My No-Poo Journey

If you’ve been following along on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed that a little more than two weeks ago, I gave up my shampoo habit. Now, I know you’re probably thinking “gross, how can you not use shampoo?!” but hear me out … I gave up shampoo for two reasons: (1) I’m trying to reduce my exposure to chemicals; opting instead for natural cleaners and (2) since I was a kid, I have been plagued by oily hair. As a teenager, I had to switch shampoos every few weeks because it seemed like they would just stop working. I could wash my hair and when it dried, it would look like it hadn’t been washed in a week. Over the years, the issue seemed to level out, but I still couldn’t use ONE brand of shampoo, each time a bottle ran out, I would purchase another brand. And if I didn’t wash every day, I looked like I stuck my head in a bucket of grease (except for maybe the ends of my hair, which are super dry from washing every day). I have used everything from $1 to $40 bottles of shampoo, all with the same end results. I tried clarifiers, sulfate free shampoos, vinegar rinses to remove build up, I’ve scrubbed my scalp like a crazy women, let shampoo sit on my head for 5+ minutes and then scrubbed some more in an attempt to get all the shampoo residue out so that my hair would look clean, all to no avail.

Then I came across a pin on Pintrest about giving up shampoo, it’s called the no-poo method. Intrigued, I did some more research.

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It’s 2013 baby!!

It seems that once again I have taken a bit of a blogging hiatus. It wasn’t intentional: I got busy with finals and then with family and the holidays. But alas, the good times with family and friends are coming to an end, my TA duties resume next week and my second year of grad school begins the week after (one down, one to go). I’m on the hunt for a summer internship this semester, playing TA for two professors and we will be moving in a few months, it’s gonna be a busy year and I’m (almost) ready to hit the ground running; I’d like to drink an extra glass of wine or two and sleep in late a few more times first though!

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30 Day Yoga Challenge Update

The 30 Day Yoga Challenge is 4 days in and I’m already feeling the burn. Here’s the run down:

Day 1: still recovering from being sick and kinda wanted to ease back in to yoga, so I started off with my YogaWorks Relax & Restore DVD.

Day 2: don’t know what happened to easing back in to this yoga thing, decided to do a 30 minute a.m. beginners routine …

Day 3: HOLY $***!!! It hurt to move … didn’t let that stop me though, did a short and extremely light (self-guided) routine and laid around the rest of the day (aside from the pups twice daily walk and a short adventure for gluten free cupcakes at Gigi’s with the fiancé).

Feeling much less sore today, gonna preview the p.m. 30 minute routine to see if it is lighter and will probably do that before bed …

Stumbled upon a few awesome yoga related links this week:

Well, that’s all for now … gonna grab some food and sign up for free yoga!

Doing the 30 Day Yoga Challenge with me? Leave a comment and tell me how you’re doing!

Live fabulous.

Hello Old Friends!

I’m baaaack! Did ya miss me?? Because I certainly missed you!!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks filled with lots of research, tons of reading and even more writing. But I made it through and after taking this weekend off (gasp, I know! How many grad students take an entire weekend off from studying?!) I am ready to take on the 6 weeks that remain in the semester!

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A year later … and gluten free still isn’t easy!

I have been gluten free for nearly one year. This past year has been full of gluten related challenges: adjusting to a whole new diet, changing my social interactions, developing a thicker skin for others attitude toward me and my choices, etc … But I’m hear to tell ya, one year later, gluten free still isn’t easy! Learning what foods are gluten free and which ones aren’t was the easiest part for me. The hardest part has been the emotional aspect of gluten free living. And honestly, I don’t know if it will get any easier: it’s always gonna sting when I have to turn down ordering pizza with my fellow grad students or when someone rolls their eyes when I say I’m gluten free.

This morning I had a particularly hurtful telephone conversation with some one near and dear to me that went a little something like this:

 

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A Whole New World …

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”

-Gail Sheehy 

And so, in the spirit of growth, I have made some changes to the blog that I am super excited about!!

You may have noticed that the blog has gotten a bit of a make-over: a fabulous new name, new colors & new content! Gluten free recipes and food reviews will continue to be major parts of the blog, but it will be expanding to include so much more! I am adding a section dedicated to helping you live a healthy life where I will share healthy living tips from food and nutrition to exercise & more. Also, be on the look out for posts in the new fashion & beauty section. I can’t wait to share my love for fashion & beauty products with y’all!

And that’s not all … But I want to keep ya’ coming back for more, so I’m not going to give it all away just yet! Be on the look out, exciting new posts are COMING SOON!!

T

If the title of this post got the song from Aladdin stuck in your head like it did mine, here’s a link to the movie scene! 🙂

It’s been a minute …

I have not posted anything in a while and if you follow me on Twitter, you know I have been MIA on there as well, so here is a little update on what has been going on:

My first semester of grad school wrapped up a few weeks ago and I have been enjoying every second of summer that I can. I have gotten a lot of things done around the apartment and some good workouts in, spent some time by the pool and with family, shopped ’till I dropped a few times too many and done a little pleasure reading (though much of my pleasure reading will be valuable sources for upcoming research projects). My father, who is also in grad school, has come home for a few weeks so I have also been spending lots of time with him as well. One of the best parts about this break has been that I get to enjoy weekly trips to the Kingwood Farmers Market — having fresh, local fruits & veggies in the kitchen is great!

Alas, some of my enjoyment must come to an end — a other few students from my program and I are collaborating on a paper, with the goal of publishing a journal article before we graduate (and as fast as this first semester went by, it feels like graduation is just around the corner). We had our first meeting of the minds this week, so now it is back to researching & reading I go. Not to mention that my Pharmacy Technician Certification is up for renewal, so I have 20 hours of Continue Education packets to get through before the end of July. And, my summer class starts in 3 weeks. I am looking forward to that one though, the Sociology of Food and Culture — does it get any more interesting than that?

Speaking of food … We have been making use of our little grill — grilling up fresh from the farmers market corn and sausages. Since there are always leftovers, we have also been eating quite a bit of my Quinoa Jambalaya. I think it has become one of my favorite meals: it uses up the leftover sausage, can be loaded up with veggies (bell pepper, onion, tomatoes and finely diced carrots), is packed with protein and is a one skillet meal! I loath doing the dishes, so the fewer there are, the happier the Tommi (:

 

Anyhow, that is where I have been and what I have been up to. Now that I have had time to relax and take a breath without papers, readings and project looming over me, I hope to get back to more regular posting both here and on Twitter — I miss my little gluten free Twitter family!

Hope you all are enjoying the weather, foods and fun that summertime brings!!

May is Celiac Awareness Month

Photo courtesy of GlutenFreeHub

In celebration of Celiac Awareness Month, I am asking you (my awesome readers) to submit to me a photo of the gluten free section in your local grocery store. Frequent more than one grocery store? Send me photos from each! No dedicated gluten free section? No problem, send me a picture of your favorite gluten free item on its shelf ! Or send me a photo of the gluten free section in your own kitchen!

I will be accepting photos until May 20th — simply send them to me via email at audrey_ana@me.com with Gluten Free Grocery in the subject line, please include the stores name, city & state and a short little blurb about what you like or dislike about their gluten free section. Once all submissions are received, I will create an entire blog post dedicated to your photos!

I am super curious to see what your gluten free section looks like and hope that you will participate!! Also, do not miss my feature on iamjtheblog on May 18th where I will share with you a photographic adventure of my life with gluten intolerance.