If Your Gut Is Sick, You Are Sick – 5 Ways to Heal Your Gut

If Your Gut Is Sick, You Are Sick – 5 Ways to Heal Your Gut

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Gut health issues – fad or not fad?

Ten years ago, I would have told you that I thought this “gut health” fad was just that – a fad. (And I could absolutely not accept that everyone was suddenly coming down with “celiac” disease. As we advance medically, diseases should become less rampant, not more – right?)

And then my husband started having stomach aches every night and every morning. He started sleeping ALL THE TIME when he was at home. He was sort of… permanently unhappy. Not really depressed, but not himself either. He was too tired to do anything fun ever, and he was always sore all over (muscles/joints ect).

I really thought it must be stress from his job – I remember saying to him, “You can’t possibly have a stomach ache ALL THE TIME!”  Eventually, it got so bad that he went to see a doctor. (And then I believed that it must be bad.)

And he got a diagnosis of Colitis – an inflammatory bowl disease. (more…)

Healthy, Gluten Free Lunch ON THE ROAD – for less than 3$

Healthy, Gluten Free Lunch ON THE ROAD – for less than 3$

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If you are struggling with “cheap but gluten free for lunch on the go”, I have the answer for you

I don’t know what to call this post to make people want to read it. Which is frustrating, because if you live a busy gluten free life (or have a husband who does) you NEED to read this. Cheap, healthy, gluten free lunch on the road is HARD. (more…)

The Gluten Free Staples I NEED in My House for “Instant” Dinners

The Gluten Free Staples I NEED in My House for “Instant” Dinners

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Gluten-free living ruined instant dinner for me

I am totally committed to providing my family healthy, yummy meals. (And in our relationship, food is my job. I’m happy with that. I love being the one who decides, unilaterally, what I’ll eat and what I’ll buy.) But…everyone has those days when nothing is going right – you slept in, your kid’s been sick all day, your dishwasher overflowed and maybe the dryer started a fire. Or maybe you’re pregnant and just worked a 9 hour shift on your feet and cooking will actually kill you. (more…)

EASY Homemade (Gluten Free) Potato Wedges

EASY Homemade (Gluten Free) Potato Wedges

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When I lived in Australia (which was quiet a few years ago now, so maybe things have changed…) the most popular bar snack you could order was potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce.

Oh. my. goodness. Is it weird that one of the things I miss the very most about Australia (and this is a place I love with my whole heart) is a bowl of potatoes? (more…)

A Super Food Breakfast Smoothie to Keep You Full All Morning

A Super Food Breakfast Smoothie to Keep You Full All Morning

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I hate breakfast

The hardest thing for me to accept in my journey to live a healthier life? Eating first thing in the morning. I know I’m not alone… I’ve talked to tons of people that hate breakfast.

O how I hate breakfast. Always have. I don’t know why… I’ve never been a morning person (like, really. really. not) and getting myself up 20 (or 3 1/2) minutes earlier to cook a “healthy breakfast” is not something I am gonna do.

But I am also not going to pour a bowl of sugar covered grains drowning in milk (ew. juice from a cow) into my stomach either. I seriously miss the days when I could consider toast an acceptable  way to start the day. (We are grain-free now, and it’s been very worth it for us!)

I want to do the best for my body, and give myself the best shot I can at overall health. But I really hate breakfast.

Rock and a hard place here.

For years my solution was to just… not eat breakfast. Bad for my blood sugar, bad for my energy, bad for my metabolism.

I  never would have guessed that falling in love with running would be the thing that would bring breakfast into my life. Well, actually it brought a trainer into my life who looked at my food journal and told me I wasn’t taking in sufficient nutritional calories for “normal brain function”. I thought that was a little harsh… I took in plenty of calories! It just turned out that a lot of them were sort of… empty. Wine, chocolate, fries and gravy are apparently not really “food”.  But I thought really hard about what he said. If I wasn’t getting enough nutrition on a daily basis for my brain to work right, what was happening to my body? I had terrible hypoglycemia, usually shaky and fuzzy headed by noon. I had bad anxiety. I was weak, like, physically really weak – despite my attempts at the gym. Oh, and I was tired often / had trouble sleeping. (But other than that I thought I felt pretty much Ok.)

I (grumpily) promised that breakfast would be added to my daily list of chores, and since I wasn’t going to enjoy it anyhow I decided I would make that breakfast as freaking nutritional as possible. So, no sugar, no grains, no enjoying it.  (more…)