30 July 2010

Perks and Pains

 Eating wheat has it's perks...

It means I can eat Vegan Carob Chip Muffins from Planet Organic!!!

Coffee + Muffin = Perfect Breakfast. I love Level Ground Coffee,
and so far the Ethiopia Blend is my favorite. Really smooth and creamy.

The muffin was filling and not too sweet.
Symptom free yet again...

 ... that was until I had lunch ...

Whole Wheat Flax Tortilla Wraps from StoneHedge Farms

I made these egg, kale, spinach and mustard wraps yesterday with no issue...

... but today my tummy wasn't too happy with the double dose of gluten!

Although it was incredibly yummy, I developed mild to moderate
stomach pains within 5-10 minutes of ingesting.

I decided not to hurt my belly anymore for the day.

Day 2 Symptoms: Stomach Pains and Gas  (Yup, I went there! lol)

Just one more day to go! I'm interested in seeing if the pain gets worse (which we can safely assume is the obvious guess) ... or if nothing happens at all.

Questions: How long do you spend reading and commenting on blogs? Do you care if people comment or not?

I have to admit i'm having a hard time commenting consistently. My OCD maintains I read every post but I can't find the time to read and comment like I have been. Normally I spend 4 hours a day blogging/commenting that I feel rushed when I read posts.

Sometimes I feel we spend more time commenting than
reading which defeats the whole purpose of blogging right?



A Toronto girl out West said... [reply]

That muffin looks really tasty! Lately I've taken to buying one muffin a week at the Farmer's Market. It's my post-Zumba treat!!!

As far as commenting - lately I find myself doing it less but I still read all the posts. Andvehile I'd like to pretend comments don't matter, I'm secretly thrilled everytime someone leaves a new one!!!

Monet said... [reply]

I have been trying to do less commenting and more focusing...I want to really read and react to what people are writing! I am so impressed with that vegan muffin you had this morning...I only wish your stomach liked it as much as your taste buds did! Big, bakery style muffins are my weakness!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Oh no, I hope the stomach pains weren't too bad :-(. It's good that you didn't force yourself to finish. Hope tomorrow goes better for you Kelsey.

Because I have kids, I try to limit myself to 2 hrs max a day of blogging. It may not be 2 hours straight, but a total of about 2 hours. It's so easy to get caught up in blogging but I've come to realise that my kiddies should be my main focus. As for comments, I'd rather get 1 or 2 really sincere comments than 10 or 20 not so sincere ones.

Anonymous said... [reply]

aww, `m soory you´re not feeling well, but that muffie looks damng awesome ;)

I have to admit I´m a very choosy commenter *lol* there are just a bunch of refreshing and fun-to-read people (you´re one of them) that always make me wanna write something in reply :) most of the times I just rush through my loooong blogroll. I don´t even take the time to sit down, except in the mornings, with my first cup o´coffee :)

have a lovely weekend
xoxo mel

Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said... [reply]

oh no! :(
it's a shame you're not feeling too well
I hope you're not in too much pain!

I spend alot of my free time reading blogs but I don't always comment on everything I read.
sometimes I just don't know what to say!

Anonymous said... [reply]

oh gosh, it's been too long since I had a muffin!
hm, I love reading comments on my blog, but I'm always hoping for more comments :D
Sometimes I just read really quickly through someone's post, and then I comment. A bit naughty of me, but at least I try to make a vise comment :))

Anonymous said... [reply]

I m so sorry that you have to go through all these gluten symptoms. At least it's gonna be over tomorrow.

I can't spent more than 5 hours per week for posting and commenting. I think blogging is mainly for students and women that don't work.
So enjoy it while it lasts!

Sarah said... [reply]

Sorry to hear your starting to get pains and gas, rubbish.

I'm with you- I'm find it difficult to keep up with all the blogs I read and comment. So my commenting and reading is sporadic. I too spend about 4 hours a day blogging. It's addictive though!

Hope you have a great weekend xxx

Anonymous said... [reply]

I love reading comments and commenting, but sometimes I get so caught up in the whole blogging thing that I ignore what's more important (like spending more time with my boyfriend..hehe). i spend about 3 hrs each day too. maybe not in one sitting (that would be exhausting!!!), but sort of spread out throughout the day.

Anonymous said... [reply]

The muffin looks heavenly!!
Sorry to hear that you didn't feel so great though :(
I definitely think that reading the post is more important than commenting sometimes...I think that commenting is good, but not when we feel like we have to (:

Tatianna said... [reply]

I absolutely LOVE that comic at the end.. haha! So sorry to hear that you had tummy troubles though... better luck tomorrow?

I spend a lot of time reading and commenting... like you, I feel obligated to read eery post but I don't always leave a comment. I try to, but most often I just don't have time to type out forty different comments, you know?

You are totally right though, it's the reading that is important. Sometimes I feel like maybe people don't know that I am reading if I don't leave some words... but really, does it matter? Haha.

<3 Tat

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said... [reply]

So sorry about your stomach pains. :(

I agree with you about the whole blogging/commenting thing. Sometimes when my Reader is overflowing, it makes me feel anxious, and I try to read/comment as swiftly as I can. TOTALLY defeats the purpose!!!!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I think that if you avoid something for a while , you might experience some off stuff for a while. But I would bet that with time you will get quite used to it again. ( I exclude nothing from my eats, so I cannot really relate). But I say with time you just adapt again. Try to not to think about it too much.

I comment less and less. I also cut down my google reader to only those that are reasonable influences. It is weird actually...sometimes I really enjoy blogging and reading. And then other times, I sit back and get really "jaded" by it.

I don't see the point in commenting if I don't have much to add really (so I read a lot more than I comment).
I know some people like to market their blog (and therefore comment everywhere), I understand that because it is a good way to promote your blog...but lately I just find it kind of silly or uninteresting.

I am trying (trying) to cut it back...read and comment only when I have something valuable to add. (And like you said, reading the actual words is FAR more important that the commenting).

When I read PB&Jenny's thoughts on blogging, it really got me thinking too.
I am kind of conflicted between leavinig blogging alone for a while or continuing for a bit. Probably just go with flow now, but something to consider...especially since life for me now is very very unstable and feeling really...just down.
Alot to talk about.

(and thanks for the last comment u left me...u are very very insightful).

P.S....I do love your blog.

Jess - Healthy Exposures said... [reply]

Sorry the stomach pains came back :( hope they stay away today!
and i'm really glad you brought up reading/commenting, etc. i've been wanting to discuss the same thing! lately i've spent more time...uh, living, i guess, lol...and less time blog reading. at first i'd see my google reader and feel SO anxious, but i KNOW that stress is not why i read blogs. i read to learn new things, techniques, and also the personal aspect of developing friendships. So if there's a night I'm too tired to read - I honestly, don't. I don't want to browse through rushed and leave a comment for comment's sake. I want to read through and absorb the material...and leave a comment that partakes in the discussion, not a one-liner just so I can say I commented, you know? And with less time, I can say I cut back on the amount of blogs I read, and it's more important to me that I read and support the people who read and support my blog, you know? Maybe that made sense, haha. Sorry for the novel!
Have a good one :)

Joanne said... [reply]

Oh babe I'm so sorry to hear about the gluten rearing it's ugly head! I was so hoping that you would have no reactions at all!

I always try to leave really quality comments that actually respond to what a blogger has written, rather than hasty comments that show that I haven't read the post at all. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...

Anonymous said... [reply]

What a great question... I don't comment on as many blogs as I'd like. It is so time-consuming. And honestly, I think that reading it is the important thing. I think there are alot more people that read your posts, but don't comment. I think that that's great. Other people who don't own blogs.

I think we need to be more selective and your right - read what we want and comment on what we want...

I'm just conflicted with blogging too...sometimes I think it contributes MORE to my binge-eating and horrid digestion problems :(...I don't know...

when you are in the REAL world and doing stuff - that feels so liberating and amazing as well, so I think if your going to blog/read, do it sensibly...and I think if your jaded or unable to do it if your unwell - there are an awful lot of blogs from people with eating disorders...honestly - I don't think this is the help they need...being with actual support and learning there is more to life than food and living is what they should be doing...all of us I guess.

Gosh - what a stumper!

Meanwhile - I SO miss Organic Planet from the West Coast :(...there is NOTHING like there even remotely close to me here :(...hope you feel better soon.

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

Sorry about the tummy ache and gas. More sorry about the gas for your family's sake though, cause for you it probably feels better. You are so preaching to the choir here about all that. You have to be honest about what you are going through and that is really what your blog is all about. Same for mine. As for blogging, I do what I can when I can. I don't feel like I have to do anything. I don't like to comment just for comments sake either because I hate that. I don't blog for anybody but myself. I hope it helps others, but it is not for the most comments...that is for sure. I hope you are feeling better today! By the way, that muffin looks so freakin' good! I almost jumped through the computer to eat it with my coffee this morning!

Megan D said... [reply]

Muffin + coffee is the best, I agree! Your wrap looks tasty but I'm sorry it gave you tummy pain. And I try to read/comment as much as possible but some days I have no time at all for it!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Sorry to hear about the slight stomach pains... :(

I do read as many blogs as I can- as long as I enjoy it I'll spend the time. But I have weeded through a few to read only the ones that I really enjoy. :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

I'm guessing that since it's summer, a lot of people are finding many things to do besides reading and commenting on blogs, and I find that I'm in the same position. I don't like to comment just for the sake of commenting, either; I'd much rather feel like I can answer a question or be a part of a conversation, and I prefer that on my own blog.

Feel better - you'll get through this!

Katie ♥ said... [reply]

Well you are pulling through girl , sorry you had a rough time yesterday after eating those wraps : p

I try to comment as much as I can, and yes I do read a persons whole post, but if its a long long post, I read and sometimes dont comment, unless it's something worth commenting on! I dont have enough time to comment on everyones blogs, I do have my faves, like yours that I read alot more and comment on : )

love u!

Meg said... [reply]

Sorry to hear about the tummy troubles, and I hope you're all kosher now! No mo' gluten fo' you! Hehe.

I try to read blog because I just love to! If I have the time/have something to say I'll totally comment too :)

Your best advice said... [reply]

sorry about your stomach,hope today is better!

Chelsea said... [reply]

I hope your stomach troubles weren't too painful! Fingers crossed that today is better!

Sometimes I feel pressured to leave a comment because I almost feel bad if I don't! But at the same time, is a quick one liner comment really worth it? I like it when I have the time to read and absorb the post and contribute a thoughtful comment. But doing that for all 27 blogs on my reader can be so time consuming!

Kittie said... [reply]

Haha. I don't spend insane amounts of time commenting because I get distracted. I'm switching tabs and blogs and just end up forgetting.

T. Leah said... [reply]

Stomach pains suck! I know how it feels to get pain. Currently Im in the process of figuring out what my pain is from - just had a CT Scan this week. I hope that you can figure out if you have celiac or gluten intolerance just so that you can know how to treat and prevent pains, gas and other unpleasant body things.

As far as commenting - I don't worry if people don't comment on my blog, and I will comment on other people's blogs only if I have something relevant to say, or want to pass on some encouragement. Nothing is worse then leave/getting a generic comment.

Anonymous said... [reply]

AHhh!!! That's too bad that your stomach hurts! Wouldn't it be nice if our bodies did everything we told it to? I guess doing things wouldn't be as exciting, though...

And yes, I feel like I have to leave comments everywhere! Because I know that I feel sooo happy when someone comments on m blog. But Leah above is right, a generic comment does nothing.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Aww, girlie, I'm sorry to hear that you had some issues with the wheat today :( That muffin DOES look insanely good, though. In any case, I hope tomorrow doesn't bring anything worse for you.

I'm not exactly sure how long I spend reading and commenting, as I pick away at it in random spurts throughout the day instead of just sitting down and getting it all done at once, but I'm also quite OCD about it, and it can be incredibly time consuming when I'm trying to do other things or get a post of my own up... I try to comment on everyones blog, though, especially when people take the time to comment on mine. The reading is important, of course, but it's also nice to get a comment to know that someone is out there reading what you write and appreciating it.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Muffins and scones are so underrated! They make awesome breakfasts,esp. on the wknd. I had a giant blueberry scone this morning....mmmm.

I spend more time reading than commenting and I don't always comment,esp. on bigger blogs. I spend maybe 1-2 hours a day blogging, reading, and commenting -- some of that at work. :)

hbobier said... [reply]

That muffin looks delicioso. Sorry to hear the gluten isn't exactly working out as planned. Your poor tummy...

As for timing, it usually takes me a half hour to spit out a post and I'll read for an hour or two.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Your post just reminded me how long it's been since Ive had a muffin!! Now I want one really bad!

Anyways, I probably spend about an hour or two total reading blogs, but usually only like 15-20 minutes at a time. I have major issues concentrating haha, so it's better for me to do it like that then sit for a few hours all at once. Days at work when I dont have a lot of work to get done, I tend to spend more time reading and commenting, and for me to write one of my own posts usually takes around 20-30 minutes.

Im not going to lie it's great getting comments, but I definately would rather my blogs get read then skimmed over and simply commented.

Hope your belly feels better (:

Anonymous said... [reply]

Omgosh, those vegan carob chip muffins look AMAZING, I want one!!!! ;)

Anonymous said... [reply]

This feels like a brave experiment on your part! That muffin looks awesome, though. You eat so well it inspires me.
I don't feel right commenting without reading posts entirely, so if I'm short on time I tend to read without commenting. Sometimes I feel guilty for not commenting on a post I really liked, so I try to make time, lol :)
Goodluck tomorrow!

Anonymous said... [reply]

I'm sorry to hear you started experiencing symptoms... it would have been really nice if your experiment turned out to show you that you could handle some gluten! But I think it's good that you are testing yourself to know for sure.

The time I spend blogging, reading and commenting varies each day - some days I just don't have time for any of it, and some days I read through the blogs on my reader and just comment when I feel like I have something to contribute.

I think that commenting is a big part of what I like about both reading and writing blogs - it's the conversation between the readers and writer that I enjoy. If I find a post I like, I don't just read the post, I read through the comments too. And I get really excited when I find comments on my own blog :)

I noticed that one of the commenters above wrote that blogging is mostly for students and women who don't work. I strongly disagree - as a woman who works full time, I see blogging as any other hobby - you have to make time for things you enjoy. Some days you have more time than others, and you tend to put more time into it when you're enjoying it.

Krista said... [reply]

I spend more time reading on the weekend when I can take my time and comment on all posts. I still read when short on time, but may not always comment. This does bother me some because I love getting comments on my blog and I feel it's only "right" to reciprocate. I can't exactly expect people to read/comment on my blog if I don't do the same for them, ya know?

Sorry to hear you're staring with some symptoms. Gas can be the worst, IMO. I can't eat pears b/c of that. It's not only embarassing, but terribly painful, too.

Michal said... [reply]

That is one of the most delicious looking muffins that I have ever seen yum!! I usually play google reader catch up on the weekends, and i try to fit it in little bits during the week.

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