Hi there! As promised, here is my post with some of the “unexpected” changes that I had to make when I went gluten and dairy free, some of my favorite GF/DF products, and some tips and tricks for maintaining a gluten free and dairy free lifestyle.
#1 Protein Powders
Due to my active lifestyle, I have been using protein shakes since high school. Most of these shakes have been whey-based, meaning that the protein is derived from cow’s milk. Since I came back from abroad I needed to completely restock my supplements and this time I went with a Paleo protein to avoid the dairy that comes with whey.
I LOVE a splash of half and half in my coffee. I drank it that way for years, and I will admit that I have cheated and used it a few days. But a great alternative that I like is Califa Farms Almondmilk creamer with coconut cream. Or you could go for a bulletproof coffee if you like more flavor or creaminess in your cuppa joe. My favorite is 2 tsp coconut butter or oil, 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides, 1 tsp cacao powder and maybe a dash of cinnamon. Yum.
Tacos are a go-to meal for me as I can prep them ahead of time and are quick to reheat for an easy meal. But, in GF/DF world, flour tortillas, even whole wheat, are out. Corn tortillas should be GF, but I recommend an organic corn tortilla if you opt for that, since corn is almost always genetically modified to be Roundup Ready, which means it is heavily sprayed with pesticides. The brand Siete has some really great almond flour and cassava flour tortillas (so I have heard) that I would love to try, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. They can be found in Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme stores and I just don’t get there too often. Another great option for tacos is doing a lettuce wrap instead. Romaine leaves are just about the perfect size and give such a satisfying crunch. They do get a little messy so keep some napkins close 🙂
PB toast used to be my jam. (hehe). Perfect for breakfast or a quick and easy snack, toast used to be one of my go-tos. Avo toast topped with an egg? C’mon. So good. But, bread is out which so far I have dealt with decently well. I have started to look for gluten free bread options, but haven’t found any that I like. They all (so far) have had ingredients that I would rather avoid and some just don’t even look appealing. If anyone has any favorites feel free to leave them in the comments! I would love to give them a try!
I am continuing to love they way that I feel and the way that my skin looks with the changes that I have made since I have come home from Spain at the beginning of May. In addition to transitioning to GF/DF (most of the time) I have taken supplementation seriously, finally starting to invest in the supplements that I have known that I needed but have put off due to the cost in the past.
I have started using a Women’s Wellness pack that I get from my work; G365 Fitness and North Suburban Healthcare. It has all of the basics in one convenient package that you take each day. Fish Oil, a Multi, and Calcium. I have also added a daily probiotic since that is one of the top recommendations for acne and because #guthealth
Since I’ve been home I have gone from frequent, painful acne to the smoothest face that I can remember having in years. Some days I look in the mirror and am simply amazed. It is truly the best feeling.
For anyone dealing with acne or other skin issues, remember that your skin in a direct representation of what’s going on inside your body. I would encourage you to treat it nutritionally as it will help you not only clear up your skin, but increase your overall health as well, as opposed to causing side effects like many mainstream treatments. Finally, know that you are NOT alone! Skin issues happen to the best of us and you are worth SO much more than the way you look.