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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