On the THIRD Gluten-Free Day of Christmas
my Health Coach gave to me . . .
. . . the gift of making better choices.
Changing to a gluten-free diet takes time and effort. Once you feel great living gluten-free you’ll understand why it’s so important to continue in a healthy manner.
Don’t make the mistake by turning to the aisle of gluten-free boxed/canned foods in the grocery store. Replacing your standard American diet with the same processed gluten-free foods will not bring your body any health. Many gluten-free processed foods come with high levels of sugar, chemicals and ingredients we cannot even pronounce. A GLUTEN-FREE label does not always mean the item is healthy.
It’s certainly OK to buy some processed items as you figure things out. Try to keep it simple, with 5 ingredients or less on the label. Stay away from ingredients starting with sugar, white rice flour, or potato flour, which don’t offer much health. Opt to stick with fresh, whole foods to gain the best nutrition for your body as you ditch the gluten. Think veggies, fruits, fresh eggs and meat.
Make better choices to find your health.
Making better choices goes hand-in-hand with planning and pre-planning. When you’re going out, make sure you have a few snacks tucked away in your bag. Bring along almonds/nuts, sunflower seeds, cacao date balls, or a piece of fruit. Having something with you will deter you from grabbing the first gluten-free junk you can find when you’re starving.
Make sure you also have healthy options at home. This will allow you to choose healthier items as you’re building new habits for your gluten-free life. Pre-planning meals and shopping will also help you stay on track!
To start choose whole, real, GREEN foods. Did you know that eating your greens – broccoli, kale, spinach, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts, can give your cells good health?
According to Dr. Axe, greens can help your body replenish healthy cells as they strengthen your blood and your respiratory system. Greens also provide detox support, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, support cardiovascular health, and even support your digestive system. Many reasons to eat your greens!
Big bonus – eating greens work to promote healthy intestinal flora!
This means that greens help calm your intestines and promote the healing process. Think of the damage gluten may have already caused – this is good news!
This is super important for those of you starting your gluten-free lifestyle. You are taking out gluten to bring health to your body. Why not help it along with some delicious greens?
Here’s a quick way to eat more greens:
Grab a bunch of greens and rinse.
Collard greens, Kale or Swiss Chard all work well.
Tear out the large vein down the center of each leaf and gently cut up the leaves.
Saute one-quarter of a chopped red or sweet onion for a couple of minutes, with a little olive oil or coconut oil, over medium heat. Add the greens and stir together. Let the leaves cook down and wilt, about 3-5 minutes. Then, you’re ready to serve. Enjoy with a scrambled egg on top, lentil stew or roasted veggies.
If these greens scare you – start with making a smoothie, using a milder green like spinach.