Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

In the beginning of our gluten-free journey, we are all just trying to cope with our fears and anxiety over never being able to eat our favorite foods again.

So I always suggest, finding new and gluten-free ways to reproduce your favorite foods in finding a new way for you to learn to get comfortable and relax around food again.

Going gluten-free takes some time and patience and experimenting in the kitchen. If you weren’t a great cook, like me you quickly learn some new skills out of sheer survival mode. The big key is learning to enjoy the process, that truly makes the entire process so much more enjoyable.

I’m not sure how or why exactly but after a while, there comes a point where you realize that not all processed foods are created equally and some foods may cause you to have a reaction even though they are labeled gluten-free. I think this is the next phase of your journey. 

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Top 3 Tips on Flying

Top 3 Tips on Flying

I separated flying from traveling because for me, they are two separate animals. When travel i always scope out the nearest health food store and know ahead of time what my options are but in an airport, your options are pretty darn limited so it is important that you be prepared for whatever.

You may think i’m crazy but then there are those of you who will thank me because you have been delayed by weather and have gotten stuck for 1/2 a day or night at the airport due to one delay after another.

So for flying as with anything in a celiacs life it all comes down to preparation.

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Top 3 Tips on Food Prep…..

Top 3 Tips on Food Prep…..

One of the best things that you can do for yourself when you have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive is to try and be as prepared as you can be food-wise. And that for me, works best when I generally food shop on Saturday and then Sunday is my cooking and prepping day for the week.

I am generally a pretty busy girl and most days I work from home which is both a good thing and a bad thing. When I get engrossed in a project hours upon hours can go by and I have no clue how quickly time passes. I often forget to eat or suddenly remember when my stomach is growling up a storm. At this point it is great to be home but I’m not about to stop and start cooking from scratch and interrupt my whole flow and loose track of where I am. So if I don’t have something that I can quickly heat up on the stove, than I’m more likely to grab a protein bar or something quick so I can get back to work.

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Top 3 Tips on Successful Girl Time…..

Top 3 Tips on Successful Girl Time…..

Every girl has some girlfriends who you have known forever and who have been with you through thick and thin. The challenge happens when you suddenly realize that you can no longer do the same things that you use to and it changes the dynamic of your friendship. 

Yes these girls will always be part of your life but some things will be different and this is part of growing up together and also part of us learning to grow together.

Food now and forever will always be a tad bit different for you. Going to restaurants, happy-hours, traveling and hanging at each others homes, will not be so easy anymore and will require some work on both of your parts.

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Top 3 Tips on Food Shopping

Top 3 Tips on Food Shopping

Let’s face it food shopping is going to be different now that you have gone gluten free. And honestly I believe all people who go gluten-free go through stages and their eating evolves. 

Normally our first thoughts when we are told that you need to go gluten-free is how am I ever going to live without ______ (you fill in the blank). 

The most successful gluten-free peeps that I know have all learned to make updated, healthier versions of their old favorite foods. 

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Top 3 Tips on the Gluten Funk…..

Top 3 Tips on the Gluten Funk…..

I don’t think I know a single person who has been struggling with gluten challenges that every once in a while hits a speed bump that they just can’t seem to get over and everything stalls for a bit.

Some people call it the gluten blues or the gluten funk. I’m not sure if its cause we all get so bogged down with the tremendous amount of pressure that is on our shoulders because our health is not at the forefront of every decision and action that we make.

We just don’t have an off button. We don’t really relax, we are always in planning and preparing mode. And, I always feel like I need to be three steps ahead or I’m truly behind.

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Top 3 Tips on Irritability…..

Top 3 Tips on Irritability…..

Let’s face it peeps, when hunger strikes and you are not prepared like most people we get a little cranky. When we know better, we get annoyed with ourselves and as someone who lives with gluten challenges, you know that your key to a successful day is to be prepared for anything.

I swear some days, my purse is more of a cooler than an actual purse. But that’s another story. Hee!Hee! I’m pretty sure, I’m not alone here.

The challenge is when the unexpected comes up and what started off as a few errands, turns into an all day event and you may not always be read for such an instance, so what do you do?

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Top 3 Tips on Traveling…

Top 3 Tips on Traveling…

Ahhhh traveling…I use to just love to travel, I could be ready at a moments notice, throw a few things in a suitcase and be off.

Traveling with celiac disease makes traveling much more complicated and can take a bit of planning ahead of time to make sure you are safe but is still always so much fun discovering new things and well worth the extra effort.

Don’t let the fear of traveling overwhelm you, you just have to be really smart with your choices and you will be fine.

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Top 3 Tips on Brain Fog…..

Top 3 Tips on Brain Fog…..

People ask me all the time if brain fog is real or it if is just an excuse and I can tell you first hand it is no joke. One minute you are fine, the next minute nothing and sometimes it is scary.

I can remember a specific incident when I was in the middle of some nasty withdrawals and I needed to go to the store for toilet paper and a few other things, but toilet paper was the most important. I dragged myself in the shower, got dressed, got in the car, spoke to my Mom on the way to Target and when I got out of the car and put my purse in the cart, I was standing there in the entrance, in everyones way and no clue why I was there. I called my Mom back at work and had to ask her if I told her what I needed, I did not so I aimlessly walked the aisle of Target, throwing random things in my cart. I paid and knew I forgot something but had no clue what it was - until I pulled into the driveway of my home and I burst into tears because I was exhausted, I was over tired, I needed to lay down but instead I had to drive back to Target for the one thing that I truly needed. By the time I had been to Target twice, I barely made it upstairs and I was toast.

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Top 3 Tips on Telling Your Family

Top 3 Tips on Telling Your Family

Every family dynamic is different and some of us consider our close friends more family than the families that we were born into. Either way, when I am talking about family, I am referring to the people who you love, you you are precious too and who would do anything for you. These people are the most important peeps in your life and you are going to need these people very much in the coming days, weeks and years. So be sure to love them, appreciate them and realize that you are not just changing and helping improve your own health but that you are changing the dynamic of how all these special people are with you. So managing all these peoples expectations, fears, educating them is going to take time. And, it is hugely important to remember that they don’t have to live with this 24/7 like you do.

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