Before I begin, I just wanted to say thank you for all your love and comments on my last post about the gluten free diet. I just want to say that I got the sense that some of my readers felt as if I was introducing this new diet to them but that was not the main purpose of that post. Instead, my main point was to target those who do SUFFER with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. I wanted to discuss, briefly, how if they are following the conventional guidance of “This is gluten free and this is not” than they would not actually be eating gluten free. To add to that, if they are still suffering with symptoms despite cutting out the ‘gluten-free’ grains than the other [supposedly] gluten free grains may be to blame and they should experiment with cutting those out to see if their gut feels better as a result.
I was not trying to push the gluten free diet on those who don’t have an issue with it as I do hope that I do come across as promoting the notion of eating whole, unprocessed foods and not feeling the need to cut out foods you don’t have a problem with if you don’t wish to. Often times when I post about dietary lifestyles I’m simply giving my opinion on it and why it may be something to experiment with if you are having some issues with your current diet/digestive system.
So to conclude, I do not promote the gluten free diet as a mode of weight loss. Many individuals going this route simply switch to heavily processed gluten free products which is not healthy. Even if you have an allergy to it and are forced to cut them out, please don’t eat that crap because, well, it is crap. On the other hand, if you experiment with proper gluten free eating (eating whole foods and simply removing grains from your diet) and feel better without the grains (like myself) than power to you and go gluten free and/or paleo or primal!
Always remember that you do what works best for your body, not what the public is saying is best because all of our bodies are unique and work on different lifestyles.
Okay okay, onto today’s programming.
So as the title suggests, I’m at home this weekend for some relaxing and rejuvenation after a long and tiring week. I always look forward to booking off my weekend shifts and coming home because just those few days really perk me back up. This week I knew that I really needed some R&R because after 3 back to back days of 8 hour close shifts (meaning 5 hours of sleep every night while still training the way I do #BeastModeNeverStops), my body was just aching and screaming at me for sleep and ‘do nothingingness’
So what better place to do that then at home? Oh and with this face…
I have been asked to incorporate more personal stuff and events into my blog so here ya go. Hopefully my weekend of nothingness doesn’t bore you to tears. 😀
So last night I came home after my Dad and I stopped into Whole Foods and made a great dinna…
Then I proceeded to make my Dad cookies..
Healthieeerrr-ish chocolate chip oatmeal cookies loosely following this recipe by Kylie.
Yeah. Well I didn’t read further into Kylie’s directions when she stated to smoosh them down because they won’t spread…So they go smooshed half way through. Oh well, hopefully my Dad still finds them tasty.
My version was:
- 2 cups oats (ground into a flour)
- 1 cup oats left whole
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Crank or two on the ol’ salt grinder
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup raw cashew butter
- 1/8 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4-1/3 cup pure semi sweet mini chocolate chips (all my parents had on hand)
Directions: “Cream” all the wet together. Add your dry (once you have mixed them well) and combine to form a cookie dough. Add a few tbsp of water as the dough may be a bit dry (or you could just add more apple sauce if you wish). Fold in your chocolate chips. Roll into balls and smoosh down onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 12ish minutes or until the bottoms are beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and plate them up to let them cool.
I haven’t baked in forever! I just had to. Oh and I didn’t say my MOM and Dad because my Mom is allergic to nuts and so she’s thinkin that even with the use of cashews (technically a fruit), she still can’t eat’em. #Sadface.
Side Note. I found a super cool site discussing the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie here. It’s quite interesting.
This morning (and a Rest Day), I forced myself to sleep in…
Does anyone else have a really hard time sleeping in? Don’t get me wrong, I love sleeping, but literally I woke up at my normal time, went back to bed. Woke up every 30 mins or so, checked the time and was like…
“Dammit Chelsea go to sleep!”
Finally, up I got as I figured this was acceptable enough and began on the prep of my epic (was looking forward to this all night…) breakfast…err brunch #SaladBeast using yet another amazing purchase from Whole
I quickly marinaded it (can’t even call it marinading as it sat there in the ‘sauce’ for like 10 minutes) in liquid smoke (the best stuff for red meat!), peppa, chili flakes, and garlic powder before throwing it on the grill (YES!) with my normal salad additions..
Am I getting your excited yet with this drawn out lead up to a salad or what?…
- Acorn Squash
- Ma STEAK!
- Garden Salad Blend (lettuces, red cabbage, shredded carrots and radishes)
- Snap peas
- My organic no salt, no sulphites sundried tomatoes (the best with beef…or anything really)
- Broccoli sprouts
- My basil-cilantro pesto
Annnd my dressing..
So to continue my day of nothingness, I think my Mom and I are going to head out for a walk with the Magg-sters before the rain sets in. I also have this huge urge to make a peach pie. Is that weird? I saw the baskets of local peaches at the grocery store and I haven’t baked in ages so apparently that’s all I can think of doing at this moment. No this won’t be a healthy peach pie. It will be the pie my Mom and I always make together. Hmmm can you grill a pie? Oh this may turn out badly.
If I make one, I will be sure to show ya guys 🙂
What do you do on your day’s of nothingness?
Do you feel guilty about doing nothing? I still do but I’m trying to work on not thinking about that too much.
Enjoy your Sunday Friends!