Creating a personal health revolution
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
So, it turns out that next week, I’ll be the Dayton City Paper’s cover girl.
The truth is, I’ve always been someone who prefers to be comfortably behind the keys of my computer than in front of a camera lens.
But, this journey I’m on to share health information with each one of you has caused me to not only trade jeans for fancy pants every now and then, but remind myself of how far I’ve traveled to arrive at the healthy spot I am today.
You’ll learn more next week about how crappy I was feeling prior to my diagnosis with celiac disease in 2010, so instead of telling you more about that, I thought I would share a bit more with you about my health philosophy.
Here is an excerpt from my book, “The Gluten-Free Revolution.” I built this premise based on the idea, gluten-free or not, you would discover the health journey that works best for you.
Ready to join the revolution? Let’s rock n’ roll, sweet pea.
I created my philosophy as not only an answer for each one of you, but as a personal lifeline. When I found out gluten was out and gluten-free was in, I was determined to not let this new restriction rule my life. Sure, I would now have to opt out of Oktoberfest, and cupcakes from my favorite bakery were completely off limits. But I decided right then and there it was time to subscribe to a way of life – not a temporary fix – and I want you to do the same.
I promise, sweet cupcakes, this is the place where you will find healthful bliss. You are about to uncover the ultimate sweet spot where you can enjoy vibrant green smoothies and have your gluten-free cake, too.
Join the Revolution
Before we dig into the goodies, I want you to keep a few rules in mind while we journey down this path. I know, I know – I said rules are out and revolting is in. And it so is.
However, these are a few parameters that will set you straight down the path of living a fearlessly healthy and balanced life.
1. You are now on an un-diet. Stop counting calories and worrying about the latest fads. If you regularly eat whole, healthy, nutrient-rich foods, then you are making fantastic decisions for your body. ’Nuff said.
2. Indulge. Don’t get me wrong: I love my greens and whole grains, and they make up a large portion of my diet. But a glass of wine, chocolate, cheesy potatoes and other naughty items are also a part of my life. Just don’t eat them all in one sitting – unless you are singing the breakup blues. If that’s the case, then eat them all. Twice.
3. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: “I don’t have time for that health food stuff.” Yes, you do. I promise you do. The problem is no one ever showed you it doesn’t have to be so damn hard.
4. Focus on your plate. I love food – period. I can clean a packed plate in no time, but that doesn’t mean I should. We live in a world where phones are brought to the dinner table and dining is a recreational activity. There has been one too many times in my life where I have shoveled something in so I can quickly move on to the next thing. Not good, people. Take it slow and savor your food as much as you can.
5. Stop with the drama. Nix as much negative energy as you can from your life and you will recover more than just your sanity. The fact is, your diet and energy also suffer when you are dealing with stress. Yes, difficult situations will crop up now and then, but that friend who is constantly complaining to you about work, her husband, the crossing guard who looked at her funny? Believe it or not, she’s bringing you down, too. Make a commitment to get healthy together or swap long conversations with her for a walk outside. Your body will thank you.
I’m so excited to be visiting Dayton next week for a live cooking demonstration on WDTN’s “Living Dayton” on Friday, March 28 –the show airs noon-1 p.m. I will also be at Dorothy Lane Market’s Annual Health Fair (Springboro location) on Saturday, March 29. I will be at the Gluten-Free Food Lovers’ Club table from 1-3 p.m.
Excerpt reprinted with permission from “The Gluten-Free Revolution: A Balanced Guide to Gluten-Free Lifestyle through Healthy Recipes, Green Smoothies, Yoga, Pilates, and Easy Desserts!” by Caroline Shannon-Karasik. Copyright 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Caroline Shannon-Karasik is the author of “The Gluten-Free Revolution” and a certified health coach. She is also the author of the popular gluten-free blog, sincerelycaroline.com. Her writing and recipe development has been featured in several publications, including, VegNews, Kiwi and REDBOOK magazines. Find Caroline’s book at sincerelycaroline.com/books. Caroline can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.