Health & Wellness Starting With Gluten Free 36

Back to reality… Goal #1 – Gluten Free!

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I started a journey to better health in 2011. I did diets and I lost a lot of weight. Plain and simple. But this time was different than others. Although I would never do that diet again, because at this point I don’t believe in fad diets –I have seen so many people try and fail, over and over, that is when it all started. My hunger for more information on real health. Why was I overweight? What was really happening with my body? How could I FIX it, not just lose numbers on the scale.

After doing that diet and keeping weight off for quite a while (I gained a little back), I hit a lull. I wasn’t losing, I was still working out, but nothing was really happening. Something had to give. So I kept reading, I kept learning and figuring out my body.

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I was introduced to FMD (fast metabolism diet) by a friend and immediately I was put off by the name. I knew my body couldn’t handle another crash diet. But she’s a smarty pants and told me to do it, read the book and learn. And so I did. This is not a post promoting FMD, it was just my gateway to learning so much about my body. Also, her “diet” stands for “Did I eat today,” which made total sense after reading the book.

I did the diet (which isn’t really a diet as much as it is changing your eating habits for life) and I realized that’s what I needed. A life change, not a diet. So I took everything I’d learned over those 2-3 years and put it to work. I felt better than I can ever remember feeling. Maybe ever, but definitely since before having kids.

It’s still a mission, daily, to keep a healthy lifestyle. To eat clean and be picky about the food I’m putting in my body. It’s always been a struggle, but after doing it for so long it definitely gets easier. But even as much as I know, as much as I’ve learned and as easy as it got after a while, it’s still just as easy to fall off the wagon.

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So this is my journey back to reality. I’ve found that my body works so much better and I feel so much better when I’m gluten free. Although I’m not celiac or allergic to gluten, my body hates it. So that’s where I’ll be starting. At some point I may work my way back through FMD, because it’s a great way to keep myself on track with meal planning. And if you’re new at this or really looking for a good, life changing plan, I recommend it. But for me, for now, since I already know what I need to do, I’ll be making my own plan! Disclaimer – I tend to fail more when I “think” I am going to do this on my own, so I may be back to the book faster than I thought, ha. –

My first step is to go (mostly) gluten free. It isn’t because I have to, but because my body just feels better when I do. It will not happen all of the time, but some of the time is okay with me to start.

I will be sharing any fun and delicious gluten free recipes that I enjoy. One of my favorite things to do when I am working my way back into healthy eating is creating and experimenting!

Do you follow a particular “diet” or do you follow a clean eating “lifestyle” plan?


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About Renee

Founder of ThatsJustLife.Com, Contributing Author of The Mom Quilt, Blogger, Tech Guru, PR, Brand Management, and Business Development, and Staff Writer & Social Media Specialist at Element Associates. Over the last year, she has put a larger focus on community building, digital outreach campaigns and social media management. Renee is also an entrepreneur in network marketing and web design. Renee lives in Arkansas with her husband and two very busy and energetic teenagers. She loves meeting new people and taking on new challenges!

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36 thoughts on “Health & Wellness Starting With Gluten Free

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      That is great, Rebecca! I could probably eliminate all meat and be fine, but we have some hungry meat eaters in this house. So I tend to cook a lot of it. Although we try and be picky about where our meat comes from. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      I will have to take a look at that one! Mostly I just love reading about what and why things work for our bodies. And I love reading and discovering new things, too.

  • Roslyn Tanner Evans

    Congratulations on taking on applying everything out there about weight, food, diets, health to your body. Ok- not everything, but it sounds like you do not want to be a yoyo dieter for the rest of your life. It sounds like you are in charge. Looking forward to hearing more about your journey.

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      Yes! I did the yo-yo thing for SO long and it always left me feeling more miserable later. And I think it will always be a challenge, but of course, always worth it 🙂

  • Stephanie

    I’ve recently started eating a lot better — including almost completely eliminating grains. It’s definitely a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix diet. But my body feels so much better and that makes it worth it.

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      I think eliminating grains is probably one of the most difficult things for me, esp when going gluten free. I LOVE my breads! I have found some pretty great alternatives though. Definitely worth it!

  • Jonathan Key

    Renee, my mother eats gluten free and it really is beneficial to her. It’s so important to find what doesn’t work to find what does. Persistence is key. We’ve been thinking about ways to eat healthier. Currently we buy organic and try to eat at home as much as possible. This is food for thought!

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      Could not agree more! There are SO many nutritionally specific diets or ways of eating out there and I think the most important thing is to find what works for your own body. I am just happy to see the wellness trend getting more attention these days!

  • trisha kilpatrick

    I think going gluten-free is fabulous! It’s not the same, but I gave up cow’s milk and soft dairy products years ago. Every once in a while, I will cave and have something (like hot artichoke dip…oh goodness!). I can always feel the difference. TCBY now carries almond milk fro-yo which has helped. The family can go out for fro-yo without me having to just sit and watch them eat. I’m so grateful to companies who are making more products for those of us with dietary issues.

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      Oh man, I wish there was a TCBY around here! My daughter, who is almost 17, is lactose intolerant. What is strange is that it just kind of “happened” one day, because she has not always been that way. Although she has never been a big milk drinker, so she noticed it one day when she had just had a milkshake. I would LOVE some almond milk fro-yo! I love that over the past year or so, it is SO much easier to get your hands on specialized stuff like gluten free and dairy free.

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      Thanks! So far so good here. It is tough to make sure what you are eating is GF, but if you stick to real, whole, clean foods it is not as difficult 😉

  • Simonee

    I’ve been considering going gluten free, I’m not allergic either at least I don’t think since the allergies don’t exactly manifest in standard ways. But even if I’m not allergic, like you, I think my body hates it.

    • Renee
      Renee Post author

      I have never been officially tested, but I don’t think I need to be. I just know how much better I feel without it! I am thankful though that now and then I can splurge and be okay, too lol!

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