Makeup

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation Review!

Hello, world!

Today marks an exciting day- I finally started filming makeup reviews! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time, but for whatever reason I thought my boyfriend would make fun of me (I don’t know why… he really doesn’t care lol). But I finally did it!

For my first review, I did the new L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte 24 Hour Foundation! In my video, I do a demo of how it goes on, and also my thoughts and feelings about it! Check it out:

Overall, I LOVE this foundation! It’s become my new go-to product, and I have tried all kinds of foundations (Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous, Clinique Stay Matte, Make Up Forever, and more). It is my holy grail foundation. I have very oily skin, so I need foundations that have oil control and don’t break down easily as the day goes on, and this does a fantastic job! After about 6 hours of wear I’ll start to look shiny, but not so bad that I look like an oil slick, which is amazing. It also blends beautifully into the skin with a beauty blender or sponge (foundation brush is a little streaky), and it doesn’t look thick and cakey as time goes on.

As I mentioned multiple times in the video, this foundation is a little darker than what the package shows, so if you are trying to decide between 2 shades, go with the lighter one!

Overall, I hope you guys find this video helpful and insightful! I plan on doing many more, and I will certainly improve as time goes on. Let me know what you think in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to my channel for more great videos!

Peace and love!

***Update! I finally found the lighter shade (101) at Walgreens, and it is perfect for my winter complexion! It is much lighter than 102, so I will be saving that one for this Summer!

Nutrition

How To Eat Clean, Be Happy!

Hello, World!

Life is pretty great right now! Counting down the days until I can move out of my (sad) apartment and into my new one!! It shall be glorious

As you know from my previous post, 3 Essential Parts to a Healthy Lifestyle, I have been sick! Ugh, it’s been incredibly frustrating because I haven’t been able to work out at all. This cold from weeks ago developed into violent coughing fits, so cardio was a no go. Thankfully, I’m FINALLY getting better! I definitely think my decision to eat healthy when I got sick played a major role in becoming better. Also, I haven’t gained any weight despite not working out for over a month! What what? It’s pretty fantastic.

So what have I been doing this whole time? I’ve been eating clean! You’ve probably heard this phrase all over the health and fitness blogosphere, but it’s pretty vague if you ask me- in fact, I had to google it to make sure I truly understood it! Essentially, eating clean is eating whole and fresh foods. Getting inspired by colorful produce at the supermarket. Feeling the satisfaction of cooking at home and enjoying your creation. As someone who has ALWAYS been a huge fast food addict (you can ask any of my friends- Burger King is my favorite), making this transition actually wasn’t very difficult! I have tried a couple different eating plans in the past, from eating only 1200 calories a day (not a good idea) to stricter plans that dictate your every meal and snack, and none of those stuck for longer than a couple of weeks. I’ve been eating clean for over a month now, and my body feels fantastic!

By eating clean, I have noticed my eczema has disappeared! How do I know it was directly related to eating clean? If I do have a crazy meal once in a while, it’ll creep back and disappear within a few days! My energy levels have also improved! I used to have intense fatigue that no amount of coffee could battle, but now I can have my green tea in the morning, and I am set until bed time! And these are only some of the benefits!

Specifically, let’s talk about what I’ve been eating. First off, I try to make everything myself and eat as little processed/premade things as possible. I especially focus on replacing all crackers/chips/pretzels with fresh fruits and veggies. Here’s an example of what a day looks like:

Breakfast: OATMEAL! My obsession ❀ I cook a 1/3 cup of oats with water and cinnamon, and then top it with chia seeds, flax seeds, honey, and various fruits (strawberries, blueberries, banana, etc). I also have a glass of Green Goodness smoothie from Bolthouse and green tea to boost my energy for the day.

Lunch: sliced chicken breast sandwich topped with spinach and tomato and toasted in the oven! I’ll also pair it with a spinach salad topped with sliced strawberries!

Snack: banana with home made peanut butter

Dinner: grilled chicken breast sauteed with broccoli, onions, mushrooms, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and s&p! (You can find this one on my Instagram @happy_body_blog!)

As you can see, the foods I eat during the day are very simple- easy to make with not too many ingredients or anything crazy. I think that’s the point of eating clean overall- just make it simple! Some of these meals may not sound exciting, but I swear they taste so good and are incredibly satisfying because the ingredients of the meal get to shine. I also try to change it up every day or week. I don’t let myself get in the habit of eating the same sandwich for lunch every day because I know I’ll burn out and get bored! In fact, I plan my weekly meals on what inspires me at the grocery store. If I see some awesome asparagus on sale, I’ll quickly look up a recipe on my phone for ideas on what to pair it with. My goal is to always pick a different item, or at least one I don’t normally eat, every time I go to the store to keep eating clean fun and interesting!

So with my new focus on eating clean and experimenting in the kitchen, I will be posting a lot more recipes in the future! To see my creations day to day, be sure to follow me on Instagram, and check my blog soon for some yummy recipes!

Let me know how you eat healthy and clean, and what some of your favorite recipes are! I would love to try them out!

Peace and love!

Wellness

3 Essential Parts to a Healthy Lifestyle

Hello, world!

So my life is going through some big changes! I started a new job, gearing up for a move (the boyfriend and I will be living together!), and preparing for my last year of undergrad! Crazy, right?

Of course, nature has the most impeccable timing, so I have actually been sick for 6 weeks! I haven’t been able to work out AT ALL, so in the mean time, I have really focused on cleaning up my eating habits. I’ve made a lot of changes, which I will definitely go more into detail, including pictures and recipes, in my next blog post! (That means you should follow my blog to make sure you don’t miss it!) πŸ˜‰ But now that I am FINALLY getting out of the sick streak, I am trying to figure out a NEW fitness routine! I’ve always been a huge fan of pilates, but I feel I have finally reached my plateau, and therefore need to add other elements in order to see my fitness increase! I’ve even been asked by others to make some workout routines for them! Once I design my new routine and test it out, I will post it on here for you all to try! I can’t wait for that to happen!

Speaking of, I finally have a YouTube channel! Get excited! One evening while avoiding studying for finals, I randomly made a beginner’s plank routine in my room and uploaded it! The angle stinks, but there’s a funny story behind that. I recorded the routine once, then realized I should have played music in the background. So I did it again, but realized I didn’t set my phone right so the angle wasn’t the best. Therefore, I did it again, and it was perfect! However, my phone didn’t register that I hit the record button, therefore it never recorded… By that point it was midnight, and I was like “screw it, it’s fine!” So if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here! I promise my future videos will have much better angles, hehe.

I am of course reading up on different routines and types of fitness. One that sparks my mind (and I promise I’m getting to the point of this post) is Insanity, a crazier version of P90X. My roommate just started doing it a couple months ago, and I admit, I was surprised. It’s not recommended for someone to go from a sedentary lifestyle straight into such an intense workout regimen without getting burned out quickly. Every morning I could hear her doing the workout in her room, and I was indeed impressed. Eventually, she started doing her workouts in the living room, and that’s when I made a realization- she was just doing the “hiphop abs” routine every day, and not the rest of the program. And she stopped doing it all together after a couple weeks. My response to this is as follows:

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Although it’s fantastic that she was up and active, doing the same exact workout every day along with no diet or lifestyle change = no overall change! (Not to mention completely giving up!) It truly saddens me! After a month, there was no difference in her health. If you want to see a difference in your body, you must pay proper attention to all 3 parts of a healthy lifestyle: fitness, nutrition, and mind.

  1. Fitness involves getting your body moving and active. No matter what your style is, true fitness for change requires 2 things: cardio and strength. I don’t care who you are, you need a nice combination of both. Cardio can be any range of things from running, dancing, swimming, biking, etc. Strength entails either lifting weights (increasingly heavier to bulk up, or lighter weights to remain trim) or performing strength exercises, like lunges, squats, pushups, crunches, planks, and things of that nature. Together, you are building a powerhouse in your body- the cardio of course burns calories, but also strengthens your heart and endurance, while the strength training increases power and muscle, which thus increases your metabolism. (A faster metabolism means you burn more calories while at rest- woo hoo!)
  2. Nutrition entails all of the nutrients you intake. What we put in our bodies has such a huge impact on weight loss, health concerns, endurance, mood, skin, everything! If you continue to eat junk everyday, for example ramen, fried foods, and cookie dough, your body will have a very hard time finding the nutrients it needs to recover and strengthen from a workout! It’s like trying to find your lipstick at the bottom of your giant purse- your body has to wade through all of these miscellaneous things just to get to what’s important. These over processed, sugary, and fatty foods decrease your energy levels, make your skin not as clear as it can be, and can even exascerbate health issues! Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean you can never ever enjoy fresh baked Ghiradelli brownies ever again, it just means your overall eating habits should be healthy. So in order to see the best results from your workouts (or even to get the motivation to work out!), you must eat clean! Feed your body with the nutrients it needs from fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  3. Mind involves all things that promote well being and a balanced state of mind. High stress levels and lack of sleep are major inhibitors of healthy body change! It’s true! When you don’t get enough sleep every night, hormones aren’t released to regulate body weight and your likelihood to make good food choices deminishes. You can even read my previous blog about how sleep affects weight loss to find out the science behind it! It comes down to this: if you are eating clean and working out but not getting enough sleep or have chronic stress, you will not see the changes in your body that you should be seeing. Ensuring that your body has enough rest to recover and a balanced state of mind are crucial to the whole process. Taking time to relax and decompress is just as important to making a permanent lifestyle change!

If you combine these 3 areas, you will see changes not only in the shape of your body, but your happiness and well being. Your body image will improve. I can say, ever since I simply began eating clean and making sleep a priority, I can see a huge improvement in my self esteem and body image. I’m even more proud of the changes I’m making! When you put the puzzle pieces together, you can see the bigger picture!

So next time you’re thinking of making a change, don’t just commit to a diet or workout routine- commit to a lifestyle change!

I would love to hear your thoughts on the 3 parts to a healthy lifestyle! What do you think? πŸ™‚

Peace and love!

Motivation

Finding Your Support Structure

Hello, world!

Man, March has brought on so many wonderful changes! It’s like a whirlwind, but I love it! With an upcoming dance competition nearing (it’s next week!), I have gotten back on my full time health plan! That means exercising every day and making good food choices to make sure I am in tip top shape for the competition! It’s amazing what a couple of weeks can do to change your body! With each day I keep this up, the easier it is for these good choices to become a preferred habit!

On top of that, my mom has made some HUGE changes in her life! She has always tried this health plan and that, but now she has found one and is sticking to it! I actually got to go to the gym with her today, which I have never been able to do in the past! It’s so inspirational to see her make these giant changes and how they have already significantly improved her health! I’m so proud!

Now what is the secret ingredient behind making permanent lifestyle changes? Of course you must make the change for YOU and no one else, but once you have decided on this change, you must establish your support structure in order to succeed. A support structure looks like a house:

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  • Floors: The floor, plumbing, and wood beam skeleton of the house make up the basic and fundamental piece of the structure. This person is behind you every step of the way, no matter what, and is always supporting you. In my life, this piece of the support structure is my boyfriend. Whenever I start a new health plan or make a change in my life, he is right there telling me that I can do it. Just like the flooring is always below your feet, this part of the support structure is always there for you, and is absolutely essential (I mean, how could you live in a house without plumbing? That would stink… [sorry for the bad pun]).
  • Walls: The walls surrounding the house represent the person who is making the same or similar changes in their life. This person is right there with you, pushing you to try a new workout, make spaghetti squash for the first time, go to a yoga studio, and ultimately helping to remind you of the new commitment you have made. These people are your confidants, and the ones you won’t get mad at when they suggest you skip the trip to Burger King. They share in the difficulties, successes, and long term happiness. The walls in my support structure come from my best friend, who pushes me to work harder to achieve more. Just like walls are required to keep a house up, the same goes for keeping the support structure stable and helpful to you.
  • Roof: The roof of a house protects you from the wind, rain, and other elements. This person offers support like the flooring and walls, but also isn’t afraid to protect you from bad decisions. They let you know when they are worried, you have fallen off the path, or need to try something new. Sometimes it is hard to hear the facts, but it is essential. Mistakes lead to bigger and better changes, and this person helps illuminate that because they care and want to see you succeed. My roof would have to be my mom, and I think many can relate to that. She has more years and different insights into things, and everything she says comes from a place of love. Your roof will keep you going and guide you in the right direction.

When put together, the 3 parts to the support structure create the ultimate energy source for your changes. No matter what happens or how you are feeling, there is someone to aid you and cheer you on. When you need positive affirmation, there’s your floor. When you want to share experiences gain motivation, there are your walls. When you need guidance, there’s your roof. When people know your goals, you are even more likely to follow through and make the goals become real. No major lifestyle change is possible without a support structure!

Who are the important people that make up your support structure? I would love to hear about them in the comments! Let’s go out there and change our lifestyles together!

Peace and love!

Health Challenge

No Dairy February Challenge!

Hello, world!

It’s a new month, and a new year thanks to the Chinese zodiac (year of the horse!), which means it’s the perfect time to make some changes! Guess what that means… it’s Health Challenge time! I’m pretty excited about this one- No Dairy February! You heard me right, no dairy.

What does dairy entail? Well that’s a fabulous question! Dairy means pretty much anything that is made from cow’s milk, including milk, butter, buttermilk, evaporated milk, skim milk, margarine, cream, cream cheese, cheese, sour cream, whey, lactose, casein, and so on. I think you get the picture- dairy is a big category, and perhaps bigger than you thought! For example, did you know McDonald’s french fries contain milk? Or even many taco seasoning packets? It’s absolutely crazy some of the things that contain milk!

Now if you’ve read my blog before, you know that I like to research and explain things! Why am I declaring February as anti-dairy month? Many reasons. Of course, there is a good and bad side to everything. Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, which are the building blocks of your bones and teeth. Think of vitamin D as an escort- it helps the calcium get absorbed so that it may strengthen your bones like bricks for a house. Milk also provides potassium, an electrolyte. However, milk is relatively high in calories (over 130 calories for 1 glass of 2% milk!), contains unhealthy fats, and is specifically formulated for cows. Think about it- have you ever seen a baby kangaroo get milk from a koala? Each animal makes its own unique milk to help it grow, so why do we drink a cow’s milk?

So why not partake in a health experiment? See what going dairy-free can do for you- you’ll drink less calories if you replace that milk in your cereal for light soy or almond milk, and consume fewer calories and fat if you say hold to the cheese and sour cream on your burrito. Cutting out dairy could give you more energy and make your body goals easier to attain! It’s not nearly as hard as you think- the major grocery stores and health markets (such as Publix and Whole Foods) all carry dairy alternatives! Here is a list of my favorites:

  • Soy/almond milk: Silk
  • Butter: Smartbalance Light or Organic
  • Cheese: Daiya
  • Sour Cream: Tofutti Sour Supreme
  • Cream Cheese: Tofutti
  • Icecream: So Delicious or Tofutti
  • Creamer: Silk
  • Chocolate: Enjoy Life
  • Frozen meals: Amy’s

Also, So Delicious has an AWESOME free online cookbook filled with dairy free recipes of your favorites! You can check it out here: http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/files/2013_CookBook_Email.pdf

Since I am allergic to milk, clearly No Dairy February is a given for me, so I will partake in a separate challenge, which you all will try later! I will not eat processed foods! My favorite little guilty snack of tortilla chips will have to be replaced by fruits and vegetables, and my morning cereal will be replaced by steel cut oats! Like I said, you all will get to try this one later! πŸ˜‰

Are you going to make the pledge towards No Dairy February? Comment below any thoughts, successes, recipes, or ideas you may have!

Peace and love!

Wellness

9 Ways to Improve Sleep Habits and Lose Weight!

Hello, world!

I have recently made a huge discovery in my life, and I know I’m not the only one when I say this:

I. Need. Sleep!

Yes! School + internship + volunteer work = no time for relaxing, let alone sleeping! I have been living off of coffee and Redbull to try and make myself acceptable to be around. However, at the same time, I was unhappy with my body, and Pilates just wasn’t cutting it. I then decided to wake up even earlier to go running for that extra cardio, and my body got WORSE! I was exercising and eating healthy, yet I was seeing the opposite results. This is when the realization struck me- I’m not getting enough sleep!

It is true; sleep directly correlates with your weight, body image, sanity, and more! Sleep and weight are like a cigarette smoker that takes vitamins and eats healthy- those leafy greens and colorful fruits can’t do enough good to save you from the damage smoking causes! If you don’t sleep well, your body can’t adequately reward you for the good eating and fitness habits you’ve developed!

There are multiple reasons why getting a full night of sleep is so important. For starters, sleep directly affects your ghrelin and leptin levels. Ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates appetite (Hey brain, I’m hungry!), and leptin is a hormone that signals fullness (Hey brain, stop eating, I’m full!). When you sleep for less than 8 hours, your ghrelin levels rise and your leptin levels decrease. This means you want to eat more and don’t know when to stop! Research has also shown that sleep deprivation increases cortisol levels, the hormone which tells your body to store food as fat. Lack of sleep makes your metabolism sluggish, so cortisol saves the energy for later. See where this is going? More ghrelin makes you eat more, there isn’t enough leptin to tell your brain to stop, and the cortisol and slow metabolism stores the food for later, thus causing weight gain. It’s not a pretty picture.

So what’s the diagnosis? Get more (quality) sleep! Here are 9 tips to help you get those wonderful zzz’s:

  1. Examine your sleep patterns with an App. Let’s face it, do we really know how much REM (deep) sleep we are getting at night, or how restless of a night we have? There are many apps that solve this problem. I personally use Sleep Time by Azumio in the Apple App Store. It’s very easy to use- set the clock to when you want to wake up, and place your phone face down on the bed, and go to sleep! The app tracks your sleep patterns through the night, and will wake you up at the most optimal time in your sleep cycle (don’t worry- the earliest it can wake you is 30 minutes before your alarm time!). Using graphs and great visuals, you can see exactly how you are sleeping at night! Through the app, I’ve found that I feel the most rested with a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Don’t just set a bedtime- tell the people around you too! I know that I must wake up at 7AM every M-F to get ready for work, therefore I must go to bed at 11PM to get that 8 hours I (desperately) need. For the longest time, the bedtime never worked. My boyfriend would call, my friends would text, my roommates would want to talk to me- all of these people kept me up, and I felt bad telling them I needed to go to sleep. Well, let me tell you, do it anyway. I promise it isn’t rude! When you tell people about your determinations, you are much more likely to actually follow through because people are expecting it. When people know what your rule is, they will follow it without you having to remind them every time.
  3. For extra peace, use “Do Not Disturb” mode. Sometimes you have those friends that wake you up at 3AM with a text about some crazy story, or you get those butt-dials at the crack of dawn (no pun intended). Of course turning your phone completely off means you lose your alarm clock and sleep tracking apps. The iPhone has made it easy- do not disturb mode! Turning on that little crescent moon by going to Settings -> Do Not Disturb means you’ll receive texts and calls, but your phone won’t make a sound or vibrate. It will only actually ring if a person is calling you for the second time within 3 minutes (ie, emergency calls). So never fear, you can receive those texts without being woken up by them!
  4. Enjoy your caffeine fix in the morning only! I love my coffee. I try to stick to just one cup, but sometimes a second just magically appears… you know those days! It’s a wonderful stimulant that makes mornings possible and helps speed up your metabolism. However, there’s a reason why you just don’t seem to feel sleepy by bedtime! Caffeine has a half-life, meaning that after approximately 6 hours half of the caffeine consumed is processed and out of the body. So if you drink 80mg of caffeine at 3PM, there’s still 40mg in your system at 9PM. The more caffeine you consume close to bedtime, the lower the quality of sleep you’ll get.
  5. Drink more water! You’ve probably heard this a dozen times on every healthy living article you’ve ever read. Believe it or not, water is crucial! If you find that you’re reaching for that second, third, or even fourth cup of coffee just to get through the day (see tip #4), drink more water! For starters, caffeine dehydrates you since it’s a diuretic (facilitates bathroom visits). When dehydrated, we feel sluggish and awful, hence the temptation for another round of Starbucks. Instead, drink a glass of water first. It will help flush your system so that you’ll feel more energetic. By not consuming caffeine in the afternoon/evening, you’ll avoid the problems of being unable to sleep at your bedtime.
  6. Hungry near bedtime? Eat cherries. We’ve heard many an article claiming “this food torches body fat” and “this food will magically do this,” but here’s a legitimate one. Cherries can help with sleep. Melatonin is a chemical found in the body that regulates your internal clock (when to fall asleep and when to wake up), and its naturally found in cherries. So if you must get that snack before bed, enjoy some cherries fresh, frozen, dried, or even juiced!
  7. Follow the light of day- make sure your bedroom is dark at night. This may sound silly, but the amount of light in your room at night can affect your sleep. As mentioned in #6, melatonin controls your internal clock. Your body naturally follows the light of day- awake when the sun is up, tired when it’s dark. As the light goes down, more melatonin is released to signal your body to go to sleep. When there is lots of light, your body wants to wake up. If you have light coming in through your window or a bright nightlight, these can hurt your quality of sleep. Use curtains or even buy an eyemask to block out the light so your body will know it’s sleep time and stay asleep.
  8. Turn off the big ceiling light and turn on the smaller lamp close to bedtime. This also goes along with setting your internal clock. If you have trouble going to bed at a normal hour, help your body wind down and know that’s it’s time to settle for sleep. When it’s close to bedtime, turn off your big room light and turn on a smaller, dimmer light in the room. It’s enough for you to see where your pjs are or read a nice book, but not enough to keep your body stimulated. It’s like working out and immediately going to bed- your body is hyped up with energy from all of the work it just did, so flipping to sleep mode just isn’t easy! Make that transition easier by dimming the lights about 30-60 minutes before bed and relax, read a book, or even have your darling give you a massage!
  9. Meditate to ease the mind.Β Many restless nights are the result of anxiety, excitement, and brains that just won’t be quiet! Once you’ve dimmed those lights in #8, use this relaxation time to meditate. Not only does meditating help ease the mind so that you may sleep soundly, it also has numerous health benefits. It lowers anxiety and stress, and increases focus and creativity. You can find a great article from lifehacker.com about meditation here.

There you have it! All in all, better sleep will make weight loss easier. Remember, weight loss comes from a lifestyle- you must combine nutrition, fitness, and mental health to attain it! So keep up those great eating and work out habits by adding sleep to your routine. Make it a priority, much like going to the gym! In the end, we are all happy when we feel rested. Isn’t that what we all want?

What do you think of these tips? Have any tips that work well for you? Share them in the comments!

Peace and love!

Nutrition

To Be Gluten-Free, or Not To Be?

Hello World!

Now I’m sure you have noticed the gluten craze building in the nutrition world. Tons of people saying gluten is terrible for you, and yet other sources say whole grain breads and pastas are wonderful for you! What should you believe? Which side should you join? Well, I’m going to give you both sides of the argument, so you can make the educated decision for your body! Let the debate begin!

Whole Grain Argument: The main point of the whole wheat argument is to eat only 100% whole grain products as opposed to bleached or enriched wheat. When wheat is bleached or enriched, it means that it has been stripped of its nutrients (and that’s why it has to then be enriched). This stripped down wheat acts as a simple sugar in your body- it burns quickly, so you become hungry shortly after, and it is ranked high on the glycemic index, which means it spikes your blood sugar. Wheat that has not been bleached and retains its nutrients is whole wheat. Products that are 100% whole grain are lower on the glycemic index, and digest slower, thus keeping you full longer. They are a great source of vitamin B, zinc, iron, and especially have a lot of fiber. B vitamins give your body energy, while fiber helps regulate digestion and can protect you from a multitude of health problems. Many nutritionists caution against going gluten-free because you run the risk of becoming deficient in those nutrients.

Gluten-Free Argument: First of all, what is gluten? It’s a protein found in wheat and other grains like barley and rye. It helps bread rise, keep its shape, and adds elasticity, which gives the bread its chewy and fluffy texture! However, Gluten has been linked to multiple health risks. As you may have heard, people who have Celiac Disease have an immune response to gluten (like an allergy). Studies have shown links between gluten consumption and thyroid disease or even so far as Alzheimer’s. Many people may even have gluten insensitivity- think of this like the difference between lactose intolerance and a milk allergy. An intolerance makes it uncomfortable to eat the food, while an allergy makes it dangerous to eat the food. Many find that by reducing or eliminating their gluten consumption, they get more energy, less “brain fog”, and other benefits.

Overall, both sides have benefits and problems. There is not an ultimate answer. The amount of information on the internet about both sides is enormous, and the best we can do is to become as educated as possible so that we may make the best decisions for ourselves. Do a little experiment- eliminate gluten from your diet for a week or two. How do you feel?

Peace and love!