Busy Bee

Phewww. It’s been a long couple weeks, but I’m back! A few milestones have occurred since my last post. For starters, this month marked my one year anniversary of living in Fort Lauderdale. Crazy how time flies! I remember packing up all my belongings and settling into that extended stay in the middle of the ghetto like it was yesterday. I was so excited to begin my adult life in South Florida and now I feel like my “adult life” is moving too fast! A year?! Ah. Despite having a Driver’s License with my “new” address, I still don’t feel like a permanent resident. I mean, my dining room is still tableless. Oops!

I also received some big news last week…I got a promotion! Before this job, I could have been named the Intern Queen. I could get an internship easy, but a full-time position was a different story. Since this is technically my first big girl job, this is the very first promotion I have ever gotten (and hopefully not the last!). With the promotion comes more responsibility, of course, and also more money (cha-ching!).

Celebrations for my promotion were in order. And the first order of business was the Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan concert. This concert was AWESOME and I will now forever be obsessed with Luke Bryan. I can confidently say he has all the qualities my husband should have, and I learned all this from watching him sing for an hour. Duh. Unfortunately, in typical Florida summer fashion, it was pouring. We tailgated in the car. And then I proceeded to walk to the amphitheatre with a towel on my head, while simultaneously attempting to crush a last minute brew. Cute. My Mickey Mouse pancho definitely would have come in handy. Luckily, my partner in crime snuck an emergency poncho from one of the ticket takers.

The poncho did for me things a towel just couldn’t….like keep my clothes dry. My hair was a mess, my feet were soaked and dirty. But somehow, a $10 beer kept my mind distracted from those problems.

Last weekend, I took a trip home for a friend’s bridal shower and some good old fashioned family time with my old roommates…my parents. I love going to see them for a couple reasons. They’re my parents and I love them, and they also feed me.

Linda’s Famous Homemade Pizza

My mom found a Publix ice cream flavor that is seriously out of this world. It’s called Otter Paws and I was tempted to eat the whole gallon, on multiple occasions. I held myself back and chose to down the Nut-trition Energy Mix instead.

My parents treated me to delicious dinner at a local favorite. There’s nothing like a good dinner with some good wine and the best mom and dad you can ask for.

Besides eating my way through the weekend, I was able to get my hair done for the first time in MONTHS. Like, literally. Months. My ends needed trimming and my grays needed coloring. (Yes, I’m 26 with gray hair.)

I came out feeling brand new and wanted to show off my new strands. So, I went to see my grandma, who proceeded to hand me an Elle magazine and a can of mase. Obviously. I don’t make this stuff up people.

This week it’s back to the grind (in my new position!) and this weekend should bring some fun times. I think South Beach is calling my name…..

Cheers! xx

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Workout Wednesdays: Wheat Belly Diet Review

Technically..it’s Thursday. And technically…this is not a workout. But sometimes people get caught up watching the Olympics, drinking some red grapes, and burning cookies and forget about blogging. I don’t know those people, but I’m sure that’s happened.

Moving on. A couple months back, my mom texted me on the way home from the doctor. For various reasons, the doctor recommended cutting gluten out of her diet for a few weeks, in hopes that it would make her feel better. After she told me, I wanted to know more about gluten and how it works within the body. I first asked one of my good friends, who is a practicing dietician, about the diet and if there were any health benefits. She said it’s particularly beneficial for those with Celiac Disease. I knew I wasn’t gluten-intolerant, but I wanted to try it out and see if it really did make me feel better overall.

Shortly after exploring this new diet, I discovered a book, Wheat Belly Diet: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. The book is written by a cardiologist by the name of William Davis and it centers around the dangers wheat has to one’s health. At first, I was a bit skeptical. I figured it was just another diet book with some guy telling you not to eat carbs blah blah blah. But…I was wrong.

This book was awesome (if you’re a nutrition geek). Not only does Davis explain how wheat has evolved through the years, but he backs up his reasoning with scientific evidence and numerous case studies. Davis essentially says that wheat is the cause of obesity in the world today, especially in America. I’m not too quick when it comes to science, so I got a little lost with the technical terms. However, I understood all the adverse effects quite clearly. “Wheat belly” or a stomach bulge, rashes, inflammation, high blood sugar, bloating, joint pain, diabetes, heart conditions, weight gain, fatigue, etc. The list goes on. The point Davis is trying to get across is that wheat is a different product than we believe it to be and it has been genetically altered for agribusiness. It raises your blood sugar higher than table sugar and even triggers cravings. Sketch!

I actually don’t eat too much wheat. Like the kind that comes in the form of pasta, bread and rice. But then there’s the sweets. Cupcakes (obvi), cookies, cake, Ritz crackers. Darnit. And then I realized William Davis is right. If I cut that processed junk out of my diet, I’d feel like a spring chicken! The best part of this book, is that he provides you with a plan to becoming wheat-free. Recipes, suggestions, substitutions, meal plans. It’s all right there! I already know that I should eat fruit, veggies, animal protein, raw nuts, and food without a crazy amount of ingredients. I was just nervous about how I would BAKE! How in the heck am I supposed to replace flour in all my recipes. Davis knows. Almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseed meal. And to his credit, it’s delicious. And so much better for you.

I finished this book a couple days ago and I’m ready to commit to this lifestyle. While I set out to do this a few months ago, I can’t say that I’ve been 100% wheat-free. But I do intend to be, because I hate feeling weighted down. I had a Red Velvet cupcake a couple days ago and it didn’t make me feel too hot. I want to adopt this lifestyle because I want to be as healthy as I can. (I’m talking about food, not caffeine and wine, get serious). After reading so many case studies and success stories, I want to join in on the fun too! I highly recommend you pick up this book. It could change your life, even just to give you a different outlook on what you’re eating.

Cheers to being wheat-free! xx