So long, friend

My plans for the day were simple: Run five miles and check a few things off the to-do list. On those fronts, I was totally a success! I love those achievable-checklist kind of days!

First thing in the morning, I fueled with a fun twist on a breakfast standard.

PB & Banana Quesadilla


  • One whole-wheat tortilla
  • ~1 T peanut butter
  • One banana, thinly sliced
  • Cinnamon


  • Heat a grill pan to medium-high.
  • Spread peanut butter on half of the tortilla. Layer on the banana and fold the other half of the tortilla over, covering up the banana and peanut butter.
  • Place the tortilla on the grill pan and press down with a spatula. Flip after one or two minutes, or when grill marks appear. Repeat on other side.
  • Remove quesadilla from heat, cut into four triangles and sprinkle with cinnamon.

My usual breakfasts include a grain, fruit and nut butter. This still combined all those things, but in a little bit more exciting way. Gosh, I love having exciting breakfasts to start the day off right!

Because of my long run, I also had a pomegranate Greek yogurt with granola — Needed to make sure I could stay strong!

With that all digested, it was time to get running. Only one problem: Outside was drizzly, cold and still covered in snow.

Basically, it was not the kind of weather I wanted to run in. And, for as unappealing as running five miles on a treadmill sounds, I figured that was a better option than returning home looking like a walking icicle.

So I did it. And it wasn’t that bad. I just hope that the snow clears by the time I build up to 10 miles!

Food-wise, the rest of the day was really tasty, but nothing worth writing about. Besides, there is another subject I want to talk about…

There aren’t many ways in which my mom, sister and I are all alike. Sure, I share interests with both of them — such as the love of running that I share with my mom and the love of reading that I share with my sister — but we are also our own, unique people.

However, there is one, very unfortunate thing that we all have in common: We get horrible stomach aches.

Although no doctor has been able to offer an explanation, in time, we’ve all found strategies that help us deal with the stomach aches. For me, working out helps with the pain. Even still, it’s just not possible to work out every single time I feel a stomach ache coming on. For that reason, it’s also essential that I figure out other ways to deal with — or all together avoid — the aches.

One way I do this is by keeping a close eye on my diet and noting certain foods that may trigger stomach aches. For example, I know that dairy products don’t get along too well with my stomach. But, I also know that isn’t the total cause, because I still get stomach aches on dairy-free days.

Recently, I’ve been paying more attention to how my stomach reacts to artificial sweeteners — And it’s not positive. That’s why I am making the move to cut artificial sweeteners out of my diet. That means no more sugar-free coffee syrup, sugar-free pudding or even — GASP — Diet Coke.

While I’m not just too excited about cutting those things out, I know that life will go on. And, if I have fewer stomach aches as a result, then it’s well worth the loss of a little artificial sweetness.

Questions: Are there any types of food you’ve cut from your diet? Why?

As a vegetarian, I’ve obviously cut meat from my diet. For “fun,” I also didn’t eat chocolate for all 365 days of 2009.


11 responses to “So long, friend

  • Diana Carolina

    I gave up soda. I haven’t had a single drop since December 31, 2009. Had I known that I would have had the willpower to go this long without it, I probably would have tried to enjoy that last Coke more. I gave it up because I realized that it was a trigger for me – the more I drank it, the more I craved junk food. Although I still eat fast food, chips, candy etc once in a while (maybe once a month, if that), I don’t have cravings for it any more like I did when I drank soda.

    This year for Lent, I’m giving up chocolate and Red Vines, as well as meat for the entire 40 days!

  • fitchocoholic

    I haven’t cut anything completely out of my diet……red meat is something that I can’t eat too much of just because it messes my stomach up.
    That quesadilla looks yummy!!!!

  • olivewineandfood

    i’m a vegetarian as well so no meat or fish, but i also don’t drink cow’s milk because i too get bad stomach aches and i think dairy contributes to them ( i still eat cheese though,mmm). i actually cut out cow’s milk before i became a vegetarian, but now i drink almond milk-i love it. i have seen reduced stomach aches since i became a vegetarian, but they still come up now and then.

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  • zoe

    giving up artificial sweeteners has done wonders for my stomach! good luck with that! i recently cut out all white sugar from my diet. it’s helped tremendously :)!

  • Sophia @ Raven Waves

    I get stomach aches like that too, and sometimes dairy causes, other times it’s red meat. It really stinks! I feel your pain!

  • Heather @ kissmybroccoli

    I cut sodas out of my diet a little over a year ago. I was finding that I was relying on caffeine entirely too much to get thru the day. I also lowered my coffee intake and now I only have one cup of half caff a day. It’s funny, I don’t even feel sluggish or anything. I guess the caffeine “addiction” was mostly a mental thing for me!

  • Sarah

    Alright so that quesadilla looks to die for! I haven’t really cut anything from my diet. I’m mostly paleo so I don’t eat a lot of grains or dairy but I allow myself to if I get the craving!

  • Jess

    NO MORE DIET COKE?! 😀 Just kidding, you can do it!!!

  • Jess

    the quesidilla looks yummy!
    glad you found a way to deal with your tummy issues. i have some too so i know how it is!

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