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I just got finished with watching this 90 minute lecture on sugar. I implore you to at least take a peek at it. It will change the way you look at food.

The takeaway: Sugar, doesn’t matter what kind, is a toxin and is polluting my system. Fructose is metabolized like Ethanol (read: fructose attacks your body in almost the same way as alcohol)

In other news, I apologize for getting off the blogging wagon. I want to get back to it and hope to in the coming year! Hello changes for 2011!! There is a lot of new stuff I want to cover on the blog, and on a new blog I have decided to start that will be very near and dear to my heart. All to come soon!

Ciao!

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Blog Hiatus: Ended!

Good Evening!

I have decided to come back to the blog after a bit of time away. Life has been very busy, but I have blogged the last few months over here. In May, my (ex) boyfriend and I set off on a few month trip across the USA. It was a lot of fun, full of delicious vegan food, snacks, and touristy things! I mention food and snacks because I definitely had a lot of it! Almost three months and 14,500 miles in the car was quite the adventure, but I fell off the wagon in terms of health, for sure! I ran infrequently on the trip, and ate sour patch kids all the time. Not good for the body!

I have been avoiding coming back to the blog, but I can avoid it no longer! After a few recent life changes, I am committing myself to ME! My boyfriend and I recently split, I am moving back to Seattle, and I am starting back at my job as a vegan cook. The last few months of my life have been exciting, happy, sad, stressful, surprising, and about every other adjective one could use. As a result, my commitment to my health, wellness, and body have not been at the top of my list. BIG mistake! I have felt ‘off’ for the past few months. I am ready to get back to it. 

The reason for this post is to break my unintended blog hiatus and come back with a fresh, new outlook from here on in! In addition to all the other external things in my life, I have continued to have stomach issues. They began last year as I trained for my half-marathon, but have recently resurfaced with a vengeance. I originally thought it was a side effect of my anemia (genetic, not caused by veganism), but the more I listened to my body, I realize that it may come from my eating habits. I have always had a sensitivity to gluten products. I have the usual unsavory side affects from consuming too many glutenous products like breads, pastas, and sweets. Even if I eat a little, I feel overly full and bloated. This blog will serve as documentation of my switch to a gluten-free and mostly sugar-free diet to see if I can alleviate some of these issues. I am tired of feeling sick every time I eat food! As a person that loves all sorts of food, it is a hard commitment to make, but for health and wellness, I feel it necessary to try it and see how it goes. 

As a person with multiple family members suffering from celiac disease, I understand the impact diet has on our bodies. I have been tested for celiac sprue and was negative. This does not necessarily mean that I am not celiac, nor does it mean I don’t have a gluten sensitivity, and so I am going to attempt to figure it out myself! I strive to feel the best I can feel and be the best I can be. Cheezy? Yes. But, ultimately this is my goal. I want to get back to feeling well.

So, in order to do this, I will be mainly avoiding processed foods, all gluten and most sugars/sweeteners. My diet will consist of fresh, whole foods. This is the diet with which I feel best. By whole foods, I mean fruits, vegetables, pulses (beans, lentils, legumes), and grains (rice, quinoa, millet, etc). This is the diet that I believe everyone should eat for optimum health and wellness. I hope to document my daily eats, along with recipes (of course!), pictures, and information on healthy eating. 

The blog is called the Green Bite for a reason. This way of eating is better for the planet, not to mention your body! And bonus points, avoiding processed foods eliminates a lot of packaging that usually goes straight to a land fill or into the ocean! That is what I call being Green! 

I understand this post is a bit long and scattered, but its hard coming back after being gone since January… Is it seriously October?! I hope you continue to follow me through the next few changes in my life, my diet, and my health! In the coming month I will be heading back to Seattle, starting back to work as a vegan cook, and did I mention a quick trip to Chicago to see Oprah and the Chicago Diner? Well, that too! Stay tuned!

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