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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!

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