pinterinspiration: post-elimination

Of course, as soon as food becomes “off-limits” I immediately desperately crave it. So what have I been doing? I’ve been pinning recipes for food to make as soon as we are out of crazy elimination land. Because I’m a glutton for punishment. Roasted Brussels Sprouts Nutella Pudding Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos Soft Baked Pretzel… 

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fun friday: guilty pleasures

Jersey-ShoreMy general life philosophy is "do the things I want to do, and don't do the things I don't want to do." Of course, as an adult, that isn't always possible. Do I want to pay bills and go to the dentist? Not particularly, but I do those things because I'm a responsible, contributing member of society. But when I do have a choice, I try not to feel guilty or ashamed for choosing the things that make me happy.. . .
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recipe swaps to lower calories

You all* know that I love butter and cream and sugar and all those other awesome ingredients that make life worth living. But as I've gone down this rocky path known as health, I'm starting to realize that sometimes, it is best to give up a little of the "real" stuff to save some calories. You'll never see me buying fat free cheese (YUCK!) but you will see me sometimes subbing in some real food lower-cal ingredients for their high-calorie. . .
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vegan roasted red pepper pesto

pestoI'm kinda obsessed with nutritional yeast. Or "Nut. Yeast" as Babyface so eloquently labeled the jar in our pantry. I've seen nutritional yeast pop up on numerous vegan and vegetarian blogs for years and scoffed at the stuff. It felt like a ridiculous ingredient. Obscure. Weird. And seriously, who needs things to taste "cheezy" when you can use actual, honest-to-goodness cheese? Plus, the stuff looks like fish food. And fish food is not good eats. And then, just like my. . .
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a guide to gluten-free grains

grains mason jarsOne of the more fun parts about going gluten-free for the elimination diet has been discovering all the fun kinds of naturally occurring gluten-free foods there are out there. I am obviously very new to this, but I've already tried a pretty big breadth of grains from my local co-op's bulk bin and I am amazed at how varied the grains are that are out there today. I thought I might shed a little light on the basics of gluten-free. . .
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two bean meatless meatloaf (vegan, gluten-free)

meatless meatlofMy Mama's meatloaf is the stuff of legends. Relegated to elementary lunchroom horror stories and sitcom fodder, meatloaf tends to get a bad wrap, but I promise you, my Mama's meatloaf will change the opinion of even the staunchest of meatloaf opponents. That all being said, this isn't my Mama's meatloaf. Because, well, the elimination diet doesn't allow for red meat. Let alone a full pound of ground cow. So this technically shouldn't be called "meatloaf" at all. It really. . .
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runner’s wish list

running wishlistRunning is one of the few sports out there that can be almost completely free. Chances are, you have a pair of tennis shoes in your closet and some workout clothes in your dresser. Really, those things are all you need to get out there and run (and you can always run barefoot and naked, if you don't mind getting arrested). Of course, once you get into running, it becomes pretty obvious just how far you can travel from the. . .
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what i ate wednesday: in the groove

smoothie rice cake breakfastWelcome back, WIAW! After documenting my daily eats for the past week thanks to the elimination diet, I was definitely glad to get a few days off from the camera. But we're back again today with my eats from yesterday. I labeled this week's WIAW "in the groove" because I feel like we've definitely hit our stride with elimination land. We've made some decisions on what we can and can't be flexible on and are eating lots of yum foods.. . .
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chickpea and flaxseed homemade pasta (vegan, gluten-free)

pastaIf this elimination diet has taught me nothing else, it has opened me up to the world of gluten-free flours, and more specifically, my newly-beloved chickpea flour. Made from finely ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans), the flour is packed with protein and fiber, and slight chickpea flavor that can be either complimented or hidden with other flavors depending on your end goal. So far with chickpea flour, we've made pancakes, socca, and the world's creamiest and smoothest hummus. Seriously, it is. . .
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favorite celebrity chefs.

giada-de-laurentis-0604p28-mWe recently cancelled cable, but before that, I was moderately obsessed with Food Network and the Cooking Channel. Those two were definitely my "go to" cable channels when I wanted to zone out in front of the tube. So much great inspiration for my recipes came directly from the great TV chefs out there. Here are my favorite ladies and gents: [one_third] (source)[/one_third] [two_third_last] Giada de Laurentis: I have a love/hate relationship with Giada. On one hand, I adore her. . .
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elimination diet week one recap

We made it through week one of the elimination diet and we came out the other side pretty much unscathed. I think we learned a ton this week and I feel like we're finally hitting our stride. When I made our menu for this week, I pretty much followed a cookbook and plan exactly. I hated it! By the end of the week, I'd totally scrapped it and was doing my own thing. I think I had such low confidence. . .
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banana no bake cookies (vegan, gluten-free and no added sugar)

no bake cookiesI feel like, as of recent, my recipes sound like something out of a sitcom punchline. The wife says, "Honey, I made some vegan, gluten-free, no sugar added cookies for dessert." And then the husband turns to the camera with a look of disgust on his face. And then there is a laugh track. I hate sitcoms like that. Because usually they consist of a wife that is smart, beautiful and savvy paired with a husband that is dumb, lazy. . .
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hoosiers outrun cancer race report

me race 5k run bibBabyface and I ran a 5K this on Saturday! We ran Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, which is one of two "standards" on our race list every year. Our first few years, we walked it, but this year, we ran those hills, baby! Races in Bloomington are always...interesting. A lot of folks think that Indiana is flat, but that is really only true for North of Indianapolis. Southern Indiana is incredibly hilly and Bloomington is no exception. Even with the hills it. . .
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monday motivation + weekly goals

bloom-frame-tmProgramming note: if you take a gander at the title of this post, you'll notice that I've decided to combine my weekly Monday Motivation quotes with my Weekly Goals posts. I just felt like neither of them had enough "umph!" to stand alone. Plus, it opens up more spots for delicious recipes and rambling about stuff. So with our powers combined... Monday Motivation This one piggy-backs off of last week's Maya Angelou quote. A lot of times, we can't choose. . .
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sweats of the week

weightsMonday (9/19) Gym (55 minutes, 448 calories) 30 minutes strength (kettlebells, free weights, body bar, planks and push-ups) 20 minutes treadmill sprints 5 minutes stretch My goal as of late has been to pack as much calorie burning power into as small amount of time as possible. Sure, on a lazy Sunday morning, I can spend 90 minutes and take a leisurely stroll, but on a Monday morning before work? I need to be efficient. This was a good start.. . .
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