May 31, 2013

Is gluten-free eating just a fad? And other stuff.

My gym running partners would agree that this whole work thing is really messing up my schedule. And it's not that I work that many hours, although I am up to almost 15/week. But by the time you get four kids ready to go to work with you, then come back, then juggle them in the air while you do a million other things, time evaporates. So when it looks like I'm taking a blog break, I'm just running around crazy with my new job and the kidlets, who have been out of school for a full week already. Time to make our giant list of things we want to do this summer. On the top of the list is our road trip to California. AL to LA, for sheezy. 

Also time to play catch up with y'all. 

1. I had some really fun runs this week, including an early Monday morning group run thanks to Memorial Day. For me, one good way to remember those who died serving our country is to make the best of each new day and appreciate our sometimes fleeting lives. 


We used the gravel-y trails around our local Veterans Park for this run. I never run with this group because a) they are running superheroes who intimidate me and b) it's not on a convenient morning for me to leave for a run, but it was cool to see what they are up to on Monday mornings and get worked over for a run. Red face plus salty temples = quality run. 

Then my Thursday morning group gave me a solid workout too. Minus the spider webs wrapping my face up like a Christmas present and the couple of giant roll outs, where I trip and roll completely off the trail into the fluffy trailside bed of inviting poison ivy, it was a great start to the morning. 


2. A lot of recent food trial and error. 

Error. So you definitely are supposed to turn off the burner before you hear your boiled eggs popping. Just a super helpful tip for y'all. And, yes, I've made this mistake before. 


To balance it out I created this deliciousness from fridge scraps. Fridge scraps are all of the leftover about-to-go-bad foods in your fridge. Sometimes they work together to become a delicious lunch. This dish includes previously cooked rice/quinoa, red peppers, already chopped onions, and a handful of mushrooms. The only topping was salt, and I loved it so much I could hug it. 


For the most part, I've been sticking with no gluten, no processed sugar, and no dairy. Minus a dinner out with my husband last night and minus my son's 8th birthday. Turns out that eating all three (dairy, gluten and sugar) in one meal when you've been avoiding them, will guaranteed put you in a food coma. And your pipes will suffer. Not the vocal ones. 

My nephew wrote something recently about how he thinks going on a gluten-free diet is just a fad that people are following. To paraphrase, he feels like even though some people are really allergic to gluten, for most people it's just not necessary and that they are just doing it because of crowd influence. What do you think? I do think that marketers are trying to target that population at the store because they can charge more for gluten-free products, but I rarely buy those. Gluten-free pancake mix is just some type of rice flour mix that I can make at home. Our blender will even make flour out of rice for us. Bonus: I just learned how to make rice milk. Thank you, internet. 

3. My son and number two child turned 8! 


We celebrated with cheesecake. 


And roller skating on grass.


4. I recertified for CPR this week. The more I do this certification, the more it feels natural to go through the steps. Hopefully it would feel that way in a real emergency as well. 


 If you are interested in certifying, here's info for Red Cross CPR certification in your area.

5. A lot of people ask me how I tell the twins apart. Here's the answer.




Those are strictly Twin B faces. Plus, he's the only one who wears a measuring tape as a necklace-scarf.

 6. I was cleaning out my emails and remembered this rad moment when Bart Yasso followed me on Twitter. Running life complete. The only thing is that I wish his legs were stronger.


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Do you think gluten-free eating is a fad for those without Celiac disease? I really want to hear all your pros and cons on this one.

Are you CPR certified? Why did you get certified? 

When do you relax your normal eating habits? Definitely for birthdays and sometimes when I'm eating out, which I don't do that often these days.

Are you running this weekend? I am! Rockin' Choccolocco 50K is tomorrow. I need all the luck you can wish me.

31 comments:

  1. Looks like lots of fun things going on! :)
    I know quite a few people who have gone Gluten free but I've never tried... Too much hassle for me ;)
    I hope you have a great weekend!

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  2. Yes I think gluten free is definitely a fad but at least one that's good for folk:) love your twin B's faces!
    I ran a mile today for the first time since Tosh was born. It was hard 50 lbs overweight but I still loved t! Xoxox

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  3. Getting trained in CPR started out as a needed College credit.

    Best of luck at the 50k!

    As long as the gluten free bakery sells yummy treats does it really matter if it is a fad or not?

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  4. Celiac disease is not the only reason to avoid gluten. There are millions of us who have varying levels of gluten sensitivity who are not celiac, me included.

    I have realized many health benefits from giving up gluten and in fact even more from giving up grains altogether.

    I am sure some people are trying it out cause it is getting more well known, but honestly, I don't thing gluten is really good for anyone.

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    1. I've never been tested for sensitivity. I just know from food experiments that I feel better without it.

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  5. Glad I'm not the only one who forgets the boiling eggs! I relax my diet after races. Wishing you the best 50K!

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  6. I tried gluten free once when my son was younger because he has ASD (Asperger's) and sometimes those kids have GI issues, which he did. I thought it would help, but back then it was so hard to find any gluten free items (not like now). The ones found also tasted like crap. We lasted maybe a week. Ten years later and I was cleaning gluten free products out of the back of my freezer when I sold my house. And they are expensive!! I had to get CPR cert. many years ago when I had a home daycare. Many, many years ago!

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    1. My great friend and her son eat gluten free because her son has autism. For the same reason. She sees a difference in his behavior when his diet is gluten free.

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  7. Your nephew is right...it's such a fad. And so many people don't take me seriously when I say I'm gluten free. I had a lady at a birthday party roll her eyes at me after I turned down pizza and cake!
    I was at a baby shower where a girl told me that she was gluten free too...as she was piling on the croissants and cupcakes on her plate. Um...yeah...it was her cheat day. I just smiled but I should have told her "NOT THE SAME THING!".
    One guy at Mellow Mushroom (after ordering gf pizza) asked if it was just a diet or medical necessity...MEDICAL NECESSITY! At least he gets it.
    But it has helped with providing me more options to eat out and more options at the grocery store. :)

    Totally jealous about the CPR class. Oh I need to do one and I just can't find the time or way to make it a priority...

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    1. Thanks for offering this perspective! That has to be seriously frustrating when people act like you're just being a picky eater when you refuse gluten.

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  8. I just eat NO grain, or rice. Not Gluten, but Paleo. Which is probably a fad but I love it and it makes me feel good. Nuts and dark chocolate keep me chunky and happy.

    I have taken care of patients that had what we call "bystander" CPR after a cardiac event and lived. But not just lived, they were able to go back to their lives as they were. It's really important to know CPR and I think for the most reason is just in case a loved one needs it. It's so easy and can be so helpful. I have so many certifications I need a book. But that's my job.

    Not running any races this weekend. I'm going up to the hills of Utah and doing some trail running to prep for the Wasatch Back Ragnar. BOOM! Exciting!

    I wish you the best of luck! I was a single mom and I worked AND went to nursing school. I have no idea how I did it, but I do know I had some bad habits that got me through!

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    1. Wow, I'm so impressed that you have saved lives with CPR! That is really cool.

      And I'm jealous you'll be running in UT! We'll be driving through sometime in June, and I can't wait to see the mountains again.

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  9. I accompanied my MIL to a dr. appointment today and the dr. suggested she try a gluten-free diet to help with belly/digestive issues so it is becoming more mainstream. I've been gluten free, primarily by choice, for about 5 years. I eliminated several common allergens when I was experiencing some minor health stuff and just felt better all around. Whether I'm allergic/sesitive or not, I FEEL good eating the way I do. And, I feel that I eat better quality foods because I have eliminated most of the ones that aren't very nutritious anyway. It is such a personal issue. Thanks for addressing it!

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    1. That is exactly why I've maintained the mostly gluten-, dairy-, and sugar-free diet. I have so much more energy and my digestion feel so much more regulated.

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  10. Like many trends, I do think that gluten-free has a tendency to be faddish, but I'm pretty sure the US is full of hypochondriacs.I think a lot of people have adverse, or what they think are adverse reactions,to foods and automatically assume its gluten.

    I am CPR certified and I had to be for my job because we lived on an island and if any of the campers got sick/hurt, we had to be able to help. I hated CPR class because it hurt my hands.

    I definitely relax my eating habits for birthdays/visiting other people or when eating out. And after drinking. Big issue!

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  11. I think gluten-free is a fad, but I think it will "stick" with those that feel that it is really helping them...performance wise and health wise. I try to have a balanced diet, but out of convenience, never go extreme one way or the other.

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  12. You're busy! It's awesome that you still fit in group runs, they look really fun.

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  13. I always wonder about the gluten free thing, too. I know that for some people it is necessary but I know lots of people that have just switched for their whole families (not because they had to, just chose to) and I wonder what will happen when the kids grow up and decide they want to stop the gluten free - will their bodies revolt?
    We aren't gluten free because at this point we can all tolerate gluten so we do I have made meals for people who are and YIKES!! I'm always afraid I'm going to inadvertently put something in that I shouldn't. (lots of google use!) I guess it gets easier when you do it all the time but for me it is hard!!

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    1. Yes, my gluten-free experiment has made me see a small snippet of how hard it is for those who are gluten free because of medical necessity. If I mess up, I just get constipated, but if they mess up, it's a much bigger deal.

      Even when I'm eating gluten free, I don't make my kids do it. They still use sandwich bread and eat cereal, but when I make family dinner, I make something gluten free.

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  14. Although we aren't a gluten-free household I do think there is something to be said about what types of grain we consume. Ever read "Wheat Belly"? Brings up some good points on the subject.
    Eight is such s grest age! Our son is eight and I just love how he's become so independant and grown into his personality.
    Not racing this weekend but running. Hubby may possibly join me for the first time EVER!

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    1. Nice job recruiting your husband for a run! Hope he loved it -- or at least will consent to future runs!

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  15. I used to work for a big UK retailer marketing our range of gluten-free foods so I know a little (not a lot) on this subject. The medical view seems to be that only people diagnosed (or not) with Coeliac Disease actually NEED gluten free food as gluten harms their body. I also agree with your nephew that most people who eat gluten free don't actually need to and it is just a fad. I feel for people with coeliac disease (who would love to eat amazing bread and the like but can't do so) who must feel gutted when they see perfectly healthy people cutting out gluten for no real reason. Having said all that, if people go gluten free and do actually feel better (rather than just say so to be trendy) then who am I to stop them? I feel that giving up sugar and processed foods is a much more logical and healthy thing to do!

    And, it has to be said. Your Thursday Trail Group. Not an ugly bunch!

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    1. Ha, in that picture of the Thursday run group, it looks like I run with giants. And usually we have more girls to balance things out, but they all slept in!

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  16. I think there are definitely a lot of people doing gluten free because everyone else is. Then I think there's a group of people who do it because although they're not formally allergic, they do feel better without it. And then I think there is the original group of people who have legitimate problems with it. Just kinda bugs me when ppl do stuff like this only because it's popular. Speaking of Bart, we got to have lunch with him when he was in town for the BMO Vancouver Marathon! Very nice guy.

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    1. I never thought I would stick with gluten free after trying it for a couple of weeks, but I feel so much freer intestinally when I do.

      So cool you got to have lunch with Bart!

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  17. Hope your 50K went well!

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  18. To some degree is is a fad now. I have celiac relatives for whom it's absolutely necessary, and given that family history I've tried going gluten-free myself. Cutting out white flour would of course benefit anyone, so it's good for many people whether they need it or not. And I'm sure there are many degrees of gluten sensitivity other than celiac. For me, I've been doing it for a while but I don't even know for sure if it helps, I should probably run the experiment. My diet tends to be really good or else all fall apart at once, so it's been hard to tease out what the gluten-free does for me. But I can verify that when I suddenly have dairy, gluten, sugar, and alcohol, it's not good. I'm thinking now that the dairy is more of an issue for me than the gluten.

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  19. I think that gluten free eating has become a bit of a fad for those that don't have celiac. I tried to go gluten free about 4 years ago just as an experiment and I felt somewhat better but not enough to convince me to change my diet. What I enjoyed about that experiment was the new types of flours that I discovered. Several of which I still use to this day. As a rule I try not to eat processed crap, but once and a while I want some pizza or a slice of cake or pastry or whatever so I'll have it. I figure if I eat well 80% of the time, I'll suffer the consequences (whatever they may be) the other 20% of the time.
    I'm actually going to get my CPR certification next week. It's something I've been thinking about for a while and now that I'm working on getting my coaching certification, it's a necessity.

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  20. P.S. Hope your 50k went well!! :)

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  21. honest answer, yes, i 100% think it's a fad for those without celiac. i had a sorority sister who has celiac (this was 15 years ago) and i had never heard the word at all. now it's gluten free everything. her mom used to have to ship her food from TX. my how things have changed!! and i hear ya on pipes blowing when changing up the diet :):) also, cheesecake for bday cake? if that was his choice, he rocks!

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