A Fresh Start to the New Year

The holidays are often a welcome break from everyday routines, a time to see family and friends and enjoy life (after all the shopping, baking ,and decorating is done, of course!). However, it’s often a time of indulging in more food and drink, and less exercise, than normal.

So how do you break those bad habits and get back to normal in the New Year?

For Celiacs

  • I don’t know about you, but I always find that I feel pretty gross after the holidays – bloated, tired, and generally run down. It’s a combination of too much food, food that has been prepared by others (including eating out more), and perhaps an excess of wine!
  • My first line of defense is going back to the basics. I focus on foods that are naturally gluten-free, like fruits and vegetables, rice, cheese, and plain meats (like a grilled chicken breast).
  • I try to eat as few pre-packaged foods as possible to reduce the chance of getting gluten in my system.
  • Of course, the basics of sleep and exercise help too!
  • One of my goals for this year is to experiment with some more gluten-free recipes so that I don’t get bored and resort to eating potato chips for supper. 🙂 Two of my favorite sites are AllRecipes and The Gluten-Free Goddess.
  • Side note: I’d love to hear about your favorite sites and recipes! Please comment on this post if you have some to share.

For the Rest of the World

  • Obviously, the basic elements of sleep, exercise, and diet apply to you too. (Sorry!)
  • I don’t recommend that you launch yourself into a gluten-free diet just for the fun of it. However, there are some elements of a gluten-free diet that can help you feel better in the New Year.
  • One thing that I like about the gluten-free diet is that many products that I buy are organic. Try out some organic foods and see how you like them.
  • Another thing that I like is that the gluten-free diet often involves whole food or “slow foods.” This pretty much means going back to the basics and eliminating fillers and preservatives. Next time that you plan for grocery shopping, think about the shortcuts that you take and decide whether they’re worth it.
  • For example, does that frozen pizza contain chemicals and preservatives? Instead of purchasing it pre-packaged, try buying the ingredients and making pizza at home as a family. (If you have Celiac family members, there are several types of gluten-free crusts and dough mixes, as well as plenty of recipes on the Internet.)

That’s it for today… good luck on your new start to the New Year!

Check back in a few days for a look at how to eat gluten-free on the run!

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