Forbidden Fruit

June 5, 2012

I survived…but I don’t know if I passed or not yet! The drink was worse than I expected, and the aftermath was better (no sickness). But the needle was the worst of all!

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Full details on BERF Thursday!

When I returned home, I did end up having a big spoonful of that PB. Couldn’t resist : )

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And then a few hours later….an early but deliciously healthy lunch!

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I made a big garden-greens salad topped with tomatoes, avocado, cottage cheese, nutritional yeast, goat cheese, Hail Merry Lemon Thyme pecans, olive oil, salt and honey.

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So many complexities!

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And finally that nectarine I’d been thinking about all morning! Deny a girl fruit and that’s all she wants.  Cherries on top!

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Later!

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1 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

At least it’s over with and now you can eat that delicious fruit! Speaking of which, lunchtime!

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2 Lindsey June 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

That salad looks (and sounds) delicious!!

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3 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I’m loving all of your garden greens lately. I hope I can grow lettuce myself one day (when I don’t live in an apartment!).

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4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

YUM! Cherries! They still seem too expensive here, so I haven’t bought any yet. But they’re definitely my favorite summer fruit so it MUST happen! :)

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5 Jessica June 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Wow, I’m really surprised they didn’t tell you the results right away! The test is instantaneous, the nurse told me the results while I was still sitting in the chair, right after they drew my blood. I hope that doesn’t mean it’s bad news! :( I’ll be thinking about you!

Yummy looking lunch!

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6 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

She said they send it to the hospital lab and it takes an hour. I already called my doctor – but no news yet!

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7 Regina June 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I think it’s different for everyone. It took 3 days for me to get my results and I passed. Don’t worry!!

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8 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Ugh, I hate fake orange-y things, and needles even more! Glad you got through it okay!

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9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’d say you deserved a whole jar of PB after having to drink that noxious beverage! :) Glad you made it ok. Lunch looks lovely!

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10 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Glad the drink didn’t make you sick! Fingers crossed for good results!

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11 Jennifer June 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Hopefully the drink was cold. That makes all the difference.

I’m sure you passed. Your so active and healthy.

Sorry about all the needles. That isn’t much fun but it’s over. :)

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12 Anna @ On Anna's Plate June 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Glad it’s over! Hope you passed!!

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13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I think because I don’t do sickening sweet things and definitely not orange soda, that drink really got to me. I was so grossed out. Lunch looks perfectly delicious and that salad definitely looks amazing!

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14 Grace @ Grace Dishes June 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

That salad looks amazing! The description of the pecans is making me drool!

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15 Khushboo June 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Love the salad toppings- perfect summer lunch!

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16 Catalina @ Cake with Love June 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Finally the cherrieas and the nectarines!! :) and a delicious looking salad!

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17 Roxanne June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Glad you made it through all that piercing! I hate needles too…
For the cherries, I absolutely LOVE cherries, but if I eat as many as in that bowl of yours… I will end up in the bathroom for the rest of the day. So I buy maybe 5 at a time, and I usually get stared at as if I have two heads! Oh, well…

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18 Molly @ RDexposed June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I never get to see the action part of this. I see the positive (or negative?) results part.
Interesting.

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19 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama June 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I’m really strange in that I actually didn’t mind the “orange juice.” I thought I’d have to choke it down but it kind of reminded me of orange soda.

Enjoy your fruit!

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20 Laura @ She Eats Well June 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Tis Cherry season and I couldn’t be happier. My favorite fruit and you gotta get them while they are in season…it’s too short!

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21 Melissa June 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

That stuff is so hard to chug/choke down. I was excited the first pregnancy because I had a orange pop craving. But never again! :)

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22 Alyse June 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’m a licensed phlebotomist (although that’s not what I do now) and while I was getting my 100 clinical hours I had to do a few glucose tests. It was horrible having to poke someone repeatedly in the same spot for four hours. You have my sympathy.

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23 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

You are seriously making me wish I had a garden! All that lettuce sounds like a dream come true :)

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24 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Ughh…Shudder. I just had a flashback to it. By the end of the little container, I was doing the skeeve dance. But we all survive it :)

I wish they’d figure out a way to test blood glucose after 2 slices of bday cake with storebought bakery-style icing piled on thick. Surely it would be more fun :)

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25 Cait's Plate June 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

That bowl of fruit looks so perfect. I’m dangerously low on all fruit in my house and need to go re-stock soon!

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26 Amanda @flecksofgreen June 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I have been denying myself sour cherries for about 2 weeks now (not intentionally) but I just haven’t had the time to go out and get myself some. Now, sour cherries are all I can seem to think about!

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27 Angel7 June 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

By the picture, that orange drink looks like Orange Crush, but without the fizz and flavor of the pop.

Your salad looks great!

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28 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Haha, the goat cheese pile on your salad pretty much looks like what I do with parmesan cheese on ANYTHING: dump it on! Love me some cheese <3

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29 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some cherries since I saw them in the store this week. I get so excited about them.

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30 Janine June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Did you have to do the 1 hour test or the 4 hour? They made me do the 4 hour and I had to drink 100mg of sugar and then have a blood test each hour on the hour four times. It was horrible! For my current pregnancy, they had me do the 50mg of sugar glucose test at 9 weeks, so it’s wayyy done and over with thank goodness. I’m hoping that doesn’t mean I have another one coming up soon!!

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31 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

This was the 1 hour with 50 grams of glucose

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32 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I love a big salad for lunch…with nutritional yeast on top and avacado in the mix…yummy! So looking forward to some sweet red cherries! Soon…very soon!

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33 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I hope your test went well! So jealous of the cherries, they look delicious!

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34 donna June 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Good thing you didn’t have to go through a bunch of fertility work ups in order to get pregnant! That requires multiple needle sticks throughout the process. I got to where it didn’t even phase me!
What in the heck is nutritional yeast?

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35 Emily @Emily's Olives June 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Your salad looks amazing! I must remember to use nutritional yeast on my salads. I have a bag in my cupboard that is currently not being used so I forget about it.
Sorry about the needle! They suck!

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36 Lisa @bitesforbabies June 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Wow! Lunch looks delicious!

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37 Jen June 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Good luck! is that a special peanut butter?…is there apple in it (as per the name?)?;)

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38 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Yup! It’s local

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39 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! June 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I’ve never heard of putting yeast on salads before! What does it taste like?

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40 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

It’s like powdered cheese

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41 Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily June 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Blech, I can STILL taste that drink in my mouth, and the last time I took that test was in 2007! *Shudders* Yay for not getting sick!!!!!

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42 Liz June 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I’m about 10 weeks pregnant and I have been craving fruits and salads – the colder and fresher, the better! It’s strange – I am overweight, so my goal is to gain 15lbs or less – but I’ve actually lost 7 lbs since getting pregant (not trying to lose weight – but my appetite is decreased – and with fruit/salad cravings I think I am consuming fewer calories overall).

Love your website – your meals are so balanced and look so delicious!

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43 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Congrats on your pregnancy!

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44 B @ Crags and Veggies June 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Beautiful salad! Glad you made it through the test. That orange drink is so sweet, yucky!

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45 Tara June 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Definitely NOT looking forward to that test. Ugh. Hope your results are good! I just have to wonder as an RD myself, how does drinking 50g of this fake sugary source of carbs affect someone who’s body is used to dealing with real food? I teach the nutritional part of GD classes, and it still baffles me when these girls come in with healthy weights, diets, and exercise habits. I know it’s all the crazy placenta hormones and not just lifestyle, but it still makes me wonder…

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46 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I know. I can see how it wouldn’t be standardized, but I wish you could just use a normal meal.

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47 Jenny June 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

People who eat “real” food don’t metabolize sugar differently than those who eat more processed foods, unless they are in fact diabetic or have other metabolic/endocrine issues. You’re more likely to feel the effects of such a high amount of sugar if you aren’t used to it, like a racing pulse, a “buzz”, perhaps a blood sugar crash later, but you don’t physically process that sugar any differently.

As far as the resulting blood sugar reading, your body doesn’t care if those carbs are real or processed. In fact, pure manufactured glucose is preferred since even minimal fiber, protein, or fats in other foods will slow the blood sugar spike somewhat, leading to a flawed result.

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48 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I know, but it would be nice if a test was designed that took fat, protein, fiber into account. And regardless of how sugar is metabolized, it’s the form of eating the glucose that’s the problem – not the sugar itself.

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49 Jenny June 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Not totally sure I’m following you when you say it’s the form of eating the glucose that’s the problem?

It WOULD be nice, but doubt it will ever happen since different foods cause such a different reacting in different people. I work with CDEs, and train on insulin pumps…I’ve worn one myself on many occasions, and with the continuous glucose monitor have been able to watch my numbers rise and fall in real time. For me, peanut butter on wheat bread causes a much larger spike than a co-worker, whereas I metabolize fruit much better than she does! :D It would be almost impossible to standardize, and I doubt the medical community would even try to bother given it’s just one drink (maybe two depending on the initial result).

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50 KathEats June 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Yeah, unfortunately. I’ve heard of midwives using a normal meal. I wish the normal meal could be the screen and the standardized test the diagnostic

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51 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 6, 2012 at 5:13 am

Lunch looks delicious. I need to get more fruit, I’ve been missing it!

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52 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

Glad to hear that your test went well. I can imagine that stuff doesn’t taste good.

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53 Anna June 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Thinking alike today! I had a peach and cherries for breakfast. :)

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54 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Congrats on surviving the test!
I LOVE the Hail Merry almonds!! The vanilla maple ones are sooo goooood.

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55 Bridget June 7, 2012 at 6:42 am

I had to do the 100g bolus for another medical condition, and test every hour for four hours on 16 hours no food, and I have to tell you, I spent the first five minutes feeling like the it was the first time my mom let me have orange pop at McDonalds, and the rest of the time feeling like I was going to die. I was so hungry for real food. Ugh.

What I would say about the reasons doctors use pure sugar like this is it’s already very hard to parse out how different foods affect different people; going to the lowest common denominator makes for the most clear diagnosis. No, it’s not very accurate to real life if you’re someone that eats very balanced meals, but it’s as standardized as you can safely get.

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