If I’m slacking on any of my New Years resolutions it is in going gluten-free.  I didn’t decide to cut out gluten because it’s the latest diet craze, I did so because as a general rule my digestive tract is a total effing disaster.  I’m not going to go into the specifics because I like you, and would like you to hang around.

I’ve made a whole lot of excuses as this resolution fell off it’s rightful bandwagon:

G-free is expensive
I can’t expect The Fella to stock up on G-free foods at his place.
I eat out a lot.
I like bread.
I forgot I was cutting out gluten.
It’s Passover and I have to eat Matzo (okay, this only counts for this week)

Despite my expertly crafted excuses, the proof is in the bloating.  As I’ve slacked, my stomach (and skin–that’s another thing for another time, but let’s just say my skin appears to react to gluten in a way that I find less than stellar) has reminded me of why I made this resolution in the first place.

One of my favorite diet books (what, like you don’t read diet books for fun?!  Oh, you don’t?  That’s just me.  Awkward) is called The Jungle Effect.  I may have been one of three people that actually read this book, but I love it.  It’s not traditional in that it’s not really about losing weight, it’s more of a road map of world diets.  One of the main points the author, Dr. Daphne Miller (no relation), makes is that indigenous diets develop via trial and error.  Long before frozen pizzas became a staple of our diet, people thought about what they ate after they ate it–and not in a “Crap, I feel really guilty now” kind of way, but in a “How does this make me feel?” kind of way.

When a food made someone feel good, they kept eating it.  When a food caused discomfort, it was ditched from the hunting-gathering list.

Somewhere along the way I think we ditched this very useful habit, but I’m trying to bring it back by taking stock of the way I feel after I eat–and stop making excuses to eat food that are obviously making me feel craptacular…after Passover ends (okay, one last excuse).


Smoothie with almond milk, spinach, banana, chocolate protein powder, and almond butter


Matzo brie (It’s Passover tradition, kind of like giant-cracker French toast. Better than it sounds.)
Vegetables soup


Grilled asparagus
Grilled chicken and BBQ sauce

Exercise: 45-min strength training with trainer, 15-minute varied cardio (running, box jumps, jump squats, burpees)