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“Gluten-ous” Deceit

It seems like those who try to eat gluten-free are the only ones who realize how prevalent gluten is in our society. It’s literally everywhere. Not only is it in the most obvious places, but it is also in almost every soup (as a thickener), sauce, and…..twizzlers?

 

The Huffington post recently released a great article detailing sneaky places that you wouldn’t expect to find gluten. Read onward on the Huffington Post’s website: 7 Surprising Foods Containing Gluten

You really should read this article. One of my a-ha! moments realizing that I had a gluten intolerance came from eating Pringles one night. I felt so miserable and had such an impossible time trying to sleep (which was one of my gluten side effects), I couldn’t fall asleep until 5 am. So stop reading this and go read the HuffPost’s article!

Stay gluten-free,  my GFAs!



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Slow and Steady: Making Your Life Healthier Gradually

We are still in the honeymoon stage of 2013, and because of this, there are countless posts from people I know (and don’t know) in cyberspace about drastically changing their diet. If you are one of these people, do not be offended! I very, very much admire your tenacity, because I don’t have it. I can’t become a 100% clean eater at this point in my life, but boy, am I trying.

I was browsing blogs last night and came across one that is relatively new and has thousands of followers already. The blog’s author is very passionate about what he/she does, and it shows! However, I myself don’t see the appeal. If I were the average American, switching from chicken nuggets to mung beans would turn me off from health foods pretty quickly. We are marketed so many processed, easy-to-stick-in-the-microwave foods… why would we want to change to something that seems less appealing, seems so drastic?

I’ve been eating gluten free for almost five years now (has it really been that long? Wow) and, man, it sucked in the beginning. I hated it. Gluten surrounds us, and it was so much easier to feel crummy and eat pizza than stick it out for a less obvious alternative. This relates to our culture: it is much easier to eat less healthy than we should. There are bar specials on fried appetizers, not so much a romaine salad. Drastic diets/eating habits are wonderful in theory, but they won’t hold your hand when you are stressed beyond belief and find yourself in a fast food drive-thru line.

Which brings me back to the idea of gradual change. I will openly admit, I was not as much of a clean eater one year ago from today. This process of gradual change began over last summer for me. It only has kicked into high gear in the past three months or so, and I’m absolutely not perfect about it yet. But when I fall off the horse, little or largely, I try to re-focus and not guilt trip myself about it. Because changing a lifetime of eating habits is not an overnight transformation. If it is for you, then pat yourself on the back, because that is a skill I admire and do not possess. If you are anything like me, then taking your life, your health, and your habits into your own hands can be a day-by-day process. But once you have your habits in line, you  may find that your mistakes are less frequent and less severe… until you truly do prefer those healthy mung beans.You will find your own favorite health foods, and you will be the master of your habits and your life. 🙂

 

If you would like more inspiring ideas for gradual food changes, check out this article from Whole Foods Market’s website. It inspired me to write this blog article!



BYO In-Flight Snacks: Traveling Gluten Free and Healthy

My first trip overseas was in 2005 to Cologne, Germany, as part of World Youth Day (a Catholic pilgrimage to see the Pope with over 1 million other people from across the world). When my mother helped me pack, I realized that half of my luggage was filled with snacks (Nutri-Grain bars, Club Crackers, pre-Gluten Free). I told her that I would not need this food and, furthermore, the airlines wouldn’t allow it.

Little did I know that my mother is a genius and I became the only person in our travel group to consistently have things to eat and, yes, the airlines allowed it just fine.

I recently went on vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with my significant other’s family. Since my work schedule is unconventional, I decided to fly to Myrtle Beach a few days after they did. My luggage was chock full of gluten free snacks: Rasins, Crasins, gluten free chips, etc. My boyfriend’s sister asked me how I could get all of this food onto the airplane, and I simply told her that I did without question. She had never realized that someone could bring their own food onto a plane!

 

The subject of this article, of course, is bringing your own food while you fly. The benefits of BYOGFF (did you get that one?) vastly outweigh not doing so. You can control your portions as well as how the food is prepared. you can minimize your food costs while traveling. If you are in a family situation when you do not know the next time the group is eating, you can pack yourself a snack so as to avoid buying something, thus wasting money and calories. Even more so, different airports have different options for buying food, and some are not as desirable as others (My favorite, food-wise: Atlanta. My least favorite, food-wise: The international terminal at JFK Airport). Come to think of it, most airports have crummy food, that’s just the way it is. Especially for gluten free eaters. 

What can you bring, both in your checked bags and your carry-ons, that will curb your hunger and keep you healthy? Here are some of my favorite things to bring:

  • Almonds! A handful of these help regulate your blood sugar and pack you with protein and fiber.
  • Larabars. They are gluten free, packed with fruit and nuts, and taste delicious. My favorite is the coconut bar.
  • Luna Bars. I prefer the taste of Larabars but these are also a great snack to pack.
  • Raisins. Little boxes of these dried grapes offer a portion size perfect for a traveler on-the-go in between meals.
  • Craisins: Similar to raisins, but deliciously different.
  • Gluten Free Pretzels. You never know when you need a crispy snack!
  • A banana. This is permissible by the TSA in the US ! Obviously a banana would only keep for a little bit but, again, would be fine for a small flight.
  • Small bags of Lay’s Potato Chips. You just may need that salty, greasy snack, and again, you are saving the money from buying one for $2 at the airport. They are absolutely allowed in your luggage!

I have traveled within and outside of the United States with these items and have never had an issue with them. Active.com recently published an article on this discussion, and while some of their food options are not gluten free, the article still gives you more ideas to spark your creativity.

I can assure you that I will be packing these gluten free treats when I cross the pond in 3 months to Scotland! 🙂 The countdown (and the travel plans) begin….

 

Happy Monday, GFAs!



“Health” Foods to Skip on the Shelf, and Other Organic Discussions

Have you ever found it daunting to buy healthy foods? This article from active.com explains 11 foods that aren’t as healthy as you think.

11 Health Foods to Avoid While Grocery Shopping

 

In general, I have been trying to purchase mostly fruits and vegetables that come right off the shelf with as little processing as possible. I’m considering buying organic for my fruits and veggies soon since I am buying so much. Does anyone have experience with this topic? I’m interested to learn if it’s worth the hype. I’ll post back soon about this!