Month: March 2018

7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018

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New blog post!

How do I know if I have celiac disease? What celiac disease facts should people know? Is there a celiac disease pill that can allow celiacs to eat gluten again? Today, I’m answering questions like these while shattering seven common myths about celiac disease. After all, incorrect assumptions about celiac disease or the gluten free diet can actually be just as dangerous as not knowing anything about celiac disease at all, and some of these myths are so sneaky, you might not even realize that they’re not true.

Celiac Disease Facts: 7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018

Whether you have celiac disease, know someone who needs to eat gluten free or just want to understand this chronic illness a little better, this post is for you. Keep reading to discover seven common myths or misconceptions about celiac disease that everyone – from medical professionals to the general public – should be aware of! 

1. Everyone with celiac is skinny. 

I’ll be the first to admit that some people with celiac disease are “skinny.“ (In fact, I’ve even had people say they wish they had celiac disease so "they could be skinny like me.”) It’s also impossible to deny that there are some biological reasons for the correlation between thinness and celiac disease. Before a celiac diagnosis, people can be skinny because their body actually isn’t absorbing all of the nutrients they’re eating. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, people might also lose weight because they can’t eat their old favorite (gluten-filled) comfort foods. 
However, skinniness is anything but an automatic requirement or side effect of celiac disease. In fact, studies have found that 20-40 percent of people with celiac disease are overweight or obese at the time of their diagnosis. People can also gain weight on a gluten free diet (whether they’ve adopted it because of celiac disease or it’s “faddish” reputation) for several reasons. Once they go gluten free, diagnosed celiacs might actually absorb nutrients for the first time in years, resulting in weight gain. Thanks to the recent increase in gluten free processed foods available (more on that under number four), it’s also easy to replace gluten-filled comfort foods with gluten free versions…and research also reports that gluten free processed foods often have more calories, sugar and fat than their wheaty companions.

Celiac Disease Facts: 7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018

So, sure, some celiacs might fit the gluten free stereotype of thinness, but that certainly isn’t universal. And if anyone ever says that you “can’t” have celiac disease because you’re not “thin enough” (unfortunately, I’ve even heard stories of doctors saying this!), know those kind of statements are 100% inaccurate! 

2. If you think you have celiac disease, you should just go gluten free and not bother with asking your doctor for more information.

I get it. You’ve been feeling cruddy for months, hear about the possible benefits of a gluten free diet and immediately want to see if that’s your magic cure. As Erica from Celiac and the Beast explains, though, receiving an official celiac diagnosis is important for a variety of reasons, and going gluten free before undergoing the proper tests for celiac disease can interfere with the results. 
Personally, I needed official documentation of my celiac disease to receive any of the (extremely helpful) accommodations at my college. Not to mention that feeling better after going gluten free doesn’t automatically mean you have celiac disease. You could also have gluten intolerance or be sensitive to fodmaps (which research is consistently finding might be the real cause of “gluten intolerance” in the first place). Knowing whether you have celiac disease or a kind of gluten intolerance could help you know how careful you need to be with cross contamination, and the odds of passing down your dietary limitations to your children. (Although celiac disease is hereditary, gluten intolerance doesn’t seem to depend as much on genetics).

Celiac Disease Facts: 7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018
So if you do suspect that gluten doesn’t agree with you (see the next point for more info on how to know if you have celiac disease), I highly recommend going to your doctor and getting tested for celiac disease before going gluten free on your own.

3. Celiac disease only involves digestive symptoms.

Since celiac disease primarily involves intestinal inflammation and damage, it makes sense that people might initially assume that symptoms of celiac disease only involve the digestive tract. However, celiac disease actually has over 200 symptoms, ranging from skin rashes to bone and joint pain to infertility and/or miscarriages.

This celiac disease myth is perhaps the most dangerous since assuming that celiac disease only exhibits signs in the digestive system can cause doctors to overlook patients with more “atypical” symptoms of celiac disease. In fact, a 2017 study found that it takes an average of 3.5 years for people with non-digestive symptoms of celiac disease to be properly diagnosed….which is over three years longer than it takes people who report gastrointestinal symptoms to hear, “You have celiac disease." 

This is one of the reasons why you need to be your own health advocate when you’re trying to find a proper medical diagnosis. If there is a history of celiac disease in your family and you suspect you may have it, don’t let doctors dismiss non-digestive-related symptoms of celiac disease. I was lucky enough to have a very thorough doctor who ran several tests (including a blood test for celiac disease) when I first complained of fatigue, nausea and random weight loss. Unfortunately, not all doctors are as aware of celiac disease, so don’t be afraid to speak up if you need to.  

4. Eating gluten free nowadays is easier than ever.

Considering that you can currently walk into nearly any grocery store and find some kind of gluten free food (even if it’s naturally gluten free food like filtered water labeled as so), it may seem like eating a celiac disease diet is easier today than ever. To some extent, this is true. There are hundreds of gluten free breads, snack bars, pastas, packaged goods, etc on the market – and many of them actually taste pretty dang good
However, it’s also true that the explosion in popularity of gluten free foods also makes it more challenging to eat safely with celiac disease in several ways. Because a gluten free diet has been wrongly equates with weight loss, many restaurants now offer “gluten free” menus that are actually not celiac safe (hello, cross contamination). Problems can also arise when restaurant diners claim to need a gluten free diet but then “cheat” by nibbling on the bread basket, reducing how seriously restaurants take gluten free meal orders. 

Celiac Disease Facts: 7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018

Don’t get me wrong – I’m extremely thankful for having more gluten free options. Heck, if I really needed to, I could choose from a variety of gluten free snacks at my local CVS! However, I also think it’s crucial for people to recognize the negative effects of the gluten free fad diet, and not wrongly equate “gluten free” with “celiac safe.” 

5. You can be “cured” of celiac disease and eat gluten again. 

Out of all the celiac disease myths I’m writing about today, this one probably bothers me the most. Last year, I read several Facebook posts, tweets and personal stories from people receiving official celiac diagnoses, going gluten free, being re-tested for intestinal damage, and, seeing no damage, assuming they could safely eat gluten again. I even read one story where the patient’s doctor actually said that her clean screening meant she was cured! 


Celiac Disease Facts: 7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018
Preach it, Celiac and the Beast!
Having healthy intestines after going gluten free for celiac disease does not mean you are “cured” and can eat gluten from now on without any issues. It just means that you’ve properly removed gluten free your diet and, as a result, are not suffering from any gluten-related damage. As much as we might hope otherwise, celiac disease is a chronic illness. Unlike some food allergies, you cannot outgrow celiac disease and the only treatment is a strict gluten free diet

In the future, maybe there will be a celiac disease pill or another answer to, “Can celiac disease be cured?” But for now, the only way to thrive with celiac disease is by eating gluten free. 

6. Sourdough bread is “low” in gluten and can therefore be “safely” eaten by celiacs.

Another celiac disease myth that sounds too good to be true – and actually is? That “low gluten” breads like sourdough are safe for celiacs to eat. Some sourdough bakers claim that the fermentation process effectively “neutralizes” the gluten in their bread, making it safe for celiacs to eat. Their claims gained some steam from a 2011 study in Italy in which several celiacs were given specially-prepared sourdough bread and did not report any physical issues. However, that study used bread fermented through a very particular process (AKA, a process not available to the common baker) and intestinal damage was still found in the participating celiacs. It’s also important to note that the Gluten Watchdog recently tested three different sourdough brands and found that sourdough bread still contains a lot more gluten than the 20 ppm or below that is considered “safe” for celiacs.

Celiac Disease Facts: 7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018

Similarly questionable options for celiacs include the “low gluten” treats you might see popping up in restaurants (hello again, gluten free fad diet) or gluten-removed beers like Omission. If someone has gluten intolerance or a sensitivity to fodmaps, they might be able to tolerate a little gluten here and there. The same cannot be said for celiacs, who actually experience intestinal atrophy from gluten. 

(And, honestly, if you’re really craving a delicious and fluffy slice of bread, there are lots of tasty gluten free options! So why even risk trying “low gluten” options – especially before more research is done to explore the long-term effects of sourdough or other “low gluten” foods in those with celiac disease – when you can eat gluten free and deliciously?)

7. Being diagnosed with celiac disease and needing to eat gluten free is the end of the world.

One of the most common comments that I hear celiacs complaining about is, “I don’t know how you stay 100% gluten free. I could never do it!” 
First of all, when you have celiac disease, eating a gluten free diet is not about willpower. Feeling cruddy and/or knowing that you’re doing major damage to your body (that could result in major side effects like cancer, bone loss or mental health issues down the road) definitely helps make it a lot easier to turn down the pizza or cupcakes.

Celiac Disease Facts: 7 Common Myths about Celiac Disease to Ditch in 2018
Secondly, though, these kind of comments reflect the assumption that giving up gluten would be one of the worst things someone could have to do. Sure, it can be extremely challenging, especially right after a celiac diagnosis. Eating gluten free can mean spending more time shopping for food (all that label reading!), spending money on food and spending some socials awkwardly drinking water while everyone else enjoys gluten-filled party treats.

But having to go gluten free for a celiac disease diagnosis can also be a blessing in disguise (as cliche as it sounds). It can introduce you to new, naturally gluten free foods you never bothered to try before (like beets or passion fruit), inspire you to get into the kitchen and make more of your own meals, encourage you to eat less processed foods (which can help your waistline and your budget) or even reduce symptoms from other chronic illnesses (like going gluten free drastically reduced my fibromyalgia symptoms).

Celiac disease is a challenging, complex and often misunderstood chronic illness. However, with the right information – and knowledge about which “common knowledge” is actually quite wrong – you can do more than thrive with celiac disease. You can even love living gluten free. 
What’s one myth about celiac disease or the gluten free diet that you want broken? Tell me in the comments! 

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A Celiac’s Guide to Shopping Gluten Free, Healthy and Cheap at Aldi

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New blog post! When you’re trying to eat healthy and cheap, follow a gluten free diet without going broke or save money on groceries, finding a grocery store that’s affordable and high quality is a must. Recently, I’ve discovered that Aldi seems to check both boxes – especially if you have celiac disease and need to eat gluten free.

I’d never even seen an Aldi before I moved to Mankato, Minnesota for grad school. With no Sprouts Farmers Markets (my previous grocery store soul mate) nearby, I was eager to see if Aldi was as awesome and affordable as I kept hearing. Well, over eight months have passed, and I’ve shopped at Aldi nearly every week. So, I thought I’d share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned about shopping at Aldi thus far.

Ready to get the most out of your local Aldi – especially if you need to eat gluten free? Keep reading to find out how!

(And as an FYI, this post isn’t sponsored. I’m just really enjoying shopping at Aldi and hope to help other college students, celiacs or anyone else who lives near an Aldi learn how to eat healthy on a budget!). 

1. Know your store, and bring the proper shopping secret weapons. 

Like any other store or restaurant chain, the quality and variety of products found at Aldi will vary by location. I am extremely lucky that my local Aldi was renovated shortly after I moved to Mankato, increasing its size and the number of different products it can stock. If you’re lucky enough to live near multiple Aldi locations, you might want to scope out each of them and see which best fits your needs. 
Before you go shopping at Aldi for the first time, you should also know a few quick facts. First of all, don’t expect any fancy display designs or carefully styled shelves. Most of the products are displayed in the cardboard containers they were shipped in…but since I’m buying what’s in the shelves and not the shelves themselves (though some people do just buy the whole container of a product!), this decorating quirk doesn’t bother me.

You should also be sure to bring a quarter with you since Aldi customers need to insert a quarter to unlock a shopping cart. (And don’t worry – you do get your quarter back when the cart is properly returned!). Along with a quarter, bring your own shopping bags and prepare to do your own bagging. For the sake of efficiency, Aldi’s cashiers just place items back in an empty cart for you to bag later. (I don’t think I’ve ever waited longer than 5 minutes in line…but shopping in the morning helps me avoid the rush too). 

2. Shop seasonally, and take advantage of sales. 

I’ve shared some tricks and tips for eating healthy on a budget before, but Aldi makes it even easier for me to spend $35 or less a week on all my food for the week. I am definitely guilty of shelling out two dollars a pop for avocados during the off-season (the addiction is real), but I do try to shop seasonally, which helps my grocery bills be even lower. 


For instance, this last fall, I switched from eating a lot of summer squashes and zucchini to enjoying spaghetti squash and acorn squash. A few weeks, Aldi was selling whole spaghetti squashes for 99 cents each (not per pound!), which slashed my usual grocery costs even lower. Like other grocery stores, Aldi releases a new online and printed flyer with deals each week (usually on Tuesday), and I try to load up on items when they’re on sale. (Let’s not even talk about how many avocados I bought when they were 44 cents each). 

3. If you need to eat gluten free, check out Aldi’s LiveGFree line…and look forward to May. 

Besides the price, my favorite part about Aldi is definitely their gluten free line. All of the LiveGFree products are certified gluten free (although many do contain eggs and milk, as an FYI for people also avoiding those allergens). So far, I’ve tried their cinnamon raisin bagels (thick, chewy and sweet without tasting sugary), pretzels (crunchy and salty goodness) and various granola bars (the Very Berry is my favorite flavor so far). 


Other LiveGFree items include sandwich bread, tortillas, cookies, baking mixes, bread crumbs, and frozen items like pizza, chicken nuggets and sandwiches. Aldi also offers seasonal gluten free products for a limited time (like gluten free stuffing and fried onions during Thanksgiving). If you have celiac disease and live near an Aldi, keep your eyes peeled for even more special gluten free products in May (in honor of Celiac Awareness Month). I’ve yet to try any myself, but I’ve heard good things about the gluten free General Tso’s Chicken and the cheesecake sampler available in some Aldi stores during May. 

4. Stock up on cheaper versions of pantry and fridge staples. 

Want to eat healthy without going broke? Then pay attention to how Aldi’s cooking staples compare in price to those of other brands or other stores, and stock up on cheaper foods. For instance, coconut milk, white rice (for grinding into flour), canned beans and pumpkin, cereal and frozen fruit and vegetables are some of the items I can consistently buy for less at Aldi than Hy-vee, Cubs Foods or Walmart (the main other grocery stores in my town). 


If you are eating a gluten free diet for celiac disease like me, I do recommend looking for a “Gluten Free” label on some pantry and fridge staples (like condiments or grains, which may have a higher chance of containing wheat). As I’ve written before, some celiacs are comfortable eating foods that aren’t labeled gluten free but don’t appear to have any wheat-containing ingredients, and I respect that decision. For my own piece of mind, though, I do prefer seeing “gluten free” on the products I buy, and most of the products at Aldi are clearly labeled when they are naturally gluten free, contain or may contain wheat, etc. 

5. Don’t forget to check the specialty item aisle! 

Once you’ve loaded up your cart with everything you need, you might want to spend a couple minutes perusing Aldi’s specialty item aisle (depending on how strictly you want to stick to your list and budget). This aisle contains items that Aldi is only selling for a limited time (such as seasonal items like Valentine’s Day chocolate) and/or selling for a reduced price. 
While most of these items contain gluten and are anything but healthy, I’ve discovered some real gems. A couple months ago, Aldi was selling limited edition flavors of the Live GFree granola bars for only $1.99 a four-bar box. (The pineapple and mango flavor, and the cinnamon raisin flavors were both winners). I’ve also found boxes of gluten free bean-based pasta from Explore Cuisine on sale, plus plenty of other items I considered buying but eventually turned down (like sweet potato chips and pre-cooked quinoa and sauce meals).

It can be challenging to eat healthy on a budget. Add in dietary restrictions like being gluten free for celiac disease, and grocery shopping without going broke can feel even more challenging. However, as I shared in my previous post about how to eat cheap and healthy, taking advantage of sales, seasonal produce and affordable grocery stores like Aldi can make a big difference in your bottom line.

And if your allergy friendly and affordable meals are also vibrant and delicious (like I hope the meals I share on my Instagram always are)? Well, that’s just a bonus! 
Have you ever shopped at Aldi? What’s your favorite tip for saving money on groceries? Tell me in the comments! 

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If you are new to the paleo diet, don’t worry, there is plenty of help available. This is one of the most popular diets in the world and there are plenty of great resources available to make sure you succeed. Understanding how to make the right choices to help your body take full advantage of this simple and realistic diet is a great place to start. This article will explore 5 simple tips to help anybody who is new to the paleo lifestyle. Let’s dig in and start living healthy and clean from today on.

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Week One, Day One

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Yeeeeeeah… Let get right to it, shall we?

WORKOUT

I went to Muay Thai as per usual. We trained return fire and I got to partner with newbies. I don’t mind, because that means I can be lazy 😉 I still put in the reps, though and got that shit down. Coach was feeling vindictive and made us do 12 minutes of power kicks, in 1-minute intervals, holding the pads every third minute. My hip flexors want to cry.

I went lifting afterward (because I’m insane) and did workout A of Stronglifts. I did:

  • 5×5 Squats @ 95lbs
  • 5×5 Bench Press @ 75lbs
  • 5×5 Barbell Row @ 65lbs

Those were a little pathetic, tbh, but considering today was first day of EVERYTHING, I think I did pretty well. I did have to stop home to grab my lifting belt, but oh well. I suspect that lifting after Muay Thai will seriously diminish my ability to lift heavy. That’s fine; as long as I get to lift, I’ll be happy. I want those muscles!

PALEO

I actually did pretty well, all things considered, though I noticed I am lacking in the snack department.

Breakfast:

  • a slice of bacon (pan-fried to provide grease)
  • 1 large eggs
  • green onions
  • chopped white mushrooms
  • spiced with salt, black pepper, garlic powder & chipotle chili powder

Lunch

  • chicken schnitzel (breaded with coconut flour and pan-fried on coconut oil) – 10oz
  • beets and onion salad

Snacks

  • one cucumber, sliced
  • two large hard boiled eggs
  • two organic gala apples
  • herbal tea, unsweetened
  • three bananas

Dinner

  • a glass of milk (16oz)

I was doing really well until dinner. By the time I got home, I was so tired I didn’t feel like eating. I had some more of that chicken plus a daikon/carrot salad sitting in the fridge, but I didn’t care. While milk is not exactly Paleo-compliant, I will use it when I need calories/protein fast. Better that than nothing 😉 Not having protein after heavy lifting is borderline suicidal.

WATER

I failed here. I only drank ¾ of my half gallon bottle, though I did have other liquids as well. Frankly, I didn’t exactly expect myself to get to a gallon a day immediately. It will be a work in progress for a while.


That is all, I think. I finally got a new battery for my scale so I’ll be able to post numbers tomorrow night. Yay!

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Listen to the Paleo Diet

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Author: notwhatisay

The Paleo Diet, or the Cave Man Diet, or simply the
sometimes-dreaded word “diet.” I remember someone saying to me once you
cannot spell “diet” without the word “die.” And if that is how you
feel then that’s fine, I will support that. However, recently I have just
restarted the Paleo Diet. Let’s be clear, I’m happy with my body, but I always
think we all can try to be a little healthier, or make a change to be happier,
and this is that change for me. One of my best friends and I recently made a
“Paleo-Pact.” We both have goals while on Paleo and it’ll be good for us.

If you are new to Paleo I’ll give you a quick background. The
Paleo Diet is cutting out anything wheat based, dairy based (with exceptions),
starch based, and processed products. Now a lot of people just think that
cutting wheat means gluten. However, just because something is labeled gluten
free doesn’t mean it’s paleo. Potato flour is often a substitute for wheat
flour and potato is heavy in starch and is not Paleo. Processed products speak
for themselves, if it is not “natural,” it is likely not Paleo. This includes,
but is not limited to: soda, canned/processed meat, candy, most everything at
fast food places, etc. Basically, if you know it’s a guilty pleasure and it’s
unhealthy it’s safe to assume that it’s not Paleo. Dairy is the tricky bit with
Paleo, and if you want my unprofessional opinion on dairy, it is not healthy
for you in great quantities, and if you must get your dairy fix drink goat
milk. Also, I’m slightly lactose intolerant so I’ve never been a fan of dairy
in general, so this was an easier drop for me.

If you are not new to Paleo and have varying views on the
matter, please feel free to share them! I would love to learn more and have
more informed choices on what I eat, while on Paleo.

My history with Paleo is simple. My dad is an avid cyclist but
was not losing the weight he wanted to by simply cycling a while back. That was
when he found the Paleo Diet, in its beginning stages. After extensive online
research, he decided to go Paleo. Because I’m such a loving daughter I was
determined to be his personal Satan and tempt him with all the food he could
not have, because I thought that Paleo was stupid and you could not spell
“diet” without “die.” At first my dad would break, however he pushed through in
the end and lost a lot of weight. That was when I started to realize just
because someone worked out their diet mattered too, so after that I started to
believe in Paleo, would I admit that to my dad at the time? Hell no, I was a
punk ass teenager out to prove him wrong. But I started to realize he was
right. Because my dad cares about his family he convinced my mom to try it and
was attempting to convince me too. Leading up to today I’ve had a few Paleo
periods in my life. Once was to prove to him my mental health and diet were not
connected, he was right they were. Once was because I had a group of friends
doing it as well, but it didn’t last long. Since choosing to go Paleo again
only 3 days ago with my friend, my dad agreed to do it with me as well, so
hopefully this will go longer than past experiences.

Now, what can I have on this Paleo Adventure? I can have a lot!
It’s not limited! I can have bacon, steak, chicken, any kind of meat that has
not been processed, eggs, vegetables (with a few exceptions), and limited
amount of fruit (simply because fruit has a ton of natural sugar). One of my
favorite things while on Paleo is to sauté diced onions, garlic, and mushrooms
(in olive oil), add meat (generally chicken as it is cheap), then once that is
all cooked I add some spinach and let that wilt and over easy an egg on top.
After that I pick whatever fruit I have and there you go a healthy meal!

I am by no means a professional on Paleo, nor do I want to claim
to be one. And Paleo can be a strict or as “easy” as you want it to be. There
are many opinions, and experts that have many different views on what is Paleo,
and what isn’t. However, I’ll add some links below that I found helpful, and a
few cook books that my dad likes. Thanks for reading! Hope you come back!

Paleo Links:

https://paleoporn.com/

http://thepaleodiet.com/

https://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/

Paleo Book:

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolff

Paleo Cook Books:

Against
all Grain: Meals Made Simple
by Danielle Walker

Paleo:
Simple, Wholesome and Delicious Recipes for Heath Lliving

Paleo
Desserts
by Jane Barthelemy

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Week One, Day Three

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Oh dear god, I am already exhausted.

OVERALL

So far, I’m doing rather well and I’m already seeing changes. I no longer feel like death warmed over during combatives and I’m not dragging my sparring partner down. Even if I fail to eat enough before a work out, I’m just a little low on energy, instead of having issues catching my breath. I’m super excited for the changes and I cannot wait to see how it continues

WORKOUT

Combatives: We were training counters, as in counter-kicks and counter-punches. It was insane because at one point we had to perform a string of FIVE counters and we had to read our partner for where they were going to hit. It was great, even though my brain refused to cooperate half the time. Shit happens!

Weight lifting: Today was workout B! Breakdown as follows

  • Squat: 1×5 @90lbs, 2×5 @100lbs, 2×5 @110lbs
  • Overhead press: 1×5 @65lbs, 4×5 @55lbs
  • Deadlift: 1×5 @120lbs, 1×5 @140lbs

I had some fun with lifting, actually. When I got to the gym, one of the guys excitedly pointed out a new barbell that is specifically shaped to help with squats. I don’t have a pic and it’s hard to explain, but it was all shaped weird and it had a shoulder rest that stabilized the whole thing really well. I loved it, I will use it again for sure!

OHP is definitely my weakest lift so I tried to go low with the weight. It wasn’t low enough and I had to deload. Again, I blame the fact that I lift AFTER I do kickboxing. My body isn’t used to extra exertion yet and it’s freaking out. Something similar happened with the deadlift, where I did the first set just fine, increased the weight and then I felt a twinge in my back on the very last rep. I immediately put down the bar and stopped lifting. One thing I’ve learned over the past year: don’t ignore your body when it tells you it’s done with something. I stretched afterward and it seems nothing actually happened. GOOD!

FOOD

Still going strong with Paleo! The pierogi food truck stopped by our workplace on Tuesday and I valiantly declined to parttake. I was so proud of not breaking my diet! Eating clean always makes me feel so energized and healthy. So while I eat ‘boring’ stuff everyday, it makes me better in the long run. I should probably list the food…

Breakfast

  • 2 large eggs
  • a slice of pan-fried bacon
  • green onions
  • white mushrooms, chopped
  • spices

Lunch

  • chicken schnitzel (Paleo-style) 12oz
  • beets and onion salad

Snacks

  • 5 bananas
  • 2 apples
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • a cucumber (fresh, sliced)
  • plain almond butter
  • beef jerky (total of 33g of protein)

Dinner

  • protein shake

I’m starting to think that the nights I come home after lifting will consist mostly of me drinking my meal and passing out in bed. I’m too tired to make food and eat something heavier. I’m sure I’ll be fine 😉

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MEAL PLANS FOR ACHIEVING WEIGHT LOSS GOALS FAST

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Losing weight does not happen by chance. It needs to be supported by science. Around you, there are many foods that are really helpful in burning fats and keeping your weight in control. Make yourself aware of the diet plan that works for your body in the best possible manner and you can stick to it in a long run.

This post intends to throw light on the most effective and famous diet plans for shedding oodles of extra weight you guys carry.

LOW CARB DIET

Carbohydrates, when not consumed by the body, are converted into fats. Having foods that are low in carbohydrates content will assist you losing weight phenomenally. When you don’t take carbs in your diet the stored deposits of fats are burned by the body to meet your energy requirements.

Simple Shopping list for low carb diet: Meat (Beef, lamb, pork, chicken, bacon), fish, eggs, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, cheese, yogurt, blueberries, nuts, fresh veggies, frozen veggies, condiments ( mustard, garlic, sea salt, pepper etc.)

Even if you are unable to buy organic foods you will be doing still far better than the standard American diet. Make sure you throw away all the chips and processed foods including your favorite ice creams, candy, bread, and sodas.

VEGAN DIET

The vegan diet has become very popular in recent few years. It is because of the results it gives not only for weight loss but also fostering your overall health. A step ahead of the vegetarian diet this can be really testing for the meat lovers. This diet asks you to eliminate all animal foods in any form. The ideal meal plan will be devoid of any meat, milk, yogurt, cheese and other animal products too.

Marvelous results will cover not only your weight loss targets but also a healthy heart and controlled sugar.

PALEO DIET

Name of this diet is derived from the term “Paleolithic”. It was the age during which no processed food was available to the human ancestors. This is the most popular diet plan for weight loss these days. You will have to cut on all the processed foods from your diet to attain healthy body weight and overall good health.

Give up on the processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, low-fat dairies.

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