Healthy Eating {Gluten Free}

This past few months I haven’t been eating as healthy as I should be. This needs to change asap. One thing that I have been noticing and paying close attention to the past few months is my gluten intake and how it makes my body feel. I have discovered that I tend to have these side effects when I consume gluten: my head hurts, joint pain, stomach issues, tingling and numbness in my hands & bloating. These symptoms only arise right after I consume gluten. I don’t really want to be tested to see if I have a gluten intolerance. Plus I don’t have a doctor here in Chicago and I am not sure where to go. I know that “gluten free” has become a popular diet and I think this is why I haven’t tried to go eliminate it from my diet.

My stomach issues have become more of an issues & I have decided that now is the time to try and eliminate it from my diet. I have done some preplanning & hopefully shouldn’t have any problems finding gluten free foods in my kitchen!

One thing that I am worried about is the fact that December is filled with lots of holiday get togethers. Also, my family isn’t too accommodating with my vegan eating. I will be bringing my own dishes to pass! Another thing that is a concern is gluten free vegan baking. This will be something that I need to try. I have found quite a few recipes, so I will have to try them out! Plus, it isn’t like I need to have baked goods all the time.

The rest of December I plan on testing out a gluten free diet and see how I feel. I also would like to cut back on my sugar intake. I want to feel lighter & my best by the time I run the Disney World marathon in January. I definitely want to keep a detailed account & plan on blogging a lot more about my eats. This is something that I have been wanting to do for awhile anyways.

I am really nervous about posting anything about eliminating gluten from my diet, but I really want to share this with everyone. It has been a couple of days without gluten and I feel really good! A lot of the symptoms that I have been having lately are gone. Hopefully this keeps up!

**Disclaimer: I am not advocating that going gluten free is best for everyone. I just feel it is best for me to try it right now. These are just my opinions that I write here on the blog. 

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In denial…

Hey everyone!

These past few months, I have been in denial, or at least I think that I have been. Certain foods really upset my stomach, mostly foods that have a high amount of gluten in them, like  French bread. Some gluten foods don’t upset my stomach, but it seems more and more that I am having a lot of stomach issues. I have had a problem with acid reflux since I was little & even had to have a hernia removed a couple of years ago. I have been noticing that I also have been having more stomach issues while I am running. Is this a gluten sensitivity? I don’t know.

Now, I’m in denial because I don’t want to give up gluten. I have tried, but I give up. It seems like it is too much work trying to figure out what I can & can’t eat. Maybe I am just not willing to give it the time. My current solution to this problem is to slowly eliminate gluten from my diet. I don’t think that I can cut it out right now, especially since I am visiting my parents & I barely have any food options in the house. I think that if I cut out process foods from my diet that will also help. So, my plan will be to slowly cut out gluten & processed foods from my diet. It won’t be too easy, but I think that I can do it!!

It’s time to stop living in denial!!

Motivation Monday!

Good morning everyone!

Today’s motivation has a lot to do with me wanting to eat a healthier diet. I do eat very healthy, but lately I have been eating too much bread, cookies, etc. I really need to focus on eating a well-balanced diet and not eating more than 1 portion, which seems to be a big problem for me! I still need to lose some weight before I start training for the Chicago Marathon because I know that I am not going to be able to get to my goal weight while training!

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This is my motivation. I know that I have posted this same motivation before, but I feel that it is more relevant for today! I really don’t like to repeat but I have a valid point for reusing it!

I don’t want to be on a diet. I have found that there really is no point in that. If you give up food that you love, you can only go so long without it. I believe that all things are good in a moderate amount. I just want to eat foods that are healthier and provide nutrients for my body. I will be tweaking what I eat to be more nutrient dense. I will post some things that I am eating, maybe even some recipes!

 I hope everyone has a wonderful & healthy Monday!

A Fresh Start.

After this past week, I really need to get back on track with what I am eating. I have not been eating very healthy and I really can tell it by how my body is feeling.

Today, is a fresh start. I know that  feel my best when I eat fresh, whole foods. I will take the time to plan my meals accordingly. I will keep myself accountable by tracking my progress here.  

I still have a few pounds to loose before I reach my goal weight. 20 to be exact. If I even reach half of that before marathon training starts, I will be ecstatic! In the past couple of years, I have lost around 60 pounds. ( more on that in a later post)

I look forward to this fresh start and what it will bring to me! 

This is my motivation: to eat healthy, and not be on a restrictive diet!

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Happy Monday 🙂