I Passed and a Grain Brain Review

I passed my final BodyPump certification!!

I am so happy! After months of practicing, going to training, more practicing, teaching with an instructor, and even more practicing, I finally passed! I am now a certified BodyPump instructor!

I still have to talk to my gym, but I think the plan for now is to teach every other Sunday and sub for other instructors. It won’t be a lot of hours, but I’m happy that I passed and can officially teach now. Yay! :)

Grain Brain Challenge

Thank you to FitFluential on behalf of Grain Brain for letting me be part of this challenge. I was compensated for my time and participation. All opinions are my own.

About a month ago, I started a grain brain challenge based on the book, Grain Brain, by Dr. Perlmutter. His book explains the negative effect carbs and grains have on our brains and bodies and proposes a four-week plan of taking vitamins, eating low carb and gluten-free, and getting the recommended amount of sleep.

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My Thoughts

I did as best as I could during this challenge, but I have to admit that I wasn’t perfect. Eating low carb and gluten-free can be tough and require a lot of planning, but once you do it for awhile, it gets easier. Meal planning also helps a ton.

For me, I tried to stick to more of a gluten-free diet.

I ate tons of eggs, salads, fish, yogurt, fruits, and veggies.

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I also ate some packaged gluten-free foods.

I think packaged gluten-free foods should be used in moderation because they are still processed foods and aren’t necessarily good for you, but when you’re hungry and need something fast, they are great!

I ate gluten-free Amy’s burritos.

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And Udi’s gluten-free bread.

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For a quick snack, I grabbed a Larabar or a Kind bar.

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I also was able to get creative and come up with some great gluten-free recipes including gluten-free pancakes and gluten-free muffins.

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Eating gluten-free and low carb food can be really benefcial, it’s just about finding foods and recipes that you enjoy. Or taking your favorite recipe and making it healthier.

Like I said, I didn’t do perfect and sometimes I messed up on the weekends, and I can tell what a difference I felt when I ate bad on the weekends. Okay, not necessarily bad (I don’t think foods should be labeled good or bad) but rather when I fell off the gluten-free wagon.

When I was eating gluten-free and lower carb, I felt better – physically and mentally. It might sound weird, but I felt lighter. I felt a lot less bloated and that made me feel awesome. When I went a little overboard on the weekend, I felt sluggish and bloated.

I think eating gluten-free and reducing carbs in the evenings can really help you feel better and aid in weight loss.

I am glad that I participated in the grain brain challenge and felt that I really learned a lot about my body but at the same time it was very hard to eat perfect all the time. Although, I think after this challenge, I will stick to eating  a lot of gluten-free foods. They just made me feel better.

A lot of people have gluten intolerances and may not even realize it. A gluten-free diet is great to try just to see the positive effects that it can have on your body.

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Well, I am off to the gym with Danny and the kids this morning! Have a great Saturday!

Don’t forget to enter the My Race Ragz giveaway - ends Sunday!

14 Comments

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14 Responses to I Passed and a Grain Brain Review

  1. Teresa @ www.fitinwoodbine.com

    CONGRATS!!!! I knew you would pass!!!!

  2. Kelly

    Congratulations on you Body Pump certification. Quite an accomplishment. You will be a great instructor there. I hear so much about the gluten free diet. It definitely has benefits, but it is a challenge to stick with it.

  3. Losing Lindy

    Congratulations! I am so proud of you!

  4. Congratulations Heather!! You’ve worked so hard and deserve it, happy for you!!

  5. Congrats on passing! I eat grains and do just fine ;)

  6. Congratulations on passing your certification. That’s awesome. My sister has Celiac disease and is forced to eat gluten free. I’m kinda thankful the “gluten free health craze” is taking on because it means a lot more restaurants cater to that now, which makes it a lot easier for her to eat out and buy food that she needs to eat.

  7. keymaster

    Congrats on your Body Pump Cirt…….WooooHooo!!!!

  8. Tracy

    Congrats on passing your body pump cert! How exciting!

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