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Why I’m Going Gluten Free For 1 Month!

gluten free

I love learning about new diets, health trends, superfoods…etc. 

Just last week I posted about the Keto Diet and earlier this year I actually completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox and shared my entire experience here on my blog.

The other day I was listening to a podcast while planning blog posts for this coming month and the topic of eating a gluten free diet came up. I’ve never really cared if food was gluten free or not but this podcast really got me thinking.

I immediately came home that day and downloaded the book Wheat Belly to read more about gluten and why it’s so bad for us.

YOU GUYS…mind blown!

Within the first few pages of this book I was convinced that gluten was causing a lot of the digestive issues I’ve been experiencing lately.

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What Is The Keto Diet?

keto diet

I keep hearing more and more people talking about being on a Ketogenic Diet or “Keto Diet” and wanted to discuss it here.

Honestly, the only reason I have any idea what the Keto Diet is all about is because I use to work at a weight loss company called Medifast where we put clients on a very low carb diet to get their bodies into ketosis (fat burning state). Once my clients were in ketosis their bodies could burn fat more efficiently helping them to lose weight quickly. 

I was 100% supportive of this because #1 they were doing it with scientifically designed foods that offered all necessary nutrients, #2 had someone monitoring their diets/body composition and #3 these were people with pretty significant amounts of weight to lose.

So I was kind of shocked to hear that fellow runners, CrossFit athletes and just regular people were doing a Keto Diet and immediately started doing some research to share with you all.

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Friday Favorites: My Favorite Frozen Foods

frozen

When I go grocery shopping I typically try to avoid the frozen section…mostly because I have 0 self control and if ice cream or frozen pizza is on sale there’s a pretty good chance it’s ending up in my cart.

BUT there are some a frozen products that I love and that are actually pretty darn healthy.

So for this edition of “Friday Favorites” I wanted to share some of my favorite freezer finds and would love to know from you all what frozen products you’ve been loving.

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Strawberry Banana Coconut Ice Cream + My Crazy Sugar Addiction

strawberry banana coconut ice cream

Back in January I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox program and really cleaned up my diet. My energy levels were high, my stomach wasn’t bloated and I didn’t crave sugar/junk AT ALL.

Well…over the past couple of months I’ve noticed my bad habit of consuming WAY too much sugar sneaking back into my life. We’re talking FLAVORED creamer in my coffee, cookies after lunch, Justin’s peanut butter cups instead of a healthy snack and more peanut butter cups after dinner. 

Uhhh…hello sugar addiction.

I clearly realize that doing something like the 21-Day Sugar Detox again probably isn’t productive because the second its over my bad habits will probably come right back. So what’s a girl to do when they want a freakin’ treat but also want to reel in their crazy sugar addiction.

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How To Set Yourself Up To Actually Eat Healthy This Week

So, here we are again on Sunday afternoon… you know Summer is fast approaching and you want to make this the week you FINALLY start eating healthy and cooking at home. 

However, we’ve been here before: super motivated and with all the best intentions in the world BUT the healthy eating and cooking part never actually happens.

No worries guys, I’m here to help!

I feel at this point I have the whole meal planning thing down to a science and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for setting yourself up for success since we all know the saying “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”.

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3 Healthy Meals Ready In 10 Minutes OR LESS!

10 minute meals

One of my ultimate pet peeves is when people say “I’m too busy to eat healthy/ cook my own food”.

Uhhhhhh…newsflash everyone is busy! 

There are seriously some days where I wake up at 5:00 am to blog, leave for work at 8:00 am, get off work at 5:30 pm, sit in traffic and drive to yoga at 7:00 pm then get home at around 8:30 pm and STILL cook myself a healthy meal because I value my health.

The goal of this post is not to make you all feel guilty or like you’re lazy because lets be honest… it’s freakin’ hard to think of quick, healthy meals that taste good! My goal is to give you a little inspiration and a few ideas of easy, healthy meals that you can make in 10 minutes or less. Oh and to make your lives even easier all the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Trader Joe’s.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Hot Chocolate 15k Expo Day Eats

One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.

Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!

Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint. 

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What’s In Season: Spring Produce

spring produce

Spring has sprung!!

Yep, March 20th was officially the first day of Spring which means we have a whole new crop of produce coming into season.

When I think of Spring produce I immediately think of asparagus and strawberries. Every year for Easter I swear the highlight of the meal for me is that perfect, skinny, flavorful asparagus that you just don’t see any other time of year. Oh and strawberries…mmmmm. There really is nothing better than a fresh juicy strawberry on a cheesecake or with some whip cream. 

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Healthy Snacks I Always Have In My Bag While Traveling

healthy snacks

I never leave my house without snacks and water.

You just never know what is going to happen and if I don’t have food with me well…let’s just say I turn into a monster.

So as I gear up for my trip for San Francisco this weekend I wanted to share with you all the snacks I always have with me and DEFINITELY have with me when I travel since I really can’t think of anything worse than getting hungry on a flight and being forced to eat that tiny, nasty, salty pack of nuts or if your flight gets delayed and there are no healthy food options. 

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5 Ingredient Spicy Red Lentil Pasta

red lentil pasta

Is there anything better than a big bowl of hot pasta smothered in sauce and topped with cheese?

NO!

Pasta is one of my favorite things to eat and use to be something I’d limit myself to enjoying only once or twice per week since well…traditional pasta is basically just empty calories.

For the past few years I attempted to get my “pasta” fix by spiralizing zucchini into ‘zoodles’ or from spaghetti squash but let’s be really honest here…YES those are delicious pasta alternatives that are packed with nutrients but they simply don’t replace eating pasta. Secretly with every bite of  ‘squash pasta’ I desperately was hoping someone out there would create a healthy pasta.

Well my dreams have officially become a reality.

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