Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Let's get physical

Images via Hip and Healthy, Madeleine Shaw, BBC Good Food, Google
I've been reading a lot about dairy/gluten/wheat free diaries in the past few weeks. I'm pretty healthy on the whole, sure there’s some overindulgence on the weekends and one glass inevitably turns into 2 or 3 when I meet up with the girls but in general I work fairly hard to look after myself. Despite that though I sometimes feel a little hard done by in terms of the ‘added extras’ I was under the impression came hand in hand with said healthy lifestyle – where’s my bright, shiny, I-don’t-need-any-make-up-skin’?

I've already experienced first-hand the benefits of giving up sugar (I did it for a month and felt A-mazing by the end) but although I definitely try and limit what sugar I have now, unless I plan on going completely T-total I'm never going to be totally sugar free.

So back to the point, is it worth trying a dairy or wheat free diet for a while? Is that the answer to my lagging energy and lacklustre skin? For the past week or so I've been trying to limit my intake of both dairy and wheat, and while I've fallen off the bandwagon a couple of times I have to say that with hindsight I do feel better on the days I've kept away from my usual grains, yoghurt, milk etc.

I'm less bloated and I'm pretty sure (unless it’s all psychological) my energy seems to be more consistent on days I've avoiding the offending items. It’s not always easy and I am going to need to branch out to find some alternative snack ideas (there’s only so many boiled eggs and cans of tuna I can eat) but I am really interested to see if I can try and tweak my diet for good. Although I'm not gonna lie, the thought of giving up cheese does hurt. A lot.

Have you ever tried cutting out dairy or wheat? I’d love to hear your experiences and if it made a difference to how you feel on a day-to-day basis. How did you incorporate the change into your daily lifestyle?

Here are some delicious dairy and wheat free, recipes that I'm hoping to try over the next few weeks.

Hip and Healthy Coconut Granola (if you haven’t already downloaded their Healthy Recipe Ebook I highly recommend it)

I think these Raw Ginger Nut Chia Cookies from Madeleine Shaw sound amazing.

Ultimate Nut Butter from Deliciously Ella. I'm addicted to almond butter and eat it with everything (including a spoon) so figure it’s time to start making my own.

Of course I need to include some kind of green juice because that’s what everyone’s doing these days right? I wasn't a fan until I tried this amazing combo from Bill’s in Sydney.

Green apple, cucumber, spinach, ginger, celery, chia seeds and young coconut-YUM

Another Ultimate, this time in the form of Kale Salad from Hip and Healthy.

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