Going Gluten Free (temporarily?)

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Pictured above is my grocery shopping trip to Trader Joes.

All gluten free and organic products.

So here’s the thing…I go through a lot of phases where I want to eat clean, or eat healthy, or juice, or cleanse, or etc. My big issue is that I literally can’t stick to a single “trending” diet. For instance, last week, I spent $130 on a 3 day juice cleanse. First and foremost, WHO SPENDS THAT KIND OF MONEY, but seriously, who?! I was getting my juices that were freshly blended at a juice bar and would have 5 a day with a shot of wheat grass. I actually did fairly well. I lasted 2 and a half days, not bad! On my last day, I decided to go out for a turkey burger with my boyfriend, so the last 3 juices fell to the waste side.

ANYWAYS, my point being, I have a very difficult time parting from the things I love and doing what I love most, EATING. So why exactly am I going gluten free? I really have no other choice. Has anyone heard of celiacs disease? It’s a really depressing diagnosis that no longer allows you to eat things that contain gluten. You now have to buy all gluten free products that really never taste like the real deal.

Check out this website if you want more information on Celiac Disease.

If you go on that website, they have a nice little symptom check list you can go through. Welp, it was depressing. I pretty much had almost every single symptom on that list. I’ve had several other diagnoses from my doctor, from a gastrointestinal doctor, and none of them were able to help or find remedies. I finally had some blood work done, but that came up negative for celiacs. That would mean I can rule out Celiacs right? Wrong. Apparently, you can still have celiacs even if it does not show up in your blood work. A true test is through your intestines. No thanks, I’ll try a different method first. My aunts a nurse and recommended I try going gluten free for a few weeks and to pay attention if I notice any symptom reduction. Welllllll, I was told to do this a few years ago. No pasta, no pizza, no bread? I would die. Finally, my friend wanted to go gluten free as well and we made a pact to do it for a few weeks.

The next two weeks I will be posting about my progress and hopefully some great gluten free recipes!

If anyone knows of any excellent gluten free products or recipes, feel free to share 🙂

Very Inspiring Blog Award

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Back in February I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Lou (louslabyrinth). However, silly me with my hectic schedule finishing up grad school, completely forgot to add this to my blog. I just want to say thank you to Lou for nominating me and you all should go check out her page!

This is how the award works:

  • Display the award logo some where on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State seven things about yourself.
  • Nominate fifteen other bloggers for this award and link back to them.
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven facts about myself:

  1. I road tripped across the United States, twice.
  2. I will always be in love with Disney World, regardless of my age. I would travel there every year growing up (sometimes a few times a year). I even learned to walk and swim while there!
  3. My favorite colors are black and white (yes, I know, they’re not actually considered colors).
  4. I named my car Roxii, because she’s a Rogue.
  5. I lived in California for a summer (I’m a New Yorker…no not the city, the state).
  6. If I was older, I would be the crazy cat lady, because I love cats that much. I only have one, but I would have several if it was allowed.
  7. I have my bachelors in psychology and my masters in social work.

My nominations:

I haven’t ventured into the blog world very much, but these are people who have stopped by my blog or are blogs that I have come across in various ways that I have liked and find to be inspiring. There are obviously many great blogs out there, but here’s a few!

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Thanks for the inspiring blogger nomination!

March Travels

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Ok, I’ve been on a month hiatus from this blog, due to a busy schedule and an over due vacation. I had an amazing vacation visiting my boyfriend’s brother and his family, who live in Pensacola, Florida. Thought I’d share a few photo’s!

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Art Party with the Boyfriend.

(Wish the picture came out better)

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My boyfriend’s brother Ryan and I all fancy!

(Blurry, I know)

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Finally, a clear picture! Jen and I at art party.

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Awesome sunset.

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Best part of Florida…the palm trees!

Commitment Probs

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Here’s the thing. I think I may have commitment issues. Not in relationships, but in every other facet of my life. I get bored easily I guess. Last monday I had every intention of starting the Paleo diet.  I was really motivated too, I even went grocery shopping to prepare! Well that lasted all of 3 whole days. I missed my pasta… I really missed my pasta. So bloggers, more then likely you will no longer see paleo specific posts.

Paleo Diet

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Has anyone heard of the Paleo diet?? Also known as the “caveman” diet. I know, sounds crazy for someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat, but I think I can make this work. The concept of this diet is very basic, you eat only what the cavemen (and women) use to eat. That includes meats, veggies, and fruits. Essentially no processed foods, dairy, or grains (pastas). While I am not a pig/cow consumer, I do eat poultry, fish, and shellfish. Therefore, this is still feasible! Additionally, the concept behind this is that both dairy and gluten are very difficult for our bodies to digest, making us feel not-so-wonderful (especially me). Ever since I was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome-YUCK), my aunt has recommended I try going gluten free. My stubborn self loves pasta. I just couldn’t get myself to do it. However, it’s getting to the point where I am always feelings uncomfortable and lethargic. I’m going to make an attempt to transition to this diet. I’m setting a 30 day goal for myself. I should be able to manage 30 days without pasta. I’m hoping to feel better and have more energy.

I’ll post recipes on this part, but I will make a separate page that will consist of a daily food/workout log so you can follow along! Yes, I’ll include a 30 days workout challenge as well. It’s time for me to get this winter booty, beach ready for spring break 😉

Let’s go!!!

Here’s my beginning grocery list. I work a lot of nights and typically end up having to eat dinner at work. Luckily, I work at a seafood restaurant. Those nights I will most likely order fish with a side of veggies.

Grocery list:

  • broccoli
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • red,green, yellow peppers (whatever looks best at the grocery store)
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • spinach
  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • turkey burgers
  • (I made my turkey chili last week and have frozen single portions for myself. Perfect for this diet)
  • ground coffee (this girl is starbucks obsessed and I am madly in love with my hazel night white mocha drink). Well…no more… There’s milk in there 😦 Instead, I will make my own coffee and use the Nestlea french vanilla creamer. Still good and dairy free.
  • Greek Yogurt…Shhh, this is dairy. However, this girl needs to get her calcium some how and yogurt still has great health benefits. I’m keeping it!
  • eggs
  • pico de gallo-I love mixing this in my eggs when I cook them up. It adds lots of flavor and is much faster then chopping veggies in the morning.
  • chicken
  • almonds