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How Not to Fall Off the Dietary Wagon

One of the things that can make changing one’s diet difficult to stick with is a lack of resources. When you’re used to having cereal for breakfast, pasta for lunch and pizza for dinner, suddenly having to go gluten-free can seem daunting and confusing. I wanted to put together a list of things that I’ve found particularly helpful to myself during a diet transition.

-Remember to be patient and compassionate with yourself, you may not be perfect 100% of the time, but always strive towards that.

-Eat every 2 hours. This is particularly important for anyone with adrenal fatigue, but even if your adrenals are fine, eating every 2 hours keeps your blood sugar at a stable level. When you are transitioning your diet, you might find yourself feeling more hungry than normal or less hungry than normal as your body adjusts to new and different fuel sources, and it is important to keep high protein snacks at hand and to keep munching regularly. This will help keep sugar and carb cravings at bay.

Full English breakfast

-Eat breakfast. Especially a warm, cooked breakfast. I’ve found high-protein breakfasts to be essential to my energy levels and set the stage for even blood-sugar levels throughout the entire day.

-Have your biggest meal be early in the day, either breakfast or lunch. Keep dinner light and easy to digest so that it doesn’t affect your quality of sleep or your appetite in the morning.

-Yes, alcohol counts as sugar. Yes, beer has gluten in it. That doesn’t mean you can never have these things, but that you should be aware and conscious of their consumption.

-When you are craving sugar, your body is sending you a signal that it wants fuel. When your body wants fuel, give it the long lasting type like protein and fats. Nut butters are a great way to combat cravings.

-Supplements are a good way to help curb particularly sharp cravings. If you are finding yourself constantly tempted by sweets and carbs, consider supplements to take the edge off.

-Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Whether it is advice, recipes, hints and tricks, or herbal and supplementary help, my colleagues and I are here to support you.

Basics of Real Food:

Real food is food that is unrefined, whole and health-giving. You might even say that it is old-fashioned. Eating this way requires more work and forethought than microwaving a TV dinner, but is infinately more satisfying. I actually love learning old-timey food skills like making yogurt and sourkraut and freshly baked sourdough breads.

www.nourishedkitchen.com is a great resource for starting out on the real food lifestyle with lots of tips on how to make the transition, what is most important, and how to make a food dollar stretch while not buying processed anything. She also has great recipes, including one for bone broth.

www.cheeseslave.com is another real food blog that also has some very interesting information on the writer’s experience with trying different methods for hormone balancing

www.gapsdiet.com is the website full of information on the GAPS diet. This is what I recommend people do if they are suffering from allergies, asthma or gastro-intestinal issues. It is a very intensive healing diet that is done for a limited time to restore gut health.

www.butterbeliever.com fun real foods resource with lots of good ideas and topics of discussion.

Food and Recipes:

www.comfybelly.com is my new favorite recipe site for gluten-free, often grain-free and refined sugar-free dessert recipes (and more)

www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com while not my favorite, has some very tasty looking recipes and is a good source of gluten-free information

www.101cookbooks.com is a wonderful recipe blog full of healthy and tasty foods. You can find something for everyone on this site

www.healthhomehappy.com is a great resource for GAPS followers and other grain-free folk with good recipes and great information. Meal plans are available, which can be a real help for figuring out how and what to eat. She also has an e-book for people on the GAPS intro diet, which I’ve heard is incredibly helpful and takes a lot of the work out of it.

www.glutenfreegirl.com is a great resource and collection of recipes. Also, they tell good stories.

www.100daysofrealfood.com educational and budget-conscious

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