As you know, Cara from Eat. Pray. Run! and I are both doing this Gluten-Free trial together. She has been creating some amazing meals and you should definitely head on over there for a look! I asked her a few questions to find out how she was doing so far this week.
Cara reading up on more Gluten-Free goodies!
1) Why did you decide to try a Gluten-free diet?
I have such a passion for health and fitness, especially seeing the diversity of what works and what doesn't for individuals. We are all SO different and figuring out what works best for ME is what feels like a lifelong journey. I have mentioned on my blog that I have food sensitivity that I have had a hard time figuring out. I think I've narrowed down the culprits to fiber-overdose (since I eat tons of plant based foods), dairy or gluten sensitivity. I generally don't eat any processed gluten but I wanted to kick it to the curb for a week just to see how my body would react. I was totally up for the challenge and to see what it feels like to walk in someones shoes with Celiacs Disease. And of course having an awesome blogging friend for support makes it that much better ;)
2) Are there any foods you would like to eat, but can't for this week?
I am lucky to have access to some really great health food markets in Southern California so I have actually been able to replace everything I would normally eat with a gluten-free version. The chocolate chip granola in my pantry has starred me down a few times this week though!
3) Which GF products do you recommend so far? Favorites?
I eat some type of wrap almost everyday for lunch so I was hesistant to replace my usual Ezekial sprouted grain tortilla's with GF ones. I bought Ezekial's GF brown rice wraps and really enjoy them! I've also been loving buckwheat - it makes great 'groatmeal' in the mornings and keeps me full longer than oats, which is a feat! Oh and baked lentil chips are bomb.com!
Lucky Number 81!
Congratulations to Sandy from Sassy Runner Girl! You won my giveaway for the book 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups! Congrats! Email me your mailing address and it will be sent to you! If you haven't read Sandy's blog yet, you're really missing out.
Sandy at the Nike Women's Marathon!
Would anyone be interested in doing a week similar to this one with me in the future? Let me know if you have a suggestion for a style of eating and if you would be happy to answer questions like this! I'm excited to learn more and doing these week long challenges is really fantastic.
Have you held a giveaway on your blog before? How do you pick a winner?
This is my first, so thanks for everyone who entered! I used Random.org to pick Sandy.