This last year I started to experience not so good digestive symptoms that I eventually correlated to Gluten in my diet. In the past years I also would experience these symptoms but not till this year did they start appearing more than ever.
What are these symptoms may you ask? After eating products with gluten in them (I will get to that shortly), I would have an upset stomach. You could hear my stomach churning. Also, I would experience bloating. By the end of the day, I sometimes "ballooned" up to 2 dress sizes. It's not cool looking like your 2-4 mos pregnant when you're not. I also felt heavy and discomfort in my stomach. I would feel tired as well after meals (much like you would after eating a Thanksgiving dinner).
With a lot of research I decided to try a gluten free diet to see if gluten was the root cause of my problems. After only 3 days, I felt 5x better. By the end of the week I felt 10X better. I had no stomach aches at all for the whole week. I experienced no bloating, felt even lighter! And best of all more energetic and clear.
In the last few years, gluten free diets became really popular. Especially, with celebrities trying to loose a ton of weight. But, you never heard what gluten can really do to the body. Celiac disease is not that common actually. Most people tend to have a gluten sensitivity more than anything. Celiac is a really disabiliating condition. However, more and more people are going down the Gluten Free diet road because of health reasons. Did you know there is triple the amount of Gluten in our foods than 100 years ago? Crazy! No wonder our bodies are going- "hey what is this"?
Here is a break down of what I typically eat during the day:
With the symptoms I mentioned above, one of the symptoms is unexplained weight gain. I work out, I eat generally healthy so I had no idea where all of a sudden I gained 10 lbs! And, no I am not pregnant.
I researched a ton on protein shakes and meal replacement shakes. I wanted one that would not give me jitters, was natural, had low sugar, and high protein. Also, affordable was on the list!
I was recommended to check out Vitacost.com. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of products that were gluten free, vegan, and good for you!
This shake only has 2 g of sugar, 24 g of protein, and 15 g of carbohydrates. So not too bad! I was sceptical at first, but after having it I was like, "this is good!". It tastes just like a milk chocolate shake. It kept me full for a good 4 hours. The 1 lb costs $15.95.
After I loose my weight, I will likely get a typical whey protein shake.
The pictures above are typical snacks I will eat. Fruit is naturally gluten free. So I have been eating a lot of fruit and veggies! Plus, I love fruit. Fresh and naturally sweet!
The smoothie is a tropical smoothie. Just a few simple ingredients! Frozen tropical fruits, gluten free Greek Yogurt, and Orange Juice! It's quite tasty and has kind of a yogurt texture. Love it!
For lunch I love eating a salad. It fills me up pretty quickly. It's hard to see the feta cheese and almonds in there, but they are in there. I also enjoy adding onions and celery to the salad. For a side, I will have either a apple or pear.
One thing to remember, salad dressings have gluten in them. You will likely need to go to a health food store like Whole Foods to find gluten free salad dressing that's natural and good for you. I found this salad dressing from Walden Farms on Vitacost. It tastes just like ranch dressing! It's not as thick and creamy however, but I like it that way. It's essentially made out of vinegar and seasoning.
For dinner, this is just one of the many meals I cook. I love pasta, and on a gluten free diet you have to give up that delicious wheat filled goodness. Now, Ancient Harvest from Vitacost makes a gluten free pasta made out of corn and quinoa. It's absolutely delicious and tastes just like pasta! I pair it with organic tomato sauce.
Other gluten free dinners I eat: Gluten free pizza, pancakes, stir fry (brown rice w/veggies), omelets (egg whites with veggies), or gluten free cereal if I am lazy. Can you tell I like breakfast? haha
Here is a typical rundown of what you can eat and can't eat:
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Remember, you can always find gluten free alternatives for the run section! :)
Anyways, for those that are experiencing the same symptoms, let me tell you, you don't have to feel that way anymore. Eliminating gluten from your diet will make you feel so much better. Also, it's just generally healthier!
Are you gluten sensitive? If so, what do you cook?
Note: Vitacost did not pay me to advertise them, I just like their website! :)
For the party I love a vintage inspired dress with a feminine coat like above. Pair with Mary Jane pumps and don't forget that clutch and red lips! Pearls are optional but I think they add to the vintage touch.
What are you planning on wearing for Halloween?
What I am wearing: Top- JCrew factory, Shorts- Victoria's Secret, Shoes- Minnetonka, Sunglasses- Jimmy Choo
This weekend we decided to take the Saturday to go visit St. Augustine. We only live 45 minutes from the historical city so it's not too big of a drive.
The first three pictures are of The Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine. It is the oldest church in St. Augustine. It was originally built in 1568 but then burned down. It was re-built shortly thereafter. It was amazing to stand in a church that old. Of course it has been restored over the years, but still inspiring to stand right in history. So much history in that place!
The next two pictures are of Flagler College. Flagler College was originally a luxury hotel built in 1888 but became a college in 1968. They were having a open day event so we got to peek inside. Imagine going to college with a ceiling like that in the entrance!
We then stopped for some ice cream at the Fudge Bucket (such a cute name!). They had some delicious desserts! The weather was gorgeous, in the 70s with a breeze from the ocean. It was nice to get out of the house and walk around in a beautiful town!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Most people when they purchase Argan Oil they often think of just using it on their face. However, there are so many different ways!
- I love mixing my Argan Oil with my lotion. Personally I like using Lubriderm but you can use any brand you like. I just mix a drop of the oil with a couple pumps of lotion. Depending on how dry my skin is, I either use the regular or light version of the oil.
- In some magazines it's advised to put on oil before moisturizer and other magazines advise to put it on after moisturizer. Personally I like putting it on after my moisturizer and eye cream. It's the very last step. Argan oil for me anyways, can be a little "slippery" so it's convenient and hassle free to apply it after everything. I typically like using the light version in the morning and the regular version at night for more moisturization.
- If you haven't put Argan Oil in your hair you are missing out on it's benefits! I notice with using Argan Oil in my hair, I have more softer, shinier, and smoother hair. I like mixing just a drop or two to a pump of leave in conditioner. If you use spray leave in conditioner, spray your hair first and then distribute the oil into your hair with your hands.
- I also love rubbing Argan Oil in my cuticles. It's my very last step in my skincare routine so that it's the last thing my hands touch before it dries. I usually let it dry as I am brushing my teeth. That usually is enough time (2 minutes). Rubbing oil into my cuticles I notice they are softer and not as dry.
- Mixing the oil with your eye cream. Use very little.
- Mixing Argan Oil with your foot cream or hand cream.
- Instead of putting it on your face after moisturizing, mix it with your toner.
- Mix Argan Oil into your face mask.
- Taking a bath? Mix it with your bath salts or soap/liquid.
You can use Argan Oil in so many different ways. I love using it. It's also a money saver too as you can use it for multitude of things. On QVC they always have specials on their Josie Maran Argan Oil and sometimes they have super sizes on special!
Do you use Argan Oil and if so, how so?
The best time to visit Disney World is during the fall/winter. Minus Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Disney World is not that crowded as other times of the year. Also, prices are significantly lower.
However, that means that you will be traveling during a time when the weather can vary. Living here, I can attest that one day it will be in the mid 70s and then the next it will be chilly and rainy in the 60s. So, you must come prepared if you are planning a fall/winter vacation to Disney World.
If you have never been to this theme park, most of it is outdoors. There is not a lot of shelter, except for the little stores throughout the parks. I remember it raining while there, and we had to stand in a small store for 30 minutes. Also, in the Animal Kingdom there is not a lot of shelter. Most of it is outdoors. So be aware of the weather if you are planning a day out there.
Like most people, people hop park to park or visit just one all day. It's essential that you have comfortable shoes or otherwise your feet will not be happy. I love my Sperry's and they are super comfortable. When walking around all day, all I think about is being comfortable. Think about cotton materials and stretchable pants or shorts. You don't want to feel restricted at all. Boyfriend jeans are the best during the fall because they provide just enough warmth but not overly too warm. And they are comfy!
Remember to take a sweater cardigan with you in the morning - as it is a little chilly (it can be in the low 50s in the morning sometimes). By the afternoon however, it's in the high 60s to low 70s. So make sure to wear a light t-shirt underneath.
The bag of this season is the backpack.You will love using it at Disney World. Your hands will be free, safe and secure while you go on the rides!
Have you been to Disney World/Land during the fall/winter? If so, what did you wear?