Monday, January 4, 2010

2010: The Year of Gluten Free Abundance

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Start your new year off with Gluten Free Bagels for breakfast!

I've been pondering what to write to begin Ginger Lemon Girl for the year 2010. Just saying 2010 seems far away... a time in the distant future... a time I'm not quite sure what to do with.

2009 seems like it just came and now the year is over and a new one has begun.

Many things have happened this year. It was a good year for me. Uneventful in some ways, most eventful in others.

Eventfully, I tried several methods of getting healthy... all were very positive experiences that I learned a lot from... but they didn't get me to the level I needed to reach.

Health can be such a tricky goal. While I feel incredibly healthy on the gluten free front... I seldom get a migraine these days, I am continuing to learn how to eat dairy free, and soy free. I'm thankful to continue to learn what foods my body needs to be healthy.

But in other areas: primarily my weight, my cholesterol, and my triglycerides... I still need to learn what will work for my body. I need to be at a healthy weight. I want to be at a healthy weight.

I want to be able to control the level of my cholesterol and triglycerides without the help of medication.

I thought following a vegan diet would do the trick... but unfortunately it did not change my numbers enough to make the difference I need.

So I'll be continuing on my journey to good health, along with following a gluten free, soy free, and casein free diet. We will continue to eat mostly plant based meals with chicken, lean meats, and fish once or twice a week.

As my health lifestyle continues to change, so will Ginger Lemon Girl. Exercise will become a top goal for me in 2010. With the re-arranging priorities will come the re-arranging of time to cook and bake.

I will continue to post recipes as often as I can... I know that recipes are the core of this blog and I don't want to change that... Yet, I also want to be real and honest and share what life brings in this New Year. Thank you for bearing with me as Ginger Lemon Girl changes and adapts to life a little bit healthier!

I sincerely hope you will join me on the journeys to come!

May this new year bring health, joy, and peace to you and your family.

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  1. Ohhh...those bagels look fantastic, Carrie!
    I hear ya on the health front. Unfortunately, I find that since going GF and having a food blog, a lot of my goodies are "regular food" replacements (breads, cookies, cakes, etc), and not just normal gf foods. I look forward to hearing about your journey to a healthier you! May this "space-age" year be a great one for you. ;)

  2. Your journey sounds soooo familiar! My giant leap towards "healthy" began with GF, then DF, then soy, then felt very limiting! I'm a pharmacist, and as I have continued to recover (yes, truly) from autoimmune thyroid disease and avoid cardiac issues, my best results and energy levels are coming from a high-raw mostly vegan diet. Blood sugar and insulin responses from even GF carbs have a direct influence on how we store and use energy. Check out Gabriel Cousens, M.D., books (ex: There Is A Cure For Diabetes, Conscious Eating) - he gets it! Best of luck!

  3. Happy New Year! The bagels look wonderful!

  4. Happy New Year, Carrie! I think you can achieve those goals for sure because you're so motivated! Good luck! (And know that I'm right there with you on a few of them - weight and exercise especially!)

  5. Good luck in 2010 Carrie! I know you'll reach your goals, and however Ginger Lemon Girl changes and adapts, I'm sure all your readers will happily go along for the ride!

  6. That bagel pic looks amazing! Healthy is tricky. Especially when there are so many opposing opinions about what you should/should not eat. While going gluten-free for me has spurred a much healthier lifestyle, I too am searching for that balance. I look forward to your healthier recipes, posts, and best of luck to you!

  7. Those bagels are to die for!! Wow!

    Happy New Year!

  8. Oh girlie, I'm there with you. Well, not totally . . . but definitely as far as realizing adding exercise to my life plan is the next step for me in 2010. Pooh. I so hoped to achieve many of my goals with dietary changes alone. Not gonna happen without the dreaded E word. Gluten-free, yeast free, dairy free, etc. was a springboard for me. I'm on the path . . . headed to a healthier, and yes, thinner me.
    Have sent people to your blog -- you've encouraged me to play with recipes until I find something that works for me and my family (the trick is remembering *exactly* what I did!!).
    Thank you!

  9. Hi Carrie,
    Happy New Year and thanks for your great blog. Good luck with your efforts to try to get healthier. I know that eventually it can all come together (or mostly). I had asthma my whole life and high cholesterol as an adult, but going vegan made a huge difference for me. I know you'll find the right combination of approaches to help you to feel better, too. Good luck and good health!

  10. Exercise is my top goal as well! 2010 is going to be fantastic Carrie!

  11. I have heard the same thing from other people - that sometimes conventional food changes don't do the trick. I have been on a similar journey before and though it takes time to find balance, once you do it's totally freeing.

  12. Hi Carrie, I wanted to thank you again for sharing your journey on Vegan Peas. I so hear you on the fact that health can be such a tricky goal. I also wanted to say I was so impressed with you that you tried a completely vegan diet with the protein limitations that being gluten-free and soy-free also involve. When faced with elevated tryglycerides AND a health problem that required cutting out both dairy and gluten to see if it woudl help AND the fact that any large amount of soy causes me problems, AND the fact I coudl not rely on coconut or most other nuts in any great quantity, I felt really stuck with regards to protein sources. Ultimately, my naturopath suggested a plan where my main protein source has been wild-caught fish 2-4 times a week, grass-fed lean beef or buffalo once a week, and plenty of beans. Otherwise, my diet is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free (I am working with reintroduction, that's a whole other story right now) and very vegetable-heavy and low-sugar. This is a really long way of saying that after 6 months on this plan, I was able to lose 18 pounds and my triglycerides dropped from 225 to 157 - so if the vegan diet feels too restrictive, there is hope with tryglycerides dropping with an omnivore diet, even if it is very limited in terms of animal protein sources (i pretty much only eat wild caught salmon, cod or sole, and that bit of red meat a week).

  13. Good for you for finding the lifestyle that makes you the healthiest. I, too, am aiming to add in more exercise this year. =)

    Jenn, HelloVeggie.Org

  14. Glad to share the journey with you! Thank you for sharing thoughts about food, recipes, and health in general. :)