little guidance I’m sure I will be fine – the only issue is my social side – I love to go out with friends, so this will be a little complicated. But I will just take it step by step. Also, I do hope that I will get over the bloating and water retention issues which also makes my muscle definition quite stubbornโ€ฆ.don’t get me wrong, I am happy, but it’s hard work for me to lean out.

Latest progress pic

Latest progress pic

Note: Holding a newspaper is necessary for the pics of James Wilsons program so it’s clear what date it was taken ๐Ÿ™‚

After a little thinking, I had to admit, that I still consider myself as a very lucky person – eggs and almond butter or not. When I think back to my time in the Philippines, then I feel really stupid for my whining. The 3 months I spent there, I didn’t eat any dairy at all, cause we just did not have a fridge. No fridge, because we didn’t have power – or at least only for a few hours a day.ย PhiliAlmond butter and oats?? Say WHAT? I had fresh fish for breakfast that we had to ‘clean out’ first thing after getting out of bedโ€ฆ.Philippines2Water to make tea or coffee? Pump it, Baby!!! This was in our garden, which was pretty luxuriousโ€ฆ.our neighbours had to walk here to get the water out of the pump.ย Philippines3Instead of omelettes, pancakes or other yummy baked goods (obviously, there was no oven) we had a HUGE variety of fresh produce.

PhiliLucie 210And my hosts didn’t stop being creative and whipping up all kinds of fantastic dishes with almost no ingredients.ย PhilippinesDid I miss something?? Oh yes, I did!! But only in the beginning. The food choice became normal and a whole crab on my plate for breakfast was nothing to wonder about anymore.

But most of all, I couldn’t see and eat any rice no more and I’m still fed up with it – I never eat rice ๐Ÿ™‚ BUT, I didn’t have a choice and I didn’t have to pick a selection from an overstuffed variety in the supermarket – I just ate what was there and I was happy with it. I felt strong, so strong I could run in the tropical heat.Philippines7Or go for hikesโ€ฆ.Philippines6โ€ฆand seriously – I lived RIGHT at the beach for 3 months and fell asleep with the sound of the waves. That was definitely worth the abstinence of eggs, dairy and nutbutters.ย Philippines 8Despite all the positives of living with a minimum of comfort, I couldn’t help but smiling big when I drank my first cocktail after all these weeks and having eggs for breakfast in a fancy hotel. But ya know – it was SPECIAL and it felt like a luxurious treat. It made me aware of how privileged I normally live and how thankful we should be that we have access to ALL THE FOOD DAILY. And having a fridge and an oven. Believe me friends, a fridge and an oven are pretty darn cool things to have.ย Philippines4Phili1Now I need your most favorite protein and nutrient packed recipes that are gluten free, egg free, dairy free and nut free – keep them coming in the comment section, PLEASE!!

Thank you again SO SO MUCH and have a wonderful Thursday!

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29 thoughts on “Want coffee?? Pump it Baby! The privilege of living the minimum.

  1. I’m proud of you for being able to take this perspective Lucie! While your situation certainly does suck, it helps to realize that is something you know you can do based on past experiences and seeing how other people live. You got this lady!
    And by the way – looking HOT! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You seriously do have the best approach to life, love. A bump in the road? Pft… just another chance to learn something new and kick some ass. And is it wrong that I’m secretly looking forward to seeing all the creative things that I know you’re going to come up with? ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I have been slowly able to reintroduce eggs after (voluntarily) cutting them out due to digestive problems, and Greek style yogurt is next to reintroduce. I have a feeling you will definitely be able to enjoy your favorites in moderation soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Your view and approach to life is remarkable. I have no doubt you won’t get through this next chapter in your life w/ new outlook. You’ll be able to prepare dishes you never would’ve thought about. You’ll feel happier & maybe even more energized. ๐Ÿ™‚ You got this my dear friend.

  5. Wow Lucie, you look incredible! Good luck with this next phase – I’m sure you’ll be able to find your compromise ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have gone gluten-free for a while two years ago and while it’s manageable it definitely gets harder if you can’t use nuts. Especially here in Europe, where the assortment of gluten-free food is very limited. Wishing you all the luck!

  7. Wellyou definitely just put a lot of things into perspective for me! We definitely take for granted our ability to have access to whatever foods we want. Though I love crab and could probably get used to eating it for breakfast!

    Lexi’s Clean Kitchen is one of my fav dairy-free, gluten-free blogs though she might be a bit heavy on the nuts for you but have a look at her stuff. If I come across good recipes I’ll send them your way ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. That is so neat that you’ve lived in the Philippines. I’m sure it has given you a great appreciation for what most of us take for granted. I’ve never been to a third world country….. and I don’t think I ever want to. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Lucie. This is a beautiful post and a much needed reality check to ALL of us- not just yourself.

    So often in life, we always (subconsciously or consciously) make a tiny situation so exemplified when the reality is- compared to many out there it is nothing.

    I love how you contrasted it to your time in the Philippines- and how you lived like the locals, appreciated the little things and ATE FOR FUEL with what was available. This is my favourite post of yours so far!

  10. Kierston says:

    What a great appreciation for all things. Beautiful post, beautiful girl, inside and out! xo

  11. If you’re looking for egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes I have a few on my blog that fit the bill. Are you counting coconuts as nuts? (I know some do even though they’re not technically a nut). And either way, looking for AIP recipes will basically cover you in all regards. I know you’re not going paleo, but the Autoimmune protocol cuts out all of the things you mentioned so any of their recipes would be perfect for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://autoimmune-paleo.com/ << Her food is GORGEOUS. http://www.thepaleomom.com/category/recipes/aip-friendly

    Oh, and if you can't have nuts, you should make some homemade sunflower seed butter or pepita butter! http://www.thehealthymaven.com/recipage?recipe_id=6044224 http://www.thehealthymaven.com/recipage?recipe_id=6044222 http://www.thehealthymaven.com/recipage?recipe_id=6058528 <<< Maybe one of those could replace your almond butter? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Alright. Sorry for the link overload. When someone asks for recipes, I always come bearing gifts. I had about a gazillion more tabs to share, but I refrained. Haha.

    I love your reflection on the time that you spent in the Philippines. What an honest, straight forward way to live. Eat what you can grow!

    Good luck with the food eliminations. I hope it helps you to feel better ๐Ÿ™‚

    Eh, whatever, I lied: http://cybelepascal.com/ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Oh Madison!! I LOVE you!! Seriously, you’re the best – I can not wait to check all the links out!! THis is so helpful, cause so far I never searched for recipes like this, as I just ate everything.
      THANK YOU!!

  12. I can imagine that living in a place without first world commodities really makes you appreciate things like a microwave, or refrigerator, or stove. The pictures are all beautiful, including the ones of you!

  13. […] from everything! That’s how my food feels like currently. So be prepared for 16 weeks of gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free food. And this is the last time I wrote this all out, seriously this is irritating.Anyway, welcome to […]

  14. carlyjg says:

    First, I just have to comment on what a HOTTIE you are.

    Alright now that that’s out of the way ;)โ€ฆ I love the perspective you have. Your time in the Philippines sounds incredibly, and so eye-opening. Thanks for sharing <3.

  15. […] trying to find some new stuff that fits my elimination diet, I found cacao butter and tigernut (chufa) flour. I know you guys think I’m crazy with this, […]

  16. […] I smothered and dipped them in soya/PB2-yogurt. Oh my , I missed them so much. Even though I am supposed to be eliminating the eggs – they have to make an appearance in my meal plan from time to […]

  17. […] to skype with my Canadian Bestie Jennifer from Vancouver past week. Jen and I met while working in the Philippines in 2007 and are Long-Distance-Besties since then. Besides some (read: 50%) silly talk and exciting updates […]

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