Post Vacation Real Talk

Trips and vacations sure are fun, but coming back to real life can be hard. I’ve learned that first hand. It’s easy to let loose a little on vacation when it comes to eating because you want to try new foods and celebrate a bit. I get it! It’s been hard for me to get back on a healthy eating plan since I’ve been back. I don’t have any concrete solutions, but I think it’s good to know that not everyone jumps right back into their exercise and healthy eating routine. It’s a process sometimes.

I’d love to hear how you get back on track after a trip!

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My Gluten Free Story

There’s so much talk these days about going gluten-free. Seems like everyone is getting on the GF bandwagon. I personally don’t  believe it’s a fad. I think most people can benefit from eating a gluten-free diet, especially with all the highly processed grains out there now. On the other hand, eating a gluten-free cupcake isn’t necessarily healthy either. Just because something is GF doesn’t mean it’s healthy. You can still easily gain weight on a GF diet. Simply swapping out a normal piece of brand for a GF piece of bread isn’t going to get you any health gains. At the beginning of my GF journey, I thought this was the case though. I said, ” It’s GF! I can eat as much as I want! Who cares if it’s sugar filled because it’s GF!” I quickly learned that was not the right approach and since then I’ve made major diet changes. (Hello Whole30!) Now I incorporate more veggies in place of the GF substitutes. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to have cookies, ice cream, and birthday cake every now and then, but now I can make it GF and not feel terrible after eating it! 

I hope after hearing my story about going GF and all the benefits I’ve reaped from it, that you’ll consider eliminating gluten from your diet for a period of time and see how you feel. 

Press play to hear my story!

I’d love to hear your stories and comments about going GF!

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Not My Bikini Body-Unmet Goals

 

Aloha!

For my 30th birthday I went to Oahu with my sisters. We had a blast! Being a Seattle girl, it’s not hard to appreciate some sunshine. In the past, I would have totally splurged and eaten anything I wanted. Hey, it’s my birthday after all! But this trip was different. I realized I REALLY have changed. The biggest change happened in my mind and how I thought about food. I told myself I could have whatever I wanted, but to make it worth it. I didn’t even feel tempted by those sugary tropical drinks or the ice cream shop with waffle cones wafting through the air. On my actual birthday all I ended up wanting was chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Crazy right? But that’s what I truly wanted and what sounded good. I didn’t put pressure on myself to have a ridiculously indulgent dessert just because it was my birthday. (Big part of this revelation came from reading “Food, Freedom, Forever“)

On the flip side, I had set a goal for myself to wear a bikini in Hawaii for my 30th birthday. I’ve had this goal for over a year and I’ve slowly been working towards it. As my birthday drew closer, I kinda figured out that I wouldn’t be wearing that bikini. I initially felt deflated. I felt like I had been working so hard for so long and had hardly made any progress. It was discouraging to say the least. To me a bikini symbolizes finally feeling comfortable with my body. Kinda like a sense of freedom. Like I have nothing to hide. Like I don’t need to figure out just the right outfit to camouflage my belly fat. So wearing a bikini would have been a big deal, but alas, it didn’t happen. 

Check out my video for how I dealt with this major letdown. 

I’d love to hear how you deal with unmet goals! How do you bounce back? Comment below and tag me in your posts on Instagram @iamthefitbaker