On the road again…

I love traveling, even if it’s day trip or a work trip.  New areas, new people to talk to, gets me really excited because I love adventure!

The thing I don’t love is eating out.  I’m always “that person”.  “Angela, where can you eat?”  Then there is asking the server for a gluten free menu and the disappointment when they don’t have one or say “I think it’s ok”.  Sigh.  I try to do as much research as possible before heading out but when you’re not sure what area of the, let’s say, Denver metro area you’ll be in, it’s hard to plan.

What are your suggestions?  I have apps on my phone but they aren’t always up to date or don’t always have the restaurants that aren’t chains.  I always take snacks along but after two days of eating “snacks”, well, you just can’t keep doing it.

I am grateful that, on this trip, a good friend of mine who is aware of my need to be GF will be along.  He will make sure we have somewhere safe for me to eat but…there is always that chance of me NOT being able to eat.

So, these are my thoughts as I get ready to go on this trip!  Wish me luck!


Bringing it back to normal

I ask myself a lot “what is normal”? Normal seems to be a word that we use a lot but doesn’t have a “real” definition since what is normal for me, isn’t normal for you…for the most part.

Well, a few months ago I did a detox bootcamp: 28 days of eating right and bringing my pH balance back to normal. Yes, there is a normal pH balance.

What most people don’t know is that our bodies, because of what we eat and drink, become acidic and results in weight gain and, as we are finding out, may play a part in diseases like cancer. Our bodies NEED to be closer to a normal pH balance or they freak out.

This bootcamp was super scary to me. We had to eliminate gluten (done!), dairy, soy, whey, caffeine, alcohol and many other things. Well, I love cheese, was a caffeine junky (we are talking three cups of coffee, sodas at lunch and an energy drink in the afternoon…every day) and love my beer and whiskey. It was going to be a rough 28 days.

But I learned a lot. A lot about food, a lot about how the body processes food and a lot about myself and who I WANT to be. You see, when your body is acidic (toxic), your fat cells store the toxic stuff because, well, what else does it do with it? So you gain weight and you aren’t able to lose weight on diets because you are still eating toxic/acidic stuff. Make sense? So you can go on that Weight Watchers diet with the WW cookies, etc but if you are still eating crap, your body still stores the crap. Just an example and nothing against WW.

Anyway, I did it as a test and I had great results. I didn’t need to lose weight but lost 10 pounds…lost 8 inches too. It taught me that what we eat is so much more important that we realize. It made me realize that taking the time to shop and MAKE food is way more important that I ever gave it credit. And it made me realize that I want a healthier, happier, pH balanced me. I also realized how I want to help my friends and have been able to and have been able to share in their happiness as they discover health and life.

28 days is nothing if you have a longer life. I encourage you to find a program like this, or ask me about the program I did. Get healthy, get happy!

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Just keep swimming…

Somehow the spring and summer got away from me.  It was an amazing time with friends, family and spending a LOT of time outdoors.  That meant that I spent LESS time away from my computer and less time writing, obviously, except for my weekly article for the Free Press.  I apologize for being lax in my writing for my audience.  It wasn’t my intent to forget you!

There were two things that stuck out for me that happened over the summer.  First, we had a family reunion over the 4th of July holiday…ok, we had two family reunions.  One planned, the other just happened.  You see, there is a lot of my family (from my mom and dad’s sides) that either hadn’t seen my niece and nephew and some that hadn’t even met my sister in law.  This was an opportunity to kill several birds with one stone.

My mom’s side of the family hadn’t been together since the funeral of my grandpa so it was decided that we would get together for something fun instead of a sad event.  There was so much laughter and memories during those day that went so quickly.  Then, as my mom’s side of the family left, my dad’s side came.  More laughter ensued…more great memories.

The best thing is that, during these few fleeting days, everything we ate was gluten free.  I don’t think a lot of people even gave it a thought as they picked up the scones, muffins and or other tasty treats that my mom had baked.  Most of the baked goods were recipes that had been handed down for several generations and she had modified.  It was, from my point of view, a great showing of what gluten free isn’t:  tasteless, cardboard food.  It was also a showing that we are normal people, we just had a disease that causes us to adjust HOW we eat and WHAT we eat.  An adjustment, not a death sentence, if we follow the rules.

The second thing that I did this summer was the Warrior Dash, which happened to be my third time running this race.  Despite disappointments during the actual race, it was the most fun that I’ve had at the race.  Shawna, my running partner and partner in crime, and I stayed at Copper Mountain this time and we were able to catch the post race festivities with our friends.  The nice thing about Copper is that, as a ski resort, they are sensitive to the needs of the GF community and I was able to eat sushi and many other things while there.  It was another amazing milestone for summer 2014.

I will try to not be so lax in my writing here on out.  Feel free to keep following and have a great day!