Remember when I announced that for the entire month of May I would be eating a gluten free diet? Well, it may not have been perfect but I actually did it!
Going gluten free for a month taught me so much about my body, how to deal with cravings and really opened my eyes to the quality of foods I was eating.
So, as a recap I wanted to share with you all everything I learned from going gluten free for 1 month!
Let’s jump right into it!
1.) I had no idea I was eating so many carbs and so little protein/ healthy fat
I don’t count calories, macros, sugars…etc. So, going gluten free forced me to pay a little more attention to the different types of foods I was eating.
Prior to going gluten free I’d have an egg on some bread for breakfast, some kind of fruity smoothie for a snack, a sandwich/wrap for lunch, a protein bar for a snack then pasta/an open faced sandwich/rice/quinoa for dinner.
I truly can’t believe that the 4th of July is in less than 2 weeks.
Where the heck has this year gone?
Normally, I don’t do much for the 4th since it’s kind of amateur hour here in San Diego with a bunch of drunk tourists getting arrested at the beach. But, this year I have plans. My family has a house on Lake Michigan and it’s been years since we’ve all made the effort to get out there. Last week we pulled the trigger and officially booked tickets!
Buying these tickets got me thinking of all the 4th of July foods and just how terrible most of the meats, appetizers and sides are for you. So, I started brainstorming some healthier options to share on my blog.
I made a healthy, festive, delicious side dish recipe I’m sharing on the blog next week but today I wanted to talk about my favorite 4th of July food…HOT DOGS!
I am currently OBSESSED with beets.
I’ve been sipping on beet Health-Ade Kombucha, snacking on Trader Joe’s beet chips, throwing beets into salads, smoothies and even now hummus! They just have this delicious earthy flavor I can’t get enough of PLUS they’re so healthy (more on this later).
Let’s back up here…my love affair with beets all started when I stopped running a few weeks ago to let my body start healing from shin splints and a very tight right calf. During my time off from running I really wanted to make a point to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible and through some
research googling I found out that beets are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods out there.
In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties eating beets can also help boost your metabolism, detoxify your body, lower blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease/ cancer plus so much more.
BUSY. CRAZY. HECTIC.
Yep, pretty much the words to describe my life right now.
I know everyone is busy but you guys I just feel like right now there are simply not enough hours in the day.
Last week I officially accepted a new position at work as the San Diego Senior Brand Ambassador for Perfect Bar WOO HOO! Transitioning out of my current role into this one has been crazy to say the least. Oh and it doesn’t stop there…I’m flying out to Portland for work on Friday then flying to Boise for a wedding then BAM its Memorial Day Weekend with CrossFit regionals and then Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego ahhhhh! It never ends.
Honestly just writing this post is giving me anxiety thinking about all the things I have coming up but am just trying to take it day by day and do the best I can to maintain a healthy balance in my life.
Usually with a busy schedule eating healthy is one of the first things to go (I’m 100% guilty of this). BUT with my running being so limited eating like crap simply isn’t an option. I’ve really been relying on quick, easy, convenient meals these past couple weeks and wanted to share these awesome Chicken Lettuce Wraps with you all today.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.