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Fueled by Gluten

This girl is fueled by gluten and proud. 

I posted on Instagram the other day about about a CrossFit member’s shirt saying “Fueled by Gluten” and how I LOVED our conversation about food education in our society.  A couple of people reached out to me asking my opinion on the subject, so I figured I’d blog about it!

Going gluten free has become very trendy over the past few years.  I myself tried it, and quickly discovered it wasn’t best for my body. Every body is different. Every body reacts differently to foods.  Most people who go gluten free choose to do so because of the way their body reacts to gluten.  So, well, they don’t really have a choice.

What is gluten? 

I will be the first to admit that when I tried being gluten free…I didn’t know what the heck it even was!  All I knew was my stomach had not been digesting well, and I had been reading that going gluten free can help your digestion.  However, this is really only the case if you are allergic to gluten, or have a gluten intolerance.  I had neither. I know based off of trial and error.

Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  If you are allergic or have an intolerance to gluten, it is because your immune system has physically damaging reactions to gluten.

When I tried going gluten free, I did not see any difference in the quality of my digestion, bloating or fatigue.  This is because I do not have an intolerance to gluten.  A gluten free diet is not healthiest for my body. 

What helped me fight off fatigue, bloating and poor digestion? 

Balanced eating.  I was fatigued because I did not consume enough calories.  I was bloated because I did not eat enough protein.  My digestion was off because I was not balancing out the percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that suite my body.

What has worked best for me on this journey to leading a more mindful life, is I’ve stopped placing food into categories: good vs. bad, healthy vs. unhealthy.  I educate myself.  I read nutrition labels.  I’m aware of where my food comes from, and how my body reacts to it.  We are so easily convinced that physically cutting foods or calories will make us healthier, when in reality it makes us obsessed mentally, and unaware of our bodies true needs.

So, I’m fueled by gluten and proud.  Because my body needs the protein and reacts a-okay to it.

But, please please PLEASE do your own research.  I believe the best practice is to stop listening to the fads, following the trends and to grow in your personal awareness.  This is what works best for me.  Now, go discover what works best for you. 

Having Your Cake & Eating It Too

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, diets are not my cup of tea.  They promote this stigma of bad food vs. good food, when in reality we need to focus on fueling our bodies.  We need to eat food that has a healthy purpose.

This doesn’t make it easy to stop eating foods that we’ve gotten into the habit of consuming.  Like the boxes of cookies I used to consume on the reg. Just because I’m thin does not make this okay.  Foods high in sugar destroy your energy levels.  Sure, they give you than instantaneous joy, and maybe a sugar rush.  But, that crash is sure to follow.  Why eat foods that ultimately bring you down? Food should fuel our bodies, fill us with nutrients and make us feel energized.

Being a teacher (or really, just a professional), it can be challenging to stay fueled throughout the day.  I’m constantly on my feet, on the go for 8+ hours a day.  It’s easy to get that “2 pm feeling.” You know, the one where your eyes can’t stay opened and you feel like an actual couch potato. You get grouchy…perhaps even hangry.  (The hangry struggle is real people).

Well, I’ve found a way to conquer these lack of energy. And the best way to describe it is as having your cake and eating it too. I know, it’s supposed to be impossible to have both.  But with Shakeology you can.  I’ve decided to add Shakeology to my morning routine, right there with my cup of coffee and big ole glass of water.

Shakeology is a superfood shake.  It’s made with all natural, whole food ingredients and literally tastes like a milkshake.  Hence the whole having your cake and eating it too.  

I’ll admit, at first I was hesitant.  In fact, I only ended up trying Shakeology because I really really wanted to try Piyo.  Piyo is a pilates-yoga at home workout program.  Sometimes, I’m just not feeling the gym after a longer day, and wanted to have an at-home alternative.  There happened to be a special going on at the time, so I decided to give these super food shakes a shot. And I’m so happy I did.

Here’s why I’m in love:

  • I actually stay full until I’m able to sit down and enjoy a snack or lunch.
  • I stay energized all day.
  • It’s delicous and filled with vitamins, minerals and proteins.
  • It’s reduced my cravings for sugary foods. (I’m no longer a self-proclaimed cookie monster)

My go to recipe at the moment:

  • 1 serving of either chocolate or vanilla shakeology mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1/2 a banana
  • ice for thickness

All blended up!

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I not only look my best, but I feel my best.

Let me know if you’re interested in giving it a shot! 

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Sorry. No shame in my mirror selfie game.