Food, Health & Wellness, Lindsey's Home Baked Treats, Uncategorized

Why I Switched To a Gluten Free Diet

For the past few months, I have been having digestive issues (TMI(Sorry)) so I decided to take a trip to see my gastroenteroligst. After a lot of testing and procedures, I now know the root cause of my digestive issues and it is that I am gluten intolerant. I am currently waiting on test results to find out if I’m just gluten intolerant or if I have Celiac’s Disease. Hopefully I’m just intolerant. It has been a huge adjustment. I’ve always loved bread and pasta but I know that this isn’t the end of the world. There is much worse news you can get.

When I found out this information, I had just docked back at the West Palm Beach Port after a weekend cruise, where I had lots of gluten by the way. On the way back home, I found it very difficult to eat gluten free. My only fast food options were salads or grilled nuggets from Chick-Fil-A. I tried to be creative and get a hamburger without the bun but I go sick from the ketchup. Yes! There is even gluten in ketchup. Very few places cater to gluten free individuals. I found out today that Starbucks has a gluten free breakfast sandwhich, that is pretty tasty and some restaurants (like The Cheesecake Factory) have a gluten free menu. Honestly, I have come to the conclusion that most of the time, to be on the safe side, I will just be preparing my meals at home. I have also found many useful apps where I can scan the barcode of items on my phone and the app will let me know if the item is gluten free or not. I also find myself googling if this or that is gluten free before I partake.

If you are a frequent follower of my blog, you know that I am a baker, and the main ingredient in almost everything I make is flour. As a baker, I was really upset with this news but as days past I grow more optimistic because there are many grain free flours out there for me to use. For instance, I just made gluten free Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies and they are delicious. They were made with almond flour and I will post some pictures for you below. Overall I am optimistic and adjusting to this new way of eating and if you are familiar with gluten free eating and have any tips or suggestions for me please comment them below. Also check out my YouTube story about my new gluten free journey here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdcvPe-DP9Q

-LR

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Food, Product Reviews, Travel, Uncategorized

True Food Kitchen

This past weekend, my family and I stayed in Fairfax, VA. My husband had an event to attend and we couldn’t find a sitter so the kids and I decided to come along for the ride and relax in the hotel room while daddy was at his event and make a mini family vacay out of the weekend. My husband took me to True Food Kitchen the next morning for brunch. He had visited True Food with his friends a few weekends prior and af first I was skeptical because when I walked in, all I smelled was the aroma of fresh green juice, and being a plus size country girl from the south, all I wanted was some bacon and biscuits. 

True Food focuses on all natural whole food ingredients and everything is made from scratch. My kids enjoyed their pizza and fresh pressed juices and my husband and I enjoyed our dishes as well. I had 2 organic eggs with sweet potato hash and chicken sausage. It was so good that I was craving it this morning when I woke up. I also enjoyed my pomegranate mimosa and coffee. I definitely look forward to visiting this restaurant again and replicating some of their dishes at home. If you are near True Foods Kitchen, you should be open and give it a try. They won’t disappoint. 

-LR

Food, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Day 1

Day one’s smoothie was pretty good! This was the first time I have ever had a smoothie with water as the liquid base (I normally use apple or orange juice) but it wasn’t bad at all. In addition to three smoothies a day, low sodium tuna, raw hard vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumber, etc), raw nuts, boiled eggs, unsweetened peanut butter, and apples are allowed. I was actually pretty full most of the day; however, I did have a battle in my mind around 3 or 4 o’clock talking myself down from my usual carby snacks such as crackers and anything sweet. I did eat too many nuts today but in not beating myself up because I didn’t verify how many were allowed before eating. It is only supposed to be a handful and not half a bag 😳. It was a small bag. Now that I know and can correct my mistakes, I’m really looking forward to successfully reaching Day 10! I did not exercise today because I didn’t make it to the gym because of appointments and I was tired when I got home, which is normal during a detox, so I allowed my body today to rest so that I can be ready to shake my boo-tay in Zumba tomorrow 😂😂. As always I will keep you posted!

-LR

Food, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Jumpstart

For the past year and a half or so, I have been watching documentaries on Netflix regarding health and what we should be eating and the benefits of a plant-based diet. After finishing a documentary last night, I ran across the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ smith and I decided to give it a try. I have nothing to lose but weight and a lot to gain like a healthier body and fabulous skin! I am starting tomorrow with the support of my mother and my cousin. The benefits of this cleanse is a 10-15 pound weight release, detoxification, healthier skin, and more. This definitely won’t be a walk in the park for me mentally or emotionally but I am ready to push through and show myself that I am stronger than I give myself credit for and I am worth it, my health is worth it, and my family is worth it. If you want more information visit the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/groups/250346851756039?ref=m_notif&notif_t=group_r2j_approved&actorid=1300736080 

Feel free to join me and as always stay tuned for updates and results!

-LR

Food, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Protein, Protein, & More Protein

When I think of protein, the first thing that comes to my mind is body building. Over the past few years I’ve seen my husband increase his protein when he wanted to gain muscle, so when my trainer told me to increase my protein I was confused. Muscles are nice but I want to lose fat and tone not build muscle. That is when I did some research and found out how important protein is for fat loss. During weight loss, the body burns fat and muscle. When there is more protein present, the body focuses on burning fat. Protein also keeps you fuller longer and repairs muscles as you strength train. These are just a few of the many benefits of having a high protein diet.

In order to increase my protein, I started looking for protein shakes. As I was browsing, I noticed that a lot of the shakes were reviewed as having a horrible taste and I don’t eat anything my taste buds don’t agree with, and that’s when I remembered that I have plant protein on hand by Nutrilite (http://www.amway.com/KelvinRiddle/Shop/Product/Product.aspx/Nutrilite-All-Plant-Protein-Powder?itemno=110415) that I purchased from my very own store. I’ve tried plant protein in just water and although it isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever tasted it definitely isn’t the best. That is when the light bulb went off and I decided to browse Pinterest for recipes for homemade protein shakes. That is when I came across this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/93731235973212119/

This banana pudding protein shake above is so yummy!!!! I made mine with half almond milk and half water and I left out the cookies and whipped cream. It was just like drinking banana pudding and this Southern Belle loves banana pudding! I highly recommend it. My 2 year old even enjoyed it! I have a strawberry cheesecake recipe that I will try next and I’m looking forward to it. Protein never tasted so good!

-LR

Exercise, Food, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Moving Forward

I have been on my weight release (you don’t lose weight because what you lose you will find) journey for four months and have lost a total of 17 pounds. By now I wanted to be at least 50 pounds lighter but everyone’s journey is different. I hired a trainer and I even had 12 sessions of laser-like liposuction, which gave me results but they were pretty minor. I struggle with emotional eating, compulsive overeating and to be honest sometimes just plain ole lack of discipline. The main lesson that I have learned during this journey is that you CANNOT out exercise a bad diet. Believe me I have tried. I have went to the gym and worked my butt off and rewarded myself with crinkle fries from Zaxby’s with Zax sauce (you can’t forget the Zax sauce) and a milkshake. I’ve had cheat weekends full of Pizza Hut pizza and Sonic milkshakes and I’ve even snuck into my Dad’s snack cabinet a time or two. Now that I know that my eating is the problem, I have decided to do something about it. Not to long ago, I met Sedrek “the inner” Trainer. Unlike most trainers, Sedrek is a certified nutritionist and designs custom meal plans for his clients based on foods they like to eat. Sedrek holds you accountable and measures your weekly progress. He is also there for counseling. It is good to know that when I’m having a meltdown and I’m about to pick up that honeybun, I can call him and say, “Hey brother Sed I am having a meltdown over here and I need your encouragement”. After our first conversation, I was shocked to find out that a lot of things that I was eating and thought were healthy were not and that I was overeating a lot of foods that are good for me like nuts but only if I eat the correct amount. I also found out that I wasn’t eating as much as I should be and a lot of foods that I cut out of my diet, I can actually eat! He is known for getting off an average of 5-7 pounds a week and has assured me that through his program he can help this nursing mom lose at least 60 pounds by May. I’m definitely holding him to that because I don’t want to be on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica this summer with a swimsuit cover on. I have a few more sessions with my current trainer and I plan on continuing to work with her once a week for strength training to keep from having loose skin. I’m definitely looking forward to working with Sedrek and saying goodbye to this weight forever!

-LR

Family, Food, Kids, Travel

The Georgia National Fair

This past Saturday, my family (mother, siblings, kids, and nephew) and I went to the Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA. It was a little shy of a two hour drive for my mom and I and it was well worth the trip. There was so much to see and do and plenty of good southern food to eat. Mondays are free for military and their dependents but it worked out for us to go as a family on Saturday. My two year old son enjoyed riding age and height appropriate rides with my nephew. I was actually impressed at how many rides he was able to enjoy at his age and height, which was about four or five rides. Wristbands for rides are not available on busy days, but it is free to enter for children 10 and under. The highlight of my day was that a nice church had a free cool area for mothers to nurse and change their babies. I was actually wearing my 15lb baby girl so it was nice to take a breather in a comfortable cool place to nurse and change her. In addition to rides, games, and food, there are also live concerts, lots of venders with interesting items for sale, animals, artwork, and so much more. I highly recommend this event for all families with kids of all ages; however, I would suggest to budget a set amount and carry cash so that you don’t overspend. Overspending is very easy to do with all of the games for prizes, rides, and food, and yes moments like these with family is priceless but I like my money where I can see it….in my closet 😉 (Shhhh don’t tell my husband). B.O.B ladies and gentlement (Ball On a Budget).

-Lindsey R.
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Food, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss

Don’t Count Calories…Eat!

In the car with my mother today, we were having a conversation about diets, weight loss, and calories. She was telling me to avoid condiments during my diet like the barbeque sauce I was eating with my grilled chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A. Our conversation lead me to realize that most people are being deceived. Calorie counting does not lead to weight loss. For example, diet soda does not contain calories but research shows that diet soda drinkers gain more weight than people who do not drink soda at all because of the sugar they put in diet soda and other factors. My meal plan consists of the paleo diet and the paleo diet is high in fat and low in carbs, which is the type of diet my doctor recommended for me while breastfeeding. Good ole organic grown natural foods for me just how nature intended! I am not about to waste time counting calories, but I will however eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats and drink plenty of water. I’m sure Chick-Fil-A’s barbeque sauce contains lots of addicting sugar, so I will make the paleo friendly barbeque sauce that I found on pinterest today mom. 😘

-Lindsey R.