Fitness

Gluten Free:The Easiest Change I’ve Ever Made

I’m two months in to changing my diet to totally gluten free. For someone who is a relatively healthy and active 28-year old I’ve had some bizarre health things that have caused me to have pretty specific things cut from my diet.

The most recent: gluten. No doctor told me to take gluten out of my diet but after several weeks of pretty crippling migraines I decided it (ANYTHING) was worth a shot. (This sounds flippant. It’s not, I’m obsessed with carbs and married an italian man. The very thought of it was brutal.) So a few things I think are worth sharing.

  1. It’s really easy to go to restaurants. I’ve been to lots of quick restaurants (Noodles and Company, Pei Wei, Chick Fil A, Chipotle, and Qdoba) and I had no problem finding something yummy to eat.
  2. I’m sorry if you don’t live near Trader Joes. They really know what they’re doing when it comes to GF. Their whole grain bread, choc chip cookies, pancake mix, brownie mix, and waffles are ON POINT! I can’t tell the difference between traditional and gf in these products.
  3. Brown rice pasta does not taste like pasta. I’ve tasted several brands of it and it’s just not so good. I am a way bigger fan of quinoa pasta.
  4. I’m just eating a whole lot healthier. I eat mainly vegetables as the base to all meals now and am losing weight in addition to feeling all around better. I just feel better and there’s no getting around it. I never feel that gross bloated feeling anymore. I’m serious. Never.
  5. I don’t know if it’s helping my migraines. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a migraine but I tend to have zero patience when it comes to waiting for a migraine cycle to be over. So I changed several things all at the same time. I don’t know if gluten is helping but I feel so much better otherwise that I’m not willing to stop.
  6. I miss eating at social functions. I’m going to be honest, this is the bummer. Every social function has gluten as a major component (if not the entirety) of the menu. While I can go to every restaurant I want, that’s not true for random hangouts and parties. I need to eat before or bring something gf which really is not a huge deal. Have I mentioned this helps in the weight loss department? Goodbye cake, bread based dips loaded with cheese, etc.

Are you scared? Don’t be! If you’ve contemplated going gf I think you should try it. It’s really so easy. Here’s a pic of some favorites!

Fitness

Veggies are Taking Over

I mentioned a few weeks ago that D and I decided to join Hungry Harvest. To be more specific, we joined the “mini harvest”. This means that we are purchasing non-organic fruits and veggies that are recovered, meaning, not pretty enough to sell in a grocery store but still taste great. (As much as we’d love to purchase all organic foods, at this point in our budget we are committed to organic milk and meats. We do some organic fruits and veggies but not very consistently).

Anyway-its rocking our worlds. D and I are pretty crazy when it comes to food waste. We really try our best to not get rid of food that can be eaten, its not weird for us to be eating the same soup for a full week. With that being said, the last two weeks we’ve noticed a huge change in our diets. We have been focused on not wasting an ounce of these fruits and veggies so very rarely reach for something that is packaged. Its a huge bonus!

Another cool thing is we are eating foods that are not our “go-to’s”. I have never purchased red cabbage, chayote, acorn squash, minneola, and GASP eggplant. I also have only purchased a whole butternut squash once, more about that later.

I thought Id share a few recipes that we really enjoyed!

First things first, red cabbage. This first recipe came in an email from Hungry Harvest. A few friends were over when I made it and it got thumbs up all around, only problem was it was enormous and was more of a salad with dressing which gets funky after a few days. Just today I decided to use the second half of it and found a warm recipe for red cabbage and had three bowls, it was so yummy! Here’s that recipe.

 Chayote. This was a food I’d never even heard of. The inter-webs described it as a cross between a pear, a zucchini, and a cucumber. We roasted it and I think it ended up tasting a bit like a sweet zucchini. Here’s the recipe, it was good. I’d make it again!

Acorn Squash. This is one of those foods I just think of when I go to our local apple orchard as a decoration. I’m not sure why it never dawned on me that people eat it. Anyway, today I sliced it up after getting the guts out, and tossed it with some olive oil, garlic powder, and parm cheese. I roasted it and it was really good! A bit intense, maybe next time I’ll do less garlic. Here’s that recipe.

 Minnelo is just a fruit, no need for a recipe. I liked it, kind of tasted like an orange and a grapefruit got married.

Oh, eggplant. I’m going to be honest. D’s “mommom” makes fried eggplant almost every Monday at family dinner and it is so delicious. I am scared to even attempt eggplant because it could never measure up. I may put my big girl pants on tomorrow and give it a try. I’m also scared because I’ve recently gone Gluten Free due to some migraines so I wil have to use gf flour and the whole thing is making me nervous!

Lastly, I bought a butternut squash exactly one time. It took soooooo long to cut the skin off of it that I vowed to only buy them pre-cut for life. Of course, week two a butternut squash came in our box and I got online and was elated to find that you can cook them in a slow cooker. I’m serious. You put the entire thing in the crock pot for 7 hours on low and then peel the skin off like a band-aid. That’s a gross visual but its true. So easy. As if you need a recipe, here it is.

That’s about it! Just got the email and we will have the following foods delivered to our doorstep on Sunday:

  • Mustard Greens (no clue, help!)
  • Yukon Potatoes
  • yellow Onions
  • Snow Peas (never made them)
  • Red Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Rutabagas (no idea. Elle watches a show (Tumble Leaf) which stars a rutabaga)
  • Grapefruit

So if you have any great recipes or ideas, send them my way!

Also-Stay tuned, we are picking colors now for our dining room, living room, and master bedroom! So many colors!!!