Happy May, everyone!
It’s finals week for me!
And as such, I’ve been blogging every day so far. 😉 Seriously, I find that I blog more the busier I am…I guess it’s just a good outlet or something.
Anyway, I have a bit of news to share with you all. Did you know that May is (inter)national Celiac Awareness Month? I didn’t know that was a thing until I saw it mentioned in my April issue of Clean Eating magazine. But sure enough, it is – check out THIS website for more information about last year’s awareness month!
You all know that the schtick of my blog is “living a healthy, happy life – without letting allergies get in the way,” and that I initially started it as a place to put a whole bunch of allergy-friendly recipes. It’s turned into something bigger than that (which I love), but the fact that I have allergies still remains, and as it turns out, many of you do too!
When I was younger, I was diagnosed with lots of allergies, including egg and nut. My allergies have caused a lot of health problems over the years, including digestive issues, acid reflux, eosinophilic esophagitis, and even skin issues. I’m not complaining because I know a lot of people have issues far worse than mine, but nevertheless, I have to live with these things every day.
During one allergy appointment when I was little, I was also diagnosed with wheat allergies. My parents decided to simply cut back on wheat instead of completely cutting it out, because at that time there weren’t a lot of things my brother and I could eat as the world was not so allergy-friendly then. However, recently, I’ve reading studies and articles, watching documentaries, and listening to accounts of people who are gluten-intolerant or have Celiac disease, and I’ve begun to wonder – am I sensitive to gluten?
So after talking with my parents (who have been reading things too), I have decided, along with my mom and dad, to go gluten free for the month of May (at least).
I have a couple of reasons for wanting to do this. Like I said, I’ve been reading a lot of things lately that claim the wheat we eat today is so genetically modified and “fake” that it doesn’t even resemble the wheat we ate even 50 years ago, which is why so many people are all of a sudden becoming intolerant. I’ve also read or heard accounts from people who have gone GF who have said it helps them lose that bit of weight that just doesn’t seem to come off any other way. So there are those reasons. But I also want to do it from an allergy standpoint. For a few years I was eating eggs in baked goods, and all of my allergy symptoms flared up and made me miserable. When I stopped eating egg, I got much better. So what will happen if I stop eating gluten?
So, throughout the month of May, Celiac Awareness month, I’m going to be eating egg, nut, and gluten free. We’ll see how it goes! I am a carbaholic, and love cereal, breads, crackers, cookies, etc. so this will definitely be an interesting experiment. 🙂
So after all of that, how about I get back to the normal Wednesday routine and share a recap of this week’s favorite eats? 😀
Thanks to Jenn for hosting!
The usual. Greek yogurt bowls every day this week.
On Saturday, I quickly whipped up this deeeeelicious quinoa bake. I will have the recipe up before the weekend! (I promise this time…I know I’m horrible at actually doing that.)
And on Sunday, lunch was a bowl of brown rice, peas, tofu, and Craisins. Yummm.
I brought back an old favorite over the weekend…an organic, unsalted rice cake with sunbutter and chocolate chips on top!
And, because the fruit in Michigan this time of year is all bad, I decided to buy a bag of frozen strawberries instead of a bag or pint of some other gross fresh fruit.
They’re actually working out really well for a quick, healthy snack!
I had some tasty dinners over the weekend!
First up was this amazing spaghetti. I haven’t had a big plate of pasta in forever, so this was a real treat.
And it was real delicious. Whole grain pasta topped with a meat sauce and parmesan cheese. HOLY YUM.
On the much healthier side, dinner on Sunday night was salmon, peas, and a sweet potato.
I love meals that I feel super healthy about eating!
I bought some chocolate frozen yogurt to enjoy over the week, and have been topping it with crushed pretzels and mini chocolate chips.
I also made those chocolate chip cookies for my creative writing “final” that I mentioned the other day. You might’ve seen this picture on Instagram…
…they were a hit, I’m pleased to say!
Workouts April 29 – May 4
Monday: P90X UML (upper middle lower)
Tuesday: 45 minutes walking with incline on treadmill + 15 minutes jogging
Thursday: 30 minute run + 20 minute walk on treadmill
Friday: A Jillian Michaels DVD? P90X? Not sure…any suggestions?
Saturday: …Any more suggestions?
In other news, I went for a glorious run the other day…outside! It was about 60*, sunny, and barely breezy. It was perfect. I figure I covered about 2 miles jogging, and 1 walking. I’m getting excited for that 5K!
Because the weather was so gorgeous over the weekend, Ella and I got a lot of playing time in. Ready for more dog pictures? Good. 😉 Remember those pictures I shared last week? I have another funny one of her eating grass or leaves or something:
She makes me smile. 🙂
Lots of playing (and getting her hair
buzzed cut) makes her super tired, so she was being extra adorable over the weekend.
Maybe I should have called my blog Ella Lives Life…
Questions for the day:
Do any of you have suggestions about gluten free baking flour? What brand is your favorite? I can’t have nuts, so things like almond flour are out…
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
Do you like to exercise outside or inside?
Do you have any favorite online exercises? I’m getting bored with the ones I have!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Wednesday!