Sincerely Carolina

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back to (gluten-free) basics

by caroline

Hello there, cupcakes! And Happy New Year! I haven’t yet updated the blog since we entered 2014, so I feel like I need to say that!

So, in case you haven’t been following me on my various social mediums, like Facebook and Instagram, The Gluten-Free Revolution is out and people are holding it in their hands and it’s a real, live thing and … OHMYGOSHICAN’TBELIEVEIT! Thus far, it’s been a crazy ride and as the saying goes, it’s only just begun!

As I begin to talk about the book and all that it entails, I am realizing more and more how MUCH we need to get back to the roots of what a healthy gluten-free lifestyle really looks like. The growing awareness of gluten-free diets has been largely beneficial to those of us who suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, but it has also caused large manufacturers to latch onto the fad-like nature of the “gluten-free” label. And it’s resulted in a lot of misconception about what a gluten-free lifestyle looks like. Packaged snacks and overly processed foods are always unhealthy –– gluten-free or not. The Gluten-Free Revolution brings readers back to basics and shows people that a gluten-free diet looks like any healthy diet minus the inclusion of very specific ingredients (wheat, barley, rye and contaminated oats). What does that mean? Whole foods for everyone! Fresh fruits, veggies, simply grilled fish and, of course, a few homemade treats in between.

I don’t subscribe to an all-or-nothing lifestyle (with the exception of always eating gluten-free because of having celiac disease). I constantly tell people you can have your green smoothie and gluten-free brownie too –– and I wholeheartedly believe that.

SO NOW WHAT?! All this week I’m going to be prepping you for the 1-Week Back to (Gluten-Free) Basics Plan I am launching next week. The plan will include recipes, meal plans, shopping lists, one-to-one virtual coaching with me and more. And guess what?! It’s all FREE! This plan is my way of helping you to ignite your own health revolution -– gluten-free or not –– and get back to the basic whole foods that comprise a healthy diet.

This week we will be talking about:

  • How to Stock a Gluten-Free Pantry
  • Types of Gluten-Free Grains
  • Staying Fit in a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
  • How to (Quickly) Build a Gluten-Free Plate
  • And more!

The plan will include recipes for those of you who want to spend a little time in the kitchen, as well as options for people who need quick, on-the-go options. I will also be linking to some short (yet effective) workouts that will give your new year a jump start.

The best part? While we will be focusing on whole, healthy food options, each day will allow you to choose an indulgence of your choice, including a small glass of wine or a sweet treat. I will be setting a few rules for how this will all work, but the idea behind it is that we are NOT ON A DIET. This is a plan for building a lifestyle, not a quick fix. That means it’s important for us to learn how to make healthy, balanced decisions for the long haul. Does that include healthy salads? Yep! Are we throwing some chocolate in there too? You bet.

Because that is LIFE. And this plan is going to teach you how to live a healthy life –– not a momentary diet plan that has you face first in a bowl of pasta the moment it’s over. The recipes and meal ideas you will receive from this 1-week plan are ones that you will use time and time again.

Who’s excited?! As an extra, I’ve roped my husband, Dan, into following the plan along with us. He’s not gluten-free and I thought he would be the perfect person to show you that a healthy gluten-free diet doesn’t have to involve complicated ingredients. In fact, very often Dan and I sit down to the same gluten-free meal because of the simple, healthy foods we choose to eat! I will be asking him for his feedback along the way and hearing from all of you as well.

I’m curious: What are your top gluten-free questions? Sound off below!