Join Me: One Month Gluten Free Challenge

Exactly one month ago, I wrote about the tipping point in my life with my health that got me to start eating gluten free. It also caused me to make a major pivot in my career. As I have written about here, I became an entrepreneur this year. Like many, that opened a flood gate of creativity in my brain. I have so many ideas for new businesses.

Like a river running through my subconscious, all of my ideas have an underlying theme – community. I like to connect with people. I like to help people.

So, where better to start than with eating gluten free? If you are interested in knowing more, come on over to my blog at Gluten Vrije Vrouw. Don’t be scared by the Dutch name. I am blogging in English. Or find me on Facebook at the same name. I am trying my hand at videos so it gets pretty interesting on my Facebook page.

My first endeavour¬†is to launch a One Month Gluten Free Challenge for The Netherlands. I will provide all you need – recipes, meal plans and even do all of the shopping for you to try eating gluten free for one month. And that’s not all. We will have a private Facebook page and weekly video calls with special guest experts joining in to answer your questions.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Gluten Free 30 Opt in

My New Buddy

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This summer, I am getting more fit and trying to drop a few pounds. I am working out 3 days per week and make it a priority to get moving more every day. I am gradually getting more toned, but the pounds are not budging.

To stay motivated, I listen to Jillian Michaels’ podcast and read a few fitness blogs – mainly Roni’s Weigh. Jillian and her guests are really motivating and tell it like it is. I finally took her advice and am getting serious about monitoring my calories in and out. I am sure I eat more than I think and burn off less than I give myself credit for. She also gives great tips on going organic as well as the latest kit out there to keep exercise easy and interesting.

I am not a gadget girl, but the fitness tools out there have sure come a long way in the past few years. In the past, I quickly got bored of using an online calculator to guesstimate my workouts and keep a food diary. But I have heard some good things about Fitbit and the MyFitnessPal app so I am giving them a try.

On a whim, I ordered the Fitbit Flex today from Amazon. I can’t wait for it to arrive! I went with the Fitbit Flex because it looks like nothing more than a thick rubber band to wear on my wrist. I can see myself wearing to work and no one noticing it. Reviews say it is not as¬†completely reliable as the monitors you clip to your belt or bra, but I see myself sticking more with something I can keep on my wrist than something I have clipped to my clothes. I would rather get regular use out of a wrist band type tracker than forget to use or lose a belt clip version. And, besides, I am not an Olympic athlete. How precise does it really have to be?

I logged my first day with MyFitnessPal today. It has a great feature of being able to enter in a recipe and it will calculate the calories, protein, fat, etc. per serving. I just entered in the ingredients from my recipe for zucchini bread and save it to my profile. Since I eat it every morning, I just select one portion of zucchini bread from my recipes and I am done.

Another great feature for me is that I selected the country I am living in and the database actually has most of the foods from my local grocery store here in The Netherlands. They have the brands of food we eat in both their English and Dutch names. That will save me SO much time in updating my food diary.

Until my Fitbit arrives, I am estimating my exercise on MyFitnessPal. When I do that, it automatically calculate how many calories I will burn and, as a result, adjusts how many calories I can eat to reach my goal of losing a pound per week. This may be old news to most of you, but I have not tried tracking my calories and exercise online in over five years and a lot has changed (for the better) since then.

As expected, the tool opened my eyes to how much I am overeating (about 250 calories today). It also motivated me to get out for a short walk over lunch and after work.