The Magic Bullet for Living a Healthy Gluten Free Life Is….

No, not the Magic Bullet, one of my favorite small kitchen appliances.

Not a pill, or potion, or lotion, or gimmicky late night infomercial product or fitness program.

Actually, it’s not very sexy at all.

But-it will get you closer to your goals than a kitchen gadget, a pill, a potion, lotion, or gimmick.

It’s awareness.

The magic bullet is awareness-not plastic ;)

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Since you can’t package it and sell it, I’m afraid this little tidbit may be receiving less attention than it should.

If you’ve been reading my rantings, you may have heard me rant about this before. I believe that celiac disease is a blessing in disguise, a built in necessity where we HAVE to become more conscious of what we put in our mouths.

Awareness can extend much further than the gluten status of a food though.

1. Be aware of how much you move-sitting, standing, lying. Be conscious of your movement or lack thereof, and try to add more general movement to your day.

2. Be aware of how eating different foods make you feel. Do you feel energized or listless? Do you feel good or no so good after eating french fries or something with a list of unpronounceable ingredients longer than your arm? (Gluten free of course-whatever it may be.)

3. Be aware of your sleep patterns. Many, many of us aren’t getting enough sleep, and that can lead to issues with appetite and weight control. On top of feeling tired, which just stinks. I am guilty of trying to get a lot done in a small amount of time, I understand totally. But sleep is crucial. 7-9 hours is ideal. Really. I get up at 5AM, but I’m lights out by 9:30-10 PM.

4. Be aware of your stress levels, and minimize them whenever possible. If you find yourself getting aggravated, try to focus on your breathing, count to 10 in pig latin, whatever it takes to talk yourself down. Every day life throws a lot of chronic stressors our way, and we’re just not built to live well under that constant low level stress. It’s very different than the stress of running from a lion, you know? In that case you run and it’s over. If you find this interesting, a great book to check out is Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky.

5. Be aware of the nutritional value of your food. You don’t have to change anything, just take a look-see. You may find that your habits begin to slowly change, and gravitate toward more “healthful” foods just by being aware of your choices and not just grabbing by habit.

So it’s not a pill, or a potion, or a lotion, or a gimmick. But give it a try and see what happens. You may be surprised what a little awareness can bring you.

Leave your experiences with awareness below…I love to hear from you guys!

If you haven’t yet grabbed it, check out my free nutrition guide for what you can do with your food after you become more aware of it.

And Happy Celiac Awareness Month! (As a side note-USA Today did a 16 page supplement on Celiac Disease which was pretty darn cool-you can find it here if you missed it.)

Oh! And I updated Gluten Free and Fit 101 too! Check it!

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  1. Tracie says:

    I have been living gluten and dairy free since July 2009. It has changed my life in so many ways, but the biggest thing is that my Rheumatoid Arthritis is completely gone!! I had no idea how much my eating habits were affecting me … it’s crazy to think how all the processed junk food was making me so sick. Makes me wonder just how many other autoimmune disorders or other diseases are caused by the horrible American diet. It has definitely changed my awareness level. AND I think this whole journey has been a blessing … I’m enjoying a much healthier life, more energy, have lost weight, increased my activity levels (working out and other outdoor fun things that I couldn’t do when I was extremely over weight & had no energy) … amazing.

    Thanks for all your info … I was looking for gluten & dairy free protein info when I came across your site.

  2. Erin says:

    Hi Tracie!
    Thanks for sharing your journey-and I’m so glad you are feeling better! I agree that there are many “side effects” of the SAD (standard American diet-funny how is spells “sad” isn’t it?!) that we aren’t even aware yet, just beginning to scratch the surface.
    Perspective is reality-and by choosing to accept your new lifestyle as a gift and with awareness, you have created a whole new wonderful reality for yourself. Awesomesauce!
    And thank you for your compliments-I’m really pleased that you have found it helpful. :)

  3. Anna says:

    Yes! You rock Erin.. Made that docs appointment for the 25th. Will keep you posted.

  4. Erin says:

    Anna, seriously. YOU rock :)
    Yes, please do keep me posted. Lots of good vibes coming your way.

  5. I have been living gluten and dairy free since July 2009. It has changed my life in so many ways, but the biggest thing is that my Rheumatoid Arthritis is completely gone!! I had no idea how much my eating habits were affecting me … it’s crazy to think how all the processed junk food was making me so sick. Makes me wonder just how many other autoimmune disorders or other diseases are caused by the horrible American diet. It has definitely changed my awareness level. AND I think this whole journey has been a blessing … I’m enjoying a much healthier life, more energy, have lost weight, increased my activity levels (working out and other outdoor fun things that I couldn’t do when I was extremely over weight & had no energy) … amazing.
    +1

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