It’s mid-July and I’m finally settling into the rhythm of summer (which actually came in June this year, a fluke by Seattle weather standards).
I’m a regular at the Sunday farmers market. (In next week’s video post, I’ll take you to the market with me and share my tips for navigating all of the summer goodies!)
My workouts have shifted from indoor to outdoor (except for Flywheel).
And I’ve turned off the TV in favor of a little summer reading. (Really, what’s the point of TV without new episodes of Mad Men or Modern Family?)
Have you slowed down for summer yet?
Here are some of my healthy summer reading picks to get you started – from cooking to happiness to “required” nutrition reading to pure summer fun. I’ve also included a few of my favorite healthy websites and blogs, for those who prefer screens to paper.
Kick back with a glass of rosé and enjoy! :)
Paper Some of these I’m reading for the first time; some I’m rediscovering. But they all feed my quest for living a happier, healthier life any way I can.
For Fun: Where’d You Go, Bernadette. This laugh-out-loud novel by Maria Semple – about lovable and crazy intelligent Bernadette and her attempts to deal with the eccentricities of living in Seattle while preparing for a family trip to Antarctica – is seriously the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. And when I say “laugh out loud,” I’m not kidding…I had at least one person at a coffee shop ask me what I was reading when I couldn’t contain my giggling. I finished this book in a matter of hours, and savored every word.
For Insight: The Happiness Project. I added this book to my list several years ago, when I first came across Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project blog; but it took seeing her speak at a recent event for me to finally pick up a copy. A chronicle of this NYC-based writer’s year-long attempt to be happier, The Happiness Project is filled with fascinating research about what really makes us happy; practical ideas for implementing new habits that have been proven to increase happiness; and thoughtful, often humorous, stories about Gretchen’s personal life and how her “Happiness Project” made it more fulfilling. Required reading for anyone who understands that how we feel is determined by how we act, not the other way around.
Clean Eating: It’s All Good. Go ahead. Mock me all you want for buying a cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow. Then, go pick up a copy and try Carrots with Black Sesame + Ginger (p. 161) or Cleo’s Afternoon Shake (p. 220) or Turkey Meatballs (p. 105) or Basic Brownies (p. 252). If you’re interested in cleaning up your diet without losing texture and flavor, this is the cookbook for you. While I haven’t tried every recipe yet, I love the overall philosophy and the pantry guide. Cooking from this book is my summer food project, so check back in with me in September to see what else I tried. :)
Required Reading: Food Rules. A classic in modern nutrition at this point, Michael Pollan’s “eater’s manual” is required reading for my private coaching clients. Every once in a while, I pull out my copy for a refresher and am reminded of the elegance, simplicity, and timelessness of Mr. Pollan’s advice. If you live by even half of his guidelines, you’ll feel better.
Inspiration: Sunset Magazine. Kind of a random addition to this list given that it’s a magazine, but I love every issue. Sunset is billed as a magazine for “western living,” so it covers only people, places, and things found on the West Coast of the U.S.; but it’s worth picking up (or checking out their website) for anyone interested in seasonal recipes and ideas for West Coast travel adventures.
Screen These sites are the ones I visit most frequently when I want interesting and/or unique articles about food, health, and the science of healthy living.
RodaleNews.com. The main online news hub for health, fitness, and wellness publisher Rodale (Women’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World).
Greatist.com. NYC-based website focused on how to improve your life through health, fitness, and happiness. Fun infographics, recipes, fitness tips, and other useful info.
Summer is vacation and travel season for a lot of us.
(A little personal travel note: I just got back from a long weekend in Portland, Oregon, where I experienced one of the coolest events ever: World Domination Summit. If you’re an entrepreneur, artist, filmmaker, writer, creative world changer, or just someone who finds inspiration in amazing people doing amazing things, you should absolutely meet me there next year.)
But instead of looking forward to your vacation, you’re thinking “I’ve been eating so well, exercising, taking care of myself…and I’m just beginning to feel better and see results. How am I gonna keep all of that up while I’m away from home?!!”
Okay, first of all…take a deep breath. I’ve got your back. :)
Being on the road and in unfamiliar surroundings can cause some serious stress when it comes to eating healthfully and staying on top of self care.
After years of traveling for work and for adventure – to places as close as Portland and San Francisco and as far away as Cambodia and Bali – I’ve zeroed in on a few things to bring and ways to be to help me stay in control of how I feel (physically and mentally) when I’m away from home…while allowing plenty of room for the lovely surprises of travel.
Check out my top five healthy and stress-free travel tips…and ENJOY your summer travel adventures!
Up your game before you go. In the weeks leading up to your trip, do your best to step up your self care. Eat what your body needs (i.e., whole foods). Stick with exercise. Get enough sleep. Be good to yourself! All of that stuff that we’d love to be doing all the time but that sometimes drops off as life gets busy. Focus on shoring up your self care habits so your body is ready for anything.
Let go of control. It’s just for a while; and if you have a strong base (see #1), your body will bounce back more quickly than you think. Part of the joy of travel – for me, at least – is exploring new places via food. Make room for indulgence and new culinary adventures; otherwise, you’ll miss out on one of the great pleasures of life…FOOD!! (If you’re like my client Tiffany – always forgetting that you’ve been able to bounce back from less-than-optimal eating/exercise/etc. before – make a list of the times that you went on vacation and your healthy self survived. Keep it in your wallet and look at it every time you doubt yourself. It’ll be like having me in your pocket saying “Um, wait. What about that time you went to Italy and ate piles of pasta and cheese and gelato and loved every bite…and got right back on track with healthy eating when you got back? Or that time you went to New Orleans and ate so many beignets that you…?” You get the idea. ;)
Follow the 90/10 Rule. Sort of the same idea as #2, but it’s helpful for some to have an actual rule to follow. Eat as well and healthfully as you can 90% of the time; save the other 10% for serendipitous yumminess. And for serious travel and culinary adventures, I’d make this more like 80/20…or maybe 70/30. ;) (For more tips on avoiding junk food on the road, check out this post.)
Be prepared. You’ve probably gathered that I’m a little bit of a control freak, particularly when it comes to self care and feeling great; so it will come as no surprise that I travel with snacks and other “self care accessories”…always. (I know I just told you to let go of control; but having just a little control can help you feel less stressed out…and that’s a good thing.) Here’s what you’ll find in my suitcase or carry-on on most trips:
Nuts. I like almonds, but any will do for a quick, filling, and sustainable energy boost when nothing else looks edible. (It does happen occasionally.) Try Trader Joe’s for single-serving nut packets if overindulging is a concern.
Whole fruit. Apples and bananas are the most portable and durable.
Ginger tea. To settle my tummy when I overdo it.
Water bottle. Staying hydrated is so, soooo important, especially when you’re traveling. It’s easy to forget and then wonder why you’re starving and/or craving sugar all the time (both side effects of dehydration). For longer trips, I love my Vapur foldable water bottle.
Earplugs. I’m obsessed with sleep no matter where I am…and for good reason (see this post from a couple weeks back). If you’re a light sleeper – or even if you’re not – I cannot recommend bringing earplugs highly enough. You just never know what fun noises you’ll encounter on the road (like the roosters living in EVERY SINGLE HOUSE in Bali that crow at the top of their lungs pretty much all night long). I even have a favorite brand: Mac’s Pillowsoft Earplugs. Those little foam ones you stick in your ears just don’t work for me.
Sunscreen. It’s summer. D’uh. Oh, and I’m obsessed with Humangear GoToob travel bottles for stuff like sunscreen, lotions, face wash, etc. Try one. You’ll love it!
Running shoes. Even if you hate running, you can’t argue with the fact that running (or walking) is the most portable form of exercise. You can do it (almost) anywhere. If you have room or are traveling by car, you could also throw in a yoga mat and do yoga classes on YogaGlo.com in your hotel room.
Do what you can…and let that be enough. That pretty much sums it up. You’ll be okay. Have fun! :)
My bottom line? Being healthy and feeling great isn’t the end game; it’s the tool I use to experience life feeling the way I want to feel. If I skip out on life in favor of “being healthy,” then I’ve totally missed the point, don’t you think?
What about you? How do you handle staying healthy on the road? Tell me in the comments.
P.S. Congratulations to you if you committed to my 10-Day Sugar Cleanse last week! A sugar-craving-free existence is the best, right?! :) Don’t worry if you missed it though; the sugar cleanse is still available (for now…I’m always cooking up new things for you). Discover how you can control your sugar cravings naturally (and for good) in just 10 days.
One of the most amazing summer soups I’ve ever had and takes full advantage of Washington State’s cherry season. It’s satisfying enough to be served on its own with a hunk of bread; or make it a first course for your own “farm-to-table” summer dinner party.
This menu came together last summer when my friend Jessica was visiting from L.A. We grilled the salmon on my roof deck and ate dinner al fresco with a view of Elliott Bay and the Space Needle. Perfect for July 4th and takes no more than 30 minutes to throw together.
How’d you sleep last night? If you’re trying to lose weight – or maintain a healthy weight – it’s a more important question than you might think…so important, in fact, that I ask my private clients about sleep every time we meet.
It’s even more important than “did you exercise?” or “did you eat healthy food?”. (Yep.)
You probably have a general sense of the importance of sleep to your health, but how often do you REALLY make it a priority? Get ready to move it up on the priority list…this week’s post might surprise you.
The research confirms what most of us already know from experience: Being tired makes us HUNGRY and more likely to crave carbohydrates (sugar!!) and fat, in particular.
Think about the last time you were jet lagged. All you wanted was a pile of pancakes, eggs, bacon, and COOKIES!!! Lots and lots of cookies. (Oh…wait…that was me. ;) Coffee was probably on the list of desperate cravings too – for the same reason that sugar was: A quick energy boost…that, by the way, can trigger even more sugar cravings.
Here’s why that happens:
Hormones. When we’re sleep deprived, our hormones get all out of whack. Cortisol – a stress hormone – not only increases when we feel stressed out, but also when we’re tired (which is really just a form of stress, when you think about it). Increased blood cortisol levels make us – you guessed it – hungry! Then there are the “hunger hormones,” leptin and ghrelin. Leptin regulates body weight; our resistance to leptin increases when we’re tired (i.e., it can’t do its job). And ghrelin, a hormone that regulates appetite, increases when we’re sleep deprived, sending the message to our brain that we’re hungry. So we eat more.
Metabolism. Not surprisingly, our sleep deprivation messes with our metabolism too. A Swedish study found that we burn up to 20 percent fewer calories the day after even one night of disrupted sleep. Add that to the fact that our hunger hormones are out of balance causing us to eat more food, and you’ve got a perfect storm of weight gain. (Interestingly, another recent study at the University of Colorado found that sleep-deprived subjects actually burned more calories during the day; but that seemed to be offset by the fact that they consumed so many extra calories, resulting in about two pounds of weight gain.)
I don’t know about you, but I find it really helpful to understand what’s actually happening in my body when it comes to this stuff. If that makes me a science geek, then so be it; but the bottom line is that I can control my relationship to food by making better choices when I understand how those choices actually affect me on a biological level.
Okay, so “making better choices” doesn’t always happen when we’re busy. Most studies show that 7 to 8 hours of sleep is the sweet spot for a majority of people; but if that’s just not happening for you, focus on QUALITY of sleep instead of quantity.
How to get more and/or better sleep
The key to restful sleep is what happens before you actually hit the pillow.
Have a bedtime routine. Start winding down at least 30 minutes before bed; an hour is better. Do a little restorative yoga or a short meditation. Take a shower. Read a book. Just something low-key and consistent to signal to your body that it’s time for sleep.
Ditch the screens. Blue light from iPhones, computers, TVs, and iPads inhibits our body’s ability to produce the melatonin that regulates our sleep cycle; so turn them off at least an hour before bed if you can. Keep this stuff out of the bedroom entirely if at all possible. (I recently bought an alarm clock so I could stop using my iPhone as a bedside alarm. It totally helped!) If you absolutely must read on your iPad in bed, try this nifty blue light filter to minimize exposure.
Limit liquid. Stop drinking liquid at least an hour before bed to minimize nighttime trips to the bathroom. And caffeine? Not so much after midday/early afternoon if you really want to sleep well.
Turn down the temperature. Most people sleep better in slightly cooler temperatures. Just make sure your bedroom is kept at a comfortable temperature for you.
What do you do to get the best possible sleep? Share your tips in the comments.
I know it’s June, but I’m still on an oatmeal kick at breakfast most mornings. (It’s still a little chilly here in Seattle.)
Oatmeal is endlessly versatile – and great with summer fruit on top! – so I never get bored. And it’s pretty quick if you use the prep tricks below.
Plus, nothing keeps me full and moving along all morning like oatmeal. Even eggs don’t do the trick (not for me, at least).
Here’s how I keep things interesting.
Oatmeal with fresh peaches and pecans…my favorite in the summer.
First things first: Skip the instant/quick cook oatmeal. From a nutrition and energy perspective, you might as well be eating air. Not to mention that the consistency and flavor is, well, ick. In fact, if you “hate oatmeal” but only eat instant or quick cook oats, I encourage you to give one of these a try before you declare your final hatred of oatmeal.
Use either whole rolled oats or steel cut oats. (I know, I know…they take too long to cook…just hold your horses for a minute! ;) You’ll get a sustained energy boost that will last you all morning plus a bowl full of fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, and other heart-healthy and cholesterol-lowering yumminess.
How to make oatmeal quicker (without using quick oats)
Make “soaked oats.” Put rolled oats in a container with milk or yogurt + dried fruit and nuts and let it sit overnight. (FYI: This won’t work with steel cut oats.)
Cook more oatmeal than you need and reheat for a few minutes the next morning by puttin it in a pot with a little water and steaming it with the top on.
Pre-soak steel cut oats overnight to reduce cooking time in the morning to about 10 minutes (vs. 30)
I’ve always believed – even before I knew I believed it – that true health is about much more than what you put in your mouth and how you move your body.
That stuff is so, so important; but if everything else in your life is falling apart (or even just a little out of balance), I’d bet my favorite pair of Stuart Weitzman pumps that you’re struggling to reach your health goals.
So, today, I want to ask you about one of the other parts of true health: Are you connected?
I don’t mean in a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, networking sort of way. I mean in a deep, inner, connected to yourself and your needs kind of way; and in an equally important connected to your friends, family, and community and their needs sort of way.
One of my “words of the year” for 2013 is Community. Six months into the year, I’m seeing how incredibly important that word is and how my community (or my people, as I like to call them) bolsters my health in a way that food and exercise alone never could.
A few thoughts on how to strengthen connection in your life – to yourself and to your “people.”
Your body will thank you when you do. I promise.
Say yes more. I’m a pretty opinionated girl (if you hadn’t noticed). If I don’t agree with you, you’ll hear about it. ;) While having an opinion is fine, I’m learning that finding agreement – even when you disagree with someone – does wonders for your relationships. Think about the last time your best friend or partner said or did something you didn’t love. What if, instead of jumping right to “No, you’re wrong.”, you took a few seconds to reframe things and chose to say instead “Yes, that’s an interesting angle/way of doing it. I also think…”. No one’s right; no one’s wrong. “Yes…and…” is additive instead of destructive. And things are rarely as black and white as we think. Living in a place of agreement is a state of mind, one that I’m pretty sure we can learn with enough practice. (I’m workin’ on it!)
Listen more. Oh boy, is this a tough one. How often are you “listening” to someone when you find yourself wrapped up in your own thoughts, waiting for your chance to chime in? Not so great for connecting with the person across the table from you, huh? I sometimes think I have a harder time with this by virtue of the fact that my job is 90% about listening to my clients. It’s as if, by the time I get to my personal relationships, I’ve “used up” all of my listening skills! My best advice for you here is to practice being present every moment of your day. Do whatever you have to do to bring your mind back into your body (instead of floating out in space) by wiggling your toes or noticing how your fingers feel as you type on your computer or taking a deep, belly breath and really feeling how the air moves up through your body to your lungs. It’s a constant struggle; but if you can stay present on your own, you’ll be better able to stay present with others.
Be strong…and gentle. My friend Kathy and I were lamenting over this one the other day: “Why is it so hard to be strong AND gentle at the same time?!,” I asked. As independent women, we struggle with this one every day: How do I stay true to who I am and also find gentleness and compromise when it comes to other people? I’m all about feminism to a point; but, like any ideology, it can be taken to the extreme. Kathy’s analogy to water sort of summed it up for me: Water is gentle and malleable (like a babbling brook); it’s also strong and powerful (like a river carving its own bed over thousands of years). Being both helps us bring value to the lives of our people while simultaneously allowing for deeper connection when we’re gentle enough to bend a little. (Kathy’s other analogy came via text the next day: Jello squares. It’s like Jello squares…they’re soft and flexible, but they still keep their shape!) :)
Practice yoga. At the risk of sounding a little hippy dippy, yoga is the best way I know to find enough stillness to get clear about my own needs while simultaneously opening my heart to the needs of others…and to receiving their efforts to connect with me. (Receiving is sometimes tougher than giving, don’t you think?) In an effort to be a little less stressed out and a little more pleasant to be around, I just committed to 30 days of yoga. Every day in June. Join me?
Cultivate grace. I love the word “grace.” It just sounds so lovely; and to me, it implies a state of stillness and redemption…a respite from chaos meant to help you sharpen your focus on what’s important so you can move through whatever challenges you’re dealing with and come out the other side happier and healthier…and more connected to the people in your life.
Feeling connected may actually be the single most important ingredient for health. (I’m sure there’s some research somewhere to back that up. Feel free to share it in the comments if you have a link.) The midpoint of the year seems like a good time to recommit to getting better at it, don’t you think?
Tell me in the comments:
What connections/relationships in your life could use a little attention right now?
What’s one thing you can do this week to strengthen those connections?
With gratitude for having you as one of my people,
How stressed out are you right now? On a scale of 1 to 10?
Okay. Write that down…and sit tight for a minute.
I don’t know about you, but stress and anxiety can be a real buzz kill for me some days.
I’m plugging along, doing my thing, when all of a sudden a thought pops into my head about something I need to do or something I haven’t done that I was supposed to do or something someone said that pissed me off or any number of other random things that make my blood pressure shoot up.
Next thing I know, my brain is in a tailspin and I can’t focus on ANYTHING, let alone figure out what I SHOULD be focusing on.
Chronic stress is pretty much par for the course for most of us. And we know it’s not doing us any favors in terms of our health. (Hello, high blood pressure, heart disease, weight gain, and diabetes!)
But who has time to drop everything and meditate in the middle of the day?
In this week’s video post, I share three of my favorite stress-busting exercises – things you can do in just a few minutes, wherever you are, to turn off that “monkey brain,” loosen up your shoulders, and get back to your day.
Try one next time you’re stressed out (i.e., now!). Then, leave a comment telling me what you tried and what happened to that stress number.
P.S. For more info on the techniques I mentioned in the video, follow these links:
You know that annoying friend at work? The one who always has amazing, healthy, home-cooked leftovers to bring to the office for lunch?
She’s clearly a closeted Food Network chef, right?
Probably not. She just knows where to find the good stuff.
I do too. And I’m willing to share. :)
Check out my top sources for quick meal inspiration, a few of them right in your pocket.
Cookbooks. That’s obvious, right? The key is to have no more than one or two go-to cookbooks, books that allow you to turn off your brain and flip to any page, knowing that you’ll find something reasonably quick to make. I’m a total Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks devotee (I really should branch out a little, shouldn’t I?); Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home and Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites are my top two. With simple ingredients, short ingredient lists, and accurate cook time estimates, I use these over and over again. A few of my favorite recipes from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home (for their storage and stretching-into-other-meals value):
Fish in a Packet – p. 244
Red Lentil Soup – p. 36
Seasoned Tempeh – p. 85
Websites + Blogs. I’m about 80% digital when it comes to recipes. Three of my favorite sources for quick, healthy meals:
EatingWell.com. This website does a pretty good job of posting healthy and simple recipes. Watch out for packaged/processed food short cuts in the ingredient lists, though, and substitute with more natural ingredients when you can.
101Cookbooks.com. One of my favorite food blogs, as much for the gorgeous photography as for the recipes. The recipes tend to be a bit more complicated, so I use this site when I’m feeling creative or want to try something new.
Epicurious.com. For some reason, whenever I search for a new recipe using a particular ingredient, recipes from this site pop up. I guess being affiliated with Bon Appetit and Gourmet Magazines has its SEO benefits. :)
Apps. You already know about Evernote if you read this post a couple of weeks ago. I also love Jamie Oliver’s Recipes app (formerly Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals). Jamie isn’t known for low calorie meals, but he will always hook you up with fresh, REAL food. The free app includes “recipe packs” for purchase (a free starter pack is included when you download the app), a shopping list feature that makes it really easy to get what you need, and step-by-step instructions for every recipe (including videos of basic cooking techniques and other goodies for cooking newbies).
CSA’s and Farmer’s Markets. If you’re not already a member of a CSA (community-supported agriculture), sign up now! Summer is the time to take advantage of meal inspiration from all of the yummy fruits and veggies coming into season. Many CSA’s and farmer’s markets provide recipes for members/shoppers – use them to banish the stress that can come with “what am I supposed to make with kohlrabi?!”. :)
Healthy Restaurant Menus. I love recreating – or attempting to recreate – simple meals that I have out, particularly at restaurants who specialize in simple and healthy meals (much easier to pick out all of the ingredients). This recipe came out of a visit to Chaco Canyon Café in Seattle’s University District. (My man makes special requests for this one on occasion. :)
Black Bean Sesame Rice Bowl
Cook Time: 10 – 40 minutes (depending on whether or not you have pre-cooked rice on hand) Makes 4 servings.
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 can no-salt-added black beans, drained
1/2 cup tahini
1 carrot, shredded
1 bunch baby bok choy, chopped
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
avocado, chopped (optional)
sea salt to taste
Combine all ingredients – except avocado – in a large bowl. Serve in individual bowls topped with chunks of avocado if desired. May be served warm or at room temperature. For a warm dish, heat the beans and cooked rice in a touch of sesame oil and water before combining with other ingredients.
Elimination diets are a hot topic in health and nutrition these days. Gwyneth Paltrow even uses the term in her new cookbook, It’s All Good (which I haven’t checked out yet, but hear is quite, well, good, if not all that practical).
I get questions about them all the time from confused clients and readers.
If you’ve ever wondered if an elimination diet is for you, read on.
WHAT is an elimination diet?
Wikipedia defines an elimination diet as “a method of identifying foods that an individual cannot consume without adverse effects. Adverse effects may be due to food allergy, food intolerance, other physiological mechanisms (such as metabolic or toxins), or a combination of these.”
The idea is to remove “target foods” to see if your symptoms – or “adverse effects” – resolve; and then reintroduce each food to see if the symptoms reappear. Symptoms could be anything from general stomach upset to low energy to joint aches to skin issues to “brain fog.”
These food experiments, as I like to think of them, can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months, depending on your goals.
WHY would I do an elimination diet?
If you suspect that you have a sensitivity or intolerance to a particular food or group of foods, you could use an elimination diet to see if your hunch is correct. A typical place to start is with common food allergens, like nuts, dairy, soy, shellfish, caffeine, and gluten. Many people also like to cut out refined sugar and sometimes corn.
Even if you don’t suspect an actual food sensitivity or allergy, doing an elimination diet is a great way to get clear about the “ideal” diet for your body, the way of eating that will make you feel best. (Not to mention that cutting out things like caffeine and sugar for even a short time can reduce cravings.)
HOW do I do an elimination diet?
If you’re just doing it as an experiment, an elimination diet can be a do-it-yourself project.
Start by eliminating all of your “target foods” to see if you feel better. Then, introduce each one back into your diet, one at a time…and remove it again before you add the next food. Note in a food diary what you ate and how you feel – your mood, your energy level, any physical changes/symptoms – with each addition. The idea is to get a sense of how each food affects you on its own, using this process of elimination to determine which foods you might want to minimize or avoid going forward.
If you suspect that you might have a true food allergy – or a more serious medical condition like celiac disease – it’s a good idea to work with a health coach and/or a doctor who can advise and monitor you during your elimination diet.
What can I EXPECT from an elimination diet?
It’s best to go into an elimination diet WITHOUT any expectations. If you can leave behind any assumptions you might have about what’s going on with your body, you’ll likely find truer answers. For example, if you’re convinced that you’re gluten-intolerant before you even begin an elimination diet, you may see things that aren’t really there. (Basic psychology, really.) Best to keep an open mind and see what comes up.
Some places to start + my elimination diet experiment
My favorite elimination diet – and one that you’ve likely seen me mention before – is Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger, M.D. While Clean is set up to be a full 21-day “cleanse,” you can use the elimination diet list of foods to eat and not to eat as a starting place for your own elimination diet, however you decide to structure it.
You can also do what I did a couple of years ago and just eat according to the elimination diet for a while to see how your feel in general. (I eventually did the full Clean program – it’s the only cleanse I recommend to clients – and found that my energy level was better, my skin looked better, and I felt more alert and focused.) You can read more about that experience here.
For more information and resources about food allergies, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is a good place to start.
So, tell me in the comments:
Have you ever tried an elimination diet?
Why did you do it?
What benefits (or side effects) did you experience?
About Lara Dalch
Lara Dalch holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Pilates Instructor – with certifications from both Core Pilates NYC and Power Pilates – and received her training to practice health coaching via the State University of New York and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.