Happy Gluten Free New Year with a Side of Yoga!


I am kicking off 2014 with 30 days of YOGA and 30 days of being totally Gluten Free. I am also entertaining giving up alcohol but seeing as I have a compulsion towards extremes, I may not name that one, however, as of now I am 2 days in to no alcohol and several days in to no gluten and a  minimum practice of 30 minutes of yoga a day- in addition to my regular work out (spinning, running etc). I know my body does better without wheat…it just does. I feel less foggy, less tired, more clear. I think there are so many people running around with undiagnosed food allergies, I understand though, sometimes it is just feels easier to feel like shit than to really address what has to change for one to feel better…food is HUGE. Messing with one’s food…even bigger.

My thoughts going into this are to create a new and fresh repertoire of every day gluten free comfort go-to foods and treats and in that, establish a super awesome baseline of eating, kind of like creating a new habit of vegan, gluten-free deliciousness. I will do a lot of the food preparation myself, however, I will also try to document my take out and eat out meals as well- so far, my favorite places include a local authentic Thai place called Hattpon’s, a new Indian Restaurant called The Clay Oven, and my favorite Mexican Burrito place in town called Mesa Verde. I am still working out my Chinese and Japanese food options in and around Greenfield but am confident that there will be plenty of steamed mixed vegetables and Nori rolls in my future, even if I have to bring my own GF soy sauce (Tamari).

I have a tendency, as do many people on restricted or limited diets,  to fall into the path of least resistance, meaning; I eat a lot of packaged foods that state what they are or more evidently what they are not, i.e. vegan cheese, gluten free cookies etc….My hope is to create tons of delicious foods this month that are FOOD based, not label based, that are gluten free, dairy free, and animal free AND AMAZING (obvi). I AM SO EXCITED. #vegetablesrule

So much of how we approach our food is mental. I have seen it in my clients; those who want to lose weight, those who have been diagnosed with a food intolerance to wheat or dairy, and also my clients suffering from a more serious affliction such as diabetes or heart disease; the diet becomes more about what they CAN’T eat, not so much about what they CAN.

Bottom line, the most nutritious and beneficial foods are whole foods, mostly plant based, seasonal, local, and organic if possible. They do not come in wrappers, they are not made in a lab, they are not specially formulated off in some secret scientific kitchen somewhere- they are fruits, vegetables, and grains, you buy, grow or glean them and then cook and eat them.  #poweredbyplants

If you are down with coming with me, the basics of what you will need are:

Veggie Essentials

These are veggies that I try to always keep in the apartment. They are the basis of so many dishes, soups, and meals.

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Fresh Ginger

Daily Veggies

These are the veggies that I shop for every other day or so, they usually star in the dish, or are a featured component in one of the recipes. They too, can be used to add into soups, meals, and juices- but I am looking and hoping to use them at their freshest- they are also the veggies that tend to spoil after 3-4 days- but can and still will be used. * I use all of my kale stems for juices, wilted spinach for soups or sautés etc.

  • Kale- all varieties
  • Baby spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage- all kinds
  • Collards
  • Artichokes
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Green Beans
  • Escarole
  • Lettuces

Stock Proteins

  • Peanut Butter and or other nut butters
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Beans (see Beans below for types) canned & dried

For your Shakes/ Smoothies/Superfoods

  • Chia Seed
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Raw Protein Powder (mine is fermented brown rice based)
  • Raw Coconut oil/butter or Coconut Manna (spread)
  • Raw Nuts of all kinds for milks, snacking
  • Acai Powder -*opt
  • Maca Powder *opt
  • Raw Cacao Powder *opt
  • *Raw Cacao Nibs * opt
  • Goji Berries *opt

Stock Cabinet Essentials

  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Toasted Sesame oil
  • Himalyan Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Tamari
  • Ketchup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Agave Nectar
  • Mustard
  • Vegan Mayonnaise
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sriracha (asian hot sauce)
  • Brown Rice Pasta
  • Rice Noodles (asian markets)
  • Rice wrappers (asian markets)
  • Miso (goes in the fridge)

Stock Grains

  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • White Basmati Rice
  • GF Rolled Oats
  • Millet

Stock Beans

  • Chick peas
  • Red Lentils
  • Lentils
  • White Beans
  • Black beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Green Split Peas
  • Moong Dal (yellow split peas)

Some tips going into this….Keep it simple. Don’t freak out. Set yourself up for success.

Come with.

Happy New Year.





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Ellen Abraham

I am a totally lit up Vegan Ambassador for Official Team Green-Yoga-Spin-Pilates-Health- Life Coach-Crossfitting-Food-Animal Activist-Studio Owner........

7 thoughts on “Happy Gluten Free New Year with a Side of Yoga!”

  1. Yay!! So excited for this as I have been debating GF as well and I love that you will focus on what you CAN have not CANT!! Looking forward to following along Ellen!

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